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    The tourist town of Kotor Bay in the northern part of Montenegro, which is definitely worth a visit - Herceg Novi, is located on a narrow strip of coast in the valley of the mountain Orjien. It is the administrative center of the homonymous municipality with a population of about 13,000 inhabitants.  History of the city. Archaeological finds indicate that the first Illyrian settlements on the site of the modern Herceg Novi appeared even in the times of Antiquity. The city itself was founded in 1382 by the Bosnian king Tvrtko I as a defensive structure, and was called Sveti Stefan, now this name bears another city in Montenegro. For medieval Bosnia, this fortress was of great strategic importance and was the most important outlet to the sea. After the death of the king, the power passed to Prince Sandal Hhranic from the Kosac dynasty. During his reign, the city experienced a strong economic recovery and functioned as a major center of salt trade. At the time of the reign of Stefan Vukcic, the city became known as Herceg Novi. In 1466, the Venetian Republic made an offer to the Duke of Vukcić to exchange Herceg Novi to the city of Risan on the island of Brač and the palace in Split, but the duke refused. The special position of Herceg Novi fueled interest in it both in the Republic of Venice and in the Ottoman Empire. In 1482 the Turks still managed to conquer the city, and it became the center of piracy and slave trade. The Ottoman period lasted just a bit more than 200 years. In 1687, after a 30-day siege, the Turks were forced to surrender the city to the Venetian Republic, and the city became part of the Venetian Republic as part of the province of Albania Veneta. Venetian domination continued until 1797, as in the entire Boka Bay of Kotor. Surprisingly, in 1806-1807 Herceg Novi was under Russian patronage. Until 1918, the government of the city passed from France to Austria. During the Napoleonic wars, the power of the city passed to the France, and then to the Austrians owned it until 1918, then the city became part of Yugoslavia until its disintegration.  Attractions of Herceg Novi. At the very entrance to the city in the park "Savinskaja dubrava" surrounded by oaks, cypresses, chestnuts and pines there is a monument of early Balkan Christianity - the Orthodox monastery Savina, one of the oldest in Montenegro. The monastery of Savina (Manastir Savina) is a male Orthodox monastery, which is located in the same area of Savino, directly adjacent to the Old City of Herceg Novi. The monastery was founded by monks who left Trebinje (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The monastery is a complex of buildings - the Great Assumption Church, the Church of St. Sava, the Small Assumption Church. In the Great Assumption Church there is an icon of the Mother of God of Savin. This church is also considered the best example of the architectural style of baroque on the whole Adriatic coast. Russian, Greek and Italian antique icons, censers, crosses, jewelry and letters are kept in the monastery. In the vestry there are unique relics: a 13th-century crystal cross of St. Sava, an icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of the 18th century. The shroud of 1642, the silver vessel for chrismation of 1648, and much more. The local library has more than 5000 books, of which about 50 are handwritten. Among the most valuable exhibits are the Gospel of 1375, the Octoechos (5 voices) of 1375 and the Savinsky tavern of the 16th century. It also contains the primer published in Russia in 1692, according to which the future poet and ruler of Montenegro, Petar II Petrovic Njegos, learned to read and write. In these places much is connected with the Russian empire. Nearby there is the Russian memorial cemetery, where Russian immigrants who came here after the October Revolution are buried. Acquaintance with the city itself begins with the bus station. First of all, the fortifications of the city deserve attention - because of the strategically important location at the entrance to Kotor Bay in the city there are defensive structures erected by all who owned it: Venetians, Turks, Austrians, Spaniards and Montenegrins. At fortifications located at various levels, picturesque views of the surroundings burst upon the eye. In the southern part of the city, near the coastline, there is the Citadel, built by the Venetians for protection from the sea, and then remade by the Turks and Austrians. In 1979, it was almost destroyed by an earthquake, and today you can only see the remains of the fallen walls in the sea. Not far from the Citadel, above the mountain, going along the sea, on the rock is the Sea Fortress (Forte Mare). Since its erection by the Bosnian King Tvrtko I in 1382 the construction of the city began. This fortress was then the main observation post. Being on a steep rock, it grows as if straight out of the water. This sea fort is now used for entertainment, here the cinema opens in summer, and sometimes this fortress functions like a night club. In the northern part of the Old Town there is another fortress - the Bloody Tower (Kanli Kula). In the XVI century it was built by the Turks at an altitude of 85 m above sea level, and originally it was part of a complex system of defensive structures. Then there was a prison here, and nowadays there are various theatrical performances here, including the festival of the same name theater Kanli Kula. It's hard to say how the visiting of this fortress will impress you, it is not very well preserved. But the fact that the view from here is beautiful cannot be doubted.Lifehack: visiting the fortress costs 1 euro. In non-season it is very often closed. To the north-west of the Blood Tower on the hill Bajer is situated the fortress Spanjola. It was erected in the XV-XVI centuries. At a height of 180 m above sea level to protect the upper city. The name of the fortress is associated with a brief Spanish period in the history of Herceg Novi. To get to the Old Town, you can walk along the pedestrian street of Njegoseva and go out to the western part of the city, where one of the ancient city symbols is located - the Clock Tower or the Sut-Kula. The main church of the proud is the Church of St. Archangel Michael - the Orthodox Church in Belavica Square, inside the Old Town. Despite the relatively late date of construction - 1911 - in the guise of this church intertwined Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic styles, which elevates it to the rank of the most striking monuments of Christian architecture on the coast of Montenegro. Outside the Old Town streets of Herceg Novi are smothered in greenery. The richest collection of vegetation is in the City Park. There are more than 100 species of subtropical and tropical plants, including relict ones, including palm trees, oleanders, eucalyptuses, magnolias, cacti, agaves, camellias and, of course, mimosa, a symbol of the city. Walking a little further along the sea, you will go to the Museum of Local Lore, which has been operating since 1953. The museum features ethnographic, historical and archaeological expositions, as well as a collection of icons. The best place to spend leisure is the embankment of Pet Danica. It stretches for 7 km along the whole city - from the village Meline to the neighboring town of Igalo. Igalo is a well-known medical and tourist center. The combination of mountain and sea air forms a unique local microclimate. These sites have long been known as medicinal properties of coastal sea mud. Here is the largest health tourism center in Montenegro.  Beaches in Herceg Novi and in the vicinity.  City sand and concrete beach Herceg Novi stretches along the embankment of Pet Danitsa. Its area is 3 km2. On a small pebble beach Savina, an area of which is 1000m2, there is a concrete platform. It belongs to the hotel Pearl and is located not far from the monastery of the same name and the park Savinskaja dubrava. In several villages located in the vicinity of the city, there are also small beaches. As a rule, they bear the name of the settlement in which they are located. These are Meline, Zelenika, Kumbor, Djenovici, Baosici, Bjela, Kamenari. They are small, with a total length of about 3 km with all the necessary infrastructure. They are located in small bays, surrounded by olive, orange and mandarin groves. The most popular beach of the Herceg-Novi Riviera is the white pebbled beach Zhanic - the holder of the Blue Flag. There is everything necessary for a good rest, as well as water walks to the Blue cave and the island of Mamula. Among the beaches awarded with the Blue Flag, Oblatno stands out, or rather its component part - Almara beach One of the best beaches of Montenegro, marked by the Blue Flag, is Plavi Horizonti, which is located on the peninsula Lustica. The length of this fine sandy beach is 300 m. It is located in a picturesque bay and is surrounded by olive groves. Due to the shallow sea is perfect for resting with children.How to get to the city?  To get to Herceg Novi is not difficult. Approximately 30 km from it there are two international airports - Tivat (Montenegro) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). With the cities of Montenegro, Herceg Novi is connected by the Adriatic highway (Jadranska magistrala) - a two-lane, of quite decent level, highway. In general, the quality of the roads of Montenegro, small distances between cities and a large number of rental offices encourage to travel around the country by car. Also the city has a bus service.Lifehack: not far from Herceg Novi there is the Kamenari-Lepetani ferry crossing across the Verige Strait, which allows you to avoid making a degour of Kotor Bay and save a lot of time on the road (in future the bridge is planned to be built at this place).  Restaurants and cafes in Herceg Novi The same can be said about restaurants and cafes. The cuisine here is mainly national and European. Keep in mind that portions in restaurants are usually enormous. That is why, it is strongly recommended to order one dish, they prepare them very quickly.Lifehack: lovers of seafood will appreciate the private farms for breeding mussels (školjke) in Herceg Novi. They cost only 2 euros per kilogram. The part of the city's infrastructure that is well-liked by lovers of night entertainment is well developed: bars, numerous shows, clubs. There is a promenade in Herceg Novi, from which it is best to admire the sea gaps and panoramas of the coast. In recent years, the Mimosa Festival has taken place in the city every winter. At this time everything around is permeated with its scent, and the blooming city is very beautiful.  Hotels in Herceg Novi The number and variety of hotels in Herceg Novi city fully meets all the requirements of the tourist flow. There are also classic hotels, hotels with standard rooms and a set of services, and apartments, and private multi-storey villas with a pool and a panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. In Herceg Novi about hundred different species of tropical and subtropical plants grow, which during the 6 centuries were brought by sailors from different countries of the world. The ancient architectural buildings in the Old Town of Herceg Novi keep a rich history, and a large number of cafes and restaurants of national and European cuisine along the embankment and on the streets of the city will satisfy any connoisseur of delicious food. And even the fans music and dance, will have an opportunity to engage themselves in local nightclubs and bars. In general, Herceg Novi is ideal for tourists who coming to rest, treat health and even have fun.  
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    City Herceg-Novi in Montenegro
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    Church of St. Jovan Vladimir
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    Church of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro
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    Not far away from Riblje Lake, near Novakovici village of Zabljak town-council, at the height of 1411 above the sea, there is real "Devil's Lake", that is translation for Vražje Lake. According to an old legend, once upon a time, there was a wicked red horse with wings. Red flame came out of his nostrils. By nights, it came out of the lake and made love with mares. To prevent colts with wings being born, he kicked mares in their bellies. Still one horse gave birth to a kind colt Yabuchila. Later a commander Momchilo had been flying with Yabuchila.    Fisher men like visiting this lake, because it is quite rich with fish, especially trout. Tourists also come here and swim in the lake. Its maximum depth is 11m. If you plan long stay, take care about sun protection. There is no tress or any other shelter. 
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    Vrazhje Lake
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    All governors - rulers of the town, appointed by the Venetian Republic, have been living in the Palace for some centuries. Today Palata Venezia и Dvori Balsica hotels are situated there, so any tourist can easily live in the former viceroy residence. The Palace is located in Ulcinj, in the territory of Old Town, its lower part.
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    Venetian Palace in Ulcinj
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    The church is the main shrine of Kotor. The church was designed by architect Chorillom Ivekovic. The construction began in 1902 and ended in 1909. Style, in which it is made - the pseudo-Byzantine with one nave and two towers on the main facade. The church of St. Nicholas is famous by its numerous icons.
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    Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
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    Ultsinckaya salt-works is located in the farthest southern part of Montenegro and covers approximately 14.5 km2 of saline pool. Ulcinj is the sunniest city of the former Yugoslavia. There are 2567 hours of sunlight in the year in Ulcinj. Thus, Ulcinj is an ideal place for salt-works, taking into consideration, that for salt production must be good evaporation of sea water. There is an ideal habitat for birds from all over the Adriatic Sea, the Balkans and the Mediterranean in the city. It is recorded 241 bird species in Ulcinj, it is 50% of the total number of bird species recorded in Europe. 15 species of birds use the pools for nesting, wintering or resting during spring or autumn migration, which is higher than 1% of the total number of birds on planete. On the surface of 15 km2 live - 3% of pelicans Pelecanus crispus, 3% tailed Godwit Limosa limosaili and 3% of red-snipe Tringa erythropus. On salt-works make nests 55 species of birds. Almost half of the total number of breeding pairs of aquatic birds make their nests in the salt-works. 70 species, recorded in this area, are of special interest for the protection of EC. Flocks of herons also inhabit the salt-works, but their number is decreasing faster than other groups of birds, primarily because of the uncertainty of the environment. On the return from Africa, tens of thousands of swallows use salt-works as a place of rest. It happens that the Hirundo and Delichon swallow fly on the whole territory. Travnik, Saxicola rubetra, yellow wagtail, motacila flava, Spotted Flycatcher fly in flocks of up to 10,000 birds per day! On the salt-works in the spring will be more than 40,000 birds per day. By the fall most of the birds migrate to the South, and birds from Siberia and Northern Europe arrive for the winter, spending the winter in the warm Mediterranean conditions, with occasional rain, small frost from the surrounding mountains and the gale-force wind.  
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    Ultsinskaya salt-works in Montenegro
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    Bedem Fortress is located in the western part of modern Niksic on the site of the old town of Upper Onogosht. The first mention of the fortress Bedem was recorded in 1518. The fortress was built by the Turks in XVIII century after the conquest of the Slavic Onogosht. The upper town was surrounded by walls, where the Ottoman administration was, while the lower part of the settlement, inhabited by artisans, was outside the fortification and had their own defense system. Fortification was divided into western and eastern parts, besides the outer castle walls, it also had six towers located at the corners of the fortress. There is an oldest part of the fort in the middle of it - Castel, which was built in the VI century in the Roman period. The central building of the bastion includes a room for the guard and a deep basement, used for the storage of ammunition. High area on the height of the fort were artillery platforms before, each of which housed 6-8 guns. The fortress was always a place of battles for the town during the many wars, the last battle at the walls of the bastion took place in 1878, when Niksic was set free by Montenegrin Prince Nikola I. Then Niksic gradually started to become urban settlement, and the need of fortifications was not required any more. The town start living a new life, attracting new settlers. Ruins of Bedem Fortress today are protected by the state as a national historical monument. Relatively recently, the citadel complex has been undergone the restoration, after which its area has reached several hectares. The fortress is located on a hill, with views of the valley of Niksic and cliffs. Currently the ruins of Niksic fortress Bedem is a traditional place for various cultural events.
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    Fortress Bedem
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    In Boka-Kotor bay, near a cultural sightseeing Perast town, there is the only of its kind of the Eastern Adriatica artificial island Gospa od Škrpjela with the Church of XVIII century erected on a small reef. The name of the island translated from Serbian as "Our Lady of the Rocks" and reflects its history. In 1452 two brothers, who were local seamen from Perast found an icon of the Holy Mother on the reef. Presumably the icon appeared there after shipwreck, but after the icon created a miracle it became insignificant. After the icon was found, one of the brothers recovered from illness he had been suffering for a long time. Since local people have known about miracle healing, they started respect and worship the icon. Plateau with area 3030 m2 and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks 11m high had been constructed for more than 200 years. It started with sinking old and seized ships, then pirate ones. Than the law was taken, according to which every ship passing by should drop a stone to the bottom. Since then annual festival is held, during which all men should reach the island on brightly decorated boats and deliver stones there. This festival is called "Fašinada" and it has practical, rather than entertainment, purpose. It is held to avoid the damage of the island. Any volunteer can participate. By the way, the closing part of the fest is sailing regatta. The Church was finally built in 1630. It is considered the Church helps the sailors during dangerous voyages. Unfortunately, after a strong earthquake happend in 1667, the Church was reconstructed and in 1722 it was finally completed in Byzantine style. Tripo Kokolja took part in the interior design. The most famous his work is 10 meters fresco "Mary’s Death". There are many works of art brought by sailors. Besides a famous icon of Our Lady, there are more than 2500 thousand of plates made of gold and silver. They contain dates of sailors' departure and arrival. Some plates contain just one date, it means that some sailors never came back. So a woman has been waiting for his husband-sailor the whole life. At the same time she was embroidering an icon out of her hair, so even grey hair was visible there. Her husband has never returned. Now the icon is kept in the Church on the island. It considered that the icon brings luck to the married couples, therefore wedding ceremonies are held in this church. Also many tourists and pilgrims all over the world come to the church.Lifehack: There is a sea taxi to Gospa od Škrpjela island. You can ask the schedule on the pier of your town.  
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    Island Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks)
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    St. George Island is located in the municipality of Kotor, near the town of Perast in Boka Bay. The island has a natural origin. In historical documents Abbey on the island was first mentioned in 1166, when it went into the possession of the ancient Kotor and used for control of the city of Perast. However, the architecture of the temple buildings, where the ancient fragments are preserved shows that the abbey was built much earlier in the IX century. There is almost nothing left from the old church of St. George - the island was constantly bombed by invaders, as well as the earthquake in 1667 destroyed the ceiling and the apse. The island is a burial place of famous captains of Perast, so the tombstones of churchyard contains unique heraldic emblems. Today, the picturesque island of St. George is a landmark of Kotor bay, tourists often travel there by boat, many boats make a stop near the island.  
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    Saint George island in Montenegro
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    The Island of St. Marco had a name of St. Gabriel and there was a church with the same name there since the very old times. According to the legend, since the early times this island was known by its charming nature and fragrant pine trees growing on the coast of the Adriatic. Due to the belief, the Greek gods sent there their best soldiers to recover after fights, cured their wounds and recovered emotionally. Greek soldiers rested on the island, enjoyed long walks, shared with each other their military exploits and heroism and glory...When there were not so many wars, the soldiers enjoyed staying in the island and decided to stay to live there. They felt blame for the all bad that they had done in wars, they prayed the Goods to save the peace, and by the way they wanted the island where they lived to be always the same. In return they promised not to start wars, but only to protect from the enemy if they would be attacked and as the sign of their will they planted olive tree, from which later the whole olive grove grew. But a spirit of war has awoken in the hearts of the soldiers again after some time, and they forgot their promise and again set for the wars. It made gods furious and they sent an awful storm to the island and sunk all the ships and killed all the soldiers. The island became empty, only olive trees indicate those times and that terrible event. In honor of the dead Greek veterans, residents of Tivat decided to give the island the name Stradioti that means «warriors» in Greek. Up to these days, people sometimes use this name for the island of St. Mark's Square.
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    Island Old Ulcinj is located in the northwest part of Ulcinj Riviera near small town Vidikovac. The area of this small island is only 1.7 hectares. Being sited 150 meters from the shore, it is not habitable, has a rocky origin. However, it is fairly well known among tourists, because for a long time it was thought that island was nothing more than remnants of ancient Ulcinj - Venice town Dulсigno sunk after an earthquake. Modern archaeological studies allow us to say that it was a Venetian tower-guard outpost. Specially built on the outskirts of Ulcinj to warn people of impending danger in advance. This explains the similarity of architectural techniques with Venetian buildings of Dulcigno era. To get to the island one can only by boat.
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    20 wonders of Montenegro
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    There are more than 14 offshore islands in Montenegro, and, in addition, small islands on Skadar Lake and in the Bay of Kotor. Each of these islands is beautiful and does not look like the others - and here are rocky islands and the islands with golden beaches, the island with dense vegetation and ancient fortresses.Katic and Holy Sunday Islands (Montenegrin - Svete Nedelje) are amazing, compact and rocky islands in the bay of Petrovac, which are located very close to each other. They are located near the tourist town of Petrovac, opposite the city beach - distance from the coastline is only one kilometer. Every tourist, visiting the town of Petrovac, has a great opportunity to enjoy the picturesque landscape, boundless expanse of the Adriatic Sea and given islands.Katic and Holy Sunday Islands in Petrovac are almost perpendicular to the coastline, and if you look at them from the city beach, then one island covers another one. But if you go to the edge of the town of Petrovac, to one of the distant beaches, the islands of Holy Sunday and Katic will appear before you in all their glory.How to get to the island? To reach the islands one can only by water. At the city beach, or on the pier you can rent a boat, a cutter, a kayak or catamaran and reach the islands on your own or with the help of a guide. But some experienced swimmers and daredevils get to the island by swimming (remember that there is 1 km from the coast to the islands).  During the trip, you can forget about the everyday hustle and leisure, enjoy the tranquility, great views of beautiful nature, clean air and wonderful atmosphere.Why are the islands so attractive? Without a doubt, Petrovac and its surrounding islands of Katic and Holy Sunday are one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro. But not only because of this fact, the islands could become a well-known even outside Montenegro.Holy Sunday Island is one of the most interesting islands in the world, which is certainly remembered by everyone who ever saw him alive. Residents of the town of Petrovac tell an interesting legend about the island of Holy Sunday and the church of the same name on it.Long ago, there was a strong storm in the that destroyed a ship and crew. Only a few sailors miraculously survived and were able to find refuge on the small stone island. As a sign of gratitude to the Lord for their salvation in the storm, they built a small church (chapel) on this place. Shipwreck happened on Sunday (in Montenegrin word sounds like "nedelja"), respectively, and the church was called Svete Nedelje (Holy Sunday). At present, the locals believe that the church and the island of Holy Week protect each sailor in these places.  An earthquake in the second half of the XX century, destroyed many architectural sights not only in Petrovac, but around the whole Montenegro, and it didn’t spare the little church either, and now it is dilapidated. But despite this, in chapel the bells still can be rung, and the church is illuminated at night and looks simply amazing.Katic Island is a small, rocky and uninhabited areas of land. Despite this, a few pines still managed to adapt to the difficult conditions of existence on Katic. There is also a beacon pointing the way to mariners. Take a chance to walk on the islands of Katic and Holy Sunday, enjoying beautiful scenery, tranquility and time to spend alone with the closest people, because such a possibility happens quite rarely nowadays. Get convinced, that all this splendor and diversity will charge you only with positive emotions and give a true delight and admiration of what you see.  
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    Katic and Holy Sunday Islands in Petrovac, Montenegro
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    One of the historical monuments of Montenegro is the fortress Španjola, which is located on one of the highest hills of Herceg Novi, at an altitude of about 170 meters above sea level. The hill, at the top of which the fortress was built, is called Bajer. The fortress is located to the northeast of the old town of Herceg Novi, not far from the main Jadranski put (the Adriatic highway), which runs along the coast and connects numerous settlements in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia.  Lifehack: people call the fortress "Spanjola", which literally means "Spanish fortress", but in official documents it is referred to as Gornji grad. Outside the bastion of Spanjola looks very impressive and although almost nothing is intact inside it, it is worth a visit... In addition to the already mentioned elegant view of the surroundings, the fortress can offer a unique and amazing excursion to the past. Here you can still see the ancient barracks, loopholes and various farm buildings, touch the mighty walls and military structures that came into the power of nature (ivy, grass and trees) and disappear upon our eyes, but despite this, they retained the rebellious spirit of the past. History of the fortress of Spanjola. Despite the name of the fortress Španjola, which, as already mentioned, is word for saying "Spanish fortress", this defensive fortification refers more to the Turkish military-historical heritage. The thing is that the owners of the city for only one year (1538-1539), the Spaniards managed only to lay this fortress (in 1538) and begin to build it, and only the Ottoman Empire, ruling those days in the Balkans, led it to the final and impregnable form. Interesting facts: Admiral of Spanish fleet Andrea Dori unexpectedly appeared in the harbor of Herceg Novi in June 1538, and next day the Turks surrendered the city. The Spaniards left a garrison of 6,000 men here, and understanding the importance of the defensive fortress, they immediately began building and repairing the walls of defensive fortifications. But only in 9 months, in 1539, Ottoman Admiral Hajrudin Babarosa with the huge Turkish fleet regained power over the city of Herceg Novi after a long and difficult siege. Initially, the architecture of the fortress Spanjola was more like a church and bore the name "Fortress of Charles V". After the conquest of the city in 1539, the Turkish sultan Suleiman decided to change its appearance radically, further strengthening and making it even more impregnable. For this he surrounded the fortress with high walls with four round bastions protruding at the corners. This construction lasted from 1539 to 1548 and the fortress received a new name-the Upper Town (Gornji grad). This event is still described on the plaque over the entrance in the Arabic language. However, despite all this, the popular rumor, for some reason, fixed the name Spanjola behind the fortress. Interesting facts: It is known that the Turks were very proud of the fortress built by them. In 1548, when all the work was completed, they hung a sign over the entrance with an inscription in Arabic, in which it was said that this building appeared thanks to Suleiman, the son of the great emir Seliman Khan, who erected it according to the decree of the Sultan. At the end there was a phrase that could be translated like this: "And the poets, whom the path will bring here, look at me, and exclaim enthusiastically: "And great it is a beautiful building!". During the history of its existence, the bastion in Herceg Novi survived and changed many owners. Since 1687, the Spanjola fortress, together with half of the Boka-Kotor Bay, fell under the authority of the Venetian Republic and was part of its fortifications until 1797. On various maps and engravings of that time the fortress was designated as "Fortezza superiore", "F. di Gornigrad u Koronelija" and "Castello u Mortiera". In 1806, the defense in the fortress was held jointly by Russian-Montenegrin troops fighting against the army of Napoleon. Interesting facts: At that time, four thousand Russian soldiers, led by Dmitry Sinyavin, helped the Bokelians and Montenegrins to set free the bay from the invaders. From the fortress Spanjola troops placed fire on the French, who reached Gornji grad only in two days, but could not win. In July 1807, according to the Treaties of Tilsit, the Russians still leave the fort and the Bay of Kotor to the French. Since 1814 onwards almost the entire 19th century, the fortress of Spanjola with the whole bay was in the hands of Austria-Hungary. In the second half of the 19th century, after the construction of such forts as Mamula, Arza, Prevlaka, and fortifications on Lustica, the Spanish fortress lost its exceptional strategic importance, which consisted not only of its high location - 170 meters above sea level, but also in strong and unapproachable walls along the entire perimeter. However, the fort continued to play a rather important role in the defense of the bay and the city of Herceg Novi due to its favorable location. In the XX century, the fortress was part of the Kingdom of Slovenes, Serbs and Croats created after the end of the First World War, until it finally became the property of an independent Montenegrin state. During the Second World War, the fortress was decided to use not as a military position, but as a prison. Nowadays, Spanjola is almost completely abandoned and given to the power of nature - now its walls and buildings are heavily overgrown with grass and ivy, bushes and trees, forming impassable thickets in some places and buildings. Architecture of the fortress Spanjola. The fortress Spanjola is built in the form of a regular geometric shape: in terms of it it is a square with four round bastions at the corners. The walls of the fortress have a slight slope away to the sea, and the main entrance to the fortress was located on the eastern side. Inside the fort there were various structures - arsenal, barracks, mosque (during the Turkish rule), some of which remained to this day. Interesting facts: such a plan of the fort - a square with four wide towers in the corners, is also in the drawings of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. In their day, every ruler, having seized this part of the land, built or changed something in the fortress... Venetians, for example, built a high semicircular wall between two bastions facing the sea, thus forming a patio. They also laid down the second staircase to the fortress walls, moved the entrance and remade the Turkish mosque to the officer barracks. The Austrians also contributed to the strengthening of some changes, based on the requirements of the times and their needs, but mostly they were annexes next to the fortress. If you look at the fortress from the side of the mountains, then on the left a long wall is attached, connected with the uneven terrain and thus enclosing another large courtyard. Judging by the masonry, this wall is of later time, obviously, it was built by the Austrians. On the outside, to the right of the gate, a commemorative plaques hang on the wall, which appeared in Yugoslavian time. One of them reminds that on this place on 4.09.1914 the Austrians shot two fighters for the freedom of the people - sea captains Philip Hadjiyu and Milan Srzentich. The second one says that on the night of 13-14 February, 1942, the three partisans of the Orion battalion destroyed the spotlight of the Italian invaders in the fortress. Near the entrance to the artillery battery is a small structure under the armored dome, intended for the gunner-spotter. Also on the territory of the fortress there is a mobile communications tower, which local residents have been trying to remove for several years now. So far, unsuccessfully. In those days the fortress was completely autonomous - there was also a source of water, a bakery, and other necessary life support systems. She was almost a small town. Interesting facts: Between all three fortresses of Herceg Novi: Spagnola, Kanli-Kula and Forte Mare, there are underground passages. Currently, the tunnels have partially collapsed, but in the 70s of the last century, according to stories of local elderly residents, many of them got into them during childhood. The construction of the underground passage is, perhaps, a very reasonable and strategically important decision for the defense of the city. In the old days, the threat to the town of Herceg-Novi might proceed only from the sea side and in case of loss of the lower fortress, the defenders could freely and without risking go to the fortress above and from there continue the defense of the city. View from the fortress Spanjola to the Old Town of Herceg Novi. View ofKanli Kula; to the right near the water there isForte Mare fortress. View from the bastion of Spanjola on the Bay of Kotor, the bottleneck is the Strait of Cumbor. How to get to the fortress Spanjola? In Montenegro, to get to the town of Herceg Novi, specifically the fortress Spanjola is possible in several ways. It should be noted immediately that without a reliable guide (a person or an electronic assistant), it will be a little difficult to find a way to the fort, as only narrow streets and a staircase of 1000 steps lead to the fortress. But, having climbed them, a magnificent panoramic view of Herceg Novi, Igalo and the Bay of Kotor will burst upon your eye. First, you can get there by bus or shuttle bus from almost any city in Montenegro, both from the coast (Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Bar) and from the central part (Podgorica, Niksic, Cetinje). It is worth saying that this is the most budgetary way of traveling around Montenegro, not counting of course hitchhiking. See the schedule of buses in Montenegro for every dayhere. Secondly, you can get to the fort on your own or rented car. A rental company will be able to deliver your rented car immediately to the airport (Tivat or Podgorica) on your arrival or to your place of residence in Montenegro. The advantages of this method are obvious - you choose the route, the departure time, the cities to visit and the time of sightseeing and historical places during the trip. When you drive along the Adriatic highway to Herceg Novi from Tivat, then after a steep climb, before reaching the bus station, there will be a right turn to the mountain (opposite Kanli Kula). There you will see the brown tourist sign Spanjola. Climb up the narrow road, winding between the houses before turning left, next to which will be a large ad board. Turn there, and in 200 m of steep ascent you’ll see the fortress. There you can park the car, and then go on foot to the fortress itself. Lifehack: Always remember about the Kamenari-Lepetani ferry in Montenegro, which is an alternative and short road to Herceg Novi from other cities. Its price is about 5 euros per car, but the path takes much less time (the difference is about 1 hour). Thirdly, you can take a taxi to the fortress. The only thing that can scare off is the price for the transfer. Before you order a taxi, see the approximate price of the trip or a fixed transfer price (depending on the city of departure) on our website page or in our free app "Way to Montenegro" on the Google Play. The fortress Spanjola nowadays. Few tourists are aware of Spanjola fortress in Herceg Novi nowadays, since it is located far from the city center, in the mountains. There are no excursion groups, and not every tourist can find it independently. But this shouldn’t be an obstacle for tourists, since from this historical monument an amazing and stunning view of the entire city and the Boka Bay burst upon the eye, and the whole architecture of the fortress gives an opportunity to enjoy exciting walks and allows you to plunge into the wonderful world of the Middle Ages.
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    Fortress Spanjola or Spanish fortress in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro.
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    Skadar Lake or Shkodra lake (Skadarko jezero) is one of the national parks and the main sightseeing of Montenegro. It is the largest lake at Balkan Peninsula, divided between two countries Montenegro and Albania. It impresses with its size and beauty. The biggest part of the lake belongs to Montenegro, which consists 2/3 of the lake Skadar. Lake was declared a national park in 1983. Most authors agree that the Skadar Lake basin is of tectonic origin which had been formed due to the complex folding and faulting. According to different sources, the period of lake formation dated from the creation and till 65 million years ago. Previously, lake was a bay of the Adriatic sea and now it is divided by alluvial neck. Alimentation of lake is realized at the expanse of 6 rivers, the biggest among them are Morača and Crnojevića. It falls into Bojana river near the city of Shkodër in northern Albania. On an average, the total area of lake is 475 km2, in case of drought season it decreases 390 km2 and increases 523 km2 in winter season.Certainly, it is not the biggest lake in Europe, but it is included to 15 biggest European lakes, taking the 13th position. Sailing over the lake, one can see white water lily blossom in huge flush, nuphar lutea and colonies of water chestnut or ling (sometimes it is slipped during the excursion and you can try it). Lifehack: If you want to catch maximum quantity of white water lily, visit lake from the end of May till the mid of July. The scene you witness will definitely impress you. It is abundant in fresh-water fish, among them are carp, eel, trout and others. You can try these same tree species of fish at any restaurant near the shore of Skadar lake. Also Skadar lake becomes habitat for birds in winter season, for example for gannets. In summer you can see egret, duck, seagull and black ibis. There are about 220 bird species in total inhabiting this lake. Skadar Lake also hides numerous acting monasteries and churches distributed by the islands. Among them are Vranjina, Starčeva, Beška, Moračnik. How to get? If you plan your trip by car, the best option is to reach the village Virpazar. If you organize your personal excursion, this place has the cheapest boat rent. Also there are comfortable fish restaurants. Lifahack:  It is not necessary to buy an excursion to experience all sorts of emotions from visiting the National park Skadar Lake. You can get to the lake by public transport, by taxi or a car and rent a private boat. You will be shown special places and quiet corners of the lake. Just local fishermen know every corner of this huge lake.  
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    Becici beach is one of the most beautiful and longest beaches of the southern Adriatic. It starts from the Cape of Zavala and spreads over the Rafailovici Beach. It is a sandy beach with pebbles. Tourists can enjoy multiple sea recreations. For one who likes leisure activities, there are WaveRunner, Towable Water Tube, Banana water ride, boat, children's playground, attractions, many restaurants and cafes. There is a promenade at the Pine shadows along the beach. One can shelter there from a noonday heat. The beach is equipped by the sun loungers, umbrellas and sports-grounds. There are changing rooms, showers and WC. Sea rescue service is on duty. Parking place is near the beach. 
    Becici beach in Budva, Montenegro
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    Plavi Horizonti Beach is located in Przhno valley of Lustica peninsular. It takes 15 minutes to get there from Tivat and Kotor. The length of the beach is 350 meters. The beach is surrounded by olive and pine forests, which brings a unique charm and a picturesque view. The beach is totally covered by fine sand, the water entry is very flat, ideal for children and adults. Thanks to the shallow water, the sea is perfectly heated and usually it is 2-3 degrees above the rest sea shore. There are no cities and villages around the bay. The beach is equipped by the sun loungers, umbrellas and sports-grounds. There are changing rooms, showers and WC. Sea rescue service is on duty. Parking place is near the beach. For one who likes leisure activities, there are volley-ball, basket-ball and tennis courts. One can go boating, go water skiing, wave runner and fishing.
    Beach Plavi horizonti, Radovici, Lustica
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    Any time when someone asks about the best Montenegrin beach, we pump air into our lungs and start beating the drum for couple of days. Really, there are many beaches and all of them are different. Gravel and sand, stone and concrete, under the rocks in forests, in cities and islands, wild and equipped - which one is interesting for you?Of course, most of the tourists prefer city beaches within walking distance from hotels and apartments. During summer season there isn't enough room to swing a cat.But, agree, it is difficult to relax, when your neighbor's leg is in front of your face. Or you cannot hear the bubble of the sea because of voices hum. That is why one should get in more private and interesting places sometimes. Let's tell about the most amazing wild beaches.Mamula beach is hidden on a small islet of the same name, at the entrance to the most beautiful Boko-Kotor bay into the open Adriatic sea. You will have a good view, which makes your heart soar, honest. You can get there just by yacht, cutter or boat sailing from big beaches Zanjic or Mirista - it is not the most convenient way, but it is worth.Gravel-rocky shore is washed by blue water. It is so transparent, that amazed eyes of fish hidden on a good depth can be seen. Besides, the sea is very deep inhere and is very good for divers. Once you get to the beach, combine the useful with the pleasant and have a walk around the island.Magnifical Austrian fortress Mamula of 19 century has been preserved here. It was a defensive fort. It is said that a ghostly echo of weapon salvo can be heard here. In fact this place has a very interesting history and its special secrets, which haunt minds of mysticism lovers. In 2014 Serbian horror film had come out with the same name "Mamula". However, there is a unique park, where subtropical and tropical flora of all sorts ramps, including exotic species of mimosa.  
    Mamula beach in Montenegro
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     Oblatnо Beach is located on Lustica peninsular and it won the Blue flag in 2014. The beach is small, the length is 100 meters and it belongs to Almara Beach Club hotel. This is a comfortable club beach. The part of the beach is a private territory, which is decorated with glamour and stylish design. There is an Italian restaurant, cocktail-bar and luxurious sun loungers with baldachins. The beach is loved by young people. In summer modern DJs play here and make the best parties. Gravel covers the beach and there is all necessary for the rest: sun loungers, umbrellas, sea rescue service and changing rooms. One can get to the beach only by car.
    Oblatno beach, Lustica
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    Perazica Do beach (Perazica Do plaža) is a gravel-sandy beach. There is parking. Pedestrian underpass goes to Petrovac town.
    Beach Perazića do
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    Petrovac Beach is located in a picturesque bay surrounded by the rocks, olive groves and pine forests between the cities Bar and Budva. The main beach (the length is 800 meters) is covered by red tiny gravel. There is a small port and fortress Castello.  The second beach is Lučice (the length is 200 meters), it is located in 500 meters from the main beach. There is a wide choice of different sea attractions. Katic and Sveta Nedelja islands are located some way from the sea shore and there is a place for diving. The beaches take the whole sea shore of the city and stretch along the city walking district. There are many restaurants, cafes and souvenirs shops close to the beach.  
    Petrovac beach
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    Beach Galia is a part of camping "Crvena Glavica", near the resort of St. Stefan.Galiya to the beach can be reached by car. The beach is well maintained and fully equipped beach furniture. Many believe that this beach Galia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Budva. The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas, cafes, changing rooms, showers, toilets, rescue service, Parking.  
    Beach Galija in Montenegro
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    Jaz Beach is the one of the most popular beaches in Montenegro. Madonna and RollingStones gathered concerts here. There are tourists all over the globe. The most popular tourist guide LonelyPlanet put Jaz top 10 Europe beaches after last year visit SeaDance2015.Jaz is located 3 km from Budva. One can get to the beach by a car or by bus. Near the beach, there is a spacious free parking. There are special places for a picnic and camping and free access to the beach. To rent a set of sun loungers and an umbrella costs approximately 3-7 Euros per day.The length of the beach is 2,5 km. It is surrounded by hills from all the sides and consists of two beaches, one is gravel (300 meters) and the second is sand (500 meters). The gravel beach has rocky bottom, which comes to a sandy one.Pay attention that the rest of the territory is for the nudists. 
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Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, canoes, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro for walks, outdoor activities or fishing in the Adriatic sea or on Skadar lake.

Montenegro is a small country on the Balkan Peninsula, which is washed by the Adriatic Sea. The Montenegrin coast is divided into two parts: Bay of Kotor, where the Tivat, Kotor and Herceg-Nova Riviera are located and the open Adriatic Sea with the Budva, Bar and Ulcinj Rivieras. Unlike the neighboring countries of the Balkan region, Montenegro has a relatively small coastline - about 300 kilometers. Nevertheless, today, renting yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters and other types of water transport in Montenegro is one of the most popular services among tourists from all over the world.

Rest in Montenegro is unlikely to be complete if you do not find the time and will not go out even once to the open sea on a yacht or boat. None of the types of outdoor activities are able to give such stunning emotions as a boat trip / yacht / catamaran / motor boat / and other sailing in open water. Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s, etc. Is a pleasure that sometimes costs more than many other entertainments, but emotions also cause this kind of rest too special and memorable for many years ...

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The service of renting yachts, motor boats, boats and other sea vessels in Montenegro allows local residents and guests not only to enjoy the delights of luxurious leisure, but also to see all the beauty of Montenegrin coast alive, see picturesque islands, unusual places, unique sights, hidden grottoes and caves and much more from the Adriatic Sea...

Rent a yacht in Montenegro - is a great opportunity to celebrate any holiday, go for a ride with family or friends and admire the sights, and also arrange an unforgettable photo session against the background of the coast or the boundless Adriatic Sea. Here are just some of the places you should definitely visit when renting a yacht, motor boat or boat in Montenegro: Old Budva and St. Nicholas Island; St. Stefan's Island; the summer palace of the royal family in Milocer; Bay of Kotor, along the banks of which are the cities of Tivat, Herceg Novi, Kotor and Perast with its famous islands; The old town of Kotor, surrounded by a high stone fortress wall; the island-fortress of Mamula; the island of Katic and the Holy Resurrection near Petrovac; Zabljak Crnojevic on the Skadar Lake, etc.

Even if you are not interested in landscapes and stunning views of nature, you can simply ride on the desired water transport along the Adriatic Sea, Bay of Kotor or Skadar Lake and enjoy the carelessness of the sea and a pleasant rest alone with nature. It is impossible to compare with anything, even with a trip on a respectable or most powerful car on highways. Do not believe me? Then just check it out!

Rent of yachts, motor boats and boats in Montenegro is a service that today gains great popularity both with locals and tourists! That's why we collect only the best options for sea vessels for you and only from trusted management companies and owners of yachts, boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro.
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