If we look up any of 2017 list of the most visited destinations in the world, this miniscule south-eastern European country would be right up there. Montenegro might be small, but this amazing Balkan country has an immense array of natural and human-made wonders.
Located on the border with Croatia to its west, Bosnia, and Herzegovina to the North West, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the southeast there is much that the beautiful country has to offer.
With the beautiful, rugged snow-capped mountains that will leave you awe-struck, the medieval villages that take you back in time. The narrow strip of beaches along the Adriatic coastline that makes you want to do nothing but take in the sun and beauty of the area.
Here is a list of the 5 most amazing places to see in Montenegro to help you get the most out what this country has:
The Old City of Kotor is located along one of the world’s most beautiful bays, built between the 12th and 14th century. Its medieval old town’s Romanesque churches and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made this ancient Kotor land on the UNESCO’s World Natural and Historical Heritage Site list.
The city is famous for its Roman culture and Cathedral like Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun). This ancient cathedral is at the center of one of the narrow squares of the city, and it’s a monument of Roman heritage and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
Christian heritage is all that this city has in it. Many churches which are part of the rich heritage of Kotor are as follows
- The Church of Saint Luke (Sveti Luka) from the 13th century
- Church of Saint Ana (Sveta Ana) from the 12th century
- Church of Saint Mary (Sveta Marija) from the 13th century
- Church of the Healing Mother of God (Gospe OD Zdravlja) from the 15th century
- The Prince’s Palace from the 17th century
- The Napoleon’s Theatre from the 19th century
The truly lovely 2500 years old town of Budva in Montenegro, on the edge of Adriatic Sea, is Part of the Budva Riviera. The buildings in the city are intersected by narrow streets and squares.
It’s famous for its sandy beaches and nightlife. What this city offers to the food lovers includes many pizzerias which also serve some excellent pasta and salads. Lots of cafes, bars, bakeries, and plenty of pancakes, pizzas, salads and fresh sandwiches and fish restaurants are there to attract.
You can never go hungry here with the place offering a large variety of foods from pizza to pasta to salad to pancakes. As well as having cafes that serve fresh sandwiches and meals there is also plenty of nightlife for those who love to make the most out of the night.
Cetinje is packed with heritage and culture. Only a short 30 min bus ride from Budva you can experience the historical architecture of the past with the monastery of St Peter of Cetinje, the bishop admired and credited with defending his country against the enemies.
The various museums such as the national museum, Blue palace make a great way of going back in time and understanding the heritage of the city.
Walking around the city makes it a great way of touring as well as being able to take in the heritage of the area at your own pace. So why not come and experience it for yourself.
Lovcen National Park
The rocky mountain of Lovcen is a must see when you are in Montenegro, this national park has a 1750M peak of Mt. Lovcen located on just 40 min ride from the Cetinje. The most important thing to visit this park is the Njegos Mausoleum placed on the second highest peak, Jezerski.\
If you drive up to the top you will be amazed to see the view of 80% of this beautiful country.
Known for its natural Beauty Lake Skadar is an area of 400km of pure beauty, with pristine calm water and surrounded by steep mountains and meadows of water lilies making this a nature lovers paradise. The area is also well loved by the locals and those who love to just enjoy the great outdoors. Today Lake Skadar is renowned as one of Europe’s top bird habitats with a large variety of birds living in and around the area. The small towns are Virpazar and Vranjina is full of local culture and heritage and are great to explore.