We would like to feature a selected country that most people have not been to in Europe called Montenegro. It is truly a must see if you are thinking of heading anywhere near the Adriatic coastline. Only a 94 km drive from Dubrovnik to the city of Kotor – and regular buses run from Dubrovnik daily.
The beauty of this very small country is quite stunning. It only a population of 622,000 people and borders Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia and Kosovo.
After the tragic Yugoslav civil war in the 1990’s Montenegro has slowly begun to recover and tourists are now discovering this little gem of a country. It is blessed with a rugged terrain, very high mountains (2,100 metres) to explore that feature a number of National Parks with many walking trails, rafting opportunities and skiing in winter. The Bay of Kotor is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe where a river valley extends into the mountains. The coastline has some nice beaches and historic villages and the main tourist area of the Budva Riviera has a lively nightlife. The village of Perast and the ancient town of Kotor are both UNESCO certified world heritage sites.
Kotor is a preserved medieval town with lots of cobblestone streets and lively piazzas. Climb the 1,500 steps to take in scenic view the bay and surrounding mountains.
Perast has some amazing Venetian and Baroque architecture as it belonged to the Republic of Venice in the 17th and 18th century.
Just off the coastline from Budva lies the island of Sveti Stefan that now features a 5 star hotel resort called Aman Sveti Stefan. It was once a formal royal residence and has an expanse of 80 acres.
The capital city is called Podgorica and is centrally located within the country. Close by is the Durmitor National Park which has the Tara River Canyon considered the deepest canyon in Europe and the second longest in the world.
Travel around Montenegro could be via car hire or a mix of local buses and trains. Important to note all roads are single carriageways and no motorways exist. Driving is predominately thru mountainous areas, so lots of curvy roads to cover.
In summary we would suggest a stay of around 4-7 days depending on how much you would want to venture around. A few days in Kotor done as a side trip from Dubrovnik would also be a nice extension if you wish to travel in Croatia mainly.
A great country to consider for all.