The core value of the historic area along the Buna River lies in the fact that it represents one of the few permanently inhabitated places in Bosnia and Herzegovina in which values are paintings, structures and shapes created by permeation of natural landscape values and geomorphology with constructed values that have been deposited from prehistory to the present day, readable, recognizable and partly preserved to this day.
First direct records mentioning two cities – Bona and Hum, originate from the „Writings about people“ of the Byzantine emperor and writer Constantine the Porphyrogenitus written between 948. and 952. The medival building, Stjepan-grad, built on a late antique fortress above Blagaj, was one of the strategically most important cities in the county of Hum. Herceg Stjepan Vučić Kosača was dining there, and after him the city and land Herzegovina got their names.
Until 1945. next to our hotel stood one of the largest stone bridges in Herzegovina.
It was destroyed that year during the withdrawal of the German army.
Who and when this bridge was built is hard to say…
The spring of the river Buna is one of the largest and most beautiful karst springs in Europe, siphon type, capacity 36 m³/s. Buna springs from a cave under a rock about 200 meters high and independently creates a dark blue-emerald green river that flows another 9 km to the west and flows into the Neretva river, near the Hotel Buna.
Air temperature in the area Buna is very high in summer, they even reach as high as 45°C in the shade. Annual temperature in the area is about 14°C.