I have recently visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country which is blessed with beautiful places, natural landscapes and rustic small villages where time seems to stand still. Even if I have visited only a few places there, this country charmed me with its interesting tourist attractions.
One of the most famous places in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the small town of Mostar, a place which won its fame thanks to Stari Most, a lovely old bridge. Connecting the two parts of the town and built over the Neretva river, the bridge has a special charm and it is considered the symbol of the entire town.
The breathtaking image of this bridge is one of the reasons the tourists choose to visit Mostar. I must confess that I decided to visit Mostar, after I have admired a picture of this lovely bridge.
The truth is that besides this bridge, the town doesn’t have too much to offer. It’s a common small town, with a simple architecture where the traces of the last war can still be noticed on the walls of some buildings.
However, there are a few other places in Mostar which really deserve to be visited. The entire old part of the town is a beautiful area where the tourists can enjoy a lot of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Whether you choose to take a walk on its narrow cobblestone streets or rest at one of the terraces from where you can admire the lovely bridge, both options are perfect in case you want to relax in a special atmosphere.
The mysterious Koski Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque is the place from where you can admire the most beautiful view of the famous old bridge. Built in 1617, on a rocky bank of the Neretva river, the mosque is simple, but at the same time really beautiful and it is blessed with a rustic appearance. You should go up the stairs and get to the minaret in case you want to admire the famous breathtaking image of the bridge.
Karadoz-bey Mosque is another beautiful religious edifice which was built in an Islamic architectural style and which deserves to be visited.
Biscevic’s House, Muslibegovic’s House or Kajtaz’s House are a few old and beautiful buildings that the tourists can admire in Mostar.
Another interesting place is Hamam, a very old Turkish bath, built in the 16th century, which is situated very close to Stari Most.
Mostar also hosts the Museum of Herzegovina or the Memorial Museum which is located in a rustic memorial house. This museum displays a collection of items and objects which show the cultural-historical heritage of Mostar and Herzegovina. In front of the museum there is a cemetery dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the war which led to the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Even if it seems that there are not too many beautiful attractions in Mostar, with the exception of the lovely Stari Most, my advice is to spend at least a couple of days in this town. The reason is that besides the tourist attractions I have already talked about, there are also other beautiful places situated in the area of Mostar. I would like to mention only three of them, which in my opinion really deserve to be visited.
First of them is Tekija, an old Muslim monastery situated in the village of Blagaj, at about 12 kilometers away from Mostar. The image of this monastery which seems to float on the green water of the river and which is surrounded by mountains is simply incredible.
Pocitelj, an old Ottoman fortress situated on top of a mountain, is another place which deserves your attention. If you consider that the effort of climbing the mountain is too much for you, you should at least stop for a second and admire the fortress from the foot of the mountain. The fortress is situated at about 30 kilometers away from Mostar, on the way to Kravice, which is the last attraction I recommend in the area.
Situated 40 kilometers away from Mostar, Kravice Waterfall is considered a Bosnian jewel thanks to its beauty.
To conclude, in order to live an unforgettable experience in Mostar, make sure you will also add these lovely places to your trip itinerary. Mostar might not be a fairytale town, but if you carefully plan your trip there, it will be a memorable one.