Located south of Mt Vrmac (peaks are Velji Vrh with 710 m and Sveti Ilija with 766 m), Tivat municipality hosts the fertile Grbalj valley, part of the isthmus of Luštica peninsula, the Tivat salina and ornithological reserve Solila, the Gradski Park, three capes (Cape Seljanovo, Pakovo and Račica) and few beautiful islands (Island of Flowers, St. Marko, and Lady of Mercy).
The archaeological researches point out that the area of Tivat is very cultivated, with an ideal climate. In Tivat there used to be salt plantations – various salt works and small sections of clay brick of very high quality. Because of the geographic position and the fact that the salt used to represent a strategic food grocery, Tivat through the centuries was a target of numerous conquerors.
Tivat bay, as well as Tivat aquatorium is very rich with fish. In the sea in Tivat live a great number of very different species of fishes and other inhabitants of the sea depths. Most frequently in Tivat bay you can see: sea perch (dicentrachus labrax), dentex (dentex dentex), san pjer (zeus faber), gilthead (sparus aurata), red porgy (pargus pargus), surmullet (mullus barbatus), sirun (trachurus mediterraneo), sardelle (sardin pilchardus)… etc. Also lobsters, octopuses, squids, European cuttlefish, shells and other kinds of mollusks inhabit Tivat bay.
When we are talking about fishes and richness of the under water world, on the Montenegrin coast, and also in Tivat, there are conditions for all kinds of fishing. For the fishermen, or for those who wish to practice fishing as a hobby, there are numerous places where for e.g. you can fish from the shore, from the barge, from paddle boat, or where they can throw nets… If you come across the older and more experienced fishermen, you will often hear, and if you are interested enough you will learn, how to fish in the night under a lantern or as they say how to make bait for the fish.
The fauna of Tivat is also diverse. In the surrounding hills often you can meet: weasels, rabbits, stags, wolfs, foxes, squirrels etc…
As in the past on the green slopes of the hills that surround Tivat, as well as in their foothills, a great number of various birds lived, even today it is possible to come across some species and hear their song. Today those are: gulls that live in the areas close to the sea, as well as the swallows. Sparrows, robins, larks, falcons, eagles and many other birds inhabit the surrounding hills.
WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE TO GO
1) Jogging in the Župa park
400 m from the Apartment Grozdanic and less than 1 km from the center of Tivat spread the rich greenery park Župa. This park has very clean air thanks to the centuries-old cypress trees and pines, and at the heart of this picturesque green grove you will find the remains of Byzantium house, whose architecture is implemented in terms of the Renaissance style, as well as the clock tower and the family chapel. This place was an Austro-Hungarian military residence, and some buildings were partially converted into barracks and offices. From the hill you can enjoy beautiful views of the Tivat Bay. At the bottom of the hill there is a free sandy / stony beach of 500 m² and the he Wakeboarding park – Action Beach Župa, where you can experience wakeboarding, wakeskating, kneeboarding and wakeskiing on Rixen cable. They also have kayak rentals, paintball and beach soccer. The Wake park is generally a happening location all summer, with a beach bar on site and regular parties with guest djs.
Opening hours: 9am – 8pm daily, May – October.
Prices: 1 hour – €15, 2 hours – €25, day – €35.
2) Tivat Walking Tour
From the Apartment Grozdanic (A), get off to Belani beach (B), then continue to the natural Marina Kalimanj (C) and the Cape Pakovo (D), where starts the Tivat Šetalište Kapetana Iva Vizina.
You can walking along the waterfront to the Obala maršala Tita (E), where you can find the School ship Jadran dock at the pier. The ship was built for the navy of Yugoslavia in the German shipyard “HCStulken Sohn” in Hamburg from the September, 4 1930 to June, 27 1933. It has traveled more than 400,000 nautical miles, visited nearly every port in Europe, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The most interesting and longest trip was on the route Dubrovnik-New York-Boston-Dubrovnik in the period 20 April 1938 to 21 June 1938. Now the ship is owned by the navy of Montenegro and Tivat is its home port. In summer, here you can also find the ship Vesna, which offers daily cruise across the Boka Bay for approx. 20 € per person.
Indulge in one of the cafe on plain air, then continue exploring through Porto Montenegro (F). Once a naval shipyard named Arsenal (one of the largest naval bases on the Adriatic, founded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1889), now a modern village with luxury yacht marina and adjacent waterfront with restaurants, cafes and shops.
Proceeding along the promenade, you will find the Naval Heritage Collection Museum (G), a beautifully restored building that showcases the remarkable story of the Adriatic’s maritime past with over 300 artefacts, including models of the old ships and ancient documents, Greek amphoras, diving equipment and a Yugoslav submarine. There is also a kids playground outside with a climbing frame in the shape of a pirate ship. This is an ideal way to spend a leisurely few hours absorbing a little of the local history.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm / Sat. 1pm – 5pm / Sun. closed
Entrance: € 2
P-821 Submarine Tour: € 5
On your way back, must visit the Gradski Park, Tivat city park (H), a stunning botanic garden and the largest landscaped park in Montenegro. The size of the park is 4 ha and it was built in 1892 year by the former Navy admiral Friherr Von Sterneck. Bokan sailors brought back from their voyages around the globe a wide variety of exotic tree species and ornamental plants, which can successfully grow thanks to the ideal climate conditions of the area. In order to maintain this tradition, in 2006 was launched the action ” your tree in our park ,” which means that every citizen can give it a chance to donate a tree to be planted in the park. in celebration of special occasion such as wedding , birth of a child , diploma , etc. The most important species that thrive in the park are : Araucaria bidwilli ( Australian dishes ), Pinus halepensis ( Aleppo pine), Magnolia Grandiflora ( Magnolia Velikocvijetna ), Liliflora magnolia ( Magnolia ljiljanocvijetna ), Pinus pinea ( pine nut ), Cedrus Atlanticus ( Cedar ), Semervirens Cupressus ( cypress), Platanus occidentalis ( planes), Platanus orijentalis ( planes), Melia azedarach ( Melia ), Ceratonia silqua ( Carob ), Aeculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut ), Ablizia julibrissin, Laurus nobilis ( laurels ), Prunus laurocerasus ( laurel cherry ) and Eucalyptus globulus ( eucalyptus ).
Leaving the City park, continue to the continue to the old stone walls and tower of the Renaissance Manson Buca (I). This building is more than 500 years old and was a fortified summer residence of a noble family from Kotor called Buca. The founder of the family Mihajlo Buca and his brother Nikola, who served at Zar Dusan’s court, built this medieval castle – summer residence for both rest and defense. It consists of five buildings: residence house, storehouse, a small church dedicated to St Michael , who was the protector-patron of the noble Buca family from Kotor and porch- multipurpose colonnaded entrance way. All the buildings were enclosed by stone wall like all medieval buildings. It has been revitalized and the building was converted into a gallery space, the garden in a summer theater. Inside the Tivat’s art Gallery and Museum you’ll find ethnographic exhibitions showing the lifestyle and culture of the Bay of Kotor and Tivat. Exhibitions inside the former residential building show work from contemporary local artists.
Opening hours: 8am – 2pm, 6pm – 11pm.
Summer Theater: see event’s calendar
After Buca, you can walk through the Mali dječji park toward Trg Magnolija (J), Tivat’s main square, and relax a bit in one of the cafe on the sqaure, before you return home.
EXTENDED WALKING TOUR
Tivat has a long promenade which takes you all they way from the town marina to the ferry in Lepetane. This is a great place for a scenic stroll.
If you wish to explore more by foot, once you are at the Naval Heritage Collection Museum (B), you can continue your walking tour along the water front. This path will take you through Ponta Seljanovo (C) and Donja Lastva (D). There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or snack along the way. Donja Lastva is particularly scenic with old stone buildings and Sveti Roko church. It was built in 1901 together with the belfry. There is a very interesting icon of St Tripun by the famous Greek painter Ilija Moskos. There is also an altar painting of St Roko by Mihaila Floria from Prcanj.
– Ostrvo Cvijeća (Flowers’ Island) with sacred monuments
– Gornja Lastva, a small lovely medieval village and old nucleus of the town, just up the hill from Tivat in the Vrmac range, on the slopes of Mount Squirrel, at an altitude of 300 m (984.25 ft). It is a rural village , away from the coast , in the silence of olive groves, and offers beautiful views of the bay of Tivat .
– The Mt Vrmac, a popular destination for hiking, orienteering and mountain biking.
– The Grbalj valley, an important agricultural area with orchards, vineyards and vegetable gardens.
– The Luštica peninsula, a largely undeveloped wild wonder, with plentiful of olive groves and populations of wild boar, mongoose, jackal and edible dormice, Nightingales and Scops-owls.
– Solila, an eco-tourism destination for birdswatching of rare species of birds, such as flamingos and cormorants.
– The natural port Kalimanj, in the city center ( just 500 m from the Apartment Grozdanić).
– There is also a choice of cultural events, such as “Bocce Olympiad” ( this year, 2017, is going to be on the Boćarska Hala Kalimantan, just 30 m away from the Apartment Grozdanić!) and “Summer Fest”.