We had a very diverse time in Montenegro. Here are our personal highlights in this beautiful country.
Bay of Kotor
When entering Montenegro from the Croatian border you drive towards the Boka kotorksa, the Bay of Kotor. The shoreline extends over around 100 km along the Adriatic Sea. The small villages, many monasteries and churches and the beautiful countryside with mountains falling steeply down to the sea are impressive. Since 1979, this region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it deserves to be that. We camped there for one night and enjoyed the sunset in the bay while fishermen cast their nets.
The next day, we took the serpentines (P1 to Cetinje) from Kotor up the mountain with great views down to the bay.
You can find a lot of monasteries of different ages and sizes. Actually, we liked the smaller ones more. But, of course, we also visited the most famous monastery in Montenegro, the Ostrog monastery. It is quite impressing, built into the rocks and visited by many Orthodox who walk up the hill, partly barefoot – we had chosen the car instead. For entering the area, you have to wear long trousers or a skirt. We just walked around the area, many pilgrims were lying on mattresses in front of the monastery. There were several rooms with tiny entries. Out of curiosity, we walked into a dark room – and suddenly, were standing in front of a coffin next to a priest who whispered to us, showing a wooden cross: “Kiss the cross!”. Of course, we did and then walked straight out – scared and amused at the same time. We just had entered the holy grave of the first monk who found security inside a cave in the rocks, long time before the today’s building was erected.
Even though we liked the Lake Skadar more on its Albanian shore, it is worth a visit when you are in Montenegro. There are some small villages along its coast, offering boat tours. In late spring and early summer, all the millions of water lilies are in full bloom and this, for sure, is spectacular.
Durmitor National Park
THE highlight in Montenegro for us was the Durmitor national park. It is located in the Northwest and offers many outdoor activities in wonderful scenery. We spent four days there. We did a hike around some lakes. The fourth day, we did a scenic drive around the mountains. You can read more about this great experience here.
Rafting on the Tara River
Another day, we rafted along the Tara River. Together with the Piva, it forms the Drina, which runs into the Danube. Its water is crystal-clear and runs partially through a high canyon. It is the longest and deepest canyon in Europe. We couldn’t turn our heads enough this day and were just impressed. The first half day, we shared our boat with some Finnish boys, the afternoon it was just Vesko, our guide, and us. The second part was short on rapids, but more of a nice and beautiful sightseeing boat ride through the deepest part of the canyon. If you are looking for a more action packed day on the water, you should check out rafting the Tara in Bosnia and Hercegovina!
At the end, we were glad that we spend some time in Montenegro. We had no real expectations before, but now, we can highly recommend a visit.
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