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A Visual Guide to 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 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: Apparition Hill, Medjugorje Stari Most For more information about Stare Most, check my travel article here:  https://www.trav

Highlights of Mostar

Stari Most or Mostar Old Bridge The original arched bridge was commissioned in 1557 by Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire and completed in 1566. It stood for 427 years until 1993 when it was demolished during the Croat-Bosnian War. It was reconstructed between 2001-2004. Two towers protect the bridge on both ends. The Stari Most area and the old town have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Center. Mostar was badly damaged during the Croat-Bosnian War. There are still traces of bullet holes on buildings and a few shells of houses destroyed by the war. Another footprint of the conflict are the cemeteries you’ll see along main thoroughfares where the thousands killed during the clashes were laid to rest.  Stari Most Divers jump from this bridge to the river below if they have received enough donations (at least €50) from visitors and onlookers. It must be a thrilling sight! View of the neighborhood across the river Neretva River and Lučki Most (bridge)  Koski Mehmed Pasha M