31 July 2019 - The following article represents the personal perspective of author Gunther Fehlinger on the 12 concrete recommendations for European Montenegro and the views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Total Montenegro News.
This article is the 3rd in series to contribute to better tourism and economic development by Austrian and European best practices in transport and tourism planning and pricing. For more information about the economic part, read Strategy for European Boka 2020 and for transport and mobility issues, read Smart Mobility Strategy RecommendationsRecommendations from 2018, still fully to be implemented.
This article from July 2019 discusses concrete experiences and builds simple, small budget recommendations on how to improve the 2020 tourism season. The Austrian author lives has lived in Morinj Montenegro every summer since 2006 and is an economic consultant for European transition economies.
Entering Montenegro from Bosnia, the welcome is a one hour waiting at the smallest border crossing and a warm welcome by a rough, unfriendly Montenegro border policeman working slowly and asking in bad English what I want in Montenegro. Well, a good question – most Europeans in the summertime in a car with children come for tourism, not for arms, drugs nor car smuggling! A kind smile and welcome to Montenegro would be just fine. But well maybe smiling is not part of the job description for the border police in Balkans.
Car smuggling is a good topic, must be common in the EU in 2019 as the border police ask for car papers and a green card for each car. Most cars coming from northern Montenegro are from the EU or Bosnia or Serbia - where else they should come from? I actually happened to come from Kyiv, Ukraine by car and it is the first time I was checked for papers and green cards since entering the EU at the Polish -Ukrainian border. Nobody asked me when I left Schengen in Slovenia – Croatian border nor when I entered Bosnia but when entering Montenegro, I am checked and registered and this takes time. Arriving at the border at the new small border checkpoint I chose because I had the pleasure of waiting many hours at the other bigger checkpoints to Croatia and Bosnia many times before, so I decided for this one close to Foča in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Well done, I thought when there were only 7 cars and I consider myself smart and lucky and after one hour I passed with just 7 cars in line and I doubted my choice. Sure, we must have control and simply waving summer tourists through like inside EU might not be possible, but really, is it necessary to register every car and check the green card? We in the EU have the administrative capacities to ensure that all cars are insured and in fact they are and who comes in the EU we anyhow check at our EU land border to Ukraine & Belarus and where shall the cars come from if not from the EU, Bosnia or Serbia when entering the northern checkpoints of Montenegro? And if you do not trust Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia cars for green cards well OK check them but EU registered cars? And are there so many stolen cars you find with these checks?
Why not scrap these useless annoying asking for car papers and insurance have much faster border process and invest a bit more in EU standards road safety measures? One simple measure and everybody is happier to come back a second time in amazing and magic Montenegro with great people and amazing landscape but quite backward procedures introduced after the Balkan Wars when smuggling to main business in southern Balkans but are they really justified today? No. So, one simple order from Ministry of Interior to stop asking EU registered cars at the northern border check with Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the summer season for car papers and green cards and well Montenegro has many more happy EU tourists. Or stop that unnecessary procedure fully for all – we are in 2019 not in 1999.
Better border management during season includes to interdict transit during the season at the coastal border crossing and forcing them inland. Simple inform all logistic companies that no truck above 3,5 t will be allowed to cross from Croatia to Montenegro and such trucks are allowed in July and August only the main Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro border crossing close to Nikšić. Assign the customs official to that border crossing and simple stop transit above 3,5 t during the 2 crucial months for the Bay of Kotor relevant border crossings. Inform the transport industry now and assign some more customs officials to the main border crossing at the M6 close to Vilusi.
And constant traffic jams at the Adriatic Highway will be much better between Herceg Novi and Ulcinj in July and August only truck for delivery target costly supply chain and the rest inland on Nikšić – Podgorica – Shkoder and next year to the new highway north if transit is for Kosovo and beyond. And yes, to the Adriatic Highway but this I have discussed so often elsewhere, and here only about the small items with big effect – but still yes you need a big inland motorway connecting Croatia with Albania along with your main population centres of Nikšić and Podgorica. Why build the Northern Highway to nowhere first is beyond understanding, but anyhow, good, it is ready, but now for the real part the Adriatic Highway.
The border and transit lead to the ferry over the Boka, the most famous bottleneck of the past has a lot of its terror since now 6 ferries are in operation and transport is swift and waiting times still considerable but no longer painful. Now the real bottleneck is the lack of landing spots for the ferries. Each side in Kamenari and Lepentane has only 3 and so the ferries have to wait in the straits until on and off loading allows for the next ferry to land. On Lepentane side there is ample space for the 4th landing spot on the Tivat side of the village and why not ask the operator to do it or share the costs with the Government as part of the concession? On the Kamenari Herceg Novi side, there is space but the obstacle is the Old Port Master house in stone blocking the space. While it may cost a bit to simple expropriate it the costs of simple re-locating it and rebuilding the house 300 m towards the Herceg Novi side on the seaside next to the Old Stone House ensemble seems reasonable compared to the traffic obstacle it poses for public safety and welfare. There is a great beach zone close to the Port now looking to Tivat and now a bit in shadow of the ferry port there are two old stone houses and a perfect spot for a small Marina for sport boats and why not re-locate the Old Port Master House there and make a nice small protected marina for small boats there on the Herceg Novi side of the Ferry Port and so upgrade the whole Verige Bay with a working nice Marina for small boats left of Kamenari and a 4th landing spot for the ferry and straighten out the street which in the most important obstacle for the bottleneck of the ferry port?
And there to build a checkpoint and stop all transit trucks and force them on the ferry if they still made it through the border. And to ask and force all major vehicle without final destination inner Boka Bay onto the Ferry. We do the same in many Alpine villages to forbid transit in a village when there is a highway and the same principle applies to Ferry and UNESCO Inner Bay. Only source and destination traffic may pass now and later add an entry fee as outlined in Boka Bay 2020 article but for now, enforce the usage of the Ferry for all major vehicles who do not need to go there for accommodation or supply or tourism reason. If you put a policeman asking all and a table to explain the ferry makes more turnover as well and put the cost of the re-location to the Ferry operator. The Austrian Government did the same in Sarajevo with the INATI Restaurant even 150 years ago. It can be done within one winter no problem and the traffic is much faster no need for bridge or tunnel at all.
This leads to the traffic restriction for the Inner Bay of Kotor I have called for many years now. During the season only two months access only with payment is the best option. As the Austrian Administration has built the coastal road as it is today and it was the right decision but today in main touristic usage in summer both traffic and consumers walking to the beaches of the Inner bay have to live in some cooperation which can only work if you put a price tag on the entry and so only the once with a reason of logistics to the Bay and tourism in the Bay come in and the rest either pays or uses the ferry. With a resident card, I have outlined already this is simple to administer and the effect for the Inner Bay tourism will be amazing. The Bay road is a touristic sensation in itself and not a transit truck stops nor a rally track for local youth nor a black spot for traffic accidents nor a road where slow driving tourists are an annoying domestic supply truck in beach zone as they are smoothing home while other work and drive in summer heat, stay out of Boka all who are busy it is a zone of relax! And the simplest measure is a speed limit of 30 km/h with speed reduction measures like speed bumps – sleeping policemen in all village zones, beach access meaning basically everywhere in each 200 m and so to simply enforce the speed limit with physical infrastructure and remove it outside the season if this is what you want but during the crucial 2 months put many of them all along the Inner Bay road. Soon most local drivers from Herceg Novi and Kotor avoiding the Ferry will start to use it as it will be much faster and the Inner Bay road is for tourist with leisure and time no longer afraid for their life. True there are not so many deadly accidents mainly because the road allows anyhow only slow speed so 30km/h won’t be a shock but indeed there are so many angry shouting’s, near accident, desperate breaks, closes missing of families waking to the beach and people speeding by which are not part of any traffic statistic but make sure many European families never return to Boka and are happy to survive such conditions. And it is the family fathers driving who have the budgets to pay for expensive accommodation during summer who are competing on the road for safety with the resident voters who want to use the road in summer in same hyper speed as always to drink their coffee in just another coastal town or impress their girlfriends, true these are your voters but we are you costumers are we want safer roads for our family in the 2 months of the summer! Speed bumper and speed limit 30 in the Inner Bay from 2020 onwards.
Well, what to do with the traffic jam from Tivat to Bar, Herceg Novi to Ulcinj? Again, the Adriatic Highway will help and again working with Croatian, Bosnia, Albanian and Kosovo road authorities and media to communicate that the inland road via Podgorica is much faster would ensure a lot of Albanian and Diaspora drivers to drive inland. But some congestion in Adriatic coastal towns might be simply unavoidable. But it really does not take an international expert to understand upper bypasses are what needs to be done like in Perast, Dobrota and Petrovac as well for Tivat, Budva, Risan and Bar. Well it might not work for all – in Kotor and Morinj it is hard to do but in Risan, Bar and Budva, Herceg Novi & Bijela it is all planned and rather simple to do. I have written about it in Smart Mobility for Montenegro One and no need to come back. I am surprised you build the access road to Cetinje first and neglect the coastal bypass for now. The longer you delay the more building up there makes the project more expensive with higher costs for land access and expropriation. Some beach shuttles and some night live shuttles to bring people from and to beaches and from and to the night life (remember – do not drink and drive !) might do wonders. Most people go to same beaches during all holiday and taking a bus is much more cost-saving than using a car in a traffic jam and paying for parking if you ever can find a parking space at the coast in summer.
This leads to parking I have discussed this as well before but back to basics - public space is for the public but the access is payable and pricing decides the access and usage. And for the massive user meaning residents and long-time tourists who needs parking a long time reduce subscription on non-discriminatory basis meaning everybody of EU or Montenegro resident can buy it and it results in cheaper access long term but all short-term single user pays for parking and pays an amount which secures there is parking reasonable accessible for short term access. Good, what does that mean concrete?
First, all coastal Municipalities have to ensure all their area is short term parking during summer. Second, all accommodation has to have the legal obligation to provide parking at their accommodation or pay a fine to municipalities. Better public transport from beaches can be financed with such revenue. So, Perast with 5 Euro a day in too cheap but for one hour too expensive. Porto Montenegro with 2 Euro per hour is about right in the Coastal Area. Morinj beach parking for 2 Euro per day is much too cheap. Any beer costs 2 Euro for a drink and parking a day for 2? No! And why pay 5 Euro if you stay only one hour? That is a bit excessive! So, what is needed is simple to increase the public parking fee from 80 Eurocents to 2 Euros in July and August in all coastal municipalities public and private parking and oblige all accommodation providers to build their own parking spaces or pay a fine to municipalities or to rent one for each apartment and yes you can do that legally we in Vienna call that Stellplatzverpflichtung google it. Parking at the accommodation should be included in the price of the accommodation and if you want to make excursions than you have to pay for the parking as part of your excursion budget and off-season return to 0,8 Euro.
Please remember that tourism is the key to Montenegro prosperity for all citizens. It is your only major industry for foreign revenue and affects all sectors from construction material to Government to agriculture to IT, simple everything depends on the money earned by tourism, accommodation and hospitality sector. So, call on the population that they know in July and August parking is expensive and organise their life accordingly and organise public administration accordingly. Nobody shall need to go to MUP or Municipality in summer – do that during the year in the time of e-Gov! Most things can be done after the summer and keep your museums open on Mondays in the tourism season! I mean I it is a tourism country and all you recent 13 years of success is funded by tourism, land sales to tourism, construction projects due to tourism – a Podgorica city boom funded by selling the coastal property to tourism investor and consumer and without tourism where would you be? And tourism season is short in Montenegro and so do all other things during the rest of the year and focus on tourism during the 60 or 75 days there is interest and consumption and simple treat tourists as the individual they are who work hardback home to spend in your amazing country and have deserved your full respect or they move to Turkey, Greece or Tunisia or Croatia. So, a working and successful tourism sector is crucial for the welfare of pensioners and construction workers and hospital employees and please this is message to educate all population – we are not "neki turisti" but the most important lifeline of prosperity of all Montenegro so next time you meet a tourist – we are all tourists here not immigrants be friendly say hello, speak some words in English, smile at least a bit, drive carefully and do not push or bully or threaten a tourist but treat him and his family for the respect required and deserved for working hard a year to spend his and her time and money in your country. Everybody to do so is an honour and show him and her that he is welcome. And stop complaining about cruise ships, tourist just looking, high prices and overcrowding but organise your public system better to cope with the inflow and so developed from a developing country to a European Member Montenegro to which all other European are happy to bring their money and spend their time full of happy memories and not afraid of their safety and in traffic jams. And getting a prosperous tourism magnet is the only way to keep funding your pension system, your hospitably open and your welfare system running and so it is not anti-social to ask for 2 Euro per hour for parking but it is perfectly possible for poor people to take the bus during summertime or walk to the beach. And again, the hard truth the summer is for people in a summer holiday destination the main working period – it is the time everybody here should be working full time in the tourism industry and no it is not for the Montenegro youth you enjoy but to work in summer in. tourism. Ask in any Austrian Alpine ski village if the people ski in winter – if they do then as ski instructors or during some off days but during the rest of the season they are working very hard to earn for all year when their village is less in demand.
Amazing Porto Montenegro has not Credit Card parking payment – investing half a billion Euro but not buying the payment option for the parking system provider what is that about? We are now in the world of contactless payments by bank cards and good and apple pay and Porto Montenegro is asking everybody to park the car and pay at a parking machine in cash!
And in Tivat Airport it is the symbol for careless management of the details – there is nothing happening when no flight but when two flight arrive at about the same time - the one parking area is so full and for leaving you have to wait for 40 min each time to pay their 80 Eurocents just because there is just one booth working to allow this payment in cash to leave the parking system? Is this European Montenegro in 2019 or Yugoslavia 1989? Anywhere in the world, there is an automated parking system with Credit Cards and in Montenegro, so do you have to have people in hot boxes collecting cash?
And it takes no new concession or major strategy to open a second booth to pay for parking, just a bit of love and care for your consumer and tourists. It is the combination and accumulation of small steps with a big impact by time which turns countries in successful tourist destinations. And again, what will you be without tourism? Montenegro would be condemned to live of its agriculture and industry and both are having very little commercial prospect without a construction industry selling flats to the world and food to consumer in restaurants frequented by tourists. It took as in Austria 2 generations to get this touristic mentality going but visit Austria no matter what the weather the experience is great and we have amazing return figures of tourists coming back every year.
Stop complaining - make sure there is nobody complaining about you
Complaining about a bad season results in nothing – you need to make sure tourists find nothing to complain in standard public services. And be sure a day a beach with truck passing by, a city visit to magic Perast with no parking, a long wait at the border, or parking payment box or traffic jams whenever at the Highway lead to a One and Only visit mentality for Montenegro tourists – come once and great and we come back once you are ready later in the decade once you are in the EU and all of this will anyhow be done inside the EU. But please why not now and turn every tourist into an Ambassador for Montenegro -saying to everybody back home that Montenegro is not only magic and amazing but as well ready for European future by being positive experiences in all simple 12 steps as outlined above. And please implement them before the Adriatic Highway reaches Montenegro and will bring much more European tourists into driving range from the European population's centre in Central Europe.
This article is the 3rd in series to contribute to better tourism and economic development by Austrian and European best practices in transport and tourism planning and pricing. For more information about the economic part read Strategy for European Boka 2020 and transport and mobility issues read Smart Mobility Strategy RecommendationsRecommendations from 2018, still fully to be implemented.
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30 July 2019 - Budva Municipality gets an official mobile application within the #DynaMob 2.0 project – says the statement of the PR service of the local government of Budva Municipality, in which they announced that they developed an interactive Dyn-APP smartphone application.
The mobile application will allow residents and tourists to have accurate and timely information on all contents that Budva has to offer: timetables and public transport stations, pedestrian and bicycle paths, free parking spaces, etc. It aims to bring together all city services in one place and provide immediate information tourists are interested in, which promotes the commercial sector and generates value to citizens.
Users will also be able to choose the most convenient means of transportation from their location to the desired hotel, restaurant, cultural and historical monument or some other place they prefer to visit.
The application will contain the most important data on all places in Budva, as well as weather forcast and other valuable information for citizens, which will both improve their quality of life and generate wealth.
You can view the presentation and application interface on the official Facebook profile of Budva Municipality.
The #DynaMob 2.0 project is part of the EU-funded Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro program through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II). It represents a joint initiative of five municipalities: the Municipality of Budva and the municipalities of Copertino and Campobasso in Italy, the municipalities of Skrapar and Tirana in Albania, as well as the Italian company Agenzia Formativa Ulisse and the Tirana Chamber of Economy.
This project aims to promote the use of sustainable means of transport in the area of its implementation. In the coming months, the Municipality of Budva announced that two fully viable routes would be designated and equipped, the use of which will be intended exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists.
Read more information useful for travelling to and through Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.
27 July 2019 - Traffic laws in Montenegro still have not defined the use of self-balance e-scooters on public roads and that is why the Montenegrin National Police plans to launch an initiative requiring amendments to the road safety legislation. Until then, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro urges the citizens to be more careful on roads/pavements, reported CdM.
E-Scooters with electric motors are already commonly used in many cities of Montenegro, not just by children but the adults as well.
Despite many advantages, experts warn of potential dangers with powered scooters, having in mind they can travel up to 35 km/h. As they represent a completely new mode of transport on Montenegro’s roads, laws governing road safety still haven’t defined it closely, the Ministry of Internal Affairs stated.
However, the Office for Communal Affairs, Transport and Energy Efficiency for the Tivat Municipality have announced that between the hours of 7 PM and 11 PM daily, the Pine Boardwalk, Marshal Tito Street and Ivo Vizin Boardwalk will be closed to bicycles and e-scooters.
“The measure has been taken in response to an increase in the number of cycle and scooter users on the boardwalk who travel at a speed that is a real danger to pedestrians, particularly small children,” highlighted the Tivat Municipality representatives on this occasion.
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25 July 2019 - Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković met with Miguel Fluxa Rosselló, the owner and Executive President of the Iberostar Group that has been operating in our country for over ten years.
The meeting expressed mutual satisfaction with the cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and this world tourist giant, which has an annual income exceeding 2.4 billion EUR in 35 countries, generating 10% of total tourist nights in hotels and 25% in high-class hotels, as stated in the announcement by the Office of the Prime Minister of Montenegro.
The Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković and the Executive President of Iberostar Miguel Fluxa Rosselló jointly assessed that the cooperation initiated at their first meeting almost three years ago is an example of the successful implementation of the vision of sustainable tourism development and an important step forward in enriching Montenegro's tourist offer and significantly expanding the offer of this renowned company.
Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković informed the Iberostar Executive President Miguel Fluxa Rosselló about the extremely good results of this summer's tourist season saying that the number of guests in the hotels has increased and that financial indicators point to revenue growth.
The Executive President of Iberostar Miguel Fluxa Rosselló, whose company operates in Herceg Novi, Perast and Bečići, expressed interest in further improvement of the Montenegrin offer and expansion of business in our country and in the region. In that sense, concrete steps have been agreed on increasing the number of airlines flying to Montenegro and further improvement of our utility infrastructure.
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18 July 2019 - A new five-star hotel Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club, opened in the Reževići settlement on the Budva Riviera, in the presence of numerous guests from Montenegro and abroad, reports RTV Budva.
The officials of the Municipality of Budva – Budva’s Mayor Marko Carević, the director of the National Tourism Organization Željka Radak Kukavičić, and the investor of this luxury resort Stalbek Mishakov, addressed the guests, and, by cutting the ribbon, they ceremoniously opened the new resort.
Ānanti Hotel is a 5-star luxury resort in Montenegro that offers a large selection of independent villas — encompassing exclusive and spacious villas and residences complimented by a plethora of amenities including a beach, a signature Asian-fusion restaurant, kids club and fitness centre – all nested in the quaint and charming inlet of Reževići.
Inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern luxury, the essence of the five-star brand is to provide the ultimate enjoyment and happiness to all its residents and guests. According to the hotel’s owners, every step of the journey in Ānanti, from checkin to check out, is meticulously crafted to offer a carefree and relaxed stay.
The environment of the Reževići area, where the hotel is located, is ideal since the residence is surrounded by untouched nature with spectacular views on the sea. The complex is only a few dozen meters away from the Hotel’s exclusive beach. Nothing interferes with the privacy of the guests’ holiday since the hotel offers a comfortable and silent atmosphere.
The management of this hotel stated that they are satisfied with the hotel's occupancy, and announced the construction and opening of the spa centre for the next year.
Find more information about the resort, take a look at the hotel's offer and book your stay at the official website of the Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club.
16 July 2019 - The exhibition New Realities - Réalités Nouvelles from Paris will open on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 8.30 pm at the Modern Gallery Jovo Ivanović in Budva.
The exhibition, organized by Public institution Museums and Galleries of Budva in cooperation with The Salon des Réalités Nouvelles from Paris, is one of the most important in this year's exhibition season of the Institution and represents important cultural cooperation between France and Montenegro. At the exhibition, whose curator is Senka Subotić, 50 artists who have dedicated their work exclusively to abstraction will present their work, reports RTCG.
The Salon des Réalités Nouvelles started working after the Second World War. It has an international character and brings together the most eminent artists from all over the world. Founded in 1946, it represented the ideas of artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich and Lissitzky, extending the ideas of the groups that preceded and were active in the first half of the 20th century; most notably “Cercle et Carré” and “Création-Abstraction”, in time grew into an association that today bears the name Réalités Nouvelles. The group gathers over four hundred artists, oriented to abstraction in the field of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, engraving, and digital media. Abstract artists who are not members can also take part in the exhibitions that are organized once a year, so Yugoslav artists Petar Omčikus, Momčilo Milovanović, Bata Mihailović, Dado Đurić, Ljubinka Jovanović, Kosa Bokšan, Milija Belić and others began to exhibit at the beginning of the 50s. Today, the Salon is open to all artists who deal with abstraction in any form of fine art, and represents a "stepping stone" for artists for further success and progress in the field of abstraction, as well as an inexhaustible source of ideas and possibilities. The association is made up of about forty artists elected by the president, and at the same time its members are in charge of the organization of showrooms and exhibitions, both annual in Paris and throughout the world. Since 2008, the Salon is presided Olivier Di Pizio.
The exhibition in Budva will include 50 exhibitors, among them Milija Belić, a Serbian-French artist who has a special role in organizing this exhibition and establishing significant cultural cooperation between Budva and Paris. Also, in addition to numerous foreign artists, Ivan Jurašin from Belgrade will present himself to the audience in Budva, as well as Darko Karadžić, an artist from Montenegro who is the winner of last year's Salon Award.
The exhibition will be open until August 20, 2019.
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13 July 2019 - The Municipality of Budva, with the initiation of the Secretariat for Utilities and Housing Services, has built yet another gym in the open air in Petrovac, a coastal town in Montenegro, located within Budva Municipality.
Over the past few weeks, the contractor has conducted preparations for the training ground. Assistant Secretary from the Secretariat for Municipal Housing Affairs, Aleksandar Popović, said that the local government representatives are paying special attention that the devices they installed for the outdoor gyms are of the highest possible quality.
Citizens of Budva actively use the first outdoor gyms, located in the nearby city’s swimming pool in the hotel resort Slovenska beach.
"The gym is used every day, especially when there are favourable weather conditions. The equipment can be used for a variety of exercises and is excellent for maintaining fitness and good health. It is made in America and Denmark, and each part of the devices is made of aluminium and special types of inox, which is resistant to seawater and does not require special maintenance," said Popović for RTV Budva.
With this, the Municipality Budva continued to renovate the city and sports fields, and one of the goals is to include as many fellow citizens as possible in various sports activities, concluded the Assistant Secretary from the Secretariat for Communal Housing Affairs.
Just five minutes of an outdoor workout, park or forest exercises can greatly improve your health and mood, according to researchers from England, and even if there is a water surface such as a river or lake in that area, then it makes a really good combination.
Saturated by gyms with stifling rooms and sweat odors, people designed and popularized the subculture of exercise in parks, playgrounds and other open spaces. Today, this is practiced throughout the world and called "street workout". The street workout is a physical activity performed mostly in outdoor parks or public facilities. It is a modern name for bodyweight workouts in outdoor parks. Street workout teams and organized competitions exist.
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11 July 2019 - When we think of a summer holiday in Budva, we usually think of the nightlife and loud music, fast food and beach bars. Still, Budva is much more than that, and here are 11 things you do not want to miss when travelling through Budva that prove that you can spend a nice and quality time in this gorgeous coastal city without aggressive music and too much crowd.
Aside from what everyone knows about Budva - the main promenade surrounded by beach bars and cafes, Budva offers an entirely different approach to a holiday. This article by Dragana Pribilović addresses the things that you need to see when you come to Budva, none of which is related to the turbulent nightlife, crowd and loud music.
In the hot summer months, the nice shade in Budva can be found in the settlement Ivanovići, right under an olive tree around 2000 years old. This olive tree, with the olive tree in Bar, is considered one of the oldest olive trees on the Adriatic. Its scope in the “root neck” is 12,5 meters, the trunk has a diameter of 4 meters and the tree is 10 meters high. The olive is of the local variety, and in the year of full-bloom, it can give about 250 kilograms of fruits, or about 40 liters of oil.
For lovers of fresh water, or for those who want change or cooling in a natural pool, the ideal solution is the natural pool in Krapina, a village in a hilly landscape near Budva. This natural beauty and holiday paradise are at 185 meters above sea level and guarantees about five degrees lower temperature than the one in Budva. The locals also call this village Potoci (English: The streams), because of the Veliki potok (English: Great stream) which flows through Krapina and forms a natural pool, ideal for cooling at great summer temperatures. Lush vegetation gives the water a restful green color, making this landscape even more picturesque, so this is the place for fans of the nature of paradise and for lovers of photography, because the unusual natural frames of this area are ideal for photo lenses.
This viewpoint is located above the Praskvica Monastery and there is a monument to fallen heroes on it, as well as a fountain with spring water. Čelobrdo is a village located on Paštrovska Gora above Miločer and Sveti Stefan. On the plateau where the viewpoint is found, probably the most beautiful view of the Budva Riviera, a monument was erected for the fighters killed in World War II.
The Church of St. Sava and the viewpoint in Đenaši are located above Sveti Stefan island. From this place, there is a breathtaking view of Budva's coast, Sveti Stefan, Miločer, Reževići and Budva. This viewpoint is a favorite among the just married couples, who regularly choose this place for their wedding photographs, with Sveti Stefan in the back.
On a mild elevation above the Budva field, about two kilometers from the Old Town, there is a monastery Podostrog, with two temples, one of which is dedicated to the Ascension, and the second to the Presentation of the Holy Mother of God to The Temple. It was named after the Ostrog hill under which it was built, although it is often mentioned in the literature under the name Podmaine, which was the name of the monastery located somewhat lower, with the church of St. Petka.
The Citadel leaning on the southern ridge dominates the Old Town of Budva and with its beauty and specialty, it attracts a great number of tourists from all over the world. Citadel was once known as Kaštel Svete Marije, shorter only Kaštel or by its Italian name Castello di Santa Maria.
The fort was built in 1860. It was built by the Austro-Hungarians to protect the city from the west. It is badly damaged and never restored. It offers a beautiful view of the city and the island of St. Nicholas. Today Mogren Fortress is one of the inevitable tourist attractions in Budva.
St. Nicholas Island or Island Školj (Italian: scoglio - rock), as locals call it, is the largest Montenegrin island on the Adriatic. The island covers 47 hectares and is almost 2 km long, and the Old Town in Budva is a whole mile away. It was named after the church of the same name, which is dedicated to St. Nicholas, patron of sailors.
Every summer night, lovers of the old good Mediterranean sound can enjoy the gigs of Nebojša Zloporubović known as Zlopi, who has been playing in the restaurant Pjaca in Budva for over twenty years.
Museum of Budva - In the Old Town, located in the building from the beginning of the 19th century, has permanent settings of archaeological and ethnographic collection, and on the ground floor of the museum is a lapidarium with valuable examples of stone plastic. The archaeological collection consists of objects found during archaeological excavations in Budva (Hellenistic gold, various vases, jewelry, ornaments, tools, cutlery, glassware, clay, silverware ...) that originate from the 5th century BC until the Middle Ages, unifying the culture of the Illyrians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Slavs in this area.
The City Theatre Festival is a cultural manifestation that takes place during the summer months in Budva under the auspices of the Municipality of Budva and is definitely something worth the attention, with an excellent program and something that should not be missed when the cultural content is in question.
Conceived as a cross-section of contemporary achievements of primarily theatrical, and then artistic, musical and literary creativity, the City Theatre Festival with the quality of the program confirms its renown not only as a host to numerous troops and creators, but also with the quality of production activity that examines the authentic cultural heritage of Budva and Montenegro.
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Ventilator continues the drama programme of the festival "Grad Theatre City Budva" tonight. Between the churches, starting at 9 pm, the show "Ventilator" based on the motives of Carlo Goldoni’s comedy "Fan” (Lepeza") will be performed, directed by famous Jaka Ivanc, productions Theater Koper, Slovenia and Ujvideki Szinhaz Novi Sad.
Jaka Ivanc, director of the show "Ventilator", said: "We were interested in what will happen in the end, what comes to the end, who survives and how, and why ... In the game, we followed all the rules of comedy del arte. It was a great bite, a live band, different people, but very willing to work, the songs fit greatly with the story, the language is one of the main structures of the play, the languages are spoken are also the artistic signs of the performance, as well as one of the postulates of our comedy. Everything happens in a post-apocalyptic, slightly dystopic time. Only those peoples who had the highest suicide rate have experienced it... "
Jaka Ivanc graduated under the mentorship of Dušan Jovanović at the Ljubljana Academy of Theater, Radio, Film, and Television. He is considered one of the most original young directors in Slovenia and he is the winner of a set of prizes. Original is also the idea of combining the world of "comedy del 'arte" and post-apocalypse, as is the case in this play. Apart from directing, he is engaged in dramaturgy, stage design and video art.
Actor Igor Štamulak from Gledališće (theatre) Koper plays in the show, and also appeared in another one at Purgatorije Festival at Tivat Summer Stage two nights ago, but unfortunately, the show “Barufe” which the audience enjoyed very much was stopped because of severe weather. After that performance he told us:
“We like to come to Montenegro, this is the second time we are here. I was here last year for the first time, we were guests of the festival in Budva. We are happy to come, I think that art can connect all the people. It’s not important where we are from, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia. We played “Barufe” according to Carlo Goldoni, by director Vito Taufer in Tivat. It is the co-production of Gledališće Koper, Slovensko stalno gledališće Trieste, Istarsko narodno gledališće from Pula and Slovensko narodno gledališće Gorica. We use a collective language, spoken by all of us. In the show “Ventilator” there are even four languages. We are happy to come to Montenegro, where everybody can understand the show. This is a good sign that the show was stopped because next year we’ll come again to finish it. I always say that each word, each thing happens for a reason. If this reason is to come back here, we will be happy to do it. “
The choreography in “Ventilator” is by Miha Krušič, set design by Greta Godnič, costume design and masks by Andrej Vrhovnik, and the composer is Davor Herceg.
Apart from Igor Štamulak, the show is played by Lehel Soltis, Anja Drnovšek, Gorazd Žilavec, Zoltan Sirmer, Judit Laszlo, Tjaša Horvat, Rok Matek, Daniel Huszta, Aleš Valič / Jaša Jamnik. The musicians on the scene are Davor Herceg, Žiga Kožar, Goran Rukavina and Dejan Gregorić.
The assembly hall in Budva will be embellished by the painting "Sea Bird" by the well-known Montenegrin painter from Budva Jovo Ivanovic, whose purchase from the deceased artist the municipality will cost 12 thousand euros. This is stated in the notice on the outcome of the public procurement procedure signed by Mayor Marko Bato Carevic, stating that the entire procedure was conducted in accordance with the applicable regulations.
As stated to "Vijesti" from the Mayor's Cabinet, at the initiative of the President of the Municipality, the Secretariat for Local Self-Government initiated the procurement of the painting "Sea Bird" by the painter Jovo Ivanovic, who will soon adorn the hall of the local parliament.
"The idea of this purchase is to emphasize culture and its importance for our municipality. It is a work belonging to an acknowledged local author whose aesthetic and motive are poetically related to the city of Budva and whose physical characteristics correspond to the frontal wall of the assembly hall," said the cabinet of the President of the Municipality.
It was added that "with his poetry, Ivanovic celebrates the beauty of his ancient city and the Mediterranean landscape and that this is particularly reflected in the color and motif of the "Sea Bird". The blue color that dominates this painting is the additional argument that makes this piece of art the best solution for our assembly hall."
Jovo Ivanovic is one of the most prominent Montenegrin painters, a key name in the field of affirmation of fine art at the local, Montenegrin and European level.
The love of Budva Ivanovic has selflessly demonstrated through the endeavor of linking it with genuine and true art flows through the founding of the Modern Gallery, which has been very successful under his leadership for over three decades and which is carrying his name today.
Text by Vuk Lajovic, on July 9th, 2019, read more at Vijesti