Are you a nature lover? Do you always go out of your way to discover fantastic waterfalls and lakes hidden in forests? Well, in that case, we have just the right place for you! In this article, we are going to introduce you to Kravice Waterfalls Bosnia and Herzegovina, a truly unforgettable place.
Close to many popular destinations in the area, such as Mostar and Dubrovnik, Kravice Falls often attracts both locals and tourists. This little piece of heaven is perfect for anyone who wants to escape hot summer days and swim in cold and clear waters.
Insanely Instagrammable, Kravice will make your followers jealous and, at the same time, thirsty for more. Getting there is easy, relatively cheap and absolutely worth it.
What you will read in this travel guide:
- About the waterfalls
- How to get to Kravice
- Ticket prices
- Nearby accommodation
- Frequently asked questions by visitors
The Kravica Waterfall is a popular local and tourist attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This tufa cascade is responsible for the magnificent falls of the Trebizat River. Falling from a height of around 25 meters, Kravice is an unforgettable sight. The falls create a crystal-clear lake with a radius of around 120 meters.
Kravice is hidden in between dense greenery made of trees, figs, and poplars. It is part of a protected area, but also open to visitors who can swim, camp or picnic there.
The falls are located in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are around 40 kilometers away from Mostar and around 180 kilometers from the capital Sarajevo. It’s popular for day trips from many locations, including Dubrovnik and Makarska since it’s only respective 130 and 80 kilometers away.
In terms of the meaning of the name “Kravice”, it translates to “little cow”. Locals will tell you the story of a lucky Kravica (little cow) that fell into the Trebizat River. Even though everyone thought it drowned and died, the cow appeared alive and kicking at the falls’ bottom. Hence the name of the waterfall.
Getting to Kravice Waterfalls Bosnia and Herzegovina is very easy. You need to get to the M6 road and then drive until you see the exit for the destination. Once you take the exit, there’s a short and mostly straight drive that takes you right to the parking lot.
Finding the falls on the maps is easy and most maps have it as a point of interest. In case you can’t find it by searching it by name, you can enter the Kravice Waterfalls address, which is Studenci bb, Studenci Ljubuški 88320, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Getting to this tourist attraction is possible by car, motorcycle, camper, and bus. Keep in mind that unless you book a tour that includes bus transportation, local buses will take you to nearby places only. For example, you can get on a bus to Citluk or Ljubuski. From there, you will have to take a taxi to get to the falls.
Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik
If you want to go from Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfalls, you’ll have to spend quite some time on the road. First, you need to cross the Croatian-Bosnian border, which may take a while during the summer season. Second, the fastest route is around 130 kilometers and takes around two-and-a-half-hour drive in one direction.
There are also lots of day trips from Dubrovnik you can book too. The prices usually start at 50 EUR and go up depending on whether Mostar is included in the tour or not.
Mostar to Kravice Falls
Mostar is around 43 kilometers away from the falls. Therefore, getting to Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar usually takes less than an hour, depending on the traffic. Both spots are worth seeing and you can easily create a one-day adventure for them. If you’re staying in Mostar, then you can also book a Mostar to Kravice falls tour.
Kravice Falls from Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital of Sarajevo is approximately 180 kilometers away from the fall. So, driving to Kravice waterfalls by car from Sarajevo will take you around 3 hours because of the generally low-speed limits. Mostar is midway these two, so make sure to make a stop there as well.
Split to Kravice Waterfalls
Split to Kravice Falls takes about a 2-hour drive as they’re only 140 kilometers away. Most of the road in Croatia is a highway and thus you can drive fast. You will have to cross a border, so make sure to bring all necessary documents for that purpose.
Getting from Split to Kravice Waterfalls by bus is also an option. You can book both single day tours and tours that include one or more nights. If you’re already going there, I highly recommend visiting Mostar as well.
Considering how beautiful Kravica is, the costs of visiting it are definitely worth it. Plus, in comparison to other similar attractions, the Kravice Falls entrance fee is quite cheap actually. Here, I will share the updated prices listed on the official website of Kravica.
Please note that all prices are given in KM, the Bosnian-Herzegovina Convertible Mark. The value of this currency usually is half the value of 1 euro. For example, at the time of this writing 1 KM was trading for 0.51 EUR.
Entrance fees for visitors at Kravice
From the 1st of June to 30th of September
Ticket Price for Adults is 10 KM
Ticket Price for Group of Students is 5 KM
From the 1st of October to 31st of May
Ticket Price for Adults is 8 KM
Ticket Price for Group of Students is 4 KM
Children up to 7 years ENTER FOR FREE
When it comes to parking, there’s a nice and large parking lot right before the entrance. We managed to find a spot in high season even though we didn’t arrive too early in the morning. So, I believe that you won’t have issues finding a spot for your car.
There weren’t lots of shades, though. So, maybe bring a windshield sunshade for your vehicle.
Kravice Waterfalls Parking Fee
Personal vehicles – 6 KM daily ticket or 2 KM per hour;
Campers and camping trailers – 10 KM daily ticket or 4 KM per hour;
Motorbikes – 0.50 KM per hour;
Buses – 20 KM daily ticket or 10 KM per hour.
The Train Ride and Price
Finally, we get to the train. You need to know that from the entrance of Kravica to the actual waterfalls there’s downhill walking for around 15 minutes. The terrain isn’t bad, with certain steep parts and some shortcuts for those who walk. The only issue with visiting in summer is the soaring temperatures (bring a hat and a bottle of water).
Since not everyone can or wants to hike, there is a mini train that rides both directions. A single Kravica mini train ticket costs 2 KM (around 2 EUR), while the ride itself is around 5-minutes. It’s a nice ride to experience, which we decided to take it uphill when we were leaving to avoid the hot temperatures.
Most people decide to visit Kravice in a single day. That’s why you can find so many one-day excursions to the place. With Booking offering villa and apartment rooms starting in the $30 range, finding a cheap accommodation in Ljubuški, Bosnia won’t be an issue to stay near the Kravice Waterfalls.
Keep in mind that during high season and especially over the weekends, the best properties are fully booked. So, if you know your visitation dates, make sure to book your room as quickly as possible. If you’re not 100% sure that you’ll want to stay there, you can always go for properties with a free cancellation policy.
Find the answers to all the things you need to know when visiting Kravice Waterfalls.
Can You Swim in Kravice Waterfalls?
Yes, Kravice is open for swimming. There are also very shallow areas, which are perfect for kids. There’s also a deeper part of the small lake where you can possibly snorkel. Beware, even on the hottest days, the water is quite cold.
Where are Kravice Waterfalls?
Kravice Falls is located in the Southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 40 kilometers south of Mostar.
How can you get to Kravice Falls?
Getting to Kravica Waterfall is possible by various transportation means. The road is nice, so visiting the Kravice Waterfalls by car or motorcycle is the easiest way. There are also organized tours that can take you there by bus.
Is the road to the Waterfalls of Kravica good?
Yes, the road is pretty good. There weren’t any large holes or asphalted areas. We went there with our Renault Captur and had no issues whatsoever. It’s a local road, so you won’t be able to drive fast.
When to Visit Kravice Waterfalls?
Kravice Waterfalls in summer is magnificent, green and lively. During the summer season, you can also swim in the lake beneath the falls. Kravice Waterfalls in winter is a whole new experience, a cold and snowy one.
That said, you can visit it anytime, just set your expectations right. If you want to swim, go in the summer. If you want snowy panoramas, go in the winter. If you want the golden flavor of the fall, go in late September.
Do I have to Hike to Get to Kravica Falls?
From the entrance to the falls, there is a downhill walk of about 10-30 minutes (depending on your fitness level). When you leave the place, you need to hike uphill. Luckily, there is a mini train service for those who don’t want or aren’t able to walk downhill and/or uphill.
Can I Buy Food and Drinks at Kravice Falls in Bosnia?
Yes, visitors to Kravica can buy food and drinks. Right next to the lake there is a small restaurant where you can find local dishes and buy various beverages.
Are there toilets and changing rooms at Kravica?
Right at the entrance, there are toilets. These are free to use. There are also changing rooms you can use in case you want to swim.
What are the opening hours of the Waterfall at Kravica?
Kravica is open throughout the year with the working hours changing depending on the season. It always opens at 7 AM local time. The closing hours are 5 PM (January, February, November, and December), 6 PM (March, April), 7 PM (October), 8 PM (May) and 10 PM (June, July, August, September).
Can we pay Kravica ticket fee in Euros?
You will notice that you can pay in euros almost everywhere in Bosnia. So, you can also pay the entrance fee at Kracive in euros too.
Can people with disabilities visit Kravica Falls?
This is my personal opinion since I didn’t find any signs or policies regarding people with disabilities. I believe it’s possible if they have someone to help them. A mini train is an option for getting down to the falls and back up to the entrance. It’s just like any mini train find in zoos, so it’s not too comfy.
Once down, there are some tricky areas, like the narrow wooden bridge. I’m not sure if someone in a wheelchair could cross it. The restaurant is on the other side, so that can be another issue to have in mind. The bridge didn’t have any fence either.
So, maybe if you just take the train down and enjoy the waterfalls without crossing the bridge and going to the restaurant, the visit could be an option. Again, I guess it depends on the type of disability and the help you’d have.
The toilets are at the main entrance and there were stairs to get to them. I don’t think there was a separate bathroom for people with disabilities either.
If swimming in Kravica safe for children?
There are shallow parts where children can enjoy the cold waters of Kravica. Of course, they always need to be supervised by adults.
Can I buy Kravica Waterfall souvenirs?
Right where you park your vehicle, you will notice several souvenir shops that sell Kravica travel souvenirs. From local drinks to fridge magnets, you can find all kinds of cool stuff there. I don’t remember the exact prices, but I think everything was affordable and not more than several euros.
Tips for Visiting the Bosnian Waterfalls of Kravica
When we went to see these amazing waterfalls in Kravice, we were quite confused. We weren’t sure what to bring with us, we didn’t know if swimming is allowed or how much time we’ll have to spend hiking.
Here are certain tips for a smooth visit that would’ve helped us to have a much better time at Kravice. Hopefully, they’ll help you plan your time appropriately and make the most out of your day trip to Kravice Waterfalls.
- Have appropriate clothes for the season and non-slippery shoes/sandals because certain parts around the falls are wet.
- Bring a swimsuit if you want to swim.
- Walk down to the waterfalls and take the train back up to the parking. This is what we did and experienced both things without getting too tired from hiking uphill.
- Bring your own food and drinks if you’re traveling on a budget.
- Don’t perform any religious rites, they’re forbidden! This place welcomes everyone, regardless of their religious, cultural or national background. Yet, religious rites are not allowed.
- Get there early during high season if you want to find the best picnic spots.
- Bring a bottle of water and a hat, especially if you plan to walk up and down the hill.
- Visit after working hours for free entrance. Do this at your own risk. It may be too dark or unsafe to go there when there are no employees.
- Explore the places around Kravice, if you have the time. The Blagaj Monastery or the charming Town of Pocitelj are both worth experiencing.
If you find yourself nearby this natural gem, you simply must visit the amazing Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unlike the Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls, which are heavily promoted, this place is more popular among locals and nosy travelers. Therefore, it’s not as crowded but it’s definitely as pretty.
Even though small in comparison to other similar attractions, Kravice has the charm and beauty to make for an unforgettable adventure. You’ll love going there in the summer especially as you can freely swim in the clear and cold waterfall basin.
Needless to say, not only you’ll leave Kravica with a heart full of joy but also with hundreds of Insta-perfect photos too.
Have you ever been or heard of Kravica Falls in Bosnia? Would you like to go there? Please share all your thoughts and comments below!