I am the kind of person who does lots of research before travelling to a place. Before visiting Mostar I had read all about the incredibly beautiful places close to Mostar and knew I definitely wanted to visit them.
As soon as we arrived in Mostar we saw lots of different shops offering excursions to the natural wonders close to Mostar. They were predominantly group packages with a similar price of around 25 euros per person. When we arrived at our accommodation in Mostar we spoke to the staff at the bed and breakfast and asked them their advice about how best to go about visiting these places. The bed and breakfast actually had a person they were in touch with who could take us to the different sites privately for the same price that the group tours were offering. This was perfect for us as it meant that the driver would pick us up from the hotel when we wanted, would drive us to the different locations and we would be able to spend as long as we wanted in each place. The hotel staff were great in giving us maps and information about the different places, including where best to eat and pray. You can travel to these places on your own, but I think it’s easier to go with someone who knows the routes and locations, especially if you don’t have much time.
We started our journey from Mostar after having breakfast at the hotel. The driver picked us up at about 10am and we made our way to our first stop – the Kravice Falls. The Kravice waterfalls are about a 45 minute drive from the Stari Most (Old Bridge) and cost 2 euros to enter.
Once you have paid to enter you have to make your way down to the waterfall. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the falls, but the views and sights on the way down are brilliant and totally worth it! There is also a small tram that you can pay to take both going down to the waterfalls and coming back up to the car park if you require it.
You are free to explore and wander around the waterfalls and the lake. You can actually also go into the water for a swim if you want, although the water can be quite cold. There are a few small shops and stalls that you can buy food and snacks from. There is also a range of different water sports you can do whilst visiting the falls. It is worth mentioning that the falls can become really busy and crowded, particularly during the summer. We visited in the morning during September and there were not too many people, but as we were leaving more and more people were arriving.
We then travelled another 25 minutes to the village of Počitelj in the Čapljina municipality. It is located on the left bank of the Neretva River. The historic little village is a wonder of nature and architecture. It currently has a small population of less than 1000 people as many people left during the destruction of the village during the Bosnian War.
For me the village was the most beautiful place I visited in Bosnia. I felt such a sense of calm and peace when visiting and did not want to leave. The village is located on the hillside and requires lots of walking and has many steps. The lovely thing is that you can walk as much or as little as you want as there are a number of viewing platforms you can stop at along the way. Wherever you stop along the way you are guaranteed incredible views of the town and the river below. Although if you are able to walk all the way to the top I would really recommend it as the views are truly breathtaking. Whilst walking up the steps through the village there are a number of different sites to stop and explore including the Šišman Ibrahim-Paša Masjid and the Fort of Počitelj. Local people are really friendly and are selling all kinds of treats and treasures including locally picked fruits like figs, pomegranates and apricots.
The final stop of our day was the village of Blagaj. The drive from Počitelj to Blagaj took us around half an hour. Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna River, which eventually flows into the larger Neretva River.
Blagaj is home to a Dervish monastery that is nearly 600 years old perched on the edge of the river at the base of the cliff. If you wish you can visit the monastery and go inside.
Blagaj Tekija – Dervish Monastery
There is also the opportunity to pay for some water activities including canoeing and kayaking. As we only had a short time to spend in Blagaj we decided instead to take the short boat ride into the cave at the base of the cliff that only costs a couple of euros. The trip into the cave is really short due to safety in the cave. However the inside of the cave offers some interesting views and angles of the river and the cliff and was totally worth it. The water in the cave reflects off of the shadows of the cave. The water is so fresh and clean and you can drink directly from it.
Vrelo Bune – Buna Spring
There are some lovely restaurants which line the river and offer incredible views and freshly cooked fish straight from the river. We sat under the shade of the umbrellas by the water and enjoyed a lovely meal, whilst looking out onto the river. The staff from our hotel had recommended we eat our meal whilst at Blagaj as opposed to the other places we had visited. We were really glad for their suggestions as it really was a lovely way to end the day.
After our visit to Blagaj we made our way back into Mostar. Having waked thousands of steps, seeing spectacular views and experiencing some incredible places it really was my favourite day spent in Bosnia and a day I will never forget 😀
Final Thoughts: Visiting the different beautiful locations close to Mostar was definitely my favourite day in Bosnia. All 3 locations can be seen in one day, although you can choose to stay longer if you wish. Although the day trip can be pricey it is totally worth it. A chance to see some extremely beautiful places full of so much character and history.
This is the final post in my Bosnia series I have really enjoyed sharing my experience. Bosnia truly was an incredible place that I would recommend everyone to visit. It is a country rich with so much culture, history and beauty. It is a country I would visit again and again 😀