From Trebinje in the south of Bosnia-Herzegovina, we travelled to Montenegro starting with the city of Kotor. The bus ride is once again long and not very comfortable.
It was night time when we reached the city and the view is breathtaking.
The city of Kotor is a fortified city and is located at the very end of the fjord in the Kotor Bay on the Adriatic coast. You can see the magnificent churches of Perast, 2 small islets side by side in the middle of the bay, splendid.
Our accommodation was not in the old town of Kotor but about 2km, which allowed us to enjoy great views at different times of the day and to be relatively quiet compared to the excitement around the city. Old town, especially with the daily arrival of cruise ships that pour their flow of tourists. There is also a paid "hike" to 8 EUR leaving the old town to reach the Castle San Giovanni, it is worth the cost for the breathtaking view of the bay, but beware 1km climb with 200m of elevation and more than 1000 steps .
We rented bike at our guest house, which allowed us to move around.
Our next stop in Montenegro is Tivat, located a few kilometers from Kotor. the city itself was nothing special with crowded stony beaches, but lively seaside resort, with restaurants, bars. We had a great Air BnB with a great host who found us a scooter rental. Let's go on the roads of Kotor Bay with our amazing ride (50cc).
It was pretty fun, even if sometimes we were not sure to reach the top of the hills! We reached a very nice beach on the road to Budva where we found a not too crowded spot.
We are now leaving the beautiful Kotor Bay towards the town of Bar. We spend 2 nights. We didn't do much there, some laundry and some preparation of the next steps of our trip.
We continue our trip in Montenegro and we are going now to Virpazar, a small village near the Skadar Lake. Lake Skadar is the largest lake in Southern Europe, with a length of 44km and an average depth of 5m. This lake is shared between Montenegro (2 / 3) and Albania (1 / 3).
We did a nice and fun Boat tour on the lake, with a short stop to swim. The next day we rented canoes so we could explore the lake by ourselves. We did some great aerial shots with the drone.
Skadar Lake and its national park remains Virpazar's main attraction, but we also enjoyed wine and locally produced raki at a local winery Cermeniza estate .Very enjoyable.
To finish before leaving towards Albania we end with the capital of Montenegro: Podgorica. It had been read in different articles but actually this city really does not have much appealing. We arrived on a Sunday in the early afternoon, everything was closed, the city center consists of one main street, nothing exciting. Ah, if ... football! There was just one match tonight at the Podgorica stadium and we watched the match between FK Podgorica Buducnost and FK Lovcen, in fact no, we just watched the first half because not very very interesting as a match, then the tickets were cheap: it was free entry and placement!
Tops and flops
- Kotor Bay, amazing views.
- Virpazar and lake Skadar.
- the city of Bar, not as good as we expected. Not much to see.
- waste and their management, but also the bad habits of some locals that throw everything, everywhere.
- the level of the 1 Football League of Montenegro not that great :-)
We spent less than expected in Montenegro! Hooray, some savings! More seriously, the budget was 96 EUR / day for both of us, and we spent 996 EUR for 11 days, ie 90 EUR / day. No huge savings, but we enjoyed without restriction so All good!
The nice side of Montenegro for us French people, is that Montenegro is a wine country! We could find good and affordable wines. So 50 / 50 wines / beers.
As for beers, not too many choices unfortunately. We got the Nikisko, that we had in the Serbian part of Bosnia
Nikisko - lager - Details