25 Things to Do in Tivat this Summer

By , 13 Jun 2018, 14:21 PM Travel

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June 13, 2018 - The smallest municipality in Montenegro today, Tivat seems to be the center of summer life, hosting theater festivals and concerts, carnivals and beach parties. So, what is going on in Tivat this summer?

The historical heritage of Tivat is not as multiform compared with the nearby Kotor, however, there are few sights to visit.

  1. Fortress Ljetnikovac Buca

Located in the very city center, the fortified summer residence Buca represents a harmonious renaissance unity with a few late Gothic details. It consists of five buildings: the residence unit, the economic building, the church with St. Michael's chapel and the multipurpose porch with the vaulted gate. It is unique on the Montenegrin coast and dates back more than 500 years. The founder of the family, Mihajlo Buca, and his brother Nikola, who served in czar Dusan’s court, built a medieval castle-summer residence for both rest and defense.

The gallery opened on the ground floor of the fortress and hosts interesting exhibitions of local and international artists. Entrance is free.

  1. Archeological Site Mala Gruda

This is the most important and most representative of all barrows which were excavated in the Tivat field. It is dated back to the Early Bronze age from 1900 to 1800 BC. A lot of valuable objects were found in this tomb such as a golden dagger, silver ax, golden pendant for the ruler’s diadem, and more. 

  1. Naval Heritage Collection

Reflecting the area’s rich maritime tradition, the Naval Heritage Collection is housed in a beautifully restored building and showcases over 300 artifacts from Yugoslav submarines to the diaries of Montenegro’s Princess Ksenija, Austro-Hungarian ship equipment, and industrial machines.

  1. Submarine Hero

This children's attraction is the P821 submarine which stands across the street from the Naval Heritage Collection building. Open for visits.

  1. Churches

There are many churches in the area. Some of them worth visiting:

St. Roko church

Located in Donja Lastva by the sea it was built in 1901 together with the belfry. There is a very interesting icon of St Tripun by the famous Greek painter Ilija Moskos.

St. Michael’s monastery

At peninsula Prevlaka there are remains of the St. Michael monastery which marked one of the most important periods in the history of this area, from the 9th to the 14th century. Originally there used to be a Benedictine convent and from the first half of the 13th century, it was the seat of Bishop of Zeta. It was destroyed by the Venetians in 1452. There are still remains of the monastery which was 21m long and 12,5m wide. In the vicinity of the church to the east, the Holy Trinity Church was built by Countess Ekaterina Vlastelinovic.

Island of Lady of Grace

Located between the Krtoli coast and Island of St. Mark, it is only 200m in diameters. On one half, there is a monastery complex dedicated to Lady of Grace. It is not known when the first sacral building was built. At the end of the 19th century, it became a residence of the Bishop of Kotor. Today it is a Jesuitical monastery. The Statue of Our lady-Lady of Grace made of wood which is regarded miraculous is one of the most valuable church objects.

St. Anthony from Padova church

It was built in 1734 and together with the parish priest’s office and front paved yard, it is a social center of Tipovici. From the hill where it is situated there is an exceptional view of the western part of the Bay of Tivat. In the church, there is a painting of St. Peter and St. Paul by the Italian painter Francesco.

  1. Vila Verona

The Verona house is located in the southern part of the city at the seaside. Although the greater part of the house has been unused and deserted for a long time with its simple but elongated form, its proportions and architectural style reflects the features of the gothic-renaissance period in which it was built.

  1. Gornja Lastva village

Lying in the hinterland of Tivat at an altitude of about 300 m, Gornja Lastva is a village tucked away in olive groves. Mentioned for the first time in the XIV century it offers a magnificent view over the bay of Tivat. The best experience in this rural area is an open-air jazz concert organized every summer under a full moon night. This year, it is on 28th July.

Tivat area offers great opportunities for active tourism as well.

  1. Tivat Solila national park

The park is located in the swamp area of the coastal part of the Tivat Bay. The most interesting fact for tourists and birdwatchers is that this area is home to very rare bird species, such as flamingos or small cormorants. Though the best period for bird-watching is from February to April, it is still a nice place to walk in the early summer morning.

  1. Hiking on Vrmac

Walking trails cross the mountains surrounding the bay of Tivat. What can be better than waking up early and spending all day in the wild nature with the most stunning views over the sea? You can start walking from many points and spend several hours or the whole day with a picnic on the top of Vrmac.

  1. Play tennis

There are several tennis courts in the Seljanovo area managed by the Porto Montenegro Sports Club including a covered court which allows you to play in hot midday hours. Training services also offered.

  1. Boat trip

A whole day trip on a big tourism boat to visit the attractions of the Boka bay or have a private tour by a speed boat with prolonged time for swimming are both unforgettable.

  1. Fishing

Fishing during the earliest hours is another way to discover the hidden beauty of the Boka Bay. And later a nice catch will be turned into a wonderful Mediterranean dinner.

  1. Photo Safari

Explore the most attractive locations for photography riding on quads around Lustica peninsula, Vrmac, and Lovcen mountains. Tours are organized by the UNA tour agency.

  1. Beach day

There are many beaches of all kind in the area. You may spend a day in front of your hotel just visiting your room for a quick shower, but we’d recommend discovering the beaches of the Lustica peninsula. The only sandy beach in the area called Plavi Horizont is a 15 min drive from the city and you can also find both luxury beach resorts and wild tiny beaches.

  1. Helicopter tour

A truly unique experience to fly over historic landmarks of the Montenegrin coast with a spectacular birds-eye view of the beauty below. The tours are offered by the Discovery Montenegro agency based in Tivat.

  1. SPA day

Lady’s day or rainy day – whatever you call it – this mission will be successfully completed in the Tivat luxury hotels such as la Roche or Regent, or at the Pura Vida SPA salon.

What about entertainment? You couldn’t expect more from a small city.

  1. Concerts

Whether you prefer jazz or classical music or are inspired by traditional Mediterranean melodies, you have a full range of music in Tivat. Enjoy the klapa acapella singing on the 22nd of July at the central town quay, visit the Vive Mozart! concert on the 23rd of June or listen to the modern jazz stars from New York stage this Friday at the Tivat summer theater.

  1. Open-air cinema

The newly opened beach club at Porto Montenegro village is screening Hollywood films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s two days a week after 9 pm.

  1. 3D movies

Travelling with kids? Buy them chocolate ice-cream and take to the Tivat cultural center to watch a 3D animated movie. Screenings are held on working days all summer season.

  1. Night beach parties

And for those happy travelling without kids, several beach clubs in the area are organizing parties with hot salsa dancing and house music. Just follow the sounds along the coast.

  1. Fashion show

Leading international fashion brands are coming to the luxury marina Porto Montenegro at the end of July. Don’t miss their fashion shows and after-party with cocktails!

  1. Local food festival

Food is always in focus in the southern countries. Montenegrin food is widely promoted in the Tivat area at numerous festivals. Check the nearest gastro-event at the Tourist office and enjoy homemade traditional dishes. The next one is on the 16th of June which celebrates wild chicory dishes.

  1. Chicago musical

The most respectable annual summer festival in the area called 'Purgatory' will open this year with famous musical Chicago on the 22nd of June. The popular Broadway musical is performed by the Belgrade theater Pozoriste na Terazijama.

  1. Street performances

Three days in July (25-27th) the streets of Tivat will be occupied by numerous groups of performers of all kinds. See them express their love and energy into unique art pieces.

  1. A day trip to Kotor, Herceg Novi or Njegusi village

Tried everything in Tivat? Go ahead and explore the country! Visit nearby cities and villages by renting a bike or a car.

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