Day Trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar

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  • Nature Escapes

  • Active Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Croatia

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

An aerial view of a valley at daytime.
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Mostar is a real gem! The area is diverse in cultural and the landscape is stunning. I enjoyed walking along the main area of Mostar, browsing in all the little shops and watching the locals jump off the bridge! The food was surprisingly incredible and very cheap.

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Where to stay in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The Excelsior Hotel

A chic five-star stay renowned for its luxurious accommodations and views of the Aegean Sea.

Rixos Premium Dubrovnik

Upscale seafront hotel with chic rooms in the heart of Dubrovnik.

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Hotel Dubrovnik

A historic hotel in the heart of Zagreb, Croatia, offering comfortable accommodations and a blend of traditional charm and modern amenities.

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Things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia


Start your day early in the morning from Dubrovnik. You can choose to rent a car, join a guided tour, hire a driver or take a bus for a convenient and comfortable journey. I recommend renting a car or hiring a driver for a more personalized adventure.

After approximately two hours of driving, you'll reach the picturesque village of Pocitelj. Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Pocitelj offers a glimpse into the region's rich history. Explore the charming stone houses, visit the magnificent Pocitelj Fortress and admire the stunning views from the hilltop. Don't miss the opportunity to wander through the narrow alleys and visit the unique Mosque and Clock Tower.

Important Notes: Pocitelj requires uphill walking that can be moderately difficult. If you are traveling with anyone with mobility issues, this could be an issue.

Resume your drive towards Mostar, which is about 30 minutes away from Pocitelj. Mostar is renowned for its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) and its fascinating blend of Ottoman and European culture. Upon arrival, head straight to the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and immerse yourself in its charm. Visit the Old Bridge Museum to learn about the history of the bridge and its significance to the city. Explore the vibrant cobbled streets, browse through the market stalls and admire the traditional architecture. Locals are known to dive off the Old Bridge! If you are lucky, you might catch someone doing this! Now would be a good time to grab lunch. I recommend Restuarant Sadrvan. Portions are huge, and the food is delicious!

While in Mostar, don't miss a visit to the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, where you can climb the minaret for panoramic views of the city. Explore the Turkish House, a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion that showcases the lifestyle and traditions of the era. Indulge in delicious Bosnian cuisine at one of the local restaurants, savoring dishes like cevapi (grilled meat), burek (a pastry filled with meat or cheese) and baklava (a sweet pastry).

After a memorable day in Mostar, start your journey back to Dubrovnik. Depending on the time and your preferences, you may choose to take a different route or make additional stops along the way, such as the charming town of Trebinje or the Kravice Waterfalls.

Remember to carry your travel documents, including your passport. You are crossing into Bosnia and Herzegovina and they do have a passport control stop.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Rosemary Schmidler’s guide, Guide to Istria: Croatia's Wine Country.

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