The city may be divided culturally and ethnically, but it is physically by the Neretva river. The cool, fresh water of the river cuts through the sun drenched valley, the scorching summer sun sparkling in the azure blue Alpine waters. The fast flowing, crystal clear river supports abundant fish life, and river martins dart across the surface from porous rock walls to snatch up insects on the wing.
To steal the famous lyics - 'I never saw blue like that before'. The Neretva River is not just the heart and life line of Mostar but of the entire region of Herzegovina and the beautiful blue-green colour of the river is something I have never witnessed in a river before. The river is one of the largest in the Balkans and flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina and into Croatia where it enters the Adriatic near Ploce. Most of the 230km of the Neretva are in BiH with only just over 20km of the river in Croatia.
The Neretva flows through Mostar and is the city's Stari Most is a perfect backdrop to the blue/green beauty of the river. The River runs, for a way, alongside the mian Mostar to Dubrovnik road and brightens up a bus journey between the two cities. The river also contrbutes significantly to the stunning beauty of the rail journey from Mostar to Sarajevo. Another great place to enjoy the river is from Pocitelj Medieval Village.
Neretva River emerges beneath Zelengora Mountain in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. This river divides Mostar in two. The Muslims live on the left nd Croatians on the right. The two sides are joined by the famous historic Stari Most ( Old Bridge). We were told the water is very cold , although on the hot June days we were there we saw some swimming and wading in the water We didn't swim but when we touched the water felt only cool ...then again we are from Atlantic canada!!!
The Neretva is a 225 km river flowing out of the Dinaric Alps, mostly in Herzegovina and ending as a delta in Croatia. The entire Neretva valley is very scenic with a superb canyon in its upper part. The old bridge in Mostar is standing over the Neretva. In Summer, Young men from Mostar use to jump from the top of the bridge into its cold waters. In early June, there were none (or may be in the afternoon, but we were gone)
The Neretva river runs through Mostar, there is a little stoney beach if you would like to sunbath. However as the water is fresh from the mountains, it is fast flowing and freezing cold. You will see many people daring enough to try it though.
The Neretva river is truly a key part of Mostar. The river has an unmistakable emerald color that is hard to describe, one must see it with his/her own eyes. The river is used for fishing and swimming during the hot summer months.
I highly recommend a trip along the Neretva River from Sarajevo to Mostar. The nature in the area is truly stunning. The trip should take about 2 to 3 hours.
Its said that the water of the river Neretva is the most Greenish in the world and it might be closer if it is not! A particular type of algae might be the reason. The green water in the Neretva canyon is better viewed on the way to from Sarajevo.
One more building from Austro-Hungarian time is hotel "Neretva". It is situated on east bank of the same-name river, just across hotel "Bristol". Unfortunately this master-piece of Austro-Hungarian architecture is destroyed in last war and it is not renovated yet.
The green tinted waters of the Neretva River twist narrowly through Mostar and flow toward the mountain on the southern side of town. Along its eastern edge is the Muslim quarter, which was once the most heavily touristed area of town. Nowadays there are very few tourists at all. I didn't see anyone other than myself that fit that description while I was there.
There are still a few bridges that span the river and give you a good view of the water and the mosques and bullet ridden buildings along its banks, but sadly the most famous bridge (Stari Most) was destroyed in 1993. The good news is that it is due to reopen in June of 2004.
I noticed a lot of garbage on the banks and actually floating in the river, but I guess I can forgive a city that has been through so much, for a little sloppiness.
Neretva is one of my favourite rivers. No because I’m Herzegovinian but it is really beautiful. That green colour doesn’t exist anywhere else. It is so clean that you can drink its water.