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Visiting Montenegro: Things to do and see during your holiday

Visiter le Monténégro

Montenegro is a Balkan country, relatively preserved from tourism. The interior of the country includes beautiful national parks in the heart of the Montenegrin mountains. It is a country where you can eat very well for a very affordable price.

For citizens of the European Union, a valid identity card or passport (valid for at least 6 months) is sufficient for a tourist stay in Montenegro. There is no need for a visa.

In order to help you, as always, to organize your trip in the best and quickest way possible, we reveal you our itinerary, on our personalized map. As well as our tips, tricks and best accommodations to fully enjoy your stay.

What to do in Montenegro? Bay of Kotor, Budva, Black lake…

The Adriatic coast offersauthentic villages (Kotor, Budva, Ulcinj…) and beaches with clear waters (Velika plaza, Mogren beach…).

We advise you to discover the bay of Kotor by boat, you can book your ticket, in advance, for an excursion of 3 hours during which you will explore this incredible natural place and you will bathe in its caves with translucent waters. In short, an essential part of our trip!

Also the nature lovers will be satisfied with the multitude of proposed hikes.

Lovers of old stones and beautiful coves will find their happiness along the Adriatic coast.

What to do in Montenegro

Our ideal itinerary of 8 to 10 days [carte]

Our suggestions for longer itineraries:

  • If you stay for 10 days, we advise you to stay an extra day in Kotor and another one in Durmitor National Park. 
    • Extra day in Kotor – walk on the city heights with a view on the Kotor fjord
    • Additional day in Durmitor National Park – cayoning  in the Tara River and zip-line 1km long and 125m vertical drop
  • If you stay 12 days, you can keep the 10-day itinerary and then after your visit to the Durmitor before returning to Podgorica, we recommend you to spend 2 days in the national park Kolašin. We hesitated for a long time between the two parks, we had excellent feedback from travelers we met during the trip. It is a ski resort in the winter and offers great hiking opportunities in the summer 
    • Day 10 – Biogradska Park (entrance fee 3€) is home to a beautiful lake ” Gora Lake “, a walk of about 4km allows you to walk around it and enjoy a well-deserved picnic.
    • Day 11- Climb also to Bendovac (about 3h of ascent from the lake), in order to have a beautiful view on the lake below.

 

Day 1 – Podgorica ? -> Shkodra Lake

After picking up our car in the early afternoon at the airport, we familiarized ourselves with the Montenegrin roads by driving from Podgorica to Lake Shkodra. More precisely to the town of Virpazar to spend the night.

We took advantage of our excellent accommodation to rest, get advice for our 8-day itinerary and try our first Montenegrin specialties offered by our hosts.

Nos conseils et hébergements

➡️Hébergement in Virpazar: The Milena apartment is spacious and functional. Breakfast is included. A warm welcome awaits you, and you’ll be offered local specialities on arrival.

The family also offers à la carte excursions to Lake Shkodra. Free parking in front of the apartment. The apartment is quietly located outside the village of Virpazar.

Day 2 – Virpazar, Lake Shkodra, Murici beach -> Ulcinj

Departure around 10 am from our accommodation in Virpazar towards Ulcinj, we chose to take our time to connect the two cities.

So we opted for the route along the Shkodra lake, in order to enjoy incredible views and especially a refreshing swim in the lake.

To do this, enter the town of Donji Murici or directly the beach of Murici(plaza Murici) in your GPS. It is a mountain road, narrow and winding where two cars cannot pass each other. It is thus necessary to redouble caution and patience, in order to benefit from these beautiful landscapes anda beautiful beach almost deserted.

After an excellent picnic and a pleasant swim, we take the road again towards Ulcinj, 36 kilometers of mountain road await us as well as about twenty kilometers on the national road.

Nos conseils et hébergements

➡️Hébergement with pool in Ulcinj: The Holiday Park Olive Tree bungalows are set in an olive grove. The location is idyllic and ideal for relaxing. The view from the pool is incredible. A warm welcome from our hosts. Free parking. Night from 50€.

➡️Restaurants in Ulcinj : Drink with sea view at sunset at the ” Sunset beach bar ” (cocktail 5€), fish restaurant ” Hari ” (15€ for 300 grams of grilled fish), if you make friends with the waiter you might get a free arack digestif 😉

Day 3 – Ulcinj ? Long beach / Velika plaza + visit to the old town

After a morning enjoying the nice pool with view of the hotel, we left in direction of Long beach / Velika plaza.

This beach of ashy sands is very pleasant and some parts are not very frequented. To avoid the crowd, following the advice given by our hotel, we went as far east as possible.

This part of the beach was almost deserted, because we learned it on the spot, it is reserved for kitesurfers. As a consequence, swimming was forbidden in this area, so we went back on our steps…

Ask your accommodation before leaving to indicate the accessible part for swimming. Take advantage of your visit to Ulcinj to stroll through the old town at sunset.

Day 4 – Ulcinj -> Budva, Mogren beach + visit to the old town

We reached the walled city of Budva after a good hour of driving. Our hotel was located in the heart of the city, an area difficult to reach by car. We left our Skoda in a free parking lot located 1 kilometer from the hotel.

We recommend the pretty, crystal-clear cove just a few minutes’ walk from Budva: Mogren beach.

After enjoying the sunset , we went to dinner in the heart of the ramparts. The old town is very pleasant, on the other hand it is a very touristy town, we preferred Kotor, more authentic.

Nos conseils et hébergements

➡️Notre Budva’s favorite: Hotel Astoria, a beautiful address in the heart of the old town. Mogren beach can be reached on foot in just a few minutes. Free parking 1 kilometer away.

Day 5 – Budva -> Kotor, Kotor beach + visit of the old town

The mouths of Kotor were a real favorite for us. The city is aUNESCO World Heritage Site. Located only about 30 minutes from Budva, we had the whole day to enjoy this magical place.

Numerous creeks line the bay, we spent the afternoon at Kotor Beach accessible by foot from the old town. The water is clear and refreshing, with the beautiful mountains of the Kotor fjord in the background. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for 5€.

In the evening we walked through the streets of the old city, to contemplate the many churches and small squares, each more adorable than the other. On some summer evenings you can enjoy free concerts. We loved our visit to Kotor and its mouths.

Our activity and accommodation tips

➡️Hébergement in Kotor: Apartment Magic Sea View, the apartment is fully equipped and very clean with an incredible terrace overlooking the splendid bay of Kotor. It is located a few minutes from the old town and near a beautiful cove. We loved our stay, we should have stayed an extra night to fully enjoy the place and the accommodation. Free secure parking on site.

➡️ Explore the Bay of Kotor by boat: if you’d like a different view of the bay and its cliffs, why not book a boat tour lasting around 3 hours, which will take you to several caves in the vicinity and then take a swim away from the crowds.

➡️ Full-day excursion to visit the 3 most famous places in Montenegro from Kotor, the incredible Bay of Kotor, Durmitor and its famous black lake andOstrog monastery, a major pilgrimage site. Book your ticket at the best price.

➡️Restaurant in Kotor: Pržun, the fish dishes are excellent!

kotor montenegro hotel
Kotor Montenegro

Day 6 – Kotor -> Durmitor National Park

After driving along hairpin roads with beautiful views of the Bay of Kotor, we arrived in Zabljak, a town located at the gateway to the Durmitor National Park.

Count on about 3h30-4h travel time, small distances can take much longer than expected in Montenegro. We enjoyed the freshness and the pleasant atmosphere of this ski resort.

Nos conseils et hébergements

➡️Le best value for money : Eco camp chalets pod goro m These wooden chalets are located in a peaceful natural setting in Durmitor / Zabljak. The whole family is lovely, Tatjana speaks very good English and can give you excellent advice. Please note that the sanitary facilities are shared, which is not at all inconvenient given that they are very clean. Free on-site parking.

Day 7 – Durmitor National Park, black lack hike “Crno Jezero” to Podgorica

After enjoying the coolness of the night, we headed to the Black LakeCrno Jezero “, located 2 kilometers from the city, for a short hike.

Despite the bad weather, the 7 kilometer walk around the lake was very pleasant, alternating between forest and lake shore. The water is emerald blue, admire the mountains reflected in it.

The restaurant on the lake offers very good trout with a good local beer. We then drove back to Podgorica.

Nos conseils et hébergements

Visit: Black Lake “Crno Jezero”: park entrance €3 per person.

➡️Hébergement in Podgorica: Aerodrom Lodge on Airbnb, this accommodation is simply perfect, clean, well-equipped and above all with a beautiful pool located in a green oasis. Jamie is a lovely host who will do everything he can to make your stay the best it can be! Free on-site parking.

If you don’t yet have Airbnb and would like to give it a try (we recommend it), you can do so via this link you’ll receive a €25 discount on your first reservation. We’ll also receive a small credit to use towards our future booking in return!

Durmitor National Park, black lack "Crno Jezero" hike

Day 8 – Podgorica

Last day in Montenegro, it’s time to pack again, after having enjoyed the swimming pool of our accommodation we took the direction of the airport in order to return our Skoda and to take our plane towards Paris.

Montenegro
Additional itinerary ideas: ask for a free quote

Evaneos offers organized tours that are 100% customizable.

We recommend that you contact a local expert for a free, no-obligation quote, to save you time preparing your trip and give you plenty of ideas!

Where to stay during your stay in Montenegro?

3 accommodations with good value for money

Our top 3 accommodations

1. Our favorite with pool : The bungalows at Holiday Park Olive Tree in Ulcinj on the coast

2. With view: ApartmentMagic Sea View in Kotor on the coast

3. Best value for money: Eco camp Podgorom chalets in Durmitor / Zabljak in the mountains

Eco camp chalets pod gorom Durmitor / Zabljak
The magnificent chalets of the

Eco camp chalets Podgorom

Practical information (flight + travel)

How to get to Montenegro (by plane)?

The international airport is located in Podgorica (the capital).

From France, you can find flights from 90€.

We recommend the Skyscanner website, which we usually use, to compare prices of different airlines and find your flight at the best price.

Note that low cost flights do not leave every day to this destination. It is therefore interesting to change the dates of your trip and take an extra day off, if possible, to get a really good price.


There are also very few direct flights, so you will certainly have to make a short stopover.

How to get around (by car)?

For more freedom, we opted for a rental car that we picked up and dropped off at Podgorica airport.

There are no highways in Montenegro, you will use the national road or winding mountain roads. So short distances can take much longer than expected, you will be driving on average 40-50 km per hour. Be patient, this freedom will offer you unforgettable views !

Our transport tips

budvaTo compare rental prices, we recommend the RentalCars website. To give you an idea of prices, in the middle of July, we found a car for 33€ per day by booking a few weeks in advance.

The Alamo rental company offered the best rate. There is no agency at the airport, but an employee will be waiting for you when your flight arrives and departs. Our car already had a few scratches, which we clearly noted on the contract during the inventory of fixtures.

Montenegro is already over!

After being charmed by the Adriatic coast, its beautiful beaches and picturesque villages, we also loved the interior of the country. The mountains of the Durmitor National Park conquered us. We also appreciated the great kindness of the Montenegrins. It is a country that we wish to discover again!

Have a nice trip to the Balkans! Feel free to leave us a quick note or 5 stars below, to tell us if you’re planning this trip, to ask any questions you may have, here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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My name is Floriane, and I've been an adventurer and travel enthusiast since I was very young. More than anything, I love sharing our travel stories and tips with you. We love short getaways as well as long trips. This blog was born after our backpacking trip around the world. We also went on a family tour of Europe.
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