Even though we had a schedule for our vacation in Croatia, we squeezed a day trip to Mostar. I now think that Mostar is a great idea for everyone coming from Dubrovnik or visiting the Balkan region. In fact, this is a cultural and historical place you’ll never forget.
Here is why .
our route through the mountains
The Neretva is the largest river of the eastern part of the Adriatic basin. It flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia until reaching the Adriatic Sea. It is the largest karst river in the Dinaric Alps in the eastern part of the Adriatic basin/watershed. Its total length is 230 kilometres (143 miles), of which 208 kilometres (129 miles) are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the final 22 kilometres (14 miles) are in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia
Stari Most is a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city.
The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.One of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, it is considered an exemplary piece of Balkan Islamic architecture.
This is probably the best known historic landmark in Bosnia. the old town of mostar where the bridge is, is very beautiful. avoid numerous tourist traps, dont go and eat around the bridge. ask a local where you should go instead. There are many pick-pockets and beggars too. In the summer it is literally boiling hot around the bridge.
The stones from the bridge are heavily polished and very very slippy, the need for sensible shoes with a good grip is a must. The locals jump from the bridge into the water below which is good to watch, however they won’t do it until they have been given enough tips to dive/jump.
Karagöz Bey Mosque
Karagöz Bey Mosque is a mosque in the city of Mostar. With its big dome and high minaret it is the largest in the region. Under the dome is the elegant stone minaret with stalactite decoration below seref. This mosque was built by Mehmed, son of Abu Seadet 965 of the Hegira.The founder of the mosque was a native from the Potoci in Bijelo polje, located 12 km north of Mostar. He was the brother of Grand Vizier Rustem and Herzegovina governor Sinan, who governed Herzegovina from August 1547 to June 1549. Karađoz Bey died in Mostar around 1564, where he was buried in the graveyard beside his mosque.
It was a beautiful mosque with great views from the top of the minaret (which you can climb for a fee). The attendant was very friendly and spent a lot of time telling us about how the mosque works.
TIP: When going to Mostar from Dubrovnik you can take the main highway but you can also takee one through the mountains. The roads are very narrow, and winding BUT GIVES YOU AMAZING VIEWS ON THE BORDER WITH CROATIA
When you also take the road trhough the mountains, you will see a lott of destroyed houses because of the war.