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+title: Hiking in Blagaj
+published: 2017-05-07
+---
+
+About 15 kilometer to the south east of Mostar, after the airport, you'll find
+[Blagaj](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blagaj) with its famous Dervish
+monastery,
+[Blagaj Tekke](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrelo_Bune#Blagaj_Tekke) at the
+spring of the Buna, [Vrelo Bune](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrelo_Bune).
+
+![Blagaj Tekke](../img/blagaj_tekke.jpg)
+
+Of course, just doing the tourist thing is a bit boring, so why not hike up
+to the castle (Stejpan Grad) instead?
+
+![Castle](../img/blagaj_castle.jpg)
+
+It turns out to be quite easy, although you have to know about the "zigzag way"
+unless you want to go straight uphill all the way, see map. We saw a couple
+doing this, but it seems nearly impossible without proper footwear, especially
+getting back down.
+
+![Hiking to the Castle](../img/blagaj_castle.png)
+
+Starting from the parking space, where all the tourist buses stop, next to
+Caffe Bar Alea, you walk north around the hill with the castle on top. Coming
+up behind the hill you'll have to continue a bit until you see the path
+straight up to the castle. A little bit after that, the easier path up starts.
+
+![Approaching the Castle](../img/blagaj_castle_path.jpg)
+
+You'll have amazing views from the top of the castle of Blagaj. You can even
+see the cross on Hum. Hum seems a lot smaller looking at it from here in
+relation to the bigger mountains behind it. It was amazing and totally worth
+it, you'll run into few tourists.
+
+Getting to and from Blagaj is a bit of a challenge. During the week it is
+possible to go by bus, but in the weekend there are barely any buses! We ended
+up taking a taxi for 15 KM to go and 20 KM to get back as the taxi had to
+come from Mostar first. We asked the nice guy from the parking for help and he
+ordered a taxi for us. We didn't try hitchhiking, but that seems quite
+possible there as well, as for walking from Mostar, two way is a bit far,
+around 30 kilometer, but the bad part is that lots of the way is right along
+the cars, so not really an option.
+
+Map source: [OpenStreetMap](https://openstreetmap.org/).