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Durmitor | © Jelena Jovićević
Durmitor | © Jelena Jovićević

A Solo Traveller's Guide To Montenegro

Picture of Jelena Vukovic
Updated: 13 February 2017

If you’re thinking of taking off on a journey alone, pack your bags and head to the heart of the Balkans, Montenegro. It’s a safe, friendly and incredibly beautiful country, making for a perfect solo adventure.

The Coast

The charming cities on the Montenegrin coast will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, diversity and the fresh Mediterranean air.

Start with Herceg Novi, which is known as the city of a thousand steps. It’s a small town, rich in greenery, flowers, stairs, historic structures and it’s a perfect start point for exploring the Montenegrin coast.

Herceg Novi - | © David Bailey / Flickr

Herceg Novi  | © David Bailey / Flickr

After Herceg Novi, on the way to Kotor, stop in Perast. Perast is a little village that looks like a place where Disney’s movies should be filmed. Take a walk and visit its beautiful islands. By dark, you should be in Kotor, the stunning town protected by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage. Exploring The Old Town of Kotor is an experience that you will remember for a long time. This town is a mix of the past and present, a beautiful place that you can see in one day, but will want to stay forever. In summer, Kotor is known also for its amazing nightlife.

Kotor - | © Xiquinho Silva / Flickr

Kotor  | © Xiquinho Silva / Flickr

After Kotor, take your time to explore Budva. This is the centre of tourism in Montenegro. It’s a little bit crowded, but it’s still worth visiting all the areas around it too, from Buljarica, through Petrovac and St. Stefan, all the way to Jaz beach. If you are a party lover, Budva may be your home for a while.

Budva - | © Chris Price / Flickr

Budva | © Chris Price / Flickr

End your coast trip with Ulcinj, which used to be a pirate town, but today represents a traveller heaven. Don’t miss the Long beach, the most beautiful sandy beach in Montenegro, and some hippie vibes on Ada Bojana.

Ulcinj - | © donchili / Flickr

Ulcinj  | © donchili / Flickr

The Interior

Montenegro is known for its diverse and dramatic landscapes. So, by exploring it, you will feel like you have experienced a few countries in one. You were in a Mediterranean heaven, enjoying beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, but now it’s time to travel to the remarkable landscape of peaks and water, Skadar lake.

Skadar lake is a beautiful playground for lovers of outdoor adventure, nature and special kind of a peaceful atmosphere that only this lake can give. This is the largest lake in the Balkans and it offers an incredible 400 square kilometers of the spectacular national park to explore. If you’re a wine lover, then this is definitely the place for you, because it is the home to Montenegro’s wine. From kayaking, hiking, wild-swimming and caving to boat cruises, culture, wine tasting and gastronomy, you will fall in love with this part of Montenegro.

Skadar lake | © Américo Meira / Flickr

Skadar lake | © Américo Meira / Flickr

But this is not the end. The best is yet to come.

The north of Montenegro will surprise you with the rugged mountain tops and steep canyons.  A picture of northern Montenegro, from any vantage point, is one of rocky, snow-capped mountains, lush verdant valleys and solitude.

When choosing which mountain to explore, Durmitor is the top choice for most. This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers, and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. The most popular activity is rafting in Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe. But we suggest doing it in the spring, because in summer it’s too calm. Canyoning in the canyon Nevidio is the best activity in this part of Montenegro, if you are looking for an adrenaline rush while exploring the wild beauty. Book your accommodation before you travel in Zabljak, the small town in Durmitor National Park.

Durmitor | © Luigi Torreggiani / Flickr

Durmitor | © Luigi Torreggiani / Flickr

All the way through Montenegro, you will be mesmerized by the kindness of Montenegrin people. They are always willing to help and give you any tips you need. So, travelling through Montenegro as a solo traveler is a beautiful experience.  You will never be really alone, but you will meet a lot of welcoming people and some of them will be your friends for a long time.