1. Cycling: Ćirina Pruga
Regarding the end of project "Biking through history", Revitalization of old narrow - gauge Railway Ćiro
, Public institution "Vjetrenica - Popovo polje" and Cycling club Mostar recently organised a cycle tour from Hutovo to Zavala in community Ravno. The cycling event hosted about a hundred cyclists from BiH and other neighbouring countries. The tour was 30 kilometres long, for the less prepared 6 kilometres from Ravno to Zavala. During the tour cyclist were able to have a short break by the old railway stations.
Hereafter we present you with our own cycling arrangement
that includes a tour along the, above mentioned, unique Ćiro´s old railway. We are proud to say that we are one of very few agencies that had included this into its touristic offer.
The Historic Railroad Trail with steam locomotives passes by Mostar, Čapljina, Popovo field, Trebinje and near Ivanica passes by the border of Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia.
The construction of this trail started in 1898 and ended in 1901.
The construction was extremely difficult because of the different epidemics periods, drinking water problems, cold and windy winters and hot and dry summers...
We will follow the trails of an old Austro – Hungarian narrow – gauge railway trough which a very famous train Ćiro used to operate. This railway was opened for traffic in 1901. and closed in May 1976. This part of the journey will be a chance to learn about Ćiro and about its interesting history – from the preparations for building of the railway to the actual building in the 20th century.
2. Day Trips: Hvar Off - Road safari
Have you ever been on an island-safari on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean – the island of Hvar?
We offer you a unique experience! From the rich aroma of the lavender fields, through the centuries - old olive groves and vineyards, 4WD vehicles will take you on a voyage of discovery, revealing the undiscovered areas and paths once trod on by the ancient Greeks.
The tour begins in Stari Grad
with the visit of a rakija distillery as well as lavender and rosemary oil production.
From there we go to the highest point of the island of Hvar – St. Nicholas (626m)
where you can enjoy a beautiful view. After that we come to Hora/Ager (an ancient Greek field under UNESCO protection).
We then make a sightseeing tour of the Dubovica Cove
and the abandoned village Malo Grablje
Proceeding to Hvar
, we stop to see Španjola Fortica
, a 13th century fortress (Optional surcharge – 25 kn per person) or Napoleon’s fort.
Driving down an old road lined with dry stone walls we pass through Velo Grablje
(the village of Lavander) and arrive in Selce
– a village overlooking the Bay of Stari Grad. There you can taste the local Croatian Prosecco, various wines, herb brandy and an exquisite olive and fig liqueurs, with the opportunity to buy some and bring home a unique souvenir.
Lunch is organized in a traditional Croatian tavern. In the Village of Pitve
where you can buy local products, such as rakija from Hvar, wine, prosecco, lavander, rosemary and honey.
Drive through the hand-dug tunnel to the south side of the island and the Village of Ivan dolac
with a beautiful beach and time for swimming.
In Sveta nedjelja
, a visit to the unique vine cellar that is below the sea level and holds archive wines (the possibility of purchase, as well).
Visit to the Gospa od zdravlja Cave and the Red Rocks, a natural attraction.
3. Half Day Trips: Wild Horses, Livno
To tell a bit more about these horses, a group of about 200 wild animals, they live in the rough nature near Livno
, a traditional and interesting town, not so far over the Bosnian border.
When small farmers in the last century (cca. 1970) where heading from the countryside to the cities to find jobs, many gave their horses back to nature, where they surprisingly well survived the harsh climate of hot summers and freezing winters.
At the moment the group totals about 200 animals, coming together or spliting up in smaller groups depending on season and circumstances.
Recently the town of Livno decided to start a protection programme, as these noble animals are fantastic to observe in their natural habitat, the impressive plains and mountains around Livno, and an excellent tourist attraction.
4. Cycling: Wine route of Pelješac, from Žuljana to Postup
is primarly known for its hills and slopes, and beautiful sunny vineyards. In the area around the peninsula we find wineries which offer tasting of wines made from indigenous grape varieties, including the famous Dingač
We should also mention a number of olive groves and a very good quality of olive oil from Peljesac.
On the southern coast of the peninsula is a small place called Zuljana where we have a nice view of the sea and the island of Mljet at the opposite side.
Our cycling route will start from Zuljana through southern coast with numerous vineyards and rocky coast of the peninsula to a litlle place called Postup which is a home of the famous red wine from Peljesac of the same name.
5. Hiking: Brač - Blaca hermitage
The Island of Brač
is one of the biggest islands of Croatian archipelago.
The mainstay of its economy is tourism, but it is also important to mention winegrowing, olive growing, fig and almond production.
Primarily, Brač is famous for its limestone which is well known all around the world hence many European and world known buildings are constructed by that precious stone: The Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the Parliament of Budapest as well as the White House in Washington DC.
The island is also famous for its long pebble stone beach, “Zlatni Rat”, the famous “Golden horn” on the south shore of the island.
Except for its coves and transparent and blissfully unspoilt water, its vineyards and olive groves, the island is known for its interesting history and architecture, here, above all, Blaca hermitage
, as one of the most important and interesting architectural complex of Brač.
In the 16th century the hermits came here and settled in a cave. During the centuries they constructed this famous complex which has been the centre of life, culture, economy and science. It is the place called „Blaca desert“.
Today this is a museum that leads us through the history and tells us the stories of some other times...
We start our hiking in the Blaca cove
and we take direction toward the Blaca desert and hermitage.
After a little break in a silent and nice atmosphere, it is possible to visit the museum.
Then there are two options: going back to Blaca cove on the boat, or hiking through beautiful south coast of Brač up to the Bol