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 hustle and bustle around the city. Old town, especially with the daily arrival of cruise ships that pour their flood of tourists. There is also a "hike" fee 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 2eme stage in Montenegro is Tivat, located a few kilometers from Kotor. In itself nothing transcendent, crowded stony beaches, but lively seaside resort, with restaurants, bars. We had a super Air BnB with a great host who found us a scooter rental. Let's go to the roads of Kotor Bay on our bike (50cm3).
It must be admitted that in the climbs it was a bit difficult! It still allowed us to find a very nice beach in the direction of Budva where we could put our towel once the horde of deckchairs and beach restaurants exceeded.
We leave now the beautiful bay of Kotor direction the city of Bar. We spend 2 nights, mainly dedicated to the stewardship and preparation of the rest of the trip.
We continue our journey to Montenegro by 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 heading towards Albania we end with the capital of Montenegro: Podgorica. We had read in different articles but actually this city really does not have much attractive. 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 a 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!
Top and flops
- Kotor Bay, amazing views.
- Virpazar and lake Skadar.
- the city of Bar, we thought to find a nice city, that nenni, nonexistent architecture, no old village and apart from a few restaurants, a shopping street, and a new church, the nothingness!
- waste and their management, but also the bad habits of some premises to throw everything, and 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 is that it is a country where we find wine easily and cheaply, it is in their culture for a long time. We drank 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