The prestigious British newspaper Telegraph in an extensive report to tourists recommended Mostar, citing a number of reasons why they should visit this city.
“In the past years, the Balkans has become an attractive destination and fans of sun and culture mostly visit Croatia. But only a few hours from the crowded Dubrovnik is Mostar, famous for its Old Bridge. In this city with many Eastern shops, visitors can see brave dives from the bridge, which is a tradition of this area,” Telegraph journalist Radhika Sanghani wrote.
She added that during the summer Mostar is engulfed by great heat, but in slightly cooler months during autumn and winter, this city is an ideal place to rest.
Sanghani also listed a number of transport and accommodation prices, which she said were extremely favorable.
“The train ticket on the Mostar – Sarajevo route costs only four pounds, which is less than the London Underground. Even locals are delighted with scenes when they travel by train. This can definitely be compared with the beauty of Switzerland and Norway. Every year in August, during the duration of the film festival, Sarajevo becomes a top destination. The city on the Miljacka River was visited Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich,” the Telegraph reports.
For a taste of traditional Ottoman luxury, head to hotel and protected national monument Muslibegović House on Osmana Džikića. The former Ottoman mansion is a must for its luxurious four-poster bedrooms and peaceful gardens. Doubles from €90, including excellent local breakfasts, the Telegraph writes.
Head out to see the impressive Stari Most lit up at night, before having dinner on the terrace of Konobo Taurus – a traditional Ottoman-inspired restaurant looking out onto the river. Order a shared grill platter, and settle down to listen to the live music playing at the Black Dog Pub next door, without having to sit among tourists.
Have lunch at Tima Irma – a tiny family-run restaurant on a backstreet near Stari Most. The inexpensive food is high quality, and, unlike many Mostar restaurants, there is plenty of choice for vegetarians, including the huge soft-cheese salad. Meat-eaters should try the classic ćevapi – a type of skinless sausage – while everyone should feast on the warm flat bread.