is a coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance
to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen ( 42°27'N,
18°31'E). It is the administrative center of the Herceg-Novi
municipality, with around 17,000 inhabitants. Herceg Novi
was known as Castelnuovo for many centuries. Herceg Novi
has had a turbulent past, despite being one of the youngest
settlements on the Adriatic. A history of varied occupations
has created a blend of diverse and picturesque architectural
style in the city.
The Herceg Novi municipality
stretches from Prevlaka to the Verige strait. An almost
unbroken string of towns lie along this strip of coast,
accommodating the municipality's 33,034 (2003 census) residents.
These include Igalo, Herceg Novi, Baošici, Ðenovici,
Meljine and Bijela. Due to their proximity, Herceg Novi
and Igalo are usually considered one town with a combined
population of 16,493. Administratively, Herceg Novi's current
population is 12,739.