A Couple's Guide To Montenegro
Kotor, Dobrota | © Trish Hartmann / Flickr
Montenegro is the most beautiful country that is becoming more and more popular as a travel destination. It’s perfect for solo travelling, but even more enchanting when you travel with a significant other. All the places that are already appealing for the single traveller are shining a little bit brighter when it’s not just a place anymore, but the perfect scene for you and your loved one.
Start with the north of the country and get in touch with nature and yourself. Pardon, you two. The north of Montenegro is the place that will give you the feeling of endless freedom and completeness. Wake up in the one of the romantic mountain chalets, with the smell of the woods and the view of the pine forest and stunning Durmitor mountain. Have a delicious breakfast prepared by locals before a hiking tour into one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The best and the cheapest place for this kind of experience is Katun Durmitor where you can sleep in the small wooden hubs for 5 euros per person, eat national organic food and ride horses. All that in the middle of the mountain. Sounds magical, isn’t it?
Climb the highest peak of the mountain – Bobotov Kuk and feel like you’re on the top of the world. Try rafting in the deepest canyon in Europe, the amazingly beautiful Tara canyon. If you are ready for the real adrenaline rush and a little bit of a danger, then canyoning in the canyon Nevidio is a must.
Durmitor | © Aleksandr Zykov / Flickr
The mountain is so magical that you’ll never forget its beauty, but it’s not the only area of Montenegro that deserves your attention. After Durmitor, it’s time to enjoy the magical coast. Lord Byron once said that the Montenegrin coastline is “the most beautiful encounter between land and sea” and before you know, the cities on the Montenegrin coast will seduce you with their charm, delicious food, breathtaking beaches and Mediterranean air.
City of a thousand steps
Herceg Novi is a town full of cobbled streets, narrow passageways that open on to lovely squares, with warm and welcoming cafes and restaurants where you can sit and eat or just have a glass of good Montenegrin wine. After that, visit the amphitheatre, the high point of the town.
Herceg Novi | © David Bailey / Flickr
Luštica is a peninsula opposite of Herceg Novi ready to let you know about its many legends of pirates, sailors and fishermen. But the biggest and the most beautiful secret is the Blue cave, a natural phenomenon that is a mix of stunning rocks, shades of blue you have never seen before and the magical play of the light and water.
Blue Cave | © kgyd / Flickr
The most romantic city in Montenegro
Only half an hour from Herceg Novi is the place that looks and feels like a fairytale. It’s a movie scene where the past merges with the present. Romantic narrow streets, museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares, centuries-old buildings, and lines of laundry fluttering from wrought-iron balconies, Venetian-style palaces and pillories, and hundreds of cats are what makes Kotor mysterious and romantic like no other place. Kotor is protected by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage and listed as the best place in the world to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet.
Kotor | © Xiquinho Silva / Flickr
Check into a hostel where a romantic movie has been filmed
Hostel Anton is located in Tivat, a charming small town 15 minutes away from Kotor. With its artistic and unique spirit and warm atmosphere, this is one of the best places to stay in all Montenegro. Hostel Anton is the place where wonderful souls roam and its romantic atmosphere is a heaven for you and your partner. Located 500 m from the nearest beach and from the centre of Tivat, it’s a place where you will meet painters, poets, musicians and be the witness of the birth of their art. Hostel Anton is one of the locations where Meet Me in Montenegro (2014) movie was filmed.
Hostel Anton | © Courtesy of hostel
Ulcinj is the beautiful town in Montenegro which used to be a pirate town and today is the heaven on Earth that’s attracting travellers from all over the world. History tells us that the famous Spanish author, Miguel Cervantes, who wrote the famous book Don Quixote, was held captive in Ulcinj for several years after being captured at sea by Corsair pirates off the coast of Barcelona, Spain. Today it’s known for the longest, most glorious beaches on the Adriatic coast called Long beach (13 km long) and Ada Bojana, which is kitesurfing heaven.
Long beach | © donchili / Flickr