Situated on the slopes of Mount Orjen, the highest mountain in the Dinaric Alps, Herceg Novi faces the entrance to one of the most beautiful bays in the world Kotor Bay.
Founded in 1382 as a fortress town Herceg Novi has been ruled over the centuries by the Ottoman Empire, Spain and Venice, as well as more recently by Russia, France and Austria. The result is a divurgent blend of architectural styles including everything from a neo-classical clock tower in the old town erected by the Austrians in the 1900's to the Kanli Kula(Blood tower) a 15th century amphitheatre built by the Turks now used as a summer stage.
The town is easily explorable on foot, though due to being built on steep slopes be prepared for a few steep paths and steps along the way. The Old Town is well worth a visit containing several intriguing places of interest.
Spiritual and Historic Herceg Novi
The historic walled town of Herceg Novi, close to the Croatian border, is a unique and culturally rich destination that is steeped in rich heritage and breathtaking scenery. The sun shines bright on this coastal location, which is known as the ‘City of the Sun’ in recognition of the high number of sunny days that the town enjoys all year round. The historic array of steps around Herceg Novi offer the opportunity for the holidaymaker or tourist to inadvertently get fit as they scour the sights of the area on foot, or alternatively they can hire a motorbike, or any other type of transport, and enjoy the area from the comfort of a seated position.
The area is strewn with mimosa trees and lush greenery, and feels a million miles from the stresses and strife of everyday life. Located at the tip of Boka Kotorska Bay, the town is a colourful mix of ancient cultures. Past inhabitants such as Kings, Queens, Emperors and Statesmen of ancient cultural behemoths such as the Roman, Byzantine and Oriental empires have ensured that the region is awash with stunning ancient ruins and rich historical architecture and art.
The local inhabitants are aware that absolutely breathtaking views of Herceg Novi can be afforded from the viewpoint of Mount Orjen. As well as a stunning way to see the whole of Montenegro, the mountain is a site of many herbal remedies and beneficial plants and mushrooms, making it a highly spiritual location that is walked by healers and holistic therapists to gather their wares. Igalo sitting next Herceg Novi is a world-famous healing institute used by athletes and as a place to recharge the batteries of the soul by many. It is also used by people with serious illnesses to gain spiritual and physical respite.
Places to Visit Nearby - Beaches, Coves and Caves
The beaches in the region are also renowned for their calm and beautiful settings. With luxurious accommodation available along the Adriatic coast, holidaymakers can rise in the morning to views of the azure ocean. A popular lure for tourists to Herceg Novi is Dobrec beach, located along the Lustica peninsula. The white sands and striking sea show plainly why this beach in particular is a staple for Montenegro tourism. The yachting club in the area supplies various items of leisure equipment for hire, ranging from diving equipment to motorbikes and bicycles.
Another popular beach is Žanjic, on the Lustica Penisula it is surrounded by old olive trees and has a splendid beach with seafood restaurants nearby making it a favourite excursion for tourists and locals alike particulary during the main summer months.
Three other highlights well worth a visit nearby are the Blue Cave, the small village of Rose and Mirišta, a small cove on the Lustica Penisula.
The Blue Cave is one of the most attractive caves situated on the Lustica penisula around 5-7 nautical miles from Herceg Novi. It has two holes, 9 metres high and 4 metres deep. It gets its name from the deep blue colour created by the suns reflection on the sea's surface inside the cave. Small to medium sized craft are able to enter the cave.
The village of Rose which used to be an old Greek settlement 'Porto Rose'. A mediterranean style village with traditional old houses, sea food restaurants and surrounded by Cypress, Pine and olive trees with a pretty sandy beach. Finally Mirišta - is a small cove situated between the Zanjic and the foreland at Azra. Known for the Roman fortress on Mirišta cove which the Roman built as an entrance to the Boka Bay.
Things to do
Visit the Blue Cave by boat situated on the Lustica Penisula, 6 nautical miles from Herceg Novi
Visit the nearby island of Mamula 3.4 nautical miles from Herceg Novi
Spend a day visiting the many fortresses nearby
Visit the City Park - situated in the centre of town with over 80 plant varieties.
Explore the city museum founded in 1949 at Mirka Komnenovic
Luxuriate in the healing sea mud and mineral water springs in neigbouring Igalo