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Montenegro's coastline is 310 km long, with six municipalities: Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar and Ulcinj. The area along the coast (the coast in this sense being the area bathed by highest waves during the worst storm), together with ports, dikes, rocks, beaches, springs, river mouths, channels connected to the sea, the sea floor and undersea area, as well as the whole course of the Bojana River in Montenegrin territory, are managed by one, state-owned company – "Morsko Dobro Crne Gore" (Coastal Zone Management Agency of Montenegro). In Ulcinj, it covers a strip wider than 1 km. Morsko dobro has the property of eight islands and six reefs, 31 cliffs and four ridges. Their coastline is 25.6 km long.

There are 117 beaches on the Montenegro's Adriatic coastline, with a total length of 73 km. The water quality of the 55 most attractive beaches during the summer season is of class I and II. Rarely, in some micro-locations, is it of the class III, i.e. not suitable for bathing. Pollution of the sea water comes mainly from bacterial load due to fecal waste.

The most important natural habitats in the Montenegro's Adriatic coastline

Two lagoons are located near the Montenegrin coast: Tivatska solila (Tivat Salina) and Ulcinj Salina, while on the very coast there is Buljarica beach, 2,2 km long, with the virgin hinterland. Beach Velika plaža and Ada Bojana Island are also located on the seaside, but they will not be the subject of this guide, which does not mean that these beaches or their hinterland are less interesting or less attractive compared to the habitats described herewith. Because our largest lagoons are salinas, we present their importance for preserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean.

Coastal protected areas in Montenegro