Medjugorje is a little town in west Herzegovina, located about 25 kilometers south-west of Mostar and very close to the Croatian border. 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, but unfortunately, the Pope has not recognized Medjugorje as an official pilgrimage destination yet. Nevertheless, this is not the barrier for numerous pilgrims to visit Medjugorje every year. 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, but also buy a souvenir like cross, rosary, statue, pictures, posters or jewelry. The most people visit Medjugorje in the summer.
Medjugorje has a sub-Mediterranean climate with cold winters and warm summers, and it is at 200 meters above mean sea level. There are four neighboring villages around Medjugorje, namely Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci, which are all part of Čitluk municipality.