When you have a country that is renowned for its natural beauty, it takes something special to be considered especially ‘beautiful’ – this is what the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is able to offer fastidious guests. Only a narrow isthmus connects it to the coast, it is located across the bay from Villa Miločer.
Dating back all the way to the 15th century, this was once a fortified village. Nowadays Sveti Stefan offers a uniquely atmospheric setting of remarkable sea views, quaint courtyards, and cobbled lanes. Before its current tourist destination status, it was a fishing village. It was converted into the old town in 1960, but the small churches, narrow streets, and tower remain unchanged. These are a few of the best sights that we believe you have to see if you visit Sveti Stefan.
In the hills slightly north of Sveti Stefan, just off the highway, you can find this humble monastery. It rests amongst an ancient olive grove and it gets its name from the peach-scented water of a brook that flows nearby. Once it served as a Paštrovići political center. This is a local tribe of Serbian origin that continues to exist, despite numerous foreign occupations in the past.
Balša III of Zeta first established the monastery in 1413. The main church was dedicated to St Nicholas and it can be traced back to that specific time. However, to punish the monks supporting Montenegro’s attempt to overtake the Bay of Kotor, the French destroyed it in 1812. On the left wall of the monastery, you can still find the original frescoes. However, the majority of the church dates back to 1847. If you travel a little further up the hill, you can find the much smaller Crkva Sv Trojice (Holy Trinity Church) and an old schoolhouse.