Where to visit
Built into a vertical cliff face high above the Bjelopavlici plain, the 17th century Ostrog is such an impressive feat of engineering by any standards and deserves a place on the religious tourist’s schedule as well as that of culture lovers.
While its edifice was refinished in the 1920s following a fire, interiors reveal two intriguing cave churches: Upper Church, adorned with 350-year-old frescoes painted directly onto the rock, and Lower Church, established in the 18th century. There are also a number of interesting ancillary buildings, such as the monastic residences and the 1824 Church of St. Trojan. Dedicated to St. Basil, the monastery was founded by Bishop Vasilije – one of the four Montenegrin saints – and his remains are enshrined in its reliquary.
Ostrog is a 2-hour drive from Tivat, along the Risan highway. Whilst you’re there, we recommend taking a look at the intricate frescoes of the Upper Church and relax in the square next to the monastic residences and enjoy the views over the plain.
Where to eat
Nestled in the northern corner of the Bay of Kotor, from the sea this gem of a restaurant is reached via narrow channel and warrants an
arrival by boat to experience its true magic.
The finest seafood restaurant in Montenegro, say some, expect a charming location in an old water mill surrounded by nature, greenery and running water, not to mention fish! Service is generally excellent, formal yet friendly, while the wine list spreads its wings beyond the confines of ex-Yugoslavia to France and Italy too. An extensive menu means there should be something for everyone no matter what their preferences, although the fish dishes are generally recommended, for obvious reasons. Reservations are required in peak season. Guests arriving by car from Tivat should take the Lepetane ferry, turn right along the coast and look out for the roadside signs for a left turn to the restaurant.
Where to stay
Hotel Bianca, Kolasin
The Bianca brings a welcome dose of sophistication to the up-and-coming mountain town of Kolasin. Whilst the nearby Hotel Lipka remains closed, Bianca has the market all to herself which means booking is essential in winter season, summer is generally a much calmer affair however. Many devotees go for the indoor pool, spa facilities and fitness centre alone, but the wooden-clad interiors are more than worthy of mention too. On a mid-summers day, nothing beats setting off for a mountain hike knowing that there is one of the country’s leading spa centres waiting for back at base.
Where to party
Scaramanga brings an exclusive nightclub experience to Montenegro for the very first time, instantly filling a gap in the country's nightlife scene for an intimate, luxurious, after dinner drinks and dancing venue.
Interiors feature a decadent circus tent-style roof with oversized disco ball and designer seating around the small but perfectly formed dance floor while star lighting designer Patrick Woodroff, of the London Olympic Opening ceremony and long-time collaborator of the Rolling Stones, was responsible for the dramatic indoor lighting features.
Overseeing all of Scaramanga's events and music, Immersive Cult of London have worked with the likes of Chanel, Christie's and Secret Cinema; their focus is on dance classics, visiting international DJs and the occasional live performance from special guests.
Where to relax
Ulcinj / Velika Plaza / Ada Bojana
At the southern end of Montenegro, just before the Albanian border, you’ll find a 14-kilometre beach, the longest on the coast. Known as Velika Plaza (literally: Grand Beach) and comprised of fine golden sand, it is ideal for families with younger children as well as extreme water sports.
Acknowledging that it is not always good to mix the two, families and tourists tend to congregate on the first few kilometres of the beach closer to Ulcinj, while the southernmost third attracts legions of kite surfers and windsurfers drawn by the shallow waters and consistent wind conditions. The middle third meanwhile, dotted with beach bars, draws more of a party crowd.
For further information on those featured, or any other travel / booking enquiry please visit the Porto Montenegro Lifestyle Concierge, located in the AM / PM store.