Mostar is known as the perfect city for an unforgettable daytrip from Dubrovnik. In this blog post I will tell you why you need at least 2 days to discover Mostar and its beautiful surroundings.
Love at first sight
It is hard to describe how I felt walking through the old town of Mostar for the first time. I think the best feeling to describe was to be astonished.
Mostar has a rich history that you still can witness today, from the many cultural influences among various rulers to the recent traces of the Bosnian war. In Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mostar a very unique culture has been developed that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.
I can describe Mostar as a small, cosy European mountain village with many Ottoman influences that you still see in architecture, decorations and taste in the delicious traditional food. The funny thing is that you don’t expect to find this in Europe, making it very unique. The beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies in the multi-cultural society that lives together harmoniously.
Historical centre of Mostar
Discover the historical centre of Mostar by surrendering to the city. Explore the streets and little alleys by walking, adore the beautiful local shops and enjoy a drink or a snack on one of the many cosy terraces.
The eye catcher of Mostar is of course the famous bridge Stari Most. It was built during the Ottoman era and later even bombed in the Bosnian war. Fortunately it has been rebuilt and I agree with its reputation. It is truly stunning!
For the photographers reading this, go early to avoid crowds.
The city is also magical at night.
For the foodies reading this, the restaurant with the best rooftop view is restoran Kulluk and the restaurant with the best traditional food is Restoran Šadrvan. For the last one it is best to make a reservation.
A first must see outside Mostar is the Tekija complex in Blagaj. This is an old monastery for Dervish. The Dervish are important spiritual leaders within Islam. Today this complex it is still an important pilgrimage place for Muslims. The old Dervish house is located alongside the source of the Buna river. And this makes the place extra special. The entrance fee is about 2 euros per person.
Blagaj is about fifteen minutes by car from Mostar. You can easily park there, but you will have to pay about 2 euros for 2 hours. From the parking till the Tekija complex it is a 5-minute walk alongside the Buna River. The walk is nice because you pass all sorts of stalls and cosy restaurants where you can sit with a front row view of the bright blue Buna and eat delicious food. If you like fish dishes I recommend Restoran FAJIĆ where you can eat very tasty and fresh fish.
If you want to know more about the source of the Buna, you can enter the cave with a boat for just a few euros. Inside a guide tells you everything about the source. Just seeing the reflection of bright blue water in the cave makes this short boat trip worthwhile.
If you are looking for cooling down in a beautiful natural environment, this is the prefect spot. The Kravice waterfalls are a forty-five-minute drive from Mostar. You can park your car for free, but you have to pay 5 euros to enter the domain.
It is about a ten-minute walk from the parking lot to the waterfalls. People who have trouble walking I would advise take the little tourist train from the parking lot to the waterfalls.
The Kravice waterfalls are just gorgeous! The water is very cold, but ideal to cool down during a hot summer.
There are also bars with refreshing drinks and snacks. So you can perfectly make a day trip, but keep in mind that it is very busy during the day. Best times to visit and find a perfect tanning spot are mornings and early evenings.
If you have any time left, don’t forget visit Pocitelj. It is a historical town with beautiful oriental and Ottoman architecture.
I hope that with this blog post I have convinced you to take some time out of your itinerary to explore this beautiful city and its stunning surroundings.
If you are visiting Sarajevo as well, be sure to read our blog post about the best bars in Sarajevo. Or if you are planning a Balkan roadtrip, check out our full itinerary with photo guide right here.
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