During my travels through Croatia (Blogpost: 25,000 Km Europa road trip part 16 : Croatia) I actually entered Bosnia and Herzegovina twice! One time by accident when I was traveling from Dubrovnik to Split by crossing the small seaside village of Neum and the other one when driving towards Mostar. What a great way to start my road trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina. When you enter Bosnia you be obliged to show all your documentation to the border security. It is a similar procedure like the one I did when entering the Ukraine (blogpost: Crossing the border into the Ukraine) , therefore I recommend check out this blogpost for extra information. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views and landscapes of Bosnia and Herzegovina! You will not regret it.. at least.. if you do not go off-road. As there are still a lot of landmines to be found!
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Visiting the city of Mostar..what a pleasant surprise!
The border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia is an easy one. The procedure did not take more then 10 minutes and as soon as you enter Bosnia you can see the roads and infrastructure has been quiet the progress over the last few years. After the war was finished, Bosnia quickly became a famous tourist destination as did all the other former SFRY countries. Great news, as a road trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an exciting adventure!
I did not really know what to expect from Bosnia, but it was a very nice suprise. Yesterday evening drove from Dubvrovnik to Mostar. It took me about 75 minutes and as you can see on my picture it is absolutly stunning! A lot of tourism from the USA as well. #tourism #mostar #usa #roadtrips #bosnia #nature #mosque #mosques #mosquesofworld #architecture
My first stop would be in Mostar. Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. One of the most famous landmarks is the Stari Most, or also known as “Old Bridge”. This reconstructed medieval arched bridge was almost completely destroyed during the war, but is now restored to its full glory. And what a beauty it is! The city itself has a lot of moslim influences like mosques and typical Arab kitchen.
What I loved about this city was the relaxed atmosphere and the cute small streets with all the traditional shops and restaurants. You find a good hotel or appartement for as little as 14 euro per night and eating out will cost you around 8 euro per person (a drink included) for a 2-course meal. Now that is a bargain!
Visiting Blagaj Tekke and the Buna River
At about a 30-minute drive you will find the beautiful Buna River. Nearby the source of this river is the Blagaj Tekke. This small lodge is know a monastery and for just 2 euro per person you can visit and even wash yourself in the river. Keep in mind though that the water is freezing!
Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna river and a historical tekke (tekija or Dervish monastery). The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, with elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style. Entry is just € 2,- per person and the water ice cold! #bosnia #blagaj #ottoman #mediterranean #naturephotography
The Kravica waterfalls. What a tourist trap!
The Kravica waterfall is a large tufa cascade on the Trebižat River. It is also known as “little niagara” as it resembles the Niagara Falls in Canada. A ticket cost about 8 euro per person, but keep in mind that in the summer it can get very busy. Even so busy that all the water of the spring is dirty and full with garbage and waste. It was a really disappointment as the view is absolutely stunning. I just hope one day they will decide to take good care of it before it is too late. If you visit during your road trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina make sure it is on the low-season.
The Kravice waterfalls are about an hours drive from Mostar. You get the "smooth waterfall" look by playing a bit with the shutterspeed of your camera. Only problem is that during the day it becomes a real tourist trap and it will be too crowded. So go early! Entry was € 3,- and parking € 2,- #waterfall