How to Visit Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar, Bosnia
Planning a visit to the picturesque Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar in Bosnia? Find out everything you need to know in this compact guide.
When it comes to natural beauty, Kravice Waterfalls is a true gem that should not be missed during your visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Located just a short drive away from both Mostar and the Croatian border, these cascading Bosnia waterfalls are a breathtaking sight to behold.
If you’re planning to travel between Croatia and Mostar in Bosnia and are looking for a fantastic place to stop or even a great destination in its own right, Kravica Waterfalls makes an exciting detour.
Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a stunning panorama of turquoise-coloured pools and cascades that plunge down a series of picturesque waterfalls.
Apart from savouring the site itself, one of the draws to Kravice is taking a dip and cooling off in the refreshing water, and relaxing especially in summer.
Most travellers visit Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar as a half-day or full day trip. In this post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to do just that and enjoy a perfect visit.
Whether you’re wondering how to get to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar or just looking for some Bosnia destination inspiration, keep reading to find out more.
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What are Kravice Waterfalls?
Kravice Waterfalls (also known as Kravica Waterfalls) is a beautiful natural landmark near Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These 20+ metre high waterfalls create an amphitheatre of running water, surrounded by greenery in the middle of a nature park.
Kravice Waterfalls are the largest waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina and they are a popular tourist destination, especially in summer.
The Best Time to Visit Kravice Waterfalls
The best time to visit Kravica Waterfalls is in the spring and early fall. May, June and September are the best months to visit.
Visiting during the shoulder months means that you’ll be able to avoid the excessive heat as well as the numerous crowds that can form here during the summer months.
If you do decide to visit during July and August, make sure to arrive early in the morning. Having your own car will allow you to be more flexible when it comes to your arrival time.
During the winter months, the park sees much fewer visitors and there isn’t too much to do due to the cold water and low temperatures. Visiting in winter will allow you to appreciate the falls without the crowds. I’m sure they also look beautiful under a blanket of snow.
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How to Get to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar?
Most travellers visit Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar. Depending on how you choose to get to Kravice, the journey can take just under an hour.
Another option is to use Kravice Waterfalls as a stop on your trip between Mostar and Croatian cities like Dubrovnik or Split. This is easy to do in a rental car but not that easy to organise via tour.
There are many different options when it comes to getting to Kravica Waterfalls from Mostar. If you have a rental car, the best way is to drive. Otherwise, there are a few more options you can make use of in order to visit Kravice during your time in Mostar.
Getting to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar by Car
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Kravice Waterfalls is by car. If you’re renting a car to road trip the Balkans or Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, then visiting the falls is easy. Just put Kravice Waterfalls into Google Maps and off you go.
It’s just 42 km ( 26 miles) between Kravice Falls and Mostar but the trip takes close to an hour due to the small, winding road that takes you through the beautiful landscapes of southern Bosnia Herzegovina.
Parking at Kravice is super easy as there is a big parking lot just outside the entrance. Parking is free.
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Getting to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar by Day Tour
If you don’t have access to a car and aren’t planning on renting one, then taking a tour is another great option. Tours are ideal if you want to see more because generally they also combine some other nearby sights and attractions like Pocitelj and Blagaj.
Taking a Kravice Waterfalls tour is a great option for solo travellers.
Getting to Kravice Waterfalls by Taxi
If a full day tour’s not for you and you don’t want to rent a car either, taking a taxi is another option for getting to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar.
You can easily flag down a taxi in Mostar or arrange one with the help of your hotel. As Kravice Waterfalls is located in quite an isolated part of the country you’ll need to arrange a pick-up time with your driver in advance. Make sure to do this ahead of time otherwise, you’ll struggle to find a taxi to take you back. Always agree on the price of the return trip before getting in.
While taking a taxi to Kravice is very convenient it is also the most expensive option.
Getting to Kravice Waterfalls by Public Transportation
Unfortunately, due to its remote location, there are no public transportation options from Mostar to Kravice Waterfalls. If you manage to get to the waterfalls by public transport please do let me know how you got on.
How to Get to Kravice Waterfalls from Croatia?
It’s also possible to visit Kravica Waterfall from Croatia. Travellers generally visit from either Split or Dubrovnik and it’s actually possible to visit Kravica Waterfall on the way between Mostar the two Croatian cities.
Travel distances are slightly shorter from Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfalls but the journey takes longer (double the time) as there is no highway. If you’re visiting both Split and Dubrovnik and wondering from which Croatian city to take the day trip to Kravice Falls, make it from Split.
It’s important to note, however, that getting to Kravica waterfalls from Croatia involves a non-EU border crossing into Bosnia. This means queuing in your vehicle (or tour bus) at the border and showing your passport to get through. Make sure not to forget your passport.
Crossing the border means added travel time so make sure to plan this into your itinerary. The time it takes to cross the border varies drastically between the time of year. During the off-season, so October-April, you can spend as little as 5 minutes crossing the border.
In summer, however, it’s not uncommon for the border crossing to take 5+ hours.
If you’re crossing the border during the summer, make sure to arrive very early in the morning, bring water and snacks in case you need to wait, and avoid crossing the border on a Friday afternoon, Saturday morning or during public holidays.
How to Get to Kravice Waterfalls from Split?
By Car– Driving from Split to Kravice Waterfalls takes 1 hr 30 minutes (along Croatia’s paid E65 highway) but you’ll need to allocate extra time for the border crossing.
By Tour– There are many tours from Split that will take you to both Kravice Waterfalls and Mostar. Check out this tour and also this tour– two of the best that’ll allow you to visit Mostar and Kravice in just one day.
How to Get to Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik?
By Car– Driving from Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfalls takes 2 hrs 15 minutes, even though the distance is less than it is from Split. This is because there is no direct highway between the two destinations. If you’re planning to drive to Kravice for the day make sure to set off early. Once again, don’t forget your passport.
By Tour– Many tour operators organise day tours to Kravice and other highlights in Bosnia from Dubrovnik. The best tour is this Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small Group Tour. Another option is this tour which also includes a stop in Medjugorje and Pocitelj.
Kravice Waterfalls Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to Kravica Waterfall for adults is 20 BAM (approx €10) per person. There is no need to buy tickets in advance, you can do so at the entrance gate as you come in. Payment can be made by card or in cash.
The ticket is valid for the entire day so you can come and go as you please. There is no time limit for how long you can stay.
As you might expect the entrance fee includes Kravice Waterfalls but also the smaller Kocusa Waterfall located nearby and a visit to the Humac Monastery Museum in Ljubuški. If you have some spare time it might be well worth it to take advantage of these smaller, local sights.
Kravice Waterfalls Opening Hours
Kravice opening hours vary depending on the month and the time of year. In general, you can expect the shortest opening hours in the winter and the longest in the summer.
Kravica Waterfall is open from 7 am every day of the year. During the summer high season of June-September, the waterfall is open until 10 pm.
During the winter months of November-February, the waterfall is open until 5 pm. Outside those months, closing time varies so it’s best to check the official website here if you plan to visit towards the end of the day.
Things to Do at Kravice Waterfalls
So what do you do at Kravice Waterfalls once you’ve arrived? The truth is, not much and that’s the point. The waterfalls are a wonderful, natural place to be savoured and enjoyed.
There are however a few different activities you can do when at the falls.
Admire the Beauty of the Area
Lush nature surrounds the falls and spending a day here is all about enjoying that connection with nature and the outdoors. The Trebizat River feeds the falls and then continues downstream to another waterfall ‘Mala Kravica’. Make sure to take in the beauty of the whole area and not just Kravice Waterfalls themselves.
Swim in the Water
When visiting during the warmer months, one of the best parts of Kravica waterfall is going for a swim to cool off in the freshwater. The water isn’t deep but instead there is a shallow turquoise-green pool of water you can go for a dip in.
Unlike similar waterfalls in Croatia like those in Krka National Park, you are allowed to take a dip at Kravica.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Balkans so why not savour the moment for later and take a few photos of the stunning Kravice Falls?
Have a Picnic or Order some Food and Drink
Nothing quite beats a cold beer and a great snack by the water’s edge after a refreshing swim. Bring your own food and drinks or order something at the restaurants and bars on-site, relax and take it easy.
Visit Mala Kravice
Mala Kravica, or ‘small Kravice’ is another little waterfall about 20 minutes downriver from the main waterfall. While it’s a much smaller and less impressive waterfall than the main Kravice waterfalls, you might find it less crowded and more charming so it’s definitely worth the extra hike.
Take a Boat Tour
A boat tour is available to take you downstream on the slow-flowing river. It’s a nice way to pass the time albeit not that thrilling.
For those that prefer to get a little more active, you can also rent a kayak for a couple of hours and go for a paddle. The water is very calm and slow flowing so kayaking at Kravice Waterfalls is suitable for anyone wanting to get onto the water for more than just a swim.
Restaurants at Kravice Waterfalls
There are a few small restaurants at Kravice Waterfalls which sell overpriced, average, local food and drinks. The main speciality seems to be grilled meat but you can also pick up other snacks like chips, ice cream and cold drinks. The food is far from inspiring so I’d suggest bringing a picnic instead.
Bringing your own food is a great idea if you’re planning to spend the day at Kravice Waterfalls. This seems to be what the locals prefer doing at the weekend. Bringing some sandwiches, snacks, fruit or takeaway food from Mostar is a great idea.
The restaurants at Kravice Waterfalls do have prime seating right by the water, so you might want to order a drink there to take advantage of those.
Where to Visit After Kravice Waterfalls?
There are many places in and around Kravice Waterfalls to visit after your stay at the waterfalls. If you prefer visiting for half the day there are many other places you can visit before making your way back to Mostar or moving onwards to Croatia.
Mostar – a vibrant town popular with travellers. Home of the iconic Stari Most, the town is brimming with ancient and recent history and culture. Read more here.
Pocitlej – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a gem of a Medieval village. You can stroll around and visit its well-preserved stone houses, ancient mosques and Medieval fortress with stunning views of the surrounding area.
Kocusa Waterfall– A small waterfall located near Kravice. Your Kravice Waterfalls ticket includes entry here. A great summer alternative when Kravice feels too crowded.
Blagaj– Located at the base of a towering cliff, Blagaj is home to the mesmerizing Blagaj Tekke, a 600-year-old Dervish monastery situated by the turquoise waters of the Buna River. You can visit the village and see the lovely Dervish monastery for a few hours.
Sarajevo– Visit the Bosnian capital for history, culture and a buzzing food scene.
READ MORE: 30+ Wonderful Things To Do in Mostar
Top Tips for Visiting Kravice Waterfalls
↠ If you visit in summer, expect it to be quite full. Summer is peak season at Kravice Waterfalls so you can expect it to be quite crowded. Not only will there be more independent travellers but you’ll also find many tour groups during this time. Once they arrive it’s extremely crowded.
If visiting during the summer try to arrive right when the waterfalls open, or later in the day just before closing time.
↠ The water is chilly so be prepared. The water at Kravice Waterfalls is pure mountain water so it’s fresh throughout the year. During the heat of the summer, this can be a glorious respite but if you visit in spring or autumn you might find it too chilly to swim. When I visited in October, it was much too chilly for my liking to take a dip.
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