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Things to Do in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Mostar Travel Guide

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(Last Up to date On: April 23, 2019)

You need to be proud that you simply’ve made it to considered one of Europe’s most underrated cities: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina! There are tons of issues to do in Mostar if you aren’t merely strolling the streets and ogling over all the superb Turkish-influenced markets. This Mostar journey information will take you through all the historic, adventurous, scenic, culinary, and full-of-nature things to do in and around the town of Mostar. Trust me, you’ll be totally impressed with this place and the encompassing countryside – it’s a sight to behold.

But first, let’s get a number of necessary pieces of information out of the best way:

When’s the Greatest Time to go To Mostar?

It’s necessary to observe that Mostar climate is HOT in the course of the summer time. No, like REALLY scorching. Uncomfortably scorching. The sort of scorching that may make you not want (or find a way) to depart the house. For max adventure and to have the opportunity to accomplish all these superior things to do in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina, you’ll want to go to when it’s a bit extra of a manageable temperature.

Because of this July and August are principally off-limits. I might personally advocate Might or late September/early October, if that is sensible together with your travel dates. This manner, the temperature can be good, heat, and manageable. Do June or early September in the event you should; or even more low season months to beat the crowds.

What’s the Foreign money in Mostar?

The foreign money in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the ‘Konvertible Mark,’ or as you will notice on any road indicators, the ‘KM.’ As of the late 2018, the KM was value virtually precisely twice as much as a Euro, and all companies transformed it this manner. Many businesses will take Euros for exactly half the quantity you’d owe in the local foreign money.

How do You Get to Mostar?

A few of the greatest ways to get to Mostar from are from Dubrovnik, Croatia and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s jut over two hours away from both Dubrovnik and Sarajevo. So, it’s fairly straightforward to fly into either of those greater cities and get a bus, personal switch, or lease a automotive to drive to Mostar.

  • Verify for all bus routes on Get By Bus
  • Personal Transfers – Dubrovnik to Mostar
  • Many automotive rental corporations permit worldwide use in Balkan nations. I used Sixt to do my Balkans street trip this yr.
  • You possibly can fly immediately to Mostar worldwide airport from Zagreb, Stuttgart, and Dusseldorf. Many different airports could have oblique routes by way of these airports.
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And now, listed here are all the superior things you can do once you get to Mostar!

Things to do in Mostar City

Listed here are all of the things to do in Mostar which might be walkable from anyplace in the town. There are tons of actions to do, and the primary space of city is actually fairly small! There are things to do on all sides of the Stari Most (which immediately translates to ‘Old Bridge’), which is principally the middle of the primary part of town itself.

Explore Previous City

The most effective and most blatant things to do in Mostar is to get completely lost in the cobblestone medieval streets of the previous town! The previous city extends on both aspect of the Stari Most (Previous Bridge) and it’s coated flooring to ceiling with market stalls with probably the most unique, colorful, and cultural souvenirs.

Wandering the streets of Mostar is the simplest means to perceive how closely the Turkish/Ottoman Empire influenced the nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s like one other world in case you have simply come from Croatia or Slovenia, as a result of the memento outlets are completely totally different. In Mostar/Bosnia as an entire, the markets are filled with Aladdin-type gold and silver lamps, cutlery units, espresso units, jugs, and plate units, tons of turkish rugs and scarves, Superb Turkish patterns on pouches and luggage, skirts, hats and tops laden with previous coins that clang once you walk, the kind of stained glass lamps you’s anticipate to see in Morocco, and even struggle souvenirs resembling little tanks and pens produced from bullets.

Go ahead, get lost! However be sure to depart time for all the opposite superior issues to do in Mostar. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Stari Most / Previous Bridge

Nicely, this ought to be the obvious place to go to in Mostar! The Stari Most is sort of probably one of the crucial famous landmarks in all the Balkans, and rightfully so – it’s downright unimaginable!

The Stari Most  is probably probably the most well-known for extremely brave individuals leaping off of it. Individuals do it virtually every single day! But, it’s not for the faint of heart – it’s 24m (79ft) tall!! Wow!

There are some locals who do it every day for cash, and who additionally take vacationers beneath their wing each day and train them the right leaping type off a close-by platform for a small charge. If you would like to leap it, I might 10000% advocate not doing it on your own! 24m is NOT for the faint of coronary heart, and these guys offer you a full tutorial, aid you leap, yell at you when you’re in the air at the actual level it is best to pencil your body, and even have guys in boats there ready when you mess up. It’s a superb deal.

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Not a jumper? Don’t fear; most people aren’t. Let’s stick to wanting on the bridge then, we could? There are a variety of nice views of the previous bridge, however listed here are the perfect views of Stari Most I like to recommend:

  1. From standing on the bridge, in fact! Walk throughout it as many occasions as you like, look off the sting on each side, and imagine what it will be like to bounce off of it – cringe! Ensure you don’t slip while walking on the Stari Most, although – step on prime of each step or you may eat it on the slippery tiles.
  2. From under – in the event you’re standing on the bridge, you’ll see a couple of large platforms under it on one aspect the place individuals sit and loosen up. Seize a takeaway from anyplace in previous city (I recommend the cevapi – they arrive good and straightforward inside a pita here – extra on food under) and find a good place to sit under the bridge. There are many shaded spots both close to and a bit farther from the bridge. Select a place you want, take some basic footage beneath the bridge, and hope that you simply’re fortunate and get to watch some jumpers throughout your meal. (I received to see two! Verify my IG story highlights of Bosnia to see them)
  3. From a restaurant for dinner on the other aspect of the bridge from the platforms. There are lots of them that have views of the bridge, and it’s completely pretty when it’s lit up at night time.

Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque (To Climb)

This is among the most famous mosques in Mostar, and additionally occurs to in all probability have one of the best view in Mostar. It’s undoubtedly not for you for those who’re claustrophobic, though; you even have to climb up a stone spiral staircase all the best way up a very tall temple spire/minaret. It’s not ideally suited, however oh, is it value it!

When you get to the highest, you’ll see why this is likely one of the must-do things to do in Mostar. This view of the Stari Most is perhaps higher than the three above combined, and you possibly can see more of the river and countryside than most places in town. The mosque can also be very lovely inside. Simply make certain to cowl up properly before going in (additionally they have scarves for you in the event you don’t have one)!

Value of Entry: 6 Euro

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View from the Pasha Mosque

Kajtaz Home

The Kajtaz (kai-tahz) home is an interesting previous historic Turkish home that’s now and UNESCO protected world heritage website. Situated very shut to city, the Kajtaz is actually run by a descendant of a few of the unique inhabitants again in the 16th century. He is extraordinarily type and educated about all the historical past of the home and its rooms, and exhibits everybody around for a really small payment.

Sadly half of it was ruined in the Yugoslav wars, however they’ve completed a incredible job preserving the remainder of it and setting the rooms up with conventional rugs, texts, pottery, and clothing that was worn when the house was new.

Value of Entry: steered donation of two Euro each for a tour

Nesuh-Aga Vučjaković Mosque

Not too removed from the Pasha Mosque, we’ve the oldest mosque in Mostar. You possibly can see just by taking a look at it that it’s quite historic, and you possibly can go inside and check it out more intently for those who’re into that type of thing.

Warfare + Genocide Museum

This can be a troublesome, but essential thing to do in Mostar. Lately opened, the Mostar Museum of Warfare + Genocide Victims goes deep into tear-jerking detail concerning the struggle that happened in the Balkans/earlier Yugoslavia a mere 26 years in the past, from 1992-1995.

When you don’t know much concerning the Yugoslav Wars, you absolutely should go to this museum. There have been horrible atrocities that occurred right here during lots of our lifetimes, and educating yourself about what occurred is the first step to making an attempt to empathize and perceive what this country has gone via.

Value of Entry: 10KM per individual/5 Euro

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Bosnian espresso from Cafe de Alma

Attempt a Actual Bosnian Espresso… and Yes, it’s Totally different than Turkish Espresso (However Comparable!)

Did you know that Bosnian coffee is totally different than Turkish espresso? They’re truly actually comparable, but just prepared a bit in a different way. Be sure to don’t say ’Turkish espresso’ to a Bosnian, as a result of they are adamant that theirs is way superior (it’s one thing concerning the roasting course of and how Bosnians don’t burn theirs as typically as Turks do, due to something…. ask at the cafe! 😛 ).

The most effective place to attempt a real Bosnian Coffee is Cafe de Alma. It’s a bit hidden behind a temple, however it’s tremendous cute and authentic. Take pleasure in it with a turkish delight (unclear if they might be referred to as Bosnian delight here?!), and perhaps somebody can read your fortune at the backside of the cup!

Biscevic House

That is another previous Turkish home – this one from the 17th century – proper subsequent to the Struggle + Genocide Museum. Comparable to some other historic homes to visit in Mostar, you’ll be able to view previous artifacts and info with a terrace over the river.

Things to do in Mostar, Surrounding Areas, and Herzegovina

Now it’s time for the second half of my Mostar travel information, which refers to all of the superb locations to visit outdoors of (yet close to) Mostar City. I meant it once I stated that this is likely one of the most scenic nations ever, so be sure that to visit some nearby factors of curiosity.

Getting to the Areas Outdoors of the Metropolis

To see the areas described under (Kravice, Blagaj, Pocitelj, and Medugorje), you possibly can both lease a automotive and drive it yourself, or you can do a day tour from Mostar that may take you around.

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A native pomegranate in entrance of the Blagaj spring and dervish home

Blagaj Spring + The Dervish Home/Tekija

Probably the most distinctive issues to to in Mostar and even the Balkans is to go to Blagaj (pronounced blah-guy) Spring. The spring is on the base of a very tall cliff, and is definitely the deepest spring in Europe. Blagaj is actually the supply of the complete Buna River, producing 43,000 gallons of water PER SECOND. No joke. The water is pure and chilly, and many surrounding restaurants truly use it to cool their drinks slightly than using fridges!

Subsequent to the spring you’ve gotten another previous Turkish house that’s now a tourist/historical website. This one is sort of comparable to the Kajtaz but has a bit of a special history, being occupied by ‘Dervishes.’ Dervishes are recognized to be the ‘Islamic hippies’ if you will, and they used to stay very simply and off the land in this scenic white home close to the spring.

These days you need to cover up to go inside, as with most elderly homes in Bosnia. You’ll be able to visit all of the totally different rooms, study what every one was for and how they used them, and in fact take footage in the gorgeous rug-adorned rooms.

Kravice Waterfalls

Kravice waterfalls (Krav-eet-zay) are some unimaginable waterfalls about an hour outdoors of Mostar. These waterfalls are extraordinarily scenic; many people revel at how lovely they are. I’ve seen a number of waterfalls in my travels but I still love visiting Kravice Falls, especially as a result of you possibly can swim in the water surrounding them. They’ve lately put up a lane line across the falls, but I personally had no drawback climbing up to get nearer to the falls and explore the rock pools. Just be careful – I didn’t inform you to do it!

There are loads of restaurants surrounding Kravice Falls where you will get a chew to eat overlooking the water. There’s additionally a tram that takes you up and down for 2 euro, however when you take the stairs the walk is straightforward sufficient.

Pocitelj Fort

Pocitelj Fort/Fort (po-chee-tell-ee) is an previous Ottoman walled hillside town subsequent to a gorgeous river. It’s solely about 15 minutes from Kravice Falls, and you’ll be able to visit them both collectively quite simply. Simply prepare for some stairs (some bus tours use a drop-off point above, however the parking zone is under). I’d advocate strolling in an enormous circle from one primary tower to the opposite (you’ll discover your approach easily enough) and seeing the views of the town and river from each side. One tower has been fortified by glass, however a lot of the rest of city is as authentic-ruins as it will get. The japanese tower is crumbling a bit, and you possibly can climb up to the top degree to look out the home windows identical to Rapunzel.

You’ll be able to decide pomegranates off the timber as you stroll across the town – hopefully you get them whereas they’re ripe! It’s also possible to buy pomegranate juice, rose juice, and tons of little cones of recent fruit and nuts from the locals who doubtless picked them from their gardens.

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The View from Pocitelj

Medugorje

Medugorje (med-oo-gohr-ee-yay) is a well-known Christian pilgrimage website where, supposedly, the Virgin Mary appeared to some younger individuals many years ago. Right now, individuals from everywhere in the world make pilgrimages to Medigorje, typically for Christmas and spiritual holidays.

There’s a MASSIVE outside church – the most important I’ve ever seen – for individuals to attend mass. You’ll be able to go into confession booths in like 20 totally different languages, and revel at fairly a couple of statues of Jesus, Mary, and a couple of different spiritual figures. Within the town, you’ll find present store after present shop all centered around Virgin Mary. You’ll be able to take your decide: life measurement Virgin Mary statues, Virgin Mary necklaces, magnets, cups, plates, bobbleheads, posters, keychains… actually every thing. So in the event you’re into the Virgin Mary… this is your home, yo.

Visit a Vineyard

Yep, they do make wine in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are lots of family wineries near Mostar, lots of which you’ll be able to visit and have a taste for your self. I imply, Bosnia isn’t KNOWN for its wine, however when in Rome, proper?

Watching the Sunset in Mostar

It wouldn’t be an Journey + Sundown information without sundown spots, right?! Mostar isn’t the perfect place to see the sunset, however you greatest consider I all the time attempt the find the perfect sundown views regardless of the place I’m. Listed here are some recommendations:

Drive Up the Hill Overlooking the City

You’ll see an enormous hill overlooking the town with a cross on prime. You’ll be able to drive up this (don’t attempt to hike although, I did that when – no path alongside the street). This is able to be a terrific place to see the twilight over the town.

Riverside Eating places

Seize yourself a table with a view for sunset – bonus if it has a view of the Previous Bridge, too.

Platforms Underneath the Bridge

Watching the sky change with the Stari Most in the background is nothing however magic. And people platforms are an exquisite place to chill out. Convey a picnic!

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Purchasing in Mostar

The place to Eat + Drink in Mostar

Phew, that was numerous adventuring you had to do to full all these cool issues to do in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina! You have to be hungry. Don’t worry, I have some nice places for you to attempt.

However first, I would like to warn you that typically the food can get a bit… sketchy in Mostar. It’s type of the one factor that sucks about Mostar – I received reeeeeeally sick here once, and they assume it was both salmonella or a parasite. Scary, I know – it’s not widespread, I just want you to be cautious and not eat something that you simply feel not sure of. I felt not sure about my hen salad, but I ate it anyway (who gets sick from a hen salad?! it was in all probability the eggs). Not good. I’ve since found some super reliable locations to eat in Mostar, so go to the places I recommend and train a basic quantity of caution (eat local dishes, order dependable issues) and you’ll be totally nice.

The Food Home

This place is a little more reasonably priced and has some absolutely delicious choices each of very conventional food and more western-ish belongings you is perhaps more acquainted with. It’s very close to the bridge and could be very dependable. A great probability to attempt something new.

Šadrvan

This place is true close to the previous bridge and perhaps has the most effective food in Mostar. The employees are all dressed up in conventional clothes, and provide nice service as you sit among the many fairy lights strung between timber. It’s tremendous cute, actually. Get a tasting platter that has a little bit of all the things, and get amongst the local/Turkish influenced meals.

Cafe de Alma Coffee Shop

I already mentioned this, but you MUST attempt Bosnian espresso, and this can be a good place to do it. If it’s full (which it typically is perhaps) there are numerous different small cafes too.

Seize Food to Go and Picnic Close to the Bridge

Grab some takeaway cevapi in the town – many places do this. (For those who don’t know, cevapi is principally like little sausage sticks of hamburger meat. They’re a basic food for the Balkans, and in Bosnia they come with chopped onions and ajvar/purple pepper sauce inside a pita. Scrumptious and onerous to mess up.) Take the food to one of many public platforms near the previous bridge and benefit from the sundown and/or previous town lit up at night time as you eat.

Alternatively, seize some groceries from a nearby market and make yourself a picnic fit for a king, with a view. You’ll be able to’t go fallacious with charcuterie platter supplies. I did this while traveling solo for my birthday one yr.

Bakeries

There are many recent and scrumptious bakeries, and they get cheaper and cheaper the farther you go from the primary town.

Black Canine Pub

Black Canine Pub is the place to go have some drinks after dinner. It’s proper alongside a smaller stream that empties into the Neretva, with a smaller version of the Stari Most bridge that was constructed prior to the larger model to be certain that it was constructionally sound. You may meet some locals there who will take you to Mostar’s nightclub on the opposite aspect of the bridge, in a cave-like opening in the cliff.

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Kravice Falls

The place to Keep in Mostar

The last a part of my Mostar journey guide has come: where to keep in Mostar. There are hostels in Mostar to stay in, but truthfully this place is so low cost that you simply may as properly deal with yourself to a personal room for not more than 30-40 Euro, or a pleasant airbnb.

I used to be in a position to discover a one bed room from a journey agency for 35 /night time right subsequent to the bridge a number of years again. Another time once I was with a couple of others, I stayed at a stunning airbnb right outdoors of city and not far from the Kajtaz house. There are a number of boutique resorts, with even nicer ones beneath development. There are plenty of choices! Listed here are a number of hyperlinks:

Airbnb

When touring with a household, I stayed in this Airbnb/villa right here with three rooms (7 visitor capability) right subsequent to the town and liked it. This one is great for smaller teams/couples or solo travelers.

Lodges

There are plenty of highly rated resorts in the town, relying on what you’re on the lookout for.

Hostels

There are additionally many cheaper hostels around town as nicely.

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Properly, that’s it for things to do in Mostar! Did you take pleasure in my Mostar travel guide? Is there something I missed?! Let me know if the comments!