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Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi

With Mount Orjen rising behind it offering some of Montenegro’s best hiking trails and great sea views, Herceg Novi is built along a steep incline, meaning exploring can be something of a step class. Older neighborhoods rich in towers, squares, and churches, are as attractive and interesting as any on the coast and rarely suffer from the overcrowding of the more popular tourist destinations. The town’s waterfront turns into one long promenade lined with cafes and restaurants during balmy summer evenings.

Known as Castel Nuovo (Italian for “New Castle”) until the 1600s, Herceg Novi was founded in 1382 as a fortress town whose ancient citadel ramparts enhance its shoreline to this day. It has been ruled over the centuries by the Ottoman Empire, Spain, and Venice, as well as Russia, France and Austria. With each invader contributing to Herceg Novi’s divergent blend of architectural styles, a walk through the old town uncovers everything from a neoclassical clock tower erected by the Austrians in the 1900s to the Kanli Kula (“Blood Tower”), a 1500s amphitheatre built by the Turks, which was later remodeled by the Venetians, and is now used as a summer stage.

  • Relax in the healing sea mud and mineral water springs in the neighboring Igalo
  • Enjoy lunch at Al Posto Giusto
  • Take a hike up Mount Orjen
  • Spend a day visiting the many fortresses nearby
  • Explore the City Museum founded in 1949 at Mirka Komnenovića 9
  • Consider a stay at Casa del Mare, winner of best small hotel in Montenegro
  • Visit the City Library that contains over 30,000 books at Trg Hercega Stefana 6
  • Visit the near-by island of Mamula 3.4 nautical miles from Herceg Novi
  • Go green in the botanical park

Herceg Novi is located at a strategic crossroads between Orjen (1,895m), the highest mountain of the Dinara massive, and the entrance of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska).

Known as Castel Nuovo (Italian for “New Castle”) until the 1600s, Herceg Novi was founded in 1382 as a fortress town whose ancient citadel ramparts enhance its shoreline to this day. It has been ruled over the centuries by the Ottoman Empire, Spain, and Venice, as well as Russia, France and Austria. With each invader contributing to Herceg Novi’s divergent blend of architectural styles, a walk through the old town uncovers everything from a neoclassical clock tower erected by the Austrians in the 1900s to the Kanli Kula (“Blood Tower”), a 1500s amphitheatre built by the Turks, which was later remodelled by the Venetians, and is now used as a summer stage.