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There are lots of great attractions to choose from on your trip to Montenegro. But which ones are the must-sees?
The good news is there’s something for everyone. If you love nature, you’ll love Lake Skadar. If you love history and architecture, the old towns and museums will be right up your alley. And if you love keep active, you’ll want to check out canyoning, stand up paddleboarding, rafting or kayaking.
Here’s my list of the top Montenegro attractions.
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Kotor is one of Montenegro’s most popular attractions. If you see just one thing in Montenegro, it has to be Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Venetian fortress town is walled and dates back to 168 BC. It’s a fascinating rabbit-warren of alleyways, churches, palaces, souvenir shops and eateries.
Wander the town's ancient streets, snap photos of the historic buildings and sip espresso in one of the town squares. You can also explore the maritime museum, visit the churches and hike San Giovanni Fortress to get get breath-taking views of Kotor Bay.
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The Blue Cave is another of the most popular Montenegro attractions. It's known for its iridescent blue that reflects from the sea bottom up throughout the cave. You can swim and snorkel in the cave.
The only way to get there is by sea. Along the way you’ll get views of Lustica Peninsula which is quite different to the rest of the Montenegro Coast. It’s wild and mostly uninhabited.
There are a few ways you can visit the Blue Cave. The most popular is on a boat tour, and you can choose from a 3-hour speed boat tour from Kotor, an all day boat tour from Kotor or one of the boat tours that depart from Herceg Novi marina.
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Our Lady of the Rocks is another of the must-see Montenegro attractions. The island church is one of two islands that lie in front of the town of Perast. Our Lady of the Rocks is a man-made island with a beautiful blue-domed Catholic church. The other island is a natural island that's home to an Orthodox Christian monastery.
Of the two, only Our Lady of the Rocks is open to the public. Part of the church is a museum and for €1 per person you can get a guided tour through both the church and museum.
Like the Blue Cave, you can only get to the island by boat. You can catch a local boat across from Perast for around five euros per person. But the best way to visit is by taking a 2-hour speed boat tour, 3-hour speed boat tour (which also includes the Blue Cave) or an all-day boat tour from Kotor. This way you get to experience the beautiful scenery throughout the Bay of Kotor.
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Budva is Montenegro’s most popular tourist resort. The main attraction is Budva’s old town which is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.
Inside the old town, you can visit the citadel and the town museum, which holds a lot of artifacts from the town’s history.
There’s also an interesting market of odd collectables like Yugoslav army helmets and old coins close to the museum. The rest of the old town is made up of shops and restaurants.
Just outside the old town you can hit the beach in front of the town or take the path around the head to Mogren beach.
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Sveti Stefan is a tiny islet and a former town connected to the mainland by a small land bridge. It was a small town but was turned into a hotel and it rapidly became a favourite spot for Hollywood stars and royalty. It fell into disrepair but it's been completely renovated and it's become popular again with the likes of Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic.
It’s undeniably a beautiful spot and a must-see Montenegro attraction. The most popular place to photograph it from is a lookout point on the main road above. Unfortunately you can’t visit the island because it’s a hotel belonging to the Aman Resorts chain. Nights there start at around €800 per night.
Don’t worry if you haven’t got the budget to stay on the island, you can still visit the area and stay in other accommodation there. And although the Aman hotel is lovely, the bonus of staying off island is the stunning view you’ll get of the island you’ll get.
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Ostrog is one of the holiest sites in the Balkans. It’s a unique Orthodox Christian monastery built into the side of a sheer cliff face and a major tourist attraction in Montenegro.
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Cetinje is the former capital of Montenegro. It’s a little town but has several fascinating Montenegro attractions:
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Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans and it’s an important wetland for over 280 bird species, including the endangered Dalmatian Pelican.
It’s one of my favourite places to take our visiting family and friends. It’s stunningly beautiful and there’s plenty to see and do there. You can take boat cruises on the lake, go bird-watching, kayaking, biking, hiking and on wine and gastronomy tours. There’s also a excellent visitor’s centre with an interesting display about Montenegro’s national parks and cultural heritage.
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If you’ve seen stunning pictures of views over Kotor and looking down the length of the Bay of Kotor, they were most certainly taken from the road to Lovcen National Park.
From Kotor there’s a serpentine road with 25 hairpin turns that leads you up towards Njegusi and Mount Lovcen.
This makes for a great day trip. You can head up here, stop at Njegusi, the home of Montenegrin prosciutto and continue on to Lovcen National Park. At the top you can visit the mausoleum of Montenegro’s favourite son – Petar Petrovic Njegos - and enjoy the mountain air at Ivanova Korita. You can even try your skills at Adventure Park, a set of high-ropes courses that’s suitable for everyone from 5 years old. To finish, you can either return to the coast via Cetinje or the same route you came by.
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Next to Kotor, Perast is one of the major Montenegro attractions in the Bay of Kotor. The pretty, stone town is right in the centre of the bay and is a must-see.
Perast used to be the seat of the rulers of the Bay of Kotor. It’s seafront is wall-to-wall stone palaces that show the glory of a bygone era. All the buildings in the town are made of the original stone and this preservation has given the town UNESCO Heritage protection.
The main attractions in Perast are the churches, the museum and twin island churches that lie just offshore. One of those is Our Lady of the Rocks and the other St George monastery.
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No list of Montenegro attractions would be complete without Tara Canyon. Next to the Grand Canyon, it’s the second deepest canyon in the world and the deepest in Europe. The best way to see this natural marvel is from a boat as you raft the rapids of the Tara river. If that’s not your thing, you can see it from the Tara Djurdjevica bridge near Zabljak.
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Montenegro is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best places in Europe for outdoor activities. Rafting has been a popular activity for a long time, but canyoning in Nevidio Canyon takes the thrills to the next level. You can take a thrilling canyoning tour and swim, climb and jump your way through the canyon.
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So this is my list of the Montenegro attractions to see on your trip to Montenegro. Which ones will you choose?
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