Mostar is a beautiful town to visit at any time of the year. Still, for two days only, the famous Red Bull Mostar Cliff Diving Championships attract thousands of inhabitants and tourists to the region. For excitement, amusement, and culture, this charming town is best explored at this time of year.
Mostar has a diving tradition stretching back almost 450 years
To mention, Mostar has a diving tradition stretching back almost 450 years, naturally, the action is centered on the 16th-century Stari Most bridge. In a city with such a strong diving inheritance, everyone wants to deliver a winning effort, so expect some big performances as the divers fight for every last championship point.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is an annual international series of cliff diving events in which a limited number of competitors determine the Cliff Diving World Series winner. Divers jump from a platform at a height ranging from 26 to 28 m. Championships are held in a limited number of places around the world.
The event usually starts on Friday at 3 pm with test jumps from a 27-meter-high platform on the Old Bridge, and the grand finale usually takes place the next day at 1 pm. As the world’s best cliff divers perform three dives in a circle, the exciting music played on the stage under the bridge between the jumps creates a vibrant atmosphere and stops only at the sound of a bell to indicate that the divers are ready.
Old Town Street Fest brings a handful of musical content on five stages
Additionally, Old Town Street Fest in Mostar is held during the Mostar cliff diving event and brings a handful of musical content to citizens and tourists. On five stages, in the heart of the city – Mostar’s Old Town, 20 performers will perform in two evenings. The festival program offers all-night entertainment when you come out of one, you are immediately greeted by another stage. It’s top-notch.
One of the best ways any voyager can value their destination is with a guided tour from an expert
I warmly recommend having a sightseeing tour with one of the guides from Fortuna tours guide service. You can do it either on Saturday or Sunday morning. Since you are here just for a weekend, it would be too bad not to. Guides are professional, licensed, knowledgeable, engaging, and funny and will introduce you to the city in the right way. For those who are not claustrophobic, I suggest climbing up the minaret of the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque for a spectacular 360 degrees panoramic view of the city and the bridge. Also, not to forget, I propose to have Bosnian coffee served in fildžan (demitasses without handles) in the courtyard of Biscevica kuca, a 350-year-old house from the Ottoman period.
Walk through the skies and get breathtaking views of the city
To fully experience the city during Mostar bridge diving and see it from above, the new Skywalk viewpoint offers an incredible panoramic view of the city. For the spectacularly colorful backdrop, try to get there at a time of sunset. The Skywalk is situated inside Fortica park, a popular place for hikers, walkers, and cyclists. Extending some 15 meters out into the skies from the Fortica hill, much of the structure is built from super-thick glass edged in horseshoe-shaped metal construction. This viewing platform offers an incredible panoramic view of the city. If you are like me one of these adrenaline junkies that like trying new things, like extreme sports, Fortica park offers a zip-line length of 570 meters too, as well as a hanging bridge on the hill Stolac.
Where to stay during Mostar cliff diving?
When it comes to accommodation, I heartily suggest staying in Mostar’s Old Town. If you are seeking a unique, arty, cute, and very cozy place to stay in Mostar – Hotel Villa Fortuna is the place for you! It is a very special, beautiful Villa that offers proximity to both Old City and Old Bridge as well as shopping and culture. The interior is eclectic and elegant with a nice private garden and private parking. – for prices and more info check here
Lovely stay – as one of the guest wrote on TripAdvisor
“This was in a central location to the city so made it was to walk around. I felt very safe, and the place was super clean. The staff was helpful, I would recommend staying here! I had booked this place and then read in Rick Steve’s guidebook how he also recommended (I trust his recommendations), and then I stayed here, and it lived up to my expectations. Great value.”
Where to wine and dine during Mostar Red Bull Cliff Diving
Where to wine and dine during Red Bull Cliff Diving Mostar event? How about traditional meals? The undeniable kings of Bosnia fast foods are Ćevapčići, oblong-shaped grilled minced meatballs commonly served with chopped raw onions and fresh Somun bread. Another most popular, traditional dish served in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Pita (pie) made with homemade phyllo dough filled with either potato, spinach, meat, cheese, or pumpkin. Of course, there are other traditional meals as well: Neretvanska pastrmka (trout fish from Neretva river), Japrak (raštika, a local variety of leaf cabbage stuffed with minced meat filling), lamb on the spit, Begova Čorba (Bey’s Stew) – a popular Bosnian soup made of meat and vegetables, Sogan-dolma – onions stuffed with minced meat, etc. And why not taste our top-quality, local wines Zilavka and Blatina, as well as Hercegovacko beer (Herzegovinian). Fortuna Tours Mostar brings you to the best restaurants as well.
Special advice for the ladies!
And ladies forget the high heels, take your sneakers or flat sandals, since, the cobblestone pathway called „Kaldrma“ spreads all across the Old Town and on the Old Bridge.
Prepare yourself for a fun time and let yourself enjoy one of many events at this Mostar Red Bull cliff diving weekend.
Find out more attractions and things to do while you are here