"Počitelj, a village that deserves a visit" Pocitelj by JLBG

Pocitelj Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 54 photos

Počitelj a small city in the south western part of Bosmia Herzegovina lies on a hillside that makes a kind of amphitheater and overhangs the Neretva river. It is on the road from Mostar to the Adriatic coast.

It has a long history and was first mentioned in 1444. Its special Ottoman architecture makes it a jewel and has been inscribed in 2007 on the Unesco World Heritage Tentative List.

It was inhabited by a mixed community, mainly Moslem and suffered extensive damages during the 1992-96 wars. It has now been almost entirely rebuilt in its previous condition.

We had a long journey scheduled and had no time to walk into the city for a visit. It obviously deserves a detailed visit and we plan to visit it thoroughly on the occasion of another travel in the area. Its architectural interest almost matches the old city of Mostar.

The origin of the name is unclear but might partly come from the Italian ?cittadella? (for ?čitelj). It would then be ?the place with a citadel?

  • Last visit to Pocitelj: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jonathanbarker's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    In 2012 Maya Sar represented BIH in the Eurovision Song contest and I have been in touch with the singer recently. maya tells me that in her video for the song "Korake ti znam" the village of Pocitelj is featured in the video which ends with a treble-clef place on top of the tower. I am hoping I can visit Pocitelj while I am spending a couple of days in Herzegovina

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Fantastic little page with brilliant photos of this hidden gem. Well done.

  • pure1942's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Another great page on medieval Počitelj. Really enjoyed our trip to this beautiful village during our stay in Mostar. Thanks for sharing. Brian

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2009 at 6:04 AM

    it looks just lovely

  • Jan 28, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Another excellent picture here: Počitelj

  • Biljana's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    I agree Pocitelj is a jewel. When I visited last in 2006 it felt like a ghost town. I arrived midday around siesta time. No tourists in sight just my friends and I. But the silence at last was broken by a prayer from the local mosque. Such a serene place.

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    a great little page here Sir JL! such beautiful scenery in this part of the world. so glad that people can visit peacefully now!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    An afternoon spent in this town was time well spent indeed. leyle

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    Lovely scenery and a pretty village - thanks for sharing :)

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    One of Bosnia's hidden charms. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


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