Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi (Castelnuovo; Dračevica) is a walled town located at the northernmost part of the Bay of Kotor fjord. This is one of the sunniest cities in Europe (approximately 200 days/year). “Novi”, as it's known by the locals, has been a popular beach destination for generations amongst Europeans.

The city has a lot to offer the adventureous traveler. Its distinctive architecture reflects a storied past, under a multitude of European and Asian rulers. Only 50 km from Dubrovnik, Herceg Novi became Dubrovnik's local competitor in trade and commerce shortly after its founding in the 14th Century by King Tvrtko I Kotromanic.

Herceg-Novi Tower

King Tvrtko began what would become a series of forts by building one of Novi's earliest, most noteworthy structures, the Forte Mare (Sea Fort) in 1382. Shortly after, the Turks invaded in 1482, and the Turks built two more forts, the Kanli Kula and the Sahat-Kula. The Turks eventually expanded yet another fort, the Spanjola, which was originally founded by Spanish crusaders during their ten month reign. The “newest fort”, known as Mamula, lies just off of Herceg Novi's coast. It was built by yet another ruler, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the 19th Century. All of these stone forts are open to the public either for free, or for a nominal fee.

St. Michael Archangel

Herceg Novi's forts surround the town center, most notably distinguished by its 19th century Clock Tower, which was built by the Austro-Hungarians. In addition to the Novi's many boutiques, galleries, antique shops and restaurant, it also has many historically significant churches, not least of which is the 15th century Savina Monastery. The monastery is named after St. Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and the Serbs' patron saint of the education and medicine. St. Michael Archangel is another noteworthy church, located just above the Clock Tower and across the street from the book store, where you can learn more about the centuries-old monasteries and churches in the region.

Another great source of the region's history is Herceg Novi's Museum and Archives, both of which are open to the public. Both offer their visitors the rare opportunity to read 30,000 volumes of centuries old documents in their original hard copy, in a variety of languages, including Old Slavonic, Serbian, Italian, and German.

Once you are acquainted with Novi's history and culture, check out the many festivals the town hosts throughout the year, including the famous Festival of the Mimosa, the film and music festivals, and the theatrical presentations hosted by one of Novi's old forts.

Herceg-Novi Pjaca

Ferries and boats from Herceg Novi's main docks provide transportation to local beaches. A mere 20 minute ride across the bay take you to the old Austro-Hungarian border town of Rose. You may also take a day trip to Igalo to rejuvenate the mind and body in its famous spa. Known for its recuperative treatments, visitors can allow the local sea mud and mineral water wash away any remaining stress.

At sundown, visit Herceg Novi's many clubs, restaurants, and bars, where the nightlife can last at least until sunrise the next day.