Hello! I want to talk about the sights of Montenegro, which are worth visiting for everyone who came to this wonderful country. Montenegro is not only a cool beach holiday, but also many interesting and diverse places: monasteries, national parks with mountain lakes and sharp peaks, cobbled streets of old cities ...
So what to see in Montenegro? I chose the top 20 places! All of them are marked on the map at the end of the post.
Look for all the useful information about holidays in Montenegro in the title post . Wrote everything. what do I know!
I also recommend reading about the resorts of Montenegro , in order to know where to go to relax.
Sights of Montenegro
First of all, I want to note that the ideal option for traveling around the country would be
If you plan to travel by public transport, you can also visit all the main interesting places. The bus network is well developed, buses run frequently, there are almost always tickets (except for the peak season). Here in this post I tell in detail about transport in Montenegro.
1. Boka Kotorska Bay
Montenegro pearl - the bay extends deep into the mainland, forming a bizarre shape. In my subjective opinion, these are the most beautiful places in Montenegro on the coast, it is simply impossible to take your eyes off the local beauties! Sheer cliffs, for which clouds cling to, picturesque bays, cozy villages and small towns with red tiled roofs and restaurants on the shore - here you really feel in Europe.
Huge airliners (such floating cities) enter the bay, which makes the whole landscape wide. Even if you just drive along the bay by car or bus, it’s already breathtaking, you can also take an excursion by ship or boat and see everything from the water.
The main tourist city in the bay with the famous Old Town and port, where luxury yachts moor. Yes, there are a lot of people here, but even this fact does not detract from all the advantages of Kotor. Here is a rather large Old Town with narrow streets, cathedrals and churches, cafes and restaurants, where you should definitely take a walk, maybe even get lost (after all, the most interesting part begins).
Another must see place is a fortress on Mount St. John, from where a stunning view of the bay and Kotor opens. The trail goes there from the Old Town, and you will need to overcome such a good climb (1350 steps, 260 m above sea level). Entrance is paid - 8 euros. But there is also a free way to get to the fortress: for this you need to go around the old part of the city along Tabacina Street, moving uphill. Pass by the pumping station, where the stone path-path begins, going up serpentines. After some time, you will reach a dilapidated temple, from which you must turn to the right. At the end you will see a staircase to the fortress wall, along which you will get inside.
Great guide to the city of Kotor : transport, hotels, attractions, restaurants, tips
Very romantic and cute town in the bay. There are 16 churches and 17 palaces, some of which are destroyed, some are restored. Climb the narrow stairs up to view the city and islands opposite from a height.
The visiting card of Perast is two islands - St. George (with a monastery) and the Virgin on the Rocks (with the church of the same name). You can go there by boat.
Perast is the most beautiful city in Montenegro
4. Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi is known as the Botanical Garden of Montenegro. Indeed, the city is very green and you will find many amazing plants right on the streets. Here, too, there is a small but cozy Old Town, a fortress, several squares, but we liked the most to walk along the boardwalk - it stretches for many kilometers along the sea.
Be sure to visit Savina Monastery, 1.5 km from the city center. Nearby is also the village of Igalo, famous for one of Europe's oldest health centers with mineral water and mud. In general, a real resort!
Guide to Herceg Novi
5. Sveti Stefan
The town is known primarily for its island, which houses the most expensive hotel in Montenegro. Get to the island can only its guests. But even from the slope the view is impressive: the tiled roofs of houses combined with azure sea water.
Nearby there are two beaches - one only for hotel guests, the second - public, where many tourists relax in the season. Be sure to take a walk along the path along the sea in Pržno - it is literally half an hour of an unhurried step. On the way there are coniferous trees, clean air, the beach and Villa Milocer, and the trail ends in the village of Pržno, which seemed to have come down from a postcard.
6. Ostrog Monastery
The main Orthodox shrine in Montenegro, attracting not only thousands of pilgrims, but also more tourists. Despite so many people, the monastery did not lose its atmosphere.
The complex has several monasteries and churches, but the most famous is the Upper, which was built right in a niche in the rock - an amazing sight! It was founded already in 1665 by St. Basil of Ostrog, and now his relics are stored there in the Vvedensky church. But not only this is interesting, but also the ancient frescoes.
I think that visiting Ostrog is a good idea to dilute a beach holiday with spiritual food and better experience Montenegro. Public transport does not go here, but it is easy to take an excursion.
7. Moraca Monastery
Just 46 km from the capital of Podgorica there is another iconic monastery founded in the 13th century. It is located in the picturesque canyon of the Moraca River, so while you get there, take a look at the beautiful landscapes.
8. Durmitor National Park
Favorite tourist destination for outdoor activities: here you can go hiking, try rafting on a rugged mountain river, fly on a zipline through a steep gorge, go skiing or snowboarding in winter, and much, much more.
Durmitor - these are sharp peaks, one of the highest mountains in the country, mountain lakes and relic coniferous forest. The main point of access to the park is the town of Zabljak, from where it is easy to walk or get to the famous Black Lake, for example. In the surface of the lake, Mount Bear is reflected, and its banks are covered with dense forest.
The park has dozens of routes of varying difficulty and duration. I went to an excellent day track to the top of Planinica, which I advise you (but to climb a lot!).
Durmitor National Park : Routes, Attractions, and More
9. Dzhurdzhevich’s bridge
This impressive bridge over the canyon of the Tara River was built right before the Second World War, and during the fighting, one passage had to be blown up to stop the movement of the fascist troops. Just think about these numbers - 172 meters above the river! And you can take a walk along the bridge and take cool pics. And between the two ends of the gorge several zip lines are stretched - you can add adrenaline to the blood and ride with a breeze.
Dzhurdzhevich bridge : history, how to get and what to see next
10. Rafting on the Tara River
The Tara River Canyon is the deepest in Europe and is a bit below the Grand Canyon in the United States. This is the river Tara of the millennium making its way. Now everyone can try rafting - rafting on this mountain river. You can easily organize a tour in coastal cities or in Zabljak.
Come here in late spring, summer and early fall. In October, when we were here, the water level is low, and the boats cling to the stones, and they sail slowly - no fun!
11. Beer River Canyon
The impressive canyon of the Piva River is worth a visit if you are in northern Montenegro. Here you can see the 220-meter dam, Pivskoye Lake, which was formed as a result of its construction, the Pivsky Monastery of the 16th century, and the road itself, winding along the river, is very picturesque!
12. National Park Biogradska Gora
Biogradska Gora is 1600 hectares of relict forests. In Europe, there are only three left. So if you want to breathe clean air, then you are definitely here. 4 km from the main entrance to the park is the lake of the same name, on which you can take a small cruise, or dine in a restaurant on the beach.
The park has many hiking trails, all of which are uncomplicated. The best time to visit is the end of summer and autumn, when forests are painted in bright colors.
13. Prokletie National Park
The third national park in the north of Montenegro, the most inaccessible of all. The name really translates as “damned”, and the mountain range extends not only in Montenegro, but also in neighboring Albania . There are all conditions for mountaineering and climbing, and the territory itself is rather poorly explored, in Europe there are few such places.
If you are planning on going to Prokletye Park, you will surely find yourself in the village of Gusine. It is surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains and pastures. It is interesting that the population of the village is Muslim, and you will find two mosques there. In general, an interesting oriental atmosphere and high mountains.
15. Kotor Lovcen Road
The real test for drivers and just a small burst of adrenaline for everyone else is a narrow mountain road with dozens of serpentines, where oncoming vehicles hardly travel. It leads from Kotor to the Lovcen massif and further to Cetinje. Upstairs offers an excellent panorama of the Bay of Kotor and the Adriatic coast. In the summer, this road is heavily overloaded with cars and tourist buses.
16. The Mausoleum of Negosh
Another place worth visiting in Lovcen Park. 461 steps lead to the mausoleum, but all efforts are worth it! Upstairs you will have beautiful panoramic views, water well, very far away! The place itself is very important for the Montenegrins, it is the mausoleum of the spiritual ruler Peter II Petrovich-Negosh. Inside you will find its 28-ton statue, gilded vaults and a sarcophagus on the lower floor.
17. Skadar Lake
Skadar Lake is the largest in Europe; a national park has been formed around it. There are many species of birds on the lake, and other animals along the shores. The main point for getting into the park is the city of Virpazar, from where it is convenient to organize two-hour cruises on the lake. I also recommend visiting the village of Rijek Chernoevich, where there is a pretty arched bridge and one of the best restaurants in Montenegro.
Ulcinj is the most Albanian city in Montenegro, which is located near the border with this country. There are several mosques, more than half of the Albanians of the local population and, in general, a colorful atmosphere in the east.
The city has a small sandy beach, but in the summer there is literally no place for an apple to fall, so look for a place a little further south in small rocky bays, the most famous of which is Dada's women's beach.
Visit the nearby sandy Big Beach 12 km long (perfect for children, because the entrance to the sea is very gentle). The island of Ada Boyana is popular as a place for nudists from all over Europe.
Ulcinj - Other Montenegro
19. Old Bar
Bar is a large port city with a promenade and several attractions. This is a transport hub, because you can come here by train from Belgrade (Serbia) and sail by ferry from Bari (Italy).
The main interest here is the Old Town, which is a few kilometers from the new city. Historians believe that it was founded by the Illyrians already in the 8th century BC! Now you will find here atmospheric ruins, the remains of the fortress wall, churches, Turkish baths and much more - a slice of different eras and times.
Budva is the most popular resort in Montenegro with a well-developed infrastructure, more about the rest here we have a separate post . The Old Town with paved narrow streets and houses with tiled roofs is of interest here. The old city is surrounded by a fortress wall and is located right on the seashore - a great place to walk for an hour or two.
In addition, Budva has a nice promenade with restaurants and bars on the shore, as well as several cool beaches nearby. Pay attention to Mogren 1 and Mogren 2, as well as the large Jaz beach.
At the peak of the season in Budva it is not crowded, it is better to choose neighboring villages for recreation.
What to see in Montenegro: routes
Now that you already know the main attractions of Montenegro, I’ll tell you about the possible routes around the country.
1. The coast
The first route that comes to mind is along the coast. Especially good if you are traveling in the Balkans and traveling from Croatia or from Albania. It is quite easy to ride on buses.
Start your journey to Herceg Novi, in a city with such Italian flair, then follow along the Bay of Kotor, stopping along the way in cute towns (Risan, Perast, for example). So reach Kotor, where you must climb to the fortress and wander around the Old Town. From Kotor go to the Lovcen mountains (on an incredible serpentine!), There you can see the Nyosz mausoleum and the ancient city of Cetinje. From there, head to Budva - the capital of a beach holiday in Montenegro. Nearby it is easy to visit Sveti Stefan, Petrovac and many other towns and villages, the coast there is very picturesque! Further, your path lies in the port city of Bar (it is worth visiting the Old Town there) and Ulcinj, which in its atmosphere is more reminiscent of Albania with its mosques and local residents. In the Ulcinj area, the best sandy beaches in the country (Great Beach and Ada Boyana).
Time on the route: 6-7 days, if you do not stop anywhere for a long time. You can stretch for 10-14 days, relaxing in different resorts.
2. Northern Montenegro
If mountains and nature are everything for you, then the north of Montenegro is just the place where you just need to go. Three national parks, canyons, rivers, mountains - this is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Starting and ending this route is most convenient in Podgorica. First, head north from the capital through the Ostrog Monastery and the Piva Monastery to Zabljak - the main point for exploring the Durmitor Park. Here you can go to the mountains for a couple of days, you can for one day. Then I advise you to call on the Dzhurdzhevich bridge, perhaps even try rafting on the Tara River. From the bridge, keep your way to Mojkovac and further to Prokletje Park - the most secluded park in Montenegro, where you will meet very few tourists (and amazing nature!). And now it's time to return to Podgorica, do it through the park Biogradska Gora - probably the greenest place in the country. It’s unrealistically beautiful in autumn!
Travel time: 7-8 days. If you go to the mountains, then more. It is best to rent a car, in the north not all places can be reached by public transport.
As the name implies, combine the coast and the northern part of the country. I recommend doing something like this. Start in Herceg Novi, drive along the Boko-Kotor bay, then continue through the serpentine in the Lovcen massif to head to Cetinje and go north through Podgorica. There, call in the Ostrog monastery, Zabljak and Durmitor park. Then move along the Tara River and return to Podgorica through the Biogradska Gora Park. Further on the coast you can return by stopping by the way to Skadar Lake, make a cruise and see rare birds there. Further, your path lies to the sea: I advise you to call in to the very south on the border with Albania (to search on long sandy beaches) and to the Petrovac and Sveti Stefan regions - inspiring places!