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9 Best Places To Visit In Montenegro

Places To Visit In Montenegro

Nestled amidst the enchanting landscapes of the western Balkans lies Montenegro, a gem bordered by the picturesque countries of Croatia, Albania, and Serbia. Despite its modest dimensions and population, this land boasts a remarkable tapestry of diversity. From the jagged mountains in the east to the sparkling Adriatic Coastline in the west, and the medieval towns scattered all across, there’s a lot to see in this country.

Factor in its delightful Mediterranean climate, and it’s easy to see why we believe Montenegro to be the hidden jewel of European travel destinations. The name is Montenegro translates to “Black Mountain”, calling for mystery and adventure. In this article, we highlight 9 Best Places To Visit In Montenegro. let’s dive in! 

Top 9 Best Places To Visit In Montenegro

1. Stari Bar

Stari Bar
Stari Bar

Situated in the south of Montenegro near the Albanian border, Stari Bar, or Old Bar is the predecessor of the port town of Bar. Established by the ancient Illyrians approximately 3,000 years ago, this historic settlement has witnessed the ebb and flow of various civilizations throughout the ages, including the dominion of the Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, and Ottomans, each leaving their indelible mark on its rich tapestry of history.

Today, nearly all of the 240 buildings lie in ruins and the site can be visited for a small fee. Step inside and you’ll find a small museum, many churches, Turkish bathhouse, and a fortress. Following a satisfying few hours of exploration, you can pause for a respite just beyond the fortress walls, where an array of inviting bars, eateries, and charming souvenir boutiques await your indulgence.

2. Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan

Of all the towns along the Adriatic Coastline, Sveti Stefan is the most unique. This small fortified island village is Montenegro’s most photographed place for a good reason. Gazing down from the rugged cliffs of the mainland, one can marvel at the island retreats nestled amidst the sparkling cerulean seas, linked solely by a slender isthmus. So unfortunately you can’t actually enter the town here, it’s closed off for tourists unless you pay to be a guest. But, uh, there’s a good viewpoint right behind us here you can go to. 

3. Lipa Cave

Lipa Cave
Lipa Cave

At number three, we have the Lipa Cave which can be found near Montenegro’s old capital city of Cetinje. This is one of the country’s largest and most accessible caves, which is impressive since it’s millions of years old. You can only visit with a guide, but tours leave multiple times per day and last about an hour each.

After a short train ride, you’ll wander around the illuminated passageways of the cave to admire the stalagmites, stalactites, and natural pillars. Regrettably, filming within the cave was prohibited, but we managed to capture some striking images to provide you with a glimpse of its splendor. For details regarding opening hours and guided tours, refer to their official website.

4. Lake Skadar National Park

Lake Skadar National Park
Lake Skadar National Park

Renowned as the largest lake in the Balkans, Skadar spans across the borders of both Montenegro and Albania, its expansive waters serving as a natural link between these two enchanting countries. The Montenegrin side is by far the largest one, with approximately 400 square kilometers being protected by a national park. Home to over 180 different bird species, this is a true birder’s paradise.

Most travelers just come to enjoy the breathtaking vistas and driving around the lake to the viewpoints is an experience in itself. But if you’re looking for a little more adventure, we recommend going on a boat tour or kayaking. These are best undertaken on the northwestern side of the lake, where serpentine loops stop near a charming village. 

5. Budva 

Budva
Budva

The bustling seaside city of Budva might be Montenegro’s most popular destination to visit. Cramped with high-rise hotels, buzzing beach bars, and clanging clubs, it’s also nicknamed the Montenegrin Miami. During the summer, the beaches are filled with sunbathers and packaged holidaymakers.

While the majority of the urban landscape boasts a contemporary façade, nestled at the southern extremity lies the enchanting Old Town, or Stari Grad, a testament to centuries of history and charm.

Wander through its labyrinthine alleys adorned with marble cobblestones, and uncover tucked-away squares, ancient churches, and a formidable fortress. The intimacy of this quarter is accentuated by its narrow thoroughfares, inviting exploration and discovery at every turn.

6. Tara Canyon 

Tara Canyon
Tara Canyon

Tara Canyon stands as a breathtaking marvel awaiting exploration. Stretching majestically over 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) in height at certain points, it proudly holds the title of Europe’s grandest and most profound canyon. The optimal vantage point for unraveling its grandeur lies at the water level, offering adventurers an unparalleled experience, with rafting reigning as the preferred activity amidst its rugged beauty.

But if you’re visiting in the late summer or fall like we did, the river won’t be high enough to raft. If that’s the case, perhaps you’d enjoy soaking in the breathtaking vistas from the Tara Bridge or experiencing the adrenaline rush of gliding across the canyon on one of the exhilarating zip lines.

7. Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park
Durmitor National Park

Coming in at the seven spot is Durmitor National Park, situated along the precipice of the majestic Tara Canyon. Here, the landscape is made up of dramatic limestone peaks and glistening glacial lakes. During the winter months spanning from December to March, Durmitor transforms into a bustling hub for skiing enthusiasts. However, come summertime and the colorful autumnal season, it beckons to hikers and nature aficionados eager to explore its pristine beauty.

The star attraction is undoubtedly the stunning Black Lake, which can easily be explored on foot from the nearby town of Žabljak. For those seeking an extra dose of adventure, consider trekking to one of the neighboring mountain summits. Our expedition led us to the serene heights of Prutaš Peak, offering a tranquil alternative to the bustling crowds often found atop Montenegro’s tallest peak, Bobotov Kuk.

8. Herceg Novi 

Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi

Returning to the coastline, Herceg Novi rests near the border with Croatia, guarding the entrance to the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Within this charming town lies a delightful Old Town adorned with charming squares, graceful churches, and a formidable fortress.

Yet, to truly immerse oneself in its ambiance, strolling along the bustling waterfront is essential. Here, a spacious pedestrian promenade awaits, adorned with inviting cafes and enticing restaurants, offering a perfect blend of scenic views and culinary delights.

9. Kotor

Kotor
Kotor

In our view, the crown jewel of Montenegro is none other than Kotor, nestled snugly in a corner of the Bay. Steeped in history, it stands as a testament to the country’s rich past. Over the centuries, Kotor has been under the rule of various civilizations, from the Illyrians to the Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians, each leaving their indelible mark.

The walled Old Town bears witness to this heritage, adorned with Renaissance palaces and Baroque towers. Yet, what truly sets Kotor apart are its awe-inspiring fortifications, commanding a majestic presence over the town. Ascending the fortress steps rewards visitors with unparalleled vistas of both the town and the Bay below, an experience that lingers in memory long after the descent. 

Also Read: Amazing Things To Do In Kotor

Conclusion

Montenegro, nestled in the western Balkans, enchants with its diverse landscapes and rich history. From ancient ruins to picturesque coastlines, each destination offers unique experiences. With its Mediterranean charm, Montenegro emerges as Europe’s hidden gem, inviting travelers to explore its treasures and embrace adventure.