Montenegro is a country rich with culture. Each town has its own story, so it can be quite challenging to decide where to go and what to see. We know the struggle, so our editors have made a list of Top five must-visit places in Montenegro.
Do not miss to book a hotel in one of these amazing places.
Kotor –For many years, Kotor has been attracting numbers of tourists from all over the world and for a reason. Over 2000 years old, it is truly a fortification masterpiece.
Located in a surreal and unique atmosphere of Boka Bay, trapped in time, Kotor will tell you about the ancient legends and some amazing stories. Surrounded by dark mountains, the city is remarkably, stunningly beautiful and Kotor’s Old Town is a Venetian maze of cobblestone streets.
Too see it for yourself, we suggest you start packing your things, and do not forget your camera.
We guarantee that you will be impressed with Kotor and the entire Boka Kotorska Bay.
One of the most famous and prestigious places in Montenegro – Sveti Stefan (St Stephen) is only 15 minutes away from Budva.
The tiny island of Sveti Stefan is situated just off the Montenegrin coast and it used to be a fishing village. Today, it’s a luxury resort ready to meet your needs.
The island itself is very small, connected to the mainland only by a narrow bridge, with the stone houses tightly packed together on top of the rocks. Guests who come here can stay in everything from individual rooms to entire villas with private pools and terraces, offering a magnificent view of the sea. The island is a perfect blend of rustic and elegant. If this isn’t enough, Aman Sveti Stefan offers two pools open to all guests, a spa with an infinity pool, a gym and several restaurants.
Perast is one of the most beautiful little places in Boka Bay, located just a few kilometres from Kotor. It looks like a piece of Venice that has floated down the Adriatic. This tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzos. Perast’s most famous landmarks are actually right in the middle of the waters- two picturesque islands with quite the story behind them – Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) and Island of Saint George.
Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) sits on a man-made island. The story begins on July 22, 1452: two sailors, returning to Perast from a difficult voyage, discovered an icon of the Madonna and Child resting on a rock in a shallow part of the Bay. Considering the find a miracle, they vowed to build a church on the spot. The sailors dropped stones around the spot where the icon was found, slowly creating an islet and building a small chapel. It soon became a tradition for sailors to drop stones in the water around the chapel before a voyage, to contribute to the strength of its foundations and to ask the Virgin Mother to bring them safely home. The tradition of dropping stones at the site remains alive today and forms an integral part of one of Europe’s oldest sailing regattas: the Fašinada. At sunset on July 22, countless local boats are decorated with garlands and sail out into the Bay to drop a stone around the island.
Island of Saint George is other islet off the coast of Perast in Bay of Kotor. Unlike Our Lady of the Rocks, it is a natural island. The island contains Saint George Benedictine monastery from the 12th century and the old graveyard for the old nobility from Perast and further from the whole Bay of Kotor.
Many small restarurants on the Perast coast will offer you great fish specialties. Often called as the quietest town in the Bay, Perast is definitely something special. And as a UNESCO World heritage site, it is a must-visit!
Their doors are open for all the people of good will.
As Montenegro’s busiest tourist destination, Budva is certainly a city that should be on every traveller’s list. Budva’s Old Town is a Venetian maze of cobblestone streets, anchored by the 15th century citadel.
A tourist Mecca, Budva comes alive in the summer months. Beautiful and modern-equipped beaches offer an unforgettable atmosphere. Excellent hotels, villas and apartments attract tourists to spend their vacation there.
Due to its good location, you can travel to any other place from Budva in relatively short amount of time.
Have breakfast somewhere on the Riviera, swim along the coast, as Budva has some of the most popular beaches (Mogren, Becici, Fine Sand, Jaz, Trsteno, Sveti Stefan, Budva), enjoy your lunch at National Park Lovcen or Skadar Lake, and finally allow Montenegro to show you its other side, by going on a hike in the grandiose mountains of Durmitor National Park.
Skadar Lake, also known as Lake Scutari, Lake Shkodër and Lake Shkodra, is located in the so-called Zeta-Skadar valley. Indescribable and in many ways unique, with a surface area that seasonally fluctuates between 370 to 530 sq km, it’s the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula. Driving through the newly built Sozina tunnel, the lake is only a short 20 minute drive away from the Adriatic Sea. The river Bojana creates a connection between Skadar Lake and the Adriatic Sea through a large mountain massive that separates the two. Two thirds of the lake belong to Montenegro, while one third belongs to the Republic of Albania. The Montenegrin part of the lake, at a size of 400 sq km, was declared a National Park in 1983.
The region of Skadar Lake is an area the visitors and tourist to Montenegro must come to see to believe that such a place of natural beauty indeed exists. Today, Skadar is renowned as one of Europe’s top bird habitats. It’s a beautiful area with steep mountains, island monasteries and clean waters. The main towns here are Virpazar and Vranjina and if you’ve got wheels, you can easily explore all the tiny villages in this area. Lake Skadar is perfect for nature lovers and those who want some outdoor activity. Go bird-watching, find out more about cultural and historic monument or take part in sports events.
The sea, the lake and mountains are all located in a circumference of 150km, so the national park is very accessible. Legend has it that the lake was created by the tears of a pixie, so after one look at the magical lake, you might start believing in fairy tales too.