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Known for its ancient bridge, Stari Most (Old Bridge), and the bridge's destruction in the 1990s conflict, Mostar has become famous again thanks to that very bridge and its resurrection. Rebuilt using the same methods that saw the construction of the original 16th-century bridge, the arc attracts tourists from across the globe, with visitors keen to lay eyes (and hands and feet) on this physical piece of history. The Old Bridge, together with the Old Town, are a UNESCO heritage site. Mostar’s Old Town, and the cobbled central street, Kujundžiluk, are a delight to spend a day or two in, watching the river Neretva, lunching and dining al ...

Known for its ancient bridge, Stari Most (Old Bridge), and the bridge's destruction in the 1990s conflict, Mostar has become famous again thanks to that very bridge and its resurrection. Rebuilt using the same methods that saw the construction of the original 16th-century bridge, the arc attracts tourists from across the globe, with visitors keen to lay eyes (and hands and feet) on this physical piece of history. The Old Bridge, together with the Old Town, are a UNESCO heritage site. Mostar’s Old Town, and the cobbled central street, Kujundžiluk, are a delight to spend a day or two in, watching the river Neretva, lunching and dining al fresco on the many terraces. Find yourself here in mid-summer, and you’ll witness the wonderful diving competition, where divers hurl themselves from the Old Bridge into the whirling river below. Neretva offers great kayaking, and some heart-racing rafting can be had upriver, near the town of Konjic, with opportunities to lunch inside the scenic canyon. Mostar is great as a base for exploring Herzegovina, and the gorgeous little Ottoman towns of Počitelj and Blagaj, as well as having a swim at the dramatic waterfalls of Kravice.

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Vesna Maric has contributed to Lonely Planet guides since 2004, including titles such as Croatia, Cyprus, Sicily, and Sardinia, as well as sections on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia for Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Mostar is located along the Neretva River, in the southern central tip of Boznia and Herzegovina.
  • Language: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian
  • Currency: Convertible Mark
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall

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