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Trebinje

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Trebinje is a city of about 32,000 people (urban area) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the southernmost municipality and belongs to the Republika Srpska entity.

Understand[edit]

Trebinje is a small sized city situated in the Trebišnjica river valley in south eastern Herzegovina, about 30 km by road from Dubrovnik, Croatia, on the Adriatic coast. Despite its small size, there is plenty going on in this town in the way of live music, festivals, outdoor activities, and nightlife. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is called "the city of sun and platan trees". The city is the economic and cultural centre of the region of Eastern Herzegovina.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Dubrovnik airport [2] in Croatia is 30 km away from Trebinje, and maintains flights to many European destinations throughout the year. A taxi to/from the Dubrovnik airport to Trebinje should cost about 25 Euro when arranged in Trebinje (through a taxi driver or local accommodation) and normally takes around 30 minutes. If you get a taxi from Dubrovnik airport without arranging in advance, the standard price is 60 euro.

Tivat Airport [3] is about 60km away. The following airlines operate to/from Tivat Airport: Air Moldova (Chiṣinǎu, seasonal), Jat Airways (Belgrade), KrasAir (Moscow-Domodedovo), Montenegro Airlines (Belgrade, Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Moscow-Domodedovo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Skopje, St Petersburg), Moskovia Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo) Rossiya (St Petersburg), S7 Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo), Transaero Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo) There are also Charter flights to Moscow, Helsinki and other cities.

Podgorica Airport is 125km away and provides access to budget airlines like Ryan Air and Wizz Air. When arranged in Trebinje, a taxi to/from the airport costs 50 euro and takes about 2 hours.

By bus[edit]

Trebinje is in close proximity to bigger, better known cities like Dubrovnik (in Croatia), Herceg Novi (in Montenegro), and Mostar, and has bus connections to these cities. There are also daily bus connections to other major cities in the region like Sarajevo, Podgorica, Kotor, Belgrade and Novi Sad. As of August 2016, the bus from Dubrovnik to Trebinje leaves around 1:30-1:45pm Mon.-Sat., costs about 5 euro, and takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. Be sure to wait for the bus to show up, as it is not uncommon for the Dubrovnik bus station to claim that the bus isn't running when it actually is. If you're coming from Kotor, consider taking a bus to Herceg Novi first, and then catch a bus from Herceg Novi to Trebinje (the last bus leaves at 8pm, costs 5 euro, and lasts about 1 hour). This will save you at least 5 euro and several hours of transit time compared to the "direct" Kotor-Trebinje bus, which makes a detour through Podgorica.

By car[edit]

Roads in Bosnia and Hercegovina are often only a single lane in either direction, and due to the mountainous topography tend to be very windy and speed limits are lower (mostly 80 kmh). However, in recent years significant modernisation has taken place. Beware of trucks and people dangerously overtaking on any road. There are many tunnels, and you must always drive with your lights ON (day or night) or risk being pulled over and fined. Trebinje is situated very close to the Adriatic coast (Dubrovnik, Herceg Novi). It is around 3 hours drive from Zabljak (Durmitor national park in Montenegro), 2.5 hours away from Mostar, and 30 minutes from Dubrovnik. Travelling by car offers many options for daytrips from Trebinje to more touristed and more expensive cities.

By private car or minibus[edit]

Get around[edit]

Trebinje is a small city and is best experienced by foot. It is possible to rent bicycles from Adventure Trebinje or Hostel Polako. If you are visiting the city by bicycle, there is a bicycle repair shop called Sirena just across the river from Tropic Supermarket/Market 99 that is open from roughly 9am-1pm and 5pm-9pm.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Herzegovacka Gracanica Monastery. The Monastery was constructed in the year 2000 and is an exact copy of the Gracanica monastery in Kosovo. This religious complex includes an impressive bell, icon gallery, parish’s home, amphitheatre, fountain, church bookshop, museum and summer garden. The views of the city from the monastery are quite picturesque and can be seen from any point in Trebinje. Free.  edit

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Trebinje offers plenty of outdoor activities for those that enjoy hiking or adventure. The city is surrounded by 7 peaks, 5 of which have unique Austro-Hungarian era fortresses that can be hiked to and explored. Each peak offers hikes ranging in levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced, with hikes doable in 1.5-3.5 hours. Strac Fortress is one of the most famous and unique in the region, a modern facade that originally had over 365 rooms and provides fantastic views of the surrounding area. Paragliding from Trebinje's highest peak, Mount Leotar, is also an experience that should not be missed for those who want to try the sport at a fraction of the cost that would be charged in most Western countries. Canoeing down the Trebišnjica river is also a fun way to see the city. Finally, stop by the city's river beach (bazen) to soak in some sun, cool off in the river, and enjoy a peaceful summer day.

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Wine. There are numerous family owned vineyards and wineries in the region producing excellent wines which can be hard to find elsewhere.

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Drink[edit][add listing]

Hercegovina is well known for its wine, and Trebinje is the perfect place to sample the local varieties for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. Family-run wineries dot the outskirts of Trebinje, and a degustations are available starting from 5 euro per person (including food). Zilavka is the local white wine, and Vranac is the local variety of red wine. You can find both of these wines, often from Trebinje's best winieries, at almost every cafe and bar in town. Likewise, various types of rakija purchased in a local cafe will be homemade. Be sure to stop by the local market located in the market square (piazza) every morning to find various types of homemade rakija being sold, as well as homemade wine. The best variety is on the Saturday market, when farmers come in from the villages surrounding Trebinje to sell their produce and alcohol.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hostel Polako, Vozda Karadorda 7 ((next to the high school and technical school/Teknicka Skola)), +387 66 380 722, [1]. Staying in this small indie hostel is a no-brainer for backpackers, young couples, and the young-at-heart. Run by an American girl and Polish guy who are super passionate about the city and will give you all the info you need to get the most out of your experience in Trebinje. Includes a giant tasty pancake breakfast and friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the center of town. Dorm bed 24 BMK, Double room 60 BMK  edit

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Get out[edit]

Trebinje is well situated on map, so many tourist use its position not only to see this beautiful city, but also to explore its interesting surroundings.

  • Dubrovnik, nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic", the World famous tourist city and UNESCO World Heritage Site with fantastic medieval walls and clean seaside, is about 30 kilometers from Trebinje. Beware of huge lines of cars on border with Croatia during summer season.
  • Herceg Novi and Bay_of_Kotor area where Kotor and Perast are, two UNESCO cites, are also very close, around 40 kilometers from Trebinje. Newly built road lead to this Montenegrin cities through wonderful nature and a lot of small villages. Sadly, for those with cars, road fees needs to be paid (3€) on border with Montenegro for every exit and entrance.
  • Mount Orjen, is highest mountain on eastern Adriatic, and is favorite target for mountain climbers. Its highest peak (1894 m) is on border with Montenegro is very often visited by local climbers clubs.
  • Vjetrenica cave located 50 km west from Trebinje, is a cave system in the eastern part of Popovo Polje, in the Ravno municipality. The cave has not been explored totally yet, but it is open to visitors. More and more species are being discovered there and it is a unique ecosystem with cave animals and other interesting things. Prepare clothes for cold weather since the tempreture inside is around 11 degrees during all year.
  • Few kilometers from Vjetrenica cave, in the same village, about 50 km west of the city of Trebinje, there is Zavala monastery, a very important Serbian Orthodox monastery. This monastery is where Basil of Ostrog entered into monasticism. Climb on the hill above the monastery to enjoy the wonderful view on Popovo polje.
  • Bileća lake, is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Europe. Located on north side of Trebinje, this 18 km long lake was created by building the Grancarevo Dam an arch dam across the Trebišnjica River, which was built in 1968. For locals, lake is great place for fishing and summer activities.
  • The Hutovo Blato, lake that is located 60 km west from Trebinje, is a bird reserve, one of the most important in Europe and a gathering place for many international ornithologists.
  • Old fort Strač, is former Austrian border fortress located on surrounding mountains. During 1.5 hours of climbing you will enjoy the wonderful view on Trebinje and Popovo polje.