ABOUT SOUTH WILD BEAUTY TOUR
This is a unique tour as we will visit two towns on the far south of Montenegro: Bar and Ulcinj, but we will reach these towns taking the road around the Skadar Lake across mountain Rumija. We have selected this road so our guests can see authentic villages around Skadar Lake. You will have an opportunity to take photos of Albania from the abandoned border post on mountain Rumija. All of this will make the tour interesting and dynamic, as on the whole trip you will experience different views, culture, historical heritage. MH Travel Agency is the only agency on the Montenegrin coast which organizes a trip to Ulcinj and Bar taking the road across Rumija mountain, which is why we recommend this tour as its full of little surprises.
We start next to the old town of Kotor, the we will pick up the guests next to the old town of Budva and after a couple of minutes of driving, we will stop above the island of Sv. Stefan, a pearl of the Montenegrin coast where we will make a short photo-stop. We continue our pleasant drive along the coastline so you can enjoy the view on beautiful beaches and places along, belonging to the Municipality of Budva, such as Rezevici and Petrovac.
Near Petrovac we turn to the mountain Pastrovska Gora and head to Virpazar. A road that leads over Pastrovska Gora is very attractive for its opening and amazing panoramic view over Petrovac and Bar. That will be our next photo stop. From this point we lose the view on the open sea heading to Virpazar, the most famous place on Skadar Lake.
Virpazar is a small traditional town that lies on the place where rivers Crmnica and Orahovstica meet and immediately flow into Skadar Lake. The town is a center of Crmnica, a fertile region with a climate favorable for growing wine grapes, olives and all kinds of fruits and vegetables. The place of Vir was first mentioned in 1242 and it is believed that it was a small trading hub for the local village even at the time. In the 15th century its strategic location was capitalized by the Turks who built the Besac castle which still stands above the town.
Nowadays,Virpazar is a beautiful touristic site with numerous restaurants and a starting point to explore Skadar Lake by boat or by car. In Virpazar we will make a breakfast break. You will have enough time to enjoy this peaceful fisherman village. On every corner you can see and feel the tradition of people living by Skadar Lake. Virpazar (Pazar=market) still has a small traditional market where you can buy the best organic food from this area: olives, olive oil, different kinds of cheese, fish, the finest tobacco, homemade wine, rakija (brandy), juices, tea, honey, etc. If you are interested to buy those products directly from houses of villagers along our way, this is also possible.
The next part of our trip goes through two of the most important villages in the Crmnica area, Godinje and Seoca. Godinje is well known for the best wines in Montenegro. Do not forget that all of this food grows in the National Park of Skadar Lake where there isn’t any kind of pollution and everything is so natural and organic, and of course there are a lot of figs, blackberries, pomegranates etc, that you can just pick by the road. The first island that comes to our sight is Grmozur with remnants of a former prison built by the Ottoman empire. Today the only residents of Gromzur are numerous cormorants and pelicans who nest in its walls. Shortly after we pass Gromzur, you will have an open panoramic view on Skadar Lake and its 50 islands. This part of the lake side is called Krajina. We will make a photo stop here so you can take photos of this unique area which is the only part of Skadar Lake that is rich in islands. There are Christian Orthodox monasteries on some of those islands while the rest is uninhabited and is a bird Reserve for more than 280 species of birds and a number of reptile species. While driving, you will notice numerous animals such as cows, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep eating grass on meadows by the road. The whole area around Skadar Lake is full of life and people, as well as animals, enjoying everything that surrounds them. The road leads us further over the Rumija mountain through numerous traditional villages of this area with mixed Christian and Muslim culture and a number of churches and mosques. We will drive through the hundreds of years old chestnut forest and the village Ostros known for the growth of the best tobacco you can buy in Montenegro. When we arrive on the top of the Mt. Rumija you will walk along the edge of the mountain enjoying a spectacular view that spreads to Albania. On your left side you will see Skadar Lake, the city of Skhoder and Prokletije mountains, and on your right side there are numerous Montenegrin villages, hills, valleys, the city of Ulcinj with its Grand beach (14 km long sandy beach) and the open sea. All of that you will see from this very spot.
Our next stop is the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast which has a distinguishing Oriental flavor and feel to it, partly because of the long Ottoman presence here (till 1878) and more due to the fact that this is the only coastal town with a Muslim Albanian majority. This makes Albanian the first language here and most of the signs are bilingual. The old Town of Ulcinj is smaller than old towns of Kotor, Budva, Bar and Herceg Novi. It is settled on the top of a huge cliff just above the sea near the city center. After visiting the Old Town of Ulcinj we will make a lunch break. Guest that don’t want to take the lunch can explore the traditional bazaar next to the old town or just take a rest in one of many bars on the Small Beach in the center.
From Ulcinj we will go to Bar, taking the road that leads us through Valdanos, a unique olive forest in Montenegro with more than 100 000 olive trees. A part of that olive forest was planted by Romans, so some of the trees are 1000-2000 years old. We will make a photo stop here so you can take photos of this fascinating forest of the Valdanos bay and its beautiful beach. Although Valdanos itself is an old olive forest, the oldest olive tree is not here but in Bar. The old olive tree is 2 millenniums old and it is the oldest olive tree in Europe. It is a popular tourist attraction in the country.The old Olive is close to the Old Town of Bar that is our last destination on this tour.
Unlike the rest of the old towns on the Montenegrin coastline that are settled by the sea, the Old Town of Bar is positioned 4km from the sea and today has no inhabitants. The hill encircled by the walled town was settled in prehistoric and Illyrian times but was abandoned during the Roman era when it was moved to the coast, to the same location where modern Bar stands today.
During its rich history the Old Town of Barhad over 1000 inhabitants but unfortunately it was destroyed in a big weapon explosion in 1912. The ruins of the town are well preserved which is why it still attracts a large number of tourists from all around the world as in one place you can see a Roman era aqueduct, Turkish bath, Orthodox church, Venetian Palaces, Turkish Clock Tower, remains of a Catholic Church and Bishopric. Each ruling empire and culture left a mark on this old town. After we finish the visit to the Old Town of Bar, we will head back to Budva and Kotor.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour ticket can be bought on-line via BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, next to cafe Greco, located in the old town of Budva). and Montenegro Hostel Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, next to the restaurant Regina del Gusto located in the old town of Kotor).
The last on-line booking is possible to make up to 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time ticket can be bought only at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Budva or Montenegro Hostel Kotor.
Receptions are open from 8 am till midnight. Guests can purchase the tour ticket at the reception of the hostel up to 23:00 the day before departure.
Purchasing ticket directly in the mini-bus is not possible.
Tour is organized by air conditioned mini bus.
Licensed tour guide on English language.
Price doesn't include
Entrance fee for Old Town Bar of 3 euro
Entrance fee for Old Olive tree of 1 euro
Standard breakfast costs from 5 till 7 euro
Standard lunch costs from 8 till 12 euro
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city ( Kotor or Budva) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
Before you decide to purchase the tour ticket check our itinerary and terms and conditions.
For more info about the transfer and booking, contact us on e-mail
Hope you will enjoy on our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team