TOP 10 attractions of Montenegro
Montenegro is mandatory on every "bucket list,” so we’ve compiled a list of the very best it has to offer culturally, historically, and naturally. See our TOP 10 suggestions!
TOP 10 attractions of Montenegro
The charming town of Perast
A fifteen-minute drive from Kotor (12 km), you will find the quiet, picturesque town of Perast, adorned with numerous churches and palaces. The Church of St. Nikola is located on the square, in the central part of Perast, next to a bell tower 55 m high that offers a surreal panoramic view of the bay. While you are here, be sure to journey to two stunning islands - the island of St. George and the idyllic island of Our Lady of the Rocks - with a museum and Catholic church of the same name.
UNESCO Old Town of Kotor
The old town of Kotor, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, looks like an open-air museum. Take a walk through the narrow streets and squares of the Old Town, which are adorned with churches, medieval architecture, and palaces of wealthy Kotorans and noble families. In the central part of the Old Town, visit the Maritime Museum of Montenegro, which presents the seafaring history of this region. When you visit the city within the walls, take the stone path or narrow stone steps to the highest peak of the ramparts (260 m above sea level), where the fortress of St. Jovan is located. You will need to get a bit of exercise for this hike, but it is worth it because during the whole trip you will be surrounded by a beautiful view of the Old Town and the port of Kotor. At the end of the trip, reward yourself with lunch in one of the restaurants, because no tour of the Montenegrin coast is complete unless you taste the rich flavors of our cuisine, with delicacies including squid, risotto, and Vranac red wine.
The old town of Budva
In the Old Town of Budva, go on a cultural scavenger hunt to find six churches, a carved relief on the citadel wall that connects the tragic love of two young people and the name of the town, and the collection of the Archeological Museum where you can witness the history of the Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Venetians and all who have come and gone here for centuries play out before your eyes. A five-minute walk along the sea shore, close to the city walls, a concrete path next to the hotel "Avala" will take you to the popular beach Mogren. Know that the city turns into a center of entertainment in the summer, with numerous restaurants within the walls, so it is perfect for sunset walks followed by a romantic dinner. From the pier, you can go on a boat trip to the island of Sveti Nikola, where you can enjoy the fascinating beaches surrounded by rich vegetation.
The peninsula that adorns the covers of world magazines - Sveti Stefan
If you take the Adriatic Highway from Budva to Petrovac, a 15-minute drive from the city center, on the right you will see the picturesque Sveti Stefan peninsula, which turned into a hotel city about sixty years ago. No matter how many photos you look at, none will prepare you for what you will see! You can enjoy the view of the island and walk around the surrounding beaches. However, if you decide to visit this tourist center, keep in mind that there is no daily price because the resort's offer is aimed at the rich and famous. This posh island has been visited by many stars, including Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Marina Vlady, Kirk Douglas, Sergei Bondarchuk, and Sylvester Stallone.
The longest beach on the Adriatic - Velika plaža
Come to Ulcinj, a 25-centuries-old city that has been home to 9 different civilizations. Although the city tour is fascinating, the most enticing feature of this locale is the longest beach on the Adriatic - Velika Plaža (Large Beach). About a twenty-minute drive separates you from this sandy beach with a special "zen" energy. Specialties of the beach include fine sand with healing properties, Mediterranean vegetation, and untouched wildlife.
If you want a special adventure, try kitesurfing, because you will find yourself in one of the most popular Mediterranean surf destinations. You can also just lounge under the canopies and relax with refreshing cocktails, or have a blast at daily beach parties. Whatever you decide, you will surely have unforgettable experiences! Near Velika Plaža, visit the island at the end of the river and the sea - Ada Bojana. This is a place that will leave you speechless.
Mausoleum on Lovćen
Come to Cetinje. Take a walk through the streets of the city and discover the story of Montenegro's past through the rich tapestry of historical buildings and museums, right on the roads where the aristocrats of Europe walked. Make sure to stop at the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš on Jezerski Vrh (1660 m above sea level), opened in 1974. This adventure is not for the faint of heart - after a 40-minute drive (20 km), you need to conquer 461 steps leading to the Mausoleum.
Upon entering, you will witness incredible panoramic views, as well as tall statues of famous Montenegrins made of black granite and a seated figure of Njegoš with an open book - the work of the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović - compete for your admiration. Inside the mausoleum, whose vaults are covered with a mosaic of 200,000 gilded tiles, there is a marble sarcophagus of Bishop Rada. Don't forget to take a walk to the nearby village of Njeguši - Njegoš's birthplace, where you can take a break for a traditional Montenegrin lunch.
Skadar Lake National Park
This route (about 81 km in total) leads you to fascinating places on Skadar Lake and is one of the most beautiful in Montenegro. If you are leaving Podgorica, head to Virpazar. While traveling to Virpazar, take a short detour from the main road and visit the fantastic Žabljak Crnojevića ruins of a proud medieval fortified town for which Montenegrins gave their lives! In the settlement of the same name, you are greeted by history and tradition tucked away within the triangular area formed by the Karatuna River and the two branches of the Moračica River. Can you imagine the view from the fortress?
When you return to the main road, you will pass by the fishing village of Vranjina and the Lesendro fortress. Your next break is at Virpazar. Here you have space for sightseeing, breakfast (we suggest priganice, homemade cheese and honey) and ideally a boat cruise.
From Virpazar, cross the highway and go to the Crnojevića River. Picturesque lookouts await you here. The river Crnojevića is ideal for sightseeing, complete with rustic mills, small waterfalls, a cave, and an old bridge. Here you can swim on the local lake beaches and have lunch in one of the small, charming restaurants. On the way to Podgorica, stop at the most photographed place in this area - the Pavlova Strana lookout! This is a picture you will remember for a lifetime.
Monastery in a stone cliff at 900 m above sea level
If you are leaving Podgorica, about an hour's drive (42.5 km) to the Ostrog Monastery awaits you. Carved in a stone cliff in the mountain massif of Ostroška Greda 900 m above sea level, with a rocky mountainside opposite to it, this monastery stands out with its bright white color and the mystical energy it exudes.
Visit the Lower Monastery, which was built in 1824 on the plateau where the village church used to be, and dedicated to the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God.
Head on foot to the Upper Monastery (2.5 km or 40 minutes walk), where a church dedicated to the Holy Cross in 1665 was carved inside a cave in order to house the relics of St. Vasilije Ostroški, protector and healer. You will also be delighted by the colorful iconographic mosaics found both on the rocks and walls of the monastery itself, made of pieces of glass and stone. If you want, you can reach the Upper Monastery by car.
There is a boarding house in the monastery complex where you can spend the night. You will receive a bed, a pillow, a blanket and, if you wish, the spiritual advice of a priest.
Biogradska gora National Park
About twenty kilometers away from Kolašin, tucked away on the Bjelasica mountain, the Biogradska Gora National Park offers you so much on its 5,650 hectares.
Take a walk through the primeval rainforest reserve, one of the last three remaining in Europe, and marvel at trees over 40m high and up to 500 years old.
Enjoy the landscape by casually strolling around the lake Biograd, and afterwards you can treat yourself to national dishes, prepared in restaurants around the park.
Tara Canyon - Durmitor National Park
The mighty Tara mountain river has shaped the limestone through which it passes for centuries, creating a fascinating canyon characterized by straits, huge boulders, and deep crevices. There are several ways to enjoy the beauty of the canyon, so in this part of the Durmitor area, try activities such as zip lining, rafting, hiking, etc. Rafting Tara is a particularly great experience, because you pass through the canyon which is the deepest in Europe (1,333 m) and the second deepest in the world.
The Đurđevića Tara bridge is a special attraction in and of itself, so stroll across it and enjoy the majestic landscape surrounding you.
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