In fact, there are many more reasons to fly to Montenegro. The country has already opened its borders for most countries, and the weather in September is the most suitable for walking. Local color, picturesque mountains, the smell of the sea, and black pines will not leave any guest indifferent. Here are the main reasons to buy a plane ticket, book a hotel and go on the road.
How to get there?
You can fly to Montenegro by direct flight from Frankfurt. The destination is the airport in Tivat or Podgorica. However, now direct flights are not operated regularly, and you can also fly with transfers, for example, in Belgrade. The cost of the ticket is $500 per person round trip*.
It is worth noting that citizens planning a holiday in Montenegro need to provide a certificate with a negative PCR test result to enter the Country.
Things to do?
Search for treasures
And they really are Montenegro. For example, in the spring of 2005, during the restoration of the city hotel in Budva, builders found a carefully embedded safely in the wall, in which they found 60,000 German marks stored there since the war.
Local legends say that the Zeta land (the old name of Montenegro) is still fraught with untold riches, valuable artifacts, and even pirate treasures.
One of the most popular stories says that there was a temple in the mountain of the Bay of Kotor a long time ago. Allegedly, there are still hidden gold bars, which a dragon guards. But the entrance there was covered with a pile of stones, and no one has yet been able to find it.
Guides like to tell tourists eerie, mystical details about the mysterious dragon. Still, archaeologists are not afraid of it and continue to carefully study ancient manuscripts and dig up ancient rubble, trying to find the burial place of the treasure.
But even if you do not have large-scale plans for treasure hunting, it will be interesting to walk through places that keep so many amazing secrets.
Where to stay: Kotor Nest is located in the old town of Kotor, close to the Clock Tower and the Church of St. Nicholas.
Price: from $40 per night*.
Chorba is a hot soup whose name comes from the Turkish Çorba (sherpa). The basis can be different: meat, fish, seafood, or vegetables. But a spicy saturated broth is a prerequisite.
Everyone who has ever tried chorba will be unanimous: this is a whole process. And if you manage to find a suitable institution in which all the rules of cooking and serving are strictly observed, at lunch, it will be possible to fully immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the country.
Chorba will be served with fresh bread, seasoned with cream, egg, or lemon juice. The main course traditionally follows it, but the portions in restaurants are so generous that it is better to limit yourself to one soup. Guides advise to find out in advance when the restaurant begins to cook chorba to try a fresh dish.
Soup can be found in almost all local establishments. For example, a very tasty chorba is obtained in the restaurants “Chatovic Mlini” (morinj city) and Kuzina (Budva).
to stay: Maestral Apartmani is located on the Adriatic
Sea. You are guaranteed a stunning view from the window and the opportunity to taste chorba from freshly caught fish in a nearby restaurant.
Price: from $30 per night*.
Learn to slow down
In Montenegro, they do not like to overexert. Laziness here is a special art and high skill. Residents themselves are happy to recognize this feature. But, according to their own statement, this is not for harm but good. After all, being able to take pauses is very important. “If you see someone who is resting, help him,” says a local saying.
It hosts one-of-a-kind laziness competitions. Participants need to rest lying down for as long as possible while allowing them to eat, drink, talk and use smartphones.
Of course, Montenegrins are not as lazy as they say they are. They’re just very leisurely. Residents rarely catch in a hurry, but they usually perform their work more thoroughly and qualitatively. They really love and know how to relax. And it is worth coming here at least to learn from them this.
Where to stay: quiet apartments Franeta Apartments in Budva near the sea. Hospitable hosts, an abundance of restaurants and cafes nearby – the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
Price: from $30 per night*.
Sit on two chairs
Or even three, because in Montenegro, you can try a variety of options for recreation. For 10-14 days of vacation to have time to enjoy the views of the sea, mountains, caves, historical sights, and even extreme sports.
First of all, Montenegro is a stunning landscape. Nature here is amazing at any time of the year, but it completely wakes up and pleases with an abundance of flowers and greenery by May.
Montenegro is an ancient country with a rich history. You can start acquaintance with the city where you stayed – in each one there are definitely interesting places to visit and architectural monuments. For example, in Budva, there is a square of ancient churches built in the XV and even in the IX century, the Citadel of the XV century, and the door to the sea, which is very fond of tourists. The street in this place rests on the wall, in which there is a double-leaf door. You open it and admire the sea.
Continue your journey by exploring the Bay of Kotor, one of the 10 most beautiful fjords in Europe. On its shores are the most famous cities of the country: Kotor, Herceg Novi, Perast, Tivat, and many small settlements.
Also, in Montenegro, there are a lot of museums. Most of them are in Podgorica (urban, archaeological, geographical, historical, etc.). If you plan a more detailed acquaintance with the country, visiting them will be very interesting.
A separate item in your must-visit list includes mountains that occupy 80% of the country’s territory. This is not only clean air, winding serpentine roads, and breathtaking views, but also extraordinary lakes: Pivskoe, Trnovacko, Skadar, and the unique Black, which consists of two reservoirs separated by a small strip of land: Big and Small. But you can see this separation only in the summer when the water level drops.
Staying: Art Apartments Minic is an unusual art apartment located 700 meters from the center of Kolasin.
Price: cozy bungalow from $50 per night*.
Feel like a local
Markets are a real immersion in the local culture. Friendly sellers, who are sometimes dressed in national costumes, treat and willingly answer questions, advise, and even tell important news. At the same time, they manage to remain pleasant and completely unobtrusive.
On the shelves, you can find cheeses lined with a slide, pyramids of sausages, a sea of vegetables and fruits. In spring, many berries are grown in the country or brought from Turkey, Greece, and Serbia. Wine, rakia, essential oils, and souvenirs are presented all year round in a wide range.
A nice bonus is that the prices here are slightly lower than in stores, so Montenegrins themselves are often stocked in the markets. And if you arrive early in the morning, you can catch manufacturers who bring goods and bargain with them even cheaper!
Properties: Apartments Belle Vue is located in the center of Herceg Novi. The apartment offers stunning views of the sea and the old fortress.
Price: from $50 per night*. *Prices are valid at the time of publication