Contributor Review – Ana Spahic
Local Expert. Visited 2023
Ada Bojana, in Montenegro, is a one-of-a-kind place for people looking for a little adventure and a departure from the conventional experience you might find at nude beaches in Europe. It is well-known for its famed nudist beach, which draws visitors from all over the world. The beach has gorgeous scenery, clear waters, and a tranquil ambiance that draws people wishing to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. The nudist beach is renowned to draw visitors of all ages, from young to old, couples to solo travelers and backpackers. The atmosphere is easygoing and pleasant, with a strong sense of community among frequent visitors. However, the peak season is from June to mid-September, yet the beach is never crowded as it is 3km long and guests are spread out everywhere.
The best areas are in the middle of the beach, where the beach is broader and the water is deeper. On the beach, there are no official vendors or amenities, although there are a few shacks where you may buy refreshments and food. There are a couple of restaurants and cafes nearby, including the famed seafood restaurants Galeb, Kod Ranka and the laid-back Porto Cafe. In addition to the nude beach, there is also the FKK Nudist Village in which there are various types of accommodation, from apartments to bungalows. There are also a few hotels and bungalows on the river nearby, such as Hakuna Matata Apartments and Sojenica Ivona that are ideal options for staying close to the beach. Activities available on the island include windsurfing, kitesurfing, horse-riding and paddle boarding.
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On Ada Bojana Island you can walk around either naked and clothed, while in the hotel you must be clothed. However there is one part of the beach where you have to be naked, and there are lifeguards to inform people of this, as well as visible signs to indicate it. The beach looks like any other beach in terms of content. There are deckchairs, umbrellas, sports fields, toilets, changing rooms, shower cabins. In addition to this developed hotel part, there is also a wild part of the beach, which is about 2 km long, and you can enjoy it exactly as you want and as you planned. The wild beach is clothing optional, and the further you go along the beach, the atmosphere and people are more and more relaxed, liberal and open. This part of the beach is a favorite for LGBTQ+ tourists from all over the world.
On the organized part of the nude beach, you can mostly see older nudists and families with children, while on the wild beach it is mostly young couples, who have are relaxing in the sun and taking in the vibes.
You can access the beach by car, taxi boat or foot. If you are coming with a car, you pay 5 euros at the ramp and you are free to enter the complex. If you came here only as a one-day guest, there is no possibility of a refund of 5 euros at the reception. However, if you stay even one night, the money will be returned to you on your way out, provided you have a physical receipt. In case you choose to stay on river bungalows, the best way would be to get the taxi boat which would you take you to the nudist island in 3-5 minutes. You can find their contact in any accommodation, and often you can negotiate the price for the ride.
For first-timers, Ada Bojana’s nudist beach can be a unique and memorable experience. As for quirks, Ada Bojana is known for its “hippie” vibe and laid-back atmosphere. You’ll find people from all walks of life enjoying the sun, sand, and sea in their birthday suits. The experience from this beach that you will take with you will be priceless. Enjoy the freedom and test your limits. And in order to find the best accommodation, take a look at the offer of apartments and bungalows on Ada Bojana and enjoy your vacation.
If you're coming from the Montenegrin city of Ulcinj, you can take a bus from the main bus station to the town of Stoj, which is located near Ada Bojana. From there, you can take a taxi or walk to the beach, which is approximately 3 km away.
If you're driving, take the E851 road from Ulcinj towards the Albanian border. Once you reach the town of Stoj, turn left towards Ada Bojana and continue for approximately 7 km until you reach the parking lot which costs 5 euros. From there, you can walk to the beach or take a shuttle bus.
It's important to note that Ada Bojana is located on an island, so you will need to cross a river to get there. There is a small ferry that can take you across the river, or you can swim if you're feeling adventurous.