Embracing the potential of Balkan diversity


Trebinje is a border city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, located less than 35 km from Dubrovnik (Croatia) and 80 km from Kotor (Montenegro), both UNESCO sites. Since ancient times Trebinje has always been on the frontier between political powers and on the intersection of trade routes, which has marked its urban structure, ethnics and co-living culture. It is one of only a few cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina with preserved urban fabric that originates from different historical and cultural periods. In the inner part of the city there are archaeological sites from the roman period that have remained underground and unknown to tourists. All these layers of urban life together with the prominent natural landscape of the river, the mountains and the flatlands, have created an authentic and attractive place to visit and live in. Despite recent efforts to promote the city as a tourist destination, Trebinje still has significantly less cultural tourism compared to its neighbours Dubrovnik and Kotor.


Within TExTOUR, TREBINJE aims at:

  • Redirecting tourist flows, boosting cultural tourism in Trebinje while decongesting overloaded areas within a critical carrying capacity condition – and collaborating beyond borders and historical disagreements
  • Raising awareness on the common and universal values of cultural heritage and on the multiple roles they may play
  • Training local inhabitants and stakeholders through workshops or local events
  • Collecting useful data to help local stakeholders, and cultural and tourism managers in the decision-making processes
Cover photo credit: Ninoslav Ilic


Eight diverse and complementary “cultural tourism” areas will allow us to test a wide range of scenarios: inland and coastal, rural and urban, and remote.