Sep 262014
 

Montenegro is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and many have`nt even heard of this small country that`s sandwiched between Croatia, Albania and Bosnia.
The country is so small that you can easily drive from north to south, or from east to west in under a day.
There are also organized trips going from Dubrovnik, which is a tourist mecca that`s very close to the northern boundary of Montengro.

Stig And Montenegro ladies

Stig And Montenegro ladies

To all who are travelling in this area,I would definitely recommend staying a few nights in Montenegro, instead of just a quick-peek-a-boo organised from another country..

Kotor old town is definitely one of the nicest cities I've ever stayed in.
From Kotor it is also very easy, and relatively inexpensive to join organized tours going all around the country. You usually have the choice of taking a day trip around the beautiful “Bay of Kotor”, or going on a trip to southern Montenegro or northern Montenegro. There is also a separate tour for adrenaline-seekers who go white water rafting in Europe's deepest gorge. These tours are organized by the 2 hostels located in the old town – “Montengro hostel” and Old town Kotor hostel”.

These are some of the most popular places to see in Montengro:

 

1. Bay of Kotor – Resembles a Norwegian fjord, very grand and beautiful. There is even a small man-made island with a small church in the middle of the bay. There are many small towns that are worthwhile visiting along the fjord. The largest and most impressive towns are Kotor and Budva.But remember that ONLY the old towns are impressive,the modern parts of these towns are not much to speak about.The best villages to visit in this bay are Kotor,Budva,Tivat,Perast and Herceg Novi.

Small church in the middle of the bay

Small church in the middle of the bay

 

Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor

 

 

2. Kotor ! – It is well worth staying a few nights in the old town of Kotor. We lived in a 600 year old home, which was filled to the brim with antiques reflecting the long history of building, and the city. You should set aside a day wandering around the narrow cobbled streets between churches and small pizza places. Do not forget to take a ride up the fort located on the hillside of Kotor – what a view!

Vakre flower Kotor

Vakre flower Kotor

 

Kotor and local beer

Kotor and local beer

 

 

3. Budva – fine Gammelby corr at sea. More tourists here than in Kotor. Nice little beach just outside the city walls. Well worth a visit.

The beach outside Budva

The beach outside Budva

 

Storm approaching Budva

Storm approaching Budva

 

 

4. Tara canyon – Europe's deepest gorge in northern Montengro near the border with Bosnia. Very classy place, well worth considering to treat the 500 crowns it cost for a half day “whitewater rafting” her. Like 3,5 hours to drive from Kotor.

Broen about Tara

Broen about Tara

 

The river through the Tara canyon

The river through the Tara canyon

 

 

5. Durmitor national park in the north. – For those who have rented a car,or been on a tour of North Montenegro so it's well worth getting up this national park. Here you drive on narrow mountain roads right by the highest mountains in the country. Everywhere experiencing traditionally Montenegrin bondeliv – goats, and sheep crossing the road ahead, farmers who are out on the proposed, traditional Monte Negro houses with narrow roof.
The most “turifiserte” Instead of Durmito is “Black lake”. There is a small lake where you'll pay 3 euro to be allowed to”get into” to innsjøen.Nei,I'm not kidding. First and last time I pay to see a lake. There were hundreds of other tourists and busloads of people came to see the lake, some of the most ridiculous thing I've been involved in. It looked like any lake in Norway.

Black lake -The world's only lake with admission ??

Black lake -The world's only lake with admission ??


Typical Montenegro mountain house

Typical Montenegro mountain house

 

View of Dumitor

View of Dumitor

 

Baskebane/vei

Baskebane/vei

 

6. Skadar Lake National Park – This picturesque lake extends from extreme south of Montenegro and along the North-Albani lake is 44 kilometers long and 10km wide,, making it the largest lake in the Balkans. Along this lake one can see much of the country's bird and wildlife. There are several small fishing villages that are well worth visiting.

harms innsjøen

harms innsjøen

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7. Sveti-Stefan – A small island in the Budva coast. Some tricksters built a way out to the island,and lo and behold there was a peninsula. It's almost like a national symbol of Montenegro – The classic image that is used in all articles and books on this small country.
The entire island is privatized, and all the traditional houses which is part of a hotel complex rådyrt.

Sveti Vetlanda the main halvøy

Sveti Vetlanda the main halvøy

 

8. Ostrog Kloster – There are many fine churches and monastery in Montenegro, but none is like this.
Ostrog is something so special as a monastery built into a vertical cliff. It is annually visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, and is indeed one of the 3 most visited Christian monuments in the world. Just like Sveti Stefan there is also a typical “postcard” destination, and a picture that shows up in most articles about Montenegro. It takes about 1,5-2 hours drive from Kotor. It is even planning closer to the capital Podgorica.

Ostrog Monastery

Ostrog Monastery

What is your favorite place in Montengro ?

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  5 Responses to “8 places worth visiting in Montenegro”

  1.  

    Greatest article ever ! , og just the information I was looking for!. We are planning a road trip to Montenegro and Albania in june or september next year, The idea is to fly to / from Dubrovnik and rent a car there (only staying there a few days and then take a bus to Mostar).

    Is it possible to rent a car in one country and bring it to other countries, or do you have to switch car in each country? We intend to keeping along the coastline throughout the trip, but the pictures of Tara and Durmitor is temptinging us. Is it stupid to opt out of northern Montenegro? How do you rank the it compared to Kotor ( we thought about staying at least one night), Budva / Sveti Stefan and Ostrog and Skadar?

    And last question; Petrovac and Ulcinj etc I guess that was not something to brag about since you did not mention it in the article?

    Thanks for your help!

    /In

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      Takk 🙂 Jeg hadde samme utgangspunktet som dere – flying to Dubrovnik trip / return since that is where the cheapest flights went. I found out later that it was impractical,and led to much “backtracking” , so I booked a one-way ticket to Dubrovnik,and return from Tirana. It should be possible to take a car from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, but you`ll probably have pay some extra for insurance,road tax etc.
      The rules for taking the car to Albania is more restrictive, and it can be difficult.
      The bus journey between Dubrovnik and Kotor is quite quick and straightforward, and in Kotor there is no problem to find a car,dozens of car hire places there. Stay inside of the old town,it's definitely worth whatever you have to pay for it. From Kotor it is very easy to arrange shared transport to Tirana through “Kotor old hostel” or “Montenegro hostel”.
      They also have tours that go all over the country if you don`t feel like driving yourself. There is a bus directly to Ulcinj from Kotor,every morning around 9 o'clock. Ulcinj is a totally okay “beach-town”, but nothing special,really. No point in spending much time there.
      It is difficult to compare Durmitor and Tara to Kotor. There is “natural beauty” vs “historic,cultural beauty”. If you only have one day to drive around the country then it will be easier to go south from Kotor. Maybe first see some of the Bay of Kotor – Perast og Budva, then drive along the coast to Sveti Stefan, then inland towards Skadar lake. There it is quite beautiful, many small villages and lot of good fish to eat.
      In Tirana you should rent a car and drive down the coast / Riviera – http://stigsworld.no/reiser-pa-den-albanske-rivieraen
      If you book in advance you can get the prices down to 20 € a day.
      I'm working on a post now that addresses the challenges of driving in Albania (Balkan).

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        Flying home from Tirana or maybe t.o.m. Corfu sounds like a good idea. We have plenty of time to examine this närmere för time for departure has come. It is absolutely perfect for our planning that you have already consulted about the route we are thinking of taking. The plan is only about three days in Dubrovnik so total a week or ten days divided between Montenegro and Albania. Sun and beach is important to us, so we need a lot of time so we have time with it too, no bara sit in the car.

        So if you can come with wanting one post so please write one of which route you chose, gladly split in the places you visited day by day. And feel what places you chose to rent a car and when you took the bus / train between places. Hmmmmm, l hear myself that I sound quite demanding now……..

        After reading the Ohrid post so I think I see what route you took, but we should be really excited for some more tips about route selection. And you were maybe going to write a post about the entire route in any case? I think the post about independent travel in the Caribbean when I throw out of me lately, they are somewhat in the style.

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          Det er mye å si om Albania 🙂 Jeg skal lage en rute på tripline, We visited quite a few different places on the trip, We believe that most of what Albania has to offer!

  2.  

    Gorgeous travel reportage! Where the host in both Kotor and Budva, but you have a lot of information and pictures! Very Good,Stig.

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