Although Mostar is a ‘City’, the size and location mean it is much more like a town. On arriving, you are greeted by a laid back, almost Mediterranean ambience that lasts the length of your stay. It’s a pretty, picturesque place that feels easy to hang around in. The scars of war are still evident on some of the buildings, yet Mostar feels like the most unlikely war zone possible. The old town is the gem and on an evening most life congregates near the famous bridge. If your travelling to Croatia or Montenegro, Mostar is a great stop off, and good base for exploring the south of Bosnia.
Like Sarejevo, burek and cevapci kebab rules…. so getting a cheap filling snack is not a problem. Traditional restaurants in the old town sell delicious meals. It’s not hard to have a sit in meal and a drink for €5.
There is a combined bus and train station, a short walk from the centre. Buses connect to all the main cities in Croatia, as well as destinations in Montenegro, and Belgrade in Serbia. Trains get you to Sarajevo and Zagreb. Mostar is small and easy to walk around, so there is no need to use transport to get around the city.
• Wander around the old town – Cobbled streets with traditional restaurants lead to the centre piece of the city – the Stari Most bridge. Browse the small shops and spot the occasional madman diving into the river below. At night, the sight of the illuminated old town against the mountain backdrop is magical.
• Visit the Turkish house – it’s a centuries old, elegant building, that is open to visitors. Learn about the city’s culture, history, and life in the 17th century.
• Look at the Snipers Tower – one of the more haunting parts of Mostars history, the ‘Tower’ is a disused bank, riddled with bullet holes, and left in the same state since the War. It is on most of the walking tours, and makes you realise the realities the locals endured. Best viewed from outside, the building’s interior is a mess of glass, dust, and in a dangerous state.
• Go to Blagaj Monastery – catch a bus to this 500 year old monastery, 12 km out of the city. It’s in a scenic location surrounded by a water spring, and there is an associated cafe to buy food, and drink strong Bosnian coffee.
• Kravice waterfalls – A fantastic natural sight in the south of the country. There’s no public transport, so join a tour or club together with other hostel dwellers and hire a car. Once there, you can sunbathe or swim and there’s a small cafe for food.
• Take a wine tasting tour – the area south of Mostar is full of vineyards, many are signposted from the roadside. Taste locally produced wine and purchase bottles for later. Brkic, and Andrija wineries are just two of the places to visit.
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