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Best Places to Visit in Montenegro – Don’t Miss Them!

Last Updated on July 26, 2021 by Lina

Have you heard the term “Pearl of the Adriatic Sea” before? If so, you probably heard it in combination with Dubrovnik. But there’s another place in the Balkans that deserves this title even more: Montenegro. The immense beauty and the variety of the country left me truly speechless and that’s why I decided to write this blog post and show you the best places to visit in Montenegro!

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Montenegro is a small, inconspicuous country in the Balkans located to the south of Croatia. Due to the popularity of Croatia, the country often stands in the shadow of its well-known neighbor to the west.

However, with its majestically shaped mountains in the north, medieval fishing villages and breathtaking beaches in the south, and locals as warm-hearted and hospitable as nowhere else to find, this small country has a lot to offer and is in no way inferior to Croatia.

If you consider a trip there, check out the best places to visit in Montenegro as they will show you the true beauty of it!

TIP: Before you go to Montenegro, don’t forget your travel insurance to cover non-refundable travel expenses. I use the simple and flexible one from World Nomads to be protected against unforeseen events.


Rijeka Crnojevica & Lake Skadar

Believe me, you won’t find a place like this anywhere else in the world. Rijeka Crnojevica is a small town located near Lake Skadar. With its charming and medieval vibes, the cute town is the perfect place to let go of all your worries and just enjoy the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. It may even make you feel taken back to earlier centuries.

Rijeka Crnojevica town
Best places to visit in Montenegro

The river running through this place carries the same name as the lovely town. If you follow the bumpy mountain road which leads from Lake Skadar to Podgorica, you’ll find tons of amazing viewpoints on your way. Of course, it is not the fastest way to head north, yet it is definitely the most scenic route.

Rijeka Crnojevica river

Stari Bar

Stari Bar – also called Old Bar – is another enchanting small town situated at the foot of Mount Rumija and one of the best places to visit in Montenegro. It can be easily mistaken with Bar, a bigger city not far from Old Bar which is one of the party hot-spots in Montenegro.

Probably the most famous place in this town is the old fortress. Due to its amazing location, it offers a stunning panoramic view of Stari Bar with the mountains in the background. Moreover, the way to the fortress is a cobblestoned path surrounded by small shops and lovely restaurants.

Be careful with the choice of your footwear, otherwise, the street can be very slippery! (I speak from experience :D)

best places to visit in montenegro
Stari Bar mosque
View from the fortress

Budva

If you’re looking for a more vibrant and lively place with great nightlife, then Budva is your city! It actually consists of two parts: The old part which is surrounded by an old city wall, and the newer place where you can find chic boutiques, hip bars, and great restaurants.

Even though it’s one of Montenegro’s rather modern cities, Budva is (apparently) one of the oldest places at the Adriatic Sea. Its foundation dates back 2500 years and after the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1979, people completely rebuilt it in the manner of the original.

Budva

Whether you want to experience party life in Montenegro or merely discover the history of the country, Budva is definitely the perfect place as it offers both. That’s the reason why it’s on the list of the best places to visit in Montenegro!


Kotor

Kotor – or “Norway of the South” (as I would call it) – is probably THE absolute must-see in Montenegro. Due to its popularity and convenient location at the Bay of Kotor, it is a perfect destination for cruise ships.

Unfortunately, this makes it also one of the most touristy and packed places. Therefore I would highly recommend you to head there early in the morning to avoid the crowds. In my opinion, it is enough to spend only half a day there.

Best places to visit in Montenegro

One of the best things to do in Kotor is to discover all its hidden corners and gems by casually walking around. This can be a real adventure tho as the place consists of numerous narrow streets and dead ends. It’s pretty easy to get lost in this maze of alleys.

Kotor old town Montenegro

Another activity you shouldn’t miss doing is to climb the city walls to St John’s Fortress which is located 260 meters above the city. The view up there is truly out of this world!

However, this hike is not for everyone as it’s an endless journey of climbing 1350 steep stairs and you should be mentally and physically prepared for it. Therefore I have the following tips for you:

  1. Bring enough water and maybe some snacks
  2. Plan at least 3 hours for the entire hike
  3. Wear the right shoes! (Speaking from experience again lol)
  4. Avoid midday heat (Early in the morning is the best time)
  5. Take some breaks every now and then

Even though it is a really tough way up there, the view is definitely worth the exhausting climb!

Kotor view
Best places to visit in Montenegro

TIP: The best way to see all these places is by renting a car as we did. You can find the best deals on rentalcars.com!


Perast

Located only 20 minutes away from Kotor, the charming fishing village Perast is another stop you should consider on your journey through Montenegro.

Best places to visit in Montenegro

Although it’s very close to Kotor, Perast is still not as packed with tourists, if not to say almost “empty”. Because of its small size, there’s not much you can do but strolling along the promenade or having a coffee at the bay.

Thus it’s the complete opposite of Kotor which makes it the perfect place to relax after an adventurous time in Kotor.

Perast Montenegro
Best places to visit in Montenegro

Lovcen National Park

Besides all these lovely towns and cities, the small country at the Adriatic Sea captivates with its uniquely formed landscape. A perfect place to see the true beauty of the entire landscape is Lovcen National Park, more explicitly, the Mausoleum on the highest point of the park.

Lovcen National Park Montenegro

It offers a fascinating 360-degree view and on clear days it’s even possible to spot Kotor in the distance. Moreover, even the street leading you to the high vantage point is already an adventurous journey for itself!

best places to visit in Montenegro

Durmitor National Park & Black Lake

Last but definitely not least on my list of the best places to visit in Montenegro: Durmitor National Park & Black Lake. First of all, visiting Black Lake and driving through Durmitor were my absolute highlights of the entire trip! During our visit there, I felt like I was in the movie “The Land Before Time”.

Durmitor Landscape Montenegro

Hordes of sheep; cows and horses, rough mountain peaks and untouched nature as far as the eye can see: Welcome to Durmitor National Park! With its endless hiking paths and incredible viewpoints, it’s a real paradise for every wanderer.

If you’re lucky enough then you may even find some new friends crossing your way in this breathtaking area. (See picture below)

Durmitor National Park
Best places to visit in Montenegro
Best places to visit in Montenegro

In my opinion, Black Lake is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Europe. It’s closely situated to Zabljak and the perfect starting point for trips to the national park.

Black Lake Montenegro

It is probably the most popular spot in the park and therefore very well-visited. We went there early in the morning during sunrise and found the lake empty. Solely a lonely fisherman stood there, trying to catch some fish.

The scene was just indescribably beautiful!

Fishermen at Black Lake Montenegro

If you’re interested in visiting another rather underrated yet great country in Europe then you should consider going to Poland.


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