The best of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

July 08, 2017

Mostar was the very first destination on my trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. I knew very little about the country prior to my visit and didn't know what to expect but after the very first day in Mostar I was sold. I quickly learned that Bosnia and Herzegovina was a perfect combination of everything I loved about travelling; the country had an interesting history, the people were friendly, the culture was fascinating, the architecture was beautiful and the nature took your breath away. I simply couldn't have asked for more.

I ended up spending three days wandering around the streets of Mostar and exploring the surrounding areas. There's not much in Mostar itself but I could have easily spent another few days exploring the nature destinations nearby. I guess you have to save something for the next trip, right?

Here are the highlights of my trip to Mostar!



Stari Most Bridge and Neretva River

You can't visit Mostar and skip the Stari Most Bridge. It would not only be hard as Mostar is a relatively small town but it also offers the best views in town. Who could seriously resist the deep turquoise waters of Neretva river, the old town surrounding the river on both sides and the picturesque bridge pulling it all together? Come to the river for sunset shots and you won't be disappointed!


The Old Town

The old town might be crowded with tourists but it's also by far the most beautiful place in the city. Cobblestone streets, old buildings, mosques, restaurants serving any type of cuisine you could ask for, splendid views over the river and little shops that make you wan to spend your whole budget on souvenirs even though you wouldn't usually even care about shopping. East meets West in Mostar and the combination is absolutely fascinating! If you're searching for less crowded bits but still want to enjoy the beauty of the old town head to the Western river bank. There are still few streets the crowds haven't found!



History on the streets

You can still see plenty of signs of the war in Mostar. Despite the dark history the destroyed and unrepaired buildings filled with bullet holes certainly add charm to the city. I loved just wandering around and exploring the streets immersing myself in the history of this fascinating country. Besides abandoned buildings there's also some pretty amazing street art in Mostar!


Trip to Pocitelj

Pocitelj is located 30 kilometers outside Mostar and is a perfect destination for a half-day trip. I spent an afternoon walking around the cobblestone streets of this mountain side village, exploring the ruins and climbing to the tower on the top of the hill! There's not much to do in Pocitelj but the place is simply just so beautiful to skip.


Trip to Blagaj

Most of the people go to Blagaj to visit the Blagaj Tekke monastery and see the amazing colors of the Neretva river but you can also visit the fort in the village. The fort is easy to spot but the entrance is on the other side of the hill outside the village so prepare yourself for a little walk. Blagaj is located just outside Mostar and there are multiple buses running in there daily.


Mostar - Sarajevo Train Ride

The train ride from Mostar to Sarajevo has been described as one of the most beautiful ones in Europe and I full-on agree with that! You're going to spend couple of hours in an old school Soviet Union train gazing through the window and admiring the beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. The windows are gonna be dirty so the pictures won't turn up great but I enjoyed the train ride so much that I actually did it twice! There are only two trains departing daily so make sure not to miss them, and if you're going to Sarajevo for just a day trip remember to buy a return ticket - you will save loads of money!


Have you been to Mostar? If so, what did you enjoy the most during your stay? If not, did I manage to convince you that Mostar is worth visiting?


  

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14 kommenttia

  1. En kestä, aivan sairaan upeen näköstä!

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    1. Eikö olekkin! Tuolla ei kyllä maisemista tai hyvistä kuvauskohteista tule pulaa :D

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  2. Wow! This place looks absolutely amazing! Your photos are beautiful. I need to visit Bosnia, I didn't realise how nice it is.
    Happy Travels
    Lucy
    www.lucywilliamsglobal.com

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    1. Yeah you should totally visit if you haven't this far! Thanks a lot and good travels for you as well!

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  3. So nice to see a place that was so conflict-ridden and has such a dark history come back to life. Really beautiful and interesting destination.

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    1. I know right! Without the bullet holes and abandoned buildings you couldn't even tell it has such a dark history!

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  4. Love the Mostar bridge shots so much! I live only couple of hours away and still didn't visit it :(

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    1. Really? You should definitely visit if you got a chance. It's so beautiful!

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  5. Such a stunning location. The history and stories this amazing place would have!
    Lisa, The Middle Age Wanderer.

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    1. I wish I had met more locals who spoke English, I bet they would have had some amazing stories to share! :)

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  6. I havent visited Mostar but isn't it lovely how there are hidden treasures at every nook and corner of our beautiful planet! Lovoed your phoyos of the Stari bridge.. looks so ancient and appealing!

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    1. I had never heard of Mostar before I decided to travel to Bosnia - it was such a suprise to find a place like this that not many people still haven't heard of!

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  7. This looks and sounds incredible! I've been reading about the Balkans a lot lately because we will be in the area soon as well.

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    1. Lucky you! Would love to head to Balkans again, it's such an incredible region to travel :) Hope you found some inspiration!

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