The Big Beach of Ulcinj is Montenegro’s hidden treasure

Although its near neighbour Croatia attracts the lion’s share of attention when it comes to resorts facing the blue Adriatic, the more modest coastline of Montenegro, to the south, should not be overlooked. One of the most stunning beaches in this part of Europe can be found in this former Yugoslav state.

Montenegro is a delightful destination for British tourists with easy access to euros from cash machines and most restaurant meals costing somewhere between £15 and £20 before drinks. In the predominantly Albanian area of Ulcinj, prices can be even more competitive for accommodation and dining out, although tourism is picking up led, in the main part, by German and Italian visitors.

Ulcinj – An Overview
Ulcinj is pronounced “Ult-SING”. What marks Ulcinj out from some of the other municipalities of Montenegro is the high quality of its beaches. There is a small pebble beach near to the town which is said to possess fertility qualities.

Then there is the so-called Small Beach, which is more diminutive in size, but is situated close to the town centre, making it popular among visitors and locals alike. The Old Town is full of restaurants and bars with an impressive fort overlooking the sea.

The Big Beach
Nevertheless, it is the Big Beach of Ulcinj which is most likely to attract visitors with a serious hunger for top-quality sand. The longest stretch of sand to be found anywhere on the Adriatic, Ulcinj’s Big Beach, or Velika Plaza as it is known locally, offers around 8 miles of soft, flour-like sand. It is around 60 metres (196 feet) wide and it sits on a shallow south-west facing bay that is easy to reach from Uclinj via the R17 coast road.

There are a couple of beach bars and eateries at the most westerly end of the beach, but the further east you progress the less developed it becomes. The beach continues all the way to Bojana Island where the R17 ends, and which itself has a further stretch of beach facing the Adriatic.

When to Travel
July and August are the hottest months with average highs of 29ºC (84F). For holidaymakers considering Montenegro as a destination outside of the school holidays, when it is generally more peaceful, then September is the best month to opt for. September has 252 hours of sunshine on average, and a very respectable mean temperature of 26C (79F).

Podgorica airport, in Montenegro, is the nearest airport with direct services to the UK, served by Ryanair.