• Currency – Euro
• 90 days Visa free for most visitors
• Good bus connections
Lush, forested mountains, cascading down to its Mediterranean coast, Montenegro has an embarrassment of riches for the intrepid explorer. Most people head to Kotor for the amazing views or Budva for the nightlife… but the country offers a lot more besides. The Durmitor National Park is a haven for nature lovers, and along the coast there are a plenty of small, secluded beaches to chill out on. Chuck in a great summer climate and Montenegro is definitely a country worth seeing.
Not as cheap as some of the surrounding countries, with prices heading towards Croatia levels. Decent value food can still be bought if your savvy. You can buy a sandwich for a couple of Euros in touristy areas. Yogurt drinks are sold in most supermarkets and make a cheap, filling snack. In a budget restaurant, it is possible to get a meal from €5. Buy beer from the supermarkets for the best prices.
Hostels are increasing and have good standards and costs. A typical bed in a dorm is usually between 8 – 13 Euros. Private twins are from €15 per person. There are a lot of holiday apartments with competitive prices, especially for couples. A double or twin can be had from €20 per room if booked in advance, making it a cheaper alternative to a hostel in some areas.
Connections between all of Montenegro’s main cities and towns are good, with regular daily buses. A train line runs from Bar to Podgoricia and on to Serbia, but for the most part it’s buses that will get you around. They generally cost a few Euros per hour travelled. The journey along the coast from Kotor to Bar is popular and costs around €7 for a 2 Hour journey. Bus stations have timetables on display which make journeys easier. If your planning a trip involving a few connections, make sure you plan it before, as some buses only operate until late afternoon.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT
The jewel of Montenegro – the walled old town and fortress above have both history and beauty. Nestling on the edge of the bay of Kotor, the surrounding scenery is unique and dramatic. It’s a great place to unwind and relax for a few days, enjoy the location and spend a little time wondering its intricate streets.
The party resort of the country and a favourite of Russian tourists. Budva boasts a bar lined strip, playing loud music and selling cheap drinks. The reputation for nightlife and concrete hotel blocks may put some people off, but for those wanting to let their hair down in Montenegro, it cant be beaten.
Durmitor – For any outdoor lover, the region of Durmitor has everything you could wish for. Dramatic areas of wilderness, glacial lakes, forests, and the Tara river canyon are here. Hiking and mountain biking in the summer, skiing in winter – this national park is an adventurers dream playground.
Ulcinj – near to the Albanian border. Ulcinj is a good stopover place. Some of the best beaches are found nearby and Sasko Lake makes a good day excursion. The old town and castle overlook the sea giving great views.
Podgorica – While the capital is not really a haven for tourists, its reputation as a transport and industry hub is slowly changing. A few hours can be spent browsing the shops, markets, and watching city life if your passing through.
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