Medjugorje is located in the Republic of Bosnia Herzegovina, which has about 2,500,000 inhabitants. In 1991, before the war, it was one of the six republics that formed the Yugoslavian confederation. Every year, two million people come from all over the world to the town of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has been associated with the name of Our Lady in the collective imagination for 36 years.
The cult of Medjugorje was recently authorized also by Pope Francis following the mission of mons.Henryk Hoser, archbishop of Warsaw-Prague in Poland, special envoy of the Pope.
The religious tourism of this small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina has become increasingly frequent and substantial, since 1981 (the year in which the apparitions of Our Lady began in the area) to date. On 24.6.1981 at 6.00 pm, six young people from the parish of Medjugorje, Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic, saw on the hill Crnica, in the place called Podbrdo, an apparition, a white figure with a child in her arms. Surprised and frightened, they did not approach her. The following day at the same time, on 25.6.1981, four of them, Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic and Ivan Dragicevic, felt strongly attracted to the place where, the day before, they saw what they recognized as the Madonna.
A visit to these lands will be an opportunity to rediscover, in addition to religious sentiment, a culture, the Balkan, perhaps still too little known, but really beautiful and fascinating. The resort is among the most tourist in the world, a destination for believers from all over the world. Here you can admire the Sanctuary of the Queen of Peace, where Masses are celebrated in various languages; the Church of St. James and the Apparition Hill, in Croatian Podbrdo. The city was born between two mountains, the Podbrdo, and Križevac, a particularity recalled by the name itself: Međugorje means in fact “among the mountains”. Mount Krizevac is an ideal destination if you love trekking and walking: conquering the summit will allow you to enjoy a very beautiful view; some run through the 14 stations of the via crucis, scattered along the track, barefoot despite the rocks and the climb. Just outside the city, the Kravice Waterfalls are an unmissable stop: the power of nature shows itself in all its splendor.
The climate in Medjugorje is Mediterranean, given the proximity to the sea and the Dalmatian coast, with some continental influence. It is not very different from that of the Adriatic Italy, so the best time to go on pilgrimage is certainly the spring: the temperatures are not excessive and visit the town and its surroundings will be pleasant, also because it is a generally ventilated area and the heat is mitigated. However, because even the winters are mild, you can decide in all tranquility to go in every season of the year, keeping in mind that autumn and winter are rainier.