Located in the south of the Adriatic, Montenegro’s breath-taking beauty offers a laidback pace of life. Most of the town is nestled in the mountains,and enjoys sensational views over its fjord-like bays.
A daytrip to Kotor
Our Lady of the Rocks is one of two tiny manmade islets, located off the coast of Perast. The story goes that sailors from the village found a picture of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child on a rock in the sea and laid more rocks in this idyllic spot, which eventually formed the islet. Drive to Our Lady of the Rocks, watch the sun go down, and spot the tiny boats that inhabit the bay. You can also choose to board a boat to reach the islet and explore the church.
Sveti Stefan isn’t the grandest of Montenegro’s many villages, but for heart-stopping views it’s the place to be. Just North of Sveti Stefan is Praskvica Monastery, which has been standing since 1413. It was destroyed by the French in 1812, but its remains still stand, huddled in the mountainside, and it is the perfect spot for incredible views over the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic ocean.
Cycle your way around the Adriatic
By far the best way to see the Bay of Kotor is by mountain bike. Prices vary depending on which rental company you choose, but most are relatively budget friendly. There are also a number of cycling packages to choose from, which include a day’s cycling, bike hire, and English speaking tour guide to chaperone you around all the best sites.
Visitors can cycle from the border of Croatia directly into the capital with relative ease, and it is the perfect place to pack a picnic and enjoy the quiet coastal roads and beautiful sandy beaches. When the sun is shining, you can even cool off and take a dip in the sea.
Drive the scenic route
If you plan to hire a car whilst in Montenegro, there are an abundance of scenic routes you can take such as the Black Mountain National Park.
Although not for the faint hearted, the craggy mountainside and hairpin bends will present a white knuckle experience for even the most skilled drivers. However, when you reach the top, the views over the scattering of villages and the tiny fisherman’s huts which line the bay are worth it for quiet serenity you just can’t find at home.
When the sun starts to set, the best evening spent in Montenegro is one spent on the balcony, with a glass of wine in hand, enjoying one of its beautiful sunsets.