Presentation of the destination
Ulcinj is located south of Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast. The city has about 11,000 inhabitants, mostly with Albanian language and traditions since they are very close to the border with Albania. Ulcinj is one of the most touristic cities in Montenegro, since the beaches of the south of the country are very attractive. The center of Ulcinj, which shows its Muslim tradition thanks to its many mosques, is also a great tourist attraction. Ulcinj settlements are known from the Bronze Age and later almost all major civilizations in Europe have been settled in it, it has always been a highlight of the coast as a fishing port. The climate in Ulcinj is Mediterranean, with rainy winters of mild temperatures and warm, dry summers. The city is governed by the GMT + 1 time zone, and the currency of use is the euro.
Points of interests / things to see
Ulcinj has several kilometers of beaches that are among the most beautiful and visited in Montenegro. The main beach of Ulcinj is called Velika plaža, which means big beach. It has 13 kilometers and is considered one of the best beaches on the entire Adriatic coast. Velika is one of the favorite beaches for lovers of surfing, windsurfing and other water sports, as well as a nudist area. This area is very special because it is the only nudist beach in the whole country. Ulcinj has a second somewhat smaller beach known as Mala pla¾¾a, which means small beach. Mala has nothing to envy to Velika, it is a beautiful beach of fine sand in which you can enjoy the sun and water sports. In addition the legends say that it was the place chosen by the pirates to disembark and divide the booty, so it is a place with an interesting history. Other smaller coves also have a lot of charm and They are important claim for tourists. Valdanos Bay is surrounded by olive trees and pine trees, and Las Mujeres Beach (Ladies Beach) is a small pebble beach where water streams with a high sulfur content reach, which they say is very good for women. with fertility problems.
The old city is known in Ulcinj as Stari Grad, a network of narrow streets, among which the ramparts, the citadel, the markets and the small squares in which, from time to time, there is a building of great architectural importance. The castle of Ulcinj, or Kalaja, is located on a small peninsula and was built by the Illyrians, although later the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans made reconstructions to adapt it to their needs. At the moment only the cyclone wall remains standing. The citadel, fortress of the city, is in the highest part. There stands out the BalÅ¡iÄ ‡ Tower that dominates the entire city and from which you can also control the bay and the open sea. The tower was built in the fifteenth century, but the third floor is an addition to the Ottoman era. This tower is one of the most important medieval monuments in Montenegro. The palace, of Venetian origin, was used as the residence of the governor of the city and, because of its beauty, all the rulers of the city resided in the city. in the palace for years.
In the old city there is a small square, surrounded by arches, known by the name of Slave Square, since during the 17th century Ulcinj hosted an important slave market. The pirates of the city plundered the richest mansions of Dalmatia and Italy and later captured their owners to sell them as slaves. In Ulcinj there was no tradition of slaves, citizens did not use them to perform any task They simply waited for the families of the captives to pay a ransom for them. In order to get the ransoms they allowed the slaves to send messages to their families. Both the sale and the messaging of the slaves, as well as the subsequent delivery of the ransom, took place in this Square of the Slaves. Today, some of the bars placed between the arches of the square that served as cells to keep the slaves there are still preserved in the cobbled square. The stone in which the slaves were chained is also kept for sale. Legend has it that one of these slaves, who sang like the angels, was Miguel de Cervantes and that the strict owner The slaves that appear in Don Quixote under the name of AzÃ¡n AgÃ¡ are inspired by their captor, who adopted the Muslim name of Hasan-aga.
The inhabitants of Ulcinj are mostly Muslims, an undeniable sign of the influence that the Ottomans left in this area. One of the characteristics that best defines Ulcinj are its mosques, sautéed in the center of the city between medieval streets and some Catholic and Orthodox churches. The Pasha mosque is one of the most important mosques in the city. It was built in 1719 with the materials that were obtained from Venetian ships that were captured after an attempted attack on the city. The mosque consists of a modest temple and a terraced hamam, the only one in all of Montenegro. This mosque was erected in honor of KıLÄ ± Ã§ Ali PaÅŸa, an Ottoman admiral. The Sailor's Mosque is one of the symbols of Ulcinj. It is located on the promenade and has a very tall tower that for a time was used as a lighthouse. This mosque was built in the fourteenth century, before the city was converted to Islam, by the Moors of Morocco and Algeria in order that their merchants could pray while doing business in the Adriatic. In 2012 the mosque reopened its doors after being closed during the Communist era.
Ada Bojana is a small island of 5 square kilometers very close to the Ulcinj coast that has been formed in the delta of the Bojana river. The origins of the island are not very clear, but it is more likely that it was formed from the delta. Since it is mainly made up of sand and is very close to the city, with easy access, it is a popular tourist destination. The island has almost 3 kilometers of fine sandy beaches and calm waters and numerous restaurants where you can taste the fish just arrived from the sea. Ada Bojana is a very quiet place, ideal to escape from the noise of the city and in which you can enjoy the typically Mediterranean nature that on the island is practically preserved wild. The island is a regular destination for lovers of naturism, since it is allowed to practice nudism on the beach, which has discrete places thanks to the protection offered by nature that reaches the seashore. island is linked to the continent by a bridge, so it can be accessed by road. From Ulcinj you have to travel 15 kilometers on the R17.
CetiÃ ± a, the capital of Montenegro, is a small city that seems not to have changed at all since the 19th century. It still conserves its seignorial houses and some embassies built in modernist style that together with the parks make the simple fact of walking around the city a pleasure. The city shows all its cultural and historical heritage in its streets, but we must not forget to visit the Royal Palace, the Monastery of St. Peter and the National Museum of Montenegro. From Ulcinj you must take the roads E851 and E80 and travel 79 kilometers, the journey takes about an hour and a half.
Kotor is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is located in a spectacular place, right between the Adriatic and a steep cliff. Kotor has a 4-kilometer wall that was built in the ninth century and was used and improved later on several occasions until the nineteenth century. After touring the wall you must access the Fortress of San Iván, 250 meters high to dominate the area. To end the visit, it is essential to visit the old city, which consists of small streets and visit the Cathedral of San TrifÃ³n, built in the 12th century in the Baroque style. Kotor is 87 kilometers from Ulcinj, to get there you have to Take the E80 road.
At 68 kilometers from Ulcinj is Skadar Lake, located within a national park that has become the largest bird reserve in Europe. The lake is an ancient bay that has become the largest lake on the Balkan peninsula. This lake is home to about 270 species of birds and also has a large population of fish. In the center of the lake there are several small islands, in some of them there are monasteries, since for a time they served as a settlement for Christian monks. From Ulcinj you should take the E851 to Bar and there the E80.
ShkodÃ «r is one of the oldest and most historic cities in Albania and has an enviable natural environment. The two most touristic neighborhoods of ShkodÃ «r are Pjaca, which is the center of the city, and Gjuhadol with its characteristic lanes and the Cathedral. One of the most important visits in the city is the Castle of Rozafa, built in the Serbian era. The lake ShkodÃ «r (Albanian name of Skadar Lake) is another of the main visits of the city, along with the mountains that surround it. From Ulcinj you have to take the E851 to the border and there the SH41 and travel 42 kilometers.
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How to get there ?
By plane: the closest airport to Ulcinj is the Podgorica airport, 76 kilometers away. This airport receives international flights mainly from other European cities, it operates the airlines Montenegro Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Air Serbia. To get from the airport to the city center the best option is to take a taxi, the approximate price is 15 euros. There are buses operated by Montenegro Airlines that make the journey on the arrival of their flights, but are not always available. By road: the E851 connects Ulcinj with the nearest cities on the coast , which is subsequently transformed into E80. This is the road that connects Ulcinj with Podgorica. By bus: buses arrive from Ulcinj from the most important nearby cities. The buses from Podgorica make the journey in 2 hours and the wreck of the single ticket is 6 euros. The buses to ShkodÃ «r depart at 6:00 and at 0:00, the price is 4 euros. In the city: Ulcinj is a small city that can be traveled through the city. easily on foot, although we must bear in mind that the city has many slopes.
Ulcinj city hall
Hotels in Ulcinj (Ulcinj Municipality)