Bascarsija, Sarajevo

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Situated in one of the oldest areas in the city, Bascarsija represents an oriental bazzar where craftspeople sell their wares. Pick your way through vendor booths filled with colorful porcelain pots, brass coffee grinders, and decorative cloths. Cultures come together here: you can expect to see people in modern European garb alongside those outfitted in traditional Muslim attire. Underfoot, the old cobblestone adds interest. Buy crafts and merchandise fashioned by the hands of local artisans, and see products that unite the East and the West in a blend of colors, tastes, and smells. The ornamental fountain in the center of the square is worth a look, but be advised that thousands of pigeons gather here too. Our Sarajevo vacation route planner makes visiting Bascarsija and other Sarajevo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This is worth seeing for the historical context but your visit will be a bit of a walk past. You can get free drinkable water from the taps on it  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is such a wonderful place to stroll through, gorgeous coffee houses, great shops and lots of people strolling through.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Famous Bascarsija / old town is the ottoman labyrinth with a million small shops, cafés, bars, galleries... and: - Sarajevo's most important landmark, the famous Library, Vijecnica, part of the world ...  more »
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  • January 29, 2017
    Nice place! The old city center. Traditional crafts and food.
  • March 26, 2017
    Old market
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Although a compact city, Sarajevo offers a wide range of accommodations. Staying in Bascarsija (the old bazaar area) offers proximity to the most popular tourist attractions, long-established restaurants, and charming teahouses. Staying close to the activity won't cost a fortune in this fairly inexpensive town, and it is surprisingly peaceful late at night. You can choose from a number of historical hotels, but those travelling on a budget may prefer a private or dorm room in one of the many hostels. Modern establishments, which can have more reliable facilities, are mostly in the outskirts.
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