The idea about spending our holiday in 2018 in Montenegro came from one of my projects in school. As you know, I’m studying to become a travel agent, and I had to prepare a selling presentation about Montenegro for a future customer.
After going through a significant amount of information about this amazing and still unexplored place, I felt in love with it. Then it became my next goal, to visit Montenegro and check if it is as amazing in reality as it is in the pictures, so the planning process started. (I will cover in one of my future posts how I plan my trips and how I usually find money for them).
How to get to Montenegro
After weeks of planning and going through different options, we decided to take a flight from Skavsta Airport to Podgorica on May 27th. The flight was operated by Ryanair, and it took around 3 hours to get there. Maybe that isn’t the most comfortable way to go to Montenegro from Sweden, but I am sure it is the cheapest and the only one going non-stop to Podgorica ;). If you are ready to pay more, there are plenty of airlines flying to Podgorica, Tivat or even Dubrovnik as Turkish Arlines, SAS, or Air Serbia for example.
Going around in Montenegro
There are many options to move around in Montenegro. You can rent a car (the roads are good, but remember that you will drive around mountains), use the local buses or just take a taxi.
Taxis are cheap and there are different taxi companies with different prices. One tip that we got from the landlord where we stayed is to always ask first about the price before starting the ride.
We decided to go by taxi because I am not a good driver and I am sure that driving there will bring only a lot of stress to us. From Podgorica Airport we took a company called Taxi Podgorica Airport. I found them trough TripAdvisor and I have to say that both me and my boyfriend were very satisfied with the service. A friendly driver welcomed us at the airport, even after our flight being delayed. The car was fresh, clean and comfortable. The ride from Podgorica to Kotor, where we spent our first days, lasted around 1 hour 30 min and cost 55 euros.
Kotor - A place where I will come back
The first town that we decided to visit was Kotor. This magical small town from the 13th century is located in the south-west part of Montenegro with direct connection to the Mediterranean Sea through the Kotor Bay.
This historical place and its beautiful architecture captivated us from the first moment. We reached the town during night, and the first thing we saw was the lights going up through the mountain on the city walls.
Accommodation in Kotor
We stayed in Bella Vista Apartments for 4 days. The accommodation is really well located right in front of Kotor’s Old Town, so we could see it from the balcony of our room.
It is possible to walk to the Old Town surrounding the Kotor Bay. It took us around 20 minutes. The only inconvenience was the street where we had to walk, because it was a narrow road without sidewalks and the local drivers are drive pretty fast there. We even came up with a private joke and called it the ¨Suicide Road¨. For people who are not so brave to walk there, there is always the option of taking a taxi that costs only 2-3 euros. Thanks to our friendly host we didn’t have any problem with ordering taxis throughout our whole stay.
My favorite place was our balcony where I spend most of the time reading, drinking morning coffee, or just enjoying breakfast with fresh bread and chocolate milk from the store that was nearby. One day, we even got lucky enough to spot a dolphin swimming in the bay in the early morning :).
Kotor - The town of cats
Kotor is an amazing town with a very rich history and buildings from the 13th century, but is also a paradise for cat lovers. As reflected on the pictures, cats do whatever they want in Kotor, even taking a nap on the chair in a restaurant. Going around you can notice that no one is bothering them and everyone (locals and tourists) just spoil them around. So if you are allergic to cats, don’t forget to bring your medicine with you to Kotor :). As a huge cat lover I was positively surprised that most of cats there looked healthy and in good condition.
Hungry? Here you will find good food!
After long time stressed with both school and work, we decided that our holiday in Montenegro would be without any rush nor specific plans. We were spending our days walking around, trying local food and desserts, and just enjoying the beautiful weather without worrying about too many tourists.
A holiday in the Mediterranean cannot be complete without a good fish and sea food. One of the culinary specialties in Montenegro is grilled fish with spinach and potatoes. We tried it for the first time in one of the restaurants located on the main square in the Old Town. The owner of the restaurant came to our table with fresh, raw fish on a plate and asked us which one he should grill for us, then served it on our table. I regret not having recorded it, but the guy was very quick and professional in cutting out and serving the fish. The dish tasted really good, and together with local beer it made us happy for the rest of a day.