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Via Dinarica BH-W-01 the Our Lady of Sinj Route

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  • View on Busko Lake
    / View on Busko Lake
    Photo: Eko-selo Grabovica,
  • / Horses
    Photo: Eko selo Grabovica,
  • / resting area and view point
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / Trail marks - Our Lady of Sinj Route
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / Trail Signage Our Lady of Sinj Route
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / Marinovac beach
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / Carmel of St. Elijah
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / Eko selo Grabovica
    Photo: Eko selo Grabovica,
  • / Birdwatching tower
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / First Entrance of Ričina Spring
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / sunset over Busko lake
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / Our Lady info boards
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / map studying
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
  • / Rest point and view on Busko lake
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / Old Bridge at Busko lake
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / Busko lake and Kamesnica
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
  • / Ricina caves
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, Via Dinarica
m 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 20 15 10 5 km Viewpoint at Privala Old Roman bridge at Busko lake Birdwatching tower at Busko lake Marinovac
This first stage of the Via Dinarica hiking trail in Bosnia and Herzegovina follows the pilgrim route dedicated to Our Lady of Sinj. 
Distance 24.1 km
10:00 h
570 m
299 m
1,000 m
700 m

The highlights are magnificent vistas on Busko lake, several archeological spots and the eco-ethno village Grabovica. Besides hiking, this can also be a nice biking route, and there are also possibilities of crossing lakes in kayaks and canoes.  

As the border crossing point at Vaganj (pass between Troglav and Kamesnica) is just for locals and is not an international border point, the last stage of the Croatian and first stage of the Bosnian Via Dinarica follows a pilgrim’s trail: the Our Lady of Sinj Route ( . This will remain as the main White trail probably until Bosnia and Herzegovina joins the EU and Schengen treaty.

A recommended stop is eco-ethno village Grabovica, in fact a great holiday resort. This first BiH stage of White Trail Via Dinarica will end at locality of Little Gradac, where it will split from the Our Lady of Sinj Route.

Author’s recommendation

Take your time and visit places around the lake. Carmel of St.Elijah and Eco selo Grabovica are good places to take a break for a day.
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Via Dinarica BiH
Update: December 28, 2017
Highest point
Mali Gradac, 1,000 m
Lowest point
Busko Lake, 700 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Pansion Majo
Bošnjak Household
Eco-Village Grabovica
Monastery - spiritual center "Carmel of St.Elijah"

Safety information

Be carefull when crossing the roads. 112 - emergency number in Bosnia and Herzegovina (also for Mountain Resce Service)

Tips and hints


Border point Prisika (754 m)
43.606624, 16.976123
43°36'23.8"N 16°58'34.0"E
33T 659478 4830080


Mali Gradac - view point on Busko lake

Turn-by-turn directions

Continue from border crossing point Prisika to Gornja Prisika, and by Vrtline the route goes left. From Kazaginici head towards the lake and Marinovac beach, and from there right towards Bukova Gora and continue on the road. One can keep following the road or turn left to Carmel of Saint Elijah and continue to Lonica Kuca in order to join the road. Follow the road for another couple of kilometers and turn again towards the lake to the beach which has a dock. From there follow the road up towards resort Grabovica, and from there follow the local road back to the main road R417. The road comes to Karlov Han where you turn left over the bridge to Prisoje.

From the center of  Prisoje, go right to Brljevci till the end, and then continue on the dirt road through the pine forest uphill passing the resting area and viewpoint. The trail will join again the main road where this stage ends. Close by, across the road (on the way of the White Trail Via Dinarica stage 2) is Iliric “Gradina”-remnants of old Illyrian settlement.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There are buses towards Split that can be used to reach the starting point. 

Getting there

From Split, Livno or Tomislavgrad to Kamensko




43.606624, 16.976123
43°36'23.8"N 16°58'34.0"E
33T 659478 4830080
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author


Good boots and swimming suit :-)

Standard walking/hiking/ biking equipment.

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Maruša Orel
July 04, 2021 · Community
Trail nothing speacial, nice views on the lake. Two supermarkets right across the border, if you stay on main asphalt road. Another store in Grabovica and two slightly bigger ones in Prisoje. You can buy sim card for your phone in every grocery store and petrol station. They have good packages if you want to use just internet or calls+internet. You have very good service most of the time to Boračko lake. From there you have very poor service or no service at all (for example in Lukomir, Tušila). Leave asphalt road at Karmel Sv. Ilija and again at the bird watching tower to avoid walking on asphalt road (nice views on the lake). Nice to swim on beach Marinovac. Good place to sleep is Apartmani Mamić (room with own bathroom, shared kitchen and terrace, 20€/night, you can wash your clothes for free).
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When did you do this route? July 04, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Thomas Furter
November 26, 2020 · Community
To cross the Bosnian border in 2020 we had to travel to Split to get a Covid test. The trail mostly follows the road or gravel road. We spent the night at Bošnjak Household, which is definetly a highlight. Be aware there's no ATM and no possibility to exchange KM before Jablanica, without going off the trail. But Kuna's and Euro's will be accepted on most places. We exchanged some KM in Croatia (Split).
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When did you do this route? September 18, 2020
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24.1 km
10:00 h
570 m
299 m
Highest point
1,000 m
Lowest point
700 m
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