From inexperienced lakes to the blue Adriatic coast to large mountains within the north, Montenegro’s has a particular wow issue.
Folks come right here in search of untouched nature and to flee the crowds and, aside from sure spots alongside the coast, that is straightforward to do. On Lake Skadar, one of many largest lakes in southern Europe, is the village of Virpazar, with loads of boat journeys obtainable. However for those who simply drive alongside its south-western shore with an inflatable kayak, you’ll be able to paddle out into an unlimited expanse of water and it seems like there isn’t any one else there.
Additional north, the Durmitor mountains and Biogradska Gora nationwide park provide mountain climbing in dramatic landscapes with solely a handful of different walkers. The reward is epic views and the sense of stillness and majesty that I don’t suppose might be matched in lots of different locations.
Within the north-west wetlands is Rijeka Crnojevića, a city and a lovely river, and the heartland of previous Montenegro. The previous royal capital was in Cetinje. I like the palace of the final king of Montenegro, now the King Nikola Museum. You get a very good sense of the aristocratic, refined however nonetheless very Montenegrin and Slavic manner by which the household lived.
Kotor city, on the bay of the identical title, is Unesco-protected, and for a motive. It has unimaginable historic structure, and it’s in a dramatic location, with vertiginous mountains on both aspect of what’s sometimes called a fjord however is definitely a sunken riverbed. The stroll as much as the fortress of St John gives excellent views.
Additional north, in direction of the Bosnian border, the city of Plužine sits by Lake Piva, one of many greatest synthetic lakes within the former Yugoslavia. Its vibrant blue waters and craggy gray mountains wouldn’t look misplaced in Canada or New Zealand.
Within the far south, the traditional seaport of Ulcinj, with its walled previous city, has a tremendous historical past, because it was on the Silk Street. It’s been a part of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and its inhabitants is principally Albanian: it has a really completely different really feel and id from the remainder of Montenegro.
My favorite is Jaz seaside, north of Budva: it’s one of many longest seashores in Montenegro and hosts summer time live shows and festivals. One other private favorite, besides in July and August, is Buljarica, a bit of additional south. It’s a big sandy bay backed by wetlands, and a lovely place to observe the solar go down.
In between is Perazića Do, which is marred by an enormous unfinished resort, however so long as you look away from the constructing website, the seaside is attractive.
Velika Plaža, within the south past Ulcinj, is a really lengthy sandy seaside. There’s a alternative of kitesurfing golf equipment alongside the sands, and never far-off are the Ulcinj saltpans, visited by a spread of migratory birds, together with an enormous flock of flamingos.
Foods and drinks
Certainly one of my favorite eating places is Konoba Galija (+3 823-346-1717, no web site) at Buljarica. There’s at all times contemporary seafood, delivered by their little fishing boat, which ties up on the seaside.
Konoba Badanj in Virpazar is the place I normally eat, and it’s nice for a breakfast of priganice (little doughnuts with cheese and honey), earlier than going kayaking or taking a ship journey on the lake.
In Kolašin, on the best way to the Bjelasica mountains, Savardak restaurant at all times has a fireplace burning and serves meat cooked ispod sača (underneath a cast-iron bell), for optimum flavour and juiciness. That is an important consuming expertise in Montenegro.
Adrenaline addicts will love the zipline in Plužine, and proper beside it’s restaurant and guesthouse Zvono. You possibly can whoosh alongside the zipline and have a powerful drink afterwards: it does sometimes hearty Montenegrin fare – glorious trout and meat dishes.
Montenegrin wine is improbable, plentiful and a part of the tradition. Most households make their very own, and there are about 60 skilled wineries – Lake Skadar is house to among the greatest. I just lately found Lipovac, between Virpazar and Cetinje, which is in good up to date buildings however makes wine in conventional clay amphorae.
The place to remain
In Stari Bar, Stara Čaršija is a cultured new resort with a spa and restaurant (doubles from €61 B&B). It’s newly constructed however blends in with the Ottoman environment. Resort Conte in Perast (doubles from €75 B&B), has a restaurant proper on the waters of Kotor Bay, the place you’ll be able to eat contemporary fish by candlelight.