Blagaj is a small village located just 12 kilometers south of the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated on the banks of the Buna river and is famous for its stunning natural beauty, architecture, and historical significance.
This medieval village was once part of the Humska state, which played a pivotal role in shaping modern Herzegovina in the 15th century.
Climbing the ancient Herceg Stjepan’s Tower, a strategic marvel overlooking the Buna River’s source, rewards you with a breathtaking view of the Neretva Valley. The panorama alone makes the climb worthwhile.
For adventure seekers, there’s the Via Ferrata ‘Vulin Potok’, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience through rugged terrain, with breathtaking views and a true test of your skills. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss when exploring Blagaj.
Blagaj’s surroundings are steeped in history and culture. You’ll find the Velagić House, a beautiful example of Ottoman residential architecture from the 17th century, the Sultan Suleiman Mosque dating back to the 16th century, the Karađozbeg Bridge from 1570, and a Hamam from the same era.
On the right bank of the river, the Tekke, a 16th-century dervish house, seems to float between rock and water, spring, which is the largest karst spring in Europe. It has been a place of prayer, meditation, and learning for centuries, with rooms for various purposes.
Blagaj, with its Tekke, medieval castle, stunning landscapes, and the mesmerizing Buna River Spring, is a treasure that should be on every traveler’s list when exploring this region.
Make sure to savor delicious trout at one of the charming restaurants near the spring.
How to come?
You can easily reach Blagaj by car or take the convenient Mostar-bus service from Trg Ivana Krndelja near the Bus Station.