About Montenegro's Southern Coast
Montenegro's most southern region, contained between the Adriatic coastline and Lake Skadar blends, culturally at least, into Albania. Both Bar and Ulcinj offer good accommodation as a base for the area.
Modern Bar has developed around the port and rail terminus but in very recent years there has been a bit of a revival in its historic character and infrastructure. A Museum, settled in the summer residence of former Montenegrin king Nikola Petrovic, is located right next to the Hotel Princess. The Old centre of Bar (4kms to the east) has one of the oldest fortification settlements on the south-east coast of the Adriatic Sea; the old olive tree in Mirovica, at the bottom of this ancient town has existed for more than 2000 years and is claimed to be the oldest tree in Europe. Other landmarks worth visiting are the Church of St. Nicolas – part of the Archbishopric of Bar (XI century), a Trikohnos in centre of Bar (VI century), Holy Tekla church (XIII century) and fortress Haj-Nehaj near Sutomore (XV century); Omerbašića mosque in old Bar (XVII century) plus the islands & monasteries on Lake Skadar (X – XV century).
During summer months one can visit various exhibitions, concerts plus poetry and theatre events – part of the traditional manifestation "Bar summer chronicle".
Bar is also the point from where you can embark upon a scenic railway journey all the way to Belgrade or perhaps just a shorter trip within Montenegro, e.g. Kolasin.
Ulcinj was founded by the Greeks as a sea port in the Classical period (5th Century BC), Cyclopean walls are still evident in the old citadel. Illyrians, Romans and the Byzatine empire all left their mark but today, being so close to its modern neighbour, Albania, Ulcinj is very much within the cultural sphere of Albanian Muslim life and welcomes visitors with traditional and enthusiastic hospitality.
The town is easy to get around on foot and we recommend visiting the "green market"; the Balsic Tower and museum complex in the old town (Stari Grad), the Pasha Mosque, Cathedral of Sv Nikola and the Mala Plaza (small beach) in the new town.
Where to stay
The 4-star Hotel Palata Venezia is a family-friendly hotel situated in the old town amongst fortifications more than 2000 years old; it has been designed to represent the traditional and historic architecture ...