Montenegro: the Hidden Gem of the Adriatic

MannyO July 29, 2017 0
Montenegro: the Hidden Gem of the Adriatic

Nestled cosily in between Croatia and Albania, Montenegro is a delightful country to visit with a wealth of things to see and do. Often overlooked by tourists who favour Croatia’s coastal cities and the draw of nearby Italy, its fantastic natural beauty, impressive historical sites and glorious sunshine is steadily attracting more and more people to Montenegro’s shores each and every year. For now, however, Montenegro still remains one of the hidden gems of the Adriatic. A mesmerising place to explore, here are some of the best places to look out for when you visit this lovely country!

Podgorica

While many people simply fly to Podgorica and immediately head to the coast, the capital of the country is definitely worth visiting for a day or two. With its laidback charm and peaceful atmosphere, the city’s cafes are a lovely place to spend some time and are busy places no matter what time of day you stop by. With some trendy bars on offer as well as lots of cheap and delicious dining options, what the city lacks in sights, it more than makes up for in terms of ambiance. The main tourist sight is the spectacular orthodox cathedral with its lovely limestone exterior which glistens in the sunshine. The inside is a dazzling affair as bright colours shine down upon you from the murals which cover every surface.

Cetinje

Once you set off from Podgorica for the coast, a lovely little place to stop by is Cetinje; the former capital of Montenegro. While its main sights can easily be seen in a couple of hours, it’s fantastic Monastery which is set into the hillside makes it well worth stopping by. Impressive to behold, there is a charming feel to it and if you follow the path up behind it, there is a great view over Cetinje and its surroundings. With a number of museums, old churches and royal buildings to visit, Cetinje’s location on the route to the Adriatic makes it a convenient city to visit.

Budva

With over 2500 years of history, Budva is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic. The old part of town is lovely to explore as its winding cobbled alleys are lined by impressive old buildings and lively bars. Surrounded by an old wall dating to medieval times, this is the main part of Budva that tourists head to although there is a nice promenade with restaurants and a picturesque port nearby. The Adriatic lies enticingly before you and there are some great beaches for you to enjoy which offer panoramic views of the old town and mountains in the distance.

Kotor

Simply spectacular. Nestled in the Gulf of Kotor alongside the Adriatic, this delightful city’s location is absolutely stunning and its beautiful old town is a World Heritage Site. With fortifications dating back to when the Venetians ruled it and numerous old buildings, churches and museums for you to enjoy, Kotor is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination and it can get quite crowded when cruise ships stop by. For an incredible view of Kotor nestled amidst this dramatic landscape, hike up to the ruins of the fortress that overlooks the city; you won’t regret it!

 

Source:  Alex S.

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