Ulcinj Travel Guide: Best things to do in Ulcinj

Ulcinj is a pretty small town located 87 km / 54 miles to Kotor city. It is worth visiting for its sandy beaches. As it is close to the border of Albania, it is mostly visited by the Albanians. 

What to see in Ulcinj: Ada Bojana Nudisticka Plaza, Long Beach (Velika Plaza), the Old Town, Valdanos Beach, Ulcinj Museum of Archaeology, Ethnology and Local History, Bojana River, St Nicholas’ Church, Sailors’ Mosque, Statue of Mother Theresa, Sapore di Mare, Ladies’ Beach (Zenska Plaza), Mala Plaza (Small Beach), Liberty Monument

How to get to Ulcinj from Kotor?

The distance between Ulcinj and Kotor Old Town is 87 km / 54 miles. It takes about 2 hours to drive to Ulcinj from Kotor.

There’re buses between Kotor town and Ulcinj. The first bus leaves at 7am and the last one leaves at 7pm. 

You may have a private transfer or rent a car from Kotor to drive to Ulcinj. Below is the Kotor map and road map to Ulcinj from Kotor city

If you plan to stay for a few days in Ulcinj first then drive on to Kotor, then you may need the below map to go to Ulcinj from Podgorica Airport. The distance between Podgorica Airport and Ulcinj is 72km / 45 miles and it takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive.
The other airport in Montenegro is Tivat Airport but it is a little bit further to Ulcinj than Podgorica Airport. It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Tivat Airport to Ulcinj.

Ada Bojana Nudisticka Plaza: It is one of the beaches located on the Long Beach. It’s 3 km long sandy beach. There are sunbeds and umbrellas. It’s a nudist beach.
Ada Bojana: It is the name of the island which was formed by the river Bojana. There are beaches and restaurants on the island as well as a nudist beach.
Long Beach (Velika Plaza): It is a 13 km long sandy beach. There are sunbeds, umbrellas, bars, restaurants and cafés. It is usually windy therefore very popular for kite surfing. The Long Beach consists of separate many beaches and there are nudist beaches, beaches for families and beaches to party. 
The Old Town: Ulcinj Old Town was unfortunately damaged by the earthquake in 1979. It’s worth visiting for the museum and the view. 
Valdanos Beach: It’s a cove covered with thousands of olive trees. It’s a pebbly beach. There are bungalows and restaurants. 
Ulcinj Museum of Archaeology Ethnology and Local History: It is located in Ulcinj old town. Inside the museum there are the collections of Roman and Ottoman artifacts. The Balsic Tower which was built by Balsic Dynasty is today an art gallery. There are collections from the 5th century BC to the Ottoman period. The building of the museum was built as a church in 1510 and then changed into a mosque by the Ottomans in 1571. The entrance fee of the museum is 2 Euros.
Bojana River: It’s a 41 km long river in Montenegro and Albania. It forms a 24 km long border between two countries. It flows around Lake Sas, through Sveti Djordje village, Ulcinj and the Long beach where it is divided into two and forms an island called Ada Bojana.
St Nicholas’ Church: It’s an Orthodox church built in 1890. There used to be a 15th century monastery on the area where the church was built. Then there was a mosque which was destroyed by Montenegrins and a church was built on it.
Sailors’ Mosque: It was built by the Moors in the 14th century for the merchants traveling to Ulcinj to pray in those days. In 1571 when the Ottomans invaded Ulcinj they were amazed to see a mosque on the sea side. After the Battle of Krusi in the honour of sailors who brought success to the Ottomans, Ibrahim Pasa rebuilt the mosque and named it Sailors’ Mosque. 
Ladies’ Beach (Zenska Plaza): It’s a rocky beach located in the east of Mala Plaza. It is believed that the sulfuric springs of the Ladies’ beach is good for the infertility. Men are not allowed in this beach.
Mala Plaza (Small Beach): It is the small beach in the old town. The water is sandy and shallow. There are restaurants and cafés. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available.
Liberty Monument: It was built in 1985 in the honor of the soldiers and civilians of the region who fought during the World War II. However after the break-up of Yugoslavia the monument was neglected and today it is in poor condition.

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