There are three different legends about the origin of the name Tivat. According to the former, the name Tivat is derived from the name of the Illyrian Queen Teuta, who at one time had her capital in Risan, and possibly a summer residence near present-day Tivat. Second claims that the name Tivat could be derived from the names of Christian saints such as Sanctus Theodorus, Theodosius, Theodotus, Theodulus, or the medieval (XII c.) Theudo, Teodo. The third one was noted very briefly and without much explanation stating that the name is derived from the Celtic word “touto” meaning city.
Tivat is located in the central part of the Bay of Kotor, on the southwestern slopes of Mount Vrmac (765m). Opposite the bay is Tivat, which is also the largest of the four bays in Boka Kotorska. The Bay of Tivat with the Krtol Archipelago captivates every visitor.
Tivat covers an area of 46 km2, of which about 5 km2 goes out to the open sea. According to the 2011 census report, Tivat had a population of about 14,000. It is located at 42 ° 26 ‘north latitude and 18 ° 42’ east longitude.
Along the coast of Tivat, there are small attractive harbors, bays and numerous beaches. The coastline from Verige to Krasic is about 30,000 m2.
Tivat began to develop as a city only at the end of the 19th century. when the Arsenal Naval Port was established. Until the construction of the Arsenal, land in Tivat was largely in the hands of the feudal lords of Prcanj, Perast, Dobrota and Kotor.
Today, Tivat is a modern city oriented to tourism development.
With its location in the Bay of Kotor, the bays, the Prevlaka peninsula and the island of St. Mark, the famous Przno beach, the Porto Montenegro marina, Tivat is listed on tourist maps as an attractive tourist destination.
Tivat has a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild but rainy winters and clear and warm summers. Tivat can be said to have a characteristic climate, which causes relief inhomogeneity, and local climate differences are felt in such a small area. The average annual air temperature is 15 ° C. This is the sunniest town in Boka Kotorska with 2446.2 hours of sunshine a year. The most common winds are bora (northeast wind) in winter, and maestral (northwest wind) in summer. The south, warm wind that brings plenty of rain, is common in the fall and winter.
Rainfall in Tivat is exclusively in the form of rain, while other forms of precipitation are very rare here. The average annual rainfall is 1,755 mm. Rainfall is most characteristic of the cold season. Such climatic conditions have made Tivat suitable for both summer and winter tourism.
On the Tivat Riviera the sea is clear and the air is refreshingly mild. Thanks to favorable climatic conditions and good geographical position, Tivat is rich in horticultural potential. In addition to a variety of native Mediterranean herbs, there are also many exotic herbs brought by sailors from all over the world. Different species, such as magnolia, mimosa, camellia, oleander, agave, bougainvillea, eucalyptus, Chilean dishes and others, have acclimatized here, due to the favorable climate.