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Aaaah Bosnia, it’s nice to be backpacking in a ‘real’ country again, one not covered in tourist hotspots and overpriced postcards. Croatia was great but I’m happy to leave.

Bosnia was involved in a bloody civil war just 20 years ago as they broke away from the former Yugoslavia and the country still bears the scars to this day. Mostar was a scene for many of those battles and as you wander the streets you see bullet holes strewn across buildings at every corner. It’s a sobering reminder about how lucky we are to have grown up in Western Europe, North America or ANZ.

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Mostar’s recovery has been nothing short of remarkable

My first stop in Bosnia is Mostar, a 4 hour bus ride from Split ($15). Despite it’s history, Mostar has flourished in recent years, partly due to its proximity to Croatia. The Old Town and Old bridge here are UNESCO listed world heritage sites and rightly so. The town itself is pretty small (100, 000 people) so you can traverse it on foot pretty easily. It’s found in a deep valley, with towering mountains all around, really quire spectaculat.

 

I spent 2 nights here, and really loved it. Spend your first day exploring the city, and make sure you check out the best things to see in Mostar:

 

1)   The Old Bridge (Stari Most):

This is just asking for trouble. The UNESCO bridge was rebuilt after getting destroyed during the civil war in the early nineties but it’s back with a vengeance. It’s been rebuilt and is now ridiculously cute. What’s not cute however is the local tradition of diving off it, all 21m into the freezing cold river below. If you pay the local dudes who linger around there, they’ll show you how it’s done. Now are you man enough to do it?! (Note: I forget my swimshorts, so couldn’t do it, that was the reason, and that’s’ the end of it!)

mostar old bridge  mostar old bridge diving

2)   Old Town:

Equally as beautiful as the bridge but perhaps without the drama of potentially diving to your death. The old town harks back to the Ottoman empire, with its Turkishesque bazaars, colourful narrow streets and impressive mosques. It’s postcard in reality.

mostar old town

3)   The Mall:

If you’re on a short term backpacking stint, feel free to ignore this. If you’re a long-term traveler like me, you’ll love me for this. Mostar has just built a brand new mall, complete with 6 screen movie theatre in English, about 10 minutes walk from the Old Town. So get your home fix, hit up the mall, drink coke, eat popcorn and forget about where the next night bus is taking you to, or where you’re gonna be sleeping tomorrow.

 

mostar new mall
Oh yeaaaah!

If you’re in Bosnia, you can’t miss you on Mostar, It’s beautiful, and it’s only 40km away from Bosnia’s coolest sight – the Kravice waterfalls (article tomorrow). Happy travels!

 

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11 thoughts on “Backpacking in Bosnia; Things to See in Mostar

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  3. You were right about “ou’ll love me for this”! I even made a screenshot of a part about shopping mall and send it to my travel partner as we are also used to mall “getaway”! Lol! Now i know, I’m fine and not crazy!

  4. Hello everyone,

    I am offering transport and organizing tourist visits for all over Herzegovina and Bosnia as well.
    I do transfers (max 4 persons) from Mostar to Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Sarajevo and Tuzla airport and vice verse

    my contact details

    senad.kukrica@outlook.com
    tel: 0038761491504

    Please do not hesitate to call

  5. Hey! Love the blog!! I’m learning so much before my travels to Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro! I was wondering where and how you got your ticket from Split to Mostar? I’d really love to know before I go! Also if you traveled from Mostar to Montenegro, I’d love to know what transportation you took to get there! Thanks so much!

    1. Hello everyone,

      I am offering transport and organizing tourist visits for all over Herzegovina and Bosnia as well.
      I do transfers (max 4 persons) from Mostar to Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Sarajevo and Tuzla airport and vice verse

      my contact details

      senad.kukrica@outlook.com
      tel: 0038761491504

      Please do not hesitate to call

  6. you are doing great.i visit your page everyday. someone like me learns so much from your website
    i am writing blog about my hometown.it is in Turkish. When i saw your blog,i start to write in English. i hope people like my first page
    http://kapadokyarehberi.info/ihlara-vadisine-nasil-gidilir/cappadocia-turkey/ my home town fairy land with fairy chimneys and rock formations used as a house,storeroom or hotel.I call it the flintstones, STILL PEOPLE LIVES IN A CAVE. Do you believe it?

  7. If you are in Sarajevo, you can make a one day trip to Mostar via train (1970s vintage). You leave about 7am from Sarajevo arrive in Mostar at 10am. Train returns at 7pm with arrival back in Sarajevo at 10pm (all times approximate). Cost was about $10 round trip in Spring 2014. Train station in Sarajevo is behind the US Embassy and Train Station in Mostar is on the northside of town on the inbound road to Sarajevo. Train was fine–appeared to be from Western Germany of the 1970s with their toilets that “flush to the tracks” that I remember so well from those days before the high speed trains.

    1. Mostar is the most beautiful in the spring. Mostar is a lot warmer than Sarajevo, May would be ideal … in Mostar during the summer day the temperature climbs over 40 Celsius on the sun, Sarajevo has more moderate temperatures.

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