Herceg Novi rests at the edge of the Bay of Kotor. The city was founded by King Tvrtko I Kotromanic of Bosnia six centuries ago. It was originally called Sveti Stefan (St. Stefan). Since then, it has served as a trade link between neighboring countries. Many have passed through, from Caravans of Turkish invaders to noble kings and enterprising traders.
The Old Town of Herceg Novi is surrounded by fortification walls built up slowly over five centuries. Inside, visitors will find many churches, palaces, squares, an imposing fortress, and many prominent steps. In fact, Herceg Novi has been dubbed the town of 100,001 steps.
Herceg Novi is also known as the city of flowers. Thanks to its mild coastal climate, it is the perfect home for a wide variety of sensitive plants such as Mimosa pudica. Those seeking natural beauty can visit nearby beaches (from Njivice to Macak Cape) or climb Mount Orjen, which offers sweeping views of Herceg Novi Old Town and 25 kilometer-long Riviera.
As you explore the charming streets and staircases of Herceg Novi, don’t miss Herceg Stjepana Square and Mica Pavlovica Square, or the National Library, City Archive, and local art galleries.