UlcinjUlcinj (Cyrillic: Улцињ, Albanian: Ulqin or Ulqini) is the most southern coastal town of Montenegro.
phone: +382 30 413 225address: Totosi BBOnline time table . Services: Infinity Snack bar & Internet cafe, 24 hrs supermarket, free Wi-Fi and a toilet (0,50€). Taxis from the bus station to the Old Town walls cost €3-5.
- 8 buses per day to Podgorica, 2 hours, €6. Regular buses to Budva and Kotor, 7-9€.
- To Bar you can either take a normal bus or catch a 'combi' minibus ( about half an hour, hourly).
- From Kosovo during the tourist season there are frequent buses leaving from the major cities. The price should be around €15. These can rarely be booked advance online, but a stroll round a major city centre will immediately show what is on offer (e.g. try the Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina. Buses leave from both Pristina and Ulcinj (at 7pm each day, 11 hours), making about 4 rest stops on the way (Bar – Podgorica – Pec (Kosovo)).
- From Albania there are 'combi' minibuses that come from Durres in Albania to Ulcinj, although they most likely are not official bus operations, so you'll have to do some asking around.
- There are also daily departures to Shkodra, Albania (06:00 and 12:30). These are, in theory, well connected with Albanian 'furgons' from Tirana and Durres. It takes 1 hour to Shkoder by "private" cab. If you are unable to find a bus or furgon you may try your luck in the area around the bus station. People may approach you (or you can just ask people) offering to take you to nearby Albanian towns and cities. During off-peak periods you may find someone willing to take you to Shkodra and bring you back the same day for around €20 to €30.
- Also direct buses (three times per week) to Split, Croatia via Dubrovnik.
- Buses to Novi Pazar, Serbia
- Sunday evening buses to Skopje, North Macedonia (via Shkodra (Albania) – Ohrid – Tetovo)
There are many stairs that lead down the hills that can be used to avoid long winding roads, but you'll have to look for the entrances, or use Google Maps Satellite imagery to see where the stairs are; they're nost marked and they often look like they lead into someone's home.
- Pasha Taxi - (+382) 19745 (2€ minimal drive, 0,80€ per km)
- MCR - car rental and airport transfers to and from Ulcinj. +382 (0) 67 515 477
- Sixt - car rental and airport transfers to and from Ulcinj. +382 (0) 67 645 206
Ulcinj Old TownThe oldest and most attractive cultural part of Ulcinj. It is an ancient Illyrian castle built by Ancient Greeks, conquered by various other nations, like Romans, Byzantines, Serbs, Venetians and Ottomans, and all of them having a impact on its architecture.
Svačaddress: Šas bbSvač is medieval town in ruins located near Šasko lake. There are ruins of some 13 century churches, the legend says there were 365 churches in total. Built by Slavs, it was conquered by Mongols and Ottomans.
Pasha's Mosqueaddress: Buda Tomovica bbA Ottoman-built mosque in 1719 by admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa is one of the oldest mosques in Montenegro. It is the only complex that has a hamam (turkish bath) in the country.
- Clock Tower (Sahat Kula). A Ottoman clock tower built in 1754.
- 'Monument ), Pinješ bb. Communist monument built by Serbian sculptor Miodrag Živković in 1985.
Velika Plaža BeachThere are good beach spots in the area, including some rocky ones in the southern part of town. The longest sandy beach in Montenegro, Velika Plaža, is located near by. At the Southern end of this 12km-long beach there is Ada Bojana.
Ada BojanaAda Bojana, a triangular island with sandy beaches, formed by a river delta of the Bojana River and the Adriatic Sea. The island is a favourite spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers and it has a large nudist beach for those so inclined. You will have to pay 6 Eur/day yo access.
- Ušće (begins just on opposite side of Ada Bojana island and stretch in one direction to Velika plaža and in other direction to the Bojana River coast). Area is very similar to Ada Bojana, with two main differences. There is no nudist beach and place is filled with campers and young people looking for rest during the day and party in the night.
- Go for a walk after sunset when the main street fills with people promenading and taking some fresh air.
- For the more adventuresome you can take the 'combi' towards the Albanian border (but not crossing it) getting off on the first road heading towards Lake Skadar near the town of Brajše. There is a small bus from Brajše that runs along this small road towards the mountains which if it's running you can take for €0.50, otherwise you'll have to walk or hitchhike. Once you get to the peak of the mountain range you'll be standing almost exactly on the Albanian and Montenegrin border. You'll be able to look out over one of the most magnificent lakes in Europe as well as get a good view of the Adriatic coast, Albania and Montenegro. Continue hitchhiking up the lake, you'll get to see some of the most rural untouched villages in the Balkans. The southern half of the lake shore is populated by ethnic Albanians while the northern half all the way up to the town of Virpazar is populated by Montenegrins. There is very little travel between the two communities so there are almost no buses that run the course of the highway meaning you'll either have to walk or hitchhike. The people driving the road though few and far between seem more than willing to take hitchhikers. If you camp (which is a good idea) there are some camp sites about halfway between Virpazar and Arbnez.
- A former salt factory just east of the city is now a Flamingo Reservation, entrance is free.
A few notes: fish restaurants calculate the price per 1 kg of raw fish. Example: One raw fish is about 500-600 grams, but when cleaned and cooked, it's around 200 grams. You get charged for 500-600 grams. If you see "scallop" on the menu anywhere, keep in mind that it's most likely NOT seafood but meat (veal). The great majority of restaurants serve halal food, and thus pork can be rarely found. Like in almost all Balkan towns you can find very good burek and ćevapi. Ulcinj's Albanians are one of the best and most skilled sweet food makers and bakers in former Yugoslavian area.
- Near the beach stalls sell kebab and hamburgers.
Fast food cafeaddress: Rr. Hafiz Ali UlqinakuServe quite good falafel, french fries, kebabs. The owner seems to be from Middle East so he knows how to do this kind of food right.
Mid-rangeRestaurants near the beach and long the main road falls into this category with prices of main meals of €3-7.
Restaurant "Old Town"Amazingly fast prepared and good-tasting meals. One of the best options in the city. Big variety of food but mainly pizzas, pastas. Nice personnel, relaxed atmosphere. This place has a second floor terrace with fantastic views over the bay.
address: Rr. Hafiz Ali UlqinakuExtensive choice of food. Tastes quite good. But the portions aren't particularly large. They also have a daily menu which includes 3 meals, costs €10. Not a bad choice.
La Tavolaaddress: Rr. Hafiz Ali UlqinakuPopular among tourists spot. But the food is of nothing special, even below average. They also provide complimentary drinks after you paid the bill.
Terra PromessaOffering more reasonably priced food in the Old Town, but with spectacular sea views. Service is excellent and their staff can speak English, German, Russian, and Serb-Croat.
Sapore di Marephone: +382 69 294 871Fresh fish and meat.
- There are lots of new restaurants in Stari grad (old town) that serve a wide range of food. Many of the restaurants have fantastic views of the ocean right from your table. Prices €7-30.
Restaurant AntigonaHighly advertised restaurant. Serves only fish and another seafood; for some reason, not willing to cook other options from the menu. Server forces patrons to choose what he advises.
Hostel Ulcinj-Montenegrophone: +382 69 920190address: Kodre bb.
Stevo Guesthousephone: +382 67 463006address: Mala Plaza, Pristan
Apartments Pragaddress: Rr. Hafiz Ali Ulqinaku/ Buda Tomovica 2Eight rooms.
phone: +382 30 403 056address: Kosovska bb, 85360 Ulcinj
Villa Dulsineaphone: +382 67 804112address: Kosovska bb, 85360 UlcinjSix villas/rooms
phone: +38168212552address: Nikole Djakonovica bb, Ulcinj, MontenegroThe first hostel in town, it has a large and cozy common area and a very well equipped kitchen with a dining area. It also has a large front yard with a barbecue that is free to use. Easy walking distance from the bus station and old town.
phone: +382 30 421484address: Hafiz Ali Ulqinaku 13, 85360 UlcinjThere are 40 beds in fifteen rooms.
Antigona ApartmentAdjacent to Restaurant Antigona. Incredibly gracious host who speaks a little English. However, her daughter helps run the lodge and speaks fluent English. Fantastic balcony for watching the sunset.