3 Days in Montenegro
DO NOT MISS
Stari Grad (old town) in Kotor
Day 1: Arrive in Herceg Novi via Dubrovnik, take late afternoon bus to Kotor
It is very easy to wonder around Herceg Novi and its old town by foot. A few sights to see are the churches, Kanli Kula fortress, Spanjola fortress, and the beaches. There’s also the Savina monastery located about a mile east.
Day 2: Spend the day in Kotor, take last afternoon bus to Bar
Take the hiking trail from Old Town and climb up to the fortifications. The Old Town itself has many churches and shops to visit, including St Nicolas Church and St Tryphon’s Cathedral. There are also tourists boats that will take you to the previously mentioned islets in the Bay of Kotor.
Day 3: Explore Bar and continue journey to Macedonia
Bar is a small town that can be explored in hours. It provides a good mid-way rest point when traveling on the balkan coast. Another option is to top at the town of Ulcinj which is slightly larger
In Kotor I stayed at Old Town Hostel, which had a nice lobby and is located inside the walls of Old Town. Unfortunately the rooms do not have direct access (access through outside stairs) to the lobby, which can be inconvenient in rain. Another option is Montenegro Hostel, which is also located within the walls of Old Town.
The trip from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi, takes about 40 minutes by car, including border crossing. There are also daily bus departures. During summer season it will take longer to cross.
Traveling between Herceg Novi to Kotor by bus is fairly simple. Buses depart frequently. The route hugs the scenic Bay of Kotor. Look out for the islets Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpjela off the town of Perast. The latter has a church build on it. From afar it looks like a building floating in the middle of the bay. The bus station in Kotor is a quick walk to Old Town.
Traveling between Kotor and Bar is also fairly easy. The bus schedule is posted outside the bus station. It takes about two hours.
NOTE: It is a difficult to plan ahead and pre-book transportation in this area. There are no definitive websites with up-to-date, searchable schedules. The best resources for information were peer-supported sites such as tripadvisor or lonelyplanet forums. Some routes are not daily, or might have fewer buses during off-season so allot some flexibility when you’re traveling.
Here’s an example of a schedule found: Buses out of Dubrovnik
TRAVELING WITH LESS TIME…
Focus around Kotor area and consider renting a car to facilitate traveling in between the towns.
TRAVELING WITH MORE TIME…
- Explore the capital, Podgorica.
- Spend more days in Kotor and hike to Krstac and surrounding Austro-Hungarian Fortresses.
- Visit other coastal towns such as Budva or Ulcinj.
- See Tara Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe.
- Check out Ostrog Monastery, which is built into a vertical cliff on the road between Danilovgrad and Nikšić.
- Trek one of the national parks: Lovćen National Park, Durmitor National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Biogradska Lake and Primeval Forest National Park.