Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Velika Aleja (Promenade Path) & Vrelo Bosne

Creative Commons 3.0: Julian Nyča

Velika Aleja is an attractive tree-lined promenade which runs from the thermal bath complexes in Ilidža to Vrelo Bosne. Ilidža is 10 km from Sarajovo and can be easily reached by public transport. The 3.5 km path is lined with around 3,000 chestnut and plane trees that are over 100 years old. On both sides of the lane are luxurious villas which were built during the period of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The path can be especially magical in fog, or for a night run!  BONUS: Lit at night!  

Vrelo Bosne (Spring of the Bosna River), at the western end of Velika aleja, is a scenic woodland park with springs and a pool. It’s a popular picnic spot. Velika aleja can be easily reached by public transport from Sarajevo.  Here, runners will find a variety of scenic trails, from paved and gravel walkways to gentle woodland paths. From several points throughout the park, visitors can enjoy picturesque bridges and stunning views of the branching river.

Add-Ons: Runners can also continue on the Vrelo Bosne road for 1.6 km to the Orthodox Church (Hram Svetog Save). This section has cars but there’s a decent sidewalk. There are also additional paths and trails here, at the foot of Igman Mountain, especially our Recreational Walking Tour (more of a hike) that can be accessed from the Velika Aleja



  • 7 km (4.3 miles) out and back
  • 85m (279 feet)
  • Near Park Banjska in Ilidža
  • Can be reached in 30 minutes via the #6 Tram. There's also a parking area