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Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Srpska Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the second largest city in the country with around 200,000 inhabitants in the city itself, about 250,000 in the total metropolitan area.
Held during April or May, this annual gathering has a series of programs that features some of the most angelic voices in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Held in August, the Summer Games draw crowds from all over the world and Bosnia. Just like Summer on the Vrabas, this event takes place around the historic town of Kastel.
Banja Luka has a continental climate, with relitavely cold winters and warm summers. Daytime temperatures from May to September are between 22 °C and 27 °C but can hit 40 °C sometimes. Nights are mostly between 10 °C and 15 °C. Winters from December to March see highs of 3 °C to 8 °C, with nights below zero. Snow and severe frost are possible as well though. The average annual precipitation is around 1,000 mm and is evenly distributed throughout the year, with some more severe thunderstorms possible in summer.
|Avg Max||3.7 °C||6.8 °C||12 °C||17.2 °C||22 °C||25 °C||27.2 °C||26.9 °C||23.3 °C||17.4 °C||10.8 °C||5.2 °C|
|Avg Min||-4.6 °C||-2.3 °C||0.7 °C||4.7 °C||9 °C||12.4 °C||13.7 °C||13.3 °C||10.1 °C||5.7 °C||1.6 °C||-2.6 °C|
|Rainfall||69 mm||63 mm||79 mm||87 mm||98 mm||111 mm||95 mm||93 mm||82 mm||74 mm||91 mm||86 mm|
There are many bus services throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and places outside the country, including many international services to central, western and northern Europe.
|City Smile Hostel||Skendera Kulenovića 16, Banja Luka||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Banja Luka||Srpskih ustanika 26||HOSTEL||-|
|Nana Hotel-Banja Luka||Ivana G. Kovacica br.211a||Hotel||-|
|Merriot Hotel||Kozarska br. 85||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Grand-Banja Luka||ul. Suboticka 3||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Room||118 street Knjaz Miloša||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Room Banja Luka||Knjaz Milosa 118||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Most cities and major towns have at least one internet café. Wifi is becoming more and more popular as well, especially in cities like Sarajevo and Mostar. Don't rely on it though, as outside the main tourist areas, there might be few options.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Bosnia and Herzegovina is 387. To make an international call from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the code is 00.
There are three mobile phone networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina: HT ERONET (Mostar), GSMBiH (Sarajevo) and m:tel (Republika Srpska, Banja Luka). You can buy a prepaid SIM card from any network at any kiosk for 10 KM or less. Be careful with roaming charges on your smartphone, as mobile internet when abroad is still extremely expensive.
BH Posta offers postal services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prices and services are very reasonable and reliable. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 4:00 or 5:00pm during weekdays and also on Saturday mornings. The main post offices in big cities like Sarajevo might keep longer hours. For sending packages you might consider a private courier like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL.
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