This chapter is about Mostar’s landscape, blend of natural and cultural heritage. Mostar’s urban centre developed along the banks of the Neretva River, the headwaters of which emerge from the heart of the Dinaric Alps. The city is situated on the western cusp of the Dinaric Alps, at the foot of Velež and Prenj Mountains. The landscape is characterized by lush mountains punctuated by cliff faces and underground caverns. Dramatic canyons are traversed by rivers which give way to hidden waterfalls and the placid waters of crystalline lakes.
This chapter is about Mostar’s moderate Mediterranean climate. Although sometimes chilly, winters in Mostar are relatively mild with little to no snow fall. In fact, snowfall is infrequent enough that when Mostar does experience a significant snow, it is very much enjoyed! Summers in Mostar can be incredibly hot and sunny. On the hottest days, the temperatures in the shade can reach a staggering 45°C (113°F).
This chapter is about Mostar’s geographical position. Town is in Herzegovina, in the southwest region of the country and in close proximity to the Adriatic. The city is 132 km southwest of Sarajevo and 57 km northeast of Ploče, on the Croatian seaside. Mostar is situated at the junction between the Herzegovinian karstic lowlands and the mountainous interior. Mostar is the largest city in Herzegovina and the 5th largest city in the country with a population of just over 100,000; it is considered the region’s cultural, economic, and educational centre.
his chapter is about an exceptional diversity of plant life that hosted by Mostar because of its exceptional climate, varied topography, and unspoiled environment. Aside from the urban flora found in the city, the area outside of the city is dedicated to agricultural activities of varying scales. Many locals dedicate land to home grown fruits and vegetables, but larger scale production also contributes to the delicious assortment found at the outdoor markets and incorporated into the local cuisine.
This chapter is about the ecosystem of the Neretva River Valley that is internationally recognized. The varied topography of the region has fostered the development of distinct ecosystems, which in turn has supported the diversification of local fauna. Terrestrial water habitats of rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs; dry karstic hillsides with scrubby overgrowth; open grasslands meadows, and pastures on valley floors and uplands plateaus; densely forested mountain areas; subterranean habitats of extensive cave systems; cultivated agricultural land; and urban industrial spaces are just some of the habitats present in and around Mostar.
Preservation of Mostar natural heritage
This chapter is about the beauty of Mostar’s natural heritage, that is widely recognized and respected. Despite this, the environment is not immune from the encroachment and impact of development; the people of Mostar and the greater Herzegovina region face many challenges in the preservation and protection of their environment. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a signatory to many international conventions guiding policy in the areas of environmental protection and sustainable development.
This section is about cultural heritage of Mostar. Mostar is known for its rich cultural heritage, the evidence of which surrounds you. While exploring, visitors will learn about the complex history of the city, discover captivating views of the stunning landscape, and encounter numerous other charms while walking Mostar’s cobblestone streets.
This chapter is about Mostar long and complex history. Although there exists archaeological evidence of human inhabitation in the greater region extending into the Late Upper Palaeolithic, the first documented reference to Mostar dates to the mid-15th century. At this time, Mostar is described as a fortified site with a wooden suspension bridge crossing the Neretva close to the eventual location of the Old Bridge.
Panoramic viewpoints in Mostar
This chapter is about the best locations from which to experience Mostar’s landscape from a bird’s eye view. From above, it is possible to take in the vista of Mostar, including the breadth of the Neretva River Valley. Trace the beautiful jewel-toned river as it flows through the city centre in its rush westward toward the Adriatic Sea.
Main monuments in Mostar
This chapter is about some of the most significant historic monuments in Mostar. The legacy of Mostar’s rich and complicated history is the incredible landscape, which acts as an outdoor museum. By simply exploring the city on foot, visitors can find the physical traces of the Medieval, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav periods as well as more recent memorials connected to the Wars of Yugoslav Succession. Mostar has 40 national monuments; another 100 monuments are on the provisional list of national monuments. The most significant of these sites and for which Mostar is famous, is the Stari Most or Old Bridge which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2005.
Main Mostar museums
This chapter is about Main Mostar museums. Preservation of Mostar’s cultural landscape creates a vast outdoor museum that visitors can experience while exploring the city’s historic centre and its surroundings. In addition, the city has a selection of local museums which houses valuable artifacts dating from throughout Mostar’s history. The museums cover a variety of specialized historic content ranging from the residential life of elite families to the recent reconstruction of the Old Bridge.
Guided tours in Mostar
This chapter is about many tours that are available to visitors during their time in Mostar. To experience all that Mostar has to offer, visitors are encouraged to schedule tours with local guides. Most guided tours are either partially or entirely made on foot because it is the most convenient way to experience the city. Walking tours in particular, facilitate a more interactive and meaningful visit. Not only will you learn about the history and culture of this city but provide you an opportunity to visit the most beautiful attractions in Mostar. Because of the recent growth of tourism, many options are available, enabling you to choose tours that best align with your interests, physical ability, and schedule. The importance of natural heritage and historical events, as well as today's life in Mostar has shaped these types of tours. Local agencies and private service providers create experiences that will ensure that visitors find all of the hidden gems only locals know about.
Preservation of Mostar cultural heritage
This chapter is about the preservation of Mostar cultural heritage. Mostar's most compelling places are a wonderful blend of cultural and natural heritage. The Herzegovinian landscape has helped to shape local culture, and in turn, the local community has created a beautiful built heritage over the course of the city’s long and complex history.
This section is about the Mostar Aqua Path, a heritage corridor along the Neretva River in Mostar’s city centre. The Aqua Path is a developed cultural route that tells the story of Mostar’s history, culture, and traditions, particularly in connection to the Neretva River. The Aqua Path follows the historical development of the city while also highlighting the relationship the local community has to the Neretva River. Local tradition, legends, recreation, and economic activity have evolved due to the presence of the Neretva River at the heart of Mostar.
History of Aqua Path
the Neretva River. The name Neretva has Celtic origin and means “divinity that floats”; anyone who has experienced the Neretva River understand that the name is perfectly suited for the unforgettable waterway. It is hardly surprising that the banks of the Neretva would be chosen to establish a community and create a bridge connecting the Adriatic coast with a resource rich interior.
Description of Aqua Path
This chapter is about a thematic touristic walking route, the Aqua Path of Mostar. The route stretches from the Lucki and Carinski Bridges, between which you will discover the three main historic layers of Mostar: The Ottoman, the Austro-Hungarian, and the Yugoslav. Each layer has a distinctive history and defining architectural style which is easy to recognize as your traverse the route.
Visits to Aqua Path
This chapter is about the best ways to enjoy the Agua Path. Although visitors can explore the Mostar Aqua Path all year round, its beauty can best be appreciated during the warmer months when it is possible to enjoy activities such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing. After walking the Aqua Path on a cooler, winter day, warm up at the of the indoor spas at a local hotel such as Mepas or Eden.
his section is about the transportation options available for traveling to and departing from Mostar. Mostar is a transportation hub with two bus station, train station, and local airport. It is possible to plan a trip in and around Mostar using these services. Alternatively, driving a personal or rental car offers additional flexibility. Although the highways in the country are limited, the local roads offer spectacular scenery and with plenty of sites to visit between larger cities and towns.
This chapter is presenting air travel to and from Mostar. Mostar has a small, regional airport. The airport is located in the village of Ortiješ just 7 km south of Mostar’s city centre. The airport offers seasonal flights to destinations in Italy including Rome, Naples, Bari, and Bologna. The airport closes during the winter months due to a decrease in demand.
This chapter is presenting one of the most popular means by which to travel between Sarajevo and Mostar - train. The journey between the two cities is two hours in a comfortable air-conditioned Bosnian Talgo train. There are daily departures both in the morning and evening. The train ride is undoubtedly the best way to appreciate the dramatic landscape of the Neretva River Valley and the more rugged canyons between Mostar and Sarajevo.
This chapter is presenting traveling to Mostar by bus. Town has two bus terminals – Mostar Main (east) and Mostar (west) Bus Stations. Both are a short distance to the city centre and easy to reach by foot, car, or taxi. Most buses stop first at the main station on the east side of town (also the train station). Mostar Main is in close walking distance to the old historic centre of Mostar. If your destination is an accommodation is this area of town, exit the bus at Mostar Main Bus Station of the east side of town. Mostar is very well connected to other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as international destinations in neighbouring Croatia and Montenegro as well as other European cities.
This chapter is presenting how to reach Mostar by car. Mostar is easily accessible by car whether you are coming from neighbouring countries of Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia, or from further afield. From Sarajevo, Mostar is only a two-hour scenic drive during which you will pass through beautiful towns such as Konjic and drive by the peaceful waters of Jablaničko Lake before entering the Neretva River Valley. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the process of improving its motorways. In the future, the time it will take to drive between Mostar and Sarajevo will be cut in half! The Adriatic coast is also located close by to Mostar. Bosnia and Herzegovina has 20 km of coastline where Neum, a lovely seaside resort, is located. If you wish to visit another country entirely, the Croatian seaside is also an easy option for a day trip. The coastal towns of Split, Makarska, Gradac, or Ploče are just a couple hours away. Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Mediterranean Sea, is only 140 kilometres away from Mostar.