Historically a predominantly Muslim town, this delightful stop on the way to Mostar is worth the effort. There are many steps to the top of the ruins of Počitelj, shallow steps for easy climbing but slippery in places. But the striking views from the Kula (silo-shaped fort) atop the hill of the Neretva River and Neretva Valley below are reward enough.
The Hajji Alija mosque, built in 1563, stands pristine along the hillside, having survived the war in the 1990s. We were visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia, but grew tired of tourists and sought a unique adventure. So we hired a private guide who drove us two hours to Počitelj, easily crossing the Bosnian border with U.S. passports (and with no long line when heading into Bosnia before noon). This was worth the drive, as was Mostar.
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