Meet Hercegovina

About Hercegovina

About Hercegovina

If you ask a Herzegovinian to describe their country, he/she would probably say – stones, rock and olive, as the famous song about Herzegovina goes. Herzegovina is a region that differentiate from the rest of the country and the difference can especially be seen in terms of the pleasant Mediterranean climate, unlike cold alpine climate of Bosnia.

Herzegovinians are also famous for their strong, unique identity and interesting customs. 

Herzegovina is the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose north-western borders are not entirely defined. The distinct natural border between two regions, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is made by the series of mountains: Vran, Raduša, Vranica, Bitovnja, Bjelašnica, Treskavica, Zelengora and Maglić. It is divided into low Herzegovina (Adriatic coastal) and high Herzegovina (mountainous). The entire area is connected by the valley of the Neretva River. 

The main cultural and administrative center of Herzegovina is the city of Mostar, with its multi-ethnic population, while others areas are almost homogenous: Serbian Orthodox are majority of eastern Herzegovina, Croatian Catholics of western Herzegovina, while Bosnian Muslims are majority of northern parts of Herzegovina. 

If you decide to visit Herzegovina for the cultural heritage, other than Mostar and its famous Old Bridge, you should also visit Široki Brijeg and its beautiful Academy of Fine Art, Franciscan Monastery and Church; Ljubuški and its Old Fort; Čapljina and old Roman ruins Mogorjelo; or Neum’s City Gallery with over 400 paintings. To enjoy Herzegovinian natural beauties, visit Blagaj and Buna River’s source, Široki Brijeg and its beautiful Lištica River’s source called Borak, Kravice Waterfalls in Ljubuški, Nature park Hutovo Blato in Čapljina or Kupres plateau. If you are up to some interesting music, film or art events, there are many events worth visiting, such as Šantić Poetry Nights, Mostar Blues Festival and Film Days Mostar in Mostar; West Herzegowina Fest and Mediterranean Film Festival in Široki Brijeg; International Summer Carnival Festival in Čapljina and Neum Animated Film Festival (NAFF) in Neum. For the summer holidays in Herzegovina, go swimming and parasailing in Neum, but if you happen to be in Herzegovina during the winter, don’t miss skiing in Kupres

 

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Neum
Neum is a town in south Herzegovina and the only coastal town in this country, with 24 kilometers of Adriatic coastline. There are around 5,000 inhabitants in this town. Neumene was its historical name, which is first mentioned in 533.
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Mostar
Mostar is the biggest city in Herzegovina, located on the banks of Neretva River. It is also cultural and economic center of this area, with more than 130,000 inhabitants. The city is named after bridge keepers, who guarded numerous bridges at the river, back in the medieval times.
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Čapljina
Čapljina is a town in southwest Herzegovina, located on the right bank of Neretva River, with more than 26,000 inhabitants. The important highways and rail routes connecting the Adriatic Sea with Bosnia and with the Central Europe go through this town.
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Široki Brijeg
Široki Brijeg is the administrative center of the West Herzegovina Canton, located on the banks of Lištica River. It is also cultural and spiritual center of this area, with more than 30,000 inhabitants.
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Kupres
Kupres is a town in north-western Herzegovina, located in the middle of the Kupres Plain (Kupreško polje), with more than 10,000 inhabitants. It was first mentioned in documents of Kingdom of Croatia.
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Ljubuški
Ljubuški is a town in the western parts of Herzegovina, located on the left bank of Trebižat River near the Croatian border and 35 kilometers from Mostar. It was first mentioned in 1444 as the acity of Lubussa.
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Medjugorje
Medjugorje is a little town in west Herzegovina, located about 25 kilometers south-west of Mostar and very close to the Croatian border. It is the main spiritual town in this region and the second-largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world, with around 5,000 inhabitants.
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