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Tivat info

Tivat is situated in the central part of the Bay of Boka at the foot of Vrmac (710m) the spur of Mount Lovcen which extends to the north-west side of the town. At the opposite side is the Bay of Tivat which is the largest of four bays forming the Bay of Boka. The Bay of Tivat with its exceptional beauty attracts every visitor.Tivat covers the area of 46km² and the open sea coastline is 5km long. It has the population of 15 000 inhabitants. It lies at longitude 18º 42” east and latitude 42º 26”north.

Tivat coast is lined with attractive marinas, coves and numerous beaches with the surface of 30 000m².

Due to its position in the Bay of Boka, to its coves, peninsula Prevlaka, island of St Mark and well-known beach Plavi horizont Tivat is put on tourist maps as an attractive tourist destination.

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Tivat into a town in the late 19th century , the Naval arsenal in 1889. A little more than half a century later, the ” win ” it – tourists . In 1954. year . established the first tourist company in Tivat – ” Tours” and the building of the hotel ” Mimoza ” in 1958. year . formed the initial basis for the development of tourism in the municipality of Tivat .

In terms of accommodation kapacitata , Tivat has about 1,800 beds in hotels (six large and four small hotel) , of several of the thousands of beds in private accommodation ( apartments and rooms) , several resorts closed and three auto camp .

Tivat as a tourist destination is to have a recognizable image and to the development of the tourist profile of nautical tourism , sports and recreation , convention , cultural and others. In accordance with the Master Plan for development of Montenegrin tourism by 2020 goal is to increase the accommodation capacity, but those at the very top level of tourist attractions. The capacity of the private placement and the volume and quality have become a serious alternative to hotels and users of this level of accommodation becoming more and more foreign tourists .


There are three different hypotheses about the origin of the name of Tivat. According to the first one, the word Tivat is derived from the name of the Illyrian queen Teuta whose royal capital was in Risan and she probably had a summer residence in the area of present day Tivat. According to the second one, it can be derived from the names of Christian saints such as Theodorus, Theodosius, Theodotus, Thaddeus, or medieval (the 12th century ) Theudo, Teodo. The third hypothesis is very short and with no further explanation. The name is derived from the Celtic word “touto” which means town.

The history of the Bay of Boka can be divided into four main periods: Illyrian , Roman- Byzantine, Serbian and Austrian. On the coast of the Bay of Tivat there are archeological remains from all of these periods as well as existing monuments of ancient architecture and written historical documents.

From the Illyrian period that ended in 168-7 BC with the fall of Illyrian kingdom there are very few archeological remains. There are more remains from Roman times. In the old literature one can find the hypothesis that in the area of Boboviste (present day Kalardovo) there was an old town. Some thought that it can be the old Akruvijum (Acruvium). This hypothesis is present even today but it is not linked only to Boboviste but also to other localities in the immediate vicinity of Tivat or even further away.

The period of Serbian rule began in Kotor at the end of 1185.From that time until 1370 Kotor and its district was under the rule of Serbian medieval Nemanjic dynasty. In the 13th century St. Sava, the founder of Serbian Orthodox Church., made Prevlaka near Tivat the seat of the Bishop of Zeta. St Michael church was built where originally a Benedictine convent was.

In 1420 Venice conquered Kotor District as well as peninsula Lustica together with Prevlaka.

From the 15th century to the 18th century there were constant fights between Venice and Turks.

Very important date in the history of the Bay of Boka was the fall of Venice in 1797.For the next twenty years the Bay of Boka was under different rulers until 1814 when Austrians came and stayed until their fall in 1918.

Tivat as an urban settlement has began to develop since the end of the 19th century when a military port Arsenal was built.

Before that feudal lords of Prcanj, Perast, Dobrota and Kotor owned the land within the area of present day Tivat Municipality.

Today Tivat is a modern town oriented at the development of tourism as its priority.



TIVAT – km time cca
KOTOR (bay) 17 18min
(tunnel Vrmac) 11 12min
PERAST 28 27min
BUDVA 25 25min
BEČIĆI 30 31min
HERCEG NOVI (bay) 52 55min
(ferry) 20 30min
PETROVAC 41 37min
BAR 64 57min
ULCINJ 86 1:17
CETINJE 37 45min
NIKŠIĆ 136 2:03
ŽABLJAK 182 3:05
KOLAŠIN 140 2:06
BEOGRAD 470 7:11
SPLIT 280 4:51