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.
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.
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.