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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is your favorite place in Montengro ?