Located southwest of Mostar close to the Croatian border, Apparition Hill is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site and the famous home to sightings of apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Officially called Podbrdo Hill, it now draws more than a million visitors each year, making it the third most popular apparition site in Europe.
The Statue of Our Lady was built on top of the hill to mark the 20th anniversary of the first apparitions, which occurred in 1981. There are also 15 bronze reliefs representing the rosary that line the rocky path leading up the hill. In addition to its religious importance, the hill offers panoramic views around the valley below.
Apparition Hill is often visited on a day tour of Medjugorje from Dubrovnik or Split in Croatia. Choose a tour that includes time for a mass at St. James Church or a visit to the Kravice Waterfalls for a more tailored experience.
The nearest village to Apparition Hill is Medjugorje, located about 25 kilometers southwest of Mostar. You can arrive to Medjugorje from Mostar via the 48 bus, which runs throughout the day and is about a 45-minute ride. There is also a daily bus from Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia. For those wishing to stay overnight in Medjugorje, the town experienced a development boom after the Bosnian War and now has more than 1,000 hotel and hostel beds available for visitors.
The site includes a steep and rocky footpath up to the top of Apparition Hill, and is not accessible to wheelchairs. The hike may be challenging to beginning hikers, and it is not recommended to climb if there is a decent chance of rain, as the hike gets very slippery. If visiting the site in June and August, consider taking an early morning tour to avoid the high temperatures.