This is the only town in Boka that you can see from the open sea. As the town was being built, it expanded to a large strip along the shore and has merged with the surrounding towns, one of which is the town of Igalo located on the western end of Boka Bay, famous for its spa. The beach at Topla Bay in Igalo is ideal for children and people with disabilities. This a very old town that was fought for fiercely between all major Mediterranean forces throughout history (for a short period, the town even fell under Spanish administration). This is apparent from some non-historical information: in popular poetry, there is no town in Boka that has been mentioned as much as Herceg Novi. The strategic importance of the town is evident through the large fortification located east of the port, dominating the view from the sea. Considering its history, it is no wonder that the town contains so many historically significant buildings. One of the most prominent local sights is the Sahat Tower (clock tower), erected by the Turks in the mid-17th century. The town was founded in late 14th century by Bosnian King Tvrtko I. He erected a fort overseeing the port, with the intention to separate the town from Dubrovnik, with which he often had fierce disputes because of the two towns’ efforts to become dominant in the salt trade. St Stephen gave the name to the town. The town’s “new” 15th century ruler, the Duke of Hum, also known as “herceg”, changed its name to Herceg Novi. In the eastern end of Herceg Novi, where the town has merged with the little town of Meljine, is the Savina monastery, the most beautiful Eastern Orthodox complex in Boka dedicated to Saint Sava. It is a cult place for Orthodox believers from Boka. Next to the long breakwater dock in the port is the harbour office of Herceg Novi. There is a petrol station on the fifth dock.