What to See in Tivat and Ulcinj (Montenegro)

By | July 14, 2022

Tivat (Montenegro)

Tivat is located on the coast of the Tivat Bay, which is part of the Bay of Kotor. The international airport is located 5 km from the city.

In the 3rd century BC, Illyrian pirates led by Queen Teuta lived in the territory of modern Tivat. Perhaps the name of the city is connected with the name of the queen. According to the archives of Kotor, the city’s name was first mentioned in the 14th century. In the Middle Ages, the fertile land in the vicinity of Tivat was mainly owned by aristocrats from Kotor. In 1889, the Naval Arsenal was built in these places, after which Tivat received city status. Several ancient churches have been preserved in the city: St. Vid, St. Luke, St. Gabriel, as well as medieval churches – St. Sergei, St. Anton and St. Peter. Near Tivat in the sea there is a small archipelago – the islands of Prevlaka, St. Mark and Otok. On the island of Prevlaka, its other name is the island of Flowers, there are the ruins of the monastery of St. Michael of the 9th century. On the island of Otok there is a monastery of the Jesuit order with the Church of the Virgin.

There are no natural beaches in the vicinity of Tivat, but concrete swimming platforms are made on the coast.

Ulcinj (Montenegro)

According to dictionaryforall, Ulcinj is the southernmost city on the coast of Montenegro, located close to the Albanian border. The coastline in the vicinity of Ulcinj becomes less indented than in the rest of Montenegro. From Bar to Ulcinj, rocky shores with small bays or inlets, often unsuitable for swimming, prevail, there are few beaches. The most famous here is Valdanos beach, covered with large pebbles. The water here is clear, and the place itself is convenient for fishing and diving.

Beyond Ulcinj, the area changes dramatically – the so-called Great Beach begins, which in our opinion is simply large, the length of which is about 13 km. The beach is covered with fine greyish-yellow sand, which is said to have healing properties. The great beach reaches the mouth of the Bojana River, which flows out of Lake Skadar. At the confluence, the sandy island of Ada Bojana was formed, the river here is divided into two branches. There is a nudist resort of the same name on the island, there are even hotels for nudists. In the city itself there is also a Small Beach, only 360 m long, also covered with fine fine sand.

Recently Great Beach loved by kite surfers. In the town of Copacobana, a kite station was opened where you can take a course and rent equipment. In summer, from May to September, thermal winds blow in this part of the coast: Bora (northeast) in the morning from the coast and Mistral (southwest) in the afternoon on the coast, at an angle. It is the Mistral that is suitable for skiing, kiters rate the wind as very even. In addition, there is a diving school in Ulcinj, whose specialists are engaged in training and organizing excursions to interesting places in the underwater world.

The history of Ulcinj goes back over 2000 years. The city arose around a fortress built on a rock jutting out into the sea. It was here that the writer Miguel Cervantes spent five years in prison, and a local girl from the old town inspired him to create the image of Dulcinea (from Ulcinj), the muse of the legendary Don Quixote. And in the tower of Balshicha, in the old city, in the middle of the 17th century, the famous Talmud reformer Sabetai Sevi lived, who converted to Islam under the name of Mahmud Efendi. The city often passed from one owner to another, and as a result, a peculiar mixture of eastern and western influences arose. In Ulcinj quite a lot of Albanians live, so the inscriptions in the city are duplicated in Albanian. One example of a mixture of cultures is a church converted into a mosque, which now houses the city museum. Not far from the Boyana River there is Lake Shasko, on the banks of which is the abandoned city of Svach. In the vicinity of the city there is another attraction – a real olive forest.

Ulcinj (Montenegro)