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Herzegovina - Hidden Beauty



It doesn’t take one long to realize that Herzegovina is an area with an ideal climate and could easily become greatest BH touristic brand. Besides Medjugoje, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Herzegovina can also boast of its river Neretva with its canyons and rapids, the river Trebižat and its falls and rapids…The cave Vjetrenica is a phenomenon, ranking the same importance as the Postojna cave, which has many cave halls and is rich in cave decorations. Vjetrenica is also home to many amazing animal species, insects and snails. One such variety is the distinctive endemic snail Lanzaia vjetrenicae, which lives only in Vjetrenica.

Herzegovina is also renowned for its contribution to the world of Arts and Culture. When we talk about Herzegovina we should not forget also herceg Stjepan Kosača, or Ruđer Bošković, poets Antun Branko Šimic and Mak Dizdar, with Oscar winning directors Dušan Vukotić and Danis Tanović… Nature is one of Herzegovina’s hidden treasures. The mountains ranges of Prenj, Čvrsnica, Vran and Maglić are unexplored and unexploited with breathtaking scenery. They are also home to endemic fauna. Herzegovina is a hikers, explorers, adventurers and walkers paradise.

Herzegovina is situated between two regions: a mountainous region to the north and a coastal region to the south. The mountainous wall (2000 m ) to the north holds back the circulation of atmospheric masses from the Mediterranean, creating favourable climatic conditions for various vegetal cultivations in the area of Herzegovina. Herzegovina covers an area of 9,948 square kilometres. It is bordered to the east by Montenegro, to the west by Bosnia, to the south and southeast by southern Croatia and in one area forms part of the Adriatic coast. The main cultural and administrational centre is Mostar.

Herzegovina also has some indigenous species of plant-life. From the significant Mediterranean genus, we can single out the pomegranate. Its red flowers and fruit attract attention. Its oak, ivy, beech and Cystisis laburnum are elements belonging to the Mediterranean flora, while its pine belongs to the Euro-Asian flora. The pretty blossoms on the brambles and heather, sage and honeysuckle (which are typical of the Herzegovinian hillsides) present an attractive allurement. When this shrubbery blooms, the grey Karst hillsides change colour.

Apart from the indigenous species of nature, there's also the 'man-made' cultivation of crops, which (with the help of the fruitful soil of the area) has made something unique. The well-known Herzegovinian tobacco (Nicotinum tobacum) is featured as one of the best tobaccos of the world for its quality.