7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Montenegro
This beautiful, landlocked country is one of the jewels of the Adriatic. It is a wonderfully scenic place that combines a rich heritage with endless opportunities for outdoor activities.
Some of the best things to see in Montenegro include the ancient fortress towns of the Adriatic coastline, charming mountain villages, and the romantic old towns of the interior. Many of the best places to visit are also free, like the Montenegrin coastal city of Kotor.
On the waters of the Adriatic are dozens of Croatian islands to visit, like the sun-drenched Lopud Island. Paddle to beaches and fish for trout on the local waterways, or head for the towering peaks and mountain vistas of the mountain ranges that define the interior. Many of the top attractions in Montenegro are free or have low-cost admission, making your vacation there a memorable experience.
One of Europe's most beguiling small towns, Herceg Novi is set on a harbour backed by spectacular green hills and forests covered with pines and cedars. The slopes below are broken only by herringbone patterns of terraced vineyards, olive groves and orchards, which reflect the Mediterranean climate. The house that gives the city its name stands high above the town, with access to its garden from a series of terraces, from which some of the walls and steps have been reconstructed. The town's historic core is enclosed by stone walls with towers and gates, and by the remains of the ancient walls and fortifications. Most of the buildings have richly carved interiors, many with wonderful woodcarvings.
Tivat, a small resort town on the southern coast of Montenegro, has a historic castle, along with a bustling main street. A high road through the center of the town leads to a narrow side street that connects to a steep cliff leading to a narrow road above the city. There are small shops and cafés along the cobblestone streets, which wind up the hill and pass the old buildings. Tivat is a fun destination that's popular with backpackers, with a scene often full of cheerful atmosphere and young people. Small cafes and a few good restaurants can be found along the main street, and a number of tours and trips can be booked from here.
Cetinje (Cetinje) is an ancient medieval royal city in Montenegro. It is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Zeta and the Drina, on a plateau between the two. It is also the Montenegro's capital city and is filled with historic churches, museums, and endless trails through breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Cetinje is surrounded by mountains covered in dense forests, including the Kotlenik. The views are spectacular. There is a funicular in Cetinje that takes you to the top of the village, where the main square is located, from where you can see the beautiful view of Cetinje and surrounding mountains. The Podgorica Airport is located about 30 km south of Cetinje.
Perast is located within the historic district of Lovcen on the northern tip of the Pelješac Peninsula. In antiquity it was an important city and it still retains a number of important structures and archeological sites, notably the 7th-century basilica of St. Nicholas. The town has developed a reputation as a convenient place to spend a few days during the summer months, with attractive beaches on both the east and west coasts. The old part of town retains a number of narrow alleys and quaint arcaded streets lined with popular tavernas and restaurants. There are also dozens of good-value hotels, from large youth hostels to small boutique guesthouses. The lively seaboard is best explored by bike or walking. You can also visit the nearby town of Perastjevac, which is similar in style and charm.
Boka Kotorska National Park
The most visited national park in the Adriatic, Boka Kotorska is also one of the most impressive, even though it is known for other destinations like the town of Herceg Novi. Created to protect the rest of the coastline and its inhabitants from the harsh Adriatic winter, the park extends for more than 85 km from the Dinaric Alps. The most visited part is the peninsula of Lovcen, a vast and varied landscape of mountains, caves, forests and rivers, often as stunning as those in Yosemite. The best way to reach this area is by boat from Ulcinj, across the river mouth and south of the city. The park's reputation is enhanced by its many gems, including a waterfall in Tivat, the largest inhabited cave in the Adriatic, and the Skadar Lake, the second-largest lake in Montenegro. Besides a wealth of scenery, Boka Kotorska also offers some history, as it contains a number of ancient sites and prehistoric artifacts. On the southern coast, in the town of Ston, several well-preserved Roman edifices are scattered in the hills overlooking the sea. Among its highlights are Bok or Gospoj -- the highest peak in Montenegro at 2,016 meters -- and St. Simon's Cave, a landmark place, dating back some five million years.
About an hour and a half from the city of Podgorica and just a few miles from Montenegro's northern border with Serbia, the pleasant coastal town of Budva has everything to offer tourists. The town is known for its beaches, nightlife, medieval fortress and the city's best beach restaurants. Walking tours of Budva take visitors past the town's historic center, while others explore the beaches and seaside walking paths. Several paths lead to the Lopud peninsula, home to the Budva Riva, the main promenade along the Adriatic coast. The historic center of Budva dates back to the early Ottoman period and is divided into the upper part, with the municipality building, and the lower part, with the Franciscan and Dominican churches. The core of the city is also home to shops, bars and restaurants. On the night of May 1st the city has its annual festival of music and drama called "Lovre i Drago," the "Dragon's wedding." This four-day celebration celebrates the romance of marriage, and the story of a young queen and the man who would love her forever.
Bay of Kotor
Though it's in Montenegro, the Bay of Kotor is a small fjord-like body of water that acts as a gulf and natural harbour. From here boats depart to both Adriatic islands of Brioni and Vis. It's an extremely romantic place that has a unique and attractive backdrop of limestone and rock formations, forests and glades, and hills, in particular, the huge Dijelo Polje. Aside from the natural beauty of the bay, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the bay and it's surroundings as you can visit the small town of Buje, walk through the villages on the rugged coastline, or hike and cycle along the trails.