Foča is a municipality located in the southeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the border with Montenegro. The mountain Maglić is located in Foča – the highest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reaching an altitude of 2386 km. According to the last official census of population in 1991, the municipality of Foča had 40,513 inhabitants, deployed in 120 settlements.
The area of Foča was inhabited in the Neolithic period, as evidenced by prehistoric objects and drawings found on the cave wall of the Ice Age dating from the Bronze Age. Foča was first mentioned in 1368 as a commercial station on the road between Dubrovnik and Niš, and in 1465 it fell under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. With the arrival of the Turks in power, Foča gained importance and became an important trading center thanks to its strategic position. Among the valuable cultural monuments from this period are the mosques, the Great Hana from the 17th century and the Clock Tower from the 18th century. In 1878, Foča came under Austro-Hungarian rule, and the focus of the occupiers was the exploitation of ore and forest wealth, and with it the construction of infrastructure facilities and roads for this purpose. During the First and Second World War, Foča made a major contribution to the fight against occupation and fascism.
In the municipality of Foča, you will find one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Balkans – the National Park Sutjeska. The Sutjeska National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in Southeast Europe. It is the habitat of the last rainforest in Europe and the highest mountain in BiH that proudly rises above. Within the depths of the Perućica rainforest, often called the “lungs of Europe”, you will find the astonishing Skakavac waterfall, running with its nearly 100 meters of height. It is one of the largest waterfalls in the Balkans.
Tjentište is a village in the municipality of Foča, which is fully located within the National Park Sutjeska. The memorial complex Tjentište was built in the memory of fighters and killed soldiers of the Battle of Sutjeska, which took place from May 15 to June 16, 1943. Known as the place of top-class entertainment and fun, Tjentište has been attracting many lovers of nature, music, and adrenaline for many years.
The Tara river canyon is one of the most beautiful, largest and deepest canyons in the world. The “Tear of Europe”, as the Tara River is popularly known, carved the 1.3 km canyon, which is the second-largest in the world, just behind the Grand Canyon. Crystal clear waters and rich flora and fauna along the 145-kilometer Tara River are listed on the UNESCO protected areas list. For all fans of extreme sports, rivers Drina and Tara are an attractive destination. Rafting on the Tara -Drina rivers route is an unforgettable experience, an ideal combination of adventure, sport and enjoyment in the natural beauty of the canyon.
Twenty kilometers away from Foča, the highest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Maglić is located. Considering the height, the climb to Maglić is very demanding, yet provides an enchanting view from the top to the nearby mountains of Volujak and Bioč, to Trnovačko Lake, and to Durmitor, with a whole series of Bosnian mountains making the whole experience more than worthwhile.
Foča can boast a rich offer of traditional cuisine, as well as authentic dishes and beverages of this region. In addition to national specialties, in many restaurants in Foča, you can find various dishes of eastern European and Mediterranean cultures.
Rich Foča nightlife has always attracted residents of neighboring municipalities. Since Foča is a university town, cafes and bars are filled with young adults with good entertainment throughout the day and the night.
Foča has numerous accommodation options in the form of hotels, motels, apartments, rooms and private accommodations that can be found at very affordable prices. Accommodation can also be found within the NP Sutjeska where you can enjoy the nature and tranquillity of mountain houses and bungalows.