Kravice, the most beautiful waterfall near Mostar (Bosnia)
Located in the Herzegovina region, the stunning Kravice falls are a must-see natural wonder of Bosnia. The falls are formed by the Trebišnjica River and cascade down into a deep pool below, creating not only a breathtaking sight but also a great swimming spot for the summertime.
If you are organizing a trip to Mostar, make sure to save some time to check out Kravice Waterfalls as they are one of our favorite places in this region of Bosnia. In this blog post, we have put together all you need to know to organize your visit to Kravice Falls.
How to get to the Kravice Waterfalls
The Kravice Waterfalls are located only 40 km away from Mostar. But don’t let the short distance fool you – getting to the Kravice Waterfalls by public transport is not easy. The best ways to get from Mostar to the Kravice Waterfalls are by car, with a tour, or by taxi.
Going to the Kravice Waterfalls by car
The easiest way to visit the Kravice Waterfalls is by car if you will be renting your own vehicle. Even though the distance is short, the ride from Mostar takes almost 1h because it goes through small winding roads.
Parking at Kravice Waterfalls is not a problem as they have a big new parking place right in front of the entrance. Parking is free.
Make sure you find a spot under a tree as this area is very dry and extremely hot during the summer.
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Going to the Kravice Waterfalls by taxi
If you don’t have a car but would still like to have some independence on your day trip, a good option is to get a taxi to take you to the Kravice Waterfalls. The only downside of this option is that you need to arrange the return trip beforehand because the falls are in a very remote place and you probably won’t find a taxi to come back if you don’t schedule it upfront.
The good news is that quite some people choose this option so many taxi drivers in Mostar are used to this kind of request. Make sure to arrange the price and time in advance.
Going to the Kravice Waterfalls with a tour
Getting a tour of the Kravice Waterfalls is a great option to visit the falls if you don’t have a car. There are multiple options for tours going from Mostar, and other nearby cities to Kravice on a daily basis, and the prices start from € 25-30 per person.
PS: The entrance fee to the Kravice Waterfalls is usually not included in the tour price.
Visiting Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik, Croatia
Since the Kravice Waterfalls are located very close to the border between Bosnia and Croatia, many people also come to the falls on a day trip from Dubrovnik or from Split. If that is your case, you can check tours from Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfalls here or you can go in your own car if you will have one for the trip.
You can also consider combining a visit to Kravice and Mostar on the same day to make the most of your day trip to Bosnia! We love Mostar so we definitely recommend adding it to your visit.
Visiting Kravice Waterfalls: entrance fee
The ticket to visit Kravice Waterfalls cost 20 KM (approx. € 10) per person.
The ticket gives you the right to access the falls for the entire day, and you can come and go as you please during this time. There is no time limitation on how long you can stay.
The entrance ticket to Kravice Waterfalls can be bought at the entrance of the Nature Park and they accept cash or card as payment.
Opening hours at Kravice Waterfalls
The Kravice Waterfalls are open from 7h to 22h during the summer months and from 7h to 19h during the winter months.
Swimming in Kravice Waterfalls
One of the things that make Kravice Waterfalls so special is that swimming is allowed! Different from other Nature Parks located nearby such as the Plitvice Lakes or Krka Natural Park where swimming is not allowed, here you can jump in the water and swim through a wide area, almost close to the falls.
There are protection ropes that mark the area where swimming is allowed because the falls can get quite strong. But even with the restriction, there is plenty of swimming space available as the area is quite large.
Now, if you want to swim in the Kravice Waterfalls, make sure you are prepared for some chilly water. The water from the falls is always cool because there is a natural spring in the Krebizat river located only 30 km away from the waterfalls.
During the summer, since the weather is quite hot, the water temperature is quite refreshing and makes for a nice swim. But during the winter, the water is somewhat freezing so I would not recommend swimming.
Does the Kravice Waterfall get busy during the summer?
Yes, absolutely. The Kravice Waterfall is not only an important tourist attraction, but it is also a place that locals go to during the summer holidays for a day off. So, if you plan on visiting the Kravice Waterfalls during the summer, you can expect it to be quite full.
We visited the Kravice Waterfall in September and it was not entirely crowded, but it was quite busy. Most of the long sunbathing chairs were occupied, in most cases by large groups of families or friends who looked like they were there for the whole day.
If you visit during the winter, you will find a completely different scenario.
Restaurants and infrastructure at the Kravice Nature Park
After you buy your entrance ticket at the booth in the parking lot, you need to make your way down to the falls. There are toilets located right at the entrance, close to the ticket booth, and also smaller toilets located down.
The walk down is not long. There are stairs and also a road down so people on wheelchairs or with strollers can also visit.
Once you make your way down to the Kravice Waterfalls, you will see that there are a few options for restaurants and bars around the water. Most of them offer pretty much the same things – Bosnian barbecue and fresh drinks. Some of the bars have sunbathing chairs available.
The best places near the water with sunbathing chairs are taken early, so make sure you come during the morning if you plan to stay here for the day.
Pro tip: Since it is such a tourist place, everything is a little overpriced in the restaurants by the fall but you can bring your own snacks with you if you want!
What is there to do at Kravice Waterfalls?
If sunbathing does not interest you, here are the possible things to do at Kravice:
- Swim at the bottom of the Kravice Waterfall
- Walk to Mala Kravice, the second and smaller waterfall located 20 min further down
- Hop on a boat tour – the tour starts at the main waterfall and goes down the river in the direction of the smaller waterfall. It is a very slow boat, the tour is promoted as a relaxing experience (I personally don’t find it worth it)
- Rent a kayak and paddle toward the smaller waterfall
When to visit the Kravice Waterfalls?
The best time of the year to visit the Kravice Waterfalls is during the summer, between June and September. I would personally avoid July and August as the crowds can get a bit crazy.
June and September are months with great temperatures and a bit fewer people.
As I’ve mentioned before, we have been to the falls the last time during the month of September and it was amazing.
The low season at Kravice Waterfalls is during the winter, which goes from December to March. During this time, the nature park is still open but it is much emptier. If you visit during the winter, it will probably be just for a couple of hours while you explore the park. You probably won’t want to spend the whole day there as swimming is not a thing with the winter temperatures.
What to visit near Kravice Waterfalls?
Now that you know everything about visiting the Kravice Waterfalls, what is next? Well, we’ve got some ideas!
Here are a few options of places to see near the Kravice Waterfalls:
- Mostar – is one of our favorite cities in Bosnia and a place you should definitely not miss!
- Blagaj – a beautiful monastery built in a cave
- Počitelj – a small town that has a cute city center, worth a quick stop if you are driving by
- Dubrovnik – located only 2h away, many people do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Kravice and Mostar, or the other way around
- Sarajevo – Bosnia’s capital and arguably the most interesting city in the country (in our opinion, at least).
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