The name of the village resort of Sutomore is lacking romantic refinement; it’s just “land” and “sea”. But how great a land and sea they are! The sea holds the cleanest waters of the Adriatic Sea, and attractions for divers and water sports fans. The land is 2.5 kilometers of wide sandy beaches plus secluded bays, quiet lagoons, and cobbled streets of the medieval town. Curious tourists may visit the two altars housed in the Church of St. Petka (Thecla), see the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery on the Ratac peninsular, and gawk at the Turkish Fortress of Naj-Nehaj.
Sveti Nikola Island
Sveti Nikola Island is Montenegro’s own Hawaiian Island in the Adriatic Sea; it is located just in one kilometer from Budva. There are neither volcanoes, nor black sand here, so why call it a Hawaiian Island? Well, the name really only gained popularity because of a creative restaurant, but there is something connecting these two distant places, and that’s a collection of splendid beaches. Every 20-30 minutes motorboats from Budva piers take tourists to this paradise corner of serenity and quiet, while yachtsmen can use the local marina or anchor by wild, deserted bays.
Sveti Marko Island
The Island of St. Mark is where you go to beat the rush. This, the most beautiful island of the Boka Kotorska Bay, will soon be home to a fashionable resort causing prices to skyrocket. But until then, while the Island of St. Mark is open to all who wish to visit, you can fully enjoy gleaming and wild nature filled with olive groves, straight cypresses, and fragrant flowers in the quiet and solitude.
Mamula is a little isle six kilometers from the city of Herceg Novi. It’s interesting because of the fort built here in 1853. Together with fortifications on Prevlaka peninsular and Luštica peninsular, Mamula Island defended and secured Herceg Novi. During World War II Mamula turned into a prison island. Today yachts and tourist ferries moor by its shores every day with numerous people wishing to see the fortifications, rocky shores, and quaint beach.
The Blue Cave (Plava Spilja)
Welcome to mystical Plava Špilja. The Blue Cave, or Plava Špilja in Montenegrin, is located on Luštica peninsular, reachable only from the side of the sea. The name of the cave speaks for itself-- the seawater and refracted sunlight bathe the whole interior in glimmering light and dark blues. The cave area is approximately 300 sq. m, and the entrance is fairly big for boats and motor boats – up to 4 meters high and 15 meters wide. When going to Plava Špilja, try to steer clear of cruise ships nearby that may be following the same route with you, otherwise you’ll have to enjoy the cave sights with a crowd. Such magic is best experienced in small groups.
Families usually select the town of Petrovac for vacation with children. There are two well-equipped little-pebble beaches here, the air is clean, filled with olive trees and pine aromas, and certainly the infrastructure is good. But we’ll emphasize two other reasons to stay in Petrovac. One reason is the small islets of Sveta Nedjelja (Holy Week) and Katic, with a miniature church with a bell-tower on one of them. According to a local belief, should you make a wish here and strike the bell, it is sure to come true. The second reason is the night club in the Castello Fortress, where the dancing hall occupies the entire ground floor.
The Valdanos Bay and beach are an unusual, and in their own way charming stop when you travel over the Montenegrin coast. This area has become a natural preserve since 1968 thanks to the olive grove. Most trees here are older than 300 years and some of them are older than 800 years. They flank the bay on all sides filling the air with an incomparable aroma. The Valdanos Bay is protected by high mountains, making local waters quiet and attractive for yachtsmen and divers. The latter will especially like diving to the ruins of ancient settlements. Enjoy!
Located in the mouth of the Bojana (or Buna) River, Ada Bojana, a village on the island of the same name, is one of the most important resorts in Montenegro. The swimming season here is longer than average – lasting from the end of April till the beginning of November—all thanks to the gently sloping entrance to the sea. Another notable attribute of sweet little Ada Bojana: it’s one of the best-known nudist centers in Europe. Bask in the iridescent sparkle of coral sands and tiny shells. Some of the locals have positioned their homes not on the riverbanks, but directly over the water! You can appreciate the efficiency displayed here as the Montenegrins fish without leaving their homes.
There are various resorts on the Montenegrin coast, from fashionable hotels to quiet fishermen’s villages. Many travelers seek that quietness, far from bustling cities, and they find it in places like Bigovo – a modest, down-to-earth village, fairly unremarkable from the architectural and historical standpoint. Such resorts have their advantages: one can socialize with local residents here, try authentic cuisine and seafood at affordable prices, experience genuine culture, and enjoy the serene sea.