is a small coastal town of about thirty three thousand situated at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor
and the foot of Mount Orjen
. A popular tourist destination the city offers easy access to vacation rentals and hotels. Herceg Novi offers olive groves with trees that are more than 1000 years old, a trove of ancient stone houses and untouched village communities still surrounded by original stone walls, and abandoned castles. Occupied by various armies throughout the centuries it boasts a diverse and picturesque architectural style adding an old world charm to its many hotel accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and other lodging. The city boasts many wonderful restaurants like the Tri Lipe Restaurant
or the Gradska Kafana
that offer local dishes as well as world class fare. At night a vibrant nightlife includes an array of theatre, bars and pubs, as well as disco’s where the music plays all night. The city provides a number of activities for visitors including the JUK Herceg-Fest
, the Mimosa celebration, local theatrical events and a film and music fest. The city library has accommodations for over thirty thousand volumes, the oldest of which dates back to 1685.
Herceg Novi is a well known spa and health destination attracting tourists from all over Europe
. Nearby Igalo offers an abundance of healing sea mud and mineral water springs, called Igaljske Slatine. Visitors can find a condo rental, vacation rental and other accommodation close to many of the tourist attractions, like Castle Forte Mare
built by Bosnian King Tvrtko I
in 1382, or the Serbian church of St. Michael Archangel
in the central Belavista Square.
While Herceg Novi has no long sandy beaches; many clean popular beaches are accessible by boat from the city. Tourist companies organize day trips to the Lustica Peninsula which lies across the Boka Kotorska Bay
from Herceg Novi. Popular Lustica beaches include Zanjic, Miriste and Rose. Visitors can find a vacation rental or other accommodation near the bay. Another popular boat trip in the Bay is the Blue Grotto (Plava Spilja)
. Like its famous cousin in the bay of Naples the Blue Grotto reflects sunlight through the water and has a mesmerizing effect on all who see it. Visitors can take boat inside the 9 meter high cave, snorkel, dive or swim inside the beautiful waters of the cave. In the hills surrounding the city hikers can see mongoose and jackal while trekking along the many trails.
At the base of the Lustica Peninsula just south of the town of Radovici is Przno
, a spectacular curve of white sand that sits in a horseshoe of green scrub, pines and olive trees. It is definitely one of Montenegro’s finest beaches. No matter where you chose to go in the area you will be treated to the unparalleled history and beauty that is Herceg Novi.