We started our exploration of the city by going down the main street on which we had been dropped off and looked at the connections to other places from the bus station. There are buses from here to other cities in Montenegro (Bar, Budva, Podgorica and so on) and buses to other cities in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and so. Although in theory you could simply jump on any of these buses and pay for the ticket, it's important to think about where you're going in advance and whether you will need more than just a valid passport to be stamped upon arrival. Although things are progressing quite swiftly in the region, some of the countries are still somewhat politically sensitive areas that have not yet fully opened up border access.
After leaving the bus station we headed towards the main part of the city, down the long street leading to the Mala Plaza (Little beach). Along the way are plenty of shops selling holiday essentials, fast food and ice cream, and all at a very reasonable price in comparison to Western European holiday areas. Since we didn't fancy fast food however, helped ourselves to a banana icecream before heading down to the beach front, where a completely packed, but very cosy beach stands in front of us with amazing views. The good thing here is that it's possible to swim safely as in many places the water isn't deep and there are barriers across the water to indicate how far it is safe to swim out, so there are generally no problems.
After spending a little time on the seafront, we made our way up to the Old Town (Stari Grad), the only part of town not to have been levelled by a 1979 earthquake. The Old Town is a maze of narrow lanes and tall(ish) stone buildings and is in complete contrast to the somewhat run down modern centre of town, which is almost completely devoid of any real character. The Old Town has the feel of somewhere eastern or oriental such as Morocco or somewhere in Turkey, and is very appealing. Since it also stands on a rocky promontory, the views are sensational. Also up here are some of the better restaurants and places to eat. We decided to choose one of the places with a nice view and ordered potatoes and salad and chips and cheese omelette for Dad(!!). Surprisingly, the omelette was very good and had the most wonderful cheese on top and inside – at only €4 this was quite a bargain and I think we'll definitely return for more. The potatoes and salad servings were also more than enough for two people so it's possible to eat and drink plenty for €10-15 per person, even less if you're careful.
After this we ate another ice cream for only 50 cents (Chocolate and vanilla for me, kiwi and vanilla for Dad), got a few more essentials from the supermarket in town, which had a bigger choice than the one where we are, and went in search of one of the minivans back to where we're staying. Fortunately, there were quite a few waiting and one was nearly full so we got off in good time. Since it's getting dark I'm not going to get chance for a swim today (again!!) but sure I will try it at least once before going home. Now we're off out to the internet cafe!
Link to Day 6: http://travellingcyclist2k.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/day-6-23rd-august-2011-ulcinj.html