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A man and woman stand underneath the Mostar Bridge, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Stari Most, Mostar’s Old Bridge.


I’ve stayed in everything from homestays to apartments in Mostar and Sarajevo. While I’ve long forgotten the homestay names from my first visit 10 years ago, here is where Shawn and I stayed on a recent visit.

  • Mostar – Shawn and I spent two nights at the family-owned Apartment Neretva (affiliate link). The owner’s daughter, Lana, was friendly and attentive, and the one-bedroom apartment was really comfortable. The interior had recently been renovated, so everything was clean and fresh. In November, Mostar’s weather was a bit chilly, but the apartment’s ample hot water and heating made our stay cozy. We also liked all the extra touches: a variety of herbal tea and coffee (including ground Bosnian coffee), even rakija brandy—a popular drink in the Balkans. Best of all, it only took about 10 minutes to walk to the Mostar Bridge. We had small backpacks with us, so we were even able to walk to both of Mostar’s bus stations from here (Mostar East & Mostar West). If you stay at the Apartment Neretva, be on the lookout for the family’s adorable cat, Mickey. But be forewarned: this friendly feline likes trying to sneak into the apartment. :)