N 41.864216 ° E 19.343163 °
We spent 3 days camping here, so managed to explore
some of the island, but left the swamp part out and it's
water snakes. But the 1.8 kilometre long sandy beach
running right up to the Albanian border was one of the highlights
of our trip. It's not that accessible without a car, so either
pay €15 for a taxi from Ulcinj city or get the once daily bus
from the resort at 3pm in the summer season, hitching not so
easy but not impossible.
Ada Bojana is an established nudist/naturist resort from back in
the '70's and the majority of bungalows and wooden buildings
not renovated since then. I will be writing a lot more about our
time here in the coming months.
Your probably wondering if I was walking about with my daughter
naked, no I wasn't, although I have been on a few nude beaches
in different countries at a younger age.
Entrance fee is €2 and payable on entry and children free.
About Ada Bojana:
Ada Bojana is a large triangular shaped 480 hectar island
that divides the river Bojana (Buna in Albanian) into two rivers.
The beautiful sea front is about 2 km, each of the river banks is 2.8 km.
The highest point or "summit" of the island reaches a 3.4 m elevation.
It lies at the southernmost tip of the Montenegro coastline,
thus, the southern arm of the Bojana makes a natural and
international border with Albania. A bridge connects the
island with the Stoja plain and Ulcinj
About a century and a half ago, there were only two small islets in
the wide mouth of the Bojana river. In 1858, the schooner Merito,
owned by Antun Allegretti from Trogir and commended by captain
Naporelli, sought shelter between the two islets. Unfortunately,
a terrible storm sank the ship. The legend says that sand accumulated
behind and around the wreck and gave birth to Ada Bojana.
Though the story is well documented there is little chance that
this wreck could be the cradle of the island, but who knows,
I love a good legend, like that of the pirates of Ulcinj.
A little background info on this accidental
island. No it's not like 'The island' in the TV
series LOST. Ada is Turkish for Island and Bojana
from the name of the river Bojana flowing alongside .
Corrupt and greedy officials have been selling off bits
of the country and real estate property has sky rocketed
over the last 6 years with Russian developers being the main
investors. I even noticed that Ado Bojana or chunks of it were
put on the market back in 2006 for "Rent based on turnover but
subject to a minimum of at least 2.5 million Euros payment per
year..Thank god Montenegro have not such a keen business
sense when it comes to real estate, it seems that the high price tag
has kept the island safe for now. The tender offered to foreign investors
fell through and just to get Tender Documents which were available,
interested parties were expected to pay EUR 10,000.
I heard that 70% of new buildings over the last 8 years in Budva
have been erected and built without the proper permits.