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Written by Robert Schrader from Leave Your Daily Hell.
The Balkans’ most stunning waterfall isn’t the one you assume.
I had a well being scare in the beginning of my journey to the Balkans final yr, so I didn’t get an opportunity to go to Plitvice Lakes National Park after I was in Croatia, as deliberate. I relayed this info to the pleasant couple who runs Villa Tajra in Mostar, as we had been attending to know one another over my welcome tea—folks in Bosnia have a approach of creating you’re feeling like household.
“You know,” the lady mentioned, “there’s a pretty amazing waterfall not far from here.” She proceeded to explain Kravice waterfalls, a pure space about 40 km from south of town.
This, by itself, didn’t shock me. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an extremely stunning nation, a land of lush mountains and rolling fields crisscrossed by crystal clear river and charming cities. What shocked me, nonetheless, was how she advised I get there.
“You think I should rent a car?” I gasped as I attempted to get a affirmation. The Balkans are well-known for loopy drivers, in any case, as they’re for his or her nature and sort folks.
She nodded and picked up her telephone. “I’m calling our friend right now. He’ll have the car here in less than an hour.”
Drive to Kravice
I can’t lie: I used to be extremely nervous as I started driving out of Mostar on the E73 motorway, and not solely as a result of the “semi-automatic” transmission of my compact automobile felt extra like a handbook one. Within about 20 minutes, nonetheless (I obtained rotated greater than a pair occasions), I used to be cruising alongside—and getting excited.
The panorama of southern Bosnia, you see, is karstic—the dramatic limestone mountains that rise out of the earth right here aren’t not like those you see in Southeast Asian nations like Laos and Thailand, even when the vegetation is a bit much less tropical.
I felt anxious as I handed every of the charming villages alongside the Nereveta River (the identical one which runs by way of Mostar), questioning if I ought to cease off and have a chat with the locals, however in the end feeling like my precedence was to achieve the Kravice waterfall.
Things to Do in Kravice
The very first thing I noticed after I obtained there’s that the place is technically referred to as “Kravica.” This is a small element, in fact, provided that locals don’t make an enormous deal of correcting vacationers like me.
The second factor I noticed is that I ought to’ve parked nearer and taken the shuttle bus—the principle falls and swimming space are a few 20-minute stroll from the doorway, and whereas the character is gorgeous, it’s additionally terribly sizzling.
I used to be definitely completely satisfied to see so many distributors promoting ice-cold Sarajevsko pivo (and different Bosnian beers—I don’t select sides!) after I obtained to the underside.
Beer additionally lets you calm down, which is a vital a part of having time at Kravice. There isn’t rather a lot to do right here apart from drink, swim and get solar, even when there’s a viewpoint of the falls about 15 minutes up the hill from the swimming space (importantly, in the other way from the parking space).
Other Ways to Get to Kravice
You don’t should drive your personal automobile to get to Kravice, though doing so offers you the liberty to cease alongside the best way when and the place you need. From the villages I discussed earlier on this piece, town (and standard Catholic pilgrimage web site) of Medjugorje, or a lot of different pure and cultural sights, there are a whole lot of issues to see between Mostar and Kravice!
On the opposite hand, there isn’t a public bus service to Kravice, which implies that hiring a taxi is mainly your solely different choice. This is perhaps choice for you in case you’re as terrified of driving in Bosnia and Herzegovina as I used to be, however don’t have as persuasive a visitor home proprietor as I did.
Hiring a taxi or personal switch can be costlier than hiring your personal automobile (round 70 Bosnian marks vs. 150 or so) though you probably have a number of folks it won’t make a lot of a distinction. Entry to Kravice itself prices four KM (earlier than including in beer!).
The Bottom Line
Kravice was so stunning that I utterly forgot about having missed out on Plitvice Lakes, though I did find yourself going there after I returned to Croatia—Kravice is extra stunning in case you ask me, and definitely much less crowded. If you’re on the lookout for superior day journeys to take from Mostar, rent a automobile (or a driver), and make your approach southward to attractive Kravice!