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If you want to explore the south of Montenegrin coast with a spectacular sandy beach in Ulcinj, 13 km long and 60 meters wide, make sure to go to this tour. In addition to seeing a beautiful large beach, you will see the largest olive grove in Montenegro under the name Valdanos, as well as the cities of Bar and Ulcinj. Just like the Bay of Kotor is completely different from the Budva Riviera, also the southern part of the Montenegrin coast is a completely different experience. All of this will make the tour interesting and dynamic in its sightseeing, culture and historical heritage.
This tour is organized by MH Travel which in its former itinerary had a tour around the Skadar Lake with the mountain Rumija from where you can have an excellent view of Albania. Although this tour was the favorite among guests, we thought that guests spent too much time in a vehicle. In the former itinerary, we did not visit the Great Beach in Ulcinj, because there was not enough time for it. Then we decided to interview guests and most of them said they would rather see the Great Beach instead of Mount Rumija so we changed the itinerary. If you are accommodated in Budva or Kotor and want to visit this part of Montenegro, MH Travel is an ideal solution. Not only because you will see the old town of Bar, the only old town in Montenegro that has no inhabitants, as well as the port of Bar, you will also see the former pirate city of Ulcinj with its Albanian culture, while the Great Beach, unlike similar beaches in Albania, is not under construction and reminiscent of the beaches that are scattered by the ocean. Relaxation on this beach is strongly recommended and therefore we do not doubt that you will choose this tour with which you will spend another unforgettable day in Montenegro.
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 minute break for sightseeing and lunch
15:45 departure from The Grand Beach
17:30 arrival in Budva
18:00 arrival in Kotor
Full BIO of the tour you can find HERE.
We start next to the old town of Kotor and then we will pick up the guests next to the old town Budva and after a couple of minutes of driving, we will stop above the island of Sv. Stefan, a pearl of the Montenegrin coast where we will make a short photo-stop. We continue our pleasant drive along the coastline so you can enjoy 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 marina in Montenegro with a beautiful promenade where King Nikola's mansion is located as well as numerous restaurants and cafes. Here we will take a break for breakfast. Port of Bar is the biggest port in Montenegro, but its organization is such that it is not overloaded with large cargo or ferry or cruise ships. This gives a special charm to the harbor and makes her marina the most popular part of Bar among its inhabitants. Guests who do not want breakfast can walk along the promenade and enjoy the city beach.
After the break, we will drive to the Old Town of Bar. Unlike the rest of the old towns on the Montenegrin coastline that are settled by the sea, the Old Town of Bar is positioned 5km from the sea and today 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 big weapon explosion in 1912. The ruins of the town are well preserved which is why it still attracts a large number of tourists from all around the world as in one place you can see a Roman-era aqueduct, Turkish bath, Orthodox church, Venetian Palaces, Turkish Clock Tower, remains of a Catholic Church and Bishopric. Each ruling empire and culture left a mark on this old town.
The next stop will be the city of Ulcinj. We will first pass next to Old Olive Tree, which is located near the main road. The old olive tree has 2 millenniums and it is one of the oldest olive trees in Europe. We will make a photo stop and continue towards Ulcinj. The inhabitants of Bar and Ulcinj have traditionally been involved in the production of olive oil. That is why this region is famous for the largest olive forest in Montenegro named Valdanos with more than 86 000 olive trees. A part of it was planted by Romans and some of the trees are more than 1000 years old. We will make a photo stop here so you can take photos of this fascinating forest of the Valdanos bay and its beautiful beach.
Ulcinj is the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast which has a distinguishing Oriental flavor and feel to it, partly because of the long Ottoman presence here (till 1878) and more due to the fact that this is the only coastal town with a Muslim Albanian majority. This makes Albanian the first language here and most of the signs are bilingual. The old Town of Ulcinj is smaller than the old towns of Kotor, Budva, Bar and Herceg Novi. It is settled on the top of a huge cliff just above the sea near the city center.
In 1580, the town was captured by Uluz-Ali, Algerian pirate and later viceroy of his province. 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 not only Venetian or other Christian trades but also Turkish ships in Adriatic. The local 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 un the Adriatic and destroyed their fleet. In 1878 the town was taken by Montenegrins becoming a valuable harbor for their previously land-locked state.
After visiting the old town of Ulcinj, we will go to Grand Beach and only a few kilometers away from the city center where we will make a lunch break. The road south of the town leads across the Milena Canal (named after King Nikola’s wife) leading to the vast Ulcinj saltpans. On the canal, one can see kalimere, traditional fishing devices with the net on the end of the long pole designed to catch fish. From this point, the long Great Beach (Velika plaža) stretches, with the length of 14 km of fine gray sand it is the largest beach in Montenegro. The Great Beach 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). Numerous farmers from surrounding villages supply restaurants so the taste of vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, cheese, olive oil, and wine is organic with lots of favor and prices are very favorable. Guests who do not want to have lunch can enjoy the Grand Beach or swim 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. In the subsection, we will enjoy the whole way in the magnificent sunset, while in the high season we will reach major traffic jams on the highway.
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars or minivans or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide on the English language.
Price doesn't include
Entrance fee for Old Town Bar of 3 euro
Standard breakfast costs from 5 to 7 euro.
Standard lunch costs from 8 to 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0038269039751.
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