Montenegro

Montenegro

For a tiny country Montenegro has it all. Amazing beaches, beautiful inlets, quaint stone villages, plunging valleys, glorious mountains and white water rivers.

Top Ten Cities

  1. Podgorica – 136,000
  2. Niksic – 58,000
  3. Pljevlja – 21,377
  4. Bijelo Polje – 15,883
  5. Centinje – 15,137
  6. Bar – 15,137
  7. Herceg Novi – 12,739
  8. Berane – 11,766
  9. Budva – 10,00
  10. Ulcinj – 10, 828

What to Know

Language

  • The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin which is similar to Serbian and Serbo-Croatian. Montenegrin is the primary language of younger generations whereas Serbian is the primary language of older generations.
  • They can use the European alphabet as their  written language as well as The Cyrillic Script. Montenegrin is not an overly difficult language to try but cyrillic is a challenge!

Currency

  • Montenegro’s currency is the € EUR.
  • ATM’s can be found in cities and larger towns and every shop, supermarket and restaurant we visited accepted payment by bank card.

Visa

  • People from within the EU do not need a visa however they must register themselves with the police authorities.
  • Montenegro is a Schengen Area. It grants 90-day visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities, except for Georgia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.
  • It also grants visa-free entry to the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Ecuador, Kosovo, Kuwait, Qatar, Russia and Turkey.

Accommodation

  • A bed in a hostel costs from as little €3 to €12 per night.
  • Guesthouse rooms usually cost .
  • Airbnb (get $25 off your booking) is available in certain locations with prices generally between €20-60 per night.
  • Booking.com offers a comprehensive list of hotels, hostels, guest rooms and private villas/houses. Hotels can vary from €30 up to €100 per night depending on which type of hotel and how many rooms you have. Most hotels have interconnecting rooms or apartment style rooms.

Food

  • Montenegrin food is fresh, delicious and cheap. A basic restaurant meal as a family will cost you roughly €22.
  • Plant based food restaurants are not easy to find but there was always something on the menus to eat. We found that we could order all of the side dishes and turn them into sharing plates.
  • If you plan on buying and cooking your own food, fresh produce is available cheaply and readily in markets.
  • Supermarkets can be found in all large towns and cities. Expect to pay about €70 for a weekly family shop.

Transport

  • We hired a car for about €150 a week. The roads are in a good condition although the driving on occasion can be bumper to bumper a bit. Nothing too bad though.
  • Montenegro has two train lines. One which connects Bar to Belgrade (going through Podgorica, Kolasin, Mojkovac and Bijelo Polje). The second connects Podgorica to Niksic. Tickets start at €2 for local connections and €12 for international routes.
  • The bus network covers cities and most towns (although nothing too rural) and is cheap with tickets from Bar to Budva costing as little as €2.

Activities

Places of Interest

  • Budva – Famous for the ballet dancer statue and surround beaches, Budva is also known for its stone walls built and medieval old town. It can get very busy during the summer months but it’s still worth spending a day here.
  • Kotor – Encapsulated by the San Giovanni Fortress walls this is another medieval town. Climb up to the top or hike ‘the ladder’ to get a wonderful view over the Bay.
  • Perast – A very old town on that sits on the Bay of Kotor. It’s a perfect spot for lunch, a cocktail or a frolic on the beach. From here you can visit the island of Our Lady of the Rocks.
  • Ulcinj – Close to Albania’s border, you won’t find many English speaking tourists down here. With a large number of beaches, 2,000 year old Olive Groves and a medieval hill top town there’s a bit to do down here.
  • Hercog Novi – At the foot of Mount Orjen

Areas of natural beauty

  • Lake Skadar – Head here to find the horseshoe bend and the island town of Virpazar. From here you can spot all sorts of wildlife.
  • Mamula Island & The Blue Cave – You’ll need to get a boat over to the island of Mamula and to swim in those glorious transparent waters. The Blue Cave was cold but well worth the effort.
  • Bay of Kotor – Stretching for miles along inlets with stone villages and narrow roads, the Bay of Kotor holds something for everyone. I definitely recommend that you get lost and explore to your hearts content as there’s so many places to see and to swim from.
  • Durmitor – These dramatic and imposing limestone mountains are Montenegro’s showpiece in my opinion. The Tara River Canyon is phenomenal and you can river raft it as well as hike, canyon and climb.
  • Przno – You’ll need to walk through a tunnel to get to this partially hidden beach. It has a lively atmosphere and crystal clear water.
  • Drobni Pijesak Plaza – Walk down the hillside to this small but incredibly beautiful beach. It’s popular with locals but not too many tourists.

 

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