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Ulcinj (Cyillic: Улцињ, Albanian: Ulqin or Ulqini) is the most southern coastal town of Montenegro.

Panorama of Ulcinj Montenegro


Ulcinj is the southern most major town along the Montenegrin coast before reaching the border with Albania. Around 80% of the population of Ulcinj are ethnic Albanians. Together with the town of Tuzi, it is one of the two major population centers of Albanians in Montenegro. Due to the town's pleasant location on the coast it is a major tourist destination of much of the Albanian population of Kosovo.

Get in[edit]

  • There are frequent buses from Podgorica that cost €6, a 2 hour ride.
  • From Bar you can either take a normal bus or catch a 'combi' minibus that runs up and down the coast of Montenegro. The ride from Bar takes about half an hour.
  • From Kosovo there are three buses per day (6am, 7pm, 9pm). The first two go via Podgorica, with the last going via Shkodra, Albania. The bus via Shkodra takes approx 6-7 hours. However, during the tourist season there are many extra buses leaving from the major cities, the price should be around €15. Rarely can these be booked advance on-line, but a stroll round a major city centre will immediately show what is on offer (e.g. try the Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina).
  • 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 from Shkodra in Albania to Ulcinj (6 am, 12:30 pm). These are, in theory, well connected with Albanian 'furgons' from Tirana and Durres. It takes 1 hour to Shkoder by "private" cab.

Get around[edit]

Ulcinj is a small city, you will have no problem getting around by foot, but keep in mind that some parts are very hilly. The hilly roads can become quite slippery when wet and many of the smaller streets have no sidewalks. If you're walking on such a street, keep to the dry areas and step aside when you hear an approaching vehicle to let them pass. Many people drive fast even with pedestrians on the road.

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 imaging to guess where the stairs are; they're not marked and they often look like they lead into someone's home.

The bus station is a good 40 minute walk from the old town of Ulcinj by the coast.

Central Bus Station[edit]

  • Public Bus Station Ulcinj

Autobuska Stanica Ulcinj. The tranportation hub to South-East Europe. Connects the south of Montenegro with Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia Hezegovina and all main cities of Montenegro. There are daily routes from Ulcinj city center to Dubrovnik, Pristina, Tirana, Skodra, Podgorica, Budva, Kotor, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Bar, Petrovac, Rozaje and Sveti Stefan. [4] Information Tel: +382 (0) 30 413 225

Car rental[edit]

  • Car Rental and Airpot Transfers to Ulcinj

MCR - Rent a Car Offering Rental Cars and Airport Shuttle Transfers to and from Ulcinj . [5] Tel: +382 (0) 67 515 477

Sixt- Rent a Car Offering Rental Cars and Airport Shuttle Transfers to and from Ulcinj . Rent a car Montenegro Tel: +382 (0) 67 645 206

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There is an old castle overlooking the sea. Stari grad (old town) is worth a visit. Much of the old town was destroyed in a large earthquake in 1979 but wealthy investors have recently been buying up the properties and restoring them. There are now only a handful of destroyed buildings remaining in old town and many nice restaurants, hotels, and even a museum fill the area.

When you get to old town, walk along the wall facing the ocean and look through all the small holes in the wall that face out to the ocean. Also, stand in the archways and look down at the ocean crashing against the rocks below.

The old town museum appears to only be open when it's busy; the sign said it's open after May 1st, but it was closed when we visited May 28th despite the sign's hours saying it should be open.

Do[edit][add listing]

Ulcinj is a splendid central location for exploring Montenegro's South Coast region (from Bar to Skader Lake to Ada Bojana) and parts of Albania. The Ulcinj South Coast region boasts some of the most interesting adventure, historic and eco tours, and vacation beach stays in all of the Adriatic.

There are good beach spots in the area, including some rocky ones in the southern part of town. The longest sandy beach in Montenegro, Velika Plaza, is located near by. At the Southern end of this 14km-long beach there is Ada Bojana, a triangular island with very nice beaches, formed where the Bojana river meets the Adriatic Sea. The long beach and the island are favourite spots for kitesurfers and windsurfers and it has a large a nudist beach for those so inclined. There are minibuses that take you from the market on Skenderbeu Ave in Ulcinj to Velika Plaza and even to Ada Bojana (if there are at least 3 people going there).

  • Go for a walk after sunset when the main street fills with people promenading and taking some fresh sea air. There are many restaurants and cafes in the area.
  • There are many beaches in and around Uncinj, which allows a great swim. Some of the cleaner beaches lie to the north side of the town. Follow the road north of the old town and take one of the stairs down the cliffs. Locals mostly hang out on these spots.
  • 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 Brajse. There is a small bus from Brajse that runs along this small road towards the mountains which if it's running you can take for 0.50 EUR, otherwise you'll have to walk or hitch hike. 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 seemed more than willing to take hitchhikers. If you camp (which is a good idea) there are some camp sites about half way between Virpazar and Arbnez.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Near the beach stalls sell kebab and hamburgers.

There is lots of bakeries where to get some cheap food: bureks, pizzas...

Cheap supermarkets around the city.

Note that the 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.

  • Restaurant Grand (Fish and Steak Restaurant Ulcinj), Gj. K. Skenderbeu Ulcinj Montenegro (Main Street in Ulcinj), ++382 (0) 69 478 625, [1]. 12:00 - 01:00. The Restuarant Grand offers a wide range of Mediterranean, Albanian and Montenegrin Cousine and is well known for its fresh Lobster. 5 - 20 Euro.  edit

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 with very reasonable prices (5-20 Euro).

If you see "scallop" on the menu anywhere, keep in mind that it's most likely NOT not seafood but meat (veal).

Stray cats are plentiful in Ulcinj and they love to hang around tables waiting for scraps, especially at places popular with tourists. Do not feed them. Restaurant QUEEN is one of the new restaurants leading in food quality. Fish is 12 euro for 500 grams, any type of fish is fresh from the sea beaing the cleanest restaurant in ulcinj.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation are plentiful in Ulcinj, ranging from resort hotels to private accommodations. The resort hotels in Ulcinj are each in the process of renovation and reconstruction, as most have been recently privatized from former government agencies. Lodging costs range from full-service rooms at 50 EUR per person (or more), several licensed hostels at 8-15 EUR, down to the many unlicensed/unregulated private accommodations costing in the range of 10-25 EUR.

  • Hostel Breshka Rooms, +38269480083 +38269532012 (). Dormitory hostel for backpackers in Ulcinj, newly renovated and calm, located right across the bus station. 8 EUR per person, for a bed in a 4 people dorm..  edit
  • Hostel Pirate, Nikole Djakonovica, +382 68 212 552, [2]. well located in a quiet place at 800 mts from the bus station, dorms for 6, 5, 4 people, and double rooms. Follow the red and green hostel signs into town from the bus station. Good for backpackers and solo travelers. Dorm beds are 12 EUR + 1 EUR mandatory tourist tax per person.  edit
  • Apartments Pelinkovic, Bulevar Teuta 138, +38269788548, [3].  edit

Get out[edit]

As of July 2015, there are four buses a day, at 6:00, 7:00, 13:15 and 16:30 to Tirana and/or Shkodra in Albania. The 6:00 one MAY make a stop at the border and at the furgon station of Shkodra, before making it to the city centre (in the furgon station by the Shkodra bridge and castle, furgons for Tirana and Durres will be waiting). The 7:00 and 13:15 services skip the furgon station and leave you by the football ground, where a furgon will take you to Tirana for €5.

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