This tiny home-stay hostel in Mostar is the ideal place to stay for a budget trip to the town.
The rooms cost just €10 per person per night - my brother and I had a twin room to ourselves, shared bathroom, free internet access, train/coach station pickup and drop off. And use of the kitchen - however beware that this is a homestay and the kitchen is their family kitchen. They also offer laundry.
Nina's husband is a war survivor and offers more authentic tours of the still war torn parts of the town - there were four of us on our tour so hardly busy. We were given options and even taken to one of the sniper holes.
The accommodation is a bargain, the tours are more than the room but also much more exciting - he offers a range but we only took the Mostar War tour.
There are rumours in guide books of a second poorer standard overflow building but we asked to be in the main house - and there were no issues.
Celebica 18, 88104 Mostar, Bosna i Hercegovina
+387 36 550 820
People rush in and rush out on tour buses but the real joy of this place is the calmness and beauty before sunrise and after sunset. There are loads of cosy places to eat and decent little places to stay.
The two hour journey from Mostar to Sarajevo may not be Europe’s most widely appreciated train journey but is a real hidden gem offering breath-taking scenery at a credit crunch-busting bargain fair of around £5. Connecting these two beguiling cities in a truly fascinating corner of Europe, that for now at least remains a little off the beaten track, the train follows the emerald green Neretva River from Mostar as it winds its way up into the Dinaric Alps before emerging into a lush green valley, nestled at the heart of which is the sprawling city of Sarajevo.
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