The hub of Montenegro’s olive industry, Bar is surrounded by vast, centuries old groves and claims the world’s most ancient, 2000 year old olive tree.
A busy, modern port town with a handful of decent beaches, Bar is also home to one of the world’s largest fortified archaeological sites.
Old Town Bar, unlike most of Montenegro’s ancient villages, is completely uninhabited and very well preserved. Its old ruins include Turkish baths, Roman aqueducts, churches, a citadel, King Nikola’s castle, town squares, and a Bishop’s palace. While Bar may not be a huge tourist draw, it does make an interesting stop-off point en route or returning from Ulcinj’s splendid beaches.
Bar is an ancient city yet there is very little precise information on its origins. The claim that life existed in this region in the prehistoric, Illyrian, Greek and Roman times is confirmed by archaeological findings such as the remains of Neolithic material found during excavation of a well in nearby Celuga.
- Visit the oldest olive tree, Stara Maslina, and buy fresh local olive oil in Bar
- Take a ferry ride from the Port of Bar to Bari (Italy) and lunch in medieval Barivecchia – old Bari
- Wander historic Old Town Bar
The municipality of Bar is situated in the south-eastern part of Montenegro on the Adriatic coast and covers an area of 505 km2. The length of the coastline is 46 km, of which 9 km are beaches, while the territory of Bar includes as much as 65 km of the entire Skadar Lake shore.