One of the most visited and famous city’s in Bosnia is Mostar. A city that offers fantastic nature, beautiful architecture, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tragic history.
Wherever you decide to go in Mostar, you will stumble upon Ottoman architecture, several traditional restaurants, lovely markets and beautiful mosques.
If you are looking for some tips on things to do in Mostar for your next trip, then this is a great list for you!
Here is the list of the Top 7 Things to do in Mostar!
Walk on the Stari Most Bridge
One of the top things to do in Mostar is to visit the famous old bridge – Stari Most. This bridge was built by the Ottomans during the 16th century and is an excellent example of Islamic architecture.
This beautiful bridge lies in the heart of old town and crosses the beautiful Neretva River.
The Stari Most bridge is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts thousands of visitors each year!
Visit the Blagaj Monastery
When in Mostar, make sure to drive out to the Blagaj Monastery. This Monastery lies only a short drive from central Mostar in the small village of Blagaj.
The Monastery of Blagaj was founded by the Dervish monks in the 16th century and lies in a beautiful environment of cliffs, turquoise water, lush nature and small waterfalls.
Today this old Monastery houses a restaurant, where one can come and enjoy a nice lunch in a tranquil setting. If you’re not interested in eating here, you can also pay a small fee to take a look inside the building.
Shop at the Čaršija market
Near the Stari Most bridge in the heart of the old town of Mostar, you will find this lovely market on each side of the Neretva River. Since Mostar has historical Ottoman influences, this market has got an eastern feel and selling beautiful rugs, nice painted plates, and lovely souvenirs.
The Čaršija market is not a tourist-trap since both locals and tourists visit it.
View the Street Art of Mostar
Like I have written in a past few articles, I’m a big fan of street art. I love how local artists express themselves and make a ”boring” wall into a masterpiece.
The Bosnian War left a big mark on Mostar and its people. The street art in Mostar is a way for the local artists to give people a message of peace and a protest of the horrible past.
When you walk around in Mostar, you will stumble upon abandoned houses where you can see actual bullet holes from the Bosnian War. One artist has written ”We are ALL living under the same sky,” which is very touching.
It’s something special and heartbreaking about the street art of Mostar, where they touch the viewers with their art and sad history.
Make a day trip to Kravice Waterfalls
If you have spare time to waste in Mostar, then I can highly recommend you to visit the Kravice Waterfalls. This is the perfect spot to spend a hot summer day for some swimming and relaxation. Here you can view 25 meters high waterfalls dropping into a gorgeous turquoise pool.
This little paradise is a must for you to visit since it’s one of the best things to do in Mostar if you have an extra day or two. Swim in the pool, jump from the swing, explore behind the waterfalls and just have fun!
If you’re planning to stay a whole day, no worries, this place offers a café where you can enjoy a cold beer and some delicious cevapi!
Explore the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque
This beautiful mosque offers the best views of the famous Stari Most bridge and is also one of the best attraction in town. The Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque was built in the early 16th century by the Ottomans and is today the best-preserved mosque in the area.
To enter the mosque it will cost you a small fee, but the price also includes the climb to the minaret where you will get a fantastic view of Mostar.
Visit the War Photo Exhibition
If you want to get a better insight of the History of Mostar, then you have to visit the old historic building where you can view an exhibit with photos of the Bosnian War. This building is to be found next to the Stari Most and features actual photos that were taken during the civil war.
The photos show the destruction of the war and the daily struggle that the locals had to put up with every day. This place is a great start to better understanding the horrible past of Mostar.