MOSTAR, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Mostar Private Walking City Tour
We believe amazing historical cities are best experienced with a local guide, who are knowledgeable and in love with their region.
Discover Mostar: the fifth-largest city in the country, and the most important in Herzegovina. Walk through its old city by the Neretva river and visit the famous Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century. Today the bridge is a symbol of peace for the 3 ethnic groups in the region: Croats, Serbs and Bosnian Muslims – Bosniaks. Mostar is also famous for its street market and shopping area.
Mostar`s famous and unforgettable Old Bridge
Blagaj Tekke: Historical and Natural Heritage Site
Neretva river and its beautiful colors
Mostar’s street market and shopping area
More About Mostar Private Walking City Tour
This amazing tour starts in the morning when we pick you up at your accommodation at a time chosen by you. The drive takes place in a comfortable car or minivan with a driver/guide in English, or another language of your choice, always ready to give you lots of interesting information about the country, people, culture, etc.
We will start by exploring Mostar’s old city and its important landmarks. We usually start the visit from the right river bank, commonly known as the Croatian Catholic side, where the Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery are located. We will continue the walk through its narrow stone streets, passing through the city’s street market with its Turkish influence, until we reach the river bank and the most famous landmark: the Old Bridge. Here you will have time to admire its construction, river and amazing surroundings. After we cross the bridge to the left bank, known as the Muslim side, we will visit many sights, the most important being the Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque, with its amazing view of the Old Bridge from the minaret and the Bišćevića House, where a typical Turkish house can be visited.
Where Are You?
Once you book the tour we will arrange the most convenient meeting point in Mostar.
If you are in any other city and would like to visit this attraction, contact us and we will advise you on arranging a transfer from your location!
Good To Know
Summer is very hot in the region. Make sure you have sunblock on, carry a hat and wear light clothing. It is extremely important to keep hydrated!
Although you can book your private walking city tour of Mostar at any time of day, we strongly advise to avoid middle of the day during the Summer, as the temperatures get too high to enjoy the walk.
Mostar is famous for its gastronomy. Your guide will give you tips on best traditional meals, including Ćevapi and Burek, and desserts, such as Baklava.
Wear comfortable shoes. The pavement in Mostar is slippery, and uneven, as it was made of rocks.
If you hang around long enough at the Old Bridge you will witness local men diving into the Neretva river. It’s quite impressive to watch. They will first collect tips, so make sure you have some change with you.
Make sure to bring your camera, so you can document the beauty of this area.
Currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark (BAM, or often seen in stores as KM). Euro is often accepted, as well, as Croatia’s currency Kuna, although money conversion is disadvantageous. Credit cards are not widely accepted, so make sure you have enough cash with you.
Mostar’s old town is an important tourist destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the Old Bridge (Stari Most) being its most recognizable landmark. The city is architecturally diverse with a wide range of styles due to its exposure to foreign influences, making it possible for tourists to visit the Italianate Franciscan church, the Ottoman Muslibegovića house, the Dalmatian Ćorović House and an Orthodox church.
Old Bridge, or Stari Most for the locals, was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the bridge in medieval times.
The city was first mentioned in the 15th century, in documents that described a market used by traders, soldiers and travelers, on the left bank of the river Neretva, connected by a wooden bridge. In time, the market grew, spread to the right bank, and formed a settlement that connected Bosnia’s central region, extremely rich in minerals, with the Adriatic.
Mostar saw major development during the Ottoman rule, when a fortress was added to the bridge, new houses built, and the wooden bridge replaced by a stone bridge. In 1878, Austrian Hungarian forces took control over Bosnia and remained in the region until the end of World War I. Then, in 1918, it became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and later Yugoslavia.
After Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia in April 1992, the town was besieged by the Serbian army and only got to be free and part of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995.
Built in 1566 at the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the old bridge was built with stones and measured 28 meters long and 20 meters high. It was a symbol of the Ottoman power in the region and it stood in its place intact until November 1993, when it was destroyed during the Bosnian war. The reconstruction started in 1999 and was completed in 2004.
Mostar cuisine is influenced by Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The most traditional dishes include ćevapčići, burek, sarma, japrak, musaka, dolma, sujuk, sač, đuveč, and sataraš. Popular desserts are baklava, hurmašice, sutlijaš, tulumbe, tufahije, and šampita.
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