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

Here 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, sitting under the incredible beautiful Platan trees. The tree camouflaged trunks is where the design came from for the military uniform.

Some of the cafés do not serve food, but 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 the square is often buzzing with live music. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Trebinje and they are so affordable, with lively bars running along the river edge that serve from daylight to the early hours. A place our ‘teenage boys’ enjoyed hanging out without us!

We recommend trying a local dish of “ćevapčići”, a Bosnian specialty (a lamb sausage/patty) traditionally served in homemade at bread, with a choice of relishes. There is a great take away restaurant in a side street, of 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’, open all year round, is located at the back of the town and offers spectacular views, especially at sunset over the town reaching to the vineyards. Dining on the open roof top terrace with great wine and delicious food is an experience not to be missed. See directions under the “Activities -> Wineries -> Vukoje”.

Trebinje has an important history, which is evident from 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 buildings representing three different religions. Visiting here is like going back in time, everything you see makes you want to take a deep breath and forget about the stress of everyday life.

A 20 minute car journey.

The road follows the coast then heads inland over the rough mountain landscape, past restaurant Drijen and locals selling their garden produce. On approaching Trebinje at the first roundabout turn left, at the second roundabout go straight across.
At the mini roundabout, turn right then right again into the car park, to pay you will need Bosnian Marks not Euros. The centre of the town is found by turning right out of the car park and walking past the park. Cross over and the main square and market will be in front of you. If you do go straight ahead at the first roundabout you will also arrive in town, just into a different area.

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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 in the main square of Trebinje you can see buildings representing different religions. Standing proudly on top of the mountain is the largest of them all, the Greek Orthodox Gračanica Monastery. It is meant to be a very similar to the UNESCO Gračanica Monastery in Kosovo completed in 2000, and of great symbolic importance to the Serb nation as it was built in the 14th century on the Kosovo field where an important battle took place between the Serb forces and the Ottoman Turks. This battle in 1389 was lost by the Serbs.
It is worth a visit for the views alone and there is a a lovely cafe, restaurant and souvenir shop so you can relax and enjoy the panorama.

Please follow the road marked on the map above.

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.

Situated just outside Trebinje, this 15th Century Serbian orthodox monastery can be visited on your way to or from Mostar as it is just off the main road. It is important to wear suitable clothing, we stopped one day but had shorts above our knees and so were given sarongs to wear.
We had the most glorious tour with a detailed history of the monastery.
The 4th century foundations of the first Roman church on the site are still visible and we were guided down the stairs of the wine cellar to taste the wines and spirits made by the monks. A trainee monk 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 wine lovers with prices that are a gift from God!

Please follow the road marked on the map above.

Sunbeds overlooking the calm water

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.

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Dino park

Dino park-Trebinje

AQUA PARK “CITY OF THE SUN”

The Aqua Park, “Grad Sunca” is just a few minutes drive outside Trebinje. Set in a historic Jurassic landscape, with life size model dinosaurs dotted all around, it has 6 swimming pools and 13 water slides ( 2 of them 24m high and 200m long). For the younger ones there is a splash safari, dino park and indoor play area to keep them entertained for hours.

The complex is within close proximity of a hotel, three restaurants and several fast food outlets are set around the pools, but if you want to you are welcome to take in your own picnics and drinks. (The food on offer in the outlets was similar and basic). They take care of hygiene and swimmers, safety, with safety personnel at each slide, that visitors have to follow and life guards on duty. First aid is also available. Sun beds and umbrellas are plentiful and available at no extra charge.

The park can take 2700 visitors daily on their 79,000 sqm.
Even when we’ve visited in quiet times, the atmosphere has been great. You usually don’t queue for slides, but it does get busier from 4pm. It is a lovely park, there is something there for all the family and it’s especially good value for money.
Opening time: every day from 11:30 to 20:30
Prices (in 2019):
All-day ticket –15.40€
Half-day ticket (after 3 pm) – 7.70€
Children under 120cm – free
Dino park all-day ticket – 3.60 € (open all year around)

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.”

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Cave Vjetrenica

CAVE VJETRENICA

Average temperature: 11.6 deg celsius cave length: 7,014m, Tour path: 1,800m.

Highly recommended for anyone keen on nature or just wishing just to cool down as there is very pleasant fresh cool breeze just as you enter. The visiting section of the cave has large galleries with a footpath from which you can admire stalagmites, stalactites, columns and cascade-like flow-stones. You’re also able to see the blind proteas (white, lizard like fish).

The staff are friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. The caves are worth a visit, especially if you’re passing on your way to Slano or Ston in Croatia.

You can drive by car 40-mins or rent cycles from us and cycle along the old railway track through Jurassic landscape, valleys, vineyards and local villages all the way to the caves and restaurant. If you travel beyond into Croatia, there is a small local border to cross, one where we have never had to wait to pass through!
Travel distance is 38 km.