On our 2 week trip to Eastern Europe, our 2nd country on the itinerary was Montenegro where we spent a little over 72 hours and visited about 4-5 cities. Montenegro is a really small country that was formed in 2006 and no currency of its own so they run on Euros!!
And please note that it is a tad bit expensive, some would say almost equal to visiting any country in Western Europe!
But nonetheless, it is an absolutely gorgeous country with multiple terrains and something or the other to do for everyone!
How did we spend 72 hrs in Montenegro
Day by Day Summary
Day 1 was Lake Skadar and Ostrog Monastry, you can do both in a day if you plan well and have your own transportation. You don’t even need a tour if you read our blog for all the details.
Day 2 was pretty laid back and started in the afternoon with a trip to Perast and Our Lady of the rocks followed by San Giovanni’s Castle and a visit to the Old town of Kotor
Day 3 was started with a trip to a small town called Tivat which looked like a town of the billionaires, with so many yatchs and boats, followed by a visit to the Old Town of Budva in the evening.
Lake Skadar was first on the list, which is also the largest lake in Southern Europe. It is also known for its dolphin shape. The best place to be when you visit the lake for some really awesome views and pictures, is the Virpazar View point. It is about a 45mins drive from Budva, Montengro and the roads are pretty decent.
Directions to get to the viewing point – You can drive up from here further along from all the eating places and tourist joints. The trail leads up the mountain, take the left road, not the right one and a few kms up the road you will be able to get some amazing views of the Skadar Lake.
The food at the restaurant is amazing, and they have some vegetarian and Vegan options too. Yay!
There are also boats that sail up and down the canals and out onto this impressive large body of freshwater ferrying hundreds of people. The waterways are almost choked with water lilys which must create the most colourful sight when they are in flower.
It is one of the oldest religious sites and is visited by million tourists every year. It is a marvel of human engineering and dedication. It’s built right into a sheer cliff face way above the plains below. You can see the white of the building shinning from a distance.
After our little trip to Skadar lake we drove to Ostrog Monastry, which took us about 2 hours.
Our Lady of the rocks & Perast Old Town
The next day we had a lazy morning after which we headed to Perast.
We took the boat to go check out Our Lady of the rocks, from Perast which costed us 5 Euros per person. The church stands tall on a small island, next to another small island where all the monks live. Theres a joke that the locals have -” The monks live a better life than us”. I say the best time to go there is for golden hour, so reach Perast about 45mins to an hour before golden hour and you should be good.
After the short trip to Our lady of the rocks, we strolled around in Perats for the rest of the evening before heading to the Old town of Kotor for Dinner
Old Town of Kotor
The old town of Kotor where we spent a nice evening on the streets and on our way stopped for some street music. We saw a crowd from the far and heard good music. We took our bottles of beer and sat with everyone else to enjoy some music and also had some really nice Pizza for dinner.
The old town of Kotor has small streets that go in deep into the castle and have some really nice local shops to get goodies from that are open till about 10PM at night
Castle of San Giovanni
While this rigorous walk up to Kotor’s Castle of San Giovanni, or the Castle of St John as English-speaking tourists call it, is not strictly-speaking a climb, a “huff ’n’ puff” hike – because you will be ascending approximately 1,350 stairs to a height of 1,200 metres. Phew!
These formidable fortress walls date back to medieval times.
The walls are long, around 4.5 kilometres, and wide, between two and 16 meters in different places, while the height reaches up to 20 metres in parts.
There are two entrances, although the best to take is the main entrance near the River Gate, where you purchase your ticket and will be given a handy descriptive brochure identifying the various gates, bastions, and other significant sites along the way, such as the Church of Our Lady of Health.
We spent a an afternoon, relaxing and eating in Tivat. It was a gorgeous view with such good looking white coloured yachts parked at the dock and nice breeze along the dock.
We ate lunch at a restauranr in Porto Montenegro which cost us about 100 euros for 3 people and yes it had Vegan options too.
The walk up to the yacht with the blue water and the clear skies was the best thing.
Visit the Budva Old town
Budva’s old town is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea. At around 2,500 years old it’s a beautiful and historical site. A wander through the town reveals ancient churches and palaces, all crafted from local grey stone
Budva old town is a hive of activity day and night. There are some excellent restaurants, like Stari Grad, which serves traditional Montenegrin cuisine.
So that was pretty much what we did in Montenegro before we headed to Croatia.