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Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Kocani, Republic of...
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Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Is it true that it is not allowed for visitors anymore?

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1. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Yes, it's true. The whole island is a hotel.

Edited: 24 March 2016, 17:22
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2. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

You can visit if you have a reservation at a hotel or at a restaurant.

Montenegro
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3. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Hi...I work on the island and I can tell you that it is open for visitors, you can visit every day and the tour is guided..there are usualy 2 tours per day, 11am and 3 pm...

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4. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

In short - it seems not. We've just been turned away.. Please see my post below. Very disappointed :-(

Edited: 11 May 2016, 18:41
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5. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Hi I read someone who lives on the island say you can. If this is so it's very disappointing because I have just turned up with my toddler and am well dressed but the security guard is very insistent we can't go and it is hotel guests only. We turned up just before 3pm but no tour. Very disappointed and doesn't give a good impression to tourists. We have just travelled 40km to get here - a long way with a toddler!

Montenegro
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6. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

It has just been open, so maybe there was not enough staff at that moment to guide you, or there was some kind of happening inside, in that case they dont do tours. If I new the date when you planed to come I could tell you that the tour did not began yet,and dont be offended by security guards they do not speak english, but usually there is a english speaking hostess with them

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7. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

We traveled to the island last week and tried entering on it. As many other tourist we were greatly disappointed that a historical monument is being owned by hotel?! We were not informed that there were tours or that we can make reservation at a restaurant to enter - may be we would have done so, because we were already there. There are also no clear signs that you cannot enter at the island, even more we were forbidden to WALK on the beach!

Overall our impression of this country is now quite poor.

London
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8. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Totally agree. It made the place souless and even worse, it shouldnt be recommended in guide books. It is very clear tourists are not wanted here. Not a great impression where they are trying to build on tourism in the country.

Apparently it was fisherman cottages and they were 'housed' out to the mainland. I can only think of who profited from that poorly thought out venture. To be honest, it has also put me off the hotel chain that has bought the island. It seems very militant to behave in this way. They have resorts in Thailand and I certainly wouldnt call it's management 'Corporate Responsibility'. Anyone who isnt a hotel guest is treated like a peasant and it is disgusting.

Montenegro
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9. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

Montenegro was a communistic country until the '80 and you probably know what is communism. Maybe you can now understand why they were housed out...but that is the past

The island would be in ruins if Aman Resort hadn't leised it...because our goverment didnt have money for restauration...and if you google this company you will see that they try to adapt their hotel to the environment...so they did not change apsolutely nothing about this island, it was just restoured...

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10. Re: Can you enter the old town of St. Stefan (Montenegro)?

The village of Sveti Stefan has been a hotel since the 1950's. They even used to have a Casino there and you could enter. That is not the case anymore. I've never heard of guided tours and my family has a house there (across the village,not on) From what I understand is that you can attend church service on Sunday mornings, but you will be guided up to the church and out, no roaming around.

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