EUROPE’S SOUTHERNMOST FJORD… OR SO THEY SAY
Often referred to as the southernmost fjord in Europe, this Bay is in fact a drowned river canyon. The high mountains that bend around the coastline protect the bay’s many towns and villages from the severe climate of the north in winter. This allows an abundance of Mediterranean vegetation to grow: agave, palm, mimosa, oleander, kiwi, pomegranate and medicinal herbs can all flourish in these temperatures. The bay is naturally divided into four smaller parts – Herceg Novi bay, Risan bay, Kotor bay and Tivat bay. Herceg Novi displays a fine combination of romantic, Byzantine and oriental architectural styles while Risan is known for the remnants of classical culture found there, dominated by the remains of a Roman patrician’s villa with beautiful mosaic floors. Kotor, a UNESCO protected walled city, is the old coastal and cultural centre which has withstood countless invasions over the centuries and now attracts a lively tourist crowd in summer for its splendid churches and squares.