We visited this country for a day during our road trip through the Balkans (between Croatia and Montenegro). We were only in Mostar and surroundings, but I loved it so much that I’ll definitely go back for more.
We visited Mostar first and then the surroundings in order to catch a tour of the city, but I’d recommend to do it backwards to make the most out of your time.
We arrived early to catch a Free Walking Tour of the city. It’s a great way to get an overview of the place and its amazing history. Our guide showed us before and after pictures of some of the buildings bombed during the siege in the 1990s.
It’s architecture shows the many cultures that have reign this place (Turkish, Austro-Hungarian, Soviet Yugoslavia to name a few). And it concludes in one of the old town highlights: the Stari Most.
Half an hour from Mostar is this amazing place, where a Dervish House (a Muslim monastery) stands beneath a huge mountain next to a river. A really beautiful place.
When we arrived to Blagaj, we were starving. We had lunch at Vrelo Restaurant right in front of the Dervish House, which has an amazing view of the mountain and a delicious dish called “Try-Me Trout”, freshly fished from the Buna river.
We actually saw this place while driving to Mostar. I was so amazed we actually came back later and explored the town. You can take your car to the top of the hill and climb down the stairs to see the tower of the fortress, or park at the bottom and go up.
You can also enter the mosque and see medieval / contemporary houses that look like the ones in Lord of the Rings. It’s also a great place to see the sunset.
How do we define a romantic dinner? Drawing on the table while our food is served, surrounded by cats and a large grasshopper. And delicious Bosnian dishes, of course.