What to See in A Day in Montenegro

I wish we’d had longer, but one day was all we could spend in the small but beautiful country of Montenegro. We were worried about driving into the mountains after hearing mixed reviews of the roads, and so hired a driver to take us across the border from Dubrovnik.

The border crossing was quick, and we passed by a few abandoned resorts as we headed away from Dubrovnik and toward the border. The crossing was relatively quick (15 min or so between both borders) and we were adding a new country to our list! Our first stop was Perast, home of the famous Our Lady of the Rocks church, built on rocks deposited where an icon of the Madonna and Child was found on a reef. The church and museum are filled with gifts from thankful sailors who have had safe sailings, and it is beautiful to be on an island in the middle of the fjordlike bay. (It’s about 5 euro for a return trip with a half hour on the island per person, sometimes negotiable).

After a wander through tiny Perast, we headed for Kotor, our main stop on the trip. We had a few hours to spend here, and first decided to walk up the famous walls. Before you go up, you should know it is far more like hiking than walking city walls. 

They are built into the mountains surrounding the city and have deteriorated quite a bit. There’s a church about halfway up with excellent views. We made it to the fort on top, but didn’t continue into it because a thunderstorm was rolling in. Still, a great hike with excellent views of the city and bay. Kotor is a beautiful walled old town but it gets absolutely packed with tourists, especially as it’s recently become popular with cruise boats. Still, there are plenty of cafes, churches and adorable stray cats to keep you entertained.

After lunching and shopping in Kotor, it was time to head up into the mountains toward Njegusi. The famous road has 24 switchbacks, and it’s a bit terrifying, as tour busses often travel up it, forcing cars to back up down the switchbacks, which don’t always have guardrails. You could drive it yourself, but you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the views without pulling over and it’s a bit of a white knuckled drive. The benefit to doing it yourself is that you could do a loop around the national park,  whereas we had some confusion with our driver and he ended up not taking us to the places he was supposed to according to the itinerary posted on his company’s website which was annoying.

We had a scenic and uneventful drive back to Dubrovnik, where we spent the last night of our trip eating a delicious pizza and enjoying our last taste of Croatian wine.  Overall it was an amazing trip, from our travels in Slovenia to taking pretty much every type of transport across Croatia and daytripping to Montenegro, it wasn’t a vacation we’ll soon forget!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Darlene says:

    You made good use of your time in Montenegro! Great pictures.

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog, I wish we’d had more than one day to explore but we enjoyed ourselves!

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  2. You still managed to see a lot, including Perast which is stunning! Definitely need to go back! The roads are bad, but not unbearable where you couldn’t drive yourself. We did and had no problems. Just gotta slow down before a pothole! 🙂 #FarawayFiles


  3. Rebecca says:

    Your photos of Montenegro sure do inspire wanderlust! I’m thinking of making a visit there, also as a day trip from Croatia, so your post is really helpful! Sounds like a worthwhile time. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It’s such a gorgeous place, and really easy to visit as a day trip from Dubrovnik, I hope you get a chance to go!

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  4. afamilydayout says:

    I’d love to visit Montenegro. One of my book club friends is from there and she takes her family back for long summer holidays – it always sounds so amazing!

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    1. What a great place to spend summer holidays! It’s a beautiful country to visit, I hope you get a chance to travel there!


  5. WanderMum says:

    This is somewhere we’d love to go. Your photos are stunning. What an amazing day trip and always fab to tick another country off the list. #farawayfiles

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    1. Thanks! It was a perfect day trip-though we could have spent more time there for sure.


  6. angharadeyre says:

    I’m really jealous of your travels! But also really struck by how much busier these places are now than when I visited about ten years ago. I don’t know if it’s because we went slightly before the beginning of the high season, but I certainly don’t remember that many cruise ships!

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    1. I think some of the popularity is Game of Thrones related but it’s hard to believe around 25 years ago there was a war going on there. We were there just before the high season, I can’t imagine what it’s like now.

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  7. I can see some Croatian vibes in the pictures, must be very nice to visit as well!!

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    1. It’s not far from the Croatian border, and very scenic!

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  8. Clare Thomson says:

    Goodness Amanda, that cruise ship looks nearly as big as the buildings nearby! Love your photos of Kotor. It’s somewhere I’d love to visit one day, hopefully when most of the tourists are gone. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles


  9. Katy says:

    Such a beautiful part of the world that you so clearly fell in love with. I know they need the cruise ships to build their economy but they kind of spoil the view don’t they? Thanks for joining #farawayfiles


  10. Reblogged this on Travel Inspire Connect and commented:
    Your photography is stunning, Amanda! Definitely, a place not to be missed!


  11. Darn those cruise ships! But looks like you were able to enjoy despite the crowds. Cheers to beautiful Montenegro (and Croatian wine!) Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin


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