From the towering peaks of Durmitor National Park to the historic old towns of Kotor and Budva, there is no shortage of things to do in Montenegro. Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, this country has something to offer everyone. Here is our pick of the best things to do in Montenegro.
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One of the best things to do in Montenegro is to try to hunt down the entrances to the Old City wall, which boasts the best views. There are only two of these, meaning that almost no tourists ever get up there – one is just to the left when you enter through the Terra Ferita gate, and the other is an alley off Hong Kong restaurant.
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Enclosing cafés and churches galore, the town walls are peered down upon by a series of hulking peaks. Down below, a harbour now bustling with sleek yachts marks the end of the Bay of Kotor, made fjord-like by the thousand-metre cliffs that rise almost vertically from the serene waters.
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The beauty of its setting is quite staggering – sheer cliffs surround this old town on all sides, and tiny farming communities dot the valleys below. Fragments of pottery found in the area date as far back as 800 BC, though it wasn’t until the sixth century that the Byzantine Empire created what you see today.
Today it is the country's political and cultural core. The Cetinje monastery has witnessed many events that have proved to be more or less significant and pivotal in the destiny of Montenegro. If you are interested in history, visiting the monastery should be on your list of things to do in Montenegro.
The two highest peaks in the Lovcen Mountains are Štirovnik at 749 metres above sea level, which you can climb with special equipment, and Jezerskivrh at 1,657 metres above sea level, where the Negoš Mausoleum is placed.
The Crnojevica River flows into Lake Skadar. In summer the river dries up a little and becomes green because of the water lilies, and in winter the water swells up a few metres and changes to amazing emerald colours.
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The best time to visit the Blue Cave is before noon. Visitors also have a chance to take a swim. The depth in some places exceeds 45 metres and people sometimes go scuba diving. There is also a drawback - sometimes there are a lot of tourists here, and you might not have enough time to swim.
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Montenegro's Dinaric Alps include the Durmitor, Bjelasica and Prokletije mountain ranges. These mountains are famous for their rugged relief, deep canyons and diverse nature and wildlife. If you are looking for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and skiing a visit to this natural attraction is one of the best things to do in Montenegro for you.
Despite numerous wars and catastrophes, in the 18th century the monastery was restored thanks to the faith and efforts of the monks and parishioners. Today the Ostrog monastery still remains one of the most amazing places in Montenegro.
In addition to the scenery and wildlife, the park offers a wide range of activities such as hiking, climbing, skiing and horseback riding. There are also several marked hiking trails and mountain cabins that visitors can access.
Menu items to look out for include grilled kebabs (čevapčići), cabbage leaves stuffed with mincemeat (sarma), bean soup with flecks of meat (pasulj), goulash (gulaš), and the artery-clogging karađorđe vasnicla, a breaded veal cutlet roll stuffed with cheese. Also ubiquitous are the Turkish snack staples of burek, pastry filled with meat, cheese, spinach and occasionally mushroom, and syrupy baklava sweets.
The port's infrastructure is highly varied and includes a wide range of facilities: luxury hotels, a sports complex, an art gallery and much more.
Today, many local guides offer a variety of tours of the cave. These tours are quite easily accessible as the cave is quite close to Budva and Kotor. Trails and lighting in the cave make it an enjoyable and completely safe place to visit.
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Visiting Montenegro is a truly unforgettable experience. For more inspirational travel tips check our Rough Guide books. If you travel further in Montenegro, read more about the best time to go and the best places to visit in Montenegro.
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