Kravice waterfalls are an incredible waterfall system about an hour outside of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They’re also about 2.5 hours from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and an ideal day trip from either Mostar or Dubrovnik. Some people say that Kravice falls are the best waterfalls they have ever seen, and you’ll understand why when you see them for yourself.
Kravice waterfalls are yet another famous waterfall view in the Balkans, and surely the best waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are special because you can swim in them and climb around the rock pools and waterfall systems that comprise it.
The Best time to Visit Kravice Waterfalls
If you read my Mostar Travel Guide below, you’ll notice that I recommend visiting Mostar and surrounding areas in off-peak summer months due to extreme heat during July and August. The best time to visti Mostar, Kravice Falls, and surrounding points of intererst would be May, early June, late September, or October to get away from the crowds and heat!
Before We Start, Here are a Few Other Articles You May be Interested in:
- Must-See Day Trips from Dubrovnik
- Mostar Travel Guide
- How to Choose the Best Croatia Sailing Tours
- Dubrovnik Travel Guide
- Complete Travel Guide to All of Croatia
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Getting to Kravice Waterfalls
The best way to get to Kravice waterfalls is either driving yourself or taking an organized tour.
Driving Yourself to Kravice Waterfalls
You can rent a car from Mostar or Dubrovnik for visiting Kravice waterfalls. I rented a car from Sixt in Croatia which allowed me to cross different Balkan borders with ease and a much better price than Enterprise. Check rentalcars.com to find the price that works best for you. Once on the road, it’s quite easy to direct yourself to Kravice falls and locate the parking lot – just follow a map and/or signs on the roads.
Kravice Waterfalls Tours
There are many tours from both Dubrovnik and Mostar that visit Kravice waterfalls. Taking organized tours can sometimes be a lot easier because you don’t have to worry about directions, and you receive a guide who informs you about all the history and tips for visiting each point of interest. That means you don’t have to spend time researching and googling – your guide knows all (usually)!
Here are a few organized tours you can take to Kravice Waterfalls:
- Dubrovnik Day Tour to Kravice Waterfalls and Mostar
- Mostar Day Tour to Kravice, Pocitelj, and Blagaj
- Sarajevo Day Tour to Kravice Waterfalls
Taxi to Kravice Waterfalls
You could technically take a taxi from Mostar to Kravice waterfalls if you want, but you would pay much less to do an entire day tour that visits other points of interest in Herzegovina as well. Tours from Mostar start from 35 Euro, vs the cost of an hour long cab ride…. well, the choice is obvious.
My first trip to Kravice waterfalls, circa 2016.
Arriving at Kravice Falls
The parking lot is up quite a large hill from the waterfalls, and costs 2KM/hr or 6KM/day. You must pay 10KM to get into the park (June-September) and 8KM the rest of the year.
There is a tram you can take up and down a winding road from the parking lot to Kravice waterfalls for 2 euro per person each direction. Or, you can simply walk down a few sets of stairs and around a bend or two. Any able-bodied person should be able to walk down with ease, and then make the determination after walking down whether you’re capable of walking up or want to take the tram up to the parking lot again.
Note that the tram picks up and drops off from a different location than the walking trail. The tram stops at a parking lot on the opposite side of the waterfalls, whereas you’ll emerge right next to them if you walk.
What to do at Kravice Waterfalls
There are lot of places at Kravice Falls to lay in the sun, enjoy an ice cream, or spend an afternoon relaxing. But for me the most obvious choice is to swim, of course! Don’t be discouraged by the slightly chilled temperature of the water; you’ll get used to it quickly and the waterfalls are worth a closer look for the adventurous type!
You will see small tarps at the bottom of the slope after walking down to the water – they are big advertisements that disguise small changing spaces (they don’t look like changing rooms at first glance, but they are!). These are much easier spaces to change if you are not already wearing swimming clothes.
Getting into the Water
If you have a waterproof camera, take it with you here – there are some great shots to be taken. They have recently added in a floating lane line-type barrier around the falls, which I assume is to deter people from climbing up into them (you could do it freely before). However, people (myself included) still climbed up to explore the falls more closely without problem. I don’t want to suggest what is right either way, I just know that it its there but people were still climbing.
Climbing Nearer to the Waterfalls
It is possible to climb up some rocks and get closer to most of the waterfalls in the near-semi-circular formation of Kravice waterfalls. Just make sure that if you are going to explore, you proceed with extra caution and stay safe. It’s EXTREMELY slippery and the water is extremely powerful.
That being said, there are lots of mini rock pools, great views, and waterfalls to sit underneath at Kravice waterfalls. They’re so picturesque and with dozens of individual waterfalls, there is a lot to explore.
What it looks lie to swim in the chilled waters of Kravice waterfalls
Best Places to Take Photos of Kravice Falls
Even if you don’t want to swim too close, there are plenty of places to take great photos of Kravice Waterfalls. The best places are:
- Across the river from the main entry point, on the dirt bank you’ll see a flat area across the water away from the restaurants. You can get closer to the falls this way and get a good angle of all of them.
- From the railing of the restaurant, about half way back from the stairs entry point towards the tram drop-off point (this will make sense when you see it!).
If you want to get photos without tons of people in them, make sure to get as close as you can to the water. However, as the falls are as picturesque as can be either way, any photo will be great!
Restaurants at Kravice Waterfalls
There are a few restaurants bordering the water, all with views of the Kravice waterfalls. They will all serve different local Bosnian – Croatian fusion fare, like cevapi, sausage, steak, and chicken with fries/veggies. They are a great place to relax and have a meal after a swim, still with a great view of the Kravice falls.
What to Pack for Kravice Waterfalls
- Swim Suit
- Change of Clothes
- Comfortable Shoes
- Towel/Sarong to dry off and lay on for sunbathing
- Camera/Waterproof camera/waterproof phone case
- Cash for entrance, tram, and snacks/food
Final Tips for Kravice Waterfalls
- Grab an iced cream from one of the restaurants and relax for a bit in the sun, people-watching and enjoying the water. It’s perfect for a hot day!
- If you are fairly young and fit, use the walking trail to get down to the falls – it’s fairly easy. Then you can take the tram back up to get all perspectives of the area.
- They offer boat trips on the water at certain times of year for people who don’t want to swim, and they can even go down to view a smaller waterfall downstream called Mala Kravice.
- Lastly, I would highly recommend a trip to Kravice Falls with a few other amazing points of interest in the area, such as Pocitelj castle and Blagaj Springs (and Mostar if you are coming from Croatia!). There are many more amazing sights in the area that are very close by. See my article on Things to do in Mostar for more information on taking a trip from Mostar, or my article on Day Trips from Dubrovnik to learn about how to see more from Dubrovnik.