I’ve always thought of myself as a city girl. An urban animal which lives in the capitals and goes on city breaks. Then it changed. I’m not sure why, how, or when. At some point I started enjoying my countryside time. I know, it’s as simple as it gets.
Somewhat unconsciously, I started researching rural destinations before exploring a new country. I realized that you won’t really get to know a region without seeing its villages. Bosnia wasn’t an exception. This time I combined rural wanderings with sightseeing. How?
While in Mostar, I went on a day trip to Blagaj. It’s a dirt cheap option, accessible by suburban bus. All it takes is a short ride.
Why Blagaj? Why is it special? My answer is, as always, why not?
It’s super pretty, but this is nothing exceptional in Herzegovina.
It’s located at the spring of the Buna river, which makes it even prettier. It’s also home to a 15th century tekija or a Dervish Monastery. The building is open for visitors. Everyone who is interested in Ottoman architecture should visit it. It’s totally worth the 1 euro entrance fee.
The place is a popular escape from Mostar, so it might get a little touristy, especially in the monastery area. Luckily, the village itself is still extremely peaceful and sleepy. A perfect setting for a lazy day, isn’t it?
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I visited the tekija and wandered around cobbled streets immersing in Oriental vibes. Here are some of my favorite images from that day.
Have you ever been to Bosnia? Which photo is your favorite?