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Montenegro Travel Guide

Montenegro (Crna Gora) is a young Balkan country situated on the Adriatic Sea between Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, and Serbia. Though small in size, Montenegro has so much to offer: scenic beaches, gorgeous mountains, and charming towns.

We absolutely loved our time in Montenegro and consider it one of our top travel destinations to date. From the very beginning to the very end, we encountered unparalleled scenery, kind hospitality, and delicious food.

In this guide, we’re going to introduce you to our favorite things to do, so you can plan a perfect trip to Montenegro. To find out how we structured our trip, read our Montenegro road trip itinerary.


When to Visit Montenegro

Shoulder Season: June or September

If you visit in high season (July and August), coastal destinations will be very congested. We visited the first two weeks in September, which proved to be a perfect time of year to travel to Montenegro. The weather was ideal for both hiking and enjoying the beaches.

Przno Beach, Montenegro

Where to Go in Montenegro

Below, you’ll find a map with all the top destinations in Montenegro. For a curated list of our favorite places, read our Best Places to Visit in Montenegro.

MONTENEGRO DESTINATIONS

Podgorica

Komovi

Prokletije National Park

Durmitor National Park

Plužine

Kotor Bay

Budva Riviera

Ulcinj

Lake Skadar

What to See and Do in Montenegro

Prokletije National Park, Montenegro

Hike in Prokletije, the Accursed Mountains

Montenegro’s best-kept secret is Prokletije National Park. Most travelers who seek epic mountain scenery and beautiful hiking trails go to Durmitor National Park (more on Durmitor later).

Very few people venture into the Prokletije mountains, which form the southernmost part of the Dinaric Alps.

This corner of eastern Montenegro neighboring Albania is without a doubt one of the most majestic places in all of Europe, and no one knows about it …yet.

We recommend using Grebaje Valley (Dolina Grebjaje) as a base for 2-3 nights. Dolina Grebaje is 7 km from the town Gusinje.

This scenic narrow valley has a few accommodation options and restaurants, but most importantly it’s the trailhead for some of the most stunning hikes in the region.

From a transit perspective, it’s tough to get here via public transit. We recommend renting a car to access this hidden gem.

Learn More: Prokletije National Park Hiking Guide

Rijeka Reževići Beach, Montenegro

Visit Montenegro’s Beaches

Exploring Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast is the reason why most people travel here.

With 117 beaches to choose from, you’re spoiled with choice.

Do you love long sandy beaches? Or, do you prefer scenic rocky coves? Here are our favorite beaches.

  • Family-Friendly: Pržno plaža in Przno (Budva Riviera)
  • Hidden Gem: Rijeka Reževići (Budva Riviera)
  • Scenic: Mogren in Budva
  • Kite-Surfing: Long Beach in Ulcinj
  • Women-Only: Ladies Beach in Ulcinj
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Explore Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park should be the number one priority on any Montenegro Itinerary. From exhilarating peak hikes to deep forest walks, there’s something here for everyone.

If you have a rental car, Drive the scenic road between Žabljak and Piva Lake: P14 Žabljak – Trsa – Plužine. It’s sensational! 

The mountain formations are the most unique feature of the park. Some mountains reminded us of the Dolomites, while others of Iceland. Each peak seems to be its own fabled character frozen in time eons ago.

We recommend basing yourself in the town of Žabljak. We stayed there for three nights but honestly could have stayed longer.

If you’re visiting Durmitor without a car, stay in the town center. You can walk to the National Park entrance directly from the center of town.

Learn more: Durmitor National Park Hiking Guide

Kotor, Montenegro

Visit Kotor

Kotor is located in the Bay of Kotor (aka Boka Kotorska) on the Adriatic Coast.

Surrounded by steep limestone mountains on one side and a fjord-shaped bay on the other, Kotor is one of the most scenic destinations in the country. 

The UNESCO-listed Kotor Old Town (aka Kotor City)  is enclosed in an extravagant fortification system, dating back to medieval times.

We recommend spending 2-5 nights in Kotor Bay, so that you can hike the Ladder of Kotor, climb up 1350 steps to the hilltop Kotor Fortress, watch the sunset from the Vrmac Ridge, summit Pestingrad, tour the Old Town of Kotor, visit Perast, and dine in Kotor’s wonderful restaurants.

Read our guide to the best things to do in Kotor and where to stay in Kotor to start planning your trip.

Rijeka Reževići Beach and Seafood, Montenegro

What to Eat and Drink in Montenegro

Montenegro’s cuisine is heavily influenced by neighboring countries as well as Italy and Turkey. You’ll find Balkan standards like shopska salad and cevapi on every menu.

You’ll also see bakeries selling freshly-made burek just about everywhere.

Though the cuisine isn’t remarkably unique, the freshness and quality of the food is something to be celebrated. Many restaurants we visited served up their own homemade cheeses, cured meats, olives, and wines.

Along the coast, fresh seafood and Mediterranean-style dishes play prominently on the menu. As you venture further inland, meat (especially lamb) plays a more central role in rural cuisine.


Montenegrin Delicacies

Njeguški pršut (Njegusi Proscuitto) is dry-cured ham similar to Italian Prosciutto. This traditionally dry-cured ham is made in Njegusi village, which is a 45-minute drive inland from Kotor. 

The curing process involves packing pig hind legs in salt for three weeks, then pressing and drying the legs for another two weeks to remove excess liquid, followed by four months of smoking, and finally five to eight months of maturing. The whole process takes one year.

Locals credit the unique flavor and aroma of their cured ham to the mixture of beechwood smoke, sea salt, and mountain air. Njeguški pršut is typically served thinly sliced and accompanied with local cheeses and olives.


Montenegrin Cuisine

Šopska salata (Shopska salad) is a salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and white brine cheese. This is a popular dish throughout the Balkans and it’s sometimes called a Bulgarian salad.

Pita sa krompirom (potato), Pita sa zeljem (greens), Pita sa sirom (cheese) are pies filled with various fillings.

Kukuruzne projice is a cornbread muffin made with corn, wheat, and cheese and cream. This is a delicious and filling snack!

Boranjia is a bean soup.

Ulcinj, Montenegro

Montenegro Facts

Official Name | Crna Gora

Capital | Podgorica

Government | Parliamentary Republic

Regions | Montenegro is divided into 3 regions: Coastal, Central and Northern.

Population | 629,305

Language | Montenegrin

Currency | Euro

Tipping Etiquette | 10% on bills.

Water Quality | Varies. In the mountains, the water is sourced from springs and is okay to drink. In older cities and towns, we recommend drinking filtered water.

Something Interesting | Though Montenegro uses the Euro as its de-facto currency, it doesn’t actually have an official agreement with the EU. So, Montenegro cannot mint, issue or print euro coins or notes itself.

Budva Riviera, Montenegro

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