For those short on time, a day trip is the perfect way to see Mostar. Boasting a rich history and culture, Mostar is located just a two and a half hour drive from both Split and Dubrovnik. Discover a city of natural beauty, incredible Ottoman architecture and winding cobblestone streets. Read on to discover the must-sees of this charming city, and why we love it…
Also known as the Old Bridge, the UNESCO heritage listed Stari Most stands tall as an icon of the region. Built in the 16th century and taking nine years to complete, the bridge connects the two banks of the Neretva river in a sweeping arc. Unfortunately, the bridge was destroyed during the Bosnian War along with much of the historic town. The one that stands today is a reconstruction, however with much of the stone salvaged from the original.
If you’re visiting Stari Most, you simply can’t miss seeing the bridge divers. Watch locals leap from higher than 20 metres into the chilly waters below. In local tradition, boys must jump into the waters to make the transition into manhood. For the adventurous souls out there, the bridge dive is also open to tourists…
War Photo Museum
Located near Stari Most, the War Photo Exhibition is a display of 50 photos taken during the Bosnian War. Gain an insight into the war that shook this region for over three years. Truly haunting imagery, the photos depict the daily life of the Mostar people during and after the war.
Blagaj Tekija (Tekke)
A breathtaking Dervish monastery located in a picturesque location, a visit to the Blagaj Monastery is an absolute must-do! Situated at the bottom of a cliff and surrounded by emerald green waters, the monastery exudes a sense of tranquillity.
However, it hides a tumultuous past. Built between 1446 and 1520, the monastery faced multiple rockslides and the Dervish monks faced persecution under Communist rule. Finally restored in 2012; today it is a peaceful and beautiful place to visit, with services still held regularly.
The Old Kujundziluk Bazaar
Venture into the heart of the city and travel back in time as you explore this Ottoman-era market. Enjoy seeking out intricate trinkets and handmade souvenirs in the cobblestone lanes. This is also a great place to stop for a nibble, or recharge with a delicious Turkish coffee!
Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque
This striking mosque is a stunning example of Ottoman architecture, built in the early 17th century. Inside, the stunning architectural detail will be sure to take your breath away! Admire the sparkling skylights, domed roofs and intricate motifs that adorn the walls. If that’s not enough to convince you, climb the stairs of the minaret to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city.
Located just outside of Mostar, the Kravice Falls are an absolute must see. Unwind on a hot summer day with a dip in the turquoise waters and admire the view of the cascading waterfalls. Interact with locals at the food stalls, enjoy exploring the surrounding area or take a boat ride to get closer to the actual falls.
With so much to see and do, there’s no way you can go past a trip to Mostar! This highlight of the Balkan region is a great addition to any trip and is a fantastic assortment of natural beauty, historic sights and incredible culture.