Begovina is a residential complex that includes houses, out-houses and five overnight houses, one school, three housing facilities, etc. It was built by the river Bregava, and belongs to the Rizvanbegovic family. Bregovina was built at the end of 19th century and, in view of its architectural and historic value, it was one of the most significant...more
Bregava means everything to Stolac and its people. It is a source of water for the city, a place to catch some trout on a tranquil morning and place where all the kids of Stolac learn how to swim.The river is only several kilometers long, hence it is extremely clean and icy cool even on a hot August afternoon.more
Stolac had several mosques prior to the war. All were completely destroyed that for someone visiting the city for the first time it would be difficult to tell that a religious monument once stood there. The mosque right in the city center has been rebuilt since the war ended. The construction of Careva Dzamija took over a year. The new mosque was...more
This bridge called Begovska Cuprija was built in the 19th century. It is located by Begovina, a historical area of Stolac that was inhabited by families of stature and nobility. Begovina was burned to the ground during the war. The many historical homes that were located in Begovina are about to be rebuilt as part of a UNESCO sponsored project.more
The hotel in the city used to stand right next to this beautiful waterfall. You should note that the picture was taken in winter time during the summers the water level in the river decreases and the sometimes the waterfall is a pathetic display of a drop of water here and there.more
Stolac one could say is a town full of ruins. Some are old and date back to the times of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, others are new from the most recent war. While many modern day ruins are being rebuilt many still stand as a testament to the evil of war. This shattered house is one such ruin, but despite the significant damage it...more
Cuprija refers to a bridge. Inat is well difficult to translate into English because the symbolism of the word is embedded in the Balkan mentality. The story of Inat cuprija is an interesting one. A bridge craftsman was commissioned to design a bridge in Stolac. The actions of his master displeased him so he designed to use inat and get back at his...more
Getting to Stolac is easiest from Mostar, Capljina and Trebinje. There are several daily connections to Mostar and Capljina and a weekdays only connection from Trebinje. The bus drivers are typically friendly enough that they will let you off anywhere you want even if there is no designated stop. In summer time several summer only bus lines reopen and give you several more options on how to get to Stolac.
If you find yourself in Stolac on a Sunday you should be aware the most stores are closed and the ones that are open have a tendency to close earlier than on other days.
The area around Stolac was not heavily mined during the war but I highly recommend not going off major roads or into areas where there are no locals. Before wondering off to nature it is best to ask the locals if there is anything you should be worried about...better safe than sorry! Since Stolac was quite a turbulent area during the war...war wounds are fresh and it is best not to ignite the fire by entering political discussions. To make my point very clear. Take a look at this picture of a house in Stolac. The writing on the house says "This is Croatia also". However, Stolac is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This statement goes to show that in the Balkans nationalistic sentiments are still quite high and entering a politicial discussion is just a perfect way to ruin your trip.
Back in the old days the town had many antique water taps. But a few still remain. They come as a great relief when you get thirsty while walking about in 40 degree type weather. A few years ago I was convinced that only 2 water taps remained, so during my last visit to Stolac I kept my eyes on the lookout for "cesme". Here is the list of places in...more
I would have to say that the key feature of Stolac is the river Bregava that flows through the town. The river branches in several places and forms waterfalls all over the town. To take away from the beauty of the river many gorgeous bridges were constructed across the river over the centuries they are also a must see!more