Montenegro is a rustic I’ve been dying to go to however have at all times put to the aspect in favour of different extra talked about locations akin to Croatia within the Balkans, or persevering with to discover each inch of France and Italy (a very long time obsession with these cultures I can’t appear to shake).
Nonetheless this yr I used to be invited to talk at a convention for entrepreneurs and my thoughts was made up: I’d keep three days for convention and spend an extra two weeks exploring Montenegro. My go to was in late Could/early June and the climate was unseasonably unfavourable – rain and plenty of it! Nonetheless the few days of sunshine I did get pleasure from I used to be capable of uncover many of the Southern coast and a few of Northern Montenegro towards the tip of my journey. These are the locations in Montenegro you will need to go to!
Perast is a small fishing village that has rapidly grow to be a sizzling spot for international traders and guests trying to enterprise past over-populated Kotor (extra on that later). Remember to take a brief boat experience from the city towards the 2 artificial islands which have made Perast well-known; Our Girl of the Rocks and St. George.
Positioned in a bay under the Lovćen mountains lies Kotor, the crowning jewel in Montenegrin tourism because it has rapidly grow to be a should go to vacation spot following an inflow of cruise ships that dock right here over the summer time months. The trick to visiting Kotor is to remain within the city itself, take common day journeys, and benefit from the city in peace and quiet as soon as the cruise ships have departed for the day and town streets are quiet and alluring. Remember to hike the Kotor Fortress Path for epic views over town, a free different to the closely populated Citadel of San Giovanni path that can even set you again eight euros (you may nonetheless go to the fort without spending a dime, simply take the flip off on the Kotor Fortress Path).
Lovćen is a mountain within the southwest of Montenegro and affords unimaginable views over the mountain ranges under, usually lined by a stream of low mendacity clouds making this vacation spot much more ethereal. The worth to enter is €2 for the nationwide park and €5 to the mausoleum, the place you may get pleasure from panoramic views from this artificial stone lookout level.
4. Durmitor Nationwide Park
Heading North in Montenegro might seem to be a mission, however it’s one that can pay in dividends whenever you arrive to the epic surroundings inside Durmitor Nationwide Park. That is certainly one of Montenegro’s most celebrated areas to discover and nice for lengthy day hikes or multi-day treks all through the summer time or watch because the park turns into a significant ski resort from December by way of March.
5. Sveti Stefan Island
This small islet off the southwest coast of Montenegro is house to the uber luxe Aman Sveti Stevan property however until you’ve gotten a spare €900 I’d recommend appreciating the islet from afar as it’s the good photograph alternative.
6. Skadar Lake
Not too removed from the capital of Montenegro you’ll quickly run into Skadar Lake, the biggest lake in southern Europe which additionally crosses the border to Albania. The lake is a well-liked alternative in the summertime for kayaking and different summer time water sports activities.
7. Biogradska Gora
This forest nationwide park within the north of Montenegro is house many epic lakes, mountains and even a ski resort within the colder months. There are 4 nationwide parks within the nation and though that is the smallest, it’s simply probably the most stunning.
8. Đurđevića Tara Bridge
Đurđevića Tara Bridge is definitely probably the most photographed places in Montenegro, positioned within the north in Durmitor Nationwide Park. The bridge is a concrete arch bridge over the Tara River and is idyllically positioned between the villages of Budečevica and Trešnjica.
9. Herceg Novi
Though not the preferred for bay cities in southwest Montenegro, Herceg Novi remains to be value a go to, particularly as it’s much less populated by floods of vacationers. Herceg Novi sits on the opening of the Bay of Kotor and on the foot of Mount Orjen.
10. Our Girl of the Rocks
Though it’s near the coast of Perast and may be visited on the similar time, the small man-made island often known as Our Girl of the Rocks deserves its’ personal point out for being probably the most photogenic places in all the nation.
You probably have extra time remember to contemplate these locations within the Balkans to increase your journey. Crossing borders is simple and you’ll benefit from the distinction in tradition between Montenegro; neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina; Albania; Serbia and Croatia.