Montenegro is considered one of the most popular tourist routes for both travelers from Europe and the countries of the former CIS. There are many reasons for this, including amazing natural diversity, many beautiful monuments, reasonable prices and good tourist infrastructure. Many people come here to see the sights of Montenegro. The climate of the country, covering various climatic zones, deserves special attention. The south of the country is popular with beach tourists, while in the north there is something interesting for ski lovers. Next, let’s move on to the list of the most popular places to visit that you should include in your list while traveling.
St Stephen’s Island
Let’s start the review from the island of St. Stephen. This unique place is united with the mainland of Montenegro by a narrow isthmus, along which a bridge passes. The island of St. Stephen is famous for its fortress and is the national symbol of the country. You can find this attraction 5 kilometers from the popular city of Budva. The tour will allow you to visit many ancient architectural marvels, including three churches. The island has several restaurants and many cafes where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is worth noting that the architecture of the island of St. Stephen was carefully restored during several reconstructions, which allowed everything to return to its traditional look. There are a number of hotels on the island where you can stay overnight. Today this is the only way to get to the island, because due to the high demand only hotel guests are allowed here.
City of Budva
During your trip around the country, be sure to visit the city of Budva. Many sights of Montenegro are concentrated in its Old Town. Among the places of interest are numerous temples, old houses, as well as hotels, shops and cafes. The architecture of the Venetian style is clearly traced in the buildings. All balconies and windows are decorated with beautiful flowers, creating a fabulous atmosphere. Budva is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe for a reason. Numerous tourists leave rave reviews after visiting these beauties.
City of Kotor
One of the most popular cities in Montenegro is Kotor and its old quarter. Here you will find winding streets, old buildings and many churches. This is one of the best destinations in Europe for exploring the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The old town of Kotor was founded as a fortress and part of its defensive walls have survived to this day. Inside there are more than a dozen temples, many palaces and other architectural monuments.
Island of the Virgin on the Reef
Another amazing island of Montenegro is a place surrounded by legends. It is known that the island was created artificially, but the true reason for the foundation has not been unraveled. Most likely, the island of several thousand square meters in the Ionian Sea was created for the construction of the Catholic Church of the Virgin in the 17th century. Tourists have access not only to the wonderful facade, but also to the impressive interior of the temple. During the tour you will have the chance to see a number of rare paintings and mosaics. Also on the island is an old lighthouse, a museum of Our Lady of the Reef and a small gift shop where you can buy gifts for your loved ones. Do not miss the chance to admire the beautiful nature and the mountain peaks surrounding the bay.
Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
Another religious attraction of Montenegro, which should be included in your tourist list. The Cathedral of St. Tryphon is notable for being the main church of Catholics in the Balkans. But not just believers come here, but also many ordinary tourists. The temple was built in the twelfth century, but during its history it has experienced a number of destructions and subsequent reconstructions. These reconstructions were the reason for the mixing of architectural styles from different eras. Baroque, Renaissance, as well as Byzantine and Roman styles are mixed here. The cathedral keeps the relics of the Holy Tryphon, as well as a number of sculptures.
Prevlaka is also called the Island of Flowers. A place with such a beautiful name is located in the Tivat Bay of Montenegro. The country is famous for its picturesque islands, but this one occupies a special position among them. The tiny island, a few hundred meters in size, was named after its extraordinary vegetation, characteristic of the Mediterranean basin. Tourists get to the island along a small isthmus that connects it with the mainland. This attraction of Montenegro is visited by a huge number of tourists from all over the world.
Tara river canyon
One of the greatest canyons in Europe is the Tara River Canyon, 1300 meters deep. Many call it the Grand Canyon of Europe. This attraction of Montenegro is a must-see for everyone who travels around the country. Dense green forests stretch along the entire gorge, over which rocky ledges hang. You can enjoy the purest mountain air and admire the beauty of the canyon from the viewing platforms. There are special reservoirs for swimming with clean cool water. There is something interesting here for lovers of waterfalls, cascades can be found everywhere. There are also architectural monuments, such as the Dzhurdzhevich Bridge, and a number of ancient buildings from different eras. In the list of the largest canyons on Earth, Tara occupies a leading position.
Any list of Montenegrin sights would be incomplete without this majestic Orthodox monastery, merged with the Ostrog rock. You can find this monument 15 kilometers from the city of Danilovgrad if you go to the mountains. The lower and upper Ostrog Monastery includes a number of cells where monks have lived for a long time. This place is unique as one of the most isolated monasteries within Europe.
This is the largest lake in the Balkans with stunning nature, excellent opportunities for fishing and tourism. A number of attractions have concentrated along its banks, including churches and temples. In small towns along the shores of the lake, you can always find an inexpensive hotel where to stay to explore the beauties of Skadar. Do not miss the chance to visit one of the local restaurants and try the traditional Montenegrin cuisine. It is possible to sign up for a boat tour of the lake, or walk along one of the routes along the shore.
Gornja Lastva village
This ancient settlement is located on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, not far from Tivat. The village has become famous among travelers for its authentic architecture and stunning nature, along with a picturesque location. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquility alone with the untouched nature of Montenegro.
Among the attractions of Montenegro are dominated by natural wonders, which also include Mount Lovcen. It separates two climatic zones, sea and mountain. Here you can find an amazing variety of plants and animals. For this reason, the mountain was protected within the boundaries of the reserve of the same name, which is included in the list of the most beautiful national parks in Europe. In addition to the beauties of nature, there are several masterpieces of architecture here, which the guide will tell you about during the tour.
Mausoleum of Negosh
Perched on a high rock, the Negosh Mausoleum seems to be floating in the sky. It was built of stone in the second half of the 20th century and is decorated with a gilded roof. This place is very popular among tourists due to the stunning views from the observation deck of the Mausoleum. Keep in mind that getting here is not easy and it will take a long time to climb on foot, so before the trip, get some exercise and get in shape.
The Blue Cave is surrounded by legends that say that during the time of pirates, jewels and looted treasures were hidden here. Today it is a tourist attraction of Montenegro, very popular among tourists and divers. The Blue Cave is located near the town of Herzog Novi, from where excursions on boats depart. The vault of the cave allows you to swim right inside. Consider the fact that the amazing blue color of the water prevails only in the first half of the day, when the bright rays of the sun enter the grotto.
Black Lake is of glacial origin and includes 2 reservoirs — large and small. Untouched dense forest grows along the shores of the lake, covering the slopes of the surrounding mountains. It is its reflection that provides the dark color of the water. This place is popular among hikers, for whom there are several hiking trails.
Dzhurdzhevich Bridge is a unique structure across the Tara River, built in the twentieth century and at the time of construction is the highest bridge in Europe. The concrete bridge includes 5 arches with a total length of 365 meters. Numerous tourists come to see this iconic landmark of Montenegro. Many people visit the bridge during a tour of the picturesque Tara Canyon, which has already been described above. If you wish, you can stay at one of the hotels in the Dzhurdzhevich Bridge area, where there is also a parking lot and several shops.
Durmitor National Park
One of the largest reserves in Europe was created in the middle of the 20th century. Durmitor consists of several mountain peaks and includes the canyons of the Tara, Draga and Sushitsa rivers. It also includes the Komaritsa plateau. This is an amazing place where you have a chance to see dozens of glacial lakes, go on a tour through pine forests and taste spring water. The flora and fauna of the Durmitor park is distinguished by its amazing diversity, as one of the richest natural wonders of Montenegro. If you love nature, then do not miss the chance to visit this place and go hiking in the Durmitor National Park.
The sights of Montenegro include a number of beautiful beaches, one of the most popular of which is Becici beach. It is located a few kilometers from Budva and has all the necessary infrastructure for recreation, including umbrellas, sun loungers, attractions, cafes and other attributes of a full-fledged resort. A promenade several kilometers long leads along the beach, sheltered in the shade of trees. Here you can take a walk in the summer heat and relax in the evening, watching the sunset.
Saint George Island
The island of St. George is a private property in the Bay of Kotor. In the ninth century, a Benedictine abbey monastery was built here, which was razed to the ground by an earthquake a few centuries later. Later, a beautiful church appeared on the island, which has survived to this day. You have a chance to visit the museum of the island and admire the paintings of the popular Montenegrin artist Dobricevic.
The Savina Monastery was founded ten centuries ago on the shores of the Bay of Kotor. The male Orthodox monastery was built in honor of the most respected saint in the Balkans — St. Sava. This religious landmark of Montenegro includes several churches, a cemetery and monastic cells.
Bay of Kotor
The amazing Mediterranean bay goes deep into the continent for three dozen kilometers. Since ancient times, the Kotor Fjord has served as a shelter for numerous ships hiding here during severe storms. As a result, it is on the shores of the bay that the largest number of historical monuments are concentrated. Just stop at one of the towns on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, from where you can travel along the coast by bike, on foot, or by car.
Citadel of Budva
Among the sights of Budva, the medieval Citadel stands out. It includes a complex of ancient ruins surrounded by defensive walls. The citadel includes the Church of St. Mary, the square of the citadel and a number of other structures. There is a restaurant in one of the towers, as well as a museum with an outstanding collection of exhibits.