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TREBINJE

ABOUT TREBINJE

Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina situated on the banks of Trebišnjica river in the region of East Herzegovina.  Trebinje is the economic and cultural centre of Eastern Herzegovina, and according to the last census, it has 31,433 inhabitants. River Trebišnjica flows through the city – one of the longest sinking rivers in the world whose endpoint is the Adriatic Sea.

 

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HISTORY OF TREBINJE

Trebinje was first mentioned under the name “Tribunija” in the tenth century regarding Constantine Porphyrogenitus. Trebinje used to be a part of the former Byzantine archontia, and in the 14th century, it became the center of Travunija within the Nemanjić state. In the fifteenth century, Trebinje shared the same fate as other Bosnian-Herzegovinian cities and fell under the Ottoman Empire. Under Turkish rule, Trebinje lost its importance as a commercial city and became a defensive fortification due to the position of the city towards neighboring Montenegro, Dubrovnik and Venetian Dalmatia. After the centuries-old Ottoman rule, Trebinje fell under Austro-Hungarian monarchy rule under which it remained until the end of the First World War. During the Austro-Hungarian administration, imperial administrators modernized the city, built the present main street, as well as several parks, squares, schools and other facilities.

The Old Town

The Old Town of Trebinje was built during the eighteenth century when Trebinje was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The Trebinje Old Town was built due to the Ottoman Empire’s need to organize its possessions in Herzegovina due to major changes as a result of the wars with the Holy League from 1683-1699. Today in the Old Town, known as Kastel, you can find lots of tourist attractions such as the Museum of Herzegovina and the Osman Pasha Mosque, which was restored after the war.

 

 

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Arslanagića bridge

One of the most beautiful examples of the architecture from the former Ottoman Empire is certainly the Arslanagića bridge on the Trebišnjica River. The Arslanagića Bridge was built in the sixteenth century as an endowment of the great vizier Mehmed-pasha Sokolović. At the time it was of great importance as a link between central Bosnia and Novi and was part of the main trading route. Along the bank of the river Trebišnjica, there is a promenade leading from the city centre to the bridge itself, and the Arslanagića bridge is visited daily by both locals and many tourists.

Garden Platanus

The Plane Trees are one of the most recognizable attractions and symbols of Trebinje. Over the summer months, the Summer Garden Platani is a beautiful setting and this place is popular among many visitors of the city as a small oasis with over five hundred seating areas. After all, who wouldn’t want to take a break under the tree shade of sixteen century-old magnificent plane trees?

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Biking through the history

There are many mountain and road cycling routes in Trebinje. With the realization of the project “Cycling through the history-revitalization of the old narrow-gauge railway Ćiro”, an attractive cyclist-pedestrian path, Trebinje has become part of the regional network of biking trails. In one part of the newly built trail, resorts with benches and tables were set up so that cyclists and pedestrians could rest while enjoying the views and untouched nature.

 

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Views from Leotar

For all of you who enjoy hiking, Mount Leotar will be especially inviting. There are several well-preserved and marked mountain trails on Leotar, and from the very top of the mountain, there is a breathtaking panoramic view of Trebinje which will be well worth your while.

WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN TREBINJE

Trebinje is known for its fresh and traditional flavours. The locals proudly prepare very high-quality meat, especially lamb, veal and fish. You won’t find many fast-food restaurants here, because the locals appreciate the quality and authenticity of local cuisine. On the menus of many restaurants in Trebinje, you can find a very rich offer that includes Italian, Mexican, local cuisine, as well as a number of Herzegovinian specialities. In addition to the diverse offer of food, Trebinje is also known for the quality of its local wines, which makes it a great gastronomic destination.

 

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WHERE TO STAY IN TREBINJE

In the last few years, Trebinje has seen a great tourist expansion, and thus an increase in the number of accommodation capacities. Trebinje has hotels, apartments, hostels, villas, private accommodation as well as camping options.

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