One other of my favorite tours is to the neighboring country of Bosnia, which is really close. To get to the Bosnian border from Split is less than an hour’s drive. We go to this great little city called Mostar. It’s claim to fame is its 16th century Ottoman bridge which goes over the Neretva River. It’s beautiful. One way to describe it is like a mini Istanbul. They actually call the ‘Orient in Europe’. It’s a fantastic town that is set in this magnificent canyon.
From there we drive for a short 40 minutes to the Kravice Falls. They’re these beautiful natural waterfalls which come straight out of the rocks. Visitors are allowed to swim here – it’s a great spot for a cool-down in the heat of summer. There are a couple of really great places for a local lunch as well which are completely farm-to-table service. Literally from the field to the table.
HK: Yes, we did something similar when you showed me and my colleagues around the area about this time last year. It was stunning. Do you remember it was raining so hard when went to Mostar?
AB: That’s right, I remember, yes.
HK: The bridge in Mostar was so beautiful over the river. And that contrast of the city followed by the nature and greenery of Kravice Falls, it was an amazing day out.
AB: Yes, it’s something special that people really tend to remember.
HK: So last question, what are you working on for 2020 & 2021?
AB: More of the custom tours. As I said earlier, people love to see the highlights, and you need to see them, but people also want to see off-the-beaten-path Croatia. And I suppose when I look at it from my own perspective, that’s what I want to see when I go to a different country. It’s more of the local history, so you get a grasp of where you are. Combine that with the natural landscape and the interesting customs that go with it, it makes a great tour. Especially when you top it off with a fantastic local meal.
HK: Thanks very much for your time, Ante!
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