Dobro došli – or welcome – to Montenegro. This country might be one of the most undiscovered countries in Europe. When we decided to end our road trip here, exactly this unfamiliarity was one of the reasons why we added it to the itinerary. We were so close so why not? We dove into the unknown and came out with lovely experiences created in Montenegro.
Climb to the Fortress in Kotor// The best views are those from the top and that was not different in Montenegro. Our favorite part of this last stretch of our road trip would definitely be reaching the Fortress of Kotor. To get to this point you need to climb > 1200 steps (we lost count somewhere on the way). Be aware that this activity can get very intense when climbing around noon since the steps have plenty of sunshine during this part of the day. But the reward is so worth the effort. The view looks like it’s photoshopped! The almighty panorama over Kotor and the opal green sea combined with the steep mountain is a must-see. The similarity with the fjords in Norway come to mind when taking in this view. Go back down to the old town (which is UNESCO as well) and get an ice-cream as a well-deserved treat.
Lay on the beaches around Budva// The weather is marvelous in this area so we spend a fair amount of time relaxing on the pebble beaches and soaking up the sun. We were getting back to Belgium after this stop so we had to take in as much sunrays as we could before heading back to the rain. In the area around Budva are plenty of beaches, go & check them out and pick your favorite. The most scenic beach we found was the one just outside the gates of Budva. When lying on one of the many sunbeds you are surrounded by the walls of the old town which gives this beach a secluded feel.
Take a look at the private island Sveti Stefan// This island is the one you see on most of the postcards of Montenegro. Technically it’s not even an island because it’s still attached to the mainland. A well-guarded road is the only entryway to the island. If you are one of the lucky few who is able to book a room on the island, you can cross the road and walk on. For us, it ended with a look from the beach. I guess, this all enforces the mystery around this private island.
We entered Montenegro from Croatia after a quick ferry ride across the Boka Kotorska which was 4,50€ for a car.
This was the first and last place on our road trip where we had access to a kitchen. We cooked ourselves during the evening (the budget was kicking in). If you’re around Sveti Stefan, we would definitely recommend Famelja Kentera where we enjoyed good pizza and a creatively constructed salad for 15€.
During the summer season, access to the old steps that will take you to the fortress costs 3€. While climbing, you will pass several locals offering fresh drinks for 2€.