Bordered by the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is a small country by its size, but which is full of a multitude of exceptional sites. It is a very mountainous land full of history, where natural parks, canyons, cliffs, medieval villages, but also a few beaches come together. Are you spending your next vacation in this Balkan country? Here are the top 7 places to visit in Montenegro.
1 - Budva: the famous seaside resort
Fans of festive holidays, Budva is the place to go. The music and the atmosphere are there. Here you will always find a restaurant or bar to serve you food or drink. It is not for nothing that it is called the Montenegrin Saint-Tropez. But, if you don't like crowds, don't worry! Walking through the alleys of this fortified city from the 15th century, you will reach the citadel and the calm that goes with it. This city, with a rich historical past, was even hit by two earthquakes and resisted! You can also enjoy a walk to get to the Orthodox Podmaine Monastery, located two kilometers from the city. You will find a peaceful place that it would be a shame to miss.
5 km from Budva, you will be amazed by the sumptuous Sveti Stefan islet. It is a former fishing village, now converted into a hotel. It is only accessible for customers, but nothing prevents you from admiring the village with red roofs and olive trees. His particuliarity ? Its pink beach which connects it to the mainland, quite simply magnificent!
2 - Kotor: the city of multiple origins and its famous mouths
The other medieval town not to be missed in Montenegro is Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the maze of streets and squares of the old town, like in a labyrinth. Admire its Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Visit the maritime museum, the Saint-Nicolas cathedral dating from the end of the 19th century or the small Saint-Luc church, which has the particularity of housing two altars: one Catholic and the other Orthodox. Climb to the top of the Saint-Jean fortress to admire the view of the city, its ramparts and the mouths. They are what make Kotor so proud and famous. Indeed, Boka Kotorska (the mouths of Kotor), which are compared to a fjord (but which have always been inhabited only by the Adriatic Sea and never by ice!), Are among the most beautiful bays in the world. To enjoy the marvelous landscapes, take a boat, you will have an extraordinary point of view from the sea. During this excursion, you will have the opportunity to make stops in villages like Herceg Novi, on the islands of Our- Dame-du-Récif or even stop at the Blue Cave for a swim. It is certain that these places will leave you with unforgettable memories.
3 - Skadar Lake National Park: a real gem
In the south of Montenegro, near Bar and Ulcinj, reach Lake Skadar and the national park that surrounds it. It is a magnificent spectacle that awaits you, one of the most beautiful Montenegrin viewpoints. Like Colorado's Horseshoe Bend (a horseshoe-shaped bend), the Crnojevic River ripples through the hills, before emptying into the largest lake in the Balkans. You can visit this expanse of crystal clear water adorned with thousands of water lilies, aboard a small motor boat. For more peace, it is also possible to embark from the village of Rijeka Crnojevica. You will navigate on the eponymous river, to reach the lake. You will meet many species of wild birds: herons, egrets, moorhens, etc. A word of advice: at the end of the day, you will have magnificent light and colors to take sublime photos.
4 - The oldest town in Montenegro: Ulcinj
Located in the far south of the country, the city which is said to date back 2,000 years, is one of the oldest on the Adriatic coast. Its architecture is the result of crossbreeding between east and west. There are therefore minarets, as well as buildings typical of the south of France. These contrasts give this city a special atmosphere.
Treat yourself to a seafood-tasting break in one of the restaurants by the Bojana river. In these establishments imbued with authenticity and serenity, you will feel a little out of time, in contact with nature, as often in this country. And above all, do not miss Velika Plaža, the longest beach on the Adriatic coast, with its 13 km of fine sand. In high season, you can relax and have a drink under one of the many huts scattered by the sea.
5 - Durmitor National Park: a variety of landscapes
During your stay in Montenegro, do not stay on the coast, because the hinterland is full of places to visit, each more beautiful than the last. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durmitor National Park is full of breathtaking landscapes. Hiking enthusiasts, you will be delighted! You can leave from Žabljak ski resort, which serves as a meeting point for excursions. You will have the opportunity to walk around the Black Lake, in which is reflected a fir forest and the peak of the Bear. For those who prefer steeper trails, there are plenty of rocky peaks to climb in the surrounding area. You can also travel by car, on roads worthy of Scottish lands. Indeed, you will come across shepherds with their flocks of sheep and especially vast rocky expanses. Do you want to get away from the crowds and be quiet for a swim? About 10 km from Žabljak, soak in Lake Vrazje Jezero. You will feel like you are alone in the world and the water temperature is better than Black Lake. What more ?
6 - The canyon of the Tara river: a natural wonder
Located in the Durmitor Park, don't miss the Tara River Canyon! It is the deepest in Europe (1,900 m) and its river forms a natural border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The spectacle of the place is beautiful. In order to admire the turquoise waters of the river up close, what could be better than a rafting trip? To find a nautical center, you will be spoiled for choice, because rafting is a popular leisure activity in the region. If you are visiting Montenegro with the family, it is advisable to sail on the river in summer, the current is less strong than the rest of the year. For thrill seekers, the waters are the most tumultuous in April-May, when the snow melts.
7 - Ostrog monastery: an exceptional place of worship
In the center of the country, on the road to get to the Durmitor National Park, stop at the Ostrog cave monastery, a real human feat. This monument, built in the 17th century, is impressive: built right on the cliff, its white facade contrasts with the ocher colors of the rock. We can see it for miles before arriving on the site. Access to this perched place is on foot, by a 3 km path, from the main road. The religious building is spectacular in its size: you will discover troglodyte chapels, churches, but also accommodation for monks and pilgrims. It attracts travelers of all religions, although it was originally a holy place for the Orthodox. As in any place of worship, a sober dress code is required: legs and shoulders must be covered. Do not miss this unique place during your trip to Montenegro!
Visiting this country will allow you to discover varied landscapes and unspoiled authentic charm. Whether for a trip with family, couple, friends or solo, Montenegro will not disappoint! And to complete your stay, the Luxtop360 platform team has selected exceptional properties , as close as possible to the essential places to visit. All the conditions are met for your vacation to be perfect!