Mostar Travel Guide
Mostar is where Christians converted to Islam, and where moussaka – consisting of sliced eggplants sautéed in olive oil and layered with ground pork and Béchamel, one of the mother sauces of French cuisine – remains the dish of choice. Indeed, here's a city of diverse worlds, a fabulous mix of cultures and styles, in equal parts Bosniak, Croat and Serb, where historicist architectural buildings with neoclassical and secessionist characteristics are offset with Islamic flourishes from the Ottoman heyday. The city has a supremely historic and absolutely gorgeous Old Town, with slate and tile dwellings amid clusters of lush trees crowding the sloping, rocky banks of the river Neretva, crowned with an iconic, 16th-century – albeit reconstructed – arched stone bridge. There are lively markets here, oozing with charm and local flavor, and no dearth of artisan and antique shops, and cafés where you can linger over a Turkish coffee for hours on end. The city also has its artsy aspirations, anchored in music and theater, and one of the richest offerings of cultural festivals in the Balkans.
Mostar is located in southwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Balkans in southeastern Europe, some 45 miles (73 km) southwest of Sarajevo, or 50 miles (80 km) north of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The best way to reach Mostar, especially for international visitors, is to fly into Sarajevo, then either take a domestic flight to Mostar, or a bus or train, with buses departing every 2.5 hours from Sarajevo to Mostar.
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