While in Mostar, we took a day trip to visit the town of Blagaj. This place is famous for its dervish monastery (Blagaj Tekija or Blagaj Tekke) which sits at the foot of a cliff and next to the emerald green waters of the Buna River. Getting from Mostar to Blagaj is pretty easy (if you don’t miss the infrequent bus connections like we did) – it’s only 30 minutes by public transit and you can take bus # 11, 12, or 13 to get there. Be sure to check the schedule of the bus as we had the wrong information online and we ended up waiting over an hour to catch it coming to Blagaj from Mostar.
Also, be warned the food is REALLY BAD in Blagaj by the monastery. It was the worst meal we’ve had all year in Europe with stale poneta and water hummus that tasted like nothing at all. All of the restaurants, the five located by the river, have bad reviews so eat in Mostar which has great restaurants. Also keep in mind this is an easy day trip from Mostar and it should take no longer than 1/2 day to visit here including transportation to and from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Day Trip to Blagaj Dervish House from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina travel vlog script:
Good morning guys. Today is a day trip day. Yeah. We are going to Blagaj which is basically like a monastery in a cave by a river. Something like that. It looks beautiful. Basically and it is so close to where we are staying in Mostar.
We stopped at a bakery along the way to pick up a snack for the road, and then we crossed the bridge to the west side of Mostar to catch the bus to Blagaj.
We picked up a little snack along the way. This is post-breakfast. I got myself the mixed cheese burek which is really good. It is almost gone. Um, yeah but now we wanted to show you guys where to catch the bus to visit Blagaj.
Basically it is in front of this giant yellow building. It is called the United World College where there is a bus stop. here is a schedule posted right here at the bus stop. You can take the 10, 11 or 12 and yeah there is just too many times for me to read them all out. So just check it once you’re here.
Alright guys so we finally found a restaurant. I was actually checking the reviews on the few restaurants that are in this area. None of the reviews are very high. Everyone says the food is quite mediocre. Um, so we’ve ordered. I’ve got some polenta with cheese. Sam got some hummus. Um I will say everything very overpriced. And I’ve already tried my food and it has not been amazing.
Now for the reason we had come all the way to Blagaj, that would be to visit Blagaj Tekija, a Dervish monastery which is tucked under a cliff and sits by the source of the Buna River. The structure is believed to date back to the 1520s and it contains elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style, making it a national monument.
Once we were covered up, we were able to visit the monastery. This mainly involves walking through a series of carpeted rooms with a few religious texts and minimal furniture. But I think the main draw are the views you get of the monastery from the other side of the Buna River.
If you visit during the summer months, you can pay to take a short boat ride into the cave. We visited in late autumn, so that wasn’t really an option, but we snapped a few photos and enjoyed the bright foliage.
We have finished our visit. We’re walking back to town now to go catch our bus. Yeah. It is time for thoughts Samuel. Thoughts. We’ll start with the most positive and it is just absolutely gorgeous setting. Stunning. Some amazing views every it is worth exploring in all directions. Walk across all of the bridges, see it from both sides and so on. The Dervish House I found more impressive on the outside than inside.
This is part of our Travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina video series showcasing Bosnian food, Bosnian culture and Bosnian cuisine.
This is part of our Travel in the Balkans video series showcasing Balkan food, Balkan culture and Balkan cuisine.
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