Buna/ Ada Bojana the island in the Mist


Out of all the places to cover in Montenegro this would seem the least popular when put against Budva, Tivar or Podgorica. This is a small yet characteristic place compared to the rest of Montenegro’s tourist attractions.

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Ulqin is the closest city to Ada Bojana and has a history of its own, which I won’t get into now, and probably won’t ever, however there is an interesting Afro-Albanian history involved as well as pirates and castles if you ever want to read up on it.

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Ada Bojana is a special bit of land, legend describes the formation of the island, saying that a sunken ship gathered sediment and formed the island, and if you dig deep you can find the ship.

There is a particular atmosphere here that is very typical of the Balkans in the way that there is a mixture of Balkan languages being spoken, a mentality and therefore behaviour that suits the region, yet there is also an air of relaxation. The wildlife in this area is unique to Europe and includes, Blu Jays, Sea gulls, Herrings, hundreds of species of fish, a local legend the Shagall, said to be a mix between a dog, a fox and a wolf… or something like that and of course the infamous Herman tortoise which originates from these parts.

The main attractions are the restaurants, one in particular which is a Montenegrin legend, Mishko. All restaurants here are fish restaurants of a high class with great reputations and with reason. Bojana is all about the fishing, the fishing season is in September when tourists return to their homes and the scorching heat from August mellows out. Every passionate fisherman in the region knows of this place and the fish it harbours.

Personally, I’m not too great at fishing but very passionate for sea food, so the menu’s here are (although pricey) just right for me.

For me the best days in Bojana are the quiet ones, watching the sun set, hearing hundreds of birds flutter around, and laying on our wood terrace above the water, listening to the waves from boats passing bay flush beneath me, picturesque.

There are flaws to every place, I feel, the flaws that I should highlight are the abundance of insects that inhabit this area, more particularly mosquitos. You will see creatures that not many people in Europe have the chance to, meet them face to face. However if you’re equipped with the right armour (spray, nets and of course guts) you’ll be fine.

If ever you’re passing through Montenegro, out of all the places, I highly recommend a short visit at first, see how you feel about the place, have one of Mishko’s famous fish stews ‘Ribla Corba’. I still haven’t met anyone that has done this without falling so deeply for the place that they’ve gone as far as bought houses here.

For all the info you need on Ada Bojana, from activities to property available visit: http://www.ada-bojana.ulcinj365.com/

What you can do:

  • Kite surfing: there are over 10 different kite surfing beaches on the right of the island. This ‘long beach’ is considered the best location in Europe for kite surfing, so expect a surf enthusiastic crowd along these beaches. These are a few from many:

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*DOlcinium

*Sandbox

*North Kiteboarding Club

  • Boating: if you don’t have your own boat, which most don’t, there are boat tours available, these go around the island and even to other islands into sea. A great experience for those that want to know more about their surroundings.
  • Nude resort: There is a famous nude beach on the island itself, in fact it’s a resort where auto-camping and horse riding are among activities available as well as more fantastic fish restaurants. The best restaurant on this side would have to be Cicko, with a magnificent view of the end of the river Buna and the beginning of a vast Adriatic sea , perfect time to visit would be at around six in the evening to catch the sun sink into the sand on the other side of the river.

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  • Fishing: as mentioned the river is great for fishing however fishing without a licence is not permittedIMG_4965
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