Don Quixote and Other Legends
Ada Bojana is located in the southeastern region of the municipality of Ulcinj. Home to a unique culture thanks to Christian, Muslim and Venetian traditions, Ulcinj borders Albania and is the southernmost city in Montenegro. It’s also one of the oldest place towns on the Adriatic Sea and is believed to be over 2,000 years old. In the historical, stone-laden Old Town, visitors are often surprised to stumble upon the statue of the Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes. He was captured and brought to Ulcinj (once a dangerous haven for pirates from Malta, Algeria and Tunisia); he stayed in Ulcinj and then Algeria before returning to Spain five years later. It is said that captives in Ulcinj could roam free. Locals claim de Cervantes fell in love with a local woman and that she was Dulcinea, Don Quixote’s inspiring romantic partner in the famous novel. Quixote’s fascination with windmills is also said to reference structures that once existed in Ulcinj.