I never thought I would go to Montenegro, but I’m glad I did. It’s an amazing country with the craziest roads I’ve ever seen. If you are planning (or want to plan) a trip to Montenegro, here is what I know.
How to get there? You can easily take a flight (Ryanair) for about 70 euros.
How Long? I stayed a week and it’s more than enough to see the coastal area.
Hotel? Iberostar Bellevue (Budva area)
Must do: rent a car and explore!
Cities I’ve visited
– Podgorica (capital)
The airport is located in Podgorica and while you are there you can visit the millenium bridge.
– Cetinje (former capital)
There is this incredible monastery. The monk there invited us in after hours and showed us around. Definitely the best tour in a monastery so far!
– Port of Montenegro
It’s a new port with some very luxurious ships! After a quick stroll you’ve seen everything and the parking is quite expensive too.
The old town of Budva is well worth the visit. Go wander off in the little typical streets. There is also a citadel which you can visit for about 2,50 euros.
– Sveti Stefan
This is a well-known resort close to Budva. It does look like a city and it’s the perfect location to take pictures. If you go down to the beach in front of the resort you’ll find a path to a small private area. Oh, and try to park your car on the street. It saves you the costs of the parking.
This is by far the best activity I did in Montenegro. You can visit Kotor’s old town, but the real deal is the way up to the fort of Kotor. You’ll pay around three euros (before a specific time and after sundown you can enter for free) to take a two hour walk up this mountain. Breathtaking views and the rewarding feeling afterwards make it worth your energy.
As Montenegro is full of old towns Bar is by far worth a visit. You’ll find little, typical restaurants (delicious) the walk up to the old town. For two euros you can visit the ruins of the old city and take in a view where you can even see the sea from far!
– Herceg Novi
They say it looks like Dubronik (Croatia) but than a lot more cheap. I have to say I like Herceg Novi more than Dubrovnik. I always liked the underdog, so even here that’s the case. Just taking a stroll and enjoying the sun, there is not much more that I need.
On the way to Herceg Novi you’ll see signs for Perast. Here you can take a taxi boat to a small island. There is not much more on the island than a church, but it is a tourist attraction. We bumped in a local who happened to have a boat and was willing to drive us. We payed about 10 euros for two persons to go and come back.
To end this post I would like to say that you can never imagine how a trip is going to play out. Just go and enjoy the memories you are making along the way. Thank you Montenegro for being this beautiful!