The cities on the Montenegrin coast will definitely seduce you with their charm, diversity and the Mediterranean air. From Ulcinj (which used to be a pirate town but today represents a tourist haven), Bar (a town rich in historic monuments, with the new, modern city centre, port, marina and hotels), Budva (which represents the tourist metropolis of Montenegro, covering the area from Buljarica, through Petrovac and St. Stefan, all the way to Jaz beach), through Tivat (a beautiful, calm town), Kotor (protected by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage), up to Herceg Novi (an irresistible tourist town, rich in greenery, flowers, stairs and beautiful historic structures), each town tells a story of its own. In each one of them you can find restaurants with home-made food and fish specialities, cafés with beautiful terraces and excellent cocktails, hotels with pleasant staff and unforgettable views of the sea. You can find a most beautiful sunset, an explosion of colours and emotions, contrasts between the mountains and the coastline only on the Montenegrin coast.
If you visit the Montenegrin coast once, you will always be happy to come back.
Situated in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Kotor, the town of traders and famous seamen, has a lot to tell.
The old town of Kotor is the best preserved urban centre from the Middle Ages, typical for the towns that were created in the 12 th and 14 th centuries. The medieval architecture and numerous monuments of this cultural heritage have put Kotor on the UNESCO list of the “World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites”. Throughout the city there are structures, interwoven by streets and squares. On one of them there is the St. Tripun Cathedral, the monument of the Roman culture and one of the recognised symbols of the city. Elsewhere, St. Luke’s Church (13 th century), the Church of St. Anna (12 th century), the Church of St. Mary (13 th century), the Church of Our Lady of the Health (15 th century), the Duke’s Palace (17 th century), Napoleon’s Theatre (19 th century) represent just one part of the rich treasures of the Kotor tradition. The carnivals and feasts organised each year give an additional charm to the most beautiful city on the Montenegrin coast. You simply can not afford to miss Kotor.
Tivat is situated in the central part of the Kotor Bay area. It has a lot of interesting and attractive features. The renaissance summerhouse, Buca, in the centre of the city, the Flower island, with the sacred monuments, Gornja Lastva, the old community at an altitude of 300 m, the beautiful sandy beach of Plavi Horizonti (the Blue Horizon) and St. Nikola island, represent the tourist places that should be visited here. In the town itself there is a natural marina, Kaliman. Tivat is the only coastal city with an airport. Among the cultural events, we should mention Bocarska Olimpijada and Ljetnje Feste (summer feasts).
Herceg Novi is the town recognised by the Mimosa trees and numerous steps. It is the town of “sun”, due to the large number of sunny days in the year. The heart of Herceg Novi is the old town, with structures that were built in the various epochs in history. The clock tower (1667), Kanli-kula (1483), Spanjola Fortress (1538) and the Forte Mare Fortress (1687), represent just one part of the cultural heritage of this town. Rich in greenery, Herceg Novi hides numerous types of tropical flowers. At the end of January the whole town is surrounded by the gentle fragrance of yellow and green Mimosa, so there is a feast called the Mimosa Festival, dedicated to this flower. During the summer months, there are other festivals in this town, which add to the tourist offer of this magical town.
Perast, the sleeping Baroque town situated nearby Kotor. The most beautiful structures of this small town were constructed in the period from the 17 th to the 18 th century. At that time maritime trade was well developed and the sea captains built large villas that still win people over with their beauty. Perast is a quiet, peaceful town. It is rich in sacred monuments: the Church of St. Nikola, constructed between the 15 th and the 17 th century, the Parochial Church (1740), the island across from Perast with the Church of St. George (12 th century) and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (1630) – the baroque church built on the artificial island.
The oldest town in the Kotor Bay area. It was built in the 3 rd century BC. It was a town of craftsmen, seamen and the trading centre of the Illyric state. With the arrival of the Romans, palaces were built in Risan, using the best Greek marble, ornamented with the beautiful sculptures and mosaics that are preserved until the present time and represent an invaluable cultural heritage. Among the numerous mosaics, there is the God of Hypnos, as the only mosaic figure of a god that exists in the world.
Budva is the metropolis of the Montenegrin tourism, due to the numerous beaches that attract the tourists with their beauty, thus transforming this place into the most wanted tourist destination. Apart from the natural beauty of the coves, islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments as well. The old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of the cultural heritage. It is intersected with numerous streets and squares, with important buildings such as the Church of St. Trinity, the grave of the famous writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Church of St. Ivan, the Church of Our Lady and the Church of St. Sava. During the summer period it is transformed into the Theatre city, where numerous foreign and local plays are performed. In the old town you can visit various boutiques, cafés, restaurants and galleries. The monasteries of Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici and Gradiste represent significant historic and religious monuments of Budva. Budva has the coast line of 21 km, with 17 beaches. It is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world and its beauty will not leave you indifferent.
Sveti Stefan, the town-hotel, is situated on an island that is connected to the mainland by a sandbank which has two beaches with an interesting reddish colour. This community, now an exclusive resort, was built by the traders and fishermen in the 15 th century, who decided to live there. In 1960 it was transformed into a town-hotel, owing to our famous painters, Lubarda and Milunovic, who recognised this old town as a tourist attraction. Sveti Stefan hosted many celebrities, such as Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Willie Brandt, Bobby Fisher, Silvester Stalone, Claudia Schiffer, Ingemar Stenmark…
Petrovac is a small town situated close to the town-hotel of Sveti Stefan. Its beaches – Perazica Do, Lucice, Sveta Nedjelja and Buljarice – belong to the most beautiful beaches of the Budva Riviera. When it comes to the cultural and historic monuments, there are mosaics from the 3 rd century and the Fortress Castello, built by the Venetians in the 16 th century. For those who like the sea, the real attraction is the two small islands of Katic and Sveta Nedjelja.
Bar represents a modern town that is expanding every day. Although it is a port town, it is amazingly clean and has many developed green areas. Around it there are many tourist attractions. The old town of Bar, Haj Nehaj Fortress, with the remnants from the 15 th century fortress and the castle of King Nikola, represent the historic and cultural monuments of this town. There’s an olive tree that is more than 2000 years old and Skadar lake, with one of the biggest habitats of birds, as well as a large number of monasteries and churches for the visitors who enjoy this type of tourism. Numerous festivals and cultural events, such as: the International TV Festival, Meetings Under The Old Olive Tree, the Bar Chronicle.
This town is in the far south of the Montenegrin coast. With its natural charms, Ulcinj is perfect for tourism. The longest sandy beach on the Adriatic (the Big Beach is 13 km long) – Ada Bojana, the splendid river island with more magnificent sandy beaches, the unique cove Valdanos with numerous old olive trees in the background, the reconstructed old town within Ulcinj (rich in interesting restaurants, cafés, galleries and hotels) and many other interesting sites make Ulcinj a unique place, attractive for many tourists.