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Day trip to Mostar

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Spending your vacation in Split, at the seaside, you might want to add a little variation to your holidays in terms of different culture and landscape. This kind of place can be found across the border in Herzegovina, more precisely the city of Mostar.

Mostar lies on the Neretva River and is named after the bridge guardians (mostari) on the river. The landmark of Mostar is Stari most (The Old bridge) which has together with the Old City been under the protection of UNESCO since 2005. It was built in the 16th century. The Old Bridge is also famous for diving which dates back to the bridge construction but the first dive was recorded in 1664. The competition in diving is held every year and so far it took place 447 times. This activity is not for amateurs, only experienced divers from a nearby Diving Club can do it; before jumping they collect money from the passengers and jump when they have collected 25 Euros.

Mostar is a multicultural city. Thus, in Mostar you can find buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period, sinagoges, mosques, Christian and Orthodox churches but most of all Mostar is influenced by the Ottoman rule. The Old City is dominated by the bazaar - a street from the 16th century which has preserved its authenticity. Here you can find many traditional restaurants and small shops with craftsmen processing copper by hand or weaving carpets. In some shops you will find glass mosaic lamps, chandeliers and tobacco for water pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mostar is situated in a valley surrounded by the mountains Velez and Prenj. This place is "nature privileged" as Ivo Andric said, a writer and a Nobel prize winner. The area of Mostar has different protected zones and some of them are: Nature Park Blidinje, Nature Park Hutovo Blato which is a well known bird reserve, National Park Kozara, Kravice waterfalls, the Neretva River... In these areas you can practice trekking, rafting, canoeing, bird watching...

How to get to Mostar

The distance between Split and Mostar is 146 km which means a 2 hour drive approximately. Split and Mostar are also connected by relatively frequent buses which continue till Sarajevo. Since you cross the border don't forget to bring your passports.

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