Saturday, 20 May 2017

Travel | Why You Need To Visit Montenegro

Have you ever imagined a place where you can soak up the sun on a sandy beach as well as look out over the clear, blue sea towards some of the highest and most stunning mountains?

Well, you don't need to imagine anymore...

Przno Montenegro
View from our balcony
Enter Montenegro!

The aim of my next holiday was somewhere warm, with beaches and a relaxing atmosphere, so my partner suggested Montenegro. I didn't know much about this country, but the hotels were cheaper than some other destinations at the time and the flights were not too bad either. Not to mention the images on Google which looked amazing! So we booked it! We decided to stay in a block of apartments in an area called Przno. Our main priorities were somewhere close to the beach and a balcony with a great view, and I think we found the perfect place! If you are looking for a quiet place in Montenegro, Przno has less tourists and is a great alternative to the busy Budva area.

Przno Montenegro
Beach in Przno

sveti stefan
Sveti Stefan
We spent the first day wandering around Przno and ended up walking through a peaceful park near Sveti Stefan, a beautiful little island with some of the most expensive hotels in the country. We then spent time on the beach nearby our apartment before heading to Budva for dinner. This beach was almost deserted and was a tranquil place to spend time taking in the views. In the evening, we visited Budva for something to eat as we found it has a large variety of restaurants and mainly caters for tourists. The majority of places to eat in Monetengro are seafood based, however, we opted for a little Thai restaurant as seafood isn't really our thing!

budva
Budva
Our second day was based in Old Town Budva, which has a lot of history to tell. The Roman walls, streets and buildings are carefully preserved by the residents there and the Budva Town Museum offers some stunning views across the town and of St. Nikola Island. Through the streets of Old Town Budva, there are many little shops and stalls, as well as some lovely restaurants. We stayed there for the majority of the day and as we were leaving, we were also surprised to come across a vibrant and colourful sea of performers in costumes, including dance acts and musicians playing all kinds of musical instruments whilst parading the streets! It really livened up the evening - a great place to explore for the day!

old town budva
Old Town Budva
old town budva
Old Town Budva
We decided to hire a car whilst in Montenegro and one of the main reasons for this was so we could drive up to Njegos Mausoleum which is situated at the top of Mount Lovcen (over 1500m above sea level). It was over an hour's drive to the top of the mountain, with some of the most steep and curvy roads I have ever been on! So make sure you are feeling brave if you fancy venturing up there yourself. If you would prefer the safer option (and I wouldn't blame you!), there are tour coaches or taxi's which drive up to the mausoleum too. Along the way up to the top of the mountain, there are plenty of stopping and viewing points, which we took full advantage of. They were great for photo opportunities and oh my, the views were insane!

kotor bay, mount lovcen
One of the viewing points on the way up Mount Lovcen
mount lovcen
Winding roads up Mount Lovcen
Another area which I enjoyed exploring was Kotor. Located alongside one of the world's most beautiful bays, it is a truly stunning area. Kotor is tucked away and  has winding streets and walls which seem as though they have been draped across the surface of the overlooking mountains. We decided to visit Kotor in the day, but also came back in the evening to see the beautifully lit Kotor Walls. We ventured into the old town and through the narrow streets we found a homely little pub where we grabbed a bite to eat. We sat in the outside area, which was glowing with little streetlamps and candles at the tables. It felt so cosy and the portion sizes were huge! Always a plus!

kotor bay
Kotor Bay

kampana tower kotor
Kampana Tower (Kotor)
kotor walls
Kotor City Walls
We chose to soak up the sun as much as possible on the final day and settled on Becici beach to relax for the first part of the afternoon. Becici is a large beach and quite popular, even in the spring season, which is when we visited. We then drove to Kamenovo beach, just to experience somewhere new and I ended up loving this beach the most. It had fine, soft sand, stunning sea views and was tucked away with hardly any tourists around. The most peaceful way to spend the last few hours in this underrated, yet beautiful country.

kamenovo beach
Kamenovo Beach
budva
An evening in Budva
Will you add Montenegro to your list of places to visit?

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  1. I needed to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely loved every bit of it. I've got you book marked to look at new stuff you post… facebook log in facebook

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