Located in the central part of the Bay of Kotor, Tivat has a small airport and a super marina yacht harbour, Port Montenegro. Tivat is also the youngest town in the Bay of Kotor. If you have a beach holiday in the Budva area, you can make a day trip there. The driving time from Budva to Tivat is about half an hour.
The history of Tivat
According to Wikipedia, Tivat had different names in history. There are several opinions about the origin of the city name. But the common saying is that the name of Tivat comes from the Celtic word ‘teuto‘ meaning town.
Its development in recent years is outstanding. Because of its typically Mediterranean climate, modern development has turned Tivat into a new tourist destination.
The first 5-star hotel, Regent Montenegro
In the center of Port Montenegro, the Regent Hotel is the first 5-star hotel in Montenegro with a breathtaking design inspired by the Venetian Renaissance. We had stayed there seven nights during our Montenegro road trip.
My best memory of the hotel goes to the hotel’s breakfast style. We could eat from the international breakfast buffet or place an order for a cooked breakfast, such as scrambled eggs with Croatian truffles. It was a purely gourmet experience!
Its SPA includes modern fitness equipment, relaxation room, showers, sauna, steam room, and more. The SPA area offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Mediterranean. In the winter season, there were only a few guests. Most of the time, our family was the only guest using the entire spa area. Regent Hotel is also a perfect venue for a weekend escape or a honeymoon event.
On Tivat Riviera, there are 17 nicely arranged beaches. Even if you are the pickiest swimmer, you could find one to satisfy your need. Besides, Tivat has an average of 240 sunny days a year. That’s why it attracts many tourists in the summer seasons.
Porto Montenegro’s state-of-the-art marina utilizes the existing infrastructure of the former Yugoslav naval facility. It Is home to luxury yachts and provides the highest level of service and amenities for vessels of all sizes.
The development created a vibrant coastal community of hotels such as Regent, restaurants, luxury shopping, and other leisure activities. Near the harbour quarter, there were high standard residences. Many restaurants and bars are situated next to each other. Some even require a dress-code for the evening.
Walking along the nicely paved promenades, we did enjoy pleasant harbour views in the sunset and a coffee break in one café.
Restaurants and bars
There are plenty of places where you can taste Mediterranean cuisine as well as international cuisines. You can choose to dine in one of the fish restaurants that serve fresh fish dishes and seafood, along with some good wine, taverns, or pizzerias. Most of the eateries are affordable.
Where to stay
The Regent hotel is in the UNESCO-listed Boka Bay next to the luxury Porto Montenegro. There are also several small hotels in the centre of the town. Most of their offers are reasonable, for example:
How to get there
Tivat Airport (TIV) is the closest airport to Tivat. The airport is only a few kilometres away from Port Montenegro. Buses run from Kotor to Tivat and also from Dubrovnik to Tivat. Please check here for the time table.