Kuljace village is the patrimony of the old Illyrian family Pastrovici. The name is associated with the location. Hills over the Budva Riviera fills numerous mountain sources with the purest spring water. “Spring sources land” so literally translated word Kuljace. But in this name hidden and historical significance. In the dark times of the Ottoman occupation the several Serbian families fleeing the persecution of the Turks, and decided to join forces to save the lives take a common surname different from Serbian names. Incidentally, in the Turkish language consonant word Kulyacha denotes tomato – Paradise in Serbian. Thus land Kuljace called paradise. And its land really is paradise. And tomatoes grow here like dandelions.
Abundance of fertile land, good climate, proximity to the sea, trails connecting coastal trade berths with the central part of Montenegro presented the wealth and happiness for people.
These places have always been subject to occupation by different countries. From Philip of Macedon, and then the Romans, for long times the Venetian Doges, in their disputes with the Serbs, Hungarians, Turks, French, Austro- Hungarians, Italians. Until the creation of Yugoslavia.
Have changed the empires, but Pastrovici peoples continued to live in the old rhythm, artfully dodging the new conquerors, as water flows between stones.
Near from Kuljace always lived family Kazhenegra. Beautiful and courageous people. And if Kuljace more engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, the Kazhenegra were sailors and fishermen. They were the first pirates in the Adriatic and terrifying the venetians and Turks merchantmen. Their boats and ships were decorated with black flags. Later folklore added to this flag skull and bones sign of death. In fact, the black flag was a symbol of families Kazhenegra fertile black land on which the family Kazhenegra and Kuljace estates.
By the way, the agreement ceases piracy were signed on the island of Sveti Stefan, which till the twentieth century was a symbol of brotherhood of Pastrovici and their outpost on the sea. Later, when the island was sold, the famous pashtrovskaya bankada (People’s Court) moved to the beach Drobni Pijesak – now the best beach on the Adriatic coast. Pastrovici motto: “If you even better and stronger, God over you”.
The island Sveti Stefan was sold cheaply because the poverty of the owners. There was a time when life in the coastal area of the Adriatic completely fails. Were no tourists. Indigenous people tried to move higher to the hills, where there was a great harvest and fodder for goats and sheep. Kuljaca lived here. Thanks to their wealth and wisdom, they do not only protect their independence, but also earned the respect of the other families of the tribe Pastrovici. Many of the men were produced in Venetian knighthood nobles, many were awarded medals and orders from different countries. Some Kuljace were highly advanced in the priesthood and sciences.
Interestingly, the island is named after the famous St. Stephen’s, but not a Catholic saint, according to most guidebooks, but named so in honor of Stephen Stelyanovich who was confessor, Knyaz Pastrovici and the last of the Serbian kings.
Kuljace village began to build in the 15th century. Several solid stone houses with yards and spacious farmstead livestock with orchards and pastures. Invited workers from Italy for the construction. Between the houses were stacked stone-paved streets, modern at this time the water supply from the nearby springs and drainage. Each house had a wood stove and the street had lights. That is why the French, Austrians and Italians occupiers had chosen our village for staffs of their armies during the wars.
Of course, every time Kuljace men and others Pastrovici were forced to hide in the mountains where they created a partisan Detachments that with weapons to defend the independence and freedom of their settlements. Many of them died heroically. In memory of the heroes at the center of the village Kuljace built the memorial.
The decline of the village came to the end of the twentieth century. The war in Yugoslavia and poverty have caused migration of young people to other countries: America, Mexico, Europe. Only old people who could not do the heavy work stayed. . Wild bull killed last villager named old Vuka.
Fortune returned to the village in the early twenty-first century. Rajko Kuljaca was elected Mayor of Budva. He gathered the remaining members of the generations Kuljace and Kazhenegra, and together they rebuilt the village. Restored old homes of their ancestors, paved roads and the areas planted with trees and flowers, restored water supply and sanitation. In the village made a power supply cable, TV, internet. Set an excellent bright outdoor illumination. And the village alive, turned into a true gem of the Budva Riviera, hidden mountain landscape for the uninitiated eye. Kuljace became the Village Museum of Ethnography and Ecology. Tourists love to stop in the village to get a living spring water on the way to the ancient monuments, which are so much in the area. There are monastery Dulevo based King Dusan, Praskavitsa Monastery, Church of the Holy Savior, Rustovo Monastery, Church of Saint Spyridon, Church of St. George. Lovely place for tourist trips to the old paths of Pastrovici. The cross is without doubt the monument of the thirteenth century, set on top of a mountain Goli Verh (naked peak), in memory of the thousands Pastrovici whom were killed Magyars.
Today, the village lives from tourism. In Kuljace are 10-12 unique, authentic homes that locals welcome rent for the summer. Rates are not high. There is ample parking for vehicles. All homes are equipped with modern furniture and appliances.
In contrast to the hot and sultry coast in Kuljace always cool, calm and peace. Birds singing. Scent of flowers and exotic plants. Magical views of the sea and the mountains in the day and night. Wonderful discoveries are awaiting you just 15 minutes from the bustling and close Budva at 450 m above sea level in the life-giving mixed mountain and sea flavors.