Tivat developed at the end of a wide plateau (flatlands are rare in the mountainous area of Boka, which is why the airport is located here) and it is one of the newest towns in the bay. Tivat was the location of choice for noblemen from Prčanj, Dobrota and Kotor and this is where they built their summer residences, along with famous and wealthy sailors. They were also responsible for the construction of the city park, the largest one in Boka, full of exotic plants brought back by seafarers from their journeys.
The town owes its development to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy that decided to build its naval base there as well as the Arsenal shipyard, once more underling the great strategic importance of Boka throughout history. The shipyard also continued its development and purpose in the former Yugoslavia, until Montenegro became an independent country, when it was decided that the shipyard would become the Porto Montenegro Marina, to the benefit of all sailors. This is the largest marina for large yachts in the eastern part of the Adriatic and was a positive development for the town in many ways (the marina itself and many of its amenities on the mainland are still being developed).
With this new marina, you no longer need to look for space at the large docks east of the marina (Staničić Docks) where the Jadran school boat is permanently berthed and where other tourist boats also berth. The magnificent three-masted tall ship Jadran was built in 1931 in Hamburg, Germany, for the needs of the Yugoslavian navy. Until World War II, the ship was used for training students at the Dubrovnik Navy Academy; then it sailed under the Italian flag, and following the defeat of Italy it almost went to ruin berthed in Venice. After the war, at the request of the Yugoslavian government, it was returned and became part of the Yugoslavian Navy Training Ship Squadron and was renovated at the Tivat shipyard. Until 1991, it was permanently berthed in Lora, the Yugoslavian Navy harbour in Split, and later in Tivat. After Montenegro became independent, it was renovated, and took part in international boat exhibitions in Portugal and England, as part of the Montenegrin Navy.
South of Tivat, off the eastern part of this area of Boka, three islands divide the bay into two parts. The first of them – Prevlaka Island – is an island only in high tide and a peninsula in low tide. There you will find the ruins of a monastery Sv Arahangel Michael dating from the early 13th century and a Trinity church from the 19th century. Next is Stradioti Island (Sv. Marko), the largest island in all of Boka, and the third is the convent island – the island of the Mother of God or Our Lady of Mercy. There is also a Jesuit monastery and a 15th century church.
The Porto Montenegro Marina is a maritime point of entry. There is also a petrol station.