In this post you will find several maps of Montenegro, they marked the main attractions, beach resorts, historical cities, etc.
There are also detailed maps of the most popular resorts (Budva, Kotor). If you need information on a city / resort that is not in the post, leave your question in the comments and I will answer it.
I was not able to find a detailed Montenegrin map in Russian, so I decided to write a large post about all kinds of maps of this Balkan country. Maps for this post were collected in different places (in commercial tourist shops, in state tourist offices, on websites on the Internet, etc.).
If you have a good Russified map of Montenegro, send it to me, and it will be immediately posted in this post.
For your comfortable acquaintance with the cards, I will try to “Russify” them with my comments and notes.
Montenegro on the map
Montenegro is one of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, for this reason not every tourist can immediately find it on the map. In addition, the country is small by European standards, the territory of Montenegro is only 13,812 km².
Pay attention to this card. It shows that many beloved Greece will be a little south, and all-inclusive Turkey is even south. When comparing Montenegro with Turkey (especially for a beach holiday), it should be borne in mind that the sea in Turkey is warmer and the season is a little longer.
From Russia to Montenegro there is nothing to fly (about 3 hours), about which airport to choose, read the link.
Which countries borders Montenegro
There are very interesting countries in the neighborhood (see map), some of which were previously part of Yugoslavia.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (tour overview) - for Russians, a visa-free visit, you can visit as part of the tour,
- Serbia is a very interesting country, I recommend visiting it on your own,
- Albania (tour overview) - in summer, a visa is not required for Russians, you can visit as part of the tour,
- Croatia is a country of the European Union, there is an excursion, but you need to have a Schengen visa,
- Italy - ferry from the Montenegrin city of Bar to Italian Bari, Schengen country.
Tourist map of Budva, resort map with residential areas
Budva is the main tourist resort of Montenegro, the city is perfectly adapted for mass tourism, so we will start with the Budva map.
On this tourist map you can see how the Jadran Road motorway passes through the city - along this route you can drive the whole country along the coast, from Croatia to Albania.
The highway conditionally divides the city into two parts. If you are looking for accommodation in Budva (click here for a detailed post about renting accommodation in this resort), then down to the sea are expensive hotels (Alexander Hotel, Slavyansk Beach Hotel, etc.), cheaper apartments up to the mountains (there are a lot of them proposals for renting private apartments and rooms with daily rent).
Be sure to read my general post about renting Montenegrin resort real estate, about its types and features of renting.
Budva residential areas on a tourist map
Budva has several areas, you can settle almost everywhere, but you should take into account the "altitude" (some areas are too high on the hill), the noise level from discos and the proximity to the beach or tourist infrastructure. The site has a separate, and more detailed article with a Budva map.
Recommended resort areas for tourist accommodation:
- Cheek - on the map it is the extreme right side of the city (in the opposite side from the Old Town), in this area it is always quiet and calm,
- Rosine - in the very center of the map, here are located: the Budva bus station, the main market, large supermarkets and other important tourist infrastructure, as well as a smooth road to the sea (I lived in this area),
- State duty - a stone's throw from the Old Town, near the beaches of Mogren, in this area it is always noisy,
- Lazi - a very hilly area (located above the Podkoshlyun district), it is high here, it’s quite difficult to walk in the heat,
- Submine - within walking distance from the Podmaine monastery, this area is not very popular with tourists, too far from the sea,
- Dubovitsa - the area is located near the bus station and the city center, there is excellent infrastructure and a smooth road to the sea,
- Bijeli - if you settle in this area, the Top Hill disco will be well audible, Toplishki Put street goes through the area, which leads to the disco,
- Vidikovac - The area is located near the Mogren beach, and has the most beautiful view of the Old Town, but it takes a very long time to go uphill.
Tourist maps of Kotor
Medieval Kotor is a very popular tourist destination, but there are no good beaches in the city.
The city can be divided into the Old City, the fortress above the city, and the new part of Kotor. The new part of the city does not represent any tourist interest, except for the presence of a bus station in it, but in the old part it is very atmospheric.
The whole Kotor center is protected by UNESCO, but at the same time people live in medieval quarters, which makes this city alive, not a museum exhibit.
General map of Kotor
This photo shows the whole city and the surrounding area. For tourists, only the center is interesting, it is there that all the attractions are concentrated, there is nothing to do in the vicinity, well, except to find free parking for your car (for details, see the Montenegrin tow trucks link).
- Sea gate
- South Gate
- Green market
- North Gate
- Shopping center "Camellia",
- Police station,
- The area of cafes and restaurants,
- City Park,
- Bus station.
Touristic map of Old Kotor
In this photo you see the triangle of Old Kotor, just behind the fortress walls, there are all the sights and interesting places of this medieval city.
- Karampan Fountain,
- Palace of Drago,
- Grgurin Palace,
- Sea Gate (Main Gate),
- River Gate (North Gate),
- Gourdich Gate (South Gate),
- Lombardic Palace
- Church of St. Nicholas,
- Church of St. Luke,
- Kotor Archive,
- Cathedral of St. Tryphon,
- Concert hall,
- Church of St. Anne,
- Lombardic Palace
- Bizanti Palace,
- Beskuch Palace,
- The main entrance to the fortress of St. John,
Montenegrin coast map
Despite the fact that Montenegro is full of beauty, and you can easily find something to do even for a short two-week vacation, at least for the whole summer or more, but most of our compatriots prefer to relax exclusively in sea resorts. About the features of Montenegrin beach holidays, read the link.
In this part of the post, we will see where in Montenegro there are popular coastal resorts that have gained popularity among Russian tourists.
Here are the main beach resorts:
Tivat on the map
Tivat is one of the youngest tourist cities. Of the features of this Montenegrin resort, it can be noted that the city is quickly catching up, and tourist infrastructure is actively appearing in it. Along with new buildings, in Tivat there are several historical attractions.
Good transport accessibility, opens up great prospects for this resort. The city has an international airport, Porto Montenegro yacht club, a bus station, and a motorway.
Becici on the map
Next to the bustling Budva (literally a 15-minute walk), there is a calm resort village of Becici. A small town is located on a hillside, which descends to one of the best beaches in Montenegro. There are not many attractions in Becici, but they are interesting.
Holidays at this resort are suitable for those who love peace and tranquility. Especially good for tourists with young children in Becici, as the local beach is magnificent, and the entrance to the water is smooth and smooth.
Petrovac on the map
The resort town of Petrovac is located 20 kilometers from the noisy and overpopulated Budva, tourists come to this resort for a family vacation.
The sea in this place is clean, and the beaches in Petrovac and the town itself are well-groomed. The resort was simply created for a relaxing holiday and long walks along the sea (by reference. Walk to Perazicha Do beach along the Health Path).
All tourist infrastructure is available, there are a small number of attractions, and the sea air smells of conifers, which gives charm to this Montenegrin resort. Here is a link to my walking tour of the resort.
Budva on the map
Budva is located in the very center of the Montenegrin coast. If you stayed at this resort, this will allow you to travel around the country on public buses (here. Detailed instructions for using Montenegrin buses), and you can return to your hotel every day.
If you rent a car instead of a bus (via the link, my experience and the details of renting a car), then your car trips are more interesting (via the link, a detailed automobile route for the whole vacation).
Budva is the most tourist resort in the country, from this both pluses (good service, a large selection of housing, markets and supermarkets, etc.) and minuses (many vacationers, high prices in restaurants, noisy, etc.) follow from this. .
Resort town Bar on the map
In the south of Montenegro, in the immediate vicinity of the Albanian border, the city of Bar is located. Closer to Albania is only Ulcinj, which is very different from other cities, and this is precisely because of its proximity to the border.
Many scold this city, actually there is a reason. I would not recommend choosing this resort for a beach holiday, although the Bar has several beaches. But in it you should (without fail) visit the Old Town (Old Bar), go shopping (sometimes there are discounts on old collections) and dive (there are several certified diving centers in the city).
Ferries to Italy depart from the new Bar, where the large seaport is located, so anyone can visit the Italian city of Bari.
Beaches of Montenegro on the map
- On the Budva Riviera
- On the Herzegnan Riviera (Boko Kotorska Bay),
- Beaches of the New Bar,
- On the Ulcinj Riviera.
Montenegro has a long coastline, in the country more than 70 kilometers of the Adriatic coast, where you can find a beach for every taste and budget.
There are several types of beaches in the country: sandy (often with imported sand), small and coarse-grained (the most common), rocky (it is better to have special shoes to enter the water).
We look at the map and see that it is convenient to combine the beaches according to their location. We will divide the entire coast into several areas: the Budva Riviera, the Herzegovian Riviera (Boka Kotorska Bay), the beaches of New Bar, and the Ulcinj Riviera.
Beaches of the Budva Riviera
The beaches of the Budva Riviera should be sought in the very center of the map. Sand and pebble beaches predominate in Budva and its environs, some of them with rocky sections, but during the tourist season there are no vacant places on any beach in Budva. You can go to all the beaches of the Budva Riviera (from Budva to Sveti Stefan), by the link.
There are several popular beaches on the Budva Riviera: Lucice (Petrovac), Sveti Stefan, Morgen, the beaches of Jaz and Ploce. In the tourist season, all the beaches from Budva to Sveti Stefan are very popular, but the entrance to some costs space money (from 100 Euro and above).
Beaches of the Herzegnan Riviera
The best beaches of Boko Kotor Bay are located on the Herzegovan Riviera, it is located on the very border with Croatia (from Herzen Novi to Croatian Dubrovnik only 50 kilometers away). It should be borne in mind that in Herceg Novi and in the entire Bay of Kotor, there is no open sea, this is a bay with all the ensuing pros and cons.
The beaches on the Herzegnan riviera, as in most places of the Boko Kotor Bay, are rocky - this is not very convenient for swimming, and sometimes it is dangerous. In the most touristy places of the bay, the shore is simply poured into concrete, and you should go into the sea by a ladder, as if it were a pool.
This sounds wild, but all these inconveniences are perfectly compensated by picturesque views. If you look at photos of concrete beaches of Herceg Novi, it seems like nothing, but it's a matter of taste.
New Bar Beaches
On the map, the city of Bar should be sought south of Budva, it is located between the resort of Petrovac and the city of Ulcinj.
On the coast of Bar there are several good beaches, mostly sand and gravel, there is even a tiny beach with red, coral sand. But it should be remembered that the New Bar is a large port and not the best place for a beach holiday.
Beaches of the Ulcinj Riviera
Ulcinj is easy to find, on the map it is located on the border with Albania. It is believed that it is in Ulcinj that everything is warmer, both at sea and on land. Water off the coast warms up faster than in other places, it’s all about the bottom topography (it’s shallow here) and the dark shade of sand (sand has a volcanic origin).
It is here that the longest Montenegrin beach is located - Velika Beach (over 12 kilometers long), it has unique basalt sand (sand of a dark gray color).
It is believed that due to the mineral components of sand, rest in this place has a beneficial effect in diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Near the border with Albania there is the island of Ada-Boyana, the island has a bizarre, triangular shape and the largest population of nudists in Europe. Sand on Ada-Boyana is of coral origin, beautiful in color and soft to the touch.
It is believed that local sand is rich in mineral and biologically active substances, it has a weak radioactive effect. Such properties can have a beneficial effect in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, and infertility (this is where the number of nudists comes from :)).
Attractions on the map
All Montenegrin sights are difficult to stuff into one post, but there is a very clear tourist map with the most famous sights of the country. It can be taken at any tourist office, and it is completely free.
About the main attractions, and how to see them in two weeks, read the link. If your vacation is longer, then visit non-tourist attractions.
The blog has separate articles about attractions in each region:
Many tourists manage to see the whole country in 2 weeks - this is quite realistic, especially if you rent a car. About my experience of renting a car in Budva, read the link.
Map of Montenegro
The main place for a beach holiday is Budva and its immediate surroundings, you can see the location of numerous Budva hotels and apartments here.
The main tourist accommodation in Montenegro is apartments and private villas. Large hotel chains are not very developed in the country, but this fact does not prevent to offer vacationers a huge number of places of accommodation (hotels, apartments, hostels, villas, etc.).
For example, in Budva alone there are more than 2,000 placements, in Herceg Novi more than 500 places, in Tivat more than 400, in Ulcinj more than 300, in Bar more than 300, etc.
Have a good rest in Montenegro!
Natural attractions of Montenegro
Montenegro, it is not only and not so many excellent beaches, but nature of amazing beauty. Sometimes it seems to us that on such a tiny corner of the planet God tried to collect as much interesting as possible.
On the photo there is a street in the city of Ultsyn, the sunniest in Montenegro
And indeed: in Montenegro you will find a first-class sea, small islands, amazingly beautiful bays and bays, caves, palm trees, tropical flowers and fruits.
And at the same time, it is here that you can enjoy amazingly beautiful mountain landscapes and landscapes, visit dense forests, fly on a bungee over the canyon of a mountain river or go rafting on it in an inflatable boat.
Think it all? Of course not. Here, they dive with scuba gear, enjoy the comfort of quiet medieval towns, parachute over the bay, sail a boat on the sea and the bay, and dine in cozy small restaurants with a pretty good selection of dishes.
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Boko Kotor Bay - the most accessible of all attractions
You can talk about Boko Kotor Bay for a very long time. You can describe the amazing beauty of the mountains descending directly into the sea, you can add fantastic photos or even panoramas ...
Or you can just say that this place is considered beautiful bay of Europe and is among the top ten worldwide. Previously, it was even believed that Boko Kotor Bay is the southernmost fjord in Europe. In fact, this is not so, but the landscapes are really very similar.
We rode the bay on a small boat during a boat trip to Perast and Kotor and received a huge amount of unforgettable impressions.
Despite the fact that it was almost the cheapest tour of all we visited, it is clearly one of the best.
We looked at the very beautiful Boko Kotor Bay, saw a church on an artificial island, walked along the streets of Perast, the city of millionaires, looked at the old Kotor - one of the most beautiful cities in Montenegro.
Canyons of the Tara and Moraca rivers - the most amazing corner of Montenegro
In our opinion, this particular excursion is considered the most important in Montenegro. To fly to Montenegro and not go to see the canyons, it is almost the same as never to go to the beach.
Just imagine how from early morning until late evening, more than 14 hours you will be transported through the mountains of Montenegro. During this time, you will travel almost the whole country, see the fantastic, rocky canyon of the Moraca River and the wooded canyon of the deep Tara, see the Djurdzhevich bridge, which is considered almost a visiting card of Montenegro, and even drop into the fantastic landscape park Durmitor.
It is simply impossible to talk about the number of amazing landscapes that we managed to see. Not a single photo in any way conveys the fantastic beauty of this place, in any description it seems faded in comparison with reality. You can enjoy the fantastic panoramas of the Montenegrin mountains:
Durmitor - a fantastic natural and landscape park
In Durmitor, we were twice and literally fell in love with this incredible place. A huge area covered with pristine forest, in which there are amazing mountain lakes, and various caves, alpine meadows, small mountain villages that have preserved the old way of life, wild animals, rare species of plants, and much, much more.
With all this wealth, Durmitor convenient for tourists. Here pedestrian paths are laid, small wooden bridges are erected, which organically fit into the landscape. If you get off the central paved roads, you can literally find the clearing with wild strawberries or a small mountain stream literally behind the next bend.
Here amazingly clean airwho want to breathe deeply, enjoying the pristine purity of this place. In many places you can find small wooden benches, which are so nice to sit down to relax.
And in your free time you can go see the local caves. They are also very interesting, varied and definitely worth the time spent.
Unfortunately, as part of an excursion to the canyons, it will not be possible to see Durmitor in all its splendor. You will be shown only a tiny piece, Black Lake, and given twenty minutes to wander around the park.
If you really want to discover Durmitor, come here by public transport. You need to get on the bus to Zabljak, you have to go for quite a while. Perhaps you need a bus schedule from Budva - the largest resort in the country.
We would not recommend going here in a rented car. Of course, you can get there, but the road is very difficult, tiring and dangerous.
The bay of the city of Herceg Novi (or the southern part of the Bay of Kotor)
To be honest, the bay itself is not much different from Boko Kotorsky. Unless the scale is getting bigger. Unlike the rather narrow Boka Kotorska, here the distances between the two banks are very significant.
At the same time, visiting the bay is very interesting. We were here during a boat trip around the Gulf of Herceg Novi. All day we enjoyed the sun, the waves that rocked the ship slightly, beautiful Montenegrin and Serbian music, hearty breakfast and lunch.
But the main thing, of course, is not this. We managed to visit the fabulous city of Herceg Novi - the greenest, most beautiful and romantic of all that we saw in Montenegro.
Wandering through the narrow medieval streets, going down countless stone stairs and passages, enjoying the fantastic scenery of the bay, hiding from the hot midday sun under the crowns of lush palm trees, go to small shops (and the prices are lower than in the resort of Budva and Kotor) or visit one of small colorful restaurants ... What could be better?
We offer you to enjoy fantastic views of the bay and the city in the distance:
After Herceg Novi, we transferred to a very small boat and went to the Blue Cave. We managed to get on the very bow of the boat, and therefore on each new wave we were overwhelmed with salty sea spray. At such moments, you feel that you are truly living, that the day is 100% full of impressions
The Blue Cave itself is pretty beautiful. The water here is really amazing deep blue. They say that the cave is also very deep - about 60 meters. They even swim with scuba diving. Do not be afraid to freeze. The water here is even warmer than on the beach.
After the Blue Cave, we visited the pebble beach Zhanitsa, which was once the private beach of the President of Yugoslavia.
Blue cave - it seems nothing special, but it’s very beautiful
The Blue Cave is located at the beginning of the Gulf of Herceg Novi, in a place where it seems to be in contact with the sea. The entrance is very low, but because we had to change to a boat. They say that if there is strong excitement, it becomes impossible to get into the cave, the boat just will not go in height.
The water in the cave is warm and noticeably saltier than at sea. It will be easy to swim. And you can enjoy a surprisingly rich color of water - ultramarine or blue. Sunlight, passing through the water in the cave, is refracted at various angles and seems to highlight it. In life, it turns out exactly the same picture as in well-photographed photographs. Unfortunately, in the cave we did not photograph at all.
St. Nicholas Island near Budva - almost Hawaii in Montenegro
Yes exactly. Montenegro has its own Hawaii. In fact, this island in the bay of Budva is called the island of St. Nicholas, but the locals somehow better understand the name Hawaii.
If you once dreamed of relaxing on a real island, feel free to agree on the marina. For only 5 Euro you will be taken to the island in the morning and taken away in the evening.
Previously, there was a small monastery (16th century), now only ruins remain from it. There are practically no other attractions on the island. But there is a quite good beach (but pebble, not sandy), where there are usually much fewer people than on Slavyansk, several catering establishments and a small souvenir shop.
Other natural attractions of Montenegro
Of course, the list provided by us in no way can be considered complete. Montenegro is a country of amazing nature, flora and fauna. Its sights can be watched for years. It is worth visiting Skadar and Pivske lakes, lovers will be pleased to see the heart-shaped lake Trnovacko.
Many will be interested in visiting the Lovcen nature reserves with the Negusha tomb on top and the Biogradska Gora Natural Park. It would be interesting to go to the Island of Flowers or visit the beaches of Bar with black sand, which is considered useful for the musculoskeletal system.
Of particular note is the olive grove near Ultsyn, you can not ignore the beaches of Ada Boyan ...
And how many more amazing corners of Montenegro exist that we simply don’t know about? We, too, are ordinary tourists, exactly the same as you, and we write only about those places where we were personally.
Cultural sights of Montenegro - ancient cities and resorts
There are a lot of attractions in Montenegro. Unfortunately or fortunately, they are almost evenly distributed throughout the country. You will have to travel to some of them on purpose, but for the most part you can get there by public transport or visit during one of the many excursions. It is about them that we will talk with you.
The ancient city of Kotor - little Italy, a huge fortress wall, the amazing charm of medieval streets
Kotor is probably considered almost the main attraction of the country. It is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a very detailed Wikipedia article about the city. Judge for yourself: a small cozy town in a typical Italian style, with narrow cozy streets, low stone buildings and brightly red tiles on the roofs. The city is located in the depths of the amazingly beautiful and picturesque Boka Bay and it is here that just a huge number of churches and temples are located.
Think it all? And no! It is Kotor that surrounds the largest in Montenegro and the second fortress wall after the Great Chinese. You can also climb it if you wish, but you need to take water, hats, or even sun umbrellas with you - it's really very hot here. From the top of the wall offers amazing views of the bay and the surrounding area, here you can also find some very interesting temples.
The green city of Herceg Novi is the most amazing and beautiful of all that we managed to visit
To be honest, it was Herceg Novi that became my favorite city in Montenegro. Despite the fact that we were here for a short time, he will be remembered by us for life.
The city is picturesquely spread out on the slope of either a very large hill or a small mountain. He goes down to the sea from the very top. That is why there are so many romantic winding streets paved with stone, stairs, passages and walls.
And Herceg Novi is called the Botanical Garden of Montenegro. It so happened that the locals have long earned sea trade. From distant wanderings, sailors invariably brought many exotic plants and flowers to their hometown. Therefore, here you can find the most unusual vegetation, which is not found anywhere else in the country. For example, we remember the bananas growing near one of the main streets.
From the sights here you should see the Clock Tower (Sahat Kula) and the Blood Tower (Kanli Kula). The first is simply very beautiful, and the second at one time was a powerful impregnable fortress, and a bastion, and a prison for especially important prisoners. They say that in the whole history not a single person managed to escape from prison. Perhaps that is why now they like to play weddings there - the groom will not run away.
Closer to the city center you can see the Karacha fountain with clean drinking water, which can be collected for future use - mineral water in Montenegro is quite expensive.
Here, on Bellavista Square, you can see the Church of St. Gabriel. In appearance, it seems ancient but in reality it is only a little over a hundred years old.
If you have free time, we advise you to wander through the streets of the city, sit in one of the local cozy restaurants, go down to the promenade or go shopping. It will also be very nice to rise higher and enjoy the fantastic scenery of the bay. If you wish, you can go to the Maritime Museum or even climb Kanli Kula (pleasure was paid).
Clothing, shoes, souvenirs here are slightly cheaper than in large resorts like Budva or Kotor.
Cetinje - the old capital of Montenegro with centuries-old history and ancient traditions
Almost the entire history of Montenegro, the city of Cetinje was its capital. It was here that the ambassadors Petr Negush, the greatest Sovereign of Montenegro, received ambassadors, the fate of the country was decided and defense from the Turkish invaders was planned.
The city is located in a mountain valley, securely hidden from ill-wishers. In ancient times, this helped to defend it from the Turks, and now it has destroyed the city. They decided to move the capital closer to the center of the country, to a place where you can get easier and faster.
Nevertheless, it was Cetinje that has always been and remains the spiritual capital of Montenegro. Here is the Cetinje Monastery, where the right hand of John the Baptist and a part of the cross of the Lord are stored, all the old buildings are immediately preserved: the government building, the first bank in the country, the first embassies of foreign countries.
Walking around the city is very nice. He managed to simultaneously become a proud capital and preserve the peculiar cosiness and provinciality of a mountain village. Nearly every turn you can find something new. For example, near the monastery you can see a huge three-dimensional map of Montenegro, made by the Austrian military.
Well, and, of course, the Tsetinsky monastery was always considered the pearl of the city, which we will definitely talk about a little later.
Perast is a very tiny town on one street, which is definitely worth a visit
I don’t know if Perast can be called a city. In fact, besides the embankment, there is only one small street stretching along the Bay of Kotor with a long ribbon. But the town itself is very beautiful. The magnificent Boko Kotor Bay, on the shore of which it is located, and the charm of a very tiny, ancient city, in which next to a large church you can see the ruins of an old house, also played a role.
And every resident of Perast can rightfully be considered millionaire. Each building here costs more than a million Euros. Even the ruins of three walls and without a roof. And while the new owner has no right at least something to change in the appearance of the building, you just can’t even hang an air conditioner. He must carefully and accurately restore the house exactly as it once was.
This approach allowed Perast to remain exactly the same as 100 or 200 years ago, and for this reason it was and remains one of the most popular attractions in Montenegro. Thousands of tourists come here every year and take millions of great pictures with them.
By the way, if you watch programs about Perast, then in life you will not even recognize him. For some reason, television people are very fond of taking unusual angles, showing the town completely different from what we remember. Let's try together to admire the fantastic panorama of the city and the bay surrounding it:
It is easiest to visit Perast during a tour of the Boko Kotor Bay.
Budva is the largest resort city in which there is something to see
Budva has always been considered the largest resort in Montenegro. Yes, it's quite expensive to relax here, and there are too many tourists on the beaches. But there are advantages. The city is very beautiful, especially its old part, which is so pleasant to walk in the evenings. You are waiting for excellent beaches, nice restaurants and a rich excursion program.
We would advise you not only to walk along the old part of Budva, but also to visit the marina, climb the bastion, look into the library, and also go to the beaches of Mogren. It is the winding path to Mogren I and the road along the bridge in the rock to Mogren II that we remember most of all.
Judge for yourself, because photographs of Budva speak much better than words and descriptions.
In the bay of Budva is the island of St. Nicholas, which we have already mentioned, and within a radius of walking distance (a little more than a kilometer) are Becici. You will have to go to St. Stephen's Island by public transport - this is about 8 kilometers.
St. Stephen's Island - the most chic and most expensive resort in the country, where it is not so easy to get
It is the island of St. Stephen is considered the most chic and expensive Montenegro resort. Here the rich and famous usually relax. For many years the island was closed to visitors. Then tourists began to be allowed here, having booked a table in one of the local restaurants. In the past few years, even paid excursions to the island have appeared. But there is one day when the island is still can visit for free. On August 28, during the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the island opens to all comers.
If you are offered to relax on the island of St. Stephen, most likely it means a village nearby. The option is very good: there are good beaches, it is easy to go on excursions from here, but the prices here are also quite high.
Tivat is a small cozy corner in which Montenegrins love to relax
If you find out from the Montenegrins where they plan to relax in the summer, most will call not large resorts like Budva or Kotor, namely Tivat.
Locals really appreciate the comfort and tranquility of this small town. There are many green parks, there is something to see and where to relax. And while the prices in Tivat are much lower than in other resorts, and there are almost no tourists. Among the attractions of Tivat and the surrounding area I would like to highlight Porto Montenegro - the largest marina for very expensive yachts.
The Island of Flowers, where an interesting monastery is located and many species of rare and exotic plants are collected, deserves special attention. There are also several excellent beaches that are practically not crowded with tourists.
From the sights directly in Tivat, we advise you to look at the Bucha Medieval Palace, the Monastery of the Archangel Michael and the Tivat Botanical Garden. We already wrote in more detail about the sights of Tivat in a separate article.
It is worth clarifying that Tivat will not be the best option if you value beaches in the first place. In the city itself, they are mostly concrete, and to more successful options you have to either go a long time or even go.
Djurdzhevich Tara Bridge - a visiting card of Montenegro
For us personally, the view from the Dzhurdzhevich bridge became the symbol of Montenegro. Just imagine a bridge of incredible height, flowing somewhere far, far below a river and fantastic mountain landscapes. Somewhere in the distance you can see mountain meadows, small villages and even lonely houses, tourists who go rafting swim under you, and exactly the same tourists fly by, wishing to ride a bungee over Tara Canyon. To all this you need to add fresh mountain air, the gentle sun and forested mountain slopes. That is how we remember this place.
Despite the fact that the Dzhurdzhevich bridge is very interesting in itself, many interesting and sometimes heroic facts are connected with it.
For example, during the Second World Bridge, it was decided to blow up in order to prevent the Nazis from breaking into Montenegro. Nobody wanted to destroy the recently built bridge, for which it was paid in blood, then, and sometimes with the lives of workers. Then Lazar Yaukovich, one of the engineers of the bridge, came up with and calculated how to lay charges so that only one of its arches would collapse. It would be impossible to cross such a bridge, and after the war it would be easily restored. The explosion was successful. The fascists hated Lazarus so much that they simply made inhuman efforts to find him.
When the engineer was brought to the bridge, he was offered to lead the restoration work. Realizing that as soon as the bridge is completed, Montenegro will be captured, and many families will lose their homes and lives, Lazar refused and chose death. They shot him here on the bridge, and his body was thrown into the abyss. In honor of the feat of this extraordinary man, a monument stands next to the bridge.
Nevertheless, the bridge bears the name of Dzhurdzhevich. It is believed that it belongs to one rich farmer who once lived in these parts and gave local residents work at a fair price. It seems that the Montenegrins still value a simple human attitude higher than feat and heroism.
Religious sights of Montenegro - churches, temples and monasteries
There are a lot of churches in Montenegro. Each city and village has its own church, and sometimes not one. They say that there used to be a small village where 365 churches were located - one for every day of the year. It is practically impossible to tell about all the churches in the format of a short article, and therefore we decided to select only the most important ones that we managed to visit in person.
Ostrog Monastery is the main religious shrine of Montenegro, which receives millions of pilgrims from all over the world every year.
Most likely, the Ostrog monastery is the main cultural attraction and shrine in Montenegro. It is almost impossible to visit Montenegro and not see Ostrog. No joke - the monastery is one of the three most visited Orthodox shrines in the world.
The lines to the Ostrog monastery are always quite large. Many times more than any other tourist attraction in the country.
Ostrog is located high in the mountains. The road to it is a winding and dangerous serpentine. When we went upstairs by minibus, many tourists felt bad. But there is a positive side to this - the views from here are really fantastic. Accidents never happened - it is believed that both the monastery and the road to it are under the invisible guard of St. Basil of Ostrog, the founder of the monastery.
The monastery itself is very interesting. Here an indescribable aura of silence and peace reigns, which we have not seen in any other place.
The queues to the monastery, to bow to the miraculous relics of Vasily Ostrog, are always quite large. The place is popular not only with tourists, but also with local residents who come here to pray or change their broyanitsa. While you wait, we advise you to go to the monastery shop, where you will be given absolutely free holy water and healing olive oil, one set per family. It is also worth putting candles, which in Montenegro put in the sand with water.
Moving further in the queue, you can write notes with the names of your near and dear ones. The monks will pray for them during the evening service.
Touching the miraculous relics of Vasily Ostrozhsky and seeing the other wonders of the monastery, which you will definitely be told about, do not forget to go upstairs and touch the oldest vine in Montenegro. According to tradition, it strengthens marriage and helps families conceive a child.
After visiting the monastery, you can look into the monastery shop, where you can purchase various consecrated church attributes. For example, we purchased a broyanitsa and small silver medallions depicting a monastery.
Cetinje Monastery - a place where the right hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the life-giving cross are stored
In our opinion, it is the Cetinje monastery that is in second place in terms of attendance and significance in Montenegro. It is located in the ancient city of Cetinje, the old capital of Montenegro.
This is how the Cetinje Monastery looks - one of the main religious attractions of Montenegro.
Despite the fact that the monastery is not very ancient, because during the war the old building had to be blown up, only the foundation remained from it, it is here that important Christian relics are stored: the right hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the life-giving cross.
In different sources you can find information that the right hand is stored in other cities and places. It happened because church relics were previously divided into parts so that as many people as possible could touch their power. In Cetinje, almost the entire right hand is stored, except for the ring finger and little finger. It is the tiny particles of these fingers that are stored in countless churches and monasteries stating that they have the right hand of John the Baptist.
The monastery itself is quite large, but tourists are allowed only in a small part of it. If you arrive with a group, you will be missed almost immediately. If you decide to visit this place on your own, you will need to wait until 10-15 people are gathered, then the relics will be revealed to you.
In the monastery itself there is a monastery shop, here, as in Ostrog, you can leave notes with the names of relatives and friends. The uniform is modest, as for entering any major church. Understanding the difficulties of tourists, right in the courtyard of the monastery, everyone in need is given skirts and scarves. It's free, but after visiting the monastery, of course, everything will have to be returned.
While you wait, we advise you to look at the voluminous map of Montenegro near the monastery, look into the Negusha billiard room or wander around the ruins of the old monastery. This is all not far away.
By the way, the Ostrog Monastery and the Cetinje Monastery can be visited in just one day, if you choose the Monastery Tour tour.
Church of the Lord from Skrpel (Our Lady of the Sorrows on the Cliff) is the only church built along with the island on which it stands
Despite the fact that this church is not included in the list of the most visited or religiously significant, it will most likely be the most interesting for ordinary tourists. Now let's try to explain why.
The Church of Gospa od Shkrpela (Virgin Mary on the Cliff) is located in the depths of the Bay of Kotor, the most beautiful bay of Europe. It was built along with the island on which it stands.
Here's how it happened: fishermen from the nearby town of Perast have long chosen this cliff for fishing. What was their surprise when, one fine day, right on the cliff, they discovered the icon of the Mother of God. Of course, surprised fishermen brought the icon to their hometown, and local residents decided to build a temple here. They flooded several ships, threw rocks around a cliff and built an island with a church on it. Even now, if you wish, you can go to the cliff from which it all began ...
For many years, the Virgin Mary has been keeping peace for the inhabitants of Perast and Kotor, protecting the sailors on long voyages. In gratitude for the successful voyages, the sailors bring silver plates to the temple with the difficulties engraved on them, which they had to face and successfully overcome. Now the collection of such plates is already truly impressive. From time to time she is taken to exhibitions in major cities in Europe and the world.
The tradition to expand and equip the island has survived to the present day. Once a year, all Montenegrins who have their own boats load them with stones, and swim around the island, dropping stones in the places indicated by the priests. People sing, celebrate and have fun.
The church is expanding. Now you can see in it a magnificent altar made of Italian marble, before which worship services and even wedding ceremonies are regularly held. Most likely you will see wedding wreaths and bouquets of brides to the right of the altar.
Also in the church you can visit and the museum, telling about the history of the bay from the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans and first Christians. True jewel collection considered an icon embroidered by a Montenegrin girl in anticipation of her husband from a long voyage. The man never returned, and the woman waited for him for forty years, embroidering the icon from her own hair. You will be able to notice how initially gray hair gradually touches gray hair, while they do not turn completely white. The city authorities are constantly striving to take the icon to Podgorica, but local residents are actively fighting to ensure that it remains here.
Where is Montenegro located?
Montenegro is located on the Balkan Peninsula. This is in Europe. Here is the purest Adriatic Sea. Near Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The country is small. Its area is 13,812 km², which is 3 times less than the Moscow Region alone. To see all the main attractions, having traveled up and down Montenegro is real even for a week. Especially if you plan to rent a car and travel on your own.
Montenegro is not a member of the European Union; tourists do not need a visa. There is no currency of your own - use the euro Approximate rate of the euro:
1 euro = 74 rubles
1 euro = 31 hryvnias
1 euro = 2.35 Belarusian rubles
1 euro = 1.17 dollars
All courses are approximate, but help to quickly estimate prices.
Various online maps of Montenegro: our TOP-5
1 Google maps. One of the most convenient and familiar cards with rich functionality. Decent detailing in Montenegro, all major roads are marked.
Of the minuses - does not lay walking routes without an Internet connection.
2 Yandex maps. An analogue of the previous cards. Subjectively, the detail of these maps is worse than that of Google Maps, but the main roads show correctly. Service is blocked in Ukraine.
3 Maps.me. Good cards that do not require an internet connection. Good detail, viewing platforms and paths are shown. Too actively advertise hotels, a little in the way.
4 Wikimapia. In some areas, much more detailed previous options, but the interface seems to us not the most convenient.
5 An interactive map from Windy allows you to watch water temperature, waves and wind speed in real time. Also shows a very detailed weather forecast.
Car navigators: online and offline
Most often in Montenegro we use the usual Google Maps with pre-downloaded offline maps. It does not always lead adequately, but there have never been problems on the main tourist routes.
Even if you have mobile Internet (local SIM or DrimSim), we recommend that you keep the maps offline anyway - network speed is low on some mountain roads. Here is the instruction:
Step-by-step instructions on how to download Google maps on your phone
Many travelers prefer Maps.me. As a navigator, these cards also work fine, we have no particular complaints about them.
In mountainous regions, navigators do not always correctly route. For example, once Maps.me suggested we go to Bosnia and Herzegovina on a terribly broken dirt road. At first it was even more or less, but worsened with every kilometer. I had to turn around.
If you see that the road is very bad and in the navigator it is not marked with a bold line, it is better to look for an alternative way.
For hiking it is better to use Maps.me. Here are the same opportunities as other maps, but marked footpaths and observation platforms with beautiful views.
An additional plus is that these maps do not require an Internet connection, even to create walking routes. You won’t have to pay extra for mobile communication.
Hotels and apartments of Montenegro on the map
Almost all hotels and apartments in the country are rented through Booking.com. There is a lot of housing from the owners or with just one intermediary (few people want to bother to rent the only apartments).
Booking at Bookings is usually more profitable than looking for offers on social networks, forums and small sites. The fact is that the Montenegrins speak little Russian. Beautiful girls who will tell you everything and pick up apartments for you are usually intermediaries. They include their percentage in the price. Often considerable.
If the intermediary has direct contact with the homeowners, this is not so scary. Booking also takes a small commission.But sometimes they work as a chain of 2-3 people, each includes its own commission in the price. We know cases when people paid intermediaries 2 times more than the cost of housing actually.
Alternatively, Booking.com can use AirBnB.ru. There are only apartments. When compared with Booking, the plus is that you can chat with the owners, and the minus is full prepayment.
You can estimate the cost of hotels and apartments in Budva, Becici and Rafailovici (these are the most popular resorts in the country) using the Booking.com interactive map.
It’s convenient that you can immediately see where the hotel is located, which beach is nearby and how much more expensive it is on the first line.