Montenegro is a small country in the Balkan peninsula, known for its beautiful medieval cities and pink-sand beaches. The coast of this stunning country is washed by the Adriatic Sea, while the inland is filled with mountains and covered with forests.
Montenegro will not only charm you with its old architecture and beautiful scenery, but the food and the people will make you feel at home anywhere you go. If you haven’t yet explored Montenegro, we want to share with you a few of our favorite places to visit.
One thing to mention is that buses are not a very common way of transportation in Montenegro, so it would be best to rent a car for your primary means of transportation. It’s not difficult to drive on the roads in Montenegro. Just make sure to know everything about driving internationally before arriving.
Budva is a Foodie Heaven
Budva is a beautiful medieval city with sun-soaked beaches and vivacious nightlife. It is the oldest city on the Adriatic coast – founded 2500 years ago! But it is still very alive and blooming.
The best thing about this stunning city is the variety of food you can eat. Apart from local cuisine, Budva is home to the most delicious seafood you will find in Montenegro.
The Old Town is the star attraction in Budva. It is a tiny city surrounded by a big Venetian wall; thus, most architecture is mostly influenced by the Venetian culture. If you are interested in charming shops, galleries, and cafes, the Old Town has to be on your list.
Kotor is for Dreamers
Kotor is known for its breathtaking view of the Kotor Bay, which leaves every tourist in awe. It is considered the best-preserved medieval city on the Adriatic coast, and Kotor deserves all the attention it gets. Tucked against the mountains, it is a small and intimate city, but you won’t be bored, because there are so many things to see.
If you want to get the best view of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, one activity you should not miss is climbing to the top of the Old Town Wall, apart from getting a breathtaking view, you will also get in some exercise because hiking up can really work up the sweat, but it is absolutely worth it.
Kotor should definitely be on top of your list of places to visit in Montenegro.
Lovcen Park will Charm You
Located near Kotor, The Lovcen national park is the most popular in Montenegro, because the temperatures during the summer are much lower than in the nearby cities, so it is filled with tourists and locals.
One thing that you absolutely have to see in Lovcen is the Njegos mausoleum. It is located at the highest peak of the Lovcen mountains, so climbing up will be a good hike, but more than worth it. It is in the Lovcen park where George Bernand Shaw asked if he was on the moon, and once you visit, you will be asking yourself the same question.
Perast is the Most Beautiful
Another place to visit that is near Kotor is the tiny city of Perast. Though small, it is probably the most beautiful city in Montenegro. Many empires have fought over Perast over the centuries, and it is almost unquestionable that they were attracted to its aesthetic, as well as location.
Although only 350 people can live in this tiny city, it has three beautiful chapels that you simply have to visit. Since it’s very close to Kotor, it makes a nice side trip for strolls along the waterfront and eating alfresco with one of the world’s best views.
Tivat is the Home of Boats
Porto Montenegro is probably the jewel of Tivat. Filled with extravagant European yachts for tourists to admire – it is a view you would expect to see in Monaco. But Tivat is not only known for the luxurious port but the glorious panoramic view of the mountains surrounding the city.
When it comes to food, you have to try as many flavors of gelato in various gelato shops scattered around the city. Although the Porto Montenegro is Balkan Monaco, the gelatos will make you feel like you are in Italy.
Durmitor is Your Winter Go-To Place
Although most of the sites we motioned are sea-side beach heavens, Durmitor national park is the center of Montenegro’s winter tourism.
Zabljak is the largest town on the mountain, so staying there is a great choice. But do not expect too much, although it is the largest town, it counts only 2000 inhabitants. But you will be far from bored in this beautiful tiny town because together with Tara canyon, there are so many things to do.
Zabljak is the right place to try the local cuisine. Even though it is a small town, there are many restaurants to choose from and try all the local specialties like smoked ham, kajmak, cooked lamb, and lamb cooked in mild. Keep in mind that all the portions are quite large (around 300 – 450 grams), so if you are not very hungry, you can share a portion with your travel buddy, and still be full.
Apart from food, you definitely have to try Montenegrin quality wine, like Vranac, and the famous homemade Crmničko red wine.
There are 18 glacier lakes on the Durmitor mountain, but the biggest and the most stunning one is the Black lake you simply have to see.
In beauty, Montenegro is unsurpassed, and you’ll also find a plethora of things to do in these wonderful cities. It’s time to explore Montenegro! Have you been? Tell us what you loved the most.
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