A Health Tourism Point in Montenegro

Montenegro is a country that has significant potential regarding health tourism and its valorisation. The specific configuration of the mountain massifs, its closeness to the Adriatic Sea, and the favourable climate make Montenegro, in particular the south of the country, more than suitable for the development of health and medical tourism. Having in mind that Montenegrin tourism development is based on its natural beauty resources, health tourism is also one of the pillars which take a significant place. In this context, Montenegro is working on the modernisation of existing and construction of new facilities, such as high-quality hotels, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, wellness, and spa centres, etc., in order to further develop this branch of tourism. One of the places which have already established the image of the leading health tourism centre is Igalo
Tucked away on the southwest coast of the Boka Bay, at the foot of Mount Orijen, the small town of Igalo is located. Igalo is a town in the municipality of Herceg Novi, which thanks to its geographical location and mild climate are one of the most attractive tourist sites on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. Igalo despite being a very small settlement, has a culturally-rich history, as it was used as a major crossroad of civilisations where ancient Greeks, Romans, and Illyrians had their settlements. Thus, it is located on the border with Croatia which is an attractive tourist destination. So here, you can enjoy the benefits of modern tourism offer and at the same time experience the history of the Mediterranean.

“Ancient Romans used the saying 'Nomen est omen', meaning 'the name is the essence', for things that were perfectly described by their name alone, and this can be used for Igalo - signifying a long beach with therapeutic characteristics.”

Igalo is a town with more than 260 sunny days a year, with an average annual temperature of 15.7°C, which means that the summer season in Igalo lasts from May until October. Also, its mild Mediterranean climate, blooming vegetation, mildly therapeutical mud, and healthy mineral water are just some of the reasons why this place is so special. Igalo used to be one of the favourite summer resorts of the former Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito, who had his own luxurious villa “Galeb”, at this location.
Near the mouth of the Sutorina River to the sea, along the seashore, there are several sources of mineral water, the so-called IgaljkaIgaljka mineral water is a very important factor in treatment and rehabilitation because it has numerous healing effects such as repairing damaged circulation, reduces muscle tension, relieves pain and has a general relaxing effect. Besides the healing mineral water, Igalo has the largest and the best healing sea mud health resorts in Europe. 
Igaljski Peloid (mud) extracted from the sea in the Bay of Igalo, is characterised by high mineral contents and biologically active substances which have proven to have a successful therapy effect.
Founded in 1949, the MD Simo Milosevic Institute dominates the town as the large complex of the Mediterranean health centre. Before the foundation of the centre, analyses conducted by the French Vichy Institute, have confirmed the healing effects of the underwater sludge and mineral deposits from the Sutorina River. The Institute is the most known for Rehabilitation, Physical and Preventive Medicine, Thalassotherapy and European Spa Treatment in the Mediterranean. These activities are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy lifestyle habits, or simply enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy, massages and rejuvenation treatments for the face, body, and soul. 
The benefits of Igalo are today used not only by local citizens but also by people coming from all around the world. For decades, traditional guests from the Scandic countries, especially from Norway, have been coming here, enjoying different kinds of treatments and therapies.  
Things to do in Igalo:
  • Enjoy mud treatments
  • Enjoy mineral water treatments
  • Stay at one of the spa hotels or rehabilitation centre
  • Long walks down the promenade
  • Hiking in the hinterland
  • Swimming
  • Water sports.