Last update : 20/08/2023
A visit to Montenegro is a great idea! It’s still a little-known destination for the French, yet there are so many beautiful things to discover. We had the opportunity to discover this beautiful country during an 8-day road trip organized by Travelbase, a Belgian travel agency. The road trip to Montenegro was a real eye-opener: old towns and fishing villages, national parks and roads with breathtaking panoramas, mountains and lakes. This country bordered by the Adriatic Sea is sure to surprise you, and we had the impression of visiting several countries in a single week. In this article, you’ll find our complete guide to what to do and how to travel in Montenegro. We hope it will help you plan your stay in the Balkans, and find out the best things to do in Montenegro, so let’s get to it!
Looking for the best things to do in Montenegro? Our must-sees
1. Kotor Bay
through here! Also known as the “Mouths of Kotor”, this bay forms an immense canyon well worth discovering. You can discover these incredible landscapes from the heights (with the famous Serpentine road) or from the sea by taking a boat. The towns on the Bay of Kotor are also well worth a visit, especially Kotor and Perast. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Montenegro, you’ve come to the right place.
To get all our tips on where to sleep and eat in the Bay of Kotor, we suggest you take a look at our full article dedicated to Kotor and Perast!Article Bay of Kotor
2. Durmitor National Park
Durmitor National Park is a real must-see on a travel to Montenegro! To get there, you’ll need to take the road north to Montenegro and drive for a few hours. Once you’ve arrived in Durmitor Park, you can expect to take in the sights on route P14! The roads are incredibly beautiful, and at every turn you’ll discover new landscapes, mountains, charming little houses and herds of cows. We loved it here and really recommend that you plan at least 2 days in the Durmitor region.
In Durmitor National Park, we recommend you see :
- The Bobotov Kuk
- The Black Lake
- The Vrazje Jezero
This amazing place dating from the 17th century is a must-see if you want to see a Monastery built into the heart of the rock. People come here to admire the amazing architecture or as part of a pilgrimage. Everything is free on site, both the entrance to the Monastery and the parking.
We chose not to go because the road would take us several hours out of our way, but apparently the Ostrog Monastery is incredible. If you have time on your Montenegro vacation, add it to the itinerary!
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4. Lake Skadar
The panoramic view of Skadar
You absolutely must go to the view point to admire the view of Lake Skadar! Here’s the GPS point where to head for an eyeful.
This small village is the ideal place to take a boat trip on Lake Skadar. You can make reservations with one of the captains at a small stand in the heart of the village. For our part, we stayed one night at the Hotel Pelican and chose their boat tour, which starts at 6am. If you’re wondering what to do in Montenegro, this is one activity we loved. We really recommend doing this activity early in the morning, which allows for pretty light and no other boats. You’ll get incredible views of the lake – you’d think you were in Asia! The village of Virpazar also has a pretty little square with several restaurants for lunch or dinner.
This small fishing village lies in the heart of Lake Skadar. There’s not much to visit in Karuc, but you can enjoy the pretty views over the lake. We also advise you to plan a drink in a hidden restaurant that picks you up by boat from a pontoon. Go to the Karuc pontoon and call the number on the sign (+382 (0)69 844 123) and a member of the restaurant team will pick you up by boat. Then you can go for lunch or a drink in this amazing place right in the heart of Lake Skadar!
Budva is a town on the Adriatic coast quite close to Kotor (about 45 minutes’ drive). The outskirts of the town are very built-up and touristy, not very attractive if you don’t like mass tourism. However, the walled town center is really lovely and worth a visit. We fell under the spell of Budva’s narrow cobbled streets and numerous terraced bars. We advise you to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds, or late in the day to have a drink and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
6. Bar and Petrovac
These two pretty towns by the Adriatic Sea look like great places to spend the day. We only saw them from the road, but it made us want to! If you’re looking for a more “beachy” day out during your stay in Montenegro, you can head to one of these two towns.
7. Bonus: a little passage through Albania to discover Theth
Our itinerary took us through the village of Theth in Albania, allowing us to discover some incredible scenery along the way, a pretty church and an incredible waterfall at the finish. It’s up to you to see if you have time to make the detour on your Montenegro itinerary!
Visiting Montenegro, where to sleep?
If, like us, you choose to visit Montenegro by touring for several days, it’s advisable to take one night in each corner you plan to discover. As a result, we changed accommodations every night! This isn’t the most relaxing thing, but it allows you to see a lot of the country and discover many places, each very different from the next.
A hotel the bay of Kotor
This hotel is 1km from Kotor’s old town and 100 meters from the beach, which is perfect for enjoying some peace and quiet during your Kotor vacation. The apartments all have balconies or terraces and the hotel has a superb swimming pool with an incredible view over the Bay of Kotor.View availability
Unusual accommodation in Durmitor
If you ever want to have an original experience during your vacation in Montenegro, we recommend sleeping in a small traditional hut in the heart of the Durmitor mountains! For this, we recommend the Nevidio Eco Village for cabins with every comfort (bathroom and toilet), good bedding and a balcony with a view of the mountains. You can also have lunch and dinner on site, which is super convenient as there aren’t many towns and restaurants in the area. A great experience in Durmitor!View availability
Visiting Montenegro, practical information
How to get to Montenegro
To get to Montenegro, the easiest and quickest way is to fly.Learn more
How to rent a car to visit Montenegro
Our car rental was organized by Travelbase (we tell you about it at the beginning of the article). During our road trip in Montenegro, we had a 4×4 and we recommend this type of vehicle to be sure to pass on all the roads of Montenegro if you want to venture a little everywhere!
3 quick warnings about Montenegrin cars and roads:
- Cars are generally quite dated and have a lot of mileage, so we advise you to take out good insurance in case you have a glitch during your vacation in Montenegro.
- The roads can be quite dizzying and narrow, and it’s not uncommon to have to pull over to the side to let vehicles in the opposite lane pass. It’s still doable, but we’d prefer to warn anyone who’s unsure about the road!
- Traffic is generally limited to 80 km/h and it’s forbidden to have even one drink while driving. Also, Montenegrin police tend to stop tourist cars (even for a very slight speeding ticket) and offer to pay their fine in cash… Be vigilant on the road and don’t be surprised if this happens to you (unfortunately…).
How not to go overboard in Montenegro
If you’re heading to Montenegro in the near future, we advise you to be careful with your off-pack. The simplest solution is to opt for an eSIM in advance of your trip. If you’re interested, take a look at our opinion on Holafly.Learn more
Must-do activities in Montenegro
When to visit Montenegro?
The best months to visit Montenegro are between May and September. July and August will be quite hot and more touristy, but we were in that period and found it quite tenable. In the south of Montenegro, temperatures are higher, and at the end of July it was between 27 and 34 degrees. In northern Montenegro we had cooler temperatures (around 20 degrees) and quite a lot of rain, so bring a kway!”
What is the currency in Montenegro?
The currency in Montenegro is the euro. You can pay throughout the country in euros and most of the time by credit card. However, plan to keep some cash on you for the small villages and restaurants that favor this type of payment.
What is the cost of living in Montenegro?
The cost of living in Montenegro is still more affordable than in France. A meal for one person will cost you between €10 and €15. In fact, the final bill will be higher than the one indicated on the menu, as they add a service charge. But the prices are still very reasonable! Petrol (at the time of our visit) was at the same rate as in France. The most affordable hotel nights are between €10 and €30 a night.
How to find the best hotels to visit Montenegro?
In order to find the best hotels and benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through Booking.com for our trips. We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels and filter them according to their ratings. The customer reviews are very numerous and recent, which helps to avoid unpleasant surprises when traveling!Learn more
This trip is the fruit of a collaboration with the Travelbase teams, and we’d like to thank them warmly. We remain totally free in what we say, so our opinions are personal and sincere.
Thank you for reading
We hope that the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you find the best things to do in Montenegro.
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Clem & Alex