Day Trip to Blagaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina

August 28, 2017

I watch the river flow under me when I cross the bridge hanging over Buna river. The color really is extraordinary. It's dark blue with hundreds of shades of green and it's impossible to tell whether the water is clear cause the colors are so pure and dark at the same time. I'm on a mission to find the spot where I can capture Bjagaj Tekija with the cliffs on the background and the white monastery reflecting off the surface of the dark river running below. I'm terrified of the goats that wander freely on the other side of the river but I manage to sneak past them and finally find myself facing the Blagaj Tekija. I'm not sure if I can imagine a more beautiful place for a monastery.


I was supposed to just rest in Mostar for few days after backpacking Europe for months but I've only been there for few days when the wanderlust kicks in. Typical. I'm not complaining though. Out of all the places this could have happened Mostar was probably the most ideal city as it's being surrounded by the most amazing day trip destinations. I end up heading to Pocitelj one day and the day after I find myself in Blagaj. Life is good.

Things to do in Blagaj

Blagaj is a small village located right outside Mostar in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Blagaj monastery is one of the most pictured tourist sights in the whole country but the village where it's located is very small. You can easily spend half a day in the village but if you're here just to visit the monastery you can do it in few hours.


Blagaj Monastery - Blaga Tekija

The main reason tourists end up to Blagaj is the monastery and most of the tourists don't even bother to explore the village beyond that. Blagaj Tekija dates back hundreds of years in history and it's a stunning place to visit. There's a small entry fee to the monastery if you wish to wander around and admire the architecture influenced by the Ottomans. You can also accidentally wander in before the opening time like I did. Oops. You should cover your shoulders, legs and head when you enter the monastery but there are garments available for those who arrive unprepared.

To get the best view of the monastery I recommend crossing the Buna river and heading all the way to the bottom of the cliffs. This is also where the boat tours leave if you choose to take one.


Blagaj Fort - Stjepan Grad 

There's a fortress in Blagaj that dates back over thousand years in history. It's located up the hill on the northern side of the city and it's impossible to miss. The problem with this fella is that finding the entrance to the fort is super hard. There are signs directing you along the path that goes around the hill where the fort is located but there are no further instructions how to actually get to the fort.  

I spend a good hour trying to find my way to the fort and I failed miserably. I walked kilometers along the path and even tried to ascend the hill in few spots but eventually gave up. A fellow traveller who had also visited the village said that if you'd just keep going you'd eventually come across an arrow sign made of stones that points to the direction of the fort at the point where you are supposed to climb the hill. The views are apparently great.

Explore the village

Don't you hate when you google what you should do in a place x and you find some lousy explore the village suggestions? Like come on, isn't that obvious? For many it sadly isn't. 

Blagaj is absolutely adorable and you should take your time to wander around the village. Bosnia and Herzegovina is famous for it's coffee so why not stop at the river side restaurants for a cup? There's a little museum room in Velagicevina for those interested in history and they even offer little boat rides along the river. 


How to get to Blagaj

The cheapest way to access Blagaj is by bus. There are buses heading to the village around once in an hour during daytime and you can catch them on any of the bus stops along Marsala Tita. The ride takes 15 minutes and return journey only costs few euros.

If you wish to visit Blagaj in the evenings or can't be bothered to wait for the bus you can also easily catch a taxi in there. It costs around 20€ for a return journey.



Planning a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina? Make sure to check my other articles about the country!


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22 kommenttia

  1. I love how you described the picture you wanted...and was able to capture it! Stunning. I think the Blagaj Monastery is so beautiful, although I would also love to explore the village, too! I'm going to be in this part of the world next fall and might need to take a detour to Bosnia-Herzegovina now!

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    1. Bosnia and Herzegovina is gorgeous so I can totally recommend doing a detour there :D Make sure to check out Mostar and Pocitelj as well!

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  2. Isn't it funny that even when we're tired out from travelling and seeing so many amazing places and things, we get itchy feet so quickly! Blagaj looks like a beautiful place to rest and I'm glad that it had day trip options for you as well.

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    1. I feel like that always happens when I decide to have a little break from travelling haha!

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  3. This looks adorable! Your reports from B&H remind me a lot of Montenegro (which shouldn't be surprising since it's next door ;-) ).

    Happy continued travels!

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    1. I really wish I had made it to Montenegro! That country sounds like a dream! Next time ;)

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  4. What a causality!I am just back from Bosnia hahaha. I was in Tuzla for 4 days and felt in love with the country. I will definitely be back for more and want to include Sarajevo, Mostar and of course Blagaj after seeing these lovely pictures.

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    1. Ah I didn't make it to Tuzla :( There were so many places I wanted to visit but I went to Bosnia at the very end of my backpacking trip around Europe and had already booked a flight back home when I made it to Bosnia - I really wish I could have stayed few weeks longer!

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  5. This is the first time that I've heard about Blagaj. It's a shame because this place is hauntingly beautiful! There is a somber mood to it, but the natural beauty is unparalleled. Your photos transport me to this place and it makes me want to go so bad!

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    1. I had only heard of it because I googled Bosnia a lot before my visit and this was one of the places that popped up in google when I was searching for pictures and well, when you see the pictures you sorta need to go there :D

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  6. What a stunning monastery. The architecture is gorgeous and I love how the sharp white contrasts against the rock face. Bummer you missed out on the views from the fort, there’s always next time. :)

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    1. It's beautiful isn't it? It was so frustrating to find out that people had made it to the top when I just couldn't find the damn path but like you said there's always a next time :)

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  7. I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard of Blagaj before your post. The place is hauntingly beautiful - the dark water, the whitewashed walls and the cliffs rising above in the background. Very picturesque. I hope to be able to see this part oft he world for myself on day.

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    1. Nothing to be ashamed of, it's a very little town and I highly doubt that anyone who hasn't visited Bosia has heard of it :D Hope you'll make it here too!

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  8. This is one of the most beautiful monastery i have seen. Absolutely stunning location. I would love to live in such kind of a place.

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    1. It's definitely the most beautiful one I've seen in Europe and I'd love to live anywhere in Bosnia :D

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  9. Wow absolutely love the photos, the place sure has a charm. That little white house beside the cliff and by the water makes it so beautiful! When we go to Bosnia, will have to stop by here for sure!

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    1. It's a gorgeous place and looks even better in real life! Definitely recommend!

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  10. I have been wanting to go to Bosnia for long. Your pictures are beautiful. I am a sucker of monasteries and the Blagaj monastery looks great. Absolutely stunning location.

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    1. Hope you'll make it there one day, it's a gorgeous place!

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  11. I never thought of going to this part of the world, but it looks beautiful! The water is dark and gorgeous in your photo's! And I love the building so close to the rock, just beautiful!

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    1. People always skip Eastern Europe and imo Europe doesn't get better than that! It's such a beautiful part of the world!

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