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A Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip
Dubrovnik, a stunning old city in southern Croatia right on the Adriatic Sea, is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations. The city’s Old Town is surrounded by a massive stone wall which is extremely well preserved and over the past few years served as a filming location for the popular TV show, Game of Thrones adding to its fame.
The old town itself reminds me of cities in Northern Italy. Not only because Italian cities such as Bologna, Sienna, Verona are also surrounded by a massive walls, but also because the architecture is similar to Venice or Trieste. The architecture of Dubrovnik is dazzling; and ranges from TheBaroque St. Blaise Church to the Renaissance Sponza Palace. The Old City is paved with limestone and no cars are allowed to enter inside the town walls.
The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today, Dubrovnik is one of the top tourist destinations of the Mediterranean. George Bernard Shaw once said: “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik.” The city has the oldest arboretum in the World, which was established in the 15th century. It also has the oldest pharmacy, which dates back to 1317. After discovering beautiful Dubrovnik, a great day trip worth considering is the medieval city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. All you have to do is hop into your rental car or catch one of the many buses that leave Dubrovnik for Mostar and you’ll be there in a few hours.
How to Get From Dubrovnik to Mostar
Mostar is about 2.5* hours away by car from Dubrovnik. There are three driving routes between Dubrovnik and Mostar.
- From Dubrovnik via Tribinje, Stolac, Buna to Mostar by M6 and M18roads.
- From Dubrovnik via Metković to Mostar via M6 and D8 routes
- From Dubrovnik via Tribinje, Bileca, Stolac and Buna to Mostar by R427 and M20. This route is the longest.
If your like me and don’t want to have to worry about navigating a foreign land, you can take a private transfer, which by the way are quite affordable, with prices starting from €180 for a car which can take 4 passengers.
By bus, it takes between 3 and 3.5 hours* to reach this charming historical town. There are at least three buses a day serving this route. A one-way ticket costs €15.
Outside of peak season there’s rarely a need for advance bus reservations, although if you are in Dubrovnik anyway you may as well buy your ticket early to guarantee your seat.
Local Tip: If you a take the bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar, grab a seat on the left side of the bus to see the spectacular landscape of Croatia and Southern-Bosnia. When you travel from Mostar to Dubrovnik by bus, take a seat on the right side of the bus for the same impressive view.
There are no trains connecting Dubrovnik and Mostar.
*Important: You will have to go through passport control before reaching Mostar, so make sure not to forget your passport at home or in the hotel – even if you plan to come back on the same day. Crossing this border can be unpredictable, so travel times can vary significantly especially in the peak season.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar has a population of about 100,000 people and it is the fifth largest city of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s famous bridge, the Stari Most was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans over the Neretva River and was once considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture. It was destroyed in the Yugoslavian war during the 90’s and it took 11 years to reconstruct the bridge. It was re-opened in 2004. Some pieces of the old bridge were recovered from the Neretva River and used in the newly reconstructed bridge.
This bridge is one of the most important landmarks of the country and the city was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) in the middle ages, who guarded the old bridge (Stari Most) at the time.
The 21-meter high bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on most days you will find local divers jumping from the bridge putting on quite a show. These guys collect money from tourists for the dive, so make sure to drop a few coins to appreciate their efforts.
The Old Bridge Museum right next to the bridge allows the visitors to learn about the history of the bridge and about the reconstruction of the bridge. There is also a small market along the bridge, where you can purchase local goods and souvenirs.
After visiting the bridge, which is the main landmark of the city, you should also see the Muslibegovica House. It was constructed 300 years ago by the Ottomans and it is considered one the most beautiful houses in the Balkans. The house has separate sections for men and women and provides an insight into the life of the wealthy family that occupied the house in the middle-ages.
Another must is to climb the minaret of the Koski Mehmed Pasina Dzamija (Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque) where you get the best views of the entire town. War history boffins should walk along the former front-line, on Bulevar Revolucije, where the city was divided in 1993 during the Yugoslavian War. The Croats were on the west side and the Bosniaks were on the East side of the front line.
For lunch, stop by one of the local restaurants and try the local specialty cevapcici. National Restaurant Cevabdzinica Tima – Irma in the Old Town, makes great Bosnian dishes including cevapcici at very reasonable prices. Rizzeria Roma, near the stadium is said to make the best pizza in town.
Written by Barbara, who isLondon-based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger of www.jet-settera.com. Barabara left her country when she was 17 to conquer the world as a model. Ever since she has lived in seven countries and visited 68. She blogs about exclusive destinations and the some of the most prestigious events around the World such as Venice, Cannes, San Sebastian Film Festivals, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris, yacht parties in St-Tropez as well as Prince Albert’s wedding in Monaco. She also writes about adventure travel across Asia, South-America, and Europe. Read about her latest adventures to Indonesia on her blog.