Mostar in Bosnia

The end of the trip got us to the city of Mostar in Bosnia. The buildings range from the old Ottoman Empire and the bridge over the water looks great. The day we went they decided to do the Red Bull Cliff diving from the top of the bridge, this resulted in 20 times more people and a load of noise going on. Its very atmospheric walking along the old Cobbled streets and seeing both Mosques and Cathedrals along the same street, and the food smelled great also. We found a nice pub called the Black Dog Pub that was run by an American and he was selling some nice real Ale’s so I had to indulge. Lots of buildings were war damaged and it was sad seeing them along the guided tour we had. It must have been dreadful when the Civil war devided the whole region . A great trip again and glad we passed through Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mostar (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [mǒstaːr]) is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 105,797 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s

most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

Kravica falls in Bosnia.

Another trip booked through Viator into Bosnia and Herzegovina. First we had to cross the border twice going from Croatia, this is a laborious process but must be done as we are out of the EU. It takes a little while to get there and a lot of the countryside makes for sad viewing seeing all the old house burnt and blown up from the war. We arrived at a checkpoint then its a walk downhill down to the falls itself. There were a few people swimming in the clear cold water and I would like to see it in the winter, today the temperature was in the 30’s.

Kravica waterfall, often erroneously called Kravice, is a large tufa cascade on the Trebižat River, in the karstic heartland of Herzegovina in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of Ljubuški and 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Mostar.[1] Its height is about 25 metres (80 ft) and the radius of the lake in the base of the waterfall is 120 metres (390 ft).[2] Kravice is a popular swimming and picnic area and, during the summer, it is frequently visited by tourists from Mostar, Medjugorje and Dubrovnik.

The Kravica Falls area also has a little cafe, a rope swing, a picnic area, and a place to camp.[3] The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green.[4] During the high season, various restaurants in the vicinity of the waterfalls mostly offer grilled dishes and fish specialties.[5] Near the Kravica Falls is also a small grotto with stalactites made of calcium carbonate, an old mill and a sailing ship.

A Visit to the old Town of Durbrovnik.

Picture showing the Rooftops of the old Town

We stayed in the area of Lapad just 5km away from the old City of Durbrovnik, however a bit quiter than the hussle and bussle of the old Town.

Durbrovnik Old Town

After a great breakfast in the hotel we decided to walk down to Dubrovnik old town , a walk of about 5 kilometres. It’s cheaper to buy the 1 day pass in the tourist office it costs about 180kuna but it works out better than seeing things and paying individually to visit them. We started with a walk along the ancient city walls and is well worth it for the stunning views across the rooftops of the old city. There are various museums and shops to look at and also loads of bars and restaurants to visit if you need refreshments. Whilst there we sat in a bar high on the city walls and as we drank a storm hit the old town and blew umbrellas and chairs everywhere much to our excitement. A great place to visit but does get very busy indeed. 

Montenegro and the lady of the rocks church in the fjord

Lady of the Rock Church

A great trip organised by viator a few months ago ventured into the republic of Montenegro and outside the EU. Border and passport control was the slowest ever, and having to check every passport on the small bus made bloody slow progress. First stop was to visit the small church they call the lady of the rocks, you get there by boat across a lovely deep fiord and was luckily not to busy. There was a small museum on the tiny island but it’s the views that were stunning. We had a little while on the island then we had to make our way to the walled town of kotor.

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