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Međugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, close to the border with Croatia. The town is part of the municipality of Čitluk. Since 1981, it has become a popular (but still unapproved by the Vatican) site of Catholic pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local children, 10 years before the Bosnian War broke out. This called for prayer, conversion, fasting, penance and peace.
Međugorje (the name is of Slavic origin, and signifies a region between mountains) with the villages of Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci, forms a Roman-Catholic parish where today about 5000 inhabitants live. The pastoral care of the parish is confided to the priests of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary.
Thanks to the reports of Our Lady’s apparitions, Međugorje became a place of gathering for a multitude of pilgrims from the whole world (in the first 20 years, more then 20 million), and one of the biggest prayer centers in the world, comparable to Lourdes and Fatima.
Međugorje is 25 km southwest of Mostar. You can get there by yellow public bus no. 48 (it does not take off from the main bus station but the northern one) and costs KM 3.50 one way. It runs about every 45 minutes to an hour.
For foreign travelers, the easiest way to get into Medugorje is to fly into Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (airport code OMO), which is only 20 km from Medjugorje.
Alternatively, fly into Split, Croatia (airport code SPU), or Dubrovnik, Croatia (airport code DBV). There's a daily bus from Split/Dubrovnik to Medugorje.
It's easy to make a day trip from Split by car. Take the A1 motorway in the direction of Dubrovnik to the exit at Vrgorac (as of July 2013, the last motorway exit), and then follow the signs to Međugorje via the Crveni Grm border crossing. From Dubrovnik, take the coastal D8 road towards Split until the sign for the border town of Metković, or alternatively through Herzegovina: Brgat-Trebinje-Ljubinje-Stolac-Čapljina-Međugorje. Any of these trips should take about 2 hours. Free parking is available next to the Konzum supermarket at the entrance into Međugorje.
Međugorje is not a large town, and it is possible to walk. Taxis are available for hire if necessary.
Medugorje is visited by million of pilgrims every year who come here from all around the world to find their inner peace, the consolation and the strength to cope with their daily problems trough praying and fasting. The most significant places of praying in Medugorje are Krizevac hill, the appearance hill (Podbrdo) and the church of St.Jacob apostle-the guardian of the pilgrims.
It is rumored that there are as many accommodation beds located in the town of Međugorje as there are in the entire country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, therefore it should be almost impossible not to find accommodation!
Unfortunately during the Youth Festival it's almost impossible to find accommodation unless you do a reservation up front.