Herzegovina is today still an undiscovered beauty located in the heart of Europe. It offers plenty of places which you will wish to visit and adventures you will want to experience: landmarks with long and rich histories, tasty local food, experience adventure, and meeting warmest people – Herzegovinians.
Lejla Šehić, 21 years old Bosnian living in Sarajevo, in love with exploring her country, will present you places of Herzegovina region through the story from her perspective.
Neretva, Herzegovina’s greatest treasure, passes through the city of Mostar and flows under a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge which was destroyed during the Bosnian War, remarkable Stari most (old bridge), which connects the East and West parts of the city. While walking on the bridge on warmer days, you can watch The Old Bridge divers who dive into the river from a height of twenty-four meters, leaving many tourists breathless.
One must-do in Mostar is enjoying a local meal: ćevapi, burek pita (pie) or begova čorba (Bey’s soup). After enjoying the local culinary delights, why not do some shopping in the Bazaars and traverse the cobblestone streets, perhaps stopping to have a cup of strong Bosnian coffee (the smell alone is enough to entice you!) while listening to the stories of local heroes who fought to defend the city during the war twenty years ago.
Photo: Old bridge, Mostar by Sanjin Halilovic
#2 Blagaj and Stolac
While in Herzegovina, you have to visit a village in the spring of the Buna river and a historical tekija (Dervish monastery), Blagaj, and town Stolac, a few of kilometers down the road from Mostar. The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, with elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style and is today a national monument. Stolac, on the other hand, exudes elements of the Illyrian, Roman, and Slavic periods, and is home to the Radimlja- stećak necropolis, Ošanići – home of an Illyrian tribe called the Daorsi, the Neretva tributary Bregava, and Badanj cave.
Photo: Radimlja by Sanjin Halilovic
Pleasant settlement of Počitelj is placed 20 km to the south, below the high cliffs above Neretva, dominated by the medieval defense fortresses. Architecturally, the stone-walled parts of the town are a fortified complex, in which we can notice both medieval Bosnian and Ottoman design influences. Počitelj fortress offers an amazing view of the river Neretva and the whole Čapljina municipality.
Photo: Počitelj by Daniel Merton
#4 Hutovo blato
Hutovo blato National park is located right next to the national border. This sole and bird reserve in Bosnia and Herzegovina is known for its marshlands created by the Krupa River and green oasis with an abundance of fresh water, which makes it a great habitat for a multitude of different bird and animals, which makes Hutovo wonderful for nature lovers and bird-watchers!
Photo Hutovo blatoPhoto: Hutovo Blato by Adis Avdic
A great place to visit is the coastal town of Neum, which stretches twenty kilometers along the beautiful Adriatic Sea. The Mediterranean climate, seafood, and characteristic mentality and hospitality of the inhabitants make Neum as an attractive location for summer vacation or just a weekend away.
Herzegovina offers much more than these places and it is beautiful to see at any time of the year. It offers you diversity of experiences and as such, it is definitely a must see.
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