Mostar is the administrative centre of Herzegovina and its largest town. Due to its mild and favourable climate, with over 230 sunny days a year, Mostar is considered a pleasant place to live and because of its history, Mostar, as we know it now, has two distinctive parts: the ancient, Old Town, which dates from the early 16th century, and the modern from 1950’s. Regardless of which route into the town you take you are met by traces of the blending of cultures and civilizations, so, in a radius of one hundred metres you can see a mosque, a Roman Catholic church and the spot of the new Mostar synagogue; from the asphalt road you will unexpectedly walk on to a cobble stone road and dive into the beauty of Mostar.
Once you enter the centre and pass the busiest streets, you will see why Mostar is known as one of the most interesting destinations in this part of Europe. Whether you are on your way as a pilgrim to Medugorje or visiting the Dervish House in Blagaj, Mostar should be a part of your journey; it is less than an hour's drive from the Adriatic coast and just over 2 hours drive from the capital of Sarajevo. The town is open for tourists throughout the year and in the summer offers numerous attractive locations, the most famous of them being The Old Bridge, originally built in 1566, and fully reconstructed in 2004. The core of The Old Town, including the Bridge is proclaimed a protected UNESCO zone for its importance and beauty.
Where to stay
The BRISTOL HOTEL is located in the centre of Mostar, on the right bank of the Neretva river, right next to the Tito bridge.
The Motel Demadino is attractively located in the old part of the city of Mostar, close to the location of the Old Bridge.
"The visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular. Driving on the open roads is simple and easy. Through the towns can a little more nerve raking. Having a couple of nights in each place helped keep the pace realistic. Be prepared for limited ability for laundry other than the hotel services. Having 3 nights in Trogir was a little more than needed and would have been better 3 nights based in or nearer to Split as this was where most sights were. Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. Being just before the tourist season had its benefits with things being less busy. Just a few times things were not yet open. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend."
G Emblen, April, 2015
"Walking along Dubrovnik walls & spectacular views Enjoying Plitvice waterfalls - spent hrs walking every path. Beware Hvar town is nightclub land - seeing the town is a must but think a stay at Starigrad town would have been better. Cost of walking Dubrovnik walls high but apparently needed for conservation but would think good revenue brought in by cruise ship guests. Great mixture of inland walking & coast. Had bad experience with trip to Mostar so cannot recommend that."
S Howles, September 2013
"Thank you for your assistance with our recent trip to Croatia. It was a terrific experience and one of our best trips to date. We particularly enjoyed the week sailing in the islands near Split and the coast of the south. Mostar was a bit of a tough place but worth the day. The hotel was certainly not a highlight but passable for a single night. We loved Perast. Slovenia was less enjoyable unfortunately. I would suggest that you caution people regarding the mandatory sticker required for all vehicles. It cost us 150 Euros as a fine as well as the 15 Euro fee. There are no signs nor clue of this when entering the country. The tags are available at bus stations and post offices apparently. Zagreb is also a good experience and a fine historic city to visit. Driving in Croatia is good although the towns are challenging as is parking. All in all a wonderful experience. We would visit again and perhaps rent a sailboat ourselves. We would be interested in Portugal as a future destination. We travel frequently so welcome suggestions. We have booked October and December already (Mexico) Turkey, Italy and Greece are near term destinations for us as well."
C McNabb, September 2013