Montenegro Summer 2018

by Tone Mari Steinmoen
(Skien, Norway)

Hi!

I'm a Norwegian woman planning to travel to Montenegro in the summer of 2018 with my friend and my two teen daughters.

The Bay of Kotor looks amazing, but the problem is we can't decide where to stay!! We are looking for a nice town or village with an authentic and idyllic atmosphere, a place where it's easy to travel to other destinations in the bay (for example beaches and caves in Lustica Peninsula area, it looks so beautiful!) and with great swimming/snorkeling locations nearby.

The other year we travelled to the island Hvar in Croatia, and we really enjoyed this place. We'd like something similar. The places we are considering are Kotor (maybe the villages nearby?), Herceg Novi and Perast. What are the pros and cons with these places? And what would you recommend?

PS: I love your site, its really helpful!😊 Sorry for the long question.

-Tone Mari

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Montenegro Summer 2018
by: Sarah

Hi Tone Mari,

It sounds like a fantastic holiday!

Here are my thoughts:

Kotor:
- There are villages near Kotor that will offer the atmosphere you're looking for. Try: Dobrota, Ljuta, Muo, and Prcanj.
- It's easy to grab a boat trip to Lustica and the Blue Cave from Kotor.
- It's also easy to drive to Lustica Peninsula from Kotor and takes about 30 minutes.
- Kotor doesn't have the best beaches and snorkelling. The inner bay is murkier than the entrance, say Herceg Novi, and the water from Dobrota to Kotor can be dirty with sewerage.

Perast:
- A very pretty, idyllic village.
- Close to Kotor and attractions.
- Can be a bit busy with lots of visitors from cruise ships.
- Not good for swimming because there's only one beach and lots of boat traffic. Unless your accommodation has its own pier, you'll struggle to find somewhere to access the water because the public pier is full of boats and the owners of the private ones will chase you away.

Herceg Novi:
- Lots of nice beaches along this stretch, with the clearest water in the bay.
- You can catch a boat from the marina in the centre of town to Lustica Peninsula. The all-day trips go to the Blue Cave and then leave you to spend the afternoon on Zanjice Beach.
- Very popular with Norwegians, who have a long tradition of frequenting the Simo Milosevic spa in Igalo.
- Further to drive to Lustica Peninsula - about 1 1/2 hours with a ferry crossing across the bay to Tivat.
- Less of the authentic and pretty atmosphere than Perast, but the town centre is pretty and the 7km seaside promenade is great for a stroll at night.
- Avoid staying in the centre of Igalo, which is very noisy and has outdoor clubs playing music until 1am. Hotel Perla is the perfect place to stay in my opinion. It's lovely, has lovely beaches, it's own pier and boat trips leave from here to Lustica daily in summer.

I hope my thoughts have helped you with your planning!

Happy travels,
Sarah

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