This waterfall, on the Trebižat River, is 10 km south of Ljubuški and 40 km south of Mostar.
Its height is between 25 m and the radius of the lake in the base of the waterfall is 120 m.
I have no information about to reach the place by public transportaion from Mostar, but I believe you have to take a bus to Ljubuski. From there, I have no idea about public transportation. Maybe, you have to go by taxi.
I visited this place as part of a Day Tour from Mostar, which I strongly recommend you.
It is a good place to spend a couple of hours, to swimm, to make a pic-nic...
In summer, local bars are open.
Just for your information, I have found information on the net about a trip to this place by taxi from Mostar.
Most of the B&H towns are situated on the banks of the rivers. Eversince the menkind exist, the water means life.
The river of Vrbas is one of the biggest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is of very speed current and you have to be very careful when swiming in it.
This picture of the green river was taken in the town of Banja Luka, which is situated in the nortwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The river of Una is one of the most beautiful rivers in whole Bosnia&Herzegovina. It flows through the western part of the country.This picture of Una cascades was taken in the town of Jajce.
Because of it speed current the water is pretty cold, even in the summer time, so be careful when swiming. Under no cirrcumstance you shouldn't enter in the water without refreshing you body temperature first.
This is a very typical old Muslim house, which looks almost like mushroom, the groundfloor is usually tight while the first floor looks like an umbrella. This kind of the architecture was imported in Bosnia since the times it was occupaid by the Turks.
Unfortunately, not much of those houses have left Bosnia nowadays.
Mostar was the most memorable place I visited in Bosnia & Hercegowina. I remember well the disturbing TV footage of the senseless destruction of the historic bridge in 1993. The bridge has been reconstructed in 2004 and once again towers over the Neretva River. It is a sight photos don`t do justice - it is much more impressive if you see it for real.
Mostar is worth visiting not only for the vista of the Old Bridge. The whole Oldtown is a truly romantic place. I recommend
- visiting the mosques Karadjoz Bey, Cejvan Cehaj, Koski Mehmed Pasha and Kara Ozbegova - in some you can also climb the minaret and enjoy a spectacular view of the Oldtown. The best view of the bridge is from Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, open a small gate near the mosque entrance and then go left. It is the most popular photo location in Mostar !
- visit the historic Biscevica and Muslibegovic houses
- a smaller version of the Old Bridge, the "Crooked Bridge", is in the western part of the Oldtown near Restaurant Sadrvan
- interesting exhibitions are in both watchtowers of the Old Bridge: one about the history of the Old Bridge and its reconstruction; the other is a photo exhibition with black&white pictures of the Civil War
- Mostar has excellent restaurants, my favourite being "Sadrvan"
- it is also a great base for daytrips into Hercegowina, to Medjurgorje, Hutovo, Kravica, Pocitelj and Blagaj
Blagaj is only a short drive from Mostar and should not be missed. The main attraction is a dervish house (tekija), the equivalent of a monastery for an order of muslim mystics, donated by the local sultan after the Ottoman takeover of Bosnia in the 15th century. The tekija is built right into the hill from which the river Buna originates; it is one of the largest river sources in Europe. Pretty restaurants on both sides of the river source invite for a stop. In 5/2011, restoration works of the Tekija were in progress. Blagaj also has a medieval fortress with great views; although there is no real path, a scramble up the hill is very worthwhile (follow sign "stari grad").
In 1981 a couple of teenagers claimed an encounter with the Virgin Mary, in the hills near Medjurgorje town. Since then, Medjurgorje has become a pilgrimage site for Catholic Christians of every nation, even though the apparition is not officially acknowledged by the church to this date. In the local church St. James masses are held in many international languages, and regardless if you believe or not, it is a moving sight to see so many people sunk in prayer, convinced that they are somehow nearer to God in this place. A pilgrimage path leads to the hill - marked by a cross - of the first apparition. Around St. James church you will find several shrines with mosaics from the life of Christ and a path with Stations of the Cross. Medjurgorje itself is very commercialized; you have souvenir shops the size of supermarkets selling religious memorabilia for every taste & budget.
Pocitelj is said to be the most beautiful village in Bosnia & Hercegowina, and I am inclined to believe. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The village was a fortress town during the Ottoman Rule, warding off Austrian or Venetian incursions. The fortress and the remaining city walls still tower over the village; they are accessible and offer a great view of Pocitelj. The village itself is a romantic ensemble of stone houses and cobblestone alleys; the Dadzi-alija Mosque is open for visitors and very worthwhile visiting. An artists colony settled here, they will surely find lots of inspiration in their surroundings.
Hutovo is a nature reserve with a lake and swampland that is well-known as a breeding ground and habitat for birds. The most bird-rich season is said to be January and February when migrating birds stop here. The only way to explore Hutovo are boat trips; there seems to be no fixed schedule, and how often the boats depart seemed to me rather a first come, first serve-concept. Even the information bureau within the park had no real clue when and if the boats leave. Better ask the staff of the hotel Karaotok which is close to the pier (the contact adress: firstname.lastname@example.org).
As I found out, even if you`re the only person they would take you on a trip for ca. 30 €; in a bigger group, the price is reduced to 10 €. The boat trip is very tranquil and offers great scenic views; try to sit in the front of the boat for a better and unobstructed view. I spotted several herons and snake birds during my trip.
Several tour operators in Sarajevo offer "wartime tours" focusing on the times of the civil war in Bosnia during the 1990`s and the siege of Sarajevo by Serbian troops. Often they are combined with a visit to the "Tunnel Museum" near the Sarajevo airport, 12 km outside the city. This activitiy is highly recommended if your intention is to learn about the origins of the conflict, the hardships of the civilian population and the problems that exist till today as a result of this bitter struggle. The tunnel museum shows original video footage from the war, and it is possible to walk for a short stretch in the 1,60 m high tunnel. The tunnel served during the war as a fragile link between a black market in a mountain village and Sarajevo. I took a tour with "Sarajevo Discovery" and our young guide was very good.
Even without a tour, evidence of the civil war is very visible in Sarajevo and Mostar. Though much has been reconstucted, many buildings are still pockmarked by bullets and grenades.
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia & Hercegowina, but somehow retains a sleepy provincial-town feeling. A walking-tour is easy as the interesting Oldtown is rather compact:
To get a first impression, I suggest to start a walk along the left bank of the Miljacka river, near the Art Academy (the building with the green-tiled cupola), via Latinska Most - bridge towards the National Library (in restoration). Continue then to Sebilj Square, explore the Bascarsija Oldtown, then follow the modern Ferhadija Street towards the Catholic Cathedral and then Orthodox Saborna Church.
What is there to see in Sarajevo ? Just a few suggestions ...
- the Oldtown (Bascarsija) is a unique blend of East and West
- Sebelj Square - the historic heart of the Oldtown - centers around a picturesque moorish-style fountain, with plenty of pigeons around (hence the translation "pigeon square")
- the Latinska Most bridge (where the Austro-Hungarian successor was assassinated in 1914, sparking the 1st World War). There is a small museum opposite the bridge covering the era of Austro-Hungarian rule from 1878-1918.
- the mosques: Havadza Duraka, Gazi Husrev Begova, Alipasina Mosque, and countless others
- the catholic Cathedral
- the Old Serbian Orthodox Church
- Morica Han, and old caravan station now converted into cafe`s, restaurants and shops
- Bruza Besistan, a covered market in a historic building
- the Jewish Museum (in the old Synagogue building)
- the National Museum (displaying the Sarajevo Haggadah, the famous Jewish Prayer book with artful illustrations)
- the cemeteries: the historic Jewish cemetery is the second-largest after Prague; the (muslim) Alifakovac cemetery
- take a "wartime" tour & visit the Tunnel Museum to get insight into recent Sarajevo history
- stroll along the modern shopping lane Ferhadija Street
I have seen many beautiful waterfalls in my time, but I have never seen anything comparable to the Kravica falls. These are the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen in my life. The water rushes over a semicircle of cliffs into a smaragd-green pond, and from here continues as the peaceful river Trebizat. There are several viewing points accessible, and you can get very close to the falls (but expect to get wet). At the base of the waterfalls is a small cafe with great views on the falls and the river.
This is just an itinerary suggestion, based on my experience in Bosnia & Herzegowina.
Sarajevo is quite compact - it is easily possible to see the main sights in one day. I would however recommend to stay at least two full days, as the city has a very friendly vibe. This would also allow for a themed guided tour, I especially recommend the "wartime tours" to get a better understanding of Bosnia`s recent history.
As several interesting daytrips from Sarajevo are possible (to Lukomir highland village, Kraljeva Sutjeska monastery or Sutjeska National Park), the stay in Sarajevo could even be extended. I recommend to consult the timetable of the tour operators early before your trip, as they usually don`t run on a daily basis. The "Green Visions"-website is a good source of information for that. From what I heard, Lukomir and Sutjeska are not accessible in winter, so summer would be the best time to see these places.
Mostar would be the next logical destination. Mostar is in itself a very worthwhile destination, but also a good base for daytrips to other attractions of Hercegowina. As with Sarajevo, the oldtown is small but has a great vibe so you might be inclined to stay even after you have seen all the sights. Plan in a full day for Mostar, and at least 1-2 more for the area around Mostar.
Many attractions of the Hercegowina region are in close proximity to Mostar, but only accessible by car. A car rental for 1-2 days is very worthwhile here. It is possible to see Medjurgorje, Kravica waterfalls, Hutovo Nature reserve, Pocitelj and Blagaj in one day. On the next day, a visit to Stolac and Trebinje would be possible.
To conclude your trip, either go back to Sarajevo (2-3 hours by bus from Mostar) or rather push ahead to Croatia (Dubrovnik or Split) and return home from here.
At Sarajevo-Mostar road we passed near this small and cute village. (It is also on the Silk road) We climbed to the mosque. I would like to climb more for the castle.
Hajji Alija mosque was first builded at 1563. It was renovated time to time. Croatians destroyed totaly and rebuilded again at 1993.
First Anatolian Dervish lived here and builded a tekke(lodge). (1446) It is just near the Blagaj natural spring.(It's capacity is too much.) You may stay for a break and visit his house, sepulcher and the shop.
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