Montenegro is one of those countries that seem to have everything on the palette. From pristine beaches at the Adriatic coast, to rugged mountain scapes in Durmitor National Park. From age old monasteries like Ostrog and Morača to national parks like Biogradska Gora, which is home one of Europe’s last virgin forests. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for on a holiday, Montenegro surely got you covered.
And just in case you prefer to be convinced in a more visual way, then here are 15 photos I took during a recent two-week long road trip through this beautiful country. I hope the photos will inspire you to add Montenegro to your bucket list.
15 Photos that will put Montenegro on your bucket list
A compilation of photographs from Montenegro
Kotor is probably the most famous of Montenegro’s many beautiful, old coastal towns. Unfortunately it’s where the cruise ships stop too. Therefore Kotor’s narrow and winding little streets often get clogged with hordes of tourists during the day. Luckily most of them are retreating back to their cruise ship cabin as soon as it gets dark and the overall atmosphere of Kotor gets way more laid back.
2. Durmitor National Park
Created in 1952, Durmitor National Park is Montenegro’s largest National Park and it’s inscribed on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The massif of Durmitor is part of the Dinaric Alps and has 48 peaks soaring above 2000 meters, with Bobotov Kuk being the highest standing at 2523 meters. Durmitor National Park is perfect for hiking and offers some spectacular scenery. There are numerous well-marked hikes available for every weather condition and level of ability and fitness.
For more in-depth information on hiking trails check out the sites on summitpost.
3. Lustica Peninsula / Arza Fortress
The Luštica Peninsula sits at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor in southwestern Montenegro. It is often overseen by tourists, which makes it especially interesting for people who want to get off the beaten path in Montenegro. The stunning views, clear and warm seas and laid back little fishing villages (don’t miss Rose) make for a memorable and worthwhile detour.
4. Virpazar / Besac Castle
Virpazar is a tiny village of 337 souls in Montenegro’s Bar municipality, overlooked by the freshly renovated Besac Fortress. Due to its close proximity to Lake Skadar, Virpazar makes for a perfect base to explore the scenic costal roads, fishing villages and numerous islands along the lake’s shore.
5. Perast Old Town
Perast is another example of Montenegro’s beautiful and well-preserved old towns. There are two tiny islets just a few hundred meters away from Perast. One is St. George and the other Our Lady of the Rocks and each has a picturesque little chapel. Boats go back and forth between Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks, but won’t bring you to St. George. The only way to get there is by renting a kayak. This enables you to spend as much time on the islets as you desire.
6. Lake Skadar
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in Southern Europe and lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro. There are a bunch of viewpoints from where you can admire the beauty of Lake Skadar, but the one above is surely one of the most stunning and shouldn’t be missed. It is just a ten minute drive from the village of Rijeka Crnojevića. Try to make it here for sunrise since this is the best time to capture some gorgeous images.
7. Stari Bar
One of Montenegro’s oldest towns is Stari Bar. And with an admission fee of only 2€ it is a real steal. There’s a small museum just inside the entrance that explains the site and its history. Spend an afternoon wandering around the old walls and enjoying the well-preserved buildings set in this spectacular scenery before grabbing a fresh pomegranate juice and taking some photos in the evening light.
8. Morača Monastery
The medieval monastery of Morača was founded in 1252 and the elaborated and extremely well-preserved frescoes on the inside date back to the 12th and 16th century. The whole walled compound houses a beautiful courtyard garden, the small church of St. Nicholas, the larger church of the Dormition as well as additional buildings in which the four monks and some of the staff live. Since this is an active monastery, you might be able to witness the monks singing and praying.
9. Camping in Durmitor National Park
Camping in Durmitor National Park, as well as in the rest of Montenegro, is not exactly legal. “Endured” is probably closer to the truth, although there’s no official statement from the national park authorities concerning this issue. However, the rangers that charge 3€ per tent per night. We spent one night right at Black Lake. In the morning a ranger approached us and asked us to pack up our tent during the day and only pitch it when it gets dark.
10. Biogradska Gora National Park
One of Europe’s three last virgin forests is in Biogradska Gora National Park. It is 54 km² in area and if you are into untouched nature, then consider spending a day or two exploring Biogradska. Stroll through the forest, hike the large mountain slopes with peaks over 2,000 meters, and relax at one of the six glacial lakes. If you don’t have that much time, then Biogradska Lake is easily accessible by car and a very nice walkway leads you in around two to three hours (depending on how many photo stops you take) around the lake.
11. Ostrog Monastery
Founded in the 17th century, the orthodox Ostrog Monastery today is Montenegro’s most popular pilgrimage site. Situated against an almost vertical cliff, the Monastery offers some spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape. Ostrog Monastery sees around 100.000 visitors annually from all confessions.
12. Tara Bridge
The 365 meter-long, concrete Tara Bridge spans one of the deepest canyons in the whole of Europe. Back in the days it was the largest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe. Today you can either walk across it, take some photographs or emerge yourself in more adventurous activities like bungee jumping or zip lining.
13. Fortress Grmozur
The road leading along Lake Skadar’s western shore provides some magnificent views like the one above. Fortress Grmozur sits on a tiny islet against an epic backdrop of mountain peaks. The scene is already spectacular during the day but when the setting sun casts a reddish almost purple light on the mountains it really looks otherworldly.
14. Bay of Kotor
The many viewpoints along the road winding up its way from Kotor to Mt. Lovcen National Park offer the most classy vista of Montenegro. With every turn the views get more spectacular. So do not rush it and take your time since this time the journey really is the reward.
15. Sveti Stefan
Last but not least the small islet of Sveti Stefan. The former fortified village, is now a private 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts. But luxury resort or not, Sveti Stefan makes for some incredible snaps.The best viewpoint is next to Hotel Adrovic right at the main Budva – Petrovac road. The best time to photograph Sveti Stefan is during blue hour when natural and artificial light shine equally bright.
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Hopefully the above mentioned places and images convey the beauty of Montenegro. I really had a blast exploring this country and I’m sure so will you.
Do you have any questions or comments? Have you been to Montenegro or do you plan to go? I’d really like to know what you would recommend. Just drop me a comment below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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