Road trip #1 – Sunny Herzegovina

Whenever you see articles with title “Road trip” you can expect stories from our trips around our homeland, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We use every free moment to explore our country, visiting famous tourist destinations and those known only to the locals. We are always looking for interesting places to visit and we would like to hear it from you, send us information about your hometown or place you discovered!

We left Sarajevo in snow in search of the sun. We didn’t look too far, Herzegovina had plenty. As we passed tunnel Ivan (or portal to warm Herzegovina) we were welcomed by Konjic. This was our first stop and we walked around the newly reconstructed old town with beautiful bridge Stara ćuprija, which spreads above clean Neretva River. Konjic is a place we always come back to, even just to have a lunch or a coffee break.

Just exiting Konjic we saw a wooden sign: Ethno village “Raj u raju”, and decided to follow it. The road drives just next to the blue river Baščica, small but fast river that springs under the Mt. Prenj. But what is interesting about this river is the fact that in 1959 there was a hydroelectric power plant, which cracked under the power of this erosive mountain river. Locals say that chief engineer killed himself, and today students learn about this project as one of the biggest failures of that time. Today, the main wall of the plant stands as silent reminder in power of nature and strength of our rivers. The crack that made everyone scared is still visible, but to free the way for the river and road two holes were made.

After the magnificent wall we were greeted by colorful ethno village, just in foothills of magnificent Prenj. The village is an ode to our nation’s biggest names, on this rainy day we reminiscent about them while walking the memory lanes. The restaurant was warm, radio was playing and the host was welcoming lady. She told us about the village, struggles and why her and her husband came back from Australia to live here. This was their dream and they made it true.

The end of today’s trip was in Mostar, this is where we spent the night and rested before the day two of our small Herzegovina tour. Mostar is a one of the most visited places in BiH and will get a special report on our blog, so we will not write about it now. We think this gem deserves more.

Počitelj the white fortification, known even to Romans, stands as a beautiful reminder of our rich history.  In this walled city you can see mixture of two architectural styles: medieval and oriental. Today this old fort is lively, it has citizens, restaurants and cafes, and entrance is free of charge but the views are priceless.

Next stop Čapljina, Mogorjelo and remains of an old Roman Villa Rustica. This villa was built in 3th century and main purpose was to supply the town Naron. Unfortunately the site looks abandoned and there was no one to tell us more about this important part of our countries history.

After the Roman ruins, road led us to waterfalls Kravice. These stunning waterfalls of river Trebižat are breathtaking; we saw them in all their power in February.  In the summer visitors swim in natural amphitheater the falls have made in their base.

The last stop of our tour was on the east side of Neretva, ancient city Stolac. On the way to this picturesque town you will be greeted by Radmilja, stećak necropolis.  This is one of the most important necropolises in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and now it is part of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stolac was important even to Illyrian tribe Daorsi who built their fortress near Stolac. Stolac also has its own Old town with preserved walls dating from 14th century. We recommend you to visit this town filled with Mediterranean houses around the river Bregava (also clean and you can swim in it).

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