Around Adriatic Tour - Part 5
DAY 25: Sarajevo rest day
We spend the day walking around culturally very rich Sarajevo, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Sarajevo has rich history of religious and cultural diversity. It is one of only a few major European cities to have a mosque, catholic and orthodox church, and a synagogue within the same neighborhood. Sarajevo was designated as a UNESCO Creative City for placing culture in the center of its development strategies and is one of the world's eighteen Cities of Film holding a Sarajevo Film festival - a leading film festival in Southeast Europe, covering domestic, regional and international cinema. After a historic walk and getting to know a bit of the history, we took little time for shopping in narrow streets of an old part of the town.
DAY 26: Sarajevo – Mostar 135 Km
Today we had a short ridding day but otherwise really interesting day. We stopped near the town of Konjič, where Tito’s nuclear bunker from the cold war used to be located. It was built between 1953 and 1979 inside a hill. For over a decade after its completion, it was the most secret military installation in the country. After guided visit of the bunker we finished our ride in another historically very rich town of Mostar famous for its old stone bridge over the Neretva River, that divides the town into 2 parts: Bosniak Muslims choosing to live on one side and Christian Croats choosing to live on the other. The Old Bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the Balkan conflict, it was rebuilt in 2004 and has been seen as a symbol of post-war reconciliation ever since. Today, it’s especially loved for its daily diving spectacles where young men from the city brave a 24-metre (78ft) drop.
DAY 27: Mostar – Hvar 180 Km
Heading from Mostar out of the Bosnia and Herzegovina to Croatia toward the island of Hvar with the most of the sunny days per year in Croatia. We took the Adriatic coastal road again which is amazing to ride. We took 35 min ferry ride to the island of Hvar. We rode across the whole island taking the narrow road among the olive trees. That was such an enjoyable and rare sight. We stayed in the biggest town on the island Hvar town, which is the same name as an island. We finished our day on the terrace bar with an amazing view of the ocean.
DAY 28: Hvar rest day
Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. Hvar's location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes has long made this island an important base for commanding trade up and down the Adriatic, across to Italy and throughout the wider Mediterranean. It has been inhabited since pre-historic times. We rented a taxi bout to take us to Milna Bay where we had delicious lunch at the family owned boutique restaurant placed in the beautiful garden with the olive trees. We had another unforgettable day creating new and long lasting memories.
DAY 29: Hvar – Zadar 200 Km
We left Hvar in the morning riding the scenic route to the ferry port. We had 2 hour trip on the ferry from Hvar to the town of Split. Than we continued on the Adriatic coastal road to another coastal historical town of Zadar. Zadar is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Our small boutique hotel was in the old town right next to the city walls. We had a walk through the city and we also went to see and listen the sea organs, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.
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