Treasures of the Old Towns: Bar and Ulcinj
What are the two ancient towns, Bar and Ulcinj hiding? What does the Old Olive Tree testify to be the only natural monument in the region? On a route through the past with interesting stories, legends, rich history, we will bring you closer to life in this region 2,000 years ago. In the Old Town of Bar, where East and West merged, there are the remains of all civilizations except Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, the Old Bar is the largest open-air museum and it is on the UNESCO list. A visit to the Old Town of Ulcinj will reveal who the pirates of Ulcinj were and why the monument to famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is located in this town.
Bar is the only town whose Old Town is not located on the coast, but at the foothill of the Rumija Mountain (about 5 km from the coast). The Old Town of Bar extends over four hectares, with its 250 public, profane, sacral and military edifices. Multiplying this with 2,800 years of proven material culture, there is no doubt, this is one of the largest archeological sites in Europe.
In addition to many interesting things, the Ave-tours tour guide will tell you why the Old Town is called Montenegrin Pompeii.
Many legends are associated with The Old Olive tree, and Old Lady, as locals call it, if she could speak, it would be a story over 2000 years old, a story that still lasts… It is a symbol of peace and of the town of Bar. It has been under state protection since 1957.
Old Town Bar, an open-air museum on the UNESCO list
From The Old Olive Tree, the road to Ulcinj takes us through one of the most beautiful olive groves of the Montenegrin coast – Valdanos, where we will take a photo break.
Are lighthouse keepers still needed, you will find out on this route as we take a break at the lookout point with a view of the oldest lighthouse in Montenegro, Mendra.
The Old Town of Ulcinj is one of the oldest towns on the Montenegrin coast. It is considered to have originated in the time of Illyri, B.C., as evidenced by the Cyclops walls of that time. Ulcinj experienced the greatest prosperity from the 12th to the 15th centuries, especially under the influence of Venice. In 1571, the Turks conquer Ulcinj, and Islam becomes the dominant religion, and the town gets an oriental appearance.
Legend has it that slaves were sold in Ulcinj, and who among the slaves arrived in this town in past times will be found out on the “Slave Square” by AVE Tours guide.
During free time we suggest going to the beach. For ladies, the recommendation of Ave Tours is healing woman’s beach.
Details & Itinerary
1. Group meeting at the agreed location at the beginning of the Bar promenade. Panoramic sightseeing of the modern part of the town and departure to the Old town of Bar (approx. 30 min).
2. Tour around the Old Town Bar (1 hour).
3. Visit to the Old Olive Tree, one of the oldest in Europe (approx. 15 min).
4. Continuation of the journey to Ulcinj, photo break on the road to Valdanos (30 min).
5. Tour around the Old Town of Ulcinj and Museum (1 hour).
6. Free time, the possibility of going to the beach.
7. Return to Bar (30 min).
8. End of the journey.
The excursion lasts about 5 to 6 hours
Private tours availabe
Group tours available
Healing woman’s beach
Check the price list for private tours
1 person 1 x 100€ = 100€
2 persons 2 x 55€ = 110€
3 persons 3 x 45€ = 135€
4 persons 4 x 40€ = 160€
5 persons 5 x 35€ = 175€
6 persons 6 x 33€ = 198€
7 persons 7 x 30€ = 210€
30€ per person
A minimum of 4 participants is required to complete the trip.
Costs included in the price
- Travel by car, van or bus of high tourist class
- A licensed travel guide in the language of the group
- Entrances for Old Town and Old Olive Tree and Museum in Ulcinj
- Parking services and tolls
- Organizational costs
The price does not include
- Food and drink on the excursion
- Individual costs