Include Montenegro in your Private Balkan Tour! Balkan Tours hosts tours in the Balkans that go through Montenegro and you can be certain there will be a licensed guide at your service every stretch of the way. We pride ourselves on excellent organization for as many days as you and can show you thinks other commercial tours won’t.
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On this page, we reveal a full list with the best places to go-to during your tour through Montenegro. If you happen to have a particular point of interest or passion, Balkan Tales will find a way to incorporate it into your tour.
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Where to stay: Hotel 1, Hotel 2, Hotel 3
Where to eat: Restaurant 1, Restaurant 2, Restaurant 3
The gulf itself is picturesque, and the surroundings with limestone cliff make it impressive. The gulf and the old town are both must see sites. The town, established in medieval times, rightly attracts and is on UNESCO’s list as heritage. It is well preserved, so visiting it is an opportunity to immerse in the period far back. There, the Saint Tryphon is a cathedral built in 1166. The ancient walls are seen above Kotor. Their length is 4.5 km.
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Almost 50% of tourists coming to the country flock to Budva for its history shown off in the old town. The most known beach, Mogren, is separated from the city via a slope; a narrow path goes along the cliffs to it. There, too, are other beaches, like Pizana near the old town. The nearby Sveti Stefan and the Miločer resort resort also invite for sunbathing. Opposite Budva’s old town, Sveti Nikola, an island with more beaches, is attractively reached via a water bus.
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Bar is short for Antibari, because it is opposite the Italian Bari town. It must have been a Roman castle, reconstructed in the 6th century. There are even earlier archeological finds. Churches abound, like St. Atanasije from the 14th century, the medieval St. Petka, St. Nikola founded in 1089. In the old town, Omerbašića is a mosque built in 1662, and now comprises a whole complex.
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In ancient times, caravans passed and took rest there. In the late 19th century, a school, a church, and the captain’s home were built. For all three the construction started on the same day. But the buildings were demolished in the Balkan Wars, and only Sv. Preobraženje now can be seen. It commemorated the victory against the Ottomans.
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In the upper part, two churches are located. In one of them, St. Basil’s relics can be seen. The wine, growing right out of the rock, is another must to marvel at. In the lower part, a church built in 1824 is located, plus the monks’dwellings, but rooms for pilgrims are, too, available. Pilgrims traditionally walk from the lower to the upper part, barefoot. Prior to coming into the church, where prayers are made, in front of St. Basil, pilgrims donate to the monks: clothes, blankets, or other essentials like soap. The feast day, the saint’s death date, May 12, is especially festive.[/accordion-item]
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Skadar is connected to the Adriatic via the Bojana river. The Drin connects it to another famed lake, Ohrid. The water flowing in comes with the Morača river. Other sources of water lie at the bottom. The inflows from karst springs are special characteristics for the area. There is a massive inundation on the northern side. Among the small islands, in Skadar, are Beška where two churches are located, and Grmožur which was a fortress with a prison[/accordion-item]
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The park lies between two rivers; Tara and Lim. The glacial lakes comprise 5 ones, among which the Biogradsko, with an area of 229 square metres. The mountain relief is varied, and three peaks tower in the area. Most of the park, a rainforest reserve, is in the basin of Jezerštice, and is among the oldest areas with protected nature worldwide. Some trees there reach over 40 metres of height. Of interest, too, are the archeological sites and religious monuments, plus picturesque chalets, mills, and huts.[/accordion-item]
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The canyon is at the north side of the park. You can do rafting and enjoy the most stunning views from the water. A bird’s eye view is available from Mount Ćurevac, which is 1,625 metres high. There is a road climbing to the mount from Žabljak town. Black pines, brown bears, gold eagles, peregrine falcons, and other species are the perks of the Durmitor Park.[/accordion-item]
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Visit Perast, sitting on the Kotor Bay, in the vicinity of Kotor. Its age old history went through periods of Byzantine rule, Venetian control, and in 1918 it was already part of the then Yugoslavia. Since 2006, when Montenegro was separated, it has been a Montenegrin town. The Venetian period was glorious, replete with building, so nowadays you can marvel at the baroque palaces which are 16, the Catholic churches which are 17, and there, too, are two Orthodox churches. You can also see the defensive towers dating from that period, among which the Holy Cross tower is the most outstanding. Two islands lie nearby, St George and Our Lady of Skrpjela.
Among the palaces we recommend the Bujovic Palace, by the waterfront, an imposing edifice of hewn stone. See the year on the stone tablets featured on the facade, it is 1694, the year in which building was started. The design was by a Venetian architect, named Fontana. The arcades are richly ornamented, and there are, too, other ornaments. There is a porch along the entire ground floor length.
The Our Lady of Skrpjela, ”Our Lady on the Rock”, island is artificial. It was formed in centuries of throwing rocks and also sinking wrecks of ships, so a plateau was thus formed on which a church was built. It is also famed as a treasury for precious paintings and diverse other objects. The paintings coprise 68 works of Tripo Cocolia, a 17th century painter. The donations of locals, gold and silver tablets, are about 2,500.
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This island, in the municipality of Ulcinj, Montenegro, derives its name from the Montenegrin word for river island: ada. It is in the Bojana river delta, so here is how the entire name was formed. Legends tell an intriguing tale of how a ship sunk in the area became an island.
The island sits on the southernmost end of Montenergo, close to the border with Albania. Apart of its triangular shape, the beaches it boasts welcome and attract for holidays. After sunbathing or aquatic sports, sit for a meal in one of the restaurants where seafood is delicious. The island was rightly featured among top places for 2010 by New York Times.
The beaches, 3 km long, are unmissable. Enjoy all activities you like doing by the sea, with facilities for volleyball and mini football, swimming, kite surfing, windsurfing, or just soak in sun galore. Extreme water sports are for more adventurous tourists, who will love the winds auspicious for surfing. In the fish restaurants, freshly caught fish is prepared which is mouth watering. One more unique feature is the changing of the beach borders done by nature.
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The small island bearing the name Sveti Stefan, or Saint Stefan, lies just 6 km away from Budva, in the central section of the Adriatic coastline. The territory comprises a little more than 12,000 square metres. Along its coastline, beaches covered with pink sand invite for sun soaking.
History remembers fortifications on the island, razing of the town existing there, then rebuilding in the 16th century. Here, like in other places in Montenegro, Venetians did the rebuilding. Starting from a settlement with just 12 families in the distant past, now the islet attracts with a modern resort. Novak Djokovic, the famed tennis player, chose it as his wedding site.
Book a room out of the accommodation facilities offered by the resort, known as Aman Sveti Stefan. Not just rooms, but, too, cottages, plus 8 suites, will offer comfort. The original walls of old times, plus traditional style doors and windows, make the resort picturesque.
For staying in a suite, there are 8 suites that can be booked, located in the Villa Miločer, dating from the 1930s, a former residence of the queen Marija. Two of the suites are spacious, covering 125 square metres each. The upholstery in them is leather, and there is a plethora of silk and rugs of wool. In all suites you will find fireplaces in the living rooms as well as in the bedrooms, and fantastic ocean views from the first floor. The bathrooms are the epitome of elegance, with antico stone flooring.
For aficionados of swimming in pools, there are two pools, one overlooking the sea and called Cliff Pool, and the other one in the south part, with a poolside equipped with a terrace.
Head to Ulcinj, on the south coast, to visit an ancient settlement existing since the 5th century BC. It has lived through Roman rule, been part of the Venice Republic, and also part of the Ottoman Empire. From it, there are a raft of sites to visit, comprising Ada Bojana, Lake Šas, and a castle existing for entire two millennia, the Ulcinj Castle. The beaches, sand covered, are of outstanding beauty. Among them, the Long Beach, or Velika Plaža, is the longest. The town was selected among the top places for tourists to visit for 2010, along with Ada Bojana.
For those keen on soaking themselves into old time atmosphere, the old town attracts from the height of a hill, with medieval ambience and with fantastic views of the coast. There is a citadel-fortress, with a tower, the beautiful palace, and the former Slave Square, where slave markets used to be held. The slaves, rich owners from the areas, hailed from Italy and from Dalmatia. They were captured by pirates.
Along the Ulcinj riviera, the Velika Plaža beach is attractive with beauty and with 12 km of sand which makes it the longest beach on the entire coast for Montenegro. It is divided by the other famed beach, Ada Bojana, by the Bojana river. For kite boarding, this beach is the ideal locality. The water is shallow and warm, and the wind is constant. There are no strong currents or tides.
For tourists keen on beach sunbathing in the town, the Mala plaža is a small beach in the centre, and if you ask about it with its local name, Korzo, you will be directed easily to it. The beach is fringed by a promenade on the other side of which is a street where coffee shops are abundant. In summer nights, it is a pleasure to walk and enjoy the sea air and the coolness.[/accordion-item]
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Combining a fascinating setting, with the Kotor Bay fringing its coast, and the Mount Orjen as the background, Herceg Novi is a town which, like many settlements in Montenegro, remembers centuries of history, Ottoman rule, plus being part of the Venice Republic. The different periods have left their mark on the architecture, which is worth both seeing and capturing in photos. Sunbathing and treatment with curative mud, in the nearby Igalo, can be alternated with seeing sights like the 14ht century castle called Forte Mare and the Turkish built Kanli tower. Opposite Herceg Novi is the Luštica peninsula to which boat trips are popular with tourists.
The site for the Forte Mare is a rock, so its makes its location unique. The castle was built in 1382, by a Bosnian king. It is interesting that the starting and the finishing of the construction were done by Turks, but in the course of centuries it was rebuilt many a time. You can see a statue of the king, called Tvrtko, near the waterfront. Nowadays, there is an open air theatre in the castle. For panoramas of the Herceg Novi and the Kotor Bay, go to the castle’s upper floor. In Forte Mare’s vicinity is a large pool.
The clock tower dates from the 19th century. It was built by Austrians. The area around abounds in restaurants, and nearby is a small church. From the tower, sightseeing walks usually begin, because there are stairs under it leading to the square where you see the St Michael church.
The Blue Cave is a favourite spot on Luštica peninsula, being the largest and the most beautiful cave there. It is a must to see how the light coming from the bottom is reflected through the water, and makes the entire inside look coloured in blue. The blue light is visible from the outside, but the most beautiful impression is made when you enter the cave and go underwater. [/accordion-item]
Lying on the slopes of Lovćen, and being part of the national park of the same name, this picturesque village draws tourists with its architecture in folk style, and also with its local cheese called sir, and the prosciutto called prsut, which are specialities contributing to the appeal of Montenegrin cuisine. You will not find many inhabitants there, the houses are merely 50.
You can reach Njeguši from Kotor, or from Budva. As you reach the height of it, be certain to admire the view on Kotor Bay. As always legends abound here as well. The M shaped road leading to Njeguši is said to have been the first letter of the road engineer’s wife’s name.
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This is the site to see one of the three virgin forests that have remained for the whole of Europe. Forests combined with six glacial lakes and ridges form the landscape. The park, with an area of 54 square km, is one of the five parks that Montenegro boasts. The peaks there are over 2,000 metres high. Two rivers, Tara and Lim, border it on both sides. Biogradsko lake is the lowest located glacial lake you will see by the very entrance. Archeological localities and a plethora of traditional buildings with local architecture are also must-see places of interest in Biogradska gora.
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Durmitor comprises the national park that has the same name, 48 peaks of over 2,000 metres, 18 glacial lakes, and the Tara Canyon, a vastly famed UNESCO site. Take some of the trails, explore pine forests, plateaus and valleys, breathe fresh air. An additional delight is bird watching, as the species are numerous.[/accordion-item]
You can hire the entire gear needed, the neoprene suit and shoes, and the other items, on the spot. There are rafting camps and centres. Daily packages will provide you with food, rafting taxes, taxes for the national park, plus insurance included in them. You will get the necessary instructions to keep safe while rafting.[/accordion-item]
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The clear cerulean waters and beaches covered with pebbles and sand, plus hills and mountains descending to the shore, make a great framing for diving experiences. Some Montenegrin beaches are only accessible from the sea, by divers. The cleanness of the area, without heavy industry pollution, make this stretch of 200 kilometres along the Adriatic perfect for divers and snorkelers.[/accordion-item]
In Kotor, yachts can be berthed in the harbor. Around Herceg Novi, near Kotor, there are welcoming coves with crystal clear water. Porto Montenegro in Tivat is a yacht marina in deep waters. The tiny Perast islands are near Kotor Bay too.[/accordion-item]
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