Herceg Novi is, like most of Montenegro, undergoing something of a tourist boom. It seems to be weathering this better than some of its neighbours. It retains both it’s charm and much evidence of its history.
Though Novi means new, this is only relative. The town in fact started life as a fortress in the 14th century.
The old town still stretches up the hill side and is well worth exploring. There are also a number of forts to visit, including Kanli Kanu, Spanjola and Forte Mare.
There’s an interesting mix of architecture, as the town has in times past been under the control of the Bosnians, the Serbs, the Venetians, the Austro-Hungarians, Turkey, Spain, France and Italy.
There are several beaches nearby, though some of these are of the concrete variety. What first drew tourists to Herceg Novi was the spa settlement of Igalo. The treatments, supposedly good for rheumatism and skin conditions, involve covering yourself in the local mud. You can be treated professionally at the local health centre or apply it yourself.
For the energetic, there are a number of good walks that will quickly take you in to rural Montengro. The are is rich in flowers, and mimosa tress are especially prolific.
The less strenuous option is to walk the promenade or head for the old town square, testing some of the many cafes and eateries as you go.
You’ll find all you need to reprovision your charter yacht and plenty to keep you entertained. Herceg Novi may not be the high point of your sailing holiday but it’s a pleasant stopover.