The small Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline, Montenegro was established as independent in 2006. Montenegro is dotted with coastal churches, fortified towns, beaches, limestone peaks, national parks, glacial lakes and mountains. If you also want to visit this tiny but beautiful nation one day, here are the 10 Wonderful Places you can’t miss To Visit In Montenegro.
10 Wonderful Places To Visit In Montenegro :
1. Kotor, The Bay of Kotor & Cetinje:
To explore Montenegro, one should start their trip from Podgorica. And you can easily take a day trip from Podgorica and explore the beautiful city of Kotor, The Bay Area and the city of Cetinje. The fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, Kotor is known for its medieval old town, San Giovanni Fortress, several Romanesque churches, its winding streets and squares and the Maritime Museum. The Bay of Kotor aka Boka is an absolute delight to explore. The two tiny islands Our Lady of the Rocks and Island churches of Sveti Đorđe are must-visits in Montenegro. Along with them, also visit the town of Tivat and Porto Montenegro. From Kotor, one can visit the nearby places like the Blue Cave.
The Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje is a historic city and the secondary capital of Montenegro. The city is the official residence of the President of Montenegro is located. Here you can visit the Cetinje Monastery, the Lipa Cave nearby and the national museum of the country.
2. Njegos Mausoleum & Lovcen National Park:
About 40 mins. from the Lovcen National Park is dominated by Lovćen mountain. Located in southwestern Montenegro, Mount Lovćen covered in dense forests is the inspiration behind the name of Montenegro. Apart from the nature and hiking opportunities, Njegos Mausoleum is the reason to visit Mt. Lovćen. Built on the national parks second highest peak, Jezerski, Njegos Mausoleum is known for being the burial place of the poet and philosopher Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. You have to climb 461 steps to reach the top but the view is worth it.
3. Budva & Budva Riviera:
Part of the Budva Riviera, Budva is known for its sandy beaches, stone walls, narrow streets, the medieval old town of Stari Grad and its nightlife. The town is home to the seaside citadel and religious sites like the Church of Santa Maria. The Adriatic coast surrounding the town of Budva known as Budva Riviera is best known for its famous beaches including Mogren Beach and Kamenovo Beach. Budva’s 2,500-year-old town is full of restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Mt. Durmitor and the Black Lake are two of the best natural gems to visit in Montenegro. The mountainous area is surrounded by the Tara River Canyon on the north, the Komarnica River Canyon on the south and the Piva River Canyon on the west. So it’s a great place to start exploring all the naturally beautiful sites of Montenegro. Bobotov Kuk is the highest peak in the Durmitor mountain range at At 2,523 m. The wonderful Black Lake is a glacial lake, located on Mount Durmitor, at an elevation of 1,416 m. You can also visit the Nevidio Canyon part of Mala Komarnica located in the southern part of Durmitor.
The old town on the Bay of Kotor, Perast is a small town similar to Kotor sharing same gorgeous fjord-like bay. The islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks are the main attraction of Perast. Its stone-crafted villas and historic churches such as Church of St. Nikola with the belfry offering great views are also worth exploring.
6. Ostrog Monastery:
The Monastery of Ostrog is one of the most famous places to visit in Montenegro. Situated high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, against an almost vertical background, Ostrog Monastery is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog. The monastery is one of the most unusual architectural site and a major Christian pilgrimage destination of Montenegro. Built-in the 17th century as a refuge against the Ottoman Empire, the monastery includes two inner cave churches and the remains of its founder, Sveti Vasilje.
7. Sveti Stefan:
Among the most picturesque places in Montenegro, Sveti Stefan comes amongst the top. The small islet and a 5-star hotel resort are situated approximately 6 kilometers southeast of Budva. The rocky island packed full of terracotta-roofed houses is connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Although you can’t actually go into the village unless you stay there as a hotel guest, you can enjoy the sandy beaches on either side of the isthmus.
8. Biogradska Gora National Park:
Montenegro has five national parks, Durmitor, Lovćen, Lake Skadar, Prokletije and Biogradska Gora. Biogradska Gora National Park is located within Kolašin municipality and it is home to one of the last three large virgin forests in Europe. If you love being in nature, this is the place to be. Mountain ridges, glacial lakes, temperate forest and a diverse array of flora & fauna offers many activities like hiking. Situated between the Tara and Lim rivers, Biogradska Gora is home to 500-year-old trees, the beautiful glacial lake Biograd, and lush green meadows.
9. Ulcinj & Stari Bar:
Located on the southern coast of Montenegro, Ulcinj is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic coast. It was founded in 5th century BC and was captured by the Romans in 163 BC from the Illyrians. The city is most famous for several beautiful beaches such as Plazhe e Mahed, or Long Beach and Velika Plaža. The offshore island of Ad Bojana is also home to a number of wonderful beaches. Stari Bar or Old Bar is located just a few miles from the city of Bar. The small old town is situated on Londša hill, at the foot of Mount Rumija. The fortified town is among the most important Medieval archaeological sites that’ll take you back in time.
10. Lake Skadar & Pavlova Strana:
Lake Skadar aka Lake Scutari along with the Pavlova Strana viewpoint is among the most wonderful places to visit in Montenegro. Lying on the border of Albania and Montenegro, the karst lake was named after the Albanian city Shkodër. It is the largest lake in Southern Europe which creates a natural horseshoe bent. The dolphin-shaped Lake Skadar is shared between Montenegro and Albania.