Ulcinj - Old Town
With its unique combination of history and wild beauty Ulcinj is definitely a place to see in Montenegro!
Old town Ulcinj is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast, withstanding the ravages of time for 25 centuries. Jutting up magically on the cliffs above the open sea, with its face towards Otrant it is guaranteed to captivate all your senses. Through the immense variety of cultures and civilisations that have left their mark and been absorbed into the overall picture. It is like a little paradise on earth, carved timelessly out of the centuries of bloody battles, defiance, pride and affection of all those who have visited this place at least once in their lives.
Valdanos used to be a place where pirates where hiding their ships once.
Today is a beautiful bay 4 km from center of the city .4km long beach is truly a place to relax and enjoy sun and beauty. The road to Valdanos goes in between 18000 olive trees with average age of 800 years.It is very beautiful walk through historical nature of olive trees that can be up to 2000 years old.
Long Beach is 14 km long sandy beach which makes it the longest one on Adriatic coast.
It is a natural phenomenon of beauty and abundance. Besides the fact that it is the best beach in Montenegro it has become very attractive place for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Long beach has lots of bars and restaurants and it is a good place for beach parties during the day but at night as well. At the end of June every year is organized Southern Soul festival that features hip and underground names representing a broad selection of musical styles including soul, jazz, funk, house and disco.
Ada Bojana is one of the most “official” naturist beaches in the country.
LADIES BEACH hidden in the beautiful pine forest, ladies beach is the first nude beach in Europe reserved just for women.
When waves splash clean sulfuric seawater, they create ideal micro and macro molecules suitable for natural aerosol therapy. The greatest feeling is in the morning, when you can feel the combination of pine forest smell and the minerals that emanate from water. You feel how your lungs expand.
Cave in the beach area is a mystery itself. The rocks are full of shells. In the shallows, the water has the color of depth, dark green. There is also felt the density of water. “Ladies’ Beach” faces a superb natural countryside.
Solana A part of the Bojana-Buna Delta, the salt flats of Ulcinj in Montenegro with its 1 500 hectares are not only one of the largest salinas in the Mediterranean.
The lagoon which was re-shaped to harvest salt is also the most important resting, breeding and wintering area for migratory birds on the east Adriatic coast.
Besides spain this is the only place in Europe where you can see wild Falmingos but also Dalmatian Pelicans, Osprey European Honey Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Black Kite, Western Marsh-harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle and Peregrine Falcon are regular visitors.
Beginning from Mala plaza (Small Beach) and streching eastwards there is the Pine Wood, a beautiful walking area inside the urban breasts of the town.It does not only decorate this area, but the Pine Wood has also got an extraordinary curing and recreational function.
In this breathtaking area there is also the „Ladies’ Beach“ with its sulphur springs, which are a real elixir for barren women.All the doctors from all over ex – Yugoslavia used to recommend to children who had problems with asthma to walk through this wood in the morning and to rinse their throats with this sea water.
Therefore in summer this is a real promenade early at dawn. There are also a few cosy restaurants where you can have a drink but also eat something. The stay in such an area is an effective way to get rid of your stress which has come up, as well as to develop the sense of preserving and maintaining this area.
As a confirming sign for this you can take the squirrels which you can see playing in the trees.The smell of the sea and the pinetrees will make you feel extraordinary.
OLD TOWN SHAS
The ancient town Shas or Svač (Svatsh) is located on top of a hill (85m) Shas Hill, which streches on the North of Lake Shas, and which offers a beautiful view to the lake and to the whole area of the Bojana Delta.According to a legend Shas had as many churches as there are days in a year.
The truth is, however, that there were found the ruins of only about ten ancient churches, among which two can be regarded as monumental, although they were ruined.The Church of St. John (Shen Gjoni) was built inside the fortress somewhere in the XIII century.The second church, St. Mary (Shen Mrise) was built in the XIV century outside the fortress, towards the North-East. It used to be 16.6 m long, 7.1 m wide and it was made in the Gothic style.
Due to its different style of construction, experts believe that it had actually been a monastry.Svatsh achieved its culmination in the Middle Ages, although it was several times invaded by various peoples. The Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja conquered Svatsh in 1183. In 1242 it was conquered by the Mongols and finally in 1571 the Ottoman empire totally invaded and destroyed it. Since then, Svatsch has belonged to the category of „dead towns“.
At the time as it was tresspassed by the old road Ulcinium – Svacium – Skodra, Svatsh was considered to have been the centre of the area Ana e Malit. Like other middle-aged towns as Skadar, Ulcinj and Drishti, Svatsh forged its own coins with the inscription „sovacii civitas“.This money is of special value as it shows how the old town used to look like in the Rennaissanse style, with three-floor houses, colonnades and towers.
KRUCHE (OLD ULCINJ)
At the beginning of the Ulcinj riviera, in the West, in a place called Kruche, there are ruins on a cliff which were supposed to have represented the remains of antique Ulcinj. For the first time these ruins were mentioned as „Stari Ulcinj“ – „Old Ulcinj“ in 1376, whereas in the Venetian historical books they were mentioned as „Dulcigno vecchio“. It was believed that this settlement had sunk during the earthquake in 444 B.C. However, after the archeological research it was proved that in ancient times on this rock – cliff there had been a signal station (specula), and in the middle ages there was a fortress which was used as an observatory by the Ulcinj people. The only remains which could have been preserved from this fortress on the cliff were the walls of the fortification on the North, and inside there were ruins of little houses. A small one-nave church dating back to the XII – XIII century with a grave which had been constructed underground was found on the eastern side of the islet, like a tank dug into the rock. On the whole surface of the cliff there were remains of ceramic dishes from ancient times.
The Mansion Rustica in Kruche
In the bay of Kruche there were also discovered remains of the „Villa Rustica“ actually of big rural houses.
LEGEND OF ULCINJ
According to the legend in the end of the XVI century the well-known Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was a slave in Ulcinj. Some investigators recognized a woman from Ulcinj in his Dulcinea of Tobosa, the leading role in his novel. Namely, “Don Quixote” appeared after Cervantes’ slavery in the Old Town, which was in Roman states and still is, called Dulcinjo. Does that mean that Dulcinea was just another name for a woman from Ulcinj? The folk tradition mentions a Servet, whose destiny, but also the base of his name, match with that of Cervantes.
An insight into many texts will lead us to the discovery that the 24-year-old Cervantes fell into slavery „one day in 1575 as three Ulcinj leuts – fast pirate boats, under the command of the notorious captain Arnaut Mami, attacked a Spanish frigate in the Mediterrannean. In the bloody fight the pirates overwhelmed the combative Spaniards and they took the ship with the captives to their harbour. Among the captives there was a man with a special recommendation from the Spanish king. This meant that he was a precious slave, who would bring them a lot of gold“.The local citizens called him Servet, which was actually the base of the later well-known Spaniard. His behaviour was traced with special care.