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Swim into Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia

Studenci, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Added by Ariane Lessard

One of the most scenic place I have seen in my life ! Bucket list worthed

Among the most fascinating naturalistic features of the Herzegovinian region are the sparkling waterfalls of Kravice. The waterfall was created by the Trebižat river with its tuff deposits, and has been declared a natural phenomenon which is under state protection. Tuff is typical for rivers rich in calcium carbonate. Grass, moss and lichen grow on the tuff deposits.

The chaste tree (Vitex-agnus castus), figs and poplars grow alongside the falls. The tuff deposits that create the waterfalls are in fact limestone deposits which rise constantly and, therefore, create barriers that lead to the development of waterfalls. 

Kravice are  forty kilometers south of Mostar. Its height is between 25-28 meters and the radius of the lake in the base of the waterfall is 120 meters. As the water levels of the Trebižat river change, the waterfalls look different at different times of the year. In the summer, the emerald green waters of the lake below the waterfalls give them a unique ambiance of water, stones and trees.      

You can swim into the lake and uner the waterfalls but be carefull, the water is freezing even in august !! You can enjoy the sun on the small sandy beach along the lake, or even chill out at the small cafe on place. The place is family friendly. There is also a couple of places where you can do cliff jumping if you feel confident enough to do so. 

I went there with a group of people, on a daytrip organizedd by our hostel (Balkanarama hostel which I totally recommand !), we stopped at Blagaj and Pocitelj on our way to Kravice, so you have plenty of time to do all the activities in one day. 

I'm personnaly not a big fan of bosnian wine, but they seem to be really proud of it back there so we had a couple of spritzer, which is basically wine mixed with sparkling water. This basically turn the wine into a sparkling wine and makes it easier to drink. 

The Kravice Falls area also has a rope swing, a picnic area, and a place to camp. The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green.

I went there at the begining of august and the lake was not really crowed, which makes it really pleasant ! 
You need to pay 4 marks, which is equivalent to 2,30USD so you can have access to the facilities, including the toilet. But be carefull, there is no toilet paper in the washroom ! 

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