For all those who yearn for sun, sea and beaches this is part of Montenegro to come to. From Platamuni Points just north of Budva to Bojana River, which forms, the border with Albania, you will find views across the open sea, mild climate, olive groves and all other things one associates with Mediterranean.
Most of the Littoral (Primorje) is narrow strip of land between the sea and the steeply descending mountains with just a few small plains, the largest of which have now been taken by the cities of Budva and Bar. Other towns are passed into the sea, with new hotels, villas and apartments and their back and old villages draped on the mountainside above them.Once the rural part of the Littoral was important as the urban one, but today most of inhabitants have moved to the urbanized coast. Furthermore, the towns of the Littoral receive a steady influx of people from all of Montenegro due to the good of possibility of finding work and favorable climate. Recently the newcomers are joined by Russians, English, Irish and others buying property and building their homes here. All of these novelties and the orientation and the orientation of the regions towards tourism have drastically changed the regions appearance and the places untouched by commercial developments are becoming more rare.
Te beauties of this area have drown attention from people throughout the ages. The oldest cities- Budva and Ulcinj- where founded already by the Ancient Greeks as trading outposts with the inland tribes. Roman presence left a mark much deeper than the few ruins and mosaics remaining to this day: after the downfall of their Empire and the barbaric invasions the Roman population withdrew to the fortified maritime towns keeping their Latin language and close ties to Italy. During the course of centuries the population was slavicized and the Roman Catholicism gave way to Ortodox Christianity. The Latin and Catholic legacies have survived due to the rule of the Venetian Republic which ruled a lion’s share of this region from the mid 15th century. The towns of Ulcinj and Bar were taken by the Turks in 1571 and changed their character completely, which is evident to this day, but Budva and its environs in the grasp of the Venetians. Montenegrins liberated bar and Ulcinj in 1878 winning access to the sea for their small principality the, while the rest on the Littoral was joined with Montenegro in 1918 when Yugoslavia was formed.
The northernmost town in the region is Budva, the undisputed capital on Montenegrin tourism. On the elegant stone streets of its walled Old Town and in its refund restaurants one will find tourists throughout the year, but it is in high summer when the city is visited by the young enjoying its beaches and nightlife. The Budva Riviera around the town is a series of a large and small beaches served by a multitude of hotels and apartments-to-let. The first one is Bečići with its long beach and many top-class hotel and surrounded with some of most beautiful beaches in east Adriatic. Close by is Petrovac, smaller and much calmer than Budva, but equally nice in terms of nature and tourist commodities.
Further to the south is Bar, the largest city of Littoral; surprisingly, it is not a tourist spot at all but a modern city centered around its large harbor and shipyard. However, nearby is its historical predecessor, Old bar (Stari Bar), with its fascinating ruins of the medieval town amidst its strong walls. The strip of coast south of Bar equals in beauty the one of Budva but lacks the picturesque small towns and is cluttered by summer houses and auto camps. Ulcinj differs from the rest of the Littoral as the only town with ethnic Albanian majority and a strong oriental character. This is reflected both in its mosques of trading, small coffee houses and kebab restaurants. The scenery changes as well: the last hills are in Ulcinj and from here on opens a coastal plain with many villages still focused on agriculture. The coast forms into a single 13 km long beach, deservedly called the Great Beach (Velika plaža). At its southern and lies Ada Bojana, an unusual feature –a river island at a confluence a naturist-only resort but is also known for the excellent fish restaurants and peaceful apartments lining the banks of the river Bojana.
The Adriatic Highway (Jadranska magistrala) runs the full length of the region following along the coastline. Though it becomes quite hectic in the summer, the driver along it is an experience in itself with different views of the coast opening after every curve. Smaller roads branch off from it leading on one side to numerous coves and beaches, the smallest of which are impossible to see from the highway, and on the other to the monasteries and rarely visited villages imbued with peace of the olden times.
Montenegro Hostel Team