Nature Tourism Program
Once you come to Herzegovina you are maximum an hour away from the pebble or sandy beach of the adriatic coast, river that becomes a noisy waterfall or a quite lake, karst landforms like caves, doline or water-springs, mountains covered by thick forest or snow, cultivated areas like vineyards and orchards or wild pasture where the animals like sheap, cows, goats and horses wander around freely. Use the opportunity to visit some of this places and create the memories that will last for ever. Let us guide you through Herzegovina, Bosnia and Dalmatia. We guarantee you won't regret it! You will also get special discount if you booked your Medjugorje accommodation with gomedjugorje.com
Just 10 km away from Mostar the mixture of the beautiful wiew and relaxing sound of the Buna river is offering simply an unforgettable expirience. The source of the Buna river is the finest example of an underground karst river. Its one of the largest and most beautiful springs in Europe, producing approx. 43 000 l/sec with extremely cold and clean water. The restaurants on the Buna river are specialized in local trout dishes. Fresh fish from the clean spring water of the river Buna, good wine produced by loocal winemakers and a view on a huge clif from wich the water springs are promising great time.
While visiting the Buna spring find out more about the mystical life of dervishs who have built their tekie monastery under the high cliff by the river. The Coffee drinking in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a traditional daily custom and plays an important role in society, especially during social gatherings. Taste traditional coffee while gazing the emerald river and having a chat with your friends.
The karst terrain is full of surprises! The river that flows quietly trough the fields of Herzegovina at one point just falls down; changes its colors, creates a sound of joy and refreshes us with its tiny drops of water.
Take a walk around the natural amphiteater of the waterfalls, capture the moment with your camera, put your legs into the quiet water of the lake and have a coold drink, or join the locals and swimm under the noise water of the waterfall.
The river Trebižat plays the game hyde and seek with us. It is a river that flows underground and reappears various times. In its lenght it changes its name 9 times. One of the most beautiful parts of this river is the waterfall Kočuša. In the past people used the strengt of the water to produce the flour and wash the fabrics in the watermills. Kočuša is the place where you can enjoy the sounds and fragnance of nature but also learn about the life of the local people in the past while visiting one of the old watermills.
Subterranean limestone caverns, carved by groundwater are typical for karst relief. Very important part of Herzegovina natural landscapes is the karstic relief. Cave Vjetrenica is the largest and the most important one in the whole country. In Vjetrenica there are many karst forms, such as halls, basins, a number of canals and lakes, a number of temporal brooks flowing at different altitudes and directions, one of them producing a waterfall 9 m high, and so on. By biodiversity of its underground fauna, Vjetrenica is the first in the world.There are 92 diferent species found and scientificly described.
If you are interested in science then come and explore the cave and its sorrundings in that way. If not, then just enjoy in the magnificent forms of the nature and the mistical stories about the cave that local people have been narrating for centuries.
The river Neretva that atracts people to come to this town was a big obstacle on the trade route in the past. The problem was solved in the middle ages. The duke Stjepan Kosača ordered the construction of the wooden bridge and the towers on the river banks. The town started to grow.
In the 15th century the Turks took over the city. The new stone bridge was built on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent. Due to its unique appearance and great importance for the trade route the bridge became the symbol of the town.
The traces of the foreign rulers are visible in the whole city. The ottoman architecture in the Old city and the first modern roads and buildings built under the Austrian rule are an inherent part of the contemporary town.
Mostar can be called herzegovinian Jerusalem. There are four religions present in the town. As soon as you enter the town you see mosques, churches ( both catholic and serbian ortodoxe) and menoras on the entrance of the future synagoge.
If you want to learn more about the history, find out more about the diferent religions and the traditions, enjoy in the beautiful view on the emerald river and the unique bridge, taste good local food and coffee then Mostar is a perfect place to come.
Decide to take a 2 and a half hours of ride to enjoy the scenary of a well – indented coast of the Adriatic and at the end of the journey to enter the bigest museum in the country – the city of Dubrovnik itself. The Walls of the city have protected Dubrovnik since its founding. First thing that will take your breath away are those stone walls. You will want to know what is there inside so worth of protecting. After you step inside the fairy tale can start. Try to find out more about the history and legends of this incredible settlement on the clif by listening a local guide, reading diferent descriptions and signes but don't forgett to let your imagination bring you back to the time of the poets, aristocracy, seaman and slaveless society that valued liberty highly.
Makarska is a beautiful pitoresque town in Croatia just an hour and a half away from Medjugorje. The way to the coast goes thru the mountain Biokovo from where you feel like on the top of the world looking down at the islands and steep slopes of the mountain.
Any time of the year is good to come to Makarska. If it isn't warm enough for you to go to swim, you can stil spend time in the shade of the pine trees or take a long walk along the beach. The whole area is well known as a healt and recreation resort because of the perfect mediterranean climate conditions.
You can't come to Makarska without visiting Vepric –croatian Lourdes. It is an sanctuary outside the town wich resambles the famous shrine of Our Lady in France. After coming back from Lourds local bishof noticed the resemblance of the landscape. With the help of his parishionares he built the altar, the Way of the cross and the confessionals between the cave, the creek and two hills just like in the original shrine.