If you have ever considered visiting a European country with charm, history, a wealth of geological and cultural heritage consider Montenegro travel doesn’t get any better. A small country often overlooked by the ‘bucket-list’ generation Montenegro travel options are remarkably expandable for such a small terrain and very afforable. In this blog, Andjela Lazarevic and the team of local experts at My Guide Montenegro site reveal some of the country’s hidden treasures.
What is My Guide Montenegro
My Guide Montenegro is part of the global My Guide Network of online & mobile travel guides that are active 365 days a year, helping you to get local insights about destinations of your choice. The My Guide offering is totally focused on giving readers unrivalled levels of local information. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and keeping our content live and current. It’s our promise to our users.
Each destination is run by a team on the ground, who have their fingers on the pulse and write from a first-hand experience. Whether they are trying out places to eat, visiting sites of interest, undertaking activities, exploring hidden ‘secrets’, nightlife, and speaking to the locals who are ‘in-the-know’ they offer a genuine local guide a if the guide were travelling with you helping you to live like a local.
With over 20 million users and growing My Guide is the smart choice for travellers and locals too who are looking for up to date information and gems of knowledge about a destination of their choice. Montenegro travel is made much easier for visitors with this online guide.
In April 2017, My Guide was unveiled as the new brand name for the award-winning global online guide network started in 2007 and known previously as My Destination.
Montenegro travel options – easy to find
The new My Guide brand name and logo not only reflects our strategy to offer the most insightful online guides driven by local experts ‘in the know’ it is also supporting the planned introduction of new functionality to enable users to personalise their research and create their own guides when visiting our websites which can be shared with friends and family. “Our goal with this individual and personalised My Guide functionality is to be the ‘Spotify for Travel’” says Mark Wallis, Owner and CEO of the My Guide Network.
Nominated many times over by reputable critics and magazines as one of the best European destinations, Montenegro is popular by those in the know.
Not to miss highlights – Montenegro travel
The city of Kotor – a UNESCO world heritage site and historic city, centuries old and ever popular with visitors from all over the world. Walking through the city, especially the Old Town of Kotor, you enjoy the traditional architecture in the churches, the palaces, and the characterful squares carefully preserved. Despite being a historic town, Kotor is also a lively place to visit with year round activities and events. It is a city of charming taverns, seafood restaurants, modern cafes, and nightclubs. We are sure Kotor won’t disappoint you!
The town of Budva – Only 23 km north-west from Kotor, there is Budva – the heart of Montenegrin tourism. It is the central town on the Budva Riviera, which is a 22-mile stretch of Adriatic coast that has some of Montenegro’s most stunning and popular beaches. Some of the best beaches in Budva are Mogren, Becici, Jaz, Sveti Stefan etc. Becici beach is considered one of the most beautiful and longest beaches (2 kilometres long) on the Adriatic Sea, while Jaz beach is the host of the Sea Dance Festival, attracting a large number of visitors every summer. Located only 15 minutes from Budva is Sveti Stefan, once a small fishing village and now a luxury resort that hosts some of the biggest names from all around the world. The island itself is very small, connected to the mainland only by a narrow bridge but it’s definitely worth the visit. Budva’s vibrant nightlife, many bars, clubs, restaurants, and beaches are one of the reasons why Budva is called the “Montenegrin Miami”.
The city of Cetinje – Heading northeast, our next destination is Cetinje, the Old Royal capital of Montenegro and a town of great historical and cultural heritage. The first Balkan printing house was established here in 1493, printing the first book in Cyrillic alphabet called “Oktoih”. A 40-minutes drive from Cetinje takes you to National Park in Lovćen. Established as a national park in 1952 it boasts a panoramic view of the Boka Bay and it is worth the climb to the top of the Mountain Lovćen to get the full benefit of this view. One of the Montenegrin most influential rulers, poet, and statesman Petar II Petrović Njegoš is buried here, in the Njegoš Mausoleum.
Speaking of national parks, any of the 5 of the national parks that Montenegro has, is a must-visit. If you go to National Park Skadar Lake, a real heaven for anyone who enjoys adventures, you will have 400km2 of protected wilderness to explore. National Park Biogradska Gora, on the other hand, has 1600 hectares of virgin woodland – one of Europe’s last three remaining primaeval forests, while National Park Durmitor has been protected by UNESCO since 1980. More than 48 mountain peaks are over 2,000 metres high with the highest peak Bobotov Kuk, at the altitude of 2.525 meters and 18 mountain lakes plus the canyon of the Tara River, the deepest in Europe and 2nd deepest in the world. A visit to the Tara Canyon is essential for those who wish to experience the unequalled tranquillity and powerful expanse of the Montenegrin landscape. The youngest park is the National Park Prokletije, whose magnificent mountain massif will take your breath away. It is ideal for camping and hiking, but only for experienced hikers.
The Ostrog Monastery – Heading to Nikšić, you cannot bypass the Ostrog Monastery, one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world and is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), who was buried here. The amazing structure was carved in rocks on the side of a mountain back in the 17th century.
Montenegro travel offers a fantastic range of options whether you are travelling on a budget as a housesitter, or wanting to enjoy a holiday of luxury travel. The history and architecture of the country offer a rich seam in culture travel, the varied and very accessible landscape offers exciting sports travel and of course there are many more adventures that await you when you choose to visit.
If your budget is limited, there are plenty of places where you can go to enjoy what the country has to offer with little expenditure. You can go hiking or camping to enjoy the north of the country. Montenegro is known as a country where you can find scenic camping spots, especially in the mountains.
The varied terrains of the country are very accessible because you can go from the North of the country to the South in just a few hours so that means you can enjoy beautiful beaches and sea in the morning and enjoy breathtaking Montenegrin north in the afternoon!
Montenegro travel also offers you a wide range of luxury opions. The Bay of Kotor shelters a luxury marina called Porto Montenegro. The Regent Porto Montenegro is a luxury hotel that forms part of the marina village.
Travelling across the bay area you come to Lustica Bay, a resort is located on the Lustica Peninsula which includes the project for the first Montenegrin golf course. This Summer in July, the Chedi Lustica Bay Hotel will open offering a new slice of luxury in Montenegro and a smart choice for travellers.
When considering a holiday of luxury in Montenegro then considering a trip to Sveti Stefan is a must. This island is now part of the Aman Resorts group of hotels and destinations. It achieved global recognition and has been considered one of the Montenegrin symbols of luxury and success when former tennis world number one Novak Djokovic organised his wedding here on this peninsula.
Popular Montenegro travel options include sports holidays in the recently established Fit Camp Montenegro, which offers relaxation and fitness or yoga training across different locations in Montenegro! Whether you are travelling alone or with a group of friends, this is your perfect choice if you are an active person!
Recently, wine tourism and food tourism are becoming increasingly popular and play an important role in the Montenegrin travel offer.
In the recent years, Montenegro travel is becoming more and more popular. Not only is it being discovered as a destination by the people from Western Europe and the UK, but also from further afield. There are many pluses for new visitors, not least its location on the Mediterranean, with lots of travel offers and affordable prices. Montenegro offers luxury travel too. Strikingly beautiful emerald bays and beaches, high rugged peaks and deep canyons, vast inland lakes and majestic fjords, all create a magical and ever-changing landscape for your next European destination!