Mostar is one of the five largest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Different nationalities, cultures and traditions mixed here in one cocktail, forming a unique community.
The city has a long history that dates back to the early middle Ages. The city walls saw several wars and conflicts, due to which some architectural monuments were destroyed. However, fortunately, those dark times are long gone, and the ruins have long been restored and are ready to receive guests and tourists.
How to get to Mostar
Mostar has its own airport, but it is not large and serves only domestic flights and Italian charters. Therefore, it will be most convenient to get to the city by bus from Sarajevo. Buses depart from the capital to Mostar every hour; the travel time is no more than 2.5 hours. You can also take the train, it will take the same travel time, but the ticket costs almost half the price than a bus.
Sights of Mostar
Mostar is a quiet and interesting city located in one of the most picturesque places of the country. However, its rich history and sights make it a very popular tourist destination, especially among European tourists.
The main attraction of Mostar is the Old Bridge over the Neretva River, built during the Ottoman Empire in the mid-16th century. For 420 years, the bridge stood unharmed, but during the Yugoslav conflict, a bomb hit it. The building was restored only in 2004, since then it has been a symbol of reconciliation, and the area around the bridge has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
About half of the population of the city are Muslims, the other – Christians. That is why in the city you can meet such a variety of religious buildings of different eras: mosques, cathedrals, madrassas and churches. Some of them deserve a separate visit. For example, Koski Mashmed Pasha Mosque, Karagozbeg Mosque and Haci Kurt Mosque. Each of them represents unique sights of the 15-17th centuries that perfectly preserved traces of past years.
If you want nature, go to the Kravice waterfall 40 km from Mostar. Its waters fall from a height of 25 meters directly into the canyon that surrounds this place. The territory of the waterfall is included in the national reserve, but despite this, in the summer you can swim here.
Hotel in Mostar
Hotels in Mostar offer a large selection of accommodation of various types. The most luxurious and expensive hotels are located in the old city center, close to attractions. Outside the center, you can find quite comfortable hotels, apartments and even villas. Here is a short list of some hotels you could stay at:
- Motel Deny Bed & Breakfast
- Pansion Cardak
- Hotel Mepas
- Shangri La Mansion
- Eden Hotel & Spa
- Villa Anri Mostar
- City Hotel
- City Apartment One
- Villa Hum
- Hotel Villa Milas