Located between Kravice Waterfall and Mostar, Medjugorje makes for a scenic stop on an exploration of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. You’ll need at least 90 minutes to ascend and descend Apparition Hill on foot. If you have time, it’s also worth visiting St. James’ Church, which holds Mass in several languages. Departing from cities such as Dubrovnik or Split (in neighboring Croatia), Sarajevo, and Mostar, multi-day tours typically provide a comprehensive overview of the Balkans.
Things to Know Before You Go
St. James’ Church is wheelchair-friendly, but accessing Apparition Hill may be difficult.
You can hear simultaneous interpretations of the St. James’ Church Mass on an FM radio.
You don’t have to be Catholic to visit Medjugorje, but be respectful of your fellow travelers.
Take water, sun protection, and perhaps a raincoat, as the walk has no shelter.
How to Get There
The cities closest to Medjugorje are Mostar, Dubrovnik, and Split. The public bus journey takes around 45 minutes from Mostar East, or just under three hours from Split Central. To save time, drive yourself, or join a tour that includes round-trip transport.
When to Get There
Apparition Hill can get hot and busy in summer, so plan your climb for the early morning or late evening. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as summertime thunderstorms are common. If you’re a confident hiker who doesn’t mind an icy route, winter guarantees far fewer crowds.
Religious Architecture in the Balkans
The Balkans have always represented a variety of languages, influences, and cultures. For example, Mostar is known for its UNESCO-listed Old Bridge, considered one of the area’s standout pieces of Islamic architecture—while Sarajevo is home to a 500-year-old Jewish cemetery, a 500-year-old mosque, and a Serbian Orthodox church. Learn more about religion in the Balkans on a historic tour, or uncover the impact of the Bosnian War at one of the region’s moving museums.
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