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If you want to explore the South of Montenegro and its coast, you should be prepared for a lot of surprises and differences, from the landscape and beaches, culture and historical heritage up to the traditional living and cuisine. This tour is an ideal offer for guests staying in the central part of the Montenegrin coast and the Bay of Kotor as very touristy and very popular places like Budva or Kotor, but the undiscovered part of the southern Montenegrin coast is a pure delicacy for researchers and travel enthusiasts.
With a spectacular sandy grand beach of 14 km long the guests will see the largest olive grove in Montenegro under the name Valdanos, as well as the cities of Bar and Ulcinj. The itinerary of the tour is easy going and that makes it so popular among guests.
Morning in the sunny Bar, early afternoon in Ulcinj, and sunset on the Grand Beach make that you will spend another unforgettable day in Montenegro.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: Port of Bar, The Old Town of Bar, Old Town of Ulcinj, Old Olive Tree, Valdanos, and Grand Beach in Ulcinj
Duration: 10 hours
Total length: 140 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Kotor in front of restaurant Bastion 3 (Tabacina street, next to the North Gate of the old town of Kotor)
8:45 departure from Budva in front of Voli supermarket (Mediteranska street, next to the car park of hotel Avala and Mogren)
10:00 arrival to City of Bar
Breakfast break and 60 minutes of sightseeing.
11:00 departure from City of Bar
11:15 arrival to The Old Town of Bar (hillside)
60 minutes of sightseeing in the Old town of Bar
12:15 departure from The Old Town of Bar
13:00 arrival to The City of Ulcinj
60 minutes of sightseeing in The Old town of Ulcinj
14:00 departure from The City of Ulcinj
14:15 arrival to The Grand Beach of Ulcinj
90 minutes break for sightseeing and lunch
15:45 departure from The Grand Beach
17:30 arrival in Budva
18:00 arrival in Kotor
THE BOOKING IS OPEN
from the 1st of January to 31st of December 2021
Full description of the tour you can find HERE
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am close to the old town of Kotor. The next pick-up is in the city of Budva close to the old town. From Kotor to Budva is only a 25 km distance. In the off-season, we need 25 minutes of the ride between the cities, but in very high season we need 45 minutes which is written in our itinerary. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route (for example guests from Petrovac), we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to the Port of Bar, the Church of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar, the old town of Bar, Mosque Selimija in Bar, The Old Olive Tree, Valdanos, The Old Town of Ulcinj, and the Grand Beach in Ulcinj.
CITY OF BAR
After a couple of minutes of driving from Budva, we will make a photo-stop above the island of Sv. Stefan, well known as a pearl of the Montenegrin coast, and then we will continue our pleasant drive along the coastline enjoying the view of beautiful beaches and places that belong to the Municipality of Budva, such as Rezevici and Petrovac. After an hour's drive, we will reach the city of Bar, which has the largest port and marina in Montenegro. We will see a beautiful promenade with its beach and where former King Nikola's summer mansion is located. The port of Bar is not overloaded with large cargo or ferry or cruise ships. Many restaurants and bars on the beach give a special charm to the port and make it very touristy.
We will see a beautiful promenade with its beach and where former King Nikola's summer mansion is located. The port of Bar is not overloaded with large cargo or ferry or cruise ships. Many restaurants and bars on the beach give a special charm to the port and make it very touristy.
On the opposite side of King Nikola's villa and its small royal park, we will see the largest Orthodox church in Montenegro called the Church of John Vladimir which has been open since 2016. The church has seven magnificent bronze doors with unique decors. The interior of the church is as impressive as the exterior with traditional frescoes decorated on the ceiling and walls. The frescoes describe scenes from the Bible and figures of Orthodox saints and were made by masters from Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Greece (a total of 4,860 square meters of works of art). After visiting the church we will continue to the old town of Bar.
THE OLD TOWN OF BAR
Unlike the rest of the old towns on the Montenegrin coastline that are located by the sea, the Old Town of Bar has positioned on a hill Londša 5km from the sea and has no inhabitants. The hill encircled by the walled town was settled in prehistoric and Illyrian times but was abandoned during the Roman era when it was moved to the coast, to the same location where modern Bar stands today.
During its rich history, the old town of Bar had over 1000 inhabitants, but unfortunately, it was destroyed in a major weapons explosion in 1912. The ruins of the city are well preserved, which attracts a large number of tourists. In the old town of Bar, you can see Roman waterworks, a Turkish bath, an Orthodox church, Venetian palaces, a Turkish clock tower, a Catholic church, and a diocese in one place. Every ruling empire and culture has left its mark in this old city. Walking around the old town lasts up to one hour.
SELIMIYA MOSQUE AND ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER BAR (SELIMIJA DŽAMIJA I ISLAMSKI KULTURNI CENTAR U BARU)
Only 2 kilometers from the old town of Bar is the largest mosque in Montenegro called Slimija and the Islamic Cultural Center in Bar, which has been open since 2004. The center has a capacity of 2000 believers and visitors, classrooms, a kindergarten with a playground, a library, a research center restaurant with oriental cuisine, a simultaneous translation room, guest apartments, sports and congress hall, and many other dedicated rooms. We will visit the interior of the mosque. Ladies will find suitable clothes that they can cover themselves to be able to get inside.
THE OLD OLIVE TREE
The next stop will be the Old Olive, which is a mile away, near the main road. The Old Olive Tree has more than 2 millennia and is one of the oldest olive trees in Europe. The tree is protected by Montenegro as a natural treasure that still yields olives as a symbol of the southern region. We will make a photo-stop and continue towards Ulcinj celebrating olives and passing by the largest olive forest in Montenegro.
VALDANOS (THE OLIVE FOREST)
The inhabitants of Bar and Ulcinj have traditionally been engaged in the production of olive oil. That is why this area is known for the largest olive forest in Montenegro called Valdanos with more than 18,000 olive trees. One part was planted by the Romans, which makes the old Roman rules still exist, where olives belong to the owners of the trees, not the owners of the land.
Visitors can pass by the land of different owners and no one will stop them. Valdanos is a large region with a beautiful bay and beach, above which is a view-point. After the photo-stop, we continue to the town of Ulcinj, which is very close to the forest.
THE OLD TOWN OF ULCINJ
Ulcinj is the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast with distinctive oriental tastes and feels, partly due to the long Ottoman presence (from 1571 to 1878), and more due to the fact that this is the only coastal town with a majority of Muslim Albanians. Albanian's language is the first language here, and most of the signs are bilingual. The old town of Ulcinj is located on top of a cliff above the sea near the Small Beach.
The town was captured by Uluz-Ali, an Algerian pirate in 1580. His rule began a period of more than a century in which Ulcinj was the dreaded seat of pirates, who with their light vessels attacked Venetian, Christian, and Turkish ships in the Adriatic. The pirates were known far and wide, acquired vast wealth in valuables especially from slave trading.
It is speculated that the famed Spanish writer Cervantes was sold as a slave to Algerians in Ulcinj when he fell captive. This era was ended in 1737 after the Sultan banned corsairs in the Adriatic and destroyed their fleet. That pirate's image is still very popular in Ulcinj and gives him a special charm. We will visit the old town for up to an hour and then we will go to the Grand beach for a deserved lunch-break.
GRAND BEACH (VELIKA PLAŽA)
The road to the beach leads across the Milena Canal (named after King Nikola’s wife) leading to the vast Ulcinj saltpans. Guests can see kalimere, traditional fishing devices with the net on the ends of the long poles designed to catch fish. From this point, the long Great Beach (Velika plaža) stretches, with a length of 14 km of fine gray sand as the largest beach in Montenegro. This is the ideal place for a first-class experience at the end of this tour. Guests can enjoy the extraordinary dishes, especially fish because restaurants often have equally represented sea fish as well as fish from Lake Skadar as well as fish from Bojana River (the southernmost river in Montenegro). Guests who do not want to have lunch can enjoy swimming in the sea or simply sunbathe while enjoying the sound of the waves. So relaxed and full of new experiences, we will return to Budva and Kotor.
NOTE: We can also organize a private South Montenegro Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fee for Old Town Bar of 3 euro
Entrance fee for Old Olive Tree of 1 euro
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team