8 Towns you Have to Visit in Montenegro
I am afraid I have to admit that I never thought of Montenegro as a country that I want to visit. Do not get me wrong, if it was possible I would like to see every corner of the world, but somehow Montenegro was never a priority for me.
With my most recent phobia, a fear of flying, I had to find a place to travel to that was close to my country. Since I have visited our neighboring countries numerous times I had to find something new, a place that I have not been to before.
I did a research on Pinterest and as the time was approaching I couldn`t wait to hit the road again. We had 10 days, which was enough to visit the most interesting places and spend some time on the beach soaking up the September sun.
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On my travels I want to walk as much as possible so that is why I chose September, I thought that there would be less crowds and the temperatures will go down. It turned out that I was wrong it was really crowded and the temperatures were really high.
1 | Perast
Perast was not the first place that we visited but it was the one that I liked the most, my hubby too, since it is just one street so there is not much walking required. This is an old town that is situated a few kilometers northwest of Kotor. Most of the palaces are abandoned but even today they testify of the richness of the bay of Kotor.
From Perast you can see the 2 islands in the Bay of Kotor, Our Lady of the Rocks and Sveti Djordje, and you can also visit them for only $5.
2 | Kotor Old Town
When we arrived to Kotor it was raining, which is a chance we had to take considering we wanted to travel at the end of September, and we couldn`t climb the fortress for that reason. It seems that Kotor history, culture and tradition are being intact. Once you put a step into the Old Town you have a feeling that you are taking a step back in time. Visiting all those beautiful churches, cathedrals and narrow streets can be easily done in a day. So do not just go and rush through the place, instead take your time and absorb the atmosphere of this laid back town.
3 | Cetinje, Old Royal Capital
Cetinje is the historic capital of Montenegro that should definitely make the list of places you have to visit. When we were planning our trip, we wanted to visit the coastal towns only, but my best friend suggested the city so I had to trust her. She was not wrong, the city is so quiet yet it has so much to offer. It is amazing for nature and hiking buffs and it is an ideal destination if you want to escape the crowds in Budva.
4 | Petrovac na Moru
Petrovac na Moru is another popular tourist destination within Budva Municipality. It is another small town with only 3 beaches Lucice Beach, Buljarica Beach and the main Petrovac Beach.
5 | Tivat
Tivat is a city that really stands out. It is way different from all the other cities that we have visited in Montenegro. It is elegant and luxurious with many monuments of great historical and cultural value. St. Roko Church is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the part of Tivat which is called Donja Lastva. The doors from this church are open for everyone but you just have to be really quiet if you go inside.
6 | Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a small islet turned hotel on the Adriatic Coast of Montenegro. It comes as no surprise that this is one of the most photographed site in Montenegro. In the past there were guided tours where you can explore this beautiful resort for a certain price, unfortunately you cannot visit the island today unless you book a hotel room.
For the best view you need to head to Saint Sava church. It is a bumpy road but it is well worth it.
7 | Budva
Budva is probably the most popular destination for young people thanks to its very rich night life. Budva is known as the “tourist capital of Montenegro” thanks to its glittering sea and culture that dates back some 2,500 years. There are plenty of activities that this city has to offer. you can spend some time on the beach, or take a walk through the narrow streets of Budva Old Town and if you feel more adventurous you can get a bird`s eye view of the coast paragliding from the Brajici hill.
8 | Ulcinj
Ulcinj was the last town we visited in Montenegro. Ulcinj is a town on the southern coast which is overshadowed by Budva and Kotor and for that reason I didn`t even plan to visit. For those 2 hours that we spent there I realized that this place has lots to offer and for that reason I must go back again and hike the hill and visit the Old Town.
Where to stay in Montenegro?
It turns out that in Montenegro you can find really cheap accommodation. We stayed in a beautiful guest house that we found on Booking.com.
You can also rent a whole apartment on AirBnb as well, and if you use this coupon you will get $27 discount the first time you rent a place.
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