TREBINJE

Some 12 miles away in Bosnia, is the beautiful walled town of Trebinje, dating back to the Ottoman Empire also known locally, as the "city of sun and Platan trees". There is barely a town in Herzegovina that was not erected alongside the river banks, of the river "Trebišnijica", so nestled in the heart of the Bosnian mountains,Trebinje can offer a welcome relief from the heat.

The main piazza

Winery Vukoje

THE TOWN

In Trebinje you can meander through the old walled town and walk along the river bank, visit the local, colourful market in the main square and then enjoy a coffee or ice-cream in the main piazza.

As they don’t serve food in the café they don’t mind if you purchase a delicious pastry or ‘burek’, from the bakery and enjoy it with your coffee. In the summer months it is often accompanied with live music.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from here and they are so “cheap”, lively bars run along the river edge, that serve from daylight to the early hours! A place our “teenage boys” like to hang out, without us!

The local dish of “ćevapčići”, originally a Bosnian specialty, a lamb sausage/Pattie traditionally served in homemade flat bread, with your choice of relishes. There is a great take out place in a side street, off the piazza inside the walls, worth hunting out.

Another traditional dish, served in this area is “lamb or beef under the bell” (“jagnjetina ispod sača”). This meat is cooked in a clay pot, in the ashes of a fire for several hours- very tasty.

The winery “Vukoje” is located looking at the back of the town and offers spectacular views, especially at sunset over the town to the vineyards.

You would need a car or taxi to access it. Along with the views it offers indoor or outdoor dining experience, fantastic wine and food and is well worth a visit during your stay with us.

See directions under the “Activities -> Wineries -> Vukoje”.

A 20 minute car journey.

Leave the villa and at the end of the road, turn left towards ‘Trebinje’. The road follows the coast and then heads inland over the rough mountain landscape, past homes selling their garden produce.

On approaching Trebinje, at the roundabout, turn left to the next roundabout (second exit, follow the sign to Mostar). Here, turn right and then second right again in to a large car park.

Monastery Gracanica of Herzegovina

MONASTERY GRACANICA OF HERZEGOVINA

The town has a huge history, very evident with the churches perched on top of the mountains that act as a stunning backdrop to the town.

When standing just outside the main square you can see 5 different religions being offered. The beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, with hand painted walls and ceilings is worth a drive up to.

There is a small café and restaurant, in the summer months, to enjoy whilst you take in the views.

The Tvrdoš monastery

THE TVRDOŠ MONASTERY

Just outside Trebinje you can visit the Tvrdos Monastery, dating back to the 15 th century, with homemade wine, Grappa and cheese tasting on offer.

We stopped one day but had shorts above our knees and so went back on a later day with long jeans.
We had the most glorious tour around with a detailed explanation of the Monastery from a gentleman who is wanting to be a monk there.

The 4th-century foundations of the 1st Roman church on the site are still visible as we were guided down the stairs of the wine cellar to taste all of the wines and spirits made by the monks. He answered all our questions and was patient while we took photos, in fact he was just happy to sit in the cellar and chit chat, we felt very much at home and just taken by this beautiful property filled with wonderful people.

Try the rosemary grappa! Incredible!
There is a gift shop for the wine lovers with prices that are a gift from God!

Please follow the road marked on the map above.

A view from the club across the river

JAZINA CLUB

Not quite a beach but a private club and a popular meeting place, that anyone enjoy. They do have limited spaces and when it’s full it’s full!

Chilling and sunbathing is on a grassy area along the river Trebišnjica with very welcome shade from the trees.

Nestled in the mountains it is a beautiful 40 min drive to what was an old water mill.

You pay a few euros for a sunbed, with chair side service, restaurant and music to chill to!

Swimming is in the very refreshing river.

Head to Trebinje but at the first roundabout go straight on and follow the road into the town. Continue and pass over the old bridge, taking the next turning right (it is a forked junction).

Follow this road all the way along the river and through the mountains. The road passes over the river, continue on this road until you reach the club. The sign for the club is on the left with parking and the club itself is on your right. It is a good 15-20 mins drive from the centre of Trebinje.

Dino park

Dino park-Trebinje

AQUA PARK “CITY OF THE SUN”

The Aqua Park ‘Grad Sunca’ (City of the Sun) is just a few minute drive outside Trebinje.

Set in a historic Jurassic landscape, with life size model Dinosaurs dotted all around, it has 6 swimming pools, 13 waterslides, with 2 of them 24m high and 200m long. For the younger ones there is a splash safari and Dino Park and indoor play area to keep them entertained for hours.

The complex is within close proximity to a hotel, 3 restaurants, fast food bars are all set around the pools but if you want to you are welcome to take in your own picnics and drinks (the food on offer was the same in all of the bars and very basic).

They take care of hygiene and swimmers safety, with safety personnel at each slide with rules that visitors have to follow and life guards on duty. 1st aid is also available.
Sun beds and umbrellas are plentiful and with no extra charges.

The park can take 2700 visitors daily on their 79,000sqm but when we visited it was quiet but still retained a great atmosphere. We didn’t queue for the slides, though I noticed from 4pm it certainly became a lot busier with locals.

It is a lovely park and there is something there for all the family and especially good value for money.

Please click here to open the website for up-to-date pricing and opening hours: https://aquaparktrebinje.com/en/home.html

 

Review from our guest Michael:

“In relation to the water park at Trebinje, we visited there last week and going to go there again today, it is well signposted once you get close to Trebinje.

It has recently opened and there are plenty of slides, swimming pools and play areas for our kids, 5, 3 and 2. If you have older kids it will be even more fun for them. There is an abundance of deck chairs/loungers around the different pool areas. Would imagine at weekends it would be very busy so if going there at this time would advise to go early. There are a couple of restaurants where you can get pizzas, sandwiches, chips, etc.

They only take Bosnian money but they will change Euro at the entrance. Price per person was 20Kunas, as our kids were small they went in for free.

Really good value, fun day out and easy to get to and from the villa.”

Please click here to see directions.