Most people who visit the city of Mostar choose to do it as a daytrip from Croatia. And, while that’s better than nothing, I would strongly recommend staying at least one night. Mostar has such a unique vibe, beautiful architecture, and delicious food. Plus, with premium Airbnb apartments for less than $100USD, it’s easy to find a good deal for the night. So what is it about Mostar that is so attractive to visitors? There are plenty of reasons to go, but here are my top three.
The Stunning Old Town and Bridge
Let’s start with the most famous part of Mostar: the old bridge. Standing over a beautiful river, the Mostar Bridge provides a gorgeous view of the city and surrounding mountains. Of course, the earlier in the day (or later in the evening) you visit the bridge, the fewer people will crowd around you. On either side of the bridge, you’ll find a compact layout of beautiful restaurants, pubs, and souvenir stalls.
The rivers and resulting bridges are undoubtedly the most visually striking features of Mostar. But when you have a bit of extra time there, you’re able to really appreciate the character that oozes out of every building. Bosnia has a well-documented history of violence, most recently in the late 20th century. Many of the buildings in Mostar still show the scars of war. Once you notice one or two bullet holes, it is tough not to see them everywhere you turn. Of course, its tragic past is now simply a part of Mostar’s fascinating history and culture.
The Food and Night Life
When it comes to food, it’s tough to find better bang for your buck than the Balkan nations. Even in Mostar, a relatively well-known tourist stop, you can easily find cheap and filling meals. The heart of Old Town is obviously going to be more expensive, but still cheap by US or Western European standards. When you’re done eating any number of traditional Balkan dinners, you can kick back and relax at one of the local bars. In summer, the Black Dog Pub has live music, outdoor seating, and a cool, laid-back vibe. Plus, it’s located in one of the coolest corners of the Old Town.
Once you’ve spent some time absorbing the atmosphere of Mostar, you’ll probably want some sort of adventure. Well, you’re in luck: Kravice Falls is located just 40 minutes from Mostar, and is totally worth a trip. We spent a full morning and afternoon there, and it was absolutely stunning. The water is chilly, but that also means you’ll get it to yourself. At the very least, even if you don’t want to take a swim, at least you’ll be treated to one of the most beautiful views in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
No matter what you’re looking for when you travel, Mostar delivers. You’ll find one of the most unique and beautiful old towns in all of Europe, delicious food and drink, and one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the Balkans.