Maybe you never heard about it, maybe you don’t even know where Mostar is. I will give you a hint: it’s in the Balkans, just two hours and a half from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Yeah, that’s right: Mostar is in beautiful and surprising Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I don’t blame you for not knowing about this city. It is well hidden and I haven’t either heard about it until recently, when I road tripped through Europe. But you know what they say, the best places are the ones few people know about.
You might be wondering what makes this place so special? To begin with, Bosnia and Herzegovina is quite an atypical country for Europe: half of its population is muslim. Therefore, it looks quite exotic with all the mosques spread throughout the city and country.
Also, the country was part of a war in the late 90s in which Croatia and Serbia were also involved. The aim of the war was the breakup of Yugoslavia and it was achieved. You cannot visit the city without noticing the signs of war left in the building’s walls.
Maybe the biggest damage made by the war to Mostar’s architecture was destroying one of the city’s landmarks: the Stari Most Bridge, also known as the Old Bridge. The good news is that the bridge has been rebuilt and you can visit it and cross it. It is definitely one of the best views in Europe.
Tip for a great pic of the Stari Most Bridge:
I have discovered this place by chance, walking through the city and it definitely has the best view for the bridge: the Koski Mehmed-pašina džamija
In terms of food and accommodation, you will be surprised by the low prices. For example, for a night at a five star hotel we paid (2 persons) 60 euros. And I am telling you, the hotel was one of the best I have ever stayed in (https://www.vilaeden.com/en/). Food is also cheap: for a burger, desert and a Cola we paid 10 euros at the hotel.
So why wait? Book your tickets and visit Mostar!
May the travel bug bite you!