17 Best Things to do in Montenegro

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Porto Montenegro

Located right on the coast is a small town called Porto Montenegro, renowned for its nautical pleasures and serenity. From seeing dolphins and stingrays in their natural habitats to trying out unusual water sports, this is one of the most amazing places to visit in Montenegro.

Weather

Porto Montenegro has a typically Mediterranean climate, with mild and dry winters and warm, rainy summers. The best times to visit are in the summer months of June to September, and then again from November to March.

Sightseeing in Montenegro

Because of its location, Porto Montenegro is a favorite destination for so many tourists wishing to see the dolphins, completely free, and have a great time on the water.

Moreover, the World Peace Slope is another huge draw for many people who wish to come and visit Porto Montenegro. This slope is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Montenegro, and is one of the most famous things to see and do in the town.

To see the scenic beauty that stands here today is to look at the gray limestone rocks which have been forming for millions of years.

World Peace Slope

Also called the “Temple of Depression,” the World Peace Slope is a prominent attraction, as well as a highly debated topic. Because it is the biggest natural formation in the area, it is known as a gateway into its legendary past.

Becici Beach

The coast of Montenegro’s elongated Bay of Kotor is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s been described as “Venice of the Balkans”.

The best time to visit is during the winter, particularly from December through to March when the winter sun produces spectacular colors on the sea and sky.

There are facilities along the coast in case you tire of the beach, but you’ll probably want to stay right where you are enjoying the sun and the view.

The downside is that when the tourist season ends, so does the water quality in the bay.

For this reason, we recommend Becici beach as a place to visit since it never gets crowded, and they offer a number of water sport activities as well as a freshwater swimming pool.

Crocodile Lake

The Crocodile Lake is 3 km outside of the town of Kotor. It’s a tranquil place where you can relax on the wooden decking. The lake is home to crocodiles, which have been taught to ignore swimmers.

It’s a birdwatchers’ paradise, with over 200 species to be found in the marshes and surrounding forests.

Biogradska Gora National Park

There are several beautiful sights at the Montenegrin coastline. The best coastline view can be found at the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the Boka Bay at the Biogradska Gora National Park.

You can take a boat trip or a day trip from Kotor toward the Tivat bay, a most precious natural part of Montenegro. It’s a very popular excursion spot.

Just a few miles away from Kotor, at the height of 228 meters, is the low-lying dip of Kochani, a small peninsula on the main entrance of the bay. Here is the about 130 meter-long, blue-turquoise sandy beach which is widely considered one of the most beautiful seaside beaches in Europe.

While in the park, you can enjoy the coastal mountains, turning their slopes into lush vegetation. Wherever there are mountains, there must be an important cave, whose mouth can be seen due to the coloring. Not only are they used as a natural shelter from harsh elements, but they are also used for worshipping. It is believed that the entry to these caves is eternal.

The value of this region is particularly strong because of the natural beauty of its protection. Montenegro is a perfect destination for a vacation in the marvelous nature of this country, being the only nation with 500+ days of sunshine a year.

Stari Bar

A village outside the old town of Kotor is the Stari Bar or Old Bar. It is known for it’s steep streets winding their way up the mountains above. There are two ways to reach it. You can take the buses to Vis, Montenegro, that depart from the old town of Kotor. The other option is to charter a private boat.

Stari Bar is a great spot to just walk through and absorb the idyllic scenery. The locals make this an interesting town to visit by dressing up for each other. It is nice to sit on the doorstep of the street and people watch.

This is a common thing to do with the locals as they show you how animated they can be, even when sitting still.

To reach Stari Bar from the old town, the easiest way is to take one of the various buses to Vis and boarding a public bus to Stari Bar. It is wacky and requires you to catch the right one from the right stop.

I recommend taking a motor coach to Vis.

Castle Of San Giovanni

This medieval castle town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2002 and is located on a peninsula overlooking a mile-long horseshoe-shaped bay on the Adriatic Sea. The Adriatic Sea is warm and crystal clear and has perfect swimming conditions.

The city is full of history, beauty and charm. It’s a great place to visit and has a lot of outdoor activities for the person looking to utilize their vacation.

There is so much to see when walking through the old town that you will probably need a couple of days to do it all. You can also rent a car to do some sight seeing throughout Montenegro.

The salt marshes surrounding the town offer a fantastic wildlife experience. Sightings include European otters, water snakes, kestrels, green woodpeckers, cranes and even the occasional eagle.

Whatever your interests, Montenegro has a variety of opportunities for you. Those who love historic destinations will love visiting the capital city of Podgorica.

For those who like adventure tourism, you can enjoy great scenic beauty on the coast or head out into the mountains. Wildlife lovers will be thrilled when they spot the marshy wetlands and natural habitats of the area.

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi (Montenegrin: Херцег Нови) is a town and a municipality in Montenegro. It is also the center of the eponymous district within the Podgorica Municipality. Herceg Novi is a popular tourist destination.

Modern Herceg Novi was founded by Czar Nicholas I around 1850. The town was meant to be a commercial center and to act as a port for the eastern part of Montenegro. The Czar brought artisans from Russia, building the town into a cosmopolitan trading and shipbuilding center. Herceg Novi is also famous for being the home town of the poet Petar II Petrovi ‘Kolarac’, whose house is situated nearby the beach.

The devastating earthquake of 1963 left some of the streets destroyed, but have since been rebuilt. The most significant historical structures include the Orthodox church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, built in 1862 and reconstructed after the catastrophic earthquake in 1963; and The Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of Jesus, built in the late 19th century with Byzantine-styled architecture.

Crno Lake

(Lake of Black Lake)

This Lake of Black Lake is located in Montenegro. The old lake was black due to its proximity to a sulfur spring. Friedrich Adler painted a picture of the lake in 1828, which was first published in 1842. The oil paint turned the lake black, so it was named Black Lake. Since then, the name has stuck. The picture depicts a floating island of black-colored reeds.

The lake is partially in a valley that is surrounded by high mountains. The water of the lake is also black in color due to the waters having been influenced by the color of the nearby spring.

Lake Ploto is a natural lake in Montenegro, which is the country’s largest lake. The lake is in the Plavnica municipality, Montenegro, on the territory of the Kolašin municipality, deep in the Plavnica Nature Park, its surface area is 290 km2 of which 165 km2 is land and 137 km2 is water.

Lake Ploto is considered the largest lake in the third largest country in the Balkans and the largest lake in Southeast Europe. Its surface area is about 1,500 km2.

The surface of the water is 280 meters above sea level, and it has a depth of 90 meters. The lake is a clear lake with a transparency of 80 to 90 percent.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar National Park is located in the mountainous north of Montenegro. The park was established in 1992 and covers 4,289 hectares. The main attractions of the park are the view of the fjord opening in the lake and the untouched and unspoiled nature. During the day, especially on hot days, visitors can enjoy swimming in the lake and fjord.

Njegoš Mausoleum

The mausoleum complex is located in a little village of Orjen in close vicinity to the town of Danilovgrad.

This mausoleum was built in the late Serbian Renaissance period (15th century) by Nikola Iloži, to serve as the final resting place for himself and his family. As of today it is one of the most beautiful mausoleums in Montenegro.

In the basement of the mausoleum, there is a church with a richly decorated interior. The entrance to the church is decorated with five columns, which were brought from the ancient Roman settlement of Ulpii.

The church was painted by a painter K. Gregorijević and is a masterpiece of Baroque in Montenegro.

The church is inhabited by the souls of the Iloži family members, particularly Nikola. It is said that the servants that serve in the Mausoleum are from the Iloši family.

The mausoleum complex is surrounded by a thick stone wall and coloured steep roofs. The interior of the mausoleum is decorated with well preserved, high quality murals depicting the life of the Iloši family.

Ostrog Monastery

Taking its name from the Greek word ‘Tartar, a stone’, the monastery once served as a shelter for the Serbian flight Osios D’our from the Ottoman Empire (15th century) and also for Montenegrin troops during the battles for the liberation of Kotor in the 17th century. In the two World Wars of the 20th century, the monastery was badly damaged, and in 1944, it was almost completely destroyed by German grenades.

Sveti Stefan

This ancient and once bustling medieval city of Montenegro, named after Saint Stephen, is located close to the Adriatic Sea a few kilometers south of Cetinje.

The city’s history dates back to the mid-8th century with the construction of the three-nave St. Stephen’s Church. St. Stephen’s castle, which was previously known as Royal Castle, in the Upper Town area dominates the city.

The medieval stone fortification of St. Stephen’s was erected by King Nikola Petrovi of the House of Brankoviċi as a fortress. The city still has an urban medieval feel to it with narrow walking streets and both the massive fortifications and the citadel of the old town walls still intact. The Upper Town, steeped in history, has a diversity of buildings covering all the periods from the Ancient to the Modern. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the oldest building in the town, started construction during the 14th century and it was finished in the end of the 15th century. The majestic golden dome of the Cathedral is situated on the highest spot of the citadel.

Perast

Perast is a town on the southern coast of Montenegro, a country located in Southeast Europe. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its natural beauty, with over 200 km of open exposed shoreline and untouched beaches. The town has delicious seafood, a spectacular sea, verdant pine-covered hills and historic monuments.

Perast is also a good starting place for exploring the rest of Montenegro, which comprises the westernmost portion of the Balkan peninsula. The town lies on the road linking Budva to Kotor.

Perast was a fishing village until the end of the 19th century. When tourism started in the area, the town came to life by transforming into a picturesque little Montenegrin Riviera town. In the 11th century, Perast was a Greek colony known as Petrastos.

The ancient Petrastos of Petros was known as Petravastos, while the modern Perast is Petras. The people of Perast live in a small area that is located on the southern side of the Bay of Kotor. In Montenegro‒s history, this area has been known for providing a haven for boats traveling the central European coast, a privilege that provided Perast its true name, –shelter”.

Cetinje

Cetinje is a capital city of Montenegro, a small country in the Balkans and the most prosperous republic. City with rich culture and heritage in south-east of the Balkan peninsula, in the middle of mountain valleys, on the shores of beautiful Lake Skadar.

Cetinje was established as a medieval town in the 14th century, under the control of powerful House of Balšić, when the capital of the Serbian state was moved from Raška to Cetinje. It quickly grew into a thriving economic and cultural center thanks to its strategic location near the important roads of the time. Cetinje is a pleasant town to say in Montenegro.

Fortress and Old Town

Old Town in the city center Cetinje is historic as a capital of the Serbian state by the end of the 14th century. The Old Town is full of history and cultural treasures. Montenegrin rulers by the name of Balšić created the old town from scratch when they moved their capital from the town of Raška to the far more defensible town of Cetinje in 1391.

Bay of Kotor

The bay of Kotor is the best known and most beautiful bay in Montenegro. It is one of the many beautiful places in Montenegro.

With its perfect shape, narrow points and bays, this natural bay has turned into a beautiful pearl, surrounded by monasteries and pines.

The bay of Kotor is considered one of the most beautiful in Mediterranean.

The bay of Kotor is the place where you can find the historic city of Kotor. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the 6th century. The town is built in a natural bay enclosed by steep limestone cliffs with gnarled oak trees providing shade. The walls of the ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are still intact, rising majestically from the olive groves.

Activity: Kotor’s Bay:

Watching the sunset in the bay of Kotor is a remarkable sight. You can also go for a boat ride along the bay and observe the monasteries on the rock as well as the green sea palms.

The Star Defensive Fortress by Kotor:

The Star Defensive Fortress by Kotor was built in the 14th century and is located on the rock known as Punta Stilba. The complex is a military stronghold and is protected by high walls, towers and several moats.

Tara River Canyon

Stari Grad in Budva

Stari Grad (Old City) in Budva is the most well-preserved medieval town in Montenegro. The town has remained largely unchanged since the 15th century, even though it was badly damaged by a fire in 1788. Today, Stari Grad is a World Heritage Site and a major port for the Montenegrin Riviera.

You can spend a day relaxing in the calm waters of the Adriatic Sea or walk around the Old City admiring the numerous monuments and ruins. The city’s most famous attraction is the 17th-century konak (castle) of the Montenegro rulers of the Venetian period. The tiny chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas stands proudly in the center of the courtyard and is the former home of Doge Marin.

During the day, take a stroll through old homes, shops, and taverns. When night falls, wait for the locals to light their torches and make a stop by a local restaurant for a romantic candle dinner.

Rovanjska Terme

One of the things that makes Montenegro so different is that, when it comes to peace and quiet, it’s hard to beat its natural hot water thermal baths.

This natural mineral water mineral springs were discovered in the 18th century and over the next century they became a popular healing spot for the royalty, nobility, and of course, the common people.

Kotor Old City

An impenetrable citadel of defensive walls and citadel keeps, Kotor’s Old Town is a historic warren of cobblestone streets surrounded by ancient walls that date back to between the 12th and the 15th centuries. Kotor’s Old Town has survived many sieges and wars, including the city’s very own 16th-century siege by the Ottomans and is the historical, cultural and touristic heart of Montenegro. The Old Town’s buildings are predominantly blends of Gothic, Renaissance and Ottoman styles which makes it a highlight of any Montenegro trip.

Visitors should be sure to take a stroll along the walled promenade to admire the views of the Old Town from atop the old cannons. From there, walk the cobblestoned streets and walls and explore the old shops, churches and homes. Hire a boat from one of the sailing boat tour companies and go for a closer look at the Old Town from the water.

Have lunch at a small restaurant on the waterfront to get a feel for the local cooking styles. To experience the nightlife, visit one of Kotor’s pubs and spend the evening singing Karaoke or listening to live folk music.