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Where the mountains meet the sea

Nestled where Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor meets Vrmac, one of the country’s many mountains, the municipality of Tivat is steeped in history, having belonged to the Romans, the Serbs and the Republic of Venice. Tivat holidays can take in much more than the small central town, which has recently doubled in size thanks to the luxury Porto Montenegro development.

It’s a great shopping destination, where seemingly every high-end store you can think of has an outlet, next to glossy restaurants and glamorous nightclubs. Along the shore, the epic, dark mountains are reflected in the bright, clear bay, which can be explored via affordable day-hire speedboats.

Holidays to Tivat also include the majestic old Venetian town of Perast and its many palazzos, while Unesco World Heritage Site Kotor is nearby. Here, through the narrow tangled streets of the old town,1,350 steps take you up the colossal ramparts, which kept the city safe from Ottoman invasion and now provide a glorious view over the harbour. Other excursions take you to the verdant Solila Nature Reserve and the Lustica Peninsula, where beach bars thrive and small fishing villages provide stone jetties which are popular with visitors and locals who leap into the glorious water below.

Three tips for a top trip

Head across the waterWhen you want to explore the magnificent coastal beauty around Tivat, a private-hire boat or ferry will get you there quickly, and in a highly atmospheric way.
Dig into squidThe proximity of the lake means fish is the order of the day here. The local speciality is grilled squid with a Dalmatian stew of spinach and potatoes.
Drive into the mountainsWhile exploring the mountainous Tivat area is possible by taxi, a car provides the opportunity to travel independently and head off on unforgettable spontaneous adventures.

Best attractions to see in Tivat

Our Lady of the Rocks

This artificial island was created in the 15th century by fishermen plunging rocks into the lake in order to build a church to house an icon of the Madonna.

Herceg Novi

The small, unfussy town sits at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Pretty and relaxed, its 7-kilometre promenade is warmed by the sun out of reach of the mountains’ shade.

Sunset at Forte Rose

Approach this fishing village via the hairpin bends for a wonderful evening. Go for a swim, sunbathe, then watch the sunset drench the sky in pink.

Your Tivat questions, answered

Although Tivat was part of the Venetian Empire, it’s now more authentic to pick local seafood and grilled meats – veal is a favourite – over pasta or pizza dishes.

Don’t let the huge pine trees fool you – it can get pleasantly hot here over the summer months, with temperatures rising to highs of 31°C.

You can definitely live like royalty at Porto Montenegro, but alcohol, car hire and hotel accommodation is remarkably affordable outside of the main luxury spots.


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