Rest in Montenegro. Brief description of the popular resorts of the country.

Top 5 Montenegrin resorts: the pros and cons of each of them

Montenegro is the Balkan hospitality, untouched nature, the cleanest sea and total relaxation. A Montenegrin saying goes, “A man is born tired and lives to rest. Here everything really disposes to relaxation, and now we will tell you where to go in Montenegro, to get the highest quality rest.

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Budva

Montenegro’s most sought-after resort, which affects both the number of attractions and, of course, the price level.

The advantages are:
  • A large number of restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs – you will not get bored here;
  • Local travel agencies offer tours to any part of the country, as well as in neighboring Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina. If excursion tours are not for you, you can go on a trip alone – the bus service between Budva and other cities in Montenegro is well developed;
  • a wide range of accommodation at any price category.
Cons:
  • if you’re looking for a quiet vacation, you might want to look at other resorts. In Budva is noisy and fun – just what you need for party people;
  • prices are higher than in other cities.

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Beaches of Budva

There are 5 public beaches within the city – Slavyansky, Richard’s Head, Mogren-1 and Mogren-2 (free), Dukley beach club (paid).

The main beach of the town (and the busiest in the season) is Slavyansky. Those who like calm rest here will hardly like it – loud music, crowded and dirty in some places. But around a lot of cafes and restaurants, there are playgrounds and water rides. The clearest water is around the beaches of Mogren (they are next to each other, separated by a rock), you can walk here in 15-20 minutes from the city center. These beaches, by the way, are the best for a holiday with children – the entrance to the water is shallow and the area is small, which allows you to keep a child in sight. On all beaches you can rent sun loungers (from €10 to €25 per day).

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Attractions in and around Budva

  1. Old Town. It is very compact, a walk through the territory will take about half an hour. For €1.5 you can climb the fortress wall, which offers the best view of Budva. Inside are the citadel with an observation deck and museum (admission €2.5), 4 temples and traditional houses with brightly colored roofs.
  2. Podostrog Monastery. Former residence of the rulers of Montenegro. Two churches built in the XII and XVIII centuries. Entrance is free.
  3. The island of St. Nicholas (locals call it “Hawaii” after the restaurant located there). You can buy a ticket for a boat trip to the resort with a visit to the island (€5) or come by boat (€3 round trip). This place is ideal for beach holidays in cozy bays and snorkeling. There is a restaurant on the island, but prices there are quite high, so it’s better to take water and food with you and have a picnic. The entrance to the island is free, rent of two sun beds and an umbrella for the whole day will cost you €10-15.

How to get to Budva

The trip from Tivat airport to Budva is a case where you can choose one thing: either cheap or fast and comfortable. If you choose the first option, you will need to walk to the nearest bus stop and take a bus (about €2). If you want to save time – book a transfer (from €20 for a passenger car). There are cab drivers at the airport, but their services may cost twice as much (make sure the driver turns on the meter).

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Herceg Novi

This green little town on the Bay of Kotor is called the “botanical garden of Montenegro.” Once upon a time sailors brought plants to the resort from different parts of the world, and most of them successfully took root in the new place. Walking the streets of the resort, you’ll see giant cacti, palm trees, exotic fruits and flowers time and time again.

Pros of the resort:
  • The beautiful Old Town;
  • green area;
  • accommodation is cheaper than in other resort towns (eg, Budva).
Cons of the resort:
  • a lot of stairs, which can be inconvenient for the elderly or vacationers with small children (in case you take a stroller).
  • the beaches are mostly concrete;
  • a long way to the main attractions of the country.

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Beaches of Herceg Novi

Concrete beaches prevail within the city limits, but in the neighborhoods there are many cozy places you can reach by boat for €2-5. The best of them is considered to be Žanica – a beach that used to belong to Joseph Brod Tito, the president of Yugoslavia.

Pros: the water is so clear that it is home to sea urchins, known detectors of sea cleanliness (in the center of the beach the probability of meeting them is minimal), from here the boats go to the island-fortress of Mamula, where you can also sunbathe and swim.

Minuses: pavement pebble (you can rent a deck chair here), the water temperature is lower than along the coast of other resorts.

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Sightseeing in and around Herceg Novi

  1. The Old City. Here is the “visiting card” of the resort – the clock tower Sahat Kula, built by the Turks in 1667, inside which there is an icon of the “Black Madonna”. We also recommend to visit the orthodox temple of Archangel Michael and to drink water from the nearby Turkish fountain Karacha, to see the fortresses of Forte Mare (XIV century) and Kanli Kula (XV century).
  2. Regional Museum. It is located in a building built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. In addition to an interesting botanical collection (over 100 species of flowers and other plants) here are archaeological finds (amphorae, tools, household items) and a collection of icons made by Kotor masters.
  3. Mount Orjen. On its summit (1895 m) snow lies until the end of May, so if you want to combine seemingly incompatible types of recreation, you have a unique opportunity to swim in the warm Adriatic Sea and a couple of hours of skiing or snowboarding. On a clear day, you can see the whole of Montenegro, part of neighboring Herzegovina, the Croatian Dubrovnik and several southern Dalmatian islands from here. You can climb to the mountain Orjen or Subra by jeep.
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How to get to Herceg Novi

To get to the resort quickly and comfortably, book a transfer in advance (about €45 for a passenger car). If you take a cab at the airport, insist that the driver turns on the meter, as during the season it is not uncommon to cheat tourists. Well, if you do not want to spend money, take a bus. The trip will cost you €2, but you will need more time: you will have to walk to the bus stop and wait for a hitchhike.

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Ulcinj

The resort is located on the border with Albania. It is famous for its sandy beaches (which is rare for Montenegro), places for kitesurfing and the official nudist beach on the island of Ada Bojana.

Pros of the resort:
  • It’s usually warmer here than in other regions of Montenegro;
  • at the bottom is sand, so the water also warms up faster;
  • fewer holidaymakers than in popular resort towns;
  • prices for food, souvenirs, sunbeds are lower than in Budva.
Cons of the resort:
  • Due to the fact that the bottom is sandy, the water here is quite muddy.

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Ulcinj beaches

The most popular beach in Ulcinj is Velika plaza, which is 12 kilometers long and is located 5 kilometers from the Old Town. The nudist beach is 17 kilometers long. If you don’t want to sunbathe on small city beaches, where it’s crowded during the season, you can rent a car or take a cab (from €10 per one way).

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Ulcinj attractions

  1. Citadel. While imprisoned here, Cervantes invented the image of Dulcinea, the girl Don Quixote was in love with.
  2. Skadar Lake. Its surroundings are home to many rare birds, which ornithologists and amateurs from different countries come to watch. A boat trip on the lake costs about €7.
  3. Cetinje. The ancient capital of Montenegro. The most interesting sights are the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on Cipur, the Cetinje Monastery, the Palace of King Nikola I, the Royal Theater “Zetski Dom” (the oldest in the country), the Blue Palace, which now houses the residence of the President of Montenegro.

How to get to Ulcinj

A transfer from Tivat airport will cost from €60 for a passenger car. The budget option is to walk to the nearest bus stop and take a bus going in the right direction. The problem is that there is only one bus and it runs in the morning. The ticket costs about €10. You can come to Budva, and there change to a bus to Ulcinj.

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The resort of Sveti Stefan

An ideal place for families with children and those who do not like partying and crowds of tourists around, this is the best resort in Montenegro for a family vacation.

The advantages are:
  • It’s quiet, clean and sparsely populated.
  • It is convenient to get to Budva. If you want to have fun, you can get there in 15-20 minutes by bus (€2) or cab (€10).
Cons:
  • The resort is located on a mountainside, so you’ll have to walk a lot of steps. You can go around by road, but in this case the way to the beach will lengthen by about a kilometer, so keep that in mind if you don’t like to walk a lot;
  • the beach is covered with coarse pebbles;
  • Prices for accommodation are a little higher than in nearby Budva.

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Beaches of Sveti Stefan

The coastline of the resort is divided into two parts by an isthmus leading to the private island of Sveti Stefan. On the right hand side there is a closed beach for the guests of Aman Hotel Sveti Stefan, on the left hand there is a municipal beach with free access for all comers.

Sightseeing in and around Sveti Stefan

  1. Sveti Stefan Island. One of the most recognizable sights in Montenegro, where there is the former residence of the king – Villa Milocer (now part of the hotel complex). To get to the territory can only guests of the five-star hotel Aman Sveti Stefan or guests of a very expensive restaurant, booked in advance. The rest of us have to admire the views and take pictures from the public beach.
  2. Durmitor National Park. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. On its territory there are Durmitor mountain massif, Tara River Canyon (the deepest canyon in Europe and the second largest in the world), Sushitsa and Draga rivers, Djurdjevic Tara bridge (the highest arch highway bridge in Europe), as well as the popular ski resort Zabljak. It is most convenient to get here by car, as public transport is rare. If possible, stay here for a few days to see all the most interesting things.
  3. Bar. Start your walk with the Old Town, where modern cottages neighbor the ruins of the Cathedral of St. George, the churches of St. Catherine and St. Veneranda. Other highlights include the Palace of King Nikola, which now houses a history museum, the Church of Sant Nicholas, which was for many years the residence of the Catholic Archbishop and Mount Valuica, from the top of which the Italian Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first radio signal from Bari to Bari.
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How to get to the resort in Sveti Stefan

The most convenient way is to pre-book an airport transfer (from €30 for a car) or take a cab. You can also use public transport – after leaving the airport go to the nearest bus stop and wait for a bus to Budva. In Budva, you will need to change buses to the resort of Sveti Stefan. In total it will take you an hour and a half to get there and the cost of the trip is about €5.

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Kotor

In different periods of its history it was under the rule of the Roman Empire, the Venetian Republic, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy … This mixture of cultures has formed a unique city, where you should definitely visit, since you’re in Montenegro.

Pros of the resort:
  • The beautiful Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • Most of the restaurants and cafes are located in old buildings;
  • even in the season in the city is very clean, despite the abundance of tourists.
Cons of the resort:
  • The town is a port city, with cruise boats and yachts at the pier, so the water here is quite dirty;

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Attractions of Kotor and the surrounding area

  1. Fortress of St. John, built by the Venetians. You should be warned that climbing the fortress is like exercising. You will have to climb 1,400 stairs. But the view from the top is well worth the effort. From November to March admission is free, the rest of the time it’s €3.
  2. Old town. A labyrinth of narrow streets, along which the houses of XII-XIV centuries are lined up. On one of the squares stands the St. Trifon’s Cathedral, one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. Behind the turns there are real treasures: the Church of St. Luke (XIII century), the Church of St. Anna (XII century), the Church of St. Mary (XIII century), the Church of Our Lady of Healing (XV century), the Napoleon theater (XIX century).
  3. Perast. According to official data, only 300 people live here, the city has long been turned into a kind of open-air museum. In a relatively small area there are 17 palaces and 16 churches (you can enter only 3 of them). In the neighborhood there are numerous oyster farms, so to try the gifts of the sea here is cheaper than in the same Budva.

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How to get to Kotor

From Budva to Kotor, there are buses. The journey takes about half an hour and the ticket costs €3-€3.5 one way. It is a little quicker by car, about 20 minutes.

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Where to vacation in Montenegro?

If you are planning a family vacation with children or parents and want to find a quiet and secluded place, choose Sveti Stefan or Herceg Novi. Those who can’t imagine a vacation without nightlife, will love Budva. If you want to combine a beach holiday with a tour of the natural beauties of Montenegro, come to Ulcinj. And the ancient town of Kotor awaits those who want to interrupt swimming and sunbathing for a day, and immerse themselves in the history of the country.

Useful Information

Currency: Euros. Dollars can be exchanged, but the rate is usually unprofitable. Cards are accepted in most restaurants, stores and bars in resort towns.

Visa Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa and may stay in the country for up to 90 days.

Beach season lasts from late April to late October, during this period, the sea water temperature ranges from +18 to +25 ° C, the air temperature ranges from +20 to +25 ° C.

International airports there are two: one in the capital city Podgorica and one in Tivat. The second is convenient for those who are going to the coast (only 20 kilometers from Budva and 10 kilometers from Kotor).

Montenegro

Anthem of Montenegro

Montenegro is a young country with an eventful past. It sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it? But it’s true, because the parliament proclaimed the independence of the republic quite recently, on June 3, 2006, although its name appears in the European chronicles since the Middle Ages.

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In the world, the small state on the Balkan Peninsula is known as Montenegro, but in the native language of the local population it would be correct to say Crna Gora. The Lovcen Massif, once called the “Black Mountain”, towers over the Bay of Kotor, the largest bay of the Adriatic Sea, and has been a national park for more than half a century. Despite the fact that the length of the land borders is only 625 kilometers, it has five neighbors: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and partially recognized Republic of Kosovo.

Today, more and more travelers are discovering Montenegro as a new destination for interesting and eventful vacation. A quarter of three hundred kilometers of coastline is occupied by excellent beaches, next to which is developed infrastructure for visitors with different financial possibilities. But the sea is not the only thing that Montenegro can brag of! The ancient architecture of Herceg Novi, Kotor, Cetinje and other cities, the picturesque nightlife of Budva, the beauty of Lake Skadar and Tara Canyon, the mountains and monasteries built on their slopes, noisy festivals and fairs, mild climate and temperamental locals… Everyone will find something to adorn his collection of vacation memories!

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Geography and Climate

Montenegro – a country so compact, for example, that in the borders of metropolitan area of Greater New York could comfortably fit twice. At the same time on the area of 13 812 sq. km only 622 thousand people live: Montenegrins, Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians, Roma, Croats and representatives of other nationalities.

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Let the name not mislead you. Montenegro is not the Balkan analogue of high-altitude Nepal; most of the country is located in the Dinaric highlands. The central regions, including the two largest cities, Podgorica and Niksic, lie in a relatively flat basin of Lake Skadar. Only in the northeast, where the border with Albania and Kosovo, ridge rises the North Albanian Alps. The slopes of Prokletije, as it is called, are covered with deciduous and coniferous forests till the height of 1700-1800 meters. 8% of the territory of the Republic are considered protected areas, here they try to preserve the endemic flora and fauna of the Balkan Peninsula.

The climate of most of the country is temperate continental, and the Adriatic coast belongs to the Mediterranean zone with long and relatively dry summer with average temperature of +23-25 °С. This allows you to open the holiday season at the end of April and actively accept holidaymakers till the end of October.

When to go

The most pleasant times of year in Montenegro are spring and autumn: from late March, when the snow and cold leave even the mountainous regions, to early June or September-October, when the summer flow of tourists is gone and the trees are covered with gold, but the sea is still warm and you can bathe in it. July and August are the best months for those who love crowds and a fun family vacation. As one hotelier recently put it about the “Montenegrin Riviera”: If those under thirty will like the hustle and bustle of nightlife and lively beaches in July and August, those who value a quieter holiday will benefit if they come in April-June or September-October. In the mountains in July and August the temperature is guaranteed to be moderate.

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A bit of history

The Slavs settled in the territory once belonging to the Roman province of Dalmatia in the VI century, and already in 1042 the Serbs, after a resounding victory over the Byzantines, defended the independence of their own state, known as Duklja. Soon it was recognized by the head of the Catholic Church and received the status of a kingdom. But the descendants of Stefan Vojislav, who did not have a firm hand and the strategic mind of their ancestor, gradually lost power over the conquered Travunia, Zahumia, Bosnia and Raška. In the twelfth century, these lands fell prey to more powerful neighbors, and the latter absorbed the Dukljand state by the end of the century.

Roman mosaics in Risan dating from the II-III century BC. Montenegrin refugees during the First Balkan War, 1913

The newly formed principality became known in Byzantine chronicles as Zeta, after the river flowing in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. After a short period of independence it was forced to accept the protectorate of the Venetians, to avoid capture by the Turks. However, the Ottoman army could not restrain the encroachments for long. The triumphant Feriz Bey annexed Zeta to the Skadar Sanjak. In one of the official Dubrovnik papers for 1376 the former principality is named Montenegro. It is believed that this is the first documented mention of the new toponym.

From 1516 to 1852 there was a church state of Montenegro, ruled by lords and metropolitans with the title of bishop. When the country became secular again, the rulers turned into princes and kings. During the Balkan Wars of the early twentieth century Montenegro expanded its territory, and in 1918 became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which after World War II was transformed into the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Every European knows about the armed confrontation that followed the collapse of this state formation, but it is not worth discussing the painful subject with the locals.

From 1992 to 2003 Montenegro was a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and after its renaming – the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. According to the results of the referendum, held in May 2006, the country gained the status of an independent republic. Today it is a member of NATO and has an official status of an EU candidate.

Resorts

Where to go for those who have decided to get acquainted with the nature and culture of Montenegro? The choice is quite wide, it all depends on what kind of leisure prefer you and your companions. For example, Sveti Stefan is an ideal option for wealthy travelers who are used to getting the best service and especially comfortable accommodations. Vacations in Herceg Novi will bring lots of bright and pleasant moments to families with children of different ages. Budva will not allow boredom to frequenters of night clubs and bars. Kotor offers its guests a chance to touch the heritage of ancient times. And Ada Bayana attracts plenty of naturists from all over Europe every year. But first things first!

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Tivat

First in our list is not because of particularly enthusiastic reviews, but because it is here that most tourists begin their adventures – four kilometers from the city, in the valley of Grbal, is an international airport. It was built during the Second World War as a military airport, but since 1957 it is reoriented to work with civilian flights – first domestic, from Belgrade, Zagreb and Skopje, and after the construction of a modern terminal receives Boeings and Airbuses from London, Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Prague and other European capitals.

Port in Tivat Streets of Tivat Plavi Horizonti Beach

If you don’t like long journeys, you can stay right here. Not at the airport, of course, but in a hotel near one of the best sandy beaches of Montenegro – Plavi Horizonti – or in apartments on the Island of Flowers. Last, contrary to its name, is famous not for its flora (there are many flowers in any of the seaside resorts of Montenegro). Locals call it Miholska Prevlaka, because there is a monastery of the Archangel Michael.

The main disadvantage of this generally very pleasant place is that at the peak of the vacation season the city is overcrowded with holidaymakers, and a free chair on the sand is not easy to find.

Budva

The most famous resort of the country from the “Gates of the Adriatic” is separated by some 20 kilometers. However, the way from the second international airport of Montenegro, Podgorica, does not take more than an hour and a half. The developed tourist infrastructure is successfully supplemented by clean beaches with surprisingly clear water, interesting architecture of the old town, atmospheric restaurants and pubs, amusement parks for the whole family, night clubs and bars with an attention-worthy cocktail list.

Budva, Montenegro Streets of Budva

Of course, popularity goes hand in hand with a corresponding price level. But even with a modest budget to spend a good time in Budva is quite realistic. The main thing is to think about booking affordable accommodation in advance – in the “high” season available rooms on arrival can offer only expensive hotels.

Within the city there are 6 equipped beaches, both sandy and pebbly. Most of them are free, you will only have to pay to rent chairs and umbrellas if you want to sit comfortably. Central “Slavyansky” rather “populous”, but this lack is compensated by showers with fresh water, changing rooms, children’s playgrounds and water slides.

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The small municipal beach “Guvantse” also offers vacationers good infrastructure, a gentle shore with a comfortable entrance to the water and the opportunity to admire the sea sunset, but because of its location in the suburbs, there are much fewer people here. And don’t let this definition scare you – given the modest scale of the city, you can get here from the center on foot or by public transport, which moves towards Becici.

You can combine sightseeing in the old town with swimming on beaches “Richard’s Head” and “Pisana”, and if you don’t mind walking a bit, you will find yourself on the most picturesque beach of the Budvan Riviera, “Mogren”. To lie by the water, surrounded by flaky rocks and lush greenery, we recommend to take a place in the morning, by noon in July and August there is nowhere to fall. The area belongs to one of the hotels, so there may be an entrance fee, but in practice travelers rarely encounter it.

There is a certified diving center near Budva, where beginners can undergo training and book dives with an instructor at interesting spots on the coast. Experienced divers will be interested in the coral reefs, the rock Galiola with tunnels and some sunken ships in the bay.

The historical center will delight the lovers of antiquities with the medieval citadel, which is the trademark of the city and is depicted on most souvenir products, the ancient churches of St. John, St. Mary, the Holy Trinity, St. Sava and a rich display of the local museum of archeology.

Becici and Rafailovichi

These compact resort towns are located a few kilometers from Budva, and are easily accessible by Adriatic highway or by mini tourist train, which makes stops close to the hotels. Narrow and winding streets, covered with greenery, descend to the impressively clear water. Travelers can choose between hotels of different “stars”, villas and private guest houses. Accommodation here is often preferred by families with children or people who seek a quiet and secluded vacation. But peace does not mean boredom! When you want to diversify the “beach” days on the wide sandy beach, you can go in for sports. There are excellent conditions for water skiing, rafting, paragliding, tennis, beach soccer, basketball and volleyball. Dreaming of taking more beautiful photos from your vacation? Take one of the many bus tours of Montenegro and Albania. And if you have an open Italian visa in your passport, take the ferry to Bari to admire the medieval architecture and three dozen ancient churches, one of which houses the relics of St. Nicholas.

Petrovac

Another place for peace and relaxation. The town on the shore of a beautiful bay is surrounded by pine and olive groves, where it is nice to walk in the heat of the day. The rest of the time you want to spend by the water. The city beach has access to the seafront, along which there are cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques. Lucice is a little more “wild”, but there are also showers, toilets, changing rooms and rental beds. And yet – the fish restaurant, the terrace which offers a wonderful view of the sea and the cliffs. Venetian fortress XVI century now transformed into a nightclub, but the music will not disturb the sleep of tourists. The main entertainment can be called a boat trip to the nearby islands. There is a small chapel on the rocky top of the island of St. Nedeli, and Katich is interesting for its lighthouse.

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Kotor

Kotor is much richer in attractions than other cities in the Montenegrin Adriatic. In 1979, due to its unique architectural ensemble and well-preserved medieval quarters, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The old city is surrounded by really massive fortress walls: their height in some parts reaches 20 meters and the thickness is 16 meters. Inside are the Princes’ Palace, the Clock Tower, the palaces of the noble families, the 12th-18th century churches and the Cathedral of St. Trifon, where the first Croatian King Tomislav was crowned. Moreover, Kotor has for many years been the center of cultural life in the region, and it welcomes participants in various festivals.

The city and its surroundings are very beautiful, but as a place of permanent dislocation for a seaside vacation is not too suitable. There are no really good beaches and the water is not as clean as on the other parts of the coast.

Herceg Novi

It is a variant for a quiet family vacation and people who want to improve their health. Here is located a huge center of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and resort treatment “Igalo”. With the help of qualified personnel, modern medical equipment, sea mud and mineral radon baths in the mild climate of the Boka Kotor Bay the condition of people suffering from cardiologic, neurological, gynecologic, skin diseases, or recovering after injuries of musculoskeletal apparatus, surgical operations is improved.

But Herceg Novi has a lot of attractions for ordinary travelers as well. In the municipal gardens and parks there are more than a hundred species of tropical and subtropical flora, including relict plants. Over the centuries, the city remembers the memory of different rulers, so in its architectural appearance intertwined features of traditional Balkan, Ottoman and even Austrian architecture. The latter gave the town hall and the fort on the island-penitentiary Mamula, which is certainly worth visiting by boat.

Herceg Novi Promenade in Herceg Novi

The sea fortress, built on the coastal rocks by the founder of Herceg Novi, King Tvrtko I, bears the evidence of the Bosnian nobles, the Turks and the Venetians. The Turks have left as a memento of their rule the Bloody Tower, which today houses a beautiful summer theater, and the Sat Kula – the Clock Tower. Monuments of religious architecture are the Church of St. Michael the Archangel on Belavista Square and the baroque monastery of Savina, two kilometers east of the city.

Herceg Novi’s own beach is too small to accommodate all holidaymakers, but the beautiful beaches of Lustinice peninsula are nearby. You can get there by boat, which runs several times a day during the season, or with the help of local boatmen.

Ulcinj

If you can easily reach Croatia from Herceg Novi, Ulcinj is very close to the Albanian border. The country’s southernmost resort enjoys an average of 217 days of sunshine a year. More only in Spain, Italy and Cyprus! Features of the mineral composition of water and physical properties of the sand make recreation here not only relaxing but also therapeutic.

The ruins of the fortress The streets of the old city

Founded by the Greeks and named by the Romans, it became a pirate citadel in the Mediterranean under the Ottomans and a haven for Christians under the Venetians. In the streets of the old city you can see monuments of architecture of different styles and peoples. Churches were rebuilt into mosques, and the palaces of the Venetian nobles became modern hotels.

According to local legend, the Turks kept Miguel Cervantes prisoner in the fortress of Ulcinj and it is here that the image of beloved Don Quixote – Dulcinea of Tobosca was born. If the beauty of nature excites you more than literary characters, go to the nearby Lake Skadar. In this national park you can observe bird life and just admire the scenery.

Ada Bojana

The small island is separated from Ulcinj by 25 km. The status of the reserve has allowed to preserve the nature almost untouched. An interesting feature is that the triangular-shaped piece of land is washed on one side by the salty Adriatic and on the other two by the fresh waters of the Bojan River. On the “sea” shore is a wide beach with unusually soft sand, which in the sunlight shimmers in different shades. Right above the water are the photogenic wooden houses of the local fishermen.

But it’s the hotels and naturist beaches that make this place famous on the continent. Nude vacationers swim, sunbathe, play sports on the tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and even ride horses in the riding school.

St. Stephen’s

There’s little in this corner for upscale vacations that could bring to mind the past of an ordinary fishing village. Luxurious suites with panoramic terraces, designer furniture and smart fixtures and fittings are designed to make the stay truly luxurious. Sailing, diving, cocktails in cozy bars, promenade in the beautiful park of Milocer village attract to the Montenegrin resort the rich and famous: businessmen, Hollywood stars and even members of the royal families of Britain and the Netherlands.

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