is a major Montenegrin tourist destination. It is well known
as a spa and health center; nearby Igalo has an abundance
of healing sea mud called "igaljsko blato" (Igalo
mud) and mineral water springs called "igaljske slatine"
(Igalo water springs). The most famous tourist attractions
in Herceg Novi are castle Forte Mare built by the Bosnian
king Tvrtko I in 1382, a clock tower built by Austrians
in 19th century, the Kanli tower built by Turks, and the
Serbian church St. Michael Archangel in central Belavista
Whilst the city itself is not a major destination for sunbathing,
with no long sandy beaches along the rest of the Boka Kotorska
bay, many beaches are reachable by boat. Tourist companies
organise one-day boat trips to Luštica peninsula, which
lies opposite to the town. Popular Luštica peninsula
beach sites include anjic and Mirište (or Rose).
Herceg Novi accounted for one-third of overnight stays in
Montenegro before the Yugoslav wars, but the situation has
changed since in favour of Budva, Kotor and other resorts
in the northern part of the coast. The biggest issue facing
tourism in Herceg Novi is a constant shortage of tap water,
which is imported from Croatia. The city's inability to
pay for the water from Konavle results in frequent cut-offs
of water and dry taps, especially during the peak of the
Herceg Novi is usually
the final destination of buses that come from inland Montenegro
and Serbia. The Adriatic Motorway, a two-lane motorway that
extends for the length of the Montenegrin coast, goes through
Herceg-Novi before it merges with the Croatian road network
at the "Debeli brijeg" border crossing.
The ferry operates on the
Kamenari - Lepetane line at Verige Strait, eliminating the
need to go all the way around Boka Kotorska bay in order
to reach Tivat, Kotor, Budva and inland Montenegro.
Tivat Airport is 23 km
away (via the ferry). There are regular flights to Belgrade
and Zurich, and dozens of charter planes land daily on Tivat
airport during the summer season. Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia
is some 30 km away, and it maintains regular flights to
many Europenan destinations.