Discovering Trebinje

Trebinje is located in the southern part of the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina and covers an area of 904 km2. The climate is Mediterranean (modified continental) with 260 sunny days a year which makes Trebinje the hottest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the valley of the river Trebišnjica, on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia and in the hinterland of the southern Adriatic.

Many famous poets and writers have written about Trebinje, and while many of them thinks that Trebinje is most beautiful Serbian town, others thinks that Trebinje is an oasis of peace and sun, only 27 kilometers away from the blue Adriatic. Epits for the town of Trebišnjica have also been given by ecologists who say that Trebinje is an oasis, while archaeologists compared it to Eldorado – the legend of South American Indians, according to which Eldorado is a place with a huge wealth in gold.

Trebinje Old Town

old town

Although not located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the center of Trebinje you have the impression that you are in one of the coastal cities, since the center and the old part of the city were built in a recognizable stony Mediterranean style. The old town of Kastel (or the City on the Water, as many call it) was built in the XVIII century and is located on the right bank of the river Trebišnjica. Old architecture is still untouched. Within the walls of the Old Town today there are numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, while in the central city square there is a unique and colorful green market, where you can find the autochthonous products of this region (Herzegovinian prosciutto, cheeses, medicinal herbs, vegetables, fruit etc.).

Trebinje Summer patio Platani

Trebinje - hotel platani

Plane trees are one of the most recognizable symbols of Trebinje. For many visitors during hot days, summer patio Platani represents an oasis where they can find refreshment in the shade of trees that are more than 120 years old.Natural shade of those 16 tremendous trees located in the heart of the city and over 500 seats make this patio a unique and favorite meeting place for all generations in Trebinje, and for the visitors passing through this city en route to the Adriatic coast as well.

Trebinje – City of wine

To come to Trebinje, and not to visit the wineries and try the best wines of this region, it would be unforgivable, so it is advisable to devote one day to this hedonism. Considering the numerous national and international awards that have passed into the hands of Trebinje winemakers in recent years, it is no wonder that Trebinje has become recognizable in wine tourism.

Religious objects

Religious tourism is on the most developed branches of tourism in Trebinje. City territory has a great number of religious objects from various time periods. This area, as well the whole area of Bosnia and Herzegovina has Orthodox, Catholic and Islam religious objects.

Some of the most known medieval monasteries are located in Trebinje and its surroundings .These are: St Paul and Peter’s Monastery in Crnač, Petrovo polje , Monastery Zavala on the periphery of Popovo polje, Tvrdoš Monastery with its seat in The Eparchy of Zahumlje , Herzegovina and the Littoral . Duži Monastery that was once the seat of the Eparchy and many others.

On Crkvina hill above Trebinje is Hercegovačka Gračanica, very famous for its. By Ducic’s wish, the poet’s remains are buried in this church. In Mrkonjići near Trebinje, there is a newly built temple built on the foundations of  the birth house of St. Basil of Ostrog and Tvrdoš, a saint and a performer of miracles.

Cultural and historical monuments

Rich cultural heritage, numerous cultural and historical monuments, wide cultural tradition and luxurious and preserved nature give the city of Trebinje a unique charm and beauty. As a genuine pearl of Herzegovina, whose charm and hospitality are enchanting, the city on the river Trebišnjica offers numerous facilities – from museums, cultural and historical monuments and monasteries, through the beautiful old town core to the enjoyment in aqua park and local wineries.

Trebinje is extremely rich in cultural and historical monuments. Located in a small town area there is a large number of cultural and historical monuments such as the monument to Jovan Dučić, the famous Trebinje poet, the monument to Peter II Petrović Njegoš, the monument to the fallen warriors from the First World War, the figure of Jelena Anžujska, the fountain in the park, Ducic’s fountain, figures of lions …

Picnic places

trebinje-  picnic places

Thanks to the rich nature, on the territory of Trebinje there are some of the most beautiful picnic places in Herzegovina. Jazina, Ubla, Lastva, Studenac are the most famous picnic places that will satisfy everyones needs. In these locations, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Trebinje as well as picnic, barbecue and other activities in the countryside.

Outdoor activities near Trebinje

The surroundings of Trebinje, with it’s beautiful nature, offer each and every nature lovers a range of opportunities to experience an unforgettable adventure through paragliding, hiking, biking, mountain biking, diving, nomads, canoes and photo safary.

If you prefer adrenaline sports, you can try out one of the six marked hiking paths or try the traditional “Stone Race”. The goal of „Stone Race“ is to get first to the top of mountain Leotar (960 m.n.). If you find that these hiking tracks are not a challenge for you, then we suggest you visit Foča, known as the best place for outdoor activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Foča is some 130 km away from Trebinje and offers various one-day hiking tours. And for those more demanding, it also offers multi-day hiking tours.

outdoor adventure park

Outdoor adventures near Trebinje

The city of Trebinje is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure. From canyoning in Hrcavka to hiking in National Park Sutjeska, there are plenty of outdoor activities near Trebinje. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go rafting on the Tara River or take a canoe. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day in nature or an adrenaline-filled adventure, Trebinje has something for everyone!

Hrcavka Canyoning

Canyoning Hrcavka is a thrilling and immersive adventure that takes you deep into the stunning canyon located near Trebinje. This adrenaline-pumping activity combines elements of hiking, scrambling, climbing, and swimming as you make your way through the natural obstacles and breathtaking landscapes.

Equipped with a wetsuit, helmet, harness, and other necessary safety gear, you’ll embark on a guided journey through the Hrcavka Canyon. The canyon boasts impressive rock formations, vertical walls, and enchanting water features, offering a picturesque backdrop for your daring escapade.

As you navigate the canyon, you’ll encounter various challenges such as sliding down natural rock slides, jumping into crystal-clear pools, rappelling down waterfalls, and maneuvering through narrow passageways. Each step brings a new surge of adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer the obstacles along the way.

Canyoning park

Canyoning Hrcavka is suitable for adventurers of different skill levels, as there are options for both beginners and experienced canyoners. Outdoor Tara expert guides will provide instruction and ensure your safety throughout the excursion, making it a thrilling yet secure experience.

Apart from the exhilarating physical activities, you’ll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural surroundings. The lush vegetation, towering cliffs, and the sound of rushing water create an unforgettable atmosphere, making every moment spent in Hrcavka Canyon a feast for the senses.

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, a chance to connect with nature, or simply an unforgettable adventure, Canyoning Hrcavka in Trebinje is an experience that will leave you with lifelong memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors.

Tara Rafting

Tara rafting near Trebinje presents an incredible opportunity to explore the untamed beauty of the Tara River, a natural wonder that winds its way through the breathtaking canyons of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This exhilarating adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Setting off from Trebinje, you’ll venture into the rugged landscapes surrounding the Tara River. As you approach the starting point, anticipation builds, and you’ll be equipped with safety gear and receive a comprehensive briefing from experienced guides who will ensure your journey is both exciting and secure.

tara river rafting

Once on the river, you’ll navigate through a series of heart-pounding rapids, with the roaring water propelling your raft forward. The Tara River offers a range of rapids suitable for different skill levels, from moderate to challenging, making it an ideal destination for beginners and experienced rafters alike. The adrenaline rush as you conquer each rapid is matched only by the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you.

You’ll be treated to mesmerizing views of steep Tara canyon walls covered in lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The sheer beauty of the surroundings creates a sense of wonder and serves as a reminder of the raw power of nature.

Throughout the rafting experience, your expert guides will provide instructions, ensuring you feel confident and secure. They will also share their knowledge about the local flora, fauna, and the rich history of the area, adding an educational aspect to the adventure.

Tara River

The journey down the Tara River is not just about exhilarating rapids; it’s also an opportunity to soak in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness. During calmer stretches, you’ll have a chance to take in the serene beauty of the untouched landscapes, listen to the gentle sounds of nature, and perhaps even spot some wildlife along the riverbanks.

Tara rafting near Trebinje offers a perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping thrills and immersive natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, a connection with nature, or simply an unforgettable adventure, rafting on the Tara River promises an experience that will leave you with lifelong memories and a deep appreciation for the power and magnificence of the great outdoors.

Hiking in National Park Sutjeska

Hiking in National Park Sutjeska near Trebinje opens up a world of natural wonders and breathtaking vistas, offering outdoor enthusiasts a paradise to explore. Located in the heart of the Dinaric Alps, this pristine national park is home to rugged peaks, dense forests, glacial lakes, and an abundance of wildlife.

With a variety of trails catering to different skill levels, there is something for everyone in National Park Sutjeska. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a novice adventurer, you’ll find a route that suits your preferences and abilities.

tara rafting

One of the highlights of hiking in Sutjeska is the opportunity to conquer Maglić Mountain, the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, standing at an impressive 2,386 meters (7,828 feet) above sea level. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the sparkling waters of the Trnovačko Lake below.

women hiking lake

For those seeking a less challenging hike, the Perućica Primeval Forest trail offers a mesmerizing journey through one of Europe’s last remaining primeval forests. This ancient woodland is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and walking amidst the towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and diverse flora is a truly enchanting experience.

Skakavac Waterfall

The park also boasts the renowned Skakavac Waterfall. Skakavac is  a 75-meter (246-foot) high waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. The hike to Skakavac takes you through serene forest trails, eventually leading to the thundering cascade that rewards you with a refreshing mist and a sense of awe.

Throughout your hike in Sutjeska, you’ll have the chance to encounter a variety of wildlife, including brown bears, wolves, chamois, and a rich array of bird species. The park is committed to preserving the natural habitats and promoting ecological diversity, making it a haven for nature lovers and conservation enthusiasts.

It is important to note that while hiking in Sutjeska offers incredible rewards, it is essential to come prepared with proper gear, sufficient supplies, and a respect for the environment. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, so checking forecasts and seeking advice from park authorities before setting off is highly recommended.

Hiking in National Park Sutjeska near Trebinje is an unforgettable adventure. The combination of stunning landscapes, diverse trails, and the sense of serenity that comes from being surrounded by nature makes it an experience that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the remarkable landscapes of this region.

Via Dinarica

Trebinje is included in the Blue Trail Via Dinarica. Trebinje gives adrenalin tourists the possibility for more hiking and cycling.

Through revitalization of the old narrow-gauge railway “Ćiro”, narrow-gauge railway is now adapted for bicycles. This route includes the route from Neum, Capljina, Mostar, through Ravnog and Trebinje, and goes further towards the Konavle municipality of Dubrovnik. From here, alongside the stopping stations, is starting point for tourist with their bicycles.

Natural attractions

Trebinje  boasts some of the most stunning natural attractions in the Balkans. Among the top natural attractions in Trebinje are the Orijen massif, Vjetrenica cave, Sušica river, Trebišnjica river. Trebinje is known for Olm Observatory, located in the settlement of Gorica. Olm Observatory is the world’s first and only observatory dedicated to observing the human fish, found in the Vruljak cave.

Swimming pools and beaches

Thanks to the extraordinary richness of water in Trebinje. There is a large number of natural beaches and swimming pools. The natural beach of the hotel Jazina, the Ušće camp and the Stapovi na Sušici stand out if you like to swim in the river. There are also many swimming pools such as the Bregovi swimming pool, the Olympic swimming pool of Banje and the City of the Sun. In City of the Sun you will find a beautiful Aqua Park and Dino Park with adrenaline and entertainment facilities.

Trebinje - city of the sun

The hospitality of Trebinje are recognizable, will surely make your visit of this oasis of peace and sun an unforgettable experience. So dont wait long and head south, you will not regret it.