Sarajevo, lovely Sarajevo. It’s time to say goodbye and continue fairytale in Herzegovina. Still the same country but not exactly…
From land of Bosniaks and Serbians we move to area were Bosniaks coexists with Croatians.
Somewhere on the border of those worlds we found place for our the most beautiful dreams… Jablaničko Jezero. Just next to the main road between Sarajevo and Mostar. And how to concentrate while driving a car in such scenery?
Opel Corsa 1.4 team 🙂
I could stay there forever but other astonishing places were waiting for us: Herzegovina with it’s mian city – Mostar. But before Mostar – Neretva kanjon with road exactly in the middle, next to the river.
After more then 3 hours journey and only 120 km we finally arrived to Mostar. Why so long? We couldn’t resist views on the way and local beekeepers. btw. Bosnian honey rules!
First afternoon in Mostar, one destination – Old Bridge. One of 10 most beautifull and important bridges in the world. It’s a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during the War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004. Bridge is a place of traditional diving competition which takes place every year in mid summer. Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you can see young men leaping from the bridge to Neretva river. We were lucky (as always) on Saturday evening (day4) 🙂
After sightseeing – traditional food = meat, beer and bed.
Day 4, Saturday
Morning with the best breakfast friend – Burek for the 4th time (and last)! Plan for today – Blagaj, Radimlja, Ošanići and Kravice Waterfalls.
Let’s start with Blagaj, which is situated at the spring of the Buna River and a historical tekke (tekija or Dervish monastery). The Blagaj tekija was built around 1520, with elements ofOttoman architecture and Mediterranean style and is considered a national monument.
Amazing place with spring of the river located in cave, just bellow almost verical rock wall raising tens meters above. Turquise, extremelly cold water and few tourist. I like it!
Next village to visit – Radimlja, necroploy which is considered as one of the most valuable medieval monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of its stećak tombstones date from the 15th and 16th centuries, as evidenced by the epitaph on one of the tombstones – this was the period when the Hrabren Miloradović family lived in Ošanići. Records from 1967 show that the necropolis then had a total of 133 tombstones.
If we are talking about mysterious times, we couldn’t try to visit Herzegovina Stonehenge. Why did I use word „try”? Because we didn’t find it 😀 At least road was so nice – narrow (should be one way but who cares – To je Herzegovina), steepy, temporary fuel consumption at the level of 30l/100km 😀 and amazing view on Stolac.
At the end few more pictures from Mostar (those were taken on Satrday) 🙂
If you feel insufficiency of photos from Mostar – don’t worry! We were there also on Sunday morning 🙂 Be patient, report from last day of the trip coming soon!