In my last post I was telling you about the first part of our vacation in Montenegro, in which we stayed in Kotor. Today is time to talk a little bit more about our experience in this beautiful country.
Kotor Bay Cruise
In Kotor we spend 4 out of our 7 days of vacation. One of those days we decided to take a whole-day boat trip around Kotor Bay. There is a lot of different options and offers that you can find only walking through Kotor, so it is not necessary to book it in advance. However, if you would like to visit Kotor during high season, I would highly recommend booking in advance. I am the type of person that likes to have everything planned, so I found and book a Kotor Bay Cruise run by the 360Monte travel agency. I think that was the best choice ever.
We started our tour at 10:30 in Kotor where we boarded the boat, where the captain together with our guide welcomed us with a glass of wine. According to 360Monte, the boat can take 19 people in every tour, but we were lucky and with us there were only 8 people, so we had a comfortable trip with a lot of space for everyone.
The boat was very comfortable with some sun beds in the front, sitting area in the middle as well as a sun deck on the roof where you could take sun or read a book on comfortable bean bag chairs.
The tour was planned very well. Our first destination was the Blue Cave, being it the farthest point of the whole journey. On our way there, while enjoying the weather and the peaceful environment, we passed by a small town near Kotor called Perast. Our guide told us the story about the fortress that we could see above the town. According to him, this fortress was built to protect the town from pirates coming through Kotor Bay who wanted to plunder and/or destroy it – so they would never succeed.
After Perast we saw The Lady of the Rock island which we visited as a last stop. Herceg Novi and many more small towns around Kotor Bay were also in our way to the Blue Cave.
After around four hours, we reached the Blue Cave. Unfortunately, the weather changed, and we didn’t have chance to see the magic blue water (due to lack of sun light), so this is still not checked on my bucket list ;). (I have a reason to come back to Montenegro in the close future). Back to the topic! We couldn’t see the magic of the Blue Cave, but our Captain took us next to another small cave, where volunteers could swim in.
That was not the end of our travel experience with 360Monte tour. On our way back, we went to see the submarine tunnels that the military used to hide submarines from enemy’s airplanes during the war in 2006. That is part of Montenegrin history. The part of the history that they are not open to talk about. I think that it is an interesting experience to see that amazing engineering work. Here again we had a short stop, so whoever wanted could go to the water and explore the tunnel themselves. I am the type of person that is always cold, so I stayed on the boat ;).
Our last stop on the journey was the island called The Lady of the Rock. It is an island made by people from the surrounding towns where, according to a legend, two brothers found a painting of Madonna with Child. One of them was sick and after they took the painting home he became miraculously healed. After that incident it became a tradition to throw a stone there every time someone came back safely after a voyage. People also started to sink old ships to help build the island, where now is placed a Catholic Church and a museum (Don’t forget proper clothes when going to the church! Bikinis are not permitted!). Every year in July 22nd there is a boat procession to The Lady of the Rock to celebrate the day of the miracle there. (This is the next point in my bucket list – to visit Kotor on this day). The whole day boat trip cost us around 50 Euro per person.
Budva - the city that never sleep
Our perfect time in Kotor, with beautiful mornings on our balcony and cozy old town nearby, came to an end. It was time to move forward in our journey to the next town – Budva. Our host from the accommodation in Kotor offered us a ride to Budva to our accommodation there. It took around 40 min and we paid around 20 euro. Don’t forget to have your camera ready while you go on this road. The view is amazing!
Accomodation in Budva - Lighthouse Apartment
After a 40-minute drive we had arrived in our accommodation: Lighthouse Apartments. This accommodation is located around 2.5 km from Budva, almost on the top of a hill, so prepare yourselves for some training ;). We didn’t want to stay in central Budva, because we were looking for peace and a beautiful view, and this accommodation provided us with precisely those things. The room was simple, with a small kitchenette and a private bathroom. The bed was comfortable, with direct view to the open sea, and both the room and the common areas were clean. There was also a barbecue place in the facilities, so we didn’t need to cook so much inside.
The only minus of this accommodation was that it is kind of far from the nearest store, as well as from the other attractions, if you don’t have a car. We could see from our windows the most popular beach in Budva, but unfortunately there are no walking paths going there, so you need to go through one of the busiest roads in Montenegro. It is a different story when going to Budva. It takes around 20-30 minutes walking to get there, and there is a sidewalk the whole way (with a small section within a tunnel, so prepare your phone or other sources of light).
Ever since the first moment in Lighthouse Apartments we felt like in home. I think that it’s the owners’ praise for their tenants. Jasna and her husband are very warm people, with open hearts and it just feels like home hospitality. There was also Sebastian the cat, whom became my friend since the first day J. I am sure that I will come back to Lighthouse Apartments the next time I will visit Budva, when I am planning a road trip with my family.
This part of our holiday was mainly to relax, so we didn’t plan anything special. We spent our days walking around, eating good food and drinking mojitos. Budva’s Old Town is a beautiful place with many good restaurants, coffee places, and beach bars. We didn’t explore so much of Budva’s new areas, because this it is not our thing. However, if you like shopping and night life probably Budva will catch your heart and wallet ;).
That is everything about our Anniversary Trip to Montenegro. I hope you enjoyed it with me! The whole trip costed us around 1500 – 1700 Euro (include everything, without thinking to much about the budget in Montenegro)
Our next trip will be LONDON BABY!!!!
See you on the road,