The so-called sunny town with an average of 2291 solar hours a year, Mostar is the sunniest city in the country. The snow is relatively rare and it melts within a few hours or days. During summer July is the hottest month with an average of 40°C (and temperatures above 40°C are not uncommon!)
With that being said, we shall start off our guide that will be based on what to do, what to bring, and most importantly, how to survive the heat!
Before we hop on a trip to this lovely city, we shall see what are the top 5 things to bring when traveling in Mostar!
Even if the sun is burning hot in the city, and the humidity sometimes bothers us, the town is full of content and entertainment. It’s burning hot, but thanks to the refreshing rivers, offers, fun and enjoyment, the guests of our city enjoy visiting right in this period!
One of the most important items in terms of surviving the heat and enjoying time spent in Mostar is a sun hat! As weird as it may sound to some, in summer holidays sun hats are a MUST in Mostar, because the heat is so strong it causes tiredness, burnt skin and for some even feinting!
Don’t worry, it’s not that common to faint, but it is common to feel really tired and smothered because of the heat.
Try not to spend too much time in the sun during 03:00 and 04:00 pm, which is the hottest period!
Just as important as the sun hat, water is also a MUST. You easily dehydrate and you will always be on the run for water. Bring a few bottles with you when walking outside in the daytime, so the sun doesn’t leave you feeling drained of energy!
Wherever you travel the backpack is always needed. Of course, the backpack MUST have an insulated cooler interior to keep your beverages and food cold for long periods of time. Let’s face it, nobody wants to consume warm water and food!
Just like when you go swimming, you must apply sun cream on your skin while in Mostar. This town is often windy, and when the sun burns your skin, the wind covers the heat so you don’t feel any burn at all! To avoid unnecessary sunburn, bring a sun cream with you!
Keep your home cool
Home temperature of 25C is enough to keep it cool and nice, since the outside temperature rises up to 40C! Keep it cool and simple, and be aware not to make it too cold at home, so you don’t feel the shock from the heat outside.
With all of the above being said, let’s discover what Mostar has to offer!
DOWNLOAD THE CITY GUIDE MOSTAR APP
To a tourist, getting your head around Mostar can be confusing. You can easily get lost and confused in the city. This nifty little app has all the information you need about specific locations, restaurants you want to visit and similar. It uses GPS to get you from A to B with ease. It is a very useful app and we recommend it for everyone!
THE OLD BRIDGE
Right off the bat, we start at this beautiful attraction which is visited by many tourists. Everybody knows about it, but do you know about the stories connected with this bridge?
It was built in 1566 by order of Sultan Suleiman with the simple goal of connecting the two sides. It cannot be tied to any style or period in architecture. The design of the bridge was only influenced by the morphology of the place and its surroundings.
And that is exactly why it is unique in the world!
One of the legends connected with the bridge is that it was designed by mimar Hajrudin, Sinan’s student (designer of the Višegrad Bridge and Karadjoz Bey’s Mosque in Mostar)
According to the legend, Hajrudin never saw the bridge completed. Sultan Suleiman said he would kill him if the bridge collapsed. Hajrudin escaped before the end of construction.
Skywalk is a new attraction in Mostar on Fortica Hill. This is the first glass lookout in BiH. It is a glass path 35m long and 15m high. Those who are afraid will be a challenge! It is worth it to walk on it, the view of the complete city is amazing. With the skywalk on Fortica you can try the zipline (for those who love a challenge), the suspension bridge or simply have a coffee in the garden of the mountain lodge with an amazing view.
MOSTAR HALF MARATHON
The Mostar Half marathon is an event that is warmly recommended to all runners. The organizers rightly call it the “Mostar Postcard”.
Run over 6 bridges, 8 times, do you need to add anything more to this.
You will run along the Neretva, enjoy its green color and its waterfalls. You will also find yourself in the narrow streets, to get to know the parts of the city created during the Turkish rule. What will especially impress you is the energy of the city, the support of citizens of all ages! While running, you will explore the city, see the beauties of this wonderful town and feel the experience like never before!
Mostar half marathon is being held every year in organization with the association Healthy Life – KINEZIS. Although primarily a sports event, it also covers the areas of education (organization of professional conferences), tourism (participants come from more than 20 countries), culture (race route passes by the cultural sights of the city) and thus stands out as an interdisciplinary and socially responsible project.
This year, it will be held on 19.03.2022, and we happily expect your arrival!
TAKE A FOOD TOUR
Mostar has all sorts of food on the table, but where to start? For every new guest, it’s a recommendation to visit the Old Town and try the traditional food they offer. Wherever you go, our food awaits you! If you’re a meat lover, there’s plenty of options to choose from, but for starters it’s a suggestion to try: Ćevapi, Lamb under the sac, Casserole under the sac, Raštika with dry meat, Japrak, Dolma, Burek and more for you to discover on your own!
Before you start on meat, a good option is to order food before meat, for example: Uštipci, Soup, Meza, Salad and similar.
Finally for dessert, try out these beauties: Baklava, Tulumba, Hormašice, Tufahije and more to find out!
Are You Vegan? No problem, Mostar has everything you need! In the Old Town, there are restaurants that offer vegan food like Food House Mostar.
Addicted to shopping? Visit the shopping center Mepas Mall that has plenty of shops for you to visit and search! If you don’t feel like shopping, there’s always an option to eat in McDonald’s, or even watch a movie in Cinestar Cinemas 5 star. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s an Esport Arena, where you can enjoy playing games on PC or console which is well equipped and has a good atmosphere! Parking tickets are free the first 1 hour, but after that the price goes up.
PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER
This shopping center is a good alternative. It has lots of shops, a restaurant and a kids playroom which is a perfect place to leave your kids to play while you rest in the restaurant! It also has a cineplex that is a bit cheaper than the cinestar in Mepas Mall. Next to plaza there is a McDonald’s drive through where you can order your food and be on your way to Mostar! Both of these shopping centers are great and we recommend you visit them!
WINE TASTING TOUR
In Mostar wine tasting is a MUST! The wine is different, tasty and it’s a whole new experience you must try. Problem is, where to start? You can easily try it out in every restaurant, but if you’re up for a bigger and more fun experience, we highly suggest a tour just for you! Mostar wine tasting tour has all you need. It is well organized, educative, shows techniques how the wine is produced and it shows not only wine but also cheese, olives, olive oil and more for you to find out!
Don’t get too tipsy, that way it will be hard for you to discover everything Mostar has to offer!
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If you need accommodation during your stay in Mostar and Herzegovina,
check out our offer of apartments of all sizes which are located in various locations,
from the urban center to the Old Town.
We also offer villas and holiday homes with pool which are located next to the rivers and surrounded by nature.
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