…The Pearl of Southern Herzegovina and an Open-Air Museum…
Stolac, a dazzling gem of Herzegovina, is a town with the longest history of urban life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, spanning four thousand years. Its rich cultural heritage has been recognized and protected by UNESCO since 1980 as “Museum Town”. Stolac offers a perfect blend of cultural and natural treasures for visitors to explore.
The town is known for its impressive collection of cultural monuments, making it a paradise for history enthusiasts. From ancient fortresses and residential structures to old religious sites such as Sultan Selim Mosque, the remnants of various civilizations and cultures can be discovered throughout Stolac.
In addition to its cultural attractions, Stolac boasts breathtaking natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy the emerald natural pools, witness the majestic Provalije waterfall, and immerse themselves in the serene ambiance of the Bregava River.
Stolac is also the birthplace of Mehmedalija “Mak” Dizdar, a celebrated poet of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His legacy is commemorated with Makova Hiža, a house dedicated to his memory, where visitors can delve into the world of his poetry and appreciate his love for Herzegovina.
For those interested in ancient history, a visit to the Boljuni Stećak Necropolis is a must. This remarkable site showcases an array of intricately decorated medieval tombstones, providing insights into the region’s past.
Furthermore, Stolac’s location offers easy access to other notable heritage sites. Nearby UNESCO-listed necropolises, such as Radimlja and Potkuk, further enrich the cultural experience for tourists.
Also explore Stolac’s unique Jewish shrine, the only one in Europe, where the tomb of Moše Danon attracts visitors from around the world during the annual June pilgrimage.
Restoran Han Stolac
Old Mill Stolac
Overall, Stolac is a pleasing jumble of cobbled streets and fig trees, very much a classic Mediterranean town. It is a captivating destination that captivates visitors with its fascinating history, stunning natural landscapes, and a harmonious blend of cultural influences.
The best way to enjoy Herzegovina’s figs is in smokvara, a sticky, syrupy cake often served with strong coffee. Most say the best smokvara is made in Stolac; there, the Mehmedbašića Kuća historic hotel runs a tasting experience.