As the story goes, one day the Gods created a terrible storm in the Bay of Kotor destroying everything in its path. The fairy Alkima sailed through the bay looking for her loved one, a human. Love between the two was strictly forbidden, but so was the strength of her love she continued on as the storm got stronger, but her boat began to sink. Several young men standing on the shore saw her and braved the storm to save her. So thankful to these men, Alkima gave them gold in return for saving her life. The young men refused the gold and in replacement Alkima gave them something that would last forever, the Mimosa flower.
To this day the Mimosa flower has remained a recognisable symbol of the town.
Located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, Herceg Novi is not only a place that draws visitors wanting to learn more about its interesting past and historical architecture, but also those wishing to join in with the colourful and exciting winter celebrations that take place here every year.
The month-long Mimosa Festival held every February, throughout the town, heralds the arrival of spring and attracts over 20,000 visitors in celebration of their iconic flower. First celebrated in 1969 the festival sees a myriad of cultural events, great food, wine, music, parades and carnivals.