Deep gorges, blue sea, olive groves and mountains as far as the eye can see. To experience breathtaking nature and culinary diversity, you do not have to travel to the far north or far away: Montenegro is the solution! The small Balkan state is a dream for all active vacationers and peace seekers, far away from mass tourism. And best of all, you only need a few days to explore the country intensively.
Montenegro for culture fans
You will hardly get enough of the Bay of Kotor, The southernmost fjord in Europe is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has not without reason always made it to the top in the ranking of various "traveler" lists. The strenuous walk to the fortress of Kotor, you should definitely accept, because you will be rewarded with great vision and spectacular scenery.
Below, the old town of Kotor nestles against the surrounding mountains, which is surrounded by a protective city wall. I was particularly impressed by the winding, narrow streets of the town and the small hidden churches and palaces in the middle of the stone houses make every explorer's heart beat faster. My advice: Just let yourself go!
Every now and then cruise ships dock at the harbor in the bay. Then it can get crowded when day visitors besiege the city. But you should not be fooled by that, because usually it is quiet in Kotor.
With small shuttle buses you can also reach the small town along the fjord-like bay Perast and on to Herceg Novi not far from the Croatian border. Especially in Perast are still traces of the Middle Ages and the Venetian sailor era to find.
My advice: For a few euros, you can get from the shore in Perast by boat to the pretty Orthodox pilgrimage church "Mary of the Rock", which stands on an upstream island.
One of Montenegro's most famous sights is also the former fishing village Sveti Stefan near Budva, which has been converted into a hotel island. Nevertheless, the village retains its original character and has already hosted prominent guests such as Claudia Schiffer, Sylvester Stallone and Sophia Loren. If you want to play Paparazzo you should visit Sveti Stefan!
Montenegro for landscape lovers and active
With the rental car you should continue the Montenegro journey further inland. At the two airports Podgorica and Tivat some car rental companies are represented, where you can usually find a good offer of rental cars.
Through a beautiful mountain landscape, the road leads into the Durmitor National Park, The area is very good for hiking and I really liked it. A walk along the shore of the Black Lake "Crno Jezero" is definitely a must.
Another eye catcher on the way through the rugged, almost inhospitable Durmitor Mountains is the Tara Gorge, which is also called "the Grand Canyon of Montenegro". The crossing of the Tara Bridge and the view down into the deepest gorge in Europe increased my adrenaline. My tip: Be brave and dare for one Rafting or rafting tour directly on the wild Tara River.
There are countless opportunities to enjoy the landscape of Montenegro. Since the distances are quite manageable, it is worthwhile to make several "road trips". A highlight that I can definitely recommend is the marked panoramic route "Round about Korita"passing through authentic villages to the Cijevna gorge on the Albanian border. Looking over the Albanian Alps you will feel that you are infinitely far from civilization.
Montenegro for connoisseurs
Speaking of civilization: In Montenegro's bustling cities Podgorica. bar and Budva You will find numerous restaurants, pubs and bars, which will tempt you with culinary delights and relaxed atmosphere.
In Budva, the tourist center of Montenegro on the Adriatic coast, there are a variety of good restaurants, where you can find all Mediterranean treats and catch fresh fish finds. The capital city of Podgorica and the surrounding area, on the other hand, serve hearty meat dishes and ingredients sourced from the surrounding agriculture. In general, the Montenegrin cuisine impressed me with its diversity, which is characterized by both Mediterranean and Slavic influences.
On the south coast, around the town of Bar, olive production plays an important role. You should have tasted the delicious olive oil in any case. My advice: Dip a thick slice of bread in olive oil and bring along Njeguski ham and cheese from the village of the same name. Delicious!
To eat will Wine drunk from the region of the region. The Montenegrins are proud to present their local varieties Vranac (dry red wine) and Krstac (dry white wine) in the restaurant. The grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are grown in Montenegro. It's best to try your way across all varieties!
For the digestion of hearty meals, it may be a small schnapps. The Montenegrin grape brandy "Loza" or the plum brandy "Sljivovica" are usually home-cooked and often drunk after dinner for espresso.
All gourmets among you will love Montenegro!
Montenegro for water rats and sunbathers
Montenegro has around 200 kilometers of coastline with crystal clear water. Here you will find almost unimagined possibilities for swimming, diving, sailing and kiting. During the drive along the beautiful coast to the south, I was partially overcome by an unintentional gasp, because I did not expect so much scenic beauty. Until after Ulcinj, near the Albanian border, leads the coastal road. The small town has become in recent years for Kitesurfing Hotspot has blossomed and now there is a real scene home. If you yourself would like to climb on a dragon-drawn surfboard, you will find ideal conditions in Ulcinj even as a beginner.
Many of the Sandy and pebble beaches away from the cities are still spared from mass tourism. Here you can relax and enjoy the sun with a book, without having to worry about getting hold of the berth.
If you like it a bit more sociable and bustling, it's best to stroll along the beach promenade in Budva. With a delicious ice cream in hand you can enjoy the view over the piercing blue waters of the Adriatic. My advice: Sit down at sunset in one of the many restaurants or cafes, let the evening end comfortably at a "Vranac".
A visit to Montenegro is worthwhile
For some people, the East still has a negative connotation and, with the exception of the younger generation among us, memories of the Balkan War have not quite faded away. However, I can only recommend that you openly meet Montenegro and give the country a chance, above all, as a holiday destination.
Montenegro has impressive national parks that appeal to active vacationers, culture fans can enjoy the country's rich history, and all those looking for relaxation can enjoy lonely sandy and pebble beaches along the long coastline of Montenegro.
Montenegro is still considered an insider tip among travelers. It is affordable and especially from Germany in a short time to reach and also mass tourism can not be found there. In short, in Montenegro, almost every type of traveler gets his money's worth. Try it!
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