Mostar| Bosnia & Herzegovina
The city where West meets East meets North meets South.
Mostar is a city of poetry, a city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets.
Make Mostar the first stop on your trip.
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Located in a beautiful valley between the mountains of Herzegovina, Mostar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mostar is sure to be one of the most unique places you'll visit in Europe. Travelers know Mostar for its dwellings and monuments assembled over centuries. This is thanks to favorable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. The most famous landmark in Mostar is the Ottoman stone bridge. It connects the city over the Neretva River. The official religion in Bosnia is Islam. There is evidence of this influence throughout Mostar, with its Bazaars, Turkish House, tea houses and Mosques.
The Yugoslavian wars of the '90s are evident throughout the city. Mostar was the most heavily bombed city in Bosnia. Croat forces destroyed the famous stone bridge in 1993. The government rebuilt it in 2004 and it gained UNESCO World Heritage List status in 2005. A museum near the bridge houses photos which are a chilling reminder of how much Mostar suffered in recent years. One highlight of any visit is watching local men dive off the bridge into the green waters. You'll find Bosnia a great value destination. Bazaars selling inexpensive local souvenirs such as jewellery, ceramics and scarves line Mostar's streets.
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Where to stay in Mostar
Mostar's a unique place and when spending just one night here, you're already a long term resident compared the day trippers who flock here from Split and Dubrovnik. For such a unique city there really is only one place you should stay, and it's an official National Monument, the Ottoman era Musilbegovic House. We include this historic gem in all our overnight Mostar stays for our guests.
Things to do in Mostar
Mostar is best seen with a local guide as it is a city rich in history and culture. JayWay is glad to arrange private guide services so you can enjoy a walking tour of this one-of-a-kind city. Often we suggest Mostar as a day trip from Dubrovnik but if you want to further explore the regions of Bosnia or spend more time in the city than a day trip allows, Mostar should be at the top of your list as an overnight destination. The city is quite compact but for a smaller town Mostar has so much to offer. Highlights of any visit include the famous old bridge which historically linked the two sides of the town, Turkish house and old bazaar.
City Host, Dubrovnik
What I love about Mostar...
“I love Mostar because it has little bit of everything. It is a charming and unusual city that leaves an impression on each visitor that passes through it. While the city is not big, it does have everything you need to spend a great relaxing vacation here. Having different cultures, nationalities and religions in the city is a great thing. It's really something that makes the community unique.”
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