Meet Montenegro, a rising star on the Balkan peninsula. From the fjords of Kotor to the cobble-stoned streets of Ulcinj, explore the seaside secrets of the Montenegrin coast
If there is one destination that is sure to surprise you, it’s Montenegro. The small and mountainous country on the Balkan peninsula is perched above the Adriatic Sea and is home to a population just short of 700,000. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in cultural sights and showstopping nature. The best thing? It can all be explored within just a few days.
Montenegro gained its independence from Serbia in 2006 and since then, the young country has made quite the entrance on the travel scene. From the dramatic scenery of the Bay of Kotor to the boat cruises on Lake Skadar and the nightlife of Podgorica, read our best tips on what to see and do along the coast of this rising star.
The cats and fjords of Kotor
Kotor is the headliner of the Montenegrin coast – a Unesco World Heritage Site that oozes charm from every street corner. With its mountainous city walls and red tile roofs, this fairy-tale like stunner is already a favourite among international cruise ships and tour operators from neighbouring Croatia, so go now before everyone else catches on.
Backed by a fjord-like landscape at the edge of Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), Kotor was once one of the Adriatic Sea’s busiest harbours, while today it is one of the best-preserved towns on the Montenegrin coast. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the narrow streets and get your pulse going with a scenic climb of the city walls, or a hike all the way up to the Castle of San Giovanni for breathtaking views of the bay.
Little known to most aspiring visitors, Kotor is also inhabited by a large number of cats. For centuries, Kotor served as a trading port for ships from all over the world and many of the cats on the ships were left behind, eventually populating the city with a diverse array of the much-loved furry felines. Legend also has it that the city was infested with an alarming number of snakes and rats so the cats were brought in to protect the city and its inhabitants. Either way, they are now a symbol of good luck for the whole country. To get your feline fix, check out the Cat Museum and Cats of Kotor shop.
When hunger hits, head to Trpeza – a beautifully designed seafood restaurant just a few steps from the historic Church of Saint Luke in the centre of Kotor. Montenegrin cuisine is a perfect mix of Slavic, Italian and Greek gastronomies, so be ready to be wowed by everything from seafood risotto and baked fish to salads with feta cheese and fresh vegetables.
Author: Francesca Masotti
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