Herceg Novi is a lovely tourist destination with stunning panoramic views along the bay of Kotor, a winding bay on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro.
Luštica i ostrvo Arza
The Bay is known for its picturesque coastal towns, clear waters, and dramatic mountains and is a must-see when traveling around Montenegro. It is a popular destination for sailing, swimming, and exploring the historical and cultural heritage of the region. Herceg Novi translates to "new duke" in English and is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, lively festivals, and beautiful beaches. Built in 1382 and named initially Sveti Stefan, the city was founded by the first King of Bosnia, Bosnian king Tvrtko I Kotromanic, as a city-fortress.
Forte Mare, a medieval fortress that sits atop a hill overlooking the bay, was built by the Republic of Venice in the 16th century to defend the town against Ottoman invasions. Herceg Novi's second fortress, Kanli Kula, was built by the Turks and the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, and it was used as a prison and a military fortification. It is located on a hilltop overlooking the city.
The clock Tower, located in the main square, was built in the 17th century by the Republic of Venice, and it was used as a lookout and offers panoramic views over the bay of Kotor. Another famous fortress above the old town is Kanli Kula.
It was built by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and it was used as a prison and a military fortification. It is located on a hilltop overlooking the city, and it offers panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor.
Monastery of Savina, located further south of the Old Town, is a Serbian Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century and is considered one of the region's most important cultural and historical monuments. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and it offers a peaceful and serene environment.
There are several ways to get to Herceg Novi, depending on your location and mode of transportation.
By plane (also the easiest way to visit):
The nearest airport to Herceg Novi is Tivat Airport, located about 20 kilometers away. You can take a taxi or bus to Herceg Novi from there. Dubrovnik Airport Croatia is also a popular option, as it is located about 70 km from Herceg Novi and the neighboring town known as Igalo, (93 KM from Budva). There are frequent bus and shuttle services to connect the two cities, with an opportunity to visit Dubrovnik as well.
Ostrvo Mamula i tvrdjava Arza
By rent a car:
Herceg Novi is easily accessible by car, as it is located near the main coastal road that runs along the Montenegrin coast. If you're coming from Dubrovnik or the south, you'll need to cross the border into Montenegro at the Debeli Brijeg border crossing. If you're coming from the north, you can take the E65 and E80 roads.
Herceg Novi Travel Guide
When visiting Herceg Novi, make sure to experience the promenade, a popular local spot for tourists, leading them all the way to the nearby town of Igalo, known for its beautiful beaches and overlooking the entrance to the bay. Igalo is it's a famous health resort in the region. While walking the promenade, it is easy to find a place to sit and marvel at the beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. Lined with palm trees, benches, and many cafes, the promenade stretches along the coast and is a great place to enjoy a walk, a swim, or a meal while absorbing the beautiful views.
While planning your day trips, and things to do in Herceg Novi, make sure to add The Blue Cave to the list of places to visit, located on the Luštica Peninsula, which is renowned for its natural beauty (also available via private tours, but make sure to book in advance). The cave gets its name from the unique way the light reflects off the sandy bottom, illuminating the entire cave in a mesmerizing blue hue.