After spending a half a day in Dubrovnik, we headed over to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Visiting Mostar, is one of the best day trips from Dubrovnik. Where is Bosnia? Many of you may wonder. It takes about 2,5 hours to drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar. There is also a bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar several times a day. Travel to Bosnia requires a passport, as this country is not part of the EU yet, so make sure to have your passport with you if you are planning to cross over to Bosnia. As soon as we crossed over to Bosnia, we saw a couple of mosques along the road, so we could sense that we were in a Muslim country. The city of Mostar is a small town it is the fifth largest city of Bosnia and it is famous for one of the oldest and highest bridges in the World called Mostar Bridge (Stari Mostarin Mostar). Mostar is not very big, but there are plenty of things to do in Mostar to spend a day there. Besides the bridge, there are very old mosques to visit and a couple of museums. Time in Bosnia is the same as it is in Dubrovnik, so you do not need to worry about the time difference.
Mostar – One of the Best Day Trips from Dubrovnik
The medieval bridge spans the Neretva River in the old town of Mostar. It was a 16th century Ottoman bridge until it was destroyed in 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War. The old bridge in Mostar was reconstructed by architect Mimar Hayruddin and the rebuilt bridge opened in July 2004. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Bosnia. It is one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture of the Balkans.
The bridge is hump-backed, 4 metres wide and 30 metres long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 m. Two fortified towers protect it: the Halebija tower and the Tara tower on each end. These are called bridge keepers. Every day there are young local guys who collect money from tourists for jumping into the river from the height of the bridge. A Mostar bridge jump looks very scary even from the distance, but it certainly makes a good show in an otherwise mellow town. There is a pretty colourful market around the Mostar Bridge that was set up to sell all sorts of souvenirs for tourists. It s a very nice place to visit and Mostar is a nice little town. Although, you can see the whole place in about an hour. The bridge and the River Neretva are beautiful. Great place to take some scenic photos.
There are more things to do in Bosnia, for those, who want to learn more about the country. You can visit the the capital, Sarajevo.
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