Road tripping through Montenegro is going to be your one of all time favorite trips. The world-famous Bay of Kotor and the gorgeous coastline might be marking their way into the spotlight on the world travel platform but there is much more to discover. Join us on this 11-day road trip of Montenegro and travel Europe on a budget.
(Day 1): Zabljak And The Black Lake
(Day 2): Nevidio
(Day 3): Niksic
(Day 4): Podgorica
(Day 5): Ostrog Monastery
(Day 6): Lake Skadar
(Day 7): Kotor
(Day 8): Perast
(Day 9): Budva
(Day 10): Sveti Stefan
(Day 11): Ulcinj
Zabljak, Nevidio, Niksic, Podgorica, Ostrog Monastery, Lake Skadar, Kotor, Perast, Budva, Sveti Stefan, Ulcinj
Durmitor National Park is the gem of northern Montenegro. It is an amazing area with opportunities for various kinds of adventure activities such as hiking, and camping. Base yourself in Zabljak, which is the main town within the park. From there you can reach the beautiful Black Lake on foot and further on to the smaller Snake Lake. Hikers can climb up Bobotov Kuk or check out plenty of other day hikes in the nearby area. This is also a famous base for whitewater rafting down the marvelous Tara canyon.
Situated on the outskirts of Durmitor National Park, Nevidio has some pretty hut accommodation referred to as Etno Selo and is considered as the beginning point for a canyoning trip down Nevidio Canyon. A full day tour will cost you around 100 EUR including lunch. There is also a lake for swimming and some trails for strolling. In case you are traveling by van, note that the end of this road is a scenic camping spot with not much crowd in sight.
Niksic is a tiny city located in the middle of Montenegro. It is well situated for a stop en route from the coast to the mountains. The town center is accessible only to pedestrians and the streets are lined with plenty of adorable cafes and restaurants. Niksic is a great place to wander for a day. It is also possible to consider stopping at Niksic for a lunch break while passing through as the country is so compact that it can be crossed in a day’s driving.
The capital city of Montenegro is usually either the start or end point for many people’s Montenegro trip. There are certain things which can be done in Podgorica so consider a day or two to explore but that doesn’t mean cutting your time short in other parts of the country though.
This is a quite magnificent monastery that can be reached as a day trip from Podgorica. The Ostrog monastery dates back to the 17th century and is established into a cliff face. There are not many accommodation options available close by and so it is best to visit the monastery during the day and base yourself in Podgorica. You can also continue your journey north or south for the night.
Lake Skadar sits at the border between Montenegro and Albania and is reachable from both sides though the major part lies in Monetengro. This huge lake area is a haven for bird watchers and a boat trip through the wetlands of the lake offers lots of opportunities to spot various kinds of wildlife including water snakes. There are some tiny villages having accommodation around the lakeside and also areas for camping. Visit this tiny island with a monastery and watch a beautiful sunset over the lake.
The gem of the coastline of Montenegro, this has become the latest hotspot of the Adriatic with cruise ships stopping on a regular basis throughout the summer and hundreds of visitors arriving by cars and buses. Though the old town maintains its charm and is a wonderful place to wander, especially during the early morning hours before the tour groups arrive. If you are looking for some spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor, then a must-visit is the St John Fortress above the town.
A little further around the Bay of Kotor lies the tiny village of Perast. Perast is much smaller as compared to Kotor and as a result is much quieter. The town sits right on the water and there are plenty of nice cafes looking out over the water. In the town are a few churches to visit or you can wander through the winding streets and find gorgeous abandoned buildings and some spectacular views. There are also boat tours available to the small island of Sveti Dorde.
Budva has become immensely famous over the last few years and though it has an old town, the new town area is packed with an array of bikini-clad visitors, bars and traffic. There are also several other areas on the coast over Budva however if you are passing through checking out the old town would be a nice option.
Unless or until one happens to be a millionaire, one probably won’t be staying here for the night. But it is famous as a day trip or to stop off en route along the coast. This tiny island is linked to the mainland by a walkway which only the elite can walk down. On the island, sits an exclusive hotel which will set you back anywhere from 5000 per night. On the shore, the left side of the walkway is a public beach where you can enjoy the clear waters. Umbrellas and chairs on this beach cost € 25 per day.
In case you are heading into Albania, then Ulcinj will be en route. The town becomes overly crowded during the summer months and spending time on the main beach won’t be much fun. But the old town is gorgeous and if you stroll along the coastline in either direction there are plenty of smaller bays for relaxing and swimming including a women-only beach. It is quite popular to board boat rides along this stretch of coast and there are also some secret beaches to discover here which are only accessible by boat.
Montenegro is becoming more and more famous each passing year and definitely lives up to its newfound reputation. Just a minor distance away from Western Europe, this Balkan pearl is worth every minute. In case you have any queries regarding traveling in Montenegro or planning a visit to the country, you can fill out the inquiry form or contact us at Priyanka.sharma@Leisure.com and we’ll try to answer them for you as soon as possible. For more travel inspiration, read all our articles for some amazing trips around the world.
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