A wonderful base to discover Montenegro and it's endless beauties.
The Mill House is set in the heart of Lustica Montenegro's untouched peninsula.
Marovici is typical of the small stone villages that occupy strategic positions among the rolling green hills and peninsula of Lustica.
The village has about 11 houses connected by a few small and quiet streets, which are rarely interrupted by much more than passing villagers, some cows and goats and the occasional car or van, that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, staples like bread and water and so on. It won’t be long before you get to know the village and it is not hard to feel that you are more than a tourist, and part of a small rural community. A walk around the village will reveal a number of interesting features, such a two churches, the large public well, numerous stone flower granaries, which also acted as small meeting areas. Fresh fruit trees, especially fig, pomegranate and orange as well as herbs grow in the wild (bay leaf, oregano, rosemary and thyme...). The village also has a small inner fortified area that is accessed through a main gate (the stone arches and walls which still stand today) and allows a less formal and secure communication between the homes of Moronic, especially during occasional times of danger when towns were laid siege to. The town is in fact named after the residents many of whose names are Marovic. Some of the buildings in the village are a few hundred years old, including Lustica Mill house, and many display attractive external stone features.
The villagers are mostly part time farmers, growing small quantities for themselves, or fishermen or work elsewhere such as busier commercial area between Tivat, Kotor and Budva. Many own the largely uncultivated olive plantations, which once produced large quantities of good quality olive oil sold domestically, to Serbia or further away in central European markets. Today another source of income is derived from seasonal tourism activities, such as renting and operating beach shops, restaurants and accommodation services. In Marovici, here are still a few families making delicious soft and hard local cheeses, cured meats, olive oils, (oysters and mussels*), jams, wine and rakia which can be found and bought reasonably inexpensively with a little probing.
Within the immediate vicinity of the village you have some pleasant walks along the road or along small winding paths that lead to nearby villages as well as the beaches at Janice and Mirista. There are two churches in the village. There are still tortoises living in wild in Lustica and at night you will often hear a local variety of Coyote howling in the distance. The area is ideal for gentle walks surrounded by a peaceful countryside of Mediterranean pine and old olive trees.
Map of Boka Kotor Fjord Area showing the main airports at Dubrovnik and Tivat; the historic centers of Herceg Novi, Perast, Risan, Kotor and Budva. The map also shows the location of Lustica Mill House on the Lustica peninsula, which devides the fjord from the adriatic sea.