Photos: Ivan Stojanović and montenegro.com
When we first ventured to Kumbor, we had heard about the place but never had a chance to go. When a friend offered that we stay in her home near the sea in Kumbor, it didn’t take more than 30 seconds to decide and many excited phone calls where made that day! We were packed and off in record time with Kumbor on our minds – we knew that Kumbor was by the sea near Herceg Novi and we were ready to be together and to have a good time.
During the entire ride on the bus our noses were glued to the windows, gazing in amazement at the rolling hills and dramatic cliffs that bordered Montenegro’s beautiful coastline. We eventually came to the Bay of Kotor, famous for it’s small islands and ancient towns like Perast, and after crossing on the ferry we began to count the number of villages left before reaching destination, afraid that we would miss our stop - Kumbor.
We stood up as soon as we saw the first sign post for Kumbor but we didn’t get off the bus until the end of the village where our gracious host was waiting. After unpacking we did a tour of the lower part of Kumbor. The first thing we noticed was that the sea was right there within easy reach, the last waning light of day twinkling back at us from the small ocean waves breaking on the nearby shore.
We covered the lower part of the village relatively quickly. Kumbor is much bigger than it seems, but some of the prime land is now occupied by the Montenegrin army and plans are in the works to privatize it. The locals and everyone who has spent their holidays in Kumbor hope that one day the last remaining track of land will be open to all.
As far as beaches are concerned, Kumbor offers every amenity possible. There are little sandy beaches, many jetties and concrete beaches, many of them very nicely arranged with chairs for sunning and sunshades made from reeds. Kumbor is especially suitable for vacationers because it is close to both the main coastal highway and the sea. The paths from the main road lead through thick woods, down beautifully carved seaside steps where the vacationer in Kumbor can find small, out-of-the-way beaches.
At one end of Kumbor there are holiday bungalows in the woods, and these are particularly recommendable because they are generally affordable and private. At the other end of Kumbor lies the military complex, which is surrounded by groves of trees. Kumbor also showcases a typical promenade by the sea, restaurants on the shore and a fine beach. A small jetty completes Kumbor’s charm and despite the fact that the city always has visitors, it never seems overly crowded.
Kumbor may be the place in Montenegro with the highest number of sunny days per year, but the real testament to the sun’s sway in Kumbor come in the form of spectacular sunsets.
During our trip to Kumbor we immediately noticed that that the place is exceptionally peaceful, ideal for a family holiday and for anyone who wants to get away from crowded beaches and noisy city cafés. But despite the tranquil atmosphere, Kumbor was anything from boring, in fact the contrary was true! One of the things that kept us entirely busy was the abundance of excursions you can take to nearby places.
One of the prime advantages of Kumbor is possibly the fact that it is in the middle of the Herceg Novi Riviera. Kumbor is so centrally located that the real problem comes from deciding which way you should head first, whether that is in the direction of Herceg Novi and Igalo or towards Bijela and on to Kotor on the Bay of Kotor.
With that in mind, no number of days spent in Kumbor and in this part of the Bay of Kotor would be enough and time flies when you’re having fun! When you consider all there is to see near Kumbor, our most lasting memories come from the excursions to the many interesting places around Kumbor that we discovered during our trip.
Destinations around Kumbor:
Beaches reign supreme near Kumbor. They include the popular beaches of the Lustica peninsular: Zanjice, Miriste, Dobrec, the small fishing village of Rose, the extremely interesting fortress of Arza with its wonderful view, and the special attraction of the Blue Grotto (a cave with indescribably beautiful blue water), as well as the island of Mamula with its fortress which once served as a prison. Just to travel to some of those places is a wonderful opportunity to know the area and Kumbor is your idea base for exploring the surrounding sights.
Yes, summer, sea, sun, beaches, night life … you can never have enough of it. We liked Kumbor and we especially enjoyed interacting with the friendly local people. The nearby beaches were excellent and we didn’t have to fight for a place in the sun (there were no crowds). After returning home, our friends became tired from hearing about all of our adventures in Kumbor and along the Herceg Novi Riviera!
In Kumbor, the locals are buzzing with the rumor that the famous tennis players, the Williams sisters are interested in building a modern sports complex on the site of the current military barracks.
There is no doubt that the construction of such a complex would be significant not only for Kumbor but for the whole of Montenegro, creating a boom for the tourist industry as a whole, but on the other hand it would no longer be a place where you could spend a truly pleasant holiday.
Whatever may be, we hope that Kumbor never loses its tranquility and its Montenegrin charm!
Photo Credits: Ivan Stojanović and montenegro.com with your thanks