Vrmac – walking paradise

14-May-2020

Seen from above, Vrmac could be mistaken for a ship created by nature that has just entered the waters of the bay. The peninsula with its mountain ridge rises proudly out of the sea. Vrmac separates Kotor from Tivat and is also the link between the two towns. From its peaks and slopes there is a magnificent view of both towns and their hinterland. But also of the bay itself, the open sea and the Lovćen mountains. A tour over the Vrmac is an experience for all the senses. It is not only the view that delights. Here, the salty sea air mixes with a potpourri of scents of Mediterranean shrubs, aromatic herbs and the gentle smells of wild chestnut and black pine.
The ridge is mostly overgrown with the typical Mediterranean maquis. Here and there, a few pastures provide variety amidst the stone fields. It is also recognised as an important European mushroom area. The Vrmac is eight kilometres long and five kilometres wide. The highest peaks are Sveti Ilija (785 m above sea level) and Velji vrh (712 m above sea level). Both the special biological diversity and the cultural heritage characterise the authentic landscape of Vrmac. Farmers, craftsmen, seafarers and intellectuals have left their mark on the settlement. A perfect blend of untouched nature and old rural architecture make the peninsula a jewel.
Because of its geographical position, Vrmac has always been of geostrategic importance. The remains of fortifications built and used by the various ruling powers over the course of time still bear witness to this today. Be it for the defence of the borders of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice or the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
For hiking enthusiasts, there are hiking trails around and on the Vrmac. Mountain bikers also get their money’s worth here. Clear drinking water bubbles up from numerous springs, providing refreshment along the way. And in the villages along the way you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. From the summit you can enjoy the unique view: over the Boka, the Bay of Kotor and the Mediterranean Sea.

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