Montenegró might be a small mountainous Balkan country whose Adriatic coast remains in the shadow of the neighboring Croatia. However, such a short stretch features a wealth of noteworthy architectural gems and summer resort areas. One of the latter is Petrovac, a likable settlement somewhere in the middle of the Montenegrin coastline that offers opportunities for a relaxed and pleasant vacation.
Petrovac is for everyone
To put it simply — anyone would enjoy a vacation in Petrovac. Petrovac is nested in a verdant environment featuring conifer and palm trees, with a few beaches within walking distance from the town. The overall impression is even better with the distant mountain and flanking hills, not to mention the beautiful sea with a pair of islands, Katič and Sveta Nedjelja (Holy Week) islands. Petrovac is a small, hilly town and you’ll be a short walk away from its long beach and promenade regardless of your location.
From Petrovac, you are a short ride from the Boka Bay, Budva (the nightlife capital of the Montenegrin coastline) and Sveti Stefan islet, an exclusive resort visited in the past by various celebrities (Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren and a pleiad of other famous individuals). The only thing that one might miss in Petrovac are nightlife facilities because the town is a peaceful summer resort.
What to see in Petrovac?
Finding a vantage point from where you can take fantastic photos isn’t hard around Petrovac. Be it the distant Buljarice Beach (in the photo), a small Petrovac fortress or something else. Exuberant greenery within and outside the town, the main promenade with various eateries and stores along the town beach and cozy bars and restaurants are ever-present.
Lucice Beach, nestled between two verdant hills near Petrovac, is the most beautiful beach in the surrounding area. The beach is dotted with easy chairs and parasols (around 10 EUR/11 USD rental price), but there is also an area where you sit for free. Café bars, kiosks selling various accessories and cooling shade of the bay are all around. And the view of Katič and Sveta Nedjelja is of course splendid.
As you pass by Lucice Beach uphill, the hill’s summit reveals a view on the longest beach in the surrounding area — Buljarice Beach. A half an hour walk is required to access Buljarice from Petrovac, but once you are there, you can choose a spot far away from anyone since the beach is exceptionally long. If you take your diving mask, you can observe small marine creatures in its transparent waters. Note that the only shade available on the beach is offered by a few bars. There is a camping area next to the beach, too.
If you take the opposite direction from Petrovac (west), you can deeply inhale the fragrances of the pine forest and marvel at the mesmerizing blue sea as you advance toward Perazica Do Beach. The promenade is paved across the hill, and in order to access the beach, you’ll need to pass through a tunnel. Bring a flashlight (torch) with you. Soon, you will find yourself on the beach being splashed by whitish waters, probably colored by some nearby limestone deposits. The beach’s attraction is the never finished Hotel As, carved into a high cliff.
Facilities and accommodations
In Petrovac, you can find accommodation of any type. Private villas with small rooms and large apartments can be found anywhere, as well as hotels of various categories. Hotels are mostly located around the town promenade and long beach.
The 4-star Riviera Hotel, located beneath the eastern hill that flanks Petrovac, features especially relaxing atmosphere in the evening, and having a drink or a delicacy on its terrace bar is truly a pleasant experience. While you listen to relaxing music in a subtly illuminated garden, your kids can play at the nearby playground.
Restaurants located at the western end of the town, beneath the castle, are very special places for a romantic dinner, with the panorama of illuminated Petrovac before you.
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What else to do in Petrovac
If you like to add a little action to your vacation, you can find very interesting and comprehensive alternatives in Petrovac.
The best value tour is the Boka Bay cruise. The tour starts early, before 7 am, when the bus takes you to the port town Tivat, from where you set sail to the cruise that reveals the Boka Bay’s coastal towns, legends and history. The cruise ends in Kotor, from where you are taken back to Petrovac. The excursion costs 20 EUR/22 USD.
The guided tour of Dubrovnik, a town in Croatia that is better known as King’s Landing in the Game of Thrones TV series, might prove to be another interesting tour. The cost is 30 EUR/ 33 USD, but be prepared to spend more time travelling than sightseeing.
Among other tours, Skadar Lake (18 EUR/20 USD), Canyons of Montenegró (25 EUR/27.50 USD), Cetinje-Ostrog Monastery (12 EUR/13.20 USD) and Tara Rafting (48 EUR/53 USD) excursions are especially educational and interesting.
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