|Sveti Stefan in Budva Montenegro one of Montenegro's most iconic sights|
By Brett Goulston
If you didn’t know that Montenegro was a country, don’t despair, you’re not on your own. While many travellers from Australia discovered neighbouring Croatia as a fabulous destination, not so many have visited Montenegro. The James Bond film Casino – partially filmed in Montenegro - certainly helped raise awareness.
Montenegro is a small country nestled among the rest of the Balkan Countries. Part of the old Yugoslavia, and for just a few years part of the Union of Serbia, it became an autonomous, self-governed sovereign state in 2006. The name means Black Mountain. From the coast, the name makes sense. The mountains make a stunning back drop.
Whilst there may not necessarily be many reasons to visit the capital and largest city, Podgorica, the region along The Adriatic Sea has much to see and do.
Hercev Novi, along the bay of Kotor is a lovely medieval town with magnificent views of the bay, beautiful old churches (the Archangel Michael in particular) and great restaurants and cafes. People watching over a café latte in the main square will provide a good feel for local life. Most of the action, like so often in Europe, is in the old town (Stari Grad in the local language).
Budva is another delightful town on the Adriatic. Ignore all the new fancy apartments along the beach. For a cultural hit, go straight to the well-preserved medieval walled city. The cobble-stoned streets – all beautifully restored – offer a serene hour or two of strolling.
From a tourist perspective the Bay of Kotor and the old city of Kotor township are probably the highlights of this small nation. A drive around the bay provides stunning views and a meal stop with a few hours wandering throughout the town is a must-do. You can ferry across the bay if you don’t want to double back. The islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks, make for perfect photos on a sunny day.
Blue Dot travel to Montenegro on our tour of the Balkan Counties. Click here for a detailed itinerary which includes your trip to Montenegro
|Map of Montenegro|
|Church of St. Archangel Michael, Herceg Novi old town, Montenegro|
|Breathtaking view of Kotor Bay Montenegro|
|Medieval clock tower, Kotor|
|Kotor - the prettiest & best preserved town|