Montenegro is still a low-cost destination, suitable for many types of travelers. There is plenty to do for active holidaymakers, beach lions, city tourists and motorists alike. Montenegro’s most popular destinations are the coastal towns of Kotor and Budva, as well as the Durmitor National Park near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The capital Podgorica is not yet significantly popular with tourists, but it also offers interesting things to see if you want to get around Montenegro in depth.
Situated on the Bay of Kotor, Kotor is a popular city destination.
Cheap accommodation in Montenegro
For the time being, the price level in Montenegro is clearly lower than in Finland, and it is also reflected in accommodation prices. However, tourism is on the rise and as coastal areas prepare to attract five-star holidaymakers with their new hotels, prices may also hurt closer to other Mediterranean destinations.
In addition to hotels, tourists can stay in Montenegro in inns and hostels, but the popular home culture culture in the Balkans can also be great in Montenegro.
The cheapest way to find a good place to stay is to book a room or even an entire apartment from a local for the duration of your stay. It is possible to book the apartment in advance through accommodation services such as Airbnb, but outside the most popular tourist seasons, the reservation can also be left without worries on site.
Hop on the bus or car
The best way to get around Montenegro is by car or bus. There is also a train network in the country, but the trains are quite slow and the network is not very comprehensive. That is why most tourists prefer to use a bus, for example.
Renting a car is also a viable option if your driving experience is sufficient. The mountain roads are quite narrow as well as winding. Montenegrins put their rally driving skills to the test at least as enthusiastically as Finns on sandy forest roads. However, main roads have been commendably developed in recent years and the use of bypasses and speed limits are monitored. Still, the driving style requires the flexibility typical of the Mediterranean region.
MONTENEGRO TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Montenegro has many atmospheric port cities.
Beautiful Kotor is a tourist favorite
The Bay of Kotor, located in the southwest corner of Montenegro and bordering Croatia, is considered one of the most beautiful natural harbors in Europe. The bay consists of several small bays that connect to each other and to the sea through only one narrow canal. The Bay of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique nature and nuanced culture. A decent espresso within the walls of the car-free city of Kotor, known for its architecture, comes to mind as a wonderful experience.
Kotor is a historic attraction on the Montenegrin coast and is one of the best-preserved old towns in the region. Medieval architecture is strong in the cityscape of Kotor, and traditional delicacies from different corners of the country – from cheeses and smoked ham to fruit and seafood – are sold daily in the town square.
Historic Budva represents the coastal idyll
One of the most popular beach resorts in Montenegro is Budva, known for its idyllic small old town. The architecture and food culture of the coastal towns show the influence of the Venetian era, and the vegetation is typical of the Mediterranean – palms, eucalyptus, cypresses and mimosa trees thrive on the coast.
Located in the middle of the coast, the Budva Riviera attracts the majority of tourists heading to Montenegro for a beach holiday every year. Historic villages bring depth to the holiday atmosphere, but the area also offers a vibrant nightlife for those who want it.
Durmitor National Park attracts visitors
Durmitor National Park in northern Montenegro impresses with its stunning mountain scenery and diverse activities. Exploring the national park is best done with your own car, and there are also numerous hiking trails for active travelers of all levels.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Montenegro’s stunning mountain scenery, and especially in the northern part of the country, the peaks attract enthusiastic climbers. An additional touch to the hiking trip is staying in a mountain cottage with the locals.
Climbing to over 2,000 meters for the first time is a breathtaking experience, and access to the top catches the breath. Around the sky, right at your fingertips and at the same time so infinitely far away. On flowery slopes, only herds of sheep walk in the rhythm of the clouds.
THE BEST OF MONTENEGRO
Beautiful beaches are only part of the reason for the growing interest of tourists.
The best beach resorts
The finest experiences
- Drive around the Bay of Kotor
- Swim in the clear Adriatic Sea
- Hike in Durmitor National Park
- Visit the old town of Budva