Date: April 2nd
We took a hired taxi (with driver) from Mostar for a day trip( Blagaj, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfall) at around 9 am. As soon as we left the city limits, the beautiful landscape started to unravel itself.It was a treat to the eyes with clear blue skies marked with distant snow clad peaks and the grounds freckled with apple orchards ( although it wasn’t really the season)
On the way we saw breathtaking views like the one in the picture below:
Blagaj is famous for the Dervish monastery and it’s serene location will leave you stunned. It is located on the side of a river Buna(joins into River Neretva later). We parked our car near the entrance and before heading to the monastery we crossed the river connected by a small bridge, the view from the bridge is a treat to the eyes. On the other side of the river we hiked for 5-10 mins towards the source of river and reached directly opposite the monastery.
The view from this vantage was stunning and we stayed there for 15 mins .In between, saw a man calling out for prayer (ajaan) from the monastery
on the side of the bank , there a few eateries strewn along the bank and some of them partially submerged in water. we hiked back to the other side and entered the monastery. the entrance fee is 2 euros per person and you are supposed to wear respectable clothing (knee and shoulders covered).
Before entering the monastery we saw stairs on the right going a level below and we saw a completely different view of the river. On the monastery door, a sweet lady at the entrance offered sayani a cloth for covering her head.
The Monastery has rooms with carpeted floor for praying and balconies overlooking the river. our next stop was Pocitelj. It is a small fortified town with a tower and lookout point on the hill, we hiked for 15-20 mins to reach the top and the view from the top was worth the sweat.
Reaching Balagaj and Pocitelj
- Hire a taxi (with driver) from Mostar , it cost us 45 euros for the whole (It included Kravica in the day’s itinerary as well).
- Mostar Airport is just 3 kms from Blagaj monastery.
- there are buses from Mostar old town to Blagaj as well.