A superb vacation in the undiscovered alternative to Dubrovnik

Where and how to spend a superb vacation by avoiding tourist crowds in Dubrovnik. You don’t have to go very far, and you will still have a great time!

Why Balkans became top travel destination?


In the last 5 years, Balkan countries like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia became inescapable route for travelers from across the world. Countries from Balkans boosted their touristic offer on enviable level. That reflects on higher number of tourists visiting Balkans each year.

Croatia is surely number one destination on Balkans. It has 1.777 kilometers of beautiful sea shore, not including islands. With islands, that number goes up to skyrocketing 6000 kilometers!

There are up to 2700 sunny hours in Croatia yearly. That number is higher if we only count coastal part of Croatia. Most of the sunny hours/days are on islands and southern Croatia, from Split to Dubrovnik. You can easily find your little piece of heaven here.

The pearl of Adriatic Coast, and the whole Croatia as well, is the city of Dubrovnik. Famous Irish playwright and Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw wrote for: “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik”.

Dubrovnik is one of the most important historical and tourist centers of Croatia. The main attraction is the Old Town, built in 7th century, with an amazing history. But the result of everything mentioned, is a mass tourism. Almost 2 million tourists visits Dubrovnik yearly . That is immense number of people, especially if taken into account that Dubrovnik is a small city. It has the area of 21,35 km², and population of 42.615 people.

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Crowds in Dubrovnik are usual scene during summer


Dubrovnik is very well connected with all the mayor airports in Europe, and other continents as well. For example, flight from London or Frankfurt lasts about 2-3 hours. This makes it pretty handy to reach, therefore making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

But, it is less known that in the peak season, Dubrovnik gets incredibly crowded. All places in Old Town are jam-packed with curious tourists, and it’s very usual situation that entrance to Old Town gets clogged.

Is there an alternative to overcrowded Dubrovnik?


Answer is, yes there is.

It is, in touristic means, relatively undiscovered gem called Mostar. It is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it’s great alternative to Dubrovnik, merely two hours drive from it.

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Mostar is the perfect alternative to Dubrovnik

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country rich with history and culture. It’s where East meets West. A country of three nations, three cultures and three religions, all under the same roof. All of this diversity gives Bosnia and Herzegovina special charm and atmosphere. Besides rich historical and cultural heritage, Bosnia and Herzegovina has incredible and unspoiled nature as well. While Croatia has beautiful sea, Bosnia and Herzegovina fascinates with stunning mountains, crystal clear rivers, lush forests, numerous lakes…

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is the land of unspoiled nature

Mostar is a great city to visit. Besides Old Bridge, rich history, friendly people and great food, there are also many beautiful places to visit in vicinity, like Blagaj, Počitelj, Kravice Waterfalls. It is also close to major tourist destinations in the area, like Dubrovnik, Split and Sarajevo. You will need two hours drive from Mostar to each of these destinations. Mostar also has a solid airline connection, with Germany, Croatia and Italy mainly.

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Summers in Mostar can get very hot, but it’s  totally worth it. Photo: Figurniy Sergey

Another thing that’s good about Mostar, besides being away from crowds, are the prices. Apartment for 4 persons costs around 40€/per night, and you can have a good meal for 5€. So for the same price you would pay 2-3 nights in perhaps Dubrovnik or Split, you will pay apartment in Mostar for 7 nights, and still have a great time!

Welcome to Mostar!



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