Beaches and coves of Luštica
In the west, the terrain turns into a steep coast with many coves and well-known beaches
Grbalj Plain stretches for 15 km in the direction north-south and covers the area of around 95 km2. From the east, Grbalj Plain is enclosed with the slopes of Mount Lovćen, where there are the following villages: Dub, Sutvara, Nalježići, Pelinovo, Šišići, Prijeradi, Bratešići, Gorovići, Lastva Grbaljska, (za svako selo link I ponuda) all of them having their own fresh water sources, and commonly called Upper Grbalj. Lower Grbalj envelops a hilly terrain with the highest peak being Gradište, at the altitude of 424 m above the sea. Furthermore, in the west, the terrain turns into a steep coast, stretching for 25.6 km, with many coves and well-known beaches: Trsteno, Ploče, Krekavica, Zagora sand, Žukovica and Bigovo cove. The settlements, except for Bigovo, which is located in the cove with the same name, encompass depressions or the sloping hillsides: Krimovice, Višnjeva, Zagora, Glavati, Kovači, Kubasi, hamlets of Trešnjica and Ukropci, Glavatičići, Pobrđe, Vranovići and Lješevići. The first notion of Grbalj dates back to the second half of the 12th century, and the first preserved document on Grbalj was written in 1246.
Grbalj Plain, which trunk road passes through, is well known for the production of agricultural products. Nowadays, it has been increasingly recognized for its urban facilities. Grbalj had been inhabited very early, which is testified by the findings called Velika and Mala Gruda, with the remains of ceramics and metal, as well as the remains of Classical walls and mosaics below Podlastva Monastery. Thanks to natural conditions, this area had a developed life in the Classical times, as witnessed by the walls of a Classical edifice in Orašće, below the Church of St. Stephen, in Vranovići, then the remains of the Classical walls at Gomilica and Mirine in Sutvara. Material evidence on the oldest inhabitants of Grbalj, more than 4 000 years old, were found in the tombs located at Mala and Velika Gruda in Grbalj Plain (silver axe with golden cap, golden dagger, golden pendants, terra-cotta bowls, flint blades, awls and arrows).
In the area of Grbalj there are 61 churches and 3 monasteries. Podlastva Monastery, dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God, was cultural and political centre in the history of Grbalj. The inhabitants of Grbalj are well-known fighters for freedom and citizens’ rights.
The Industrial Zone was officially opened in the north of Grbalj on 1st May 1987, in the area of 107 ha. “TIVAT” Airport is situated in the immediate vicinity of Grbalj.
Grbalj is a specific tourist destination which, in such a small area, offers combination of the Mediterranean and mountain climate, natural beaches and medicinal mud, rich cultural heritage, natural produce – fruit and vegetable, residential facilities and naturally sheltered port of Bigovo.