Beautiful Places in Montenegro

17 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Montenegro

Montenegro’s stunning natural beauty and diverse history make it a fascinating place to explore. Here are 17 Beautiful places that will convince you to visit: historic Old Towns, UNESCO-protected parks, lakes begging for a swim. Now start packing before everyone else starts to catch on.

National Park Durmitor

One of five national parks in Montenegro, Durmitor attracts adrenaline junkies of all kinds.  This beautiful and pristine park in the north of the country offers mountaineering, hiking, biking, swimming, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, and more. No matter the season, outdoor adventurers make their way here to get their fill of excitement and incredible natural beauty. You’ll also get delicious local dishes here, thus completing this Montenegro experience.

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Distance of Durmitor National Park from:

  • Podgorica 130 km
  • Budva 190 km
  • Kotor 166 km
  • Tivat 156 km
  • Herceg Novi 165 km

You can reach the National Park by public bus from Podgorica or by transfer from other cities as there is no direct line. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or a bus with a professional driver here.

Tara River and Canyon

Second only to the Colorado River Canyon, Tara Canyon is known as the “Tear of Europe” is a magnificent sight.  Untamed natural beauty has been forged as the river has cut its way through the canyon.  You’ll find river paths, breathtaking gorges, waterfalls, and even tranquil stretches of river.  Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Tara Canyon reaches 1300 metres deep.  If you need some context, the United States Grand Canyon is roughly 1500 metres.  One of the most popular tourist attractions in Montenegro is rafting down the Tara River.  For those who prefer land activities, enjoy hiking around Mt Curevac, which reaches 1625 metres high.

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Piva Canyon

Part of the fun of Piva Canyon is getting to it.  The road tangos with the river and clings precipitously to the cliff in several places. You have to pass through 56 tunnels carved out of the mountain after World War II. But once you’re there, you’ll be rewarded with the site of Lake Piva sitting beautifully in the Piva Canyon. You’ll want to visit Piva Monastery which was painstakingly moved to higher ground, over the course of 11 years, when the hydroelectric dam at Plužine was built. It’s a perfect place for rafting and camping.

Canyon Piva

Lake Piva

Lake Piva was artificially created along with the construction of Mratinje Dam on the Piva river. (It is the second largest lake in Montenegro.) Take a boat cruise of the lake for access to Oteša cave, and hop out at the Podvođe bend for some swimming.

piva lake

Kotor

Backed by steep limestone cliffs—and located on the shores of the only natural fjord of its kind in the world—Kotor’s UNESCO-protected Old Town draws visitors for its picturesque location, sure, but also for its history. Getting lost here is not only encouraged, but expected: Centuries ago, Old Kotor was built like a maze to confuse invaders.The old town – that is the most famous part of Kotor, where the Kotor history, culture, and tradition are being preserved. The old town of Kotor has a great number of monuments of the medieval architecture: churches, cathedrals, palaces, and museums. Its beauty is complemented with the multitude of narrow streets, squares, and markets. The old nucleus of Kotor today is considered to be the best preserved medieval urban entity in the Mediterranean. The largest and the most impressive are, by all means, city bulwarks which surround the town.If you like, you can climb the 1500 steps to the fortress that overlooks the town.  If you’re looking for a base camp to explore the country, Kotor is a perfect choice.

Panoramic Kotor

Distance of Cetinje from:

  • Podgorica 85 km
  • Budva 23 km
  • Cetinje 53
  • Tivat 12 km
  • Herceg Novi 43 km

Kotor can be reached by public bus from all cities, but not from the airports in Tivat and Podgorica. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or bus with a professional driver here.

Perast

Just a few kilometres from Kotor is one of the most beautiful places in all of Boka Bay:  Perast.  It’s a lovely old town that’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The most popular attraction is Gospa od Skrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rock. It’s a small island in the bay with a superb museum and church.  Part of the fun is the taxi boat ride that will shuttle you to the island! End your afternoon with an unbelievable meal in one of Perast many seafood restaurants.

Our Lady of the Rocks Island

Distance of Perast from:

  • Podgorica 85 km
  • Budva 35 km
  • Kotor 12 km
  • Tivat 24 km
  • Herceg Novi 32 km

Perast can be reached by public bus from Herceg Novi and Kotor, but not from the airports in Tivat and Podgorica. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or bus with a professional driver here.

Porto Montenegro in Tivat

Situated in the Bay of Kotor, one of the planet’s most amazing marine regions, sits Porto Montenegro. This state of the art marina was built on the foundations of the old Yugoslav naval facility.  Here you’ll find over 600 berths for yachts and super yachts.  A stroll through Porto Montenegro is sure to be jaw-dropping. The coastal community that has built up around the area makes for the perfect getaway.  Rentals right on the water, fantastic restaurants and hotels, great shopping, and tons of water sports.  With the ability to berth luxurious super yachts, some have taken to calling the area “the new Monaco.”

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Distance of Porto Montenegro from:

  • Podgorica airport 92 km
  • Budva 25 km
  • Kotor 12 km
  • Tivat airport 4 km
  • Herceg Novi 21 km

There is no organized public transport to Porto Montenegro from Tivat and Podgorica airports, you can take a taxi, rent a car or book a private transfer in advance.

National Park Lovcen and Njegosev Mausoleum

Just 40 minutes from Cetinje is the fantastic Lovcen National Park, and the pièce de résistance is the 1750m majestic Mount Lovcen. In addition to the fresh outdoors, most people visit Lovcen in order to visit the Njegos Mausoleum.  Located on Mount Jezerski, the park’s second highest peak, the tomb holds the remains of Montenegro’s greatest hero, Petar II Petrovic Njeos. The mausoleum itself has been built into the mountain and laid with marble. You have to walk the last 500 steps or so, but it’s worth it.  On a clear day you can see almost the entire country – and it’s spectacular.  George Bernard Shaw even said, “Am I in paradise or am I on the moon?”

Lovcen Njegosev Mauzolej

Distance of National Park Lovcen from:

  • Podgorica 30 km
  • Budva 45 km
  • Kotor 65 km
  • Tivat 67 km
  • Herceg Novi 86 km

You can reach Lovćen National Park by transfer because there is no direct bus line. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or bus with a professional driver here.

Cetinje

The former capital of Montenegro is now a backpacking haven thanks to the extraordinary mountain range that sits just behind Kotor and Perast. In the main square of Cetinje you’ll find the former home of King Nikola which has been converted into a museum.  In fact, there are several museums in town all within walking distance. The main attraction here is the Cetinje Monastery, originally built in the 15th century.  Though its been destroyed a number of times over the centuries and the current incarnation dates from the 18th century. Here you can visit a shard of the True Cross and the mummified right hand of St. John the Baptist.

Entrance to the Presidential Palace in Cetinje Montenegro Culture

Distance of Cetinje from:

  • Podgorica 36 km
  • Budva 35 km
  • Kotor 53 km
  • Tivat 55 km
  • Herceg Novi 75 km

You can reach the Cetinje by public bus from all cites or by transfer. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or a bus with a professional driver here.

Budva old Town

Old town Budva

Budva may be known for it 17 stunning beaches and nightlife (some people even call it the “Miami of Montenegro”), but we’re partial to the Old Town, which is surrounded by stone walls built by Venetians. Though much of it was damaged by an earthquake in 1979, labyrinthine streets and charming squares remain. Be sure to take in the views from the old citadel.

The old town is Budva’s trademark. It is raised on the island, which used to be connected with the land by a sandy covering and so it grew into a peninsula. The Old Budva’s town is a unique architectural and urban entity which is mentioned as a lodgment even in the antique period. According to those sources, Budva is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic – it is more than 2.500 years old.

The walls of the Old town were, and are even today, the attraction for both the tourists from the country as well as for those from the farthest parts of the world. They date from the middle century, when in these areas Venetians ruled. Certain damages the urban nucleus of the Old town experienced twice, first in 1667., and then in 1979. in great earthquakes.

When for the first time you visit the old Budva’s town maybe you will think that you are in a labyrinth, because of the braided streets, squares, bulwarks and towers from the late middle century.

In the Old town a city fortress Citadela (Citadel) is placed, which dates from the V – VI century B.C., which is today a stage of the famous City theater.

Located on the Adriatic Sea and part of the Budva Riviera, Budva is famous for its nightlife and sandy beaches.  If you’re looking for a place to let loose and party, this is exactly where you want to be.  Before the party picks up, take a walk through narrow streets of Stari Grad, or Old Town, one of the most charming parts of town. In the historic district you’ll find a seaside citadel and the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, built in the 9th century. Budva is a big draw for those with multi-million dollar yachts – and a stroll through the marina is great for daydreaming and picking out which vessel you prefer.

Distance of Budva Old Town from:

  • Podgorica airport 65 km
  • Cetinje 32 km
  • Kotor 23 km
  • Tivat airport 25 km
  • Herceg Novi 45 km

The main bus station in Budva is 2 km away from the old town, the city bus is regular and you can easily go to Sveti Stefan, Petrovac, Kotor, etc.

From Budva There is no direct bus line to the airports in Tivat and Podgorica. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or bus with a professional driver here.

Sveti Stefan

A playground for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Kirk Douglas in the 1960s, Sveti Stefan today is off-limits to anyone not staying at the luxurious Aman resort on the islet. Also the name of the onshore township connected to the island by a causeway, Sveti Stefan has few bad angles, and is one of the most photographed spots in Montenegro.

Sveti Stefan is a summer resort for elite tourists and for the tourists who crave for glamour. When at the end of the 1940’s a decision was brought which said that this place should be turned into a tourist facility, a creation of new history began for Sveti Stefan. Its glory from then until now to world is presented by actors like Sofia Loren and Carlo Bruni, as well as the presidents of the majority of countries of the world, singer, scientists and many others.

English princess Margaret stayed as well as Italian King Umberto II of Savoy, famous world actors like: Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Geraldine Chaplin, Sidney Poatie, Richard Vidmark, Sylvester Stallone, Jeremy Irons… Famous literates Andre Marlow and Alberto Moravia, also stayed in Sveti Stefan, also Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin, famous chess master Robert Fisher, as well as the most beautiful women in the world Claudia Shifer. The majority of the mentioned “crowned heads” stayed in the villa 118, which is a part of the hotel complex “Sveti Stefan”. For that exclusive villa, the price of staying is negotiated with the leaser. The starting price is 1.500 euros a day.

In 1972. year Sveti Stefan got a reward “Golden apple”, as the most exclusive summer resort in the world. In its immediate vicinity a former king’s summer residence is situated, which is today hotel Milocer.

Hotel Milocer is completely surrounded by the pinewoods. In the immediate vicinity is a gorgeous park, which is made of pine tree alleys, nicely arranged smaller parks with various flowers, two beaches, walking path which along a smaller hill leads you to the hotel Sveti Stefan. A special experience represents a lunch or a dinner in the open-air restaurant of the hotel, which is made of the finest white stone.

Such a natural surrounding, like it is the surrounding of Milocer, is ideal for the rest of the tourists with a refined taste. It is a perfect place for the funs of the rest in peace, which is disturbed just with the chirping of some bird or the murmur of the swimmers.

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National Park Skadar Lake

The largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula is Skadar lake. Roughly 400 square kilometres it’s a bit hard to describe accurately.  Owned jointed by Montenegro and Albania, it’s been a national park since the early 1980’s. For outdoor enthusiasts who want a more laid back location, the vibe here will be perfect.  Enjoy bird watching, cultural-historical monuments, festivals, cruising, water sports, and much more are all on offer. Skadar lake is one of most beautiful lake in Montenegro

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Distance of Skadar Lake National Park from:

  • Podgorica 30 km
  • Budva 45 km
  • Kotor 65 km
  • Tivat 67 km
  • Herceg Novi 86 km

You can reach the Skadar Lake National Park by train from Podgorica and stop in Virpazar, where all activities begin. From Podgorica you can also get there by bus to the town of Bar and stop at the bus stop in Virpazar. Another option is transfer from other cities because there is no direct line. You can also come by your own car, rent a car, take a taxi. If your family is large or you are with friends and you need a bigger vehicle, you can rent a van or bus with a professional driver here.

Old Town Bar

Once part of the Roman Empire, Stari Bar was the economic and political centre for the Byzantines of the region.  Now, the ruins of that long gone era sit at the top of sheer cliff faces accessible only from one point.  There is a small museum inside with exhibits of artefacts dating back to 800 BC. It will also give you a great recounting of the history of the place, including the 19th century bombing by Montenegro in its efforts to take back the town from the Turks. Visit St. Nicholas’ Church with its Serbo-Byzantine frescoes, the 11th century fortress, and St George’s Cathedral, Stari Bar’s patron saint. If you’re interested in Ottoman architecture, take a look at the Turkish bathhouse, the clock tower, and the 17th century aqueduct which carried water from 3km outside of town.

Aqueduct in bar city

Podgorica Capital

The capital and largest city of Montenegro has about 250,000 inhabitants. His aesthetics reflect his turbulent history, in which he was controlled by everyone, from the Austro-Hungarians to the Turks. As many tourists move straight from the airport to the sea or the mountains, Podgorica is not known to them. The capital is worth visiting at least one night because of the green streets and lively cafes, monuments, promenades by the river, the clock tower and other cultural sights (head to the central town square, Republic Square.)

Podgorica capital of Montenegro

The Ostrog Monastery

Built almost entirely into a vertical rock face, Ostrog is something of an architectural marvel. Dating back to the 17th century, it houses the remains of Saint Basil of Ostrog and is the the most important pilgrimage site in Montenegro.

Ostrog Monastery, a miracle built by nature and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff, is today the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality which is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world and of travellers of all religions every year.

It is one of three most visited Christian destinations on the planet with its cave-like chapel and the Monastery complex that preserves the sanctity of Saint Basil the , Orthodox Christian Saint of Miracles.

All of Montenegrin spirituality beliefs and cultural treasures found their home high up in the Ostrog cliffs. This breathtaking destination will fill your soul with high elevated feelings of devotion and reverence to God.

Ostrog

Moraca Monastery

This active monastery in the central part of the country was founded in 1252, and draws visitors for its religious art housed in two churches—the Church of the Dormition and the smaller St. Nicholas’s Church. Notable artworks include Georgije Mitrofanović’s The Virgin Enthroned with Child, Prophets and Hymnographers (1617) and Jovan Kir Kozma’s Saints Sava and Simeon (1645).

Monastery Moraca

Biogradska Gora National Park

Located between the Tara and Lim rivers is National Park Biogradska Gora. You’ll find old forests, clear lakes, and lovely pastures here.  But in the heart of the park is something truly incredible. First is the virgin forest.  And the in the heart of this unbelievable virgin forest is Biogradska lake, a truly remarkable glacier lake. The park boasts six glacial lakes, mountain peaks over 2000 metres, archaeological sites, sacred monuments, and several buildings built in traditional architecture. Nature lovers will enjoy the 26 distinct habits, 200 plant varieties, 150 bird species, and 10 types of mammals.

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