6$ Fantasy Trip You Cannot Miss - Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina by - Amish Agarwal
Allow me to introduce you to a place which none of you would have heard ever before if you are a seasoned traveller; there are fewer chances that you have travelled here in the past. On my recent trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to the incredible city of Mostar, while lavishly spending my savings on some local pasta and gelato, I came across a place that you cannot ignore during your trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. There lies a corner, tucked in the heart of nature radiating positivity. I am talking about a village-town of Blagaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for its natural beauty, religious centre and tranquillity.
Where is Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Blagaj is situated 13 kilometres southward of Mostar, the third-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Look at the map above to understand the location of Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
What makes Blagaj popular?
Just to inform you, Blagaj is NOT a popular tourist attraction. It is a hidden off-beat tourist place in the lap of nature. The picturesque landscape of Blagaj is dominated by the origins of the local river Buna (A left-bank tributary of the much famous river Neretva). The worth of this natural feature is further enhanced by an Islamic UNESCO heritage monastery or Tekija/Teke as the locals say. The shrine has a gifted location, just along the holy waters of Buna.
What is the significance of Blagaj Tekija
The history of Blagaj Tekija dates to the year 1520, when the Dervish monks constructed this building, with both Islamic and Ottoman architectural inspiration. The building is itself a construction marvel, because of the rugged land with tall jaw-dropping cliffs surrounded by turquoise waters with limited access to the main village. The monastery is a simple double-storeyed building with windows and courtyards overlooking the waters. These features of the area are what make this place impressive!
Things to do in Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The limited surge of tourists visiting this place to admire the views from both banks of Buna. One of these banks gives access to the dervish monastery (Blagaj Tekija) while the other is known to provide breath-taking views and numerous photography points.
A network of wooden and metallic bridges connect both banks. Besides these views, there are a couple of restaurants which are situated along the Buna river. These restaurants serve local Bosnian cusine which includes a meal of the famed Cevapi, mashed potato platters and Bosinac Café.
The Blagaj Tekija has four rooms, with Islamic scriptures, traditional seating and carpets. Although simple, the area is very peaceful, untouched and natural. While walking on the wooden floors, you can hear the creaks giving a lovely ancient vibe. There is a sizable souvenir shop attached to the Tekija which is worth checking out. The entrance fee for Blagaj Tekija complex is 5 BAM (3$).
How to Reach Blagaj?
Primarily, the easiest way to access Blagaj is through several tour groups from Dubronvik, Mostar and Sarajevo. These tours cover all important sights in the region such as the city of Mostar, Kravice falls and the fortress town of Počitelj. If a group tour is not your style, you can easily travel to Blagaj from Mostar via a network of public busses and Taxis.
Mostar to Blagaj by Bus
The public busses cost 2.1 BAM (1.2$). You can take busses 10, 11 and 12 from the Spanish Square. Within 45 minutes, these public busses will drop you at in the village of Blagaj, long walk downhill to the main attraction. If you have a strict schedule, I would recommend you to take the taxi since the busses and their time tables are highly unreliable. In my case, I had to wait in the deserted village of Blagaj for 3 hours since there wasn’t a proper bus timetable and the locals had no clue about the timings. After 3 long hours, I decided to take a taxi which I found too overpriced.
Taxi From mostar to blagaj
You can also book a private taxi which costs around 20 BAM (12$) for each leg. You can use Uber and MojTaxi as they are quite common in Mostar. However, we would not recommend this option if you are on a tight budget.
How much does it cost to visit Blagaj?
Following the most economical option, it is possible to complete this trip in under 10 BAM (6$), provided you carry packed food and adequate water. However, if you decide to use the taxis, dine at the restaurants and purchase some attractive souvenirs (which we recommend as it helps to boost the local economy), it can go all the way to 60BAM (35$). To be honest, this was one of the cheapest day trips for me! You can explore a UNESCO heritage site, grab incredible views and soak in the Bosnian sun in just 6$!
To conclude, Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina have proved to be an amazing day trip in paradise. In fact, you can also complete it in under 4 hours if you are short on time. It is ridiculously cheap for tourists. On the bottom line, do not expect the busses to schedule, the locals might not be the kindest and you can get better food in the city of Mostar, than any of the restaurants in Blagaj. Nonetheless, I hope you have an incredible time in Blagaj and in Mostar!