Nature, beautiful beaches, history and adventure is exactly what you will find in Montenegro.
There are 4 popular places to stay in Montenegro. Tivat, which is close to the airport and has the popular Regent Port Hotel with is a luxury 5 star hotel and the largest port in Montengero.
Kotor, is one of the most crowded, beautiful old town and is 20 minutes drive from the airport, stay here if you want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle and touristic sites. Budva, which is popular amongst beach lovers and party scenes and, Boka Bay, (whites the Bay of Kotor) in a beautiful called Prcanj which is also 25 minutes away from the airport, stay here if you want to be 10 minutes away from Kotor’s old town, enjoy beautiful sceneries and far away from tourists.
Prcanj is stone town, one of the most beautiful part of Montenegro to stay in. Another fabulous option is Casa Del Mar which has properties in Herceg Novi and Kotor.
One thing I learned about Montenegro is that the people love kids! Everyone is always so friendly around children and it was a beautiful thing to see! Also, to Montenegrins, a beach is anywhere where you can jump into the water! They truly love living their lives by the coast and appreciate every corners of their home country!
HOW TO GET THERE
International airlines land in Tivat airport, I flew from Dubai with flydubai.
flydubai flies twice a week directly to Montenegro. The timings are 12pm Dubai local time, arriving at Tivat at 4pm local time. Departure is at 5pm local time arriving to Dubai at 1am local time.
Seats are up to 12 passengers enjoying a movie on the 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen, a dedicated check in counter and a business lounge. Meals can be pre-booked in advance or ordered from the cabin crew and wifi is available at 10,000 feet!
You can log on to www.flydubai.com to find out more about their routes from Dubai.
BEST TIME TO GO
Montenegro is blessed with beautiful weather all year round depending on what activities you would like to do. On the coast, the best time to visit is between April to September as it has mediterranean weather with warm summers up to 30 degrees celsius. In winter, the mountains drop to -10 or -20 depending on the area and skiing is a popular sport. You can also read here for 11 top things to do in Summer in Montenegro.
The coast is extremely congested in July and August so make sure you chose to stay somewhere somewhat further that the touristic areas such as Budva or Kotor.
WHERE TO STAY
You can stay in different places depending on what you are looking for.
Options to chose in a luxury modern beautiful apartment with stunning sea view from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom apartment in Prcanj with the whole bay view and Kotor.
You can contact Rana the owner for rates. If you stay here, make sure you rent a car, information on car rental will be noted below. Rana’s apartment is managed by a lady called Anka and both will be your point of contact. Renting a car is crucial because of the steep hill towards the apartment.
Prcanj is on the bay and there are many little towns after and before it (before reaching Kotor) so it’s a pleasant yet a long walk to Kotor unless you are being adventurous!
You will also find great restaurants and bars along the way with the beautiful bay across you. Prcanj is a town where you walk/drive in bathing suits all day and barefoot on the streets. It is definitely one of the most relaxed vibes. Another beautiful option is Casa Del Mare which has authentic properties around Kotor and Herceg Novi in which you can experience the true authenticity of Montenegro.
Take the full day tour on the first day that lasts 12 hours with a tour guide that can fill you with all the historical and extremely interesting information you can soak in.
The reason is, you can then take your car the next day to the places you liked the most perhaps and stay a little while longer, especially if you are a photographer or just want to explore more. I worked with 360 Monte – I highly recommend them.
Jelena was my tour guide, she is the right person you need to learn from! The best of Montenegro in a one day escorted tour.
You will be driven to the heights of Lovcen Mountain for a breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor, Adriatic and near by towns and mountains, followed by a visit to the Old Royal Capital Cetinje, a scenic boat ride on the Crnojevic River and then to Budva’s old town surrounded by beaches.
YOUR 7 DAY GUIDE IN MONTENEGRO
Day 1: Lovćen National Park with Njegoš Mausoleum and Njeguši, Cetinje
In order to reach the amazing views of the Bay of Kotor and conquer Lovcen Mountain, you will take the famous old Austro- Hungarian road from 1884 which has 25 serpentines and each one lifts you higher for better views. You end up viewing Boka Bay which is listed as among the 25 most beautiful bays in the world.
You will then drive into the sloves of Mt.Lovcen to reach the most famous village in Montenegro – Njegusi, where they make according to Montenegro, the best prosciutto (smoked ham) in the region and then drive along 300 years old Montenegrin rock houses.
By 9:30 am, visit the oldest restaurant in Montenegro that was first opened in 1881 by a family and today, is run by the same family and interesting part is, no one from outside the family has ever been hired since 1881!
The tour will take you u to the peak of Lovcen mountain and on the second highest peak of Lovcen is the officially highest mausoleum in the world and this is where you climb 461 steps to reach the top and you are also rewareded by a view of montenegro’s rocky land area and if you are lucky, on a clear day, can see Albania.
You will then drive towards Crnojevic River for some beautiful photos, a boat ride and lunch and Skadar Lake should definitely be on your list!
By late afternoon, you drive into Budva, one of the most visited towns in Montenegro attracting domestic, Russians, Serbian and other Eastern European tourists with it’s shiny old town, bars and nightclubs with a backdrop of midevil walls cities of the Adriatic.
Day 2: Relax on the beach
You will definitely need to chill on this day. So either explore Prcanj if you decided to stay here and enjoy the beautiful bay with lunch outdoors or even relaxing by the water. You can also decide here whether to explore more and re-visit the sights you ejoyed the most of day 1. Another option here is to visit Ada Bajona which is a beautiful sandy beach strip where the two lakes meet. You can also kite surf there!
Day 3: Visit Durdevica Tara Bridge – Zablijak and Ostrog Monastery
Visit Durdevica Tara Bridge – The hightest one in Europe when built in 1940. There you can Zipline crossing the river. The Tara is not only the longest river in Montenegro, it also has created the deepest canyon in Europe and 2nd deepest in the world (So right after Grand Canyon).
Visit Zablijak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1450 meters above sea level and popular in winter for ski. Then drive further North to the hidden jewel of Durmitor National Park – The majestic Black Lake which is also known as ‘Mountain eyes’. There you can hike around the lake or go swimming!
Visit the most spiritual and mysterious place in Montenegro called Ostrog Monastery and you might even see bare footed pilgrams climbing up the 3km long road to reach the holy place. Ostrog was built in 1667 by the monk, Vasilije Ostroski who lived…and died there.
Day 4: Visit Kotor and Old Town
Visit Kotor and explore the wall by climbing it. It will take you about an hour to do the tour. You can also visit old town and explore the restaurants and the history. There are several parking lots in which you can park your car for a fee.
Day 5: Take A Boat Trip to Lady of The Rock, Blue Cave and Perast
Sail away! Enjoy this day on a boat! Visit Kotor and greater bay area by boat with Perast Town, Our lady of the Rocks and the Blue Cave and Rose. Marko from 360 Monte has a beautiful boat and you will enjoy the day! In case you don’t want to spend 6 hours on the boat, island hopping, you can always rent a private speedboat for about 60 euros an hour or even take a taxi boat which are cheaper and visit those places on your own time.
Day 7: Relax on Sveti Stefan Island
Drive to Sveti Stefan Island. Apart from the beautiful hotel, you can always stay on the island for the day and enjoy the backdrop of Aman hotel. There is parking area there for a fee. You can also enjoy couple of restaurants on the island! The shore is a rocky beach so make sure you have your gear ready!
Day 7: Relax, Shop, Dine
Your last day could be adventurous or relaxing. You could head out to the highest peak for sunrise or sunset views, explore old town and the areas around Kotor and Boka Bay, you could even drive to Ada Bojana for kitesurfing lovers and explore the beach site. On your last day, you could relax in Prcanj and get to know the people living there or even take a boat to St. George Island and do some beach hopping by boat. If you are looking for shopping, then Tivat is the area where they have Regent Port Hotel and shops are located around the property. It’s a beautiful walk and an impressive port!
Montenegro Railways (zpcg.me): Runs daily trains between Podgorica and Niksi, and from the southern port of Bar north to the Serbian border
Blue Line buses (blueline-mne.com): Travel from the Bay of Kotor to Budva before turning inland towards Podgorica and a further 115km to the east
Places to eat: Catovica Mlni, Mademoiselle in Prcanj, Galion in Kotor, Stari Grad in Budva, Vila Marija in Prcanj, Bokeski Gust, Kafa Centar, Conte in Perest and Blanche in Przno.
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