Bosnia and Herzegovina may not be the first location that comes to mind when planning your next summer vacation, however, it is time to add this destination to your bucket list of summer must-do’s. Cascading crystal waters, dense green flora, lush walking paths and lake waters ideal for summer swimming; this is what awaits you at the Kravice Falls.
Thinking of catching a glimpse of this breath-taking site? Here is everything you need to know about visiting the Kravice Falls in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kravice Falls Location
The Kravica waterfall, also known as the Kravice Falls, or Kravice Falls Mostar has been under protection since 1954 as a natural rarity.
The immense waterfall cascades range from 25 – 28 metres in height on the Trebižat River.
Increasing in popularity with tourists from Bosnia and those visiting Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Split, the falls make for an outstanding day trip with mesmerising scenery, great photo opportunities and exciting activities. Only 40 kilometres south of Mostar and 130 kilometres from Dubrovnik it is easily accessible from major cities to include in a multi centre holiday itinerary.
Best time to visit the Kravice Falls
With seasonal temperatures reaching extremes, summers can reach over 40 degrees Celsius and winters generally fall below zero, making for very different experiences and scenery.
To enjoy the best of swimming under waterfalls and a great variety of restaurants and tour options, summer is an ideal time to visit the falls. July and August are peak season, resulting in a crowded experience, and since it is the height of summer, water levels may be lower than that of early spring when the surrounding flora turns beautifully bright green.
The quieter month of June features higher water levels and together with September provides a less crowded experience, with weather still warm enough for swimming in the glittering crystal lakes.
Kravice Falls Activities
Unlike many other National Parks and nationally protected areas, the Kravice Falls area allows swimming, picnics and even features an area to camp.
Near the Kravice Falls is a café, a small grotto with stalactites, an old mill and a sailing ship. Various restaurants in the vicinity of the waterfalls celebrate the summer with grilled dishes and fish specialities for lunches and dinners till late.
You can also take a boat trip or kayak around the magnificent falls or to Little Kravice falls – a smaller waterfall down the river. There are plans for constructing a walking bridge to the top of the falls boasting a viewing platform making for a short and beautifully scenic hike.
Things to do around Kravice
The old town of Pocitelj is perched into the mountain on the side of the river for about 25 minutes away from Kravice. Wander ancient roads, buy souvenirs and then head onto another inspiring site, the Blagaj Monastery. This is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a coffee-stop as you marvel at an underground river flowing out of an immense rock face.
Not far from the Kravice Falls one can embark on a paragliding adventure and witness the incredible scenery from above. The water amphitheatre is more than 120 meters in diameter making for a magnificently memorable flight across the shimmering water landscapes.
Kravice Falls Tours
Surprisingly there is no public transport to the falls, so tourists generally have the option of renting a car, taking a taxi or booking a Kravice Falls tour. Tours from Mostar to Kravice usually don’t run in winter months. Considering that water levels are very high and restaurants are closed, winter is generally not a recommended period for visiting the falls.
From Dubrovnik to Kravice falls the 130-kilometre journey can take around 2.5 hours. As the Falls are accessible 24 hours during summer with no opening or closing times, it is well worth a daytrip.
There are floodlights at the waterfalls and on summer evenings the restaurants and bars stay open till late. Alternatively spend a night nearby and enjoy more of the area’s activities and scenery at your peril.
Kravice Falls On-site Facilities
Bring your own picnic or enjoy dining at the nearby restaurants. Keep in mind that restaurants are closed during the winter period.
There is Wi-Fi (although we recommend you enjoy the moments in nature without signal searching distractions) and modern toilet facilities at the entrance. More basic facilities and changing rooms are also available close to the waterfall swimming area which is reached by walking the trail downwards just five minutes from the entrance.
Continuously keeping the protection of the environment in mind as tourist numbers increase, the local community endeavour to promote ecotourism and ideally ban the use of plastic in the future. They also arrange regular clean-ups to keep this natural rarity perfectly intact. Do your part when visiting the area to keep the falls breath-taking and litter-free too.
We offer a variety of packages taking you on roads less travelled as well as sightseeing hotspots. Whether you’re a nature-lover, city slicker, historian or adventurer, we’ve got a great option for your perfect summer holiday in the Balkans.