The 14 best sights of Herceg Novi – descriptions and photos

14 Herceg Novi sights worth seeing

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Herceg Novi is one of the most colorful cities of Montenegro. The area is characterized by a hilly terrain, due to which the streets have a lot of stairs, steep paths and steep drops. Not without reason, Herceg Novi is often called the “City of a Thousand Stairs”.

Due to its special microclimate, there is always good weather here: dry, warm summers and mild winters. Travellers are never bored: interesting sights of Herceg Novi, the purest Adriatic Sea, endless beaches. Every tourist coming here feels welcome – so friendly and welcoming atmosphere prevails in the city.

Old Town – the embodiment of real life

Old Town

Old Town.

Old Town is a real treasure trove of amazing places, it is located just under the city pier. To get here from the sea, you need to climb one of the many stairs.

This is where the main architectural monuments of the city are located, and here you can see how ordinary Montenegrins live: their life, habits, traditions.

The streets remind intricate labyrinths, and almost at every step there is something curious waiting for you: a museum, an ancient church or a gallery. There are many restaurants and cafes with delicious national cuisine. In souvenir shops you can buy souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones.

Address: Old Town, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

The Sea Fortress is an important fortification building

Sea Fortress

The Sea Fortress.

On the steep cliffs sits the ancient Sea Fortress, built in the 14th century. For centuries, the fortress was the main defense structure. To this day, you can still see the loopholes, battlements on the walls and towers.

On the inner walls you can see the ancient inscriptions and drawings. The fortress is open to tourists who come here not only to appreciate the large-scale construction, but also to visit a movie in the open air.

Address: The Sea Fortress, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Savina Monastery – one of the oldest spiritual monuments

Savina Monastery

Savina Monastery.

The old monastery cloister is literally buried in greenery. The complex consists of three temples: the Small and Large Assumption churches and the temple of St. Sava. It also includes a chapel and two cemeteries. Above the entrance to the Small Church on the wall there is an inscription “1030”, which indicates a very venerable age of the building.

Of great interest is the interior decoration: paintings and frescoes in Gothic and Byzantine style. The Church of St. Sava was built in the 12th century. Not far from it there is an excellent observation deck with stunning views of the Adriatic coast. The construction of the Great Assumption Church dates back to the 18th century. To this day, the huge 15-meter iconostasis in which you can see the main sacred object of the monastery, the miraculous Savina icon of the Mother of God, is still preserved.

Address: Savina Monastery, Braće Grakalić, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Mamula Island – 19th century fortress

Mamula Island

Mamula Island.

Almost the entire area of the round island is occupied by the fortress of the same name, the top of which offers an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Despite the fact that the fortress is now abandoned, it is in very good condition.

The loopholes, gates and walls, attics and cellars have been preserved. At the observation deck tourists climb the steep spiral staircase. The construction impresses by the clarity and severity of forms, thoughtfulness of buildings. Monumentality combined with a deafening silence makes a very strong impression.

Address: Mamula, Montenegro.

The Blue Cave – one of the most beautiful grottoes in Montenegro

Blue Cave

The Blue Cave.

Under the influence of water, wind and sun in Herceg Novi formed a true miracle of nature – the Blue Cave. The area of the grotto is about 300 square meters. Tourists come here by boats, accompanied by a guide.

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Due to the sun’s glare penetrating inside, the walls and water are painted an azure-blue hue. The water here is very salty, even inexperienced swimmers can feel relaxed. The air is cool and the water is very warm. Scuba diving enthusiasts often come here: depth in some places reaches 40-50 meters.

Address: Blue Cave Monténégro, Montenegro.

Fortress Shpanjola

Spagnola Fortress

The fortress Shpanjola.

The fortress is very high and not everyone can endure a long walk up a steep path, so some people are better to get here by car. But all the effort is certainly compensated by the magnificent views from the fort.

The fortress is open to the public: you can explore the interior and walk around. The history of the structure begins in the 16th century. Over the centuries, the fortress was rebuilt, completed with new fortifications and remodeled many times. Locals say that there are underground passages under the fortress, connecting Spanjola with other towers of the city.

Address: Tvrdjava Spanjola, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Bloody tower – the most horrible prison in Montenegro

Bloody Tower

Blood Tower.

Kani Kula fortress is popularly known as the “Bloody Tower” because of the fact that hundreds and thousands of people were innocently executed within its walls. The Turks used to massacre everyone who opposes the Ottoman Empire. Today, only the upper part of the fortification is open to tourists: it is forbidden to enter the casemates.

But even one part is enough to feel the unique atmosphere that reigns here. The structure towers over the sea and the city: the observation deck offers incredible views. And in the courtyard is the most original amphitheater on the entire coast. There are often concerts, festivals and performances of local and guest artists.

Address: Kanli Kula Fortress, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Krasici – an authentic village on the coast of the Adriatic

Krasici Village

The village of Krasici.

Krasici was once a simple fishing village. Today it is a clean well-kept village with modern cottages, cozy houses and neat streets. It is visited by those who want to enjoy a quiet rest away from the bustling cities. The main peculiarity of local beaches is transparent azure water. There are many sights to visit – the old churches built a few centuries ago.

Address: Krašići, Montenegro.

Nikola Dzhurkovic Square

Nikola Đurkovića Square

Nikola Đurković Square.

Around the Old Quarter in Herceg Novi is Nikola Đurković Square, named after the famous Serbian musician. Here every winter one of the most famous and favorite festivals in Montenegro – Festival of Mimosa is organized.

Here are also held city events, theatrical performances, musical concerts. On the square there are many stores, a few cafes and restaurants, cozy pizzerias.

Address: Nikola Djurkovic Square, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Sahat Kula Clock Tower – a symbol of the city

Sahat Kula Clock Tower

Sahat Kula Clock Tower.

The clock tower stands on Nikola Djurkovic Square. The construction was built in the 17th century by the Turks: the clock was necessary so that the inhabitants of the city were not late for service in the mosque. The tower has long been the tallest building in town (its height – 16 meters).

For some years there was a fire tower. Today inside there is a municipal archive. Nowadays there is an electronic clock and until 1995 the citizens knew the time by the old Italian mechanical clock.

Address: Clock Tower, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

The Church of St. Michael – the jewel of Herceg Novi

Church of St. Michael

The Church of St. Michael.

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A small orthodox church instantly attracts attention with its unusual architecture. The building is made of carved stone blocks. There were several architects who worked on it, and each of them tried to add their own special touch to it.

Not surprisingly, the building reflects completely different styles and directions. Inside, the main point of pride is a unique altar with an iconostasis made of fine Italian marble. There are also a lot of ancient books in the church.

Address: Saint. Michael Archangel Church, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Regional History Museum Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi Regional Museum

Regional History Museum Herceg Novi.

The museum is located in an old mansion. In the halls are four exhibitions. The historical exhibition consists of pictures and documents that tell the history of the town since its foundation. There are also sculptures and a small collection of weapons.

The archaeological exposition focuses on finds from the Middle Ages. Separately, visitors can also see items found on the sides of shipwrecks. There are many interesting exhibits in the museum, but it is important for the guests to know that all information is in Serbian language only.

Address: Local Museum – Gradski muzej “Mirko Komnenović”, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Church of the Savior

Church of the Savior

Church of the Savior.

The Church of the Savior is a part of a huge complex. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century, and in the middle of the 19th century it was thoroughly reconstructed. The iconostasis that deserves special attention is the work of talented Greek craftsmen. Tourists come here to see a unique collection of icons, old books, silverware.

Address: Crkva Sv. Spasa, Njegoševa, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Herceg Novi Promenade

Herceg Novi seafront

The waterfront of Herceg Novi.

The length of the promenade is 7 kilometers. It is an ideal route for pleasant walks. Along the coast there are beautiful beaches, hotels, stores, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. There is a wonderful aroma of exotic plants in the air: the promenade is considered one of the greenest areas of the city. In addition to walking promenades, tourists can walk on bicycles or rollerblades.

Address: Pet Danica Walkway, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Herceg Novi is often called the botanical garden. There are about a hundred species of subtropical and Mediterranean plants. The wonderful air and beautiful scenery make Herceg Novi a “titbit” for those tourists who prefer a calm, measured vacation.

However, lovers of excitement will also find much to enjoy here: the local water area is perfect for exciting diving.

The architectural appearance of the city is unique in that it reflects all the amazing history: each of the numerous rulers left their mark so that the contemporaries have the opportunity to enjoy the incredible sights that have reached our times from antiquity.

The 14 best sights of Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi Beach

Herceg Novi is one of the largest resorts in Montenegro. Despite the relative poverty of the country, the city is unquestionably clean and tidy. In addition to the famous spa treatments, the city has to offer a warm climate, delightful scenery on the Bay of Kotor. The architectural character of the settlement is in many ways similar to the Lisbon style: low houses with red tiled roofs neighbors with monuments and wildlife. In Herceg Novi there are many architectural monuments and natural sights. Among them there are fourteen most interesting and large-scale that are worth seeing.

What sights to see on your own, and where you need a guide

You can’t do without a guide if you want to visit the Blue Grotto and Mamula Fortress, because the place are far from the settlement and a tourist can get to them only by boat. The guide will arrange the tour and transport for a nominal fee. You can rent a boat yourself, but it is recommended to go across the bay in the company of an expert.

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Žanice beach

Janice is about twice the size of Mirishte and is more responsive to visitors. Instead of sand here are pebbles, and around it are planted olive groves along with other representatives of the sun-loving southern flora. Nearby you will find many stores and restaurants. Like its little brother, Janice is also quiet and clean.

Mirište beach

Close to the breathtaking Janice beach is its no less attractive neighbor – Miriště beach.

The beach itself is not natural – the sand here lies on concrete slabs that are positioned at different levels.

Mirishte beach is quite compact. There is a well-equipped bay, a stone embankment covered with sand, as well as many small comfortable spots around the perimeter of the beach. Quiet rest is favored by the remoteness of the beach from the city center and the dense forest around. You can get here by boat or on foot, no one controls how tourists get here, but the order is closely monitored.

“The clock tower

On Djurkovic Square the first thing that catches your eye is the Clock Tower. This delightful snow-white granite tower, towering over the ancient part of the square, tells the time to all the locals. In the middle of the front is the clock. But it’s not the clock face that catches the eye, it’s the protruding attributes on all sides of the tower. Like a rook on a chessboard, the tower is decorated with cogs on top, and under them, around the windows and at the base you can also notice the relief ornaments. We advise to visit also the clock tower in Kotor.

Nikola Djurkovic Square

There is a great variety of cafes and restaurants around the square the doors of which are open till late at night.

The square can be called the heart of the resort. It is where most concerts and events are held, including the Mimosa Festival in January. On the square there are many cafes, restaurants and other establishments, the famous “Clock Tower”, by which all the neighborhood residents mark the time. Do not expect privacy and silence, the area is quite lively. But you can enjoy the beautiful architecture and observe the everyday life of ordinary Montenegrins.

Quay

One of the most popular tourist attractions for all beach vacationers near Herceg Novi is the evening promenade along the 6 kilometers long pedestrian promenade in the evening.

In spite of the length of 6 km indicated in the tourist guides, the main and most popular part of the promenade, between Herceg Novi harbor and Igalo settlement, is somewhat shorter – 3-4 km.

Technically, the whole southern Herceg Novi is one sick embankment. However, here it is customary to call it a promenade – the alley, paved with stone high above the water surface, along the bay. In addition to stunning views, cafes, restaurants and other establishments, you can find a couple of corners here, available for lounging. The promenade overlooks the small fleet of ships and yachts that are constantly nearby. If you get tired of walking on the rock, you can go a little further and walk on the grass, the view of the bay will not be spoiled. We also advise to visit the city promenade in Petrovac.

Church of St. Jerome

The current church was built in 1856-1857, in the same place where the previous Church of St. Jerome stood from the 17th century.

The old church was destroyed in a landslide, and instead it was decided to build a new and more spacious church

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Montenegro, like Russia, is rich in Orthodox churches. Herceg Novi, as a proud Montenegrin city, is not behind this trend. The most famous temple in the city is the Church of St. Jerome. The Orthodox church is different from those built in our country. The church is quite modest from the outside, it is a broad white stone building. The roof with two slopes forms a corner directed straight to the heavens. A red roof covers the temple from above. A fragmentary circular window is located in the middle of the front wall. The interior of the building is decorated with historic paintings. If it were not for the altar and the classical design along the aisles, one would think it was a historical museum or a painting museum.

Belavista Square

Belavista is a very small square located in the historic center of the Montenegrin city of Herceg Novi

The square is surrounded by the old houses on all sides and its exquisite medieval atmosphere attracts a lot of tourists.

Belavista Square is the smaller of the two main squares in Herceg Novi. It is considered to be the center of the old city and that is why the number of ancient buildings is not so surprising. Most of the buildings here were built at least 100 years ago. Right from the square you can see the Bay of Kotor – it encircles the whole city. On the lack of diverse establishments and here we can’t complain: on every corner there are cafes and bars. They don’t spoil the atmosphere of calm and antiquity in this part of the town.

Church of Archangel Michael

The small orthodox church of Archangel Michael is a real gem not only in Herceg Novi, but in the whole region.

One could not find a more different church from the Church of St. Jerome than the Church of St. Michael. The church from the outside and inside looks like a classic Byzantine Orthodox church. This is evidenced by the dome and the turreted exterior. It is no different from the classic Orthodox temple inside. The altar is decorated with icons and crosses, a huge chandelier hangs just above the head, mounted on the blue ceiling. The front, however, reminds us of the Church of St. Jerome: the same fragmentary window, wide wooden door and white material. We also recommend a visit to Podmajne monastery in Budva.

Forte Mare

Forte Mare means “Sea Fortress” in Italian. This is one of the many gifts left to the city by the Venetian domination. Although the current appearance of the structure was given by the Austrians, the idea to build a defensive structure here belonged to the natives of Veneto. Although the outer appearance of the building does not inspire admiration for its power, it is still possible to climb to the top of the fortress. From there the visitor has a stunning view of the city and the surrounding nature. Although there are no more ancient cannons here, you can wander around the building and figure out how it was defended by the garrison. In the past, various entertainment events were held here, but now, despite the rank of the main attraction of the city, Forte Marais is quiet enough.

The town’s port

During the centuries of its existence, not only has the port not lost its charm and importance, but it has acquired new qualities…

The port of Herceg Novi is one of the most fascinating places in the city. Dozens of ships from around the world come here carrying tourists or goods from nearby ports in Italy, Croatia or Greece. Especially beautiful view of the port open in the evening. But even after sunset there is a lot of traffic. For visitors there are many observation points arranged in stone throughout the port. It is a good idea to end your walk along the promenade at the port, as it is an integral part of the harbor, and this is where most of the yachts and ships congregate. Of course, you can even rent a boat for a little boat ride.

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Bloody Tower

One of the most famous and interesting sights in Montenegro is Kanli Kula, a fortress, the name of which is translated from Turkish as “bloody tower”

This mighty construction (more than 85 meters from sea level) served as an excellent defense for the medieval city

Another defensive structure got its name because it served as a prison during a certain period of Ottoman rule. Some records left by the prisoners in Turkish and Serbian have survived to this day. In addition to the historical and architectural value of the tower, tourists also visit it to admire the views. The fortress is spacious enough to be used as a summer amphitheater since the 1960s. Tower can accommodate up to 15,000 people, but can not sit more than a thousand at a time.

The Blue Cave

Blue Cave is a natural monument on the other side of the Bay of Kotor. You can get to the site by boat, but you need to make sure that it is low enough. There are boat excursions to the cave, especially for tourists. The grotto is situated far from Herceg Novi, and it is possible to get inside through two large (but low enough) holes. The name of the cave was given by the water inside. All the water around is bright blue thanks to the lack of civilization, but in contrast to the bottom of the cavern the water appears even brighter and cleaner. You can swim here, but it is worth stocking up on float vests and be prepared that the cave will have to be shared: there are a lot of tourists here.

Savina Monastery

Most likely the monastery was built in 1030, although the oldest record of which mentions it dates back to 1648.

The monastery is much higher above sea level than the other attractions of the resort. It stands high in the hills and is surrounded by a small well-kept park. From here you have a stunning view of the entire city bay. Once you get tired of looking at the water, you can take a short walk around the monastery. The monastery itself is represented by three churches and is a classic example of the Serbian-Montenegrin own temple tradition: a minimum of domes and simple geometric shapes. We also recommend a visit to Dajbabe monastery in Podgorica.

The Island-Fortress of Mamula

In the mid-19th century a fortress was built on an island in the middle of the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. The size and functionality of the fortress in past centuries caused quite strong emotions: fear, admiration, even hatred. Now the fortress is a popular tourist destination. Tourists from Herceg Novi are regularly brought here by boat. The fortress is big enough, so it is easy to get lost here, so it is not worth sailing here alone. During and between the major wars, the island was also used as a prison for political and war criminals and prisoners of war. Both in the First and Second World Wars, Montenegrin freedom fighters were kept here. We also recommend a visit to the Island of Gospa od Milo in Tivat.

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