Skip to main content

A Visual Guide to Herzegovina

Pelješac Bridge as seen from Neum, Herzegovina
Pelješac Bridge
Our first stop in Herzegovina was at Neum where we had a beautiful view of the channel leading to the Adriatic Sea and the new Pelješac bridge which links Southern Croatia to the mainland of Croatia. This 1.5 mile long bridge cuts travel to the mainland by 37 minutes and bypasses the two border crossings between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Traffic at the borders can be frustrating especially when there are big tour buses waiting to get through. 

Neum

Kravica wildflowers in May

Kravica Falls, Bosnia Herzegovina
Kravica Falls
Kravica Falls is 25 miles south of Mostar. It’s a popular destination especially in the summer months. There’s an entrance fee. There are also restaurants, souvenir stalls and a huge parking lot for which there is a small fee. 

Medjugorje
My pilgrimage to Medjugorje story here: https://www.travelswithcharie.com/2022/05/the-medjugorje-pilgrimage-trail.html

Apparition Hill, Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina
Apparition Hill, Medjugorje

Stari Most
For more information about Stare Most, check my travel article here: https://www.travelswithcharie.com/2022/05/highlights-of-mostar.html

Neretva river, Mostar, Herzegovina
Neretva River and Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque

Neretva River

Minaret of Tabačica Dzamija Mosque, Old Town Mostar 
The Hammam Museum is in the background. The hammam (public bath) was widely used during the Ottoman Empire. This hammam was built between the late 16th and early 17th centuries and restored after the Bosnian war.

Kriva Cuprija, Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
Kriva Cuprija (Crooked Bridge) is the experimental model of Stari Most

Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul

Popovo Polje
Driving south from Mostar towards Dubrovnik, we passed the karstic valley of Popovo. This is my favorite region in Herzegovina and it’s easy to understand why.

How to get to Herzegovina from Dubrovnik:
The best way to see Herzegovina without worrying about driving or border crossings is by taking a small group tour from Dubrovnik with selectdubrovnik.com. But if you want to spend more time discovering Herzegovina, renting a car might be the better option. Check with the rental company if you can take the car to another country (and get the documents you need to present to border patrol) if you are driving from Croatia. Here are some other options: https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Dubrovnik/Mostar#r/Drive-train

*****

Images by TravelswihCharie


Popular posts from this blog

8 Heritage Houses of Iloilo

Lizares Mansion The province of Iloilo on the island of Panay has a rich trove of heritage houses, left over from the sugar industry boom in the 19th century. Iloilo also had the largest port in the Philippines at that time which facilitated the export of sugar to foreign shores and deposited money in the hands of the sugar barons. The barons dropped their earnings into the acquisition of properties in Negros and the construction of beautiful homes in Iloilo, many of which are located in the vicinity of the Jaro Cathedral. The Lizares Mansion was built in 1937 by Don Emiliano Lizares for his wife, Concepcion Gamboa and five children. The family fled to safety when World War II broke out and the house was occupied by the Japanese military. The family returned to the house after the war but left once again after the demise of Don Emiliano. It was sold to the Dominican order in the 1960s and was converted in 1978 to a private school, Angelicum School. The mansion now houses the

Filipino Struggles in History - Carlos Botong Francisco

In 1968, Antonio Villegas (then Mayor of Manila), commissioned Carlos "Botong" Francisco to paint the history of Manila for Manila City Hall. The series of large scale paintings was called  Kasaysayan ng Maynila  (History of Manila).  The paintings deteriorated over time and no attempt was made to preserve these historical canvases until 2013 when Mayor Amado Lim sent them to the National Museum for extensive restoration. Four years later, in 2017, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and the Manila City Council signed an agreement with the National Museum to leave the paintings at the museum so they may reach a larger audience in exchange for museum grade reproductions to replace the originals. Kasaysayan ng Maynila was later renamed Filipino Struggles in History and is now on display at the Senate Hall of the National Museum . Carlos "Botong" Francisco died in March 1969, a few months after completing the paintings. He is one of the first Filipino modernists and

The Art of Carlos Botong Francisco - Progress of Medicine in the Philippines

Pre-colonial period Pag-unlad ng Panggagamot sa Pilipinas (The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines) is a group of four large-scale paintings depicting healing practices in the Philippines from pre-colonial times to the modern period. Carlos Botong Francisco was commissioned in 1953 by  Dr. Agerico Sison who was then the director of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) together with   Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing of the National Museum, Dr. Florentino Herrera, Jr. and Dr. Constantino Manahan. These oil on canvas paintings measure 2.92 meters in height and 2.76 meters in width (9.71 ft x 8.92 ft) and were displayed at the main entrance hall of PGH for over five decades. Owing to its location, the artworks were in a state of "severe deterioration" at the beginning of the 21st century from exposure to heat, humidity, dirt, dust, smoke, insect stains, grime, termites and an oxidized synthetic resin used in an earlier restoration. These canvases were restored three times, the last was