We decided to take another day trip from Split since we saw a lot of advertisement for Mostar. It’s a small city located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for the famous Stari Most (translate to Old Bridge). It’s about a 2 hour and 30-minute bus ride from Split (does not include border crossing).
When we got on the bus, our tour guide announced that she will share some homemade burek made by her mom. It was my all-time favorite beef burek. It tastes like it just came out of the oven. The flavor of the beef plus the crispiness of the pastry was just perfect.
Our first stop was Počitelj, which is an old fortress and town built on the hills overlooking the Neretva river. It was a quick 30-minute stop to use the bathrooms. There are a few souvenir shops and restaurants here if you need to grab anything quick. There was also a fortress that you can climb up.
After an additional 40 minute drive, we arrived in Mostar. The bus dropped us off right next to the Franciscan Monastery, which is a 107 meters high bell-tower and the church of St. Peter and Paul. You can spot the bell tower anywhere in Mostar.
Stari Most – Mostar
As we walked towards Stari Most, you’ll notice the new buildings, but when you cross over the bridge, you’ll see Ottoman style architecture. It’s almost like going back in time when you cross over. Stari Most stood for 427 years until it was destroyed on November 1993 during the Croat–Bosniak War. It took 5-years to restore the bridge and nearby buildings that had also been damaged. The bridge reopened in 2004. Fun fact, Mostar is the world’s newest Old Town.
What I have learned: For hundreds of years, people have been diving off of Stari Most into the Neretva River. When a member of the Stari Most diving club gets 25 euros in donations, they make the leap from the bridge. Sadly we didn’t get to see anyone leap.
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
If you’re looking for the best spot to capture the beautiful Stari Most, go to Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque. It’s a 3-minute walk from the bridge and it cost 12 KM (7 USD) to enter the mosque, garden, and climb the minaret at this mosque. The garden has a great view and it was empty most of the time we were there.
National Restaurant Cevabdzinica Tima Irma
For lunch, we wanted to go to Sadrvan but there was a long wait. Since we had a bus to catch, we decided to go to National Restaurant Cevabdzinica Tima Irma. We’re so happy we went here. We sat right by the kitchen so we got to see the chef do her magic in person. The magic is that she uses her bare hand in the open hot oven where she flips and seasons the meat. Great place for meat lovers that don’t want to spend much. Also, don’t forget to get the gelato near this restaurant (pinned it on the map). It’s 1.50 KM (Less than 1 USD) for a scoop of gelato.
Cost: 15 KM (9 USD) for a mix meat platter with cheese and bread for 1
After we return to the bus, they drove another hour to Kravice Waterfall. It’s a 5-minutes walk from the entrance down to the waterfalls. This is another place you can swim near the waterfall. However, we got there pretty late so no one was swimming anymore. There is the option to get close to the falls by paying 10 KM (6 USD) to get on a boat. We got to enjoy the sunset from here. This was another amazing waterfall and it wasn’t crowded at all.
Overall, this was another great day trip from Split. We not only got to check another country off our list but also visited multiple attraction in one day. We got to see the famous Ottoman style Stari Most bridge and check off another beautiful waterfall.