6 tips for Mostar and the surrounding areas ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Situated on the Adriatic Coast between Croatia and Montenegro, lies Bosnia & Herzegovina.  Mostar is in the south, about an hour from the capital Sarajevo. Herzegovina is the Southern region and the north is known as Bosnia.  In Austrian, Herz means Duke so Herzegovina means โ€˜The Dukeโ€™s Landโ€™. Here are 6 tips for Mostar and the surrounding areas.

 Dubrovnik in Croatia tends to be known as the Jewel of the Adriatic  but I think Bosnia is also a jewel with its subtle beauty and fascinating history, itโ€™s often overlooked.

War is evident from the bullet holes that can be seen throughout Mostar and the surrounding towns and villages.

1. Old Town

Mostarโ€™s Old Town is one of the most beautiful I have been lucky enough to see.  It is full of winding cobbled streets and passages with something around every corner.  The houses and other buildings all have red rooftops and are made of stone.  Most of the buildings are souvenir shops but there are some great bars offering brilliant views over Mostar.  

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Looking out over Mostar

Mostar itself is located in a valley and during the war in 1992-1995 the Croats came over the hills and started firing down into the valley.  The Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) were evicted from their homes in West Mostar and forced to become refugees in East Mostar.  Before being pushed from his house, one man managed to put on three shirts and grab two umbrellas!

There is a photography exhibition in the tower by the Old Bridge (Known as Stari Most) featuring photos from the war.  Some are heartbreaking including one showing a lady standing in the rubble of what must have been her home.  Others are more lighthearted and show children having fun by playing football among the ruins.

Top Tip: Wear trainers as it makes it much easier to negotiate your way around the cobbled streets

Old Town, Mostar

2.  Old Bridge – Stari Most

This is the main bridge that connects East and West Mostar and spans the Neretva River.  It was bombed during the war and rebuilt, which is why it is now crooked in the middle.  During the war, blankets were hung from it to try and protect the people crossing from snipers.

Nowadays, every summer there is a bridge jumping competition in which all of the town’s young men jump the 24 metres into the freezing river. Tourists have also started to join in this tradition and I spent a memorable afternoon watching them!  Some people are also sponsored to jump.  Since 2015, Stari Most has been a tour stop for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Top Tip: If you go very early you will be able to get a picture without the crowds on the bridge

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Mostar
Can you see the bridge jumper?

3. Crooked Bridge

Just a few minutes walk from then famous Stari Most Bridge, is Kriva Cuprija (or Crooked Bridge) built in 1558 and is a replica of Old Bridge that although damaged, survived the war.  

Itโ€™s a beautiful looking bridge in a peaceful location that feels to be miles from the bustling atmosphere at Stari Most, so if you have time, stop in at Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Cuprija for a drink and a snack.

Crooked Bridge

4.  Tekija Blagaj

This is a Dervish house that dates back to 1520, built right by the cliff so no rain can touch it and by the source of the Buna River that is so pure that the water can be drunk straight from the river.  It features Ottoman architecture, has Mediterranean style and is considered a national monument.  It is a peaceful setting, just right for the Dervish monks!

Inside there is a knowledge room.  This room has six windows and a window seat that is built all the way along under the windows.  This was so someone could sit by the window and read a book where there is good light to gain knowledge!

There a lots of cafes along the banks of the river.  A good place to relax after touring the house.

Dervish House

5.  Kravice Waterfall

This beautiful natural wonder, also known as Kravice Falls Mostar is just 43 kilometres south of Mostar and widely visited by tourists from Bosnia and tourists on day trips from Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia.

It is a little difficult to reach as it isnโ€™t on public transport so you have 3 options: hire a taxi, rent a car or book a tour.  I went for the third option and had a lovely day! For tour apps, check out my Handy Travel Apps page.

It is open 24 hours but the entry fee of โ‚ฌ3-โ‚ฌ5 (depending what month you visit) is only taken between 08:00 – 20:00.  June and September are the quieter, warmer months while July and August are very busy!  I went late in the day in August and it was hard to find a space to sit on the bank!

The view of the falls is very impressive and the water is a lovely, crystal clear green.  You can see a long way to the bottom and there are little fish swimming about, so donโ€™t worry if you feel a nibble on your toes!  

There are a few plants near some of the edges of the bank and apparently this is a good spot for water snakes to hide and sometimes vipers will swim along the top.  But donโ€™t worry, lots of people swim and snakes are rarely seen! They are probably scared into hiding by all the people!

It is a great place to spend a few hours soaking up the sun.

Top Tip: Remember to bring a towel and your swimming things

Kravice Waterfall

Where to stay

This is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Mostarโ€™s Old Town just a few minutes walk from Stari Most.  The rooms were spacious and clean and the outside of the hotel has a beautiful stone facade.  There is a tasty breakfast buffet that really sets you up for a day of exploring.

However, the hotel had quite a lot of stairs and no lift so bear this in mind if you have mobility issues.  The hotel also only accepted cash when I visited and I had to wait for the next day to be able to visit a money exchange.  This might not be the case anymore but go prepared with cash just in case!

Where to eat 

This is a couple of minutes walk from Stari Most and the food is absolutely fantastic!  The restaurant features local homemade cuisine, friendly staff and a speedy service!  There arenโ€™t many tables so be sure to book!  The inside is decorated in a lovely old culture style and the food is very reasonable priced

Another fantastic restaurant with an awesome view of the Old Bridge.  The food takes a while to arrive but when it does it is worth the wait!  This is also a very cat friendly restaurant but they donโ€™t beg you for food so donโ€™t worry, you donโ€™t have to share!

Mostar

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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