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Guidebook for Risan

Anke And James

Guidebook for Risan

Food Scene
Good places to eat out locally, or just have a coffee/ rakija and enjoy the view and the passing scene
We call this restaurant 'Tiffany's' from Breakfast at Tiffany's, as we used to have lunch every Sunday we were in Risan before our house was built. We regard it as our 'local'. They do serious local food with beautiful salads, puddings, of course wine or beer and their rakija is out of this world. We normally have a mixed or Greek salad and 'Ligne na zaru' (grilled squid), delicious. Their Turkish coffee is heavenly (turska kafa - 'bez secer' if you don't want it sweet; made in the traditional Balkan / Turkish way of bringing the finely ground coffee in water to the boil). All our family members get dragged to visit 'Tiffany's' around brunch time.
Restoran Risan
We call this restaurant 'Tiffany's' from Breakfast at Tiffany's, as we used to have lunch every Sunday we were in Risan before our house was built. We regard it as our 'local'. They do serious local food with beautiful salads, puddings, of course wine or beer and their rakija is out of this world. We normally have a mixed or Greek salad and 'Ligne na zaru' (grilled squid), delicious. Their Turkish coffee is heavenly (turska kafa - 'bez secer' if you don't want it sweet; made in the traditional Balkan / Turkish way of bringing the finely ground coffee in water to the boil). All our family members get dragged to visit 'Tiffany's' around brunch time.
It is beautifully positioned, directly on the Bay, one can almost touch the water. It has good food and lovely coffee, ice cream. The same family also have a bakery next to the Post Office, with delicious bread and pastries and a lot more.
Hipnos Restaurant
It is beautifully positioned, directly on the Bay, one can almost touch the water. It has good food and lovely coffee, ice cream. The same family also have a bakery next to the Post Office, with delicious bread and pastries and a lot more.
A stunning restaurant with incredible views towards the Lovcen National Park above Kotor and the Orjen mountain range on the border with Bosnia-Hercegovina, beautiful. This is without mentioning the fish food, this is our favourite place, the mussels we recommend. Staff are friendly and helpful, the wine is delicious, one can moor ones boat and have a meal. Highly recommended!
Maestral
A stunning restaurant with incredible views towards the Lovcen National Park above Kotor and the Orjen mountain range on the border with Bosnia-Hercegovina, beautiful. This is without mentioning the fish food, this is our favourite place, the mussels we recommend. Staff are friendly and helpful, the wine is delicious, one can moor ones boat and have a meal. Highly recommended!
Parks & Nature
National Park Lovcen is located in a rocky region of Dinara Alps. Steep slopes of Mountain Lovcen rise from coastal region of Budva and the west part of Cetinje. The Park borders on southern side with the highway Budva – Cetinje and on North with old Kotor road. “Black Mountain”, after which Montenegro got its name, rises to 1749 meters of altitude. The Park is 6220 acres large. The history of flora and fauna plays an important role in the National Park Lovcen, the diversity of flora and fauna with 2000 plants in the Park is enormous. This is the result of extreme altitudes of two climate zones: Mediterranean and Continental, creating a unique & rare atmosphere.
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Lovcen National Park
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National Park Lovcen is located in a rocky region of Dinara Alps. Steep slopes of Mountain Lovcen rise from coastal region of Budva and the west part of Cetinje. The Park borders on southern side with the highway Budva – Cetinje and on North with old Kotor road. “Black Mountain”, after which Montenegro got its name, rises to 1749 meters of altitude. The Park is 6220 acres large. The history of flora and fauna plays an important role in the National Park Lovcen, the diversity of flora and fauna with 2000 plants in the Park is enormous. This is the result of extreme altitudes of two climate zones: Mediterranean and Continental, creating a unique & rare atmosphere.
Tivatska Solila - is the place where in the Middle Ages salt was collected, which was worth more than gold. The salt was formed from the evaporation of sea water and settled in special earthen ramparts. According to historical sources in 1425, all Solila was divided into 109 plots. Today it is a bird sanctury. This place was chosen by migratory birds, of the 111 species of birds that can be seen here, only 4 species live in Tivatska Solila constantly. Data on types of local residents are not static, and change every year. The most valuable items of Salila are a crane, sea hawk, snipe, greater flamingo and the Javanese Cormorant. Stunning place to walk with binoculars!
Tivatska solila
Tivatska Solila - is the place where in the Middle Ages salt was collected, which was worth more than gold. The salt was formed from the evaporation of sea water and settled in special earthen ramparts. According to historical sources in 1425, all Solila was divided into 109 plots. Today it is a bird sanctury. This place was chosen by migratory birds, of the 111 species of birds that can be seen here, only 4 species live in Tivatska Solila constantly. Data on types of local residents are not static, and change every year. The most valuable items of Salila are a crane, sea hawk, snipe, greater flamingo and the Javanese Cormorant. Stunning place to walk with binoculars!
We love this place, there are Austrian-Hungarian ruins going back some 100 and more years, where Austrian soldiers kept their horses, huge water containers were built to capture water. A bakery which used to bake some 20000 loaves a day, there are remnants of a Theatre; beautiful walks; endless trees; wild flowers; herb plants; and fortresses one can climb up to - with care. It is about 1000m high, snow comes from November- December from 850m upwards. A beautiful place in the summer to escape the heat.
Crkvice
We love this place, there are Austrian-Hungarian ruins going back some 100 and more years, where Austrian soldiers kept their horses, huge water containers were built to capture water. A bakery which used to bake some 20000 loaves a day, there are remnants of a Theatre; beautiful walks; endless trees; wild flowers; herb plants; and fortresses one can climb up to - with care. It is about 1000m high, snow comes from November- December from 850m upwards. A beautiful place in the summer to escape the heat.
Arts & Culture
The former Royal Capital of Montenegro. The city has kept the architectural style developed in the second half of the 19th century. Former Embassies, the Royal Palace and other formal buildings co-exist happily with normal houses, shops, restaurants &c. National Museum of Montenegro is worth visiting on a rainy day.
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Cetinje
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The former Royal Capital of Montenegro. The city has kept the architectural style developed in the second half of the 19th century. Former Embassies, the Royal Palace and other formal buildings co-exist happily with normal houses, shops, restaurants &c. National Museum of Montenegro is worth visiting on a rainy day.
Built on an artificial island opposite Perast, this is a 'must-see' place for visitors. The small chapel is dedicated to Our Lady and contains many donations from seafarers for safe journeys. In summer, the island is constantly full of visitors so that it is difficult to appreciate the essential holiness of the place. The wooded island next to it is a (private) Benedictine monastery where monks come from other parts of Europe for a holiday.
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Our Lady of the Rocks
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Built on an artificial island opposite Perast, this is a 'must-see' place for visitors. The small chapel is dedicated to Our Lady and contains many donations from seafarers for safe journeys. In summer, the island is constantly full of visitors so that it is difficult to appreciate the essential holiness of the place. The wooded island next to it is a (private) Benedictine monastery where monks come from other parts of Europe for a holiday.
Well laid-out with well-explained exhibits. One of the largest collection of battle-flags in the world. Visit to find out more of the history of the distinctive Montenegrin people and their culture.
National Museum of Montenegro
Well laid-out with well-explained exhibits. One of the largest collection of battle-flags in the world. Visit to find out more of the history of the distinctive Montenegrin people and their culture.
Sightseeing
The major tourist attraction in Risan, so a 'must-see'. Discovered in the 1930s during excavations for a new building, the mozaics form the floor decoration of a Roman villa dating from the 2nd century A.D. They were neglected and left exposed to the elements until the mid 2000s, when a protective roof was built over them, financed by USAID. The municipality has now recognised their economic value, so tourist buses arrive daily, mainly from the cruise ships visiting Kotor. For our guests, it's best to visit the mozaics on your way to or from the shops on foot, either before about 09:30 / 10:00 when the buses start arriving, or later after about 16:00.
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Roman Mosaics
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The major tourist attraction in Risan, so a 'must-see'. Discovered in the 1930s during excavations for a new building, the mozaics form the floor decoration of a Roman villa dating from the 2nd century A.D. They were neglected and left exposed to the elements until the mid 2000s, when a protective roof was built over them, financed by USAID. The municipality has now recognised their economic value, so tourist buses arrive daily, mainly from the cruise ships visiting Kotor. For our guests, it's best to visit the mozaics on your way to or from the shops on foot, either before about 09:30 / 10:00 when the buses start arriving, or later after about 16:00.
The traditional buildings of the town have been well restored - many bought by film-stars and other millionaires. Take a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, and enjoy a coffee/ drink/ meal at one of the restaurants with a view across the Bay and the water lapping against the seawall.
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Perast
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The traditional buildings of the town have been well restored - many bought by film-stars and other millionaires. Take a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, and enjoy a coffee/ drink/ meal at one of the restaurants with a view across the Bay and the water lapping against the seawall.
Everything Else
Kotor Old Town is the 'must-see' place in the area, giving the Bay of Kotor its name. Climb the old town walls to the Church halfway up, or the fortress at the top; visit the 1200-year-old Cathedral; shop for souvenirs, clothes or antiques; eat or drink; plus a serious discotheque for those who want nightlife. Kotor has it all.
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Kotor
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Kotor Old Town is the 'must-see' place in the area, giving the Bay of Kotor its name. Climb the old town walls to the Church halfway up, or the fortress at the top; visit the 1200-year-old Cathedral; shop for souvenirs, clothes or antiques; eat or drink; plus a serious discotheque for those who want nightlife. Kotor has it all.
Essentals
For local shopping
Good fresh fruit and vegetables; in-shop bakery produces delicious croissants; friendly staff, some speak English.
Supermarket "Aroma"
Good fresh fruit and vegetables; in-shop bakery produces delicious croissants; friendly staff, some speak English.
As an alternative to the Aroma store, similar produce, good butcher.
IDEA Risan
As an alternative to the Aroma store, similar produce, good butcher.