10 Best Places to Visit in Montenegro

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Biogradska Gora National Park

Need a little peace and quiet? It’s not often that the hustle and bustle of a big city is suddenly replaced by a place where it seems like time stopped and the only sense you’re feeling is the wind in your hair. That’s exactly what’s provided by this place.

This natural reserve was founded to protect the white-capped mountains and the Brdo River. It is home to people who have lived in this area of Yugoslavia for 200 years, so you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time, as well as to some incredible wildlife.

You may be surprised to hear that the park is what’s known as an “Natura 2000´ area. This means it is recognized as being a special place, one that has been protected for its diversity of plants and animals, its geological and scientific interest, and for the special value of its landscape to humans.

Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan is the highlight point and very popular destination for tourists. The paved streets are lined with shops and restaurants. It’s also a very fashionable place and home of high-profile individuals. It is also considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Montenegro.

There is a high level of beauty found in the buildings in Sveti Stefan, both Serbian architectural style and Italian. This makes the town look unique.

The town has never been subjected to significant damage from fires. Thus, there are many buildings that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

The area outside of Sveti Stefan is also filled with amazing archaeological finds.

The town offers a great place for tourists to visit. Many international families live there. The population is dominated mainly by Serbs. It is a very popular destination for tourists from other countries and is filled with well-known places.

Because of the high level of popularity, it is particularly great for family fun and for a holiday with the entire family.

If we were to say something negative about Sveti Stefan, it can be said that the area outside of the town is not so developed. There are also very few facilities such as hotels, restaurants, etc. In towns beyond Sveti Stefan, it is more difficult to find economic stability.

Mount Lovcen

Mount Lovcen is one of the highest peaks in Montenegro. This majestic place is a must see destination for vacationers. The mountain stands tall with an altitude of 749 m (2,484 ft) above sea level with the highest peak being 587 m (1,972 ft).

Mount Lovcen rises out of the sea of Zeta Lake. The mountain is located in the central part of Montenegro and is found on the border of the municipalities of Mojkovac and Bar. Mount Lovcen is part of the Prokletije Mountain Range that extends across Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania.

Mount Lovcen is rumoured to be Montenegro’s highest accessible peak. It is believed that the nature of the mountain causes many travelers the trouble of trying to find the peak as they get lost in the mist of the mountain. However, the majority of mountain travelers were able to reach the peak through the work of locals and tourists who are experienced in hiking.

Following the long road that leads to the peak of Mount Lovcen, the mountain is host to a total of 10 hiking trails. Mount Lovcen is also host to the highest mountain hut in Montenegro that stands at 1730 m (5,305 ft) above sea level.

Cetinje

Cetinje is the historical capital of Montenegro. It has a preserved look that looks much like it did almost three centuries ago, and is set on the magnificent Cetinje Lake. As a port town, it has traditionally been a center of tourism.

The castle, which dominates the town, was built in 1481; its main tower is 41 meters (134 feet) high and can be climbed inside. It is surrounded by a park of some 5 acres.

The center of the town contains many beautiful buildings which span the period from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century to modern times.

Some of the oldest within the center of the town are the 17th century Franciscan Monastery, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Palace of the President of the Republic of Montenegro, and the cinema (1890s).

The Museum of Montenegro is located in a palace building which was erected in 1776 as a summer residence for the governor. The museum was founded in 1952 and showcases a collection of treasures gathered from private collections.

The National Library of Montenegro is the largest and most comprehensive library in Montenegro, and contains the national collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, videos, photo collection, maps, and music.

Ostrog Monastery

The Ostrog Monastery is located in the Perast Monastery complex, which is a group of monasteries in Montenegro. It is considered to be one of the most important medieval monuments in Montenegro. It has been in use since the 13th century, and its current structure was built in the mid-18th century. It features a large exterior wall and gate, the remains of two defensive towers, as well as the remains of a Gothic monastery church, vaulted ceilings, four fireplaces, and a water well.

The monastery has undergone many renovations and reconstructions, first in the 14th century and then in the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex of the monastery includes a church, residential buildings, a bell tower and other small structures. The complex on the eastern side, around the cloister, has the most preserved architecture. It is believed that the monastery was never destroyed during the Ottoman incursions in Montenegro, but only changed ownership. There are documents that show that Tzar Stefan Dušan of Serbia donated a church and other properties in the monastery to the newly established Serbian Orthodox Church.

Perast

The city of Perast has all the tools to make for a romantic weekend. All you need to do is get over the fact that you’re also one of 75,000 tourists and 27,000 water-breathing visitors who come to this small city per year.

Like the medieval walled town? Well there’s a reason for that!

Perast is a historic Medieval Town with two bridges and a curtain wall that is practically unchanged over the centuries since its construction in the 15th century, making it the oldest still-existing European town in the World. The walls run for 2 kilometres and are 10.5m high the average thickness of the walls is 3m. On the inside, the walls are decorated with coloured, white and black tiles and is crowned by a series of four towers.

Upon entering the old town you discover a beautiful square with the remains of the town’s old city walls and a 12th century church surrounded by hansoms for those who are lucky enough to be privileged enough to visit in the evening. The hansoms are open only from April to September.

Durmitor National Park

This national park is located in the northern part of Montenegro. This area has got everything that makes Montenegro so awesome! If you enjoy nature, this is a great place to visit!

With a great nature and easy weather, this national park is the best place to chill out! Everything in this national park is perfect to make the most of your time. You can take a rest in the amazing nature, have some cocktails with friends by the nice rivers, or even go for a nice walk!

If you want to see something unique, stop by one of the excellent thermal baths.

If you are traveling alone, you can take advantage of the fantastic countryside and go for a nice hike or even go for a horseback riding tour. The soft hills are perfect to take a nice picture!

Budva

Montenegro’s third biggest city, Budva, sits on an archipelago offshore from the bay of Kotor. For the most part, the town comes alive during the summer, when it hosts a tourist action packed with live performances on the quay, nightlife in and around the old town, and an influx of foreign visitors. Every year, Budva hosts the Budva Film Festival, an enormous festival that brings in cinematographers from around the world and allows them to show their work.

Budva has been influenced by Western culture since the late 19th century, largely due to its proximity to the maritime port towns of Kotor and Herceg Novi. You can still feel a sense of those times in Budva, with local architecture displaying the eclectic styles of the period.

The old town itself is a maze of narrow cobbled streets, pastel colored houses with ornate gables, and cathedrals. Strolling the streets and taking a break at a cafe is one of the best ways to experience Budva. You’ll find that the people of Budva are helpful and friendly, and they love to show you around.

The city is also peppered with splendid squares and gardens.

Kotor

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Kotor is one of the best places to visit in Montenegro. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s one of the best-preserved towns in Europe with plenty of ancient churches and medieval buildings.

Kotor was founded by the Venetians as a naval base and a Greek colony. It’s also where Marko Kraljevic united the Dalmatian city-states in 1440. It was also the center of the Medieval Serbian state and was protected by the medieval walls of Kotor’s castle.

Legend says that the castle was built during the time of Marko. The walls were restored in the Tudor style in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Venetians and the Serbs, and it’s not hard to see the architectural influences.

Today, the oldest church in town is St. Tryphon’s Cathedral. Built in the late 13th century, it’s a close copy of a Byzantine basilica. The interior is breathtaking with multiple layers of frescoes over the centuries and a handful of marble and mosaic altars. It’s definitely a place worth visiting.

Map of Montenegro

Montenegro is a unique destination that offers both a stunning coast and a Mountains to explore. The capital city of Podgorica offers a nice mix of culture and history combined with the modern tourist attractions.

To truly see Montenegro, visitors should spend half a day in the capital city and another half a day playing in the stunning coastal towns.

Budva

Budva is full of entertainment despite being a small coastal town. On the water, divers can go for a swim with seals or explore the shipwrecks, which are a really unique experience. Friendly and touristic, Budva is the perfect place to hang out, relax and enjoy the summery climate.

Among the beaches of Budva, the biggest is also one of the most beautiful. The Orebić Beach is located right on the water, covered with fantastic rock formations that make this beach famous. Beautiful on land, the beach is also awesome for swimming.

Most people spend their time there just relaxing on the beach, but some people like to camp or even rent a private room to have a big party with friends.

Flamingo Hotels and Coral Resorts

Flamingo Hotels and Coral Resorts are two of the best stays in Budva. They are situated on stunning beaches with outstanding views. They offer great services and facilities to ensure an excellent stay.