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The Trebižat River, an unhindered waterway that meanders from the far corner of western Herzegovina to its mouth at Čapljina, is a major tributary to the Neretva River. It is also the historical lifeline of Western Herzegovina which is home to some of the oldest recorded settlements in the country.
The entire length of the Trebizat River, highlighted by the Kravice Waterfall near Ljubuski, is now a cultural and natural heritage trail. The Trebižat, a calm and crystal clear river, besides being the lifeline of the many settlements built along its banks, can be navigated by canoe from just below the Kravice Waterfalls north of Čapljina. This less-known region hides more than a handful of surprises for those willing to explore West Herzegovina’s outback.
BEFORE YOU GO:
09:00 AM Meeting point: Kravice Waterfall
The river valley Tihaljina-Mlade-Trebižat, known for its natural splendor, diversity of flora and fauna, and numerous preserved cultural and historical sights, offers plenty of diversity and challenges for all cyclists, offering adventure tourism and much-needed indigenous gastronomic offer. The route is 55.6 kilometers long, and cycling along the river valley it passes through three municipalities, Grude, Ljubuški, and Čapljina. Several springs enrich this river valley, and the most important among them are Peć Mlini, Klokun, Vrioštice and Studenčica, together with the beautiful waterfalls Kravica, Koćuša, Čeveljuša, Božjak. The surroundings of this route provide famous archeological sites, such as the Ravlić cave, the Roman camp Gračine, the medieval fortress Herceg Stjepan, the late antique villa Mogorjelo, the oldest museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Humac (1884) and many others.
One of the most beautiful trails, which leads us along the beautiful river Trebižat, offering an abundance of natural beauty, cultural and historical heritage with tasting local cuisine and specialties. A journey that is sure to leave you breathless.
BEFORE YOU GO:
We recommend that the start of the excursion be at 9 am from the Kravica waterfall, since there is a large parking lot and we definitely recommend a visit to the natural phenomenon of the Kravica waterfall.
The Franciscan Monastery of St. Anthony of Padua in Humac is the oldest museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was founded in 1884. The renovated museum displays items collected throughout the Herzegovina region from the Early Stone Age (Paleolithic) to the present day. A Humac Stone Tablet from the 12th century is also displayed. The Humac Stone Tablet is the oldest surviving monument written in an Old Croatian language (a mixture of Glagolitic and Old Croatian Cyrillic).
Today’s museum exhibition, founded in 2003, is located in the basement of the monastery of St. Ante Padovanski on Humac. Archaeological material was collected in the wider area of Herzegovina and divided into prehistoric, ancient and medieval in a time span of almost 16,000 years. 70 Roman monuments were found in the area of the Ljubuški region, most of which are tombstones (stelae) belonging to veterans and soldiers of various legionary units. The museum shows the oldest monument with cirilic-glagolic alphabet – “The Stone Tablet of Humac”, which retells the restoration of the church of Archangel Michael in the period from the 11th to the 12th century. The Humac Stone Tablet is the oldest written monument of the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The ancient archeological site of Gracine is located on the flat plateau above the left bank of Trebizat River in the area of the village Humac, 2 km southwest of Ljubuski.
The military camp dates from the 1st to 3rd centuries and was partially researched and restored between 1977 and 1988. Remains of a Roman military complex have been excavated at the site. During the excavation, numerous remains of ceramics, jugs, vases, coins, jewelry, rings, glass, tools and weapons were found. A small part of the exhibits is in the museum of the Franciscan monastery of St. Ante.
As the only partially explored military complex in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this archaeological site was declared a national monument in 2003. New archaeological research began in April 2017 in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities, University of Mostar and Ljubuski Municipality.
Koćuša Waterfall is located in the village of Veljaci in the municipality of Ljubuski and is one of the most beautiful natural pearls of this part of Herzegovina. The beauty of this waterfall and the nearby landscape will not leave you indifferent. The height of the waterfall is 5 m and the length is 50 m. In the immediate vicinity are the mills that have enriched this place for years.
Waterfall Kocusa is located in the village of Veljaci in the municipality of Ljubuski on the Mlade River.
The natural wealth of this landscape are also sedimentary rocks, so-called tuff or calcareous sediments, which have accumulated over the years and make this natural oasis even more attractive.
The height of the waterfall is 5 meters and the length is 50 meters. Nearby are mills and columns that have enriched this place for years.
The wider area of the water oasis Peć Mlina, according to historical knowledge, has been inhabited from the earliest times – prehistory, the Roman period, late antiquity and the Middle Ages until our time.
The river Trebižat is the only river in Europe that sinks 9 times and again like the Phoenix springs from the poor Herzegovinian karst each time even stronger and with its tributaries turning this part of Herzegovina into a fertile, arable lowland and God-given area for life. It stretches from its source in Tihaljina to the mouth of the Neretva in Struga, 50 km long, so that in this area we meet it under various names (Culuša, Ričina, Brina, Suvaja, Matica, Vrlika, Tihaljina, Mlade, Trebižat). It springs on a site of untouched nature in the southwestern part of the municipality of Grude.
Your visit will be a very local experience. There are plenty of popular restaurants and region of Herzegovina has been a place where different cultural inluences mixed in the past. Traditional food is often prepared with meat, and meals are plentiful and delicious. The meat is of extraordinary quality, often organic, and well prepared.
Herzegovina is also well-known for its local cuisine, among other things. Numerous gastronomic specialties, which are a result of the long tradition of this area, preserved recipes and special preparation of every dish, are still available at our restaurants and taverns, and they will certainly not leave you indifferent, and will complement your stay in Herzegovina in a special way. Whether you decide to take the traditional polenta with yoghurt, butteroil and garlic, fritters, a selection of local cheeses or cured meats, boiled lamb from the meadows of Herzegovina, vegetables that matured on the fertile soil of our park, or anything else from our comprehensive gastronomic offer – we guarantee that you will not make a mistake.