Montenegro is the country of wild beauty with immense geographical and historical splendor as the main features. Still partially undiscovered, and adventurous, this Slavic country lies on the border between the East and the West. Diverse cultural heritage, including Illyrian, Roman, French, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Venetian influences, make this country unique. Visitors from all over the world escape to Montenegro’s Adriatic coast in search of peace as well as adventure. Secluded beaches, historic villages, world-class sailing, centuries-old wineries, haute cuisine, scintillating nightlife and uniqueness.
In 2017, Montenegro became NATO’s newest member. The NATO Secretary underlined that Montenegro’s accession to the Alliance contributes to international peace.
Sveti Stefan and Miločer, with 4 sandy beaches, the most famous in Montenegro for their beauty, a place which stands out for its beauty, peculiarity. Commanding dramatic, pale-stone rock faces lined with fragrant forests, on a rocky peninsula overlooking the Adriatic, the property offers sweeping panoramic views of the coastline. It’s just a short stroll to Queen’s Chair, named after Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, who once enjoyed swimming in this area located within the grounds of the Serbian royal family’s summer residence.
This island is the most luxurious summer resort in Montenegro and one of the most distinctive on the Adriatic coast. This small area has a rich cultural and historical heritage embodied in the Old Town Sveti Stefan, Milocer and Praskvica Monastery.
AS THE LEGEND GOES
As the legend goes, on the island of Sveti Stefan, which later became cultural and historical center of Pastrovići, the fortress was built in 1442 and that is when it was first inhabited. The fortress was surrounded by walls to protect the families from nearby villages from Turkish invasion and pirates. The legend says that the settlement was set up after the Turkish siege of the town of Kotor, when Pastrovići tribe decided to help defend the town. Pastrovići and Kotor won the battle over the Turkish army. On their way back, in the vicinity of the Jaz beach and not far from the Old Town Budva, they noticed Turkish galleons, attacked them and captured a large amount of money. The money was used to build the fortress with a house for each of the twelve tribes of Pastrovići. This fortified settlement was named Sveti Stefan, after the church of Sveti Stefan. Thanks to its significant position, Sveti Stefan was commercial and transportation center of Pastrovići. At the time of the Venetian Republic and trade with Venice, it had great strategic and commercial importance.
THE FOUR CHURCHES
There are four small churches on Sveti Stefan Island: Sveti Stefan Church, after which the island was named, situated on the highest part of the island; the Church of Aleksandar Nevski, the Church of the relics of St. Stephen the Archdeacon, and the smallest of them, dedicated to the Transfiguration, which lies right next to the town gates connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.
Vila Miločer was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordević in 20th centery. She enjoyed sunsets from the place then named Queen’s chair. This special place sits on the top of a rocky cliff emerging from the sea, as it was queens favorite place for pleasure and relaxation during her stay at royal summer residence as it gives a breathtaking view of the Old Town Budva, the island of Sveti Nikola and the peninsula of Sveti Stefan, thus being one of the most stunning viewpoints on the Budva Riviera
In 1960s island was transformed in hotel and it was a playground for the rich and famous until 1980s while Vila Miločer was summer residence for Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito.
VISITORS DURING THE YEARS
Among the celebrities and statesmen who stayed on the island of Sveti Stefan are numerous Soviet Marshals: Timoshenko, Grechko, Kirilenko, Jakubovski, novelists Malro and Moravia, Soviet astronaut led by Gagarin, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, movie stars and other celebrities such as: Sophia Loren, Marina Valdi, Kirk Douglas, Sergei Bandarchuk, Sylvester Stallone, Carlo Ponti,, Richard Widmark, Klaus Kinski, Jeremy Irons, Monica Vitti, Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, Leonid Leonov, Sandro Pertini, Willy Brandt, Giulio Andreotti, Helmut Schmidt, Robert McNamara, Claudia Schifferand many more.