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Our Lady of the Rocks
Is one of the two islets off the coast of Perast in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro (the other being Sveti Đorđe Island). It is an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is the largest building on the islet; it has a museum attached.
According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called “fašinada” in the local dialect, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place.
The islets are a must see attraction of the Kotor Bay, especially eye catching and stunning views if viewed from the see, and the 360 degree view of the islands only visible from the boat, with possible stay and tour of the islands offered by skippers and locals.
Kotor old town
The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period that offer a great hiking experience, ending with a breath taking view of the entire Kotor Bay from the top of the Fortress walls.
It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
In recent years, Kotor has seen a steady increase in tourists, many of them coming by cruise ship. Visitors are attracted both by the natural beauty of the Gulf of Kotor and by the old town of Kotor. It is a great escape into the ancient times the wall fortress and old town was built, with surprising views on each step to the top of the fortress.
Budva Old Town
The Old Town of Budva is situated on a rocky peninsula, on the southern end of Budva field. Archaeological evidence suggests that Illyrian settlement was formed on the site of the Old Town before Greek colonization of the Adriatic. While the site was permanently settled since Roman era, most of existing city walls and buildings were erected during the Venetian rule. The entire town is encircled with defensive stone walls. The fortifications of Budva are typical of the Medieval walled cities of the Adriatic, complete with towers, embrasures, fortified city gates and a citadel.
Originally, there where gates on all of the four sides of the walled city. However, sea-facing gates were closed up over the years. The main city gate is Porta di Terra Ferma, the grand entry to the city from the west. It is also the beginning of the city's main thoroughfare, Njegoševa street. There are also four more gates on the north wall, facing Budva marina (Porta Pizana, Porta Pizana 1 and 2, and Porta Pizanella), and one small gate facing southwestern beach of Ričardova glava.
During the period of the Venetian Republic rule, the island was known as Rondina. The island has a fort, built in 1853 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula.
The fort takes up about 90% of the island's surface area. Along with the fortification on Prevlaka's Cape Oštro as well as Arza fortification on Luštica's Cape Mirište, both of which were erected at the same time also on suggestion by general Lazar Mamula, fort Mamula was part of the Austro-Hungarian Army's contingency plans of preventing the enemy entrance into Boka Kotorska.
Island is a great location to explore the historic location, with a chance to free roam the premises, climb the top of the fortress and enjoy a great view on the Lustica Peninsula, Prevlaka Peninsula and open see.
Military caves and fortresses
The Lustica peninsula also has a significant military history with its location guarding the entrance into the Boka Kotorska, which housed military ports at Tivat during the interbellum and the Cold War period (Yugoslav Navy) as well as in Kotor earlier during the Austro-Hungarian occupation (Austro-Hungarian Navy).
There are disused Austrian-built fortifications at Rose, Mamula, Arza, and Montenegrin military installations at Rose (disused), Krašići and Obosnik. Two disused submarine hides are cut into the rock of the steep coast on Herceg Novi bay, and the Kumbor Strait.
Since the closure of Tivat Naval Base a Kotor Class Frigate, previously of the Yugoslav Navy, has been moored at a facility directly below the village of Zabrđe in the Kumbor strait.
Hardly to be seen anywhere else in the world, this magnificent cave unveils the incredible game of sea and light that will leave you breathless. The largest one in series of caves on the peninsula of Lustica has two openings. Sun enters from the smaller one, and brings you to the magical environment. In addition, resonance of the cave turns every sound within it into an echo, which contributes to the whole experience.
This is one few natural gems of the Mediterranean, and surely most enchanting one. Dive into indescribable blue waters of this enchanting castle!
Sveti Stefan peninsula, Budva
The former fishing village situated on a peninsula becamea hotel-town 50 years ago and that’s how one wonderful place, where even the most famous people like Claudia Shiffer and Sylvester Stallone like to spend their time, has been made.
According to history, a fortification was built in 1442 on the island of Sveti Stefan and in that period people settled there. A wall was built around the fortification in order to provide protection for families from surrounding places before the Turkish and pirate’s invasion.
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