Sarajevo is situated in a basin that is surrounded by green hills, mountains and canyons. There is a rich history of climbing within Sarajevo with 8 established crags, situated on all sides of the city. The two largest crags near Sarajevo are Dariva and Bukovik.
There are 3 crags situated close to the city centre including Dariva one of the oldest sport climbing areas within Bosnia. The climbing at Dariva is quite technical on mostly vertical limestone faces. There are a few bulges and slabs that are characterized by smaller features such as crimps and rounded holds. There are nearly 50 routes at Dariva across a wide range of grades and there are some 2-pitch routes.
The above photograph shows Armin Gazic climbing at Dariva.
Bukovik is only a short 20 minute drive north of Sarajevo and is situated in a picturesque setting. The climbing is on compact limestone rock and there are over 40 sport climbing routes spreads across 2 sectors. There is a mixture of shorter beginner friendly routes along with longer intermediate routes in the French 6th and 7th grades.
List of the rock climbing areas around Sarajevo
|No||Crag||Total No of routes||Number of routes in the grade range||Max Height|
|Up to 4c||5a to 5c+||6a to 6c+||7a to 7c+||8a and above|
|5||Han Derventa||42||No information available||25m|
The Bosnia and Herzegovina rock climbing guidebook covers 34 climbing areas, including all of those around Sarajevo. In total it details around 800 single pitch sport routes, 60 multi-pitch routes and an additional 100 boulder problems. It also includes valuable information regarding travel and accommodation.