16 Best Places To Visit In Montenegro

 


Before I start my 16 best places to visit in Montenegro, I would like first to give you an introduction. Without anyone trumpeting Montenegro as the next ‘it’ destination, a travelling segment would be almost unlikely. And while the nation rightly reveals itself, the people are always as frank, friendly and charming as ever. In contrast to many other emerging destinations tourist hustle and bustle are not high on the agenda of Montenegro; more a spontaneous bear hug you are more likely than an embarrassing blowjob. If you are looking for hotel accommodation or coastal companionships, wait for gregarious greetings, the shirt from behind your host and a minimum of 5 kg; these people enjoy food.

1-Kotor


Time travel back to Europe, with shady streets and stone churches at the square in moored walled cities. It may not be as spectacular as Dubrovnik or as polished as it is in Budva, but Kotor’s old city is far more vibrant and dramatic than ever. The way it appears to grow from the pure grey mountains around him brings a joy to the experience – as if it will squeeze the town in a rugged hug at some moment.

2-Njegoš Mausoleum


A Black Mountain was once in existence. And the grave was guarded by two granite giantesses on top of the peak. And in the grave, a large hero was lying in the arms of a giant eagle, beneath a canopy of gold. The site of this fairy-tale is the last place of rest for the true Vladika (Petar II Petrović Njegoš) of the 19th century. The plain yet majestic frame and statue distracts little from the remarkable views of Old Montenegro.

3-Lake Skadar National Park


A vast number of bird life are found on the largest lake in the Balkans, which is shared by Montenegro and Albania. The National Park contains monasteries of the islands on the side of Montenegrin, ancient settlements of stone known for their wines and serpents on the river Crnojevic. The wind descends from the mountains, and on his way to the lake and the conical pair of mountains, which the people call “Sofia Loren,” the river slowly crosses the waters. No Italian actress has ever so fantastic looked.

4-Sveti Stefan


It is a marvel to look at Sveti Stefan, a fortified island village by postcard. This is a piece of Mediterranean paradise that looks between pink dwellings terracottas, oleanders, pines and olive trees. You will be required to be satisfied with the views; visitors of the exclusive resort owning it have access to the island. Instead, laze on the sand, walk through the woods and take some insane pictures – it’s difficult to get a bad one.

5-Mountain Eyes, Durmitor National Park


18 glacial lakes, known as gorske oči, represent the beauty of Durmitor’s intimidating grey peaks (mountain eyes). Black Lake is the highest and best; its black pine and peak known as the Bear (Medjed) is its inky appearance. The most stunning is Black Lake. Black Lake is a joy to reach and to stroll through, but other, farmer lakes await further exploration along the walking paths of the park.

6-Perast


A beautiful baroque palaces and churches, an over-sized village with the charming Perast, is a worthy centrepiece of the entire Bay of Kotor. It is ideal, lies on the apex of the inner bay and looks right down to the outer segment in the narrow canal. Gospa od Krpelja, one of the two small islands on the sea, where a sky-blue dome is covered with votive offerings from grateful fishermen, is to take a cruise to Gospa or Škrpelja.

7-Stari Grad, Budva


The walled old city of Budva emerges like a miniature less annoying Dubrovnik from the Adriatic. There is a traditional Mediterranean love of life and an aura of romance around each corner. Between hours you can explore the maze of small cobblestone avenues, visit small churches and quaint galleries, drink in a fresco café, snack pizzas and be inspired by the beautiful views of the sea. Citadela is a magnificent place. There is a beach on both sides when it’s time to rest.

8-Rafting the Tara River


It’s hard to get a decent view of the beautiful Tara Canyon – its sheer tree-lined walls, up to 1300m high, tend to get in the way. The effect is most impressive from the water, which goes some way to explaining why rafting is one of the country’s most popular tourist activities. You’ll hit a few rapids, but outside of April and May it’s a relatively gentle experience, gliding over crystalline waters through a landscape untouched by human

9-Ulcinj


Ulcinj, Montenegro’s southernmost city, is a special buzz – an indefinable energy that is evident in summer nights when the beach is thronging with Eastern pop and a relentless holidaymakers’ parade. Look up: minarets clash with over dimensional socialist sculpture and high on the cliff are the impressive walls of the old town. The long sandy expands of Velika Plaža (Grande Beach) and the optional island Ada Bojana continue along the coast, with rocky coves.

10-Ostrog Monastery


The magic that is Ostrog Monastery can’t be achieved by a snap. Situated in an almost sheer mountain wall, a picture which reveals its high heights is impossible to frame without reduction of the luminous white monastery to just a small piece. Orthodox Christians see Montenegro as the most holy spot; it’s a place that affects you, whether or not you are a believer. The complex consists of several interesting churches, but none is more atmospheric than the Upper Monastery cave chapels, whose stone walls are decorated in frescoes of centuries.

11-Hiking the Prokletije Mountains


The “Accursed Mountains” are the name, but this rough range in the Far East of Montenegro leans more to the divine than to the goddamned. For hikers and climber. Prokletije is the largest and hardiest part of the Dinaric Alps, snaking through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. The prodigious peak of the Balkans winds 192km across the range of tracks that fly from fast to moderate once-in-a-lifetime extremes throughout all three nations. If you follow the whole route or a short alpine amble, you can feel on the top of the world during a prokletije pilgrimage.

12-Stari Bar


The new industrial city of Bar is not really recommendable, but in the hinterland, there is a true gem. The former city of Stari Bar sits on top of a cliff of gnarled olive trees, many more than a thousand-year-old in mysterious ruins. The city is here for about 2800 years but it is dilapidated by bombing in 1878. The city itself. The whole spot is laid open for exploration.

13- Biogradska Gora National Park


Biogradska Gora sits in the folds of the Bjelasica mountains and feels too still, alone, unaffected by the world to be unable to go. The showcase of the National Park is nice Lake Biograd, but more delights await on walking paths across one of the most important remaining virgin forest areas in Europe. This green world is very different from the rocky terrain which characterizes most mountains of the country and takes its heels up in the autumn to create a colourful display.

14-The Museums of Cetinje


Podgorica may have deprived Cetinje of its capital status, but the former royal city of Montenegro still boasts of the wealthiest and main museums in the region. The four museums – collectively known as Montenegro’s National Museum – span the centuries’ past, ranging from plash palaces to ballet relics to Montenegro’s first ever billiard table, owned by Petar II Petrović Njegoš, Montenegro’s favorite son, but certainly. The Cetinje cultural cachet is enhanced with two splendid galleries, a magnificent Monastery and many beautiful, historic houses.

15-The Kotor–Lovćen Road


The pleasure of travelling through many scenic roads and soaking in the beauty and strength of the country is one of Montenegro’s most unforgettable highlights. Kotor and Cetinje are one of the best-connected roads: they circle up and down and provide an ever-greater view of the Bay of Kotor and the Adriatic Sea beyond. Any moment of the white knuckle due to the narrow lane, and the drops there, is offset by the sight of the mountains of lavender and green water glassy.

16-Herceg Novi


An unassuming Old Town sits between the busy waterfront promenade and the busy motorway. It is here that Herceg Novi hides its very essence. There is an abundance of Catholic and Orthodox Churches, coffee-bars on sunny squares set up and hulking fortified buildings are huddled in quiet danger. Order and drink a bottle of wine. The city beaches may not be perfect, but just a short boat trip away are some of Montenegro’s finest.

Final thoughts:

Where Land & Sea Embrace


It is not yet 300 kilometers away yet in some of the most beautiful sea landscapes of Europe, Montenegro’s coast is cramped. Mountains are jutting strongly in crystal blue waters so that the term ‘looming’ cannot be avoided. Old walled cities cling to the cliffs and sink their foot into the sea while they are on vacation. In the autumn, the entire scene is bathed with wild mushrooms, coniferous trees and Mediterranean flowers. All this – even more – is enveloped in a two-thirds region of Wales’ size.


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