Spectacular Kravice Falls in Bosnia and Herzegovina are one of Europe’s best-kept natural secrets. Plummeting over 98-foot (30-meter) soft tufa cliffs on the Trebizat River southwest of Mostar, the waterfalls have sliced out a natural amphitheater spanning nearly 400 feet (120 meters) as the river splits into more than a dozen separate waterfalls cascading into the lake below.
The falls are a sheer pleasure to experience. Rope swings are poised over the river and several fish restaurants, picnic areas, and camping facilities are dotted on the shore. During the late spring and hot summer months, an amazing natural phenomenon occurs at around noon: The heat causes some of the lake water to rise and create a mist at the top of the valley. A small grotto full of stalactites is nearby, as is an old mill and sailing ship. Visit the falls as part of a day tour from Mostar, including stops in Pocitelj, Blagaj, and/or Medugorje, or as a day trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia, including a stop in Mostar. Day tours from Sarajevo are also possible.
Things to Know Before You Go
The lake is most shallow in the summer, making it kid-friendly for swimming.
There are no lifeguards on duty at the lake.
How to Get to There
The Kravice Falls are 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Mostar by car along the M6 Capljina-Ljubuski road; turn left down the dirt track at the brown sign marked “Kravice Falls” and follow it for almost two miles (about three kilometers). If you’d rather not drive yourself, book a taxi or join a tour from Mostar, Dubrovnik, or Sarajevo.
When to Get There
It is possible to visit Kravice Falls only from May to October. The best time to go is during the spring snow melt, when the falls are at their fullest and the surrounding landscape is a luscious green. The falls are tamer in summer, when several small sandy beaches appear underneath the cascades from which to swim in the icy, emerald waters.
Things to Do Near Kravice Falls
You can combine a visit to Kravice Falls with one or more nearby towns or villages. Stop in the medieval town of Blagaj, once the capital of Herzegovina, or visit the fortified Pocitelj old town, built into the rocky cliffs above the Neretva River. You might also stop at Medjugorje, one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.