Herzegovina – 10 reasons to visit

1.Međugorje is a little place in west Herzegovina.It is the main spiritual town in this region and the second-largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world, with around 5,000 inhabitants. The name of this little pilgrimage parish denotes “an area between mountains.It is the most famous for Our Lady’s apparitions.According to the statistic, more than 30 million people have visited Medjugorje in thirty years since the first apparition, and the number is increasing year by year. Faithfull Catholics believe that Mother Mary appeared to six teenagers on June 24, 1981. If you decide to come to Medjugorje, then you should visit Apparition Hill, White Cross Hill and Saint James’ Church.Medjugorje has a sub-Mediterranean climate with cold winters and warm summers, and it is at 200 meters above mean sea level.

2.Old bridge  is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993.One of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, it is also considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans and was designed by Mimar Hayruddin, a student and apprentice of the famous architect Mimar Sinan.

3.Blagaj is also known as the source of the river Buna, inside the cave system.Blagaj has always been the place to come because of its beauty, its enchanting nature and history, which is palpable in every moment. Unique surroundings source of the Buna, peace Dervish House and freshness of the Buna River make it special. Blagaj and its surroundings are characterized by the diversity of its surface and groundwater, and karst forms and types of rocks. Blagaj in this regard is one of the finest examples of geomorphological processes that have historically held on this ground. The source of the Buna is one of the largest and most beautiful in Europe.

4.Počitelj Old Town  is a village in the municipality of Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pocitelj is the historical settlement with Oriental-Mediterranean character, situated in the valley of the Neretva River and is one of the most beautiful cultural and historic units in Bosnia and Hercegovini.Počitelj represents a fortress which dates back to the Middle Ages. It is located on the left bank of the Neretva River near Čapljina.

5.Waterfall Kravice is a beautiful waterfall which is located three kilometers downstream from Vitaljina, in Studenci near Ljubuški, only 40 kilometers from Mostar. Trebižat River is responsible for existence of this waterfall, which height ranges from 26 – 28 meters.Kravice is a popular swimming and picnic area and, during the summer, it is frequently visited by tourists from Mostar, Medjugorje and Dubrovnik.The Kravice Falls area also has a little cafe, a rope swing, a picnic area, and a place to camp.The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green.

6.Hutovo Blato is a bird reserve and nature park in southern Herzegovina rich wetland plants.International Council for Bird Protection placed this reserve on the list of important bird habitats because this reserve is biggest of its kind in this part of Europe to the surface, and diversity. This reserve is a unique oasis in the harsh arid karst of western Herzegovina. It is ideal for nature lovers and families with children as it is full of freshwater fish, wild ducks, geese, coots, hawks, herons, pheasants, wild boar and wild horses.

7.Neum  at the Adriatic Sea, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s only coastal town, it is the most famous for its beautiful, clear sea, sandy beaches and steep hills. The favorable climate and pure sea air make Neum the perfect place not only for swimming and sunbathing, but also for beach walks, various water sport and many other activities.

8.Blidinje Nature Park is a unique natural phenomenon, where live many endemic species of flora and fauna with a lot of sources of clean, potable water. He is known as one of the largest habitats of endemic white pine.Blidinje Nature Park is named after the lake Blidinje, located in a place called Long Field at an altitude of 1184 meters above sea level.

9.Rama lake is an artificial lake located in the upper Rama valley on the north of Herzegovina, in the are of today’s Prozor-Rama municipality. It was formed in 1968.The lake looks amazignly beautiful when it is full with the depth of the water along the dam from 70 to 100 meters. The island Šćit and also two smaller islands Umac and Škarine break up the uniformity of the water surface and beautify the ambience of the Rama Lake and its surroundings.The temperature of the lake is around 7,5°C, but the surface quickly  warms up for swimmers who are there when the lake is accessible and full.

10.Vjetrenica cave ( which means “wind cave” or “blowhole”) is the largest and most important cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most important caves in the Dinaric Alps mountain range, which is famous worldwide for its karstic and speleological riches. It is located in the Popovo field in Ravno, West Herzegovina.Vjetrenica is the richest cave in the world in terms of subterranean biodiversity: among more than two hundred different species are registered in it, almost hundred are troglophiles, a great number of them are narrow endemic, 15 are stenoendemic, and about 37 were discovered and described in Vjetrenica for the first time.




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