A 2.25-meter long beach is what makes Buljarice cove a real Mediterranean jewel. Situated just 20 minutes from Budva or from Bar, 56km from the Podgorica airport and 42km from the airport at Tivat, Buljarice is a must-see village on the Mediterranean coast.
A mere kilometer south of Petrovac, on the road to Bar and Ulcinj, lies Buljarice. The view on this path is almost unreal, showcasing a huge, unpopulated field and the largest beach on the coast of Montenegro. This area is both beautiful and nearly untouched, making it a unique sight on the coastline. This 500-hectare cove has no infrastructure or manmade objects on its pristine shores and is home to many bird species—the open field is marshy and perfect for nesting. The cove has dozens of owners, which have kept it safe from developers over the decades.
However, untouched as it is at present, this Mediterranean jewel may not stay untouched for long. Foreign investors are eyeing the area for development. Projects like luxurious hotels, golf courses, and marinas, artificial islands with villas, and aqua parks are already in the works.
But until the developers launch their plans, this virgin coastline is perfect for “penny” camping with a “million-dollar” view.
Traveling along the Adriatic Highway, the road turns right, through vineyards, orchards, and olive tree plantations straight to the sea. The beach begins as soft sand and becomes gravelly in the middle. Near the end of the beach is a peninsula that separates Bulraice from its neighbor, Čanj, which is reserved for nudists. There is no pollution in the seawater and the sea life is abundant.
While the cove has little shade and plants are rare but despite this, families staying in nearby Petrovac come to this beach to avoid the more crowded, developed beaches.
The nearby village is mostly abandoned and can provide a nice tour for visitors to the coastal village.
Set high above Buljarice cove, the Gardište Monastery provides a peaceful courtyard in “a world away” from the hustle and bustle of the beach. The monastery first appeared in recorded history in 1305 in chapters written by the Serbian king Milutin. The complex at the monastery includes the Church of St. Nikola, the Church of St. Sava, and Uspenje Presvete Bogorodice.
The Church of St. Nikola was built in the 17th century and the iconostasis inside in the work of Vasilije Rafailović from Risan. Careful observers will notice that the artist painted St. Christopher as dog-headed, juxtaposing his saintly life with his beastly looks. The painting of St. Gabriel is another interesting image, with the saint holding both a sword and a newborn—the symbol of the soul.
The Church of St. Sava was built in 1863 on top of an older church from the 15th century. This picturesque church is lined with rows of red and white stone and the iconostasis is the work of Greek artist Nikolas Aspiotis, of Corfu. This same artist created the imposing iconostasis at the Church of St. Nikola at the Praskvica Monastery in Budva.
Uspenje Presvete Bogorodice is a small, typical old coastland village church and is painted with the busts of the Nemanjić rulers.
The monastery and the churches on the complex are all on the cultural heritage list protected by the state.