Petrovac: A Mediterranean Idyll

Petrovac

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Petrovac or Petrovac Na Moru (Petrovac On Sea is its full name) is a popular summer resort on the Budva Riviera.

This video gives you a birds eye view of Petrovac in peak season ie. July and August.

We love this quaint little town and come often either side of the peak summer months. The hamlet wraps around a cove and is very picturesque.

Unfortunately it’s fallen victim to real estate development, but so has most of the coast. Once you get down on the shore you see the old stone buildings and charm that makes Petrovac popular.

Petrovac BayPetrovac from above

This little town has a more laid-back atmosphere than Budva but is still vibrant. That's why it's popular with people wanting a beach holiday without the clubs and beach parties. Summer is busy, just like the rest of the Montenegro coast, but it’s a more relaxed vibe than elsewhere on the Budva Riviera. The Budva Riviera is known for its expanse of beaches but it can be hectic and the pulsing music of the beach bars isn’t for everyone.

We prefer to come in June and September when it's less crowded but still lively. We swim, laze on the beach and get a bite at our favourite restaurant, Mediteraneo, on the promenade.

If you're keen on the Budva Riviera but want somewhere calmer than Budva, you'll like Petrovac. If you’re after a laid back beach vacation, read on. Petrovac could be just the place for you!


history

First a little history for you. Petrovac was originally settled by the Romans. It was then named Kastel Lastva for the fort that juts out into the sea at the northern end of the town. The name was changed in the 20th Century to Petrovac after King Peter Karadjordjeva I who was the last king of Serbia and reigned from 1903 – 1921.

At the time Petrovac had about 300 inhabitants and today there area around 1,400 people permanently living in the town.

You can still find some Roman mosaic remnants here, continue reading for more on how to find those.


Location

Petrovac is a central place to base yourself if you want to do some sightseeing around the rest of Montenegro.

Travel Times To Other Towns:

Budva: 25 mins
Bar: 30 mins
Ulcinj: 1 hr
Tivat/Kotor: 50 mins
Herceg Novi: 1hr 45 mins
Cetinje: 55 mins

From here you can explore all of the Budva Riviera beaches and choose your favourite. You can also visit Skadar Lake, the Bay of Kotor and Cetinje in day trips.

A stay in Petrovac can be combined with a tour of Montenegro that explores both the coast and mountains of Montenegro

It’s also an option for those arriving on the train that runs between Belgrade and Bar. You can find out more about that on my travel to Montenegro page.


Things To Do

Hang on the Beach

The main attraction in Petrovac is the beach. The town lies along about 800m of Adriatic coastline. Like the rest of the Montenegrin coast, it’s very busy in summer. Our favourite time to come is in June and September when it’s even more laid back and totally relaxing. There are still people around but there’s plenty of room on the beaches.


Stroll the Promenade

The promenade is a lively area which stretches from one end of the town to the other. It’s filled with stone buildings that give the village its seaside charm. 

Petrovac, out of all of the coastal Montenegrin towns, reminds me most of the south of France.

Along the promenade you’ll find boutiques and plenty of restaurants. The local favourite here is Konoba Mediteraneo which is super friendly and serves fresh, local seafood and meat dishes.

Konoba Mediteraneo, Petrovac

Explore Roman Mosaics

In 1902 archaeologists discovered the ruins of a 4th Century building complete with mosaics. The site hasn’t been properly excavated or preserved, but it’s still an interesting place to visit – if you’re happy to go a bit off the beaten track.

But hey, that’s what we like here on the Pulse!

Once in Petrovac you need to find a sign for Crkva Sv Tome which is a local church. Follow the signs to the church. Opposite it you’ll see a path through private land to the ruins. The mosaics are in a broken glass shed, but you’ll be able to see them through the windows.

Sv Tome Church, PetrovacSveti Tome Church
Path to Roman Mosaics, PetrovacThe path opposite the church
Roman Mosaics, PetrovacRoman ruins

Accommodation in Petrovac

4 Star hotels

Hotel Rivijera

Hotel Rivijera is one of the nicest hotels in Petrovac.

It’s a short walk to the beach and the hotel has a beautiful garden surrounding the pools. The rooms are spacious and relaxed and all have balconies.

The only thing I think is a minus here is that there’s no free WiFi in the rooms, only in the public areas.

Hotel Rivijera, Petrovac

4 Stars

Starting at €114 a night 


Monte Casa Spa and Wellness

Hotel Monte Casa is a good quality resort right on the beach in Petrovac.

Their facilities include a spa, indoor pool, outdoor pool and the rooms come with free parking, cable tv and free WiFi in all areas.

4 Stars

Starting at €108 a night 


Hotel Del Mar

If you’d like to stay in Petrovac, but would like somewhere more intimate than Hotel Monte Casa, Hotel Del Mar is a very popular choice.

This hotel has 14 spacious rooms that come with kitchenettes which is handy. It’s tucked away in a little side street a short distance from the promenade.

The hotel has an outdoor pool, cable tv, free parking and free WiFi internet.

4 Stars

Starting at €64 a night 

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Hotel Palas

This hotel is ideally situated right on the seafront in Petrovac. It’s just a stone’s throw to the beach and restaurants.

I’d definitely recommend booking a sea view room. They also have a pool, wellness facilities and games room.

Hotel Palas Petrovac

4 Stars

Starting at €120 a night


Hotel Castellastva

Hotel Castellastva is mid-size with 171 rooms and is 150m from the beach.

This hotel is great for families. There’s a big outdoor pool and a play room so you can relax while the kids play.

The décor is bright and modern. They don’t have free onsite parking, but there is a paid parking lot closeby. They have free WiFi in public areas.

Hotel Castellastva, Petrovac
Hotel Castellastva, Petrovac

4 Stars

Starting at €70 a night


Vile Oliva

I like this hotel because it’s got both outdoor and indoor pools and a Jacuzzi – who doesn’t like a Jacuzzi?! So it’s good for the cooler months too.

The rooms are modern and spacious but there's no WiFi.

They have free parking, free wired internet in public areas and a wellness centre. It's also just 50m to the beach.

Vile Oliva, Petrovac
Vile Oliva, Petrovac

4 Stars

Starting at €79 a night


3 Star Hotels

Hotel Renome

This is another small, family-run hotel in Petrovac where you’ll find the friendly, personal service that Montenegrins are known for. There are 14 rooms in total in the hotel and it’s just 200m from the nearest beach.

The hotel has a restaurant, free parking, pool and free WiFi. It’s a great family-friendly option for those wanting a high standard on a budget.

3 Stars

Starting at €50 a night 

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Hotel Djuric

Hotel Djuric is a modern family-run hotel with 20 rooms. It’s 250m from the beach in Petrovac.

The one bedroom apartment is great for families. There’s also an outdoor pool, free parking and free WiFi in the public areas.

Hotel Djuric, Petrovac

3 Stars

Starting at €67 a night


Hotel Danica

Hotel Danica is a clean and comfortable 3 star hotel 150m from the beach in Petrovac.

They offer free parking and free WiFi in the public areas. There’s also a small outdoor plunge pool and rooms with balconies and sea views. This hotel is no frills but great value.

Hotel Danica, Petrovac

3 Stars

Starting at €50 a night


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