Mostar: Prettiest of them all

I previously shared my first blog post about my trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina . Let’s continue the Balkan journey with a road trip from Sarajevo to Mostar.

On the road

 

Mostar is around 2 hours drive south of Sarajevo. Sitting at the passenger’s seat I was enjoying the ride absorbing the surrounding beauty.

 

A lake on the way to Mostar

 

It was drizzling that day but it only made everything look more beautiful.

 

Raining on the roadtrip

 

I was accompanied by Edita from Velvet Life, she’s originally from Mostar. Along the way she shared her memories growing up in Mostar. Edita showed me her old school and some of her favorite hangouts.

 

Old town Mostar

 

Mostar  is known for its culture and also for its beautiful old bridge. 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 classical pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

 

Mostar’s famous bridge

 

The bridge is beautiful from every angle. We walked over it, went under it and walked all the way to the other side of town for a better view of the old bridge.

 

Beautiful Mostar

 

tip: Divers gather on the bridge for a diving competition. It is worth hanging around to watch them if you have spare time.

 

Mostar’s divers

 

The old town is a bit touristy but it is full of life and has a nice vibe. Weather was just perfect that day and it was perfect time for lunch with one of the best views in town.

 

Lunch view

 

I must say travelling to Bosnia is very affordable specially the food is really cheap. I had grilled lobster and it cost around $10.

 

My lunch

 

We then continued to Kravice waterfalls. It was just stunning. People were enjoying their time, swimming and just chilling.  

 

Kravice waterfalls

 

On the way back to Sarajevo we visited a small town called Blagaj. It is famous for the Sufi tekija (Dervish monastery) that was built around 1520 to host the traveling dervishes. It is now a tourist attraction but it is still open for prayers and dhikr. It is only 10 minutes away from Mostar and totally worth visiting.

 

The entrance to Blagaj tekija

 

There are cafes and a souvenir shop at the tekija.

 

Inside the tekija

 

Mostar is truly the prettiest of them all!

I’m still not done and I have a lot to share from my first trip to the Balkans.

 

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Notjustaphoto was a guest at Bosnia courtesy of Velvet Life, however my opinion is as always, my own.