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Budva


According to the archeological data from the 4th century BC, the impressive ramparts of the Old Town of Budva rushed straight into the Adriatic as far back as when it was founded as a Hellenic colony. To this very day, the town walls have remained literally thrust in the sea, which proved to be the most faithful ally of the local people throughout their long history.
The best sea view from the Old Town you can get if you go to the town walls, carefully directing their gaze through the stone loopholes. The city walls used to guard the settlement and its inhabitants from enemy attacks, but today they are good places for romantic rendezvous, strolling and moments of solitude. The ramparts widen into the Citadel, once a mighty military fortification, which today sometimes still succeeds in disguising itself into one of the “Theatre City” Festival stages.
Plays are also performed on the smaller stage “between the churches” which is protected by the saints of different confessions - “Saint Mary in Punta” (840), “Saint Sava” (12th-13th centuries) and “Holy Trinity” (1804). The theatre tradition has gradually developed from the ancient tradition of religious processions and masked balls that grew and matured together with the city. The bright, cheerful spirit of the masked dancers is still thriving through the “Festadjuni" of Budva.
Underneath the plateau in front of the church of Saint John (believed to be originally built in the 7th century), hidden from view, lie the Roman public baths (terme) from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. Preserved parts of the Roman streets still lead into the building of the Town Museum of Budva. After many centuries, the traces of life left behind by the Illyrians, Greeks, and Romans are finally displayed in the new museum building: terra-cotta dishes which the people of Budva used to eat from in the 5th and 6th centuries BC; stone jars from which they tasted the thick, smooth Mediterranean wine; amphora for keeping the valuable golden yellow olive oil. Also urns, jewelry, coins, buckles, cutlery, medical instruments, and miniature multi-colored glass vessels for collecting sweet-smelling ointments or women tears, which might have been useful when their men would sail off to sea… The remains of the ancient city gates through which those same sailors perhaps came back to their homes, are now displayed in the premises of a boutique where today one can find some modern items from Rome. Outside the walls of the Old Town, in a part of one of the popular cafes, lie the remains of Roman mosaics. And so, yesterday and yoday learned to live side by side. Outside the protection of the Old Town stonewalls - today it leads, offering entertainments to suit different tastes – hotels, restaurants, discothèques, children’s entertainments and cafes packed together like sardines. "Saint Nicholas" still keeps a watchful eye on the shore and its numerous sandy beaches - being the only island in the vicinity.

 
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Kotor

The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanisation typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor an UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site". Through the entire city the buildings are criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. At one of them there is the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun , a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. The Church of Sveti Luka (13th century), Church Sveta Ana (12th century) Church Sveta Marija (13th century), Church Gospe od Zdravlja (15th century), the Prince’s Palace (17th century) and the Napoleon Theatre (19th century) are all treasures that are part of the rich heritage of Kotor. Carnivals and fiestas are organised each year to give additional charm to this most beautiful city of the Montenegrin littoral. You simply can not afford to miss a visit to Kotor.


 
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Perast

Perast is a sleepy baroque place near Kotor. The most beautiful buildings of this small city were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time seafaring was growing and captains built magnificent villas that even today capture you with their beauty. Perast is a quiet and peaceful place. It abounds in sacred monuments, such as the Church Sveti Nikola built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Parish church (1740) the island in front of Perast where there is church Sv. Djordje (12th), Gospa od Skrpjela (1630), baroque church built on artificial island.


Sveti Stefan

Once a small fishing village on a ridge by the sea shore which experienced an unbelievable transformation, it became during the seventies and eighties one of the Montenegro's most famous tourist centers for the high paying clientele.
Sophia Loren, one of the most frequent visitors, bewitched by its beauty like everyone else, had once wanted to build a villa on a nearby deserted cliff. Then Sylvester Stallone and numerous other famous actors, artists, kings and princes from all over the world used to visit this magic place. Sveti Stefan is the place with the best pedigree in Montenegro, and fortunately is still well-preserved and one of the most attractive Montenegrin tourist destinations.

 
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