Planning a Football Trip to combine with your summer holiday. Football Trip Scout starts a new guide to places that highlight the best options for summer sun, a beautiful beach and the chance to have a Football Trip of course.
In this series we will add places that have a top flight football team, have beautiful beaches and are amazing summer holiday destinations.
Firstly we will look at Montenegro. Beautiful beaches, lively resorts and spectacular scenery – you’ll find them all on a holiday to Montenegro, Europe’s under-the-radar spot. Balkan beauty.
Montenegro is situated in the south of the Adriatic sea. It’s down from Croatia and up from Albania. It has some stunning bays and tourist destinations. Many tourists head to Kotor, The old town of Kotor is the best preserved urban centre from the Middle Ages, typical for the towns that were created in the 12 th and 14 th centuries. The medieval architecture and numerous monuments of this cultural heritage have put Kotor on the UNESCO list of the “World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites”. Or Budva, Budva is the metropolis of the Montenegrin tourism, due to the numerous beaches that attract the tourists with their beauty, thus transforming this place into the most wanted tourist destination. Apart from the natural beauty of the coves, islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments as well. The old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of the cultural heritage.
Our recommendation for a summer holiday in Montenegro where you can also plan a Football Trip is Petrovac. Petrovac is a small town situated close to the town-hotel of Sveti Stefan. Its beaches – Perazica Do, Lucice, Sveta Nedjelja and Buljarice – belong to the most beautiful beaches of the Budva Riviera. When it comes to the cultural and historic monuments, there are mosaics from the 3 rd century and the Fortress Castello, built by the Venetians in the 16 th century. For those who like the sea, the real attraction is the two small islands of Katic and Sveta Nedjelja.
Petrovac is an ideal place for family holidays. Excellent accommodation, a lot of extra activities, beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea water. It is also the home of OFK Petrovac who compete in the First League of Montenegro.
OFK Petrovac was founded in 1969, under the name FK Nafta. From 1972 until the end of the century, most of the seasons, OFK Petrovac played in Montenegrin Republic League, with few relegations and comebacks from lower rank. Among the historical seasons in the club’s history was 2000-01. As a second-placed team in Montenegrin Republic League, OFK Petrovac gained promotion to Yugoslav Second League. They played five consecutive seasons in Second League, until the split of Serbia and Montenegro Federation.
After Montenegrin independence, OFK Petrovac was among 12 teams which are chosen to play in the first season of Montenegrin First League (2006–07). They have won the Montenegrin Cup one time and appeared in the Europa League once.
OFK Petrovac plays its home games at Stadion pod Malim brdom, whose capacity is 1,630 seats. Stadium is built near the coast of Adriatic Sea. It was reconstructed during the 2013 and now is eligible for the UEFA international matches.
Petrovac is a city with a rich and interesting history. The first habitants settled here in the 3d century A.D., that is according to the Roman mosaics, which Petrovac is surely famous for. Though being a small town, Petrovac offers a great variety of activities and places to see.
The central beach, located directly in the city, is famous for its red colored pebble. The Lucica beach is located only 800 meters from the city center and is well known for its sky blue water and the surrounding of tall pine trees which hang over raw cliffs. It is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro. From the Lucica beach there is a beautiful walking path to the nearby Buljarice beach, which is one of the longest beaches on the coast, its length is 4 km. It is surrounded by wetland which is home for numerous migrant birds.
The pier and the Castello fortress, which served as a storehouse for wine and olive oil in the past, and now is a historical monument with a beautiful terrace that offers you a great view of the sunsets.
The obelisk, built in the memory of those who died fighting the fascists during World War II
The small islands of Katic and Sveti Nedelja, which are believed to protect the sailors. The legend says that the little church built on the island was a present from the sailors who survived a shipwreck. It is popular to go up to the church and to ring its bell – that will surely bring you luck and happiness.
Café Club Ponta has the best setting in Petrovac, right at the waters edge, under the cliff at the Southern end of the beach.
The Giardino restaurant in Petrovac is certainly somewhere that is worth a visit, if not for the tasty local food but for the spectacular view.
The Sutjeska restaurant is located in the centre of the town of Petrovac on the charming seaside promenade that looks on to the waters of the Adriatic.
Restoran Trpeea is tasty and affordable enough, that visitors are able to return multiple times during a stay in Petrovac.
Castello Terasa is a beautiful outdoor bar. Set on the grounds of the old fortress.