Nothing compares to Trebinje

Nothing compares to Trebinje
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Many places in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Europe’s last undiscovered gem, deserve to be on the bucket list of curious travellers like you. If we speak about the cities only, you might have heard of Mostar, a splendour worth one million visits and perhaps of awe-inspiring Banja Luka. However, I bet that you have never heard of Trebinje, a city that achieved to charm Napoleon while ago. The legend has it that Napoleon’s comment “très bien” during his visit to this place, determined the city’s name later on. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that no visitor remains indifferent when in the most beautiful city of Bosnia & Herzegovina. If you are still not persuaded, let’s discover together why nothing compares to Trebinje.

The allure of Dubrovnik & Provençale vibe

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

Situated in the triangle of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Dubrovnik, Kotor and Mostar, this place is a perfect mélange of those three cities. What makes Trebinje irresistible is the allure of Dubrovnik, Mediterranean architecture and a kind of Provençale vibe. The best place to feel this spirit is a green patio in front of the Hotel Platani, that consists of sixteen 100-year-old plane trees. After a refreshing drink in the shadow of this 500-seat summer garden, one-of-a-kind in the Balkans, don’t miss an opportunity to visit a well-preserved Old Town Kastel and its main landmark, a 16-th century masterpiece – Arslanagića Bridge.

Old Town Kastel in Trebinje
Old Town Kastel in Trebinje
Stari grad, Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arslanagića Bridge
Arslanagića Bridge
Arslanagića Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina

For active travellers & water enthusiasts

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

In Bosnia & Herzegovina, a vast majority of settlements is erected and developed alongside beautiful rivers. Just like Mostar with its Neretva River and Banja Luka with the Vrbas River, Trebinje is no exception. It sits on the shores of the Trebišnjica – world’s longest sinking river. Surrounded from all sides by mountains, this southernmost city of Bosnia & Herzegovina is situated on the edge of Popovo Polje valley.

Picture © Credits to Miljan Ratković

Thanks to its favourable position and Mediterranean climate, active travellers in Trebinje will be spoiled for a choice. Among many options, you can opt for hiking over the mountains on the border with Montenegro, biking along the historic railroad or exploring the underground treasures of Vjetrenica Cave. During the summer months, there is no better refreshment than to plunge into rivers, lakes and creeks. Swimming, diving, kayaking, canoeing, jumping or perhaps fishing, you name it - everything is possible for water enthusiasts in Trebinje.

Hiking the Mt. Orjen
Hiking the Mt. Orjen
Ubla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jazina
Jazina
Jazina1, Trebinje 89208, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lastva
Lastva
Lastva, Bosnia and Herzegovina

For history lovers

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

Besides its beauty and natural treasures, Trebinje is a synonym for an invaluable historical heritage in the southern part of the country. For a rather small city, it has more than a fair share of ancient remnants worth discovering. Starting with its well-preserved Old Town and the 16th-century bridge, this gem boosts in plentiful historical edifices spread around the city. Therefore, Trebinje for history lovers tour is inviting for almost all visitors.

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

Among its medieval and Austro-Hungarian fortifications, built on the hills around the city, you can visit the Old Town Mičevac from the 11th century, one of the biggest historical fortifications in the Balkans – Strač (1910-1916) and the oldest of all strongholds in Bosnia & Herzegovina - Old Town Klobuk, that dates back to the 9th century. When it comes to true hidden gems of history, you shouldn’t miss Branković Tower, one of the best-preserved medieval watchtowers in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Old Town of Mičevac
Old Town of Mičevac
Strač Fortress
Strač Fortress
Strač, Gornje Čičevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Klobuk Fortress
Klobuk Fortress
Klobuk, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Branković Tower in Trebinje
Branković Tower in Trebinje
Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

For faith seekers

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

When you walk around the city, you will inevitably notice many worship places. In the very heart of the city, you will come across a beautiful park with the Orthodox Church of St. Transfiguration, but also the Catholic Cathedral of Nativity of the Virgin Mary not far from there, as well as Osmanpasha’s Mosque, situated in the Old Town Kastel. But this is just a glimpse of what Trebinje offers to faith seekers. In fact, this area has been called the Holy Land of Herzegovina due to many monasteries from the time of Early Christianity, such as Tvrdoš, Zavala and the Monastery of St. Peter & St. Paul.

Tvrdoš Monastery
Tvrdoš Monastery
Tvrdoš 89101, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul near Trebinje
Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul near Trebinje
Zgonjevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Picture © Credits to Slavenko Vukasović

The region is even more rich with mediaeval shrines in the hinterlands of Trebinje, such as Dobrićevo, Duži and the Church of St. Basil of Tvrdoš & Ostrog in Mrkonjići. On the top of this comes Gračanica, the most beautiful temple of Herzegovina and an eternal home to Jovan Dučić, the most significant Serbian poet, writer and diplomat. Beautifully nested on the top of Crkvina Hill, this place offers a breathtaking panorama of the city, that no visitor wants to miss.

Dobrićevo Monastery
Dobrićevo Monastery
Orah, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duži Monastery
Duži Monastery
Duži, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Church of St. Vasilije of Tvrdoš and Ostrog in Mrkonjići
The Church of St. Vasilije of Tvrdoš and Ostrog in Mrkonjići
Mrkonjići, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastery
Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastery
Trebinje 89101, Bosnie-Herzégovine

For food & wine epicures

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

One should know that Trebinje is also called “the city of sun and wines”, and indeed those two are strongly interlinked. This southern gem has a mild Mediterranean climate that lends itself to growing tasty organic products. It is particularly renowned for its Herzegovinian honey, that is a result of rare wild herbs grown in the mountains. But even their local dishes, whether it be meat, fish or milk products, are exceptionally savoury.

Picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

With 260 sunny days per year, this region has ideal conditions for wine-making, whose tradition goes back to the 14th century. The main wine sorts grown here are Žilavka and Vranac. Only in Trebinje, you can find 20 wineries, with Vukoje Winery and Tvrdoš Winery, two leading winegrowers in Bosnia & Herzegovina. One thing is sure, all food and wine epicures, who experience the Herzegovina Wine Route, agree unanimously that nothing compares to Trebinje, and they all say: “We will come back”.

Cover picture © Credits to Tourism organisation of Trebinje

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Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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