Lepetani Things to Do
On our walk we passed two churches. The one on the first and second photo is slightly to the left as you get off the ferry, right opposite the village shop.
The other one on pictures no. 3 and 4 is along the main coastal road near the post office and slightly uphill. In the yard of the second church you will find the millstone on picture no. 5.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the names of those churches anywhere. Both churches were locked when we passed them.
The Lepetane – Kamenari ferry provides a very useful short-cut across the Bay of Kotor.
The short ferry crossing (around 5 minutes) removes the need to drive around some 30km+ of road along the northern coast of the Bay of Kotor, thereby significantly reducing the travel time between Herceg Novi and the towns of Kotor, Tivat and Budva for example.
We made use of the Lepetane-Kamenari ferry during our visit to Montenegro in May 2012. We were travelling back from Tivat to Herceg Novi and decided to go via the ferry route rather than the longer bus route. This involved taking a bus from Tivat to Lepetane, the ferry across to Kamenari and then a bus from Kamenari to Herceg Novi.
The ferry runs every few minutes, in both directions, from 5am until midnight between October and May, and 24 hours a day during the busier summer months.
Best of all, the ferry is free for pedestrians and cyclists and there is a small charge for motor vehicles. There were a few trucks and a handful of cars on board when we crossed, but apparently some of the inter-town buses travel on the ferry as well.
As well as being a convenient mode of transport, the ferry also provides excellent views; in particular up the bay to the beautiful town of Perast and its offshore islands.
The port at Lepetane is less than a 10 minute drive from Tivat, while the port at Kamenari is around 20 minutes driving time from Herceg Novi. There were frequent buses between Herceg Novi and Kamenari (operated by "Blueline") at the time of our visit, but we found ourselves waiting a little longer (just over 30 minutes) for a bus from Tivat to Lepetane.
During our visit to Montenegro in May 2012, we found ourselves looking for public transportation from Tivat to Herceg Novi.
We had two options; we could either catch one bus all the way from Tivat to Herceg Novi (around the bay via Kotor, Perast and Risan), or we could take the shorter route which involved catching a bus from Tivat to Lepetane, hopping on the ferry across to Kamenari, and catching a bus from there to Herceg Novi. The latter option would cut out some 30km+ of road around the Bay of Kotor and save us a considerable amount of time.
We had taken the longer bus route that morning, on our way from Herceg Novi, so we always had the intention of taking the shorter route back; particularly as it would include a scenic ferry ride across the bay.
The first leg of this journey involved getting from Tivat to the ferry at Lepetane. The following information was correct as of May 2012:
Tivat to Lepetane bus
Our Bradt guidebook suggested that Tivat's bus station was located in the centre of town. However, we had arrived in Tivat by bus and knew that the station was a couple of kilometres out of town on the road towards the airport (it had presumably been relocated there recently, either temporarily or permanently). As the bus station was located south of the city and we were heading north to Lepetane, it didn't make sense to walk back to the bus station, especially as we didn't know if the local Lepetane buses would even stop there.
So instead, we began to walk along the main road out of Tivat in a northerly direction, hoping that we'd soon find a bus bound for Lepetane. On the other side of the bay, we had seen frequent buses heading between Herceg Novi and the ferry port at Kamenari, so we assumed they'd be equally frequent between Tivat and Lepetane.
We found a bus stop next to a general kiosk on the main road. There were no timetables displayed, but we figured it was a good bet that the buses to Lepetane would stop there. Another girl was waiting at the bus stop, so we figured a bus would probably be along soon. However, I was starting to have a few doubts after we had been standing there for 30 minutes with no sign of a bus, until a "Blueline" bus pulled in and the driver confirmed that it was heading to Lepetane. It seems that the buses between Tivat and Lepetane are not as frequent as those between Herceg Novi and Kamenari.
We purchased tickets from the driver at 0.70 Euros each and the 10km journey took a little under 10 minutes.
The bus dropped us off just a few metres from where the ferry departs at Lepetane.
The ferry crossing from Lepetane to Kamenari took just 5 minutes (and was free of charge for pedestrians!) and when we alighted at Kamenari there was a Herceg Novi-bound bus waiting.
We arrived in Lepetane by ferry from Kamenari. For pedestrians the ferry is free of charge. The fees for cars are not very expensive. There are also big buses and trucks that travel across the Vertige straight on the ferry.
For onward travel you will find find the bus stop right by the street when you come from the ferry. There should be a bus in the direction of Tivat. And the funniest thing for me were the old Swiss postbuses running in the other direction to Stoliv and further towards Kotor. The other option is the one we used, ie our own feet. We ended up walking all the way to Stoliv and back.
Lepetani Off The Beaten Path
This church with the English name of Lady of Angels can be found on the way to Stoliv.
We walked all along the coast road and at the place where the Bay of Kotor is at its narrowest - the Verige - you find the ruins of this 15-16 century church.
You can walk down an uneven path which is unfortunately used as a bush toilet and a bit overgrown. You can explore the church ruins and you also see the small lighthouse.