Montenegro, worth the trip?
Yes! it's not your typical holiday experience but it's definitely worth checking out. I had no idea how unalike Eastern Europe is to it's western counterpart, it was totally different to any place on the continent that I'd been before (which was so exciting!)
I won't lie and say it was beautiful and stunning and blah blah blah because if I'm honest, for the most part it wasn't. In fact Montenegro is quite run down... rubbish litters the streets, stray cats sit on corners, and dilapidated buildings dot the coastline. On top of that there was no one around! it was so eerily desolate that at times I was convinced I'd somehow travelled 1000 years into the future to a time when civilisation had all but died out. Personally though and probably surprisingly to some of you I enjoyed it for those very reasons. I don't travel to see and experience the same things, it's the new and unknown that excites me and the vibe in Montenegro was a whole new cup of tea, perfect!
Despite its lack of beauty in places, some of the beaches (although rocky) are gorgeous. The old town is beautiful too, and the best part? everything is dirt cheap! any place where you can stay in a beautiful apartment with a view of the sea for €20.00 per night is my kind of place. Speaking of which;
Where to stay;
In terms of accomodation your options are pretty broad considering how affordable everything is. Budva is definitely the place you want to be, the capital city of Podgorica is pretty sh** for lack of a better word! at least Budva has an aspect of beauty about it. You can stay in a nice apartment like i did and pay on average €20 a night, most of the apartments will be located a 15/20 minute walk away from the old town, it's a nice walk along the water though. Or you can stay in a hostel right in the old town itself for the same price, but then you miss out on the walk! For double that price ie; approx €40 per night you can stay in a pretty fancy hotel/resort on the waterfront. I always prefer apartments to hotels though, i'm not entirely sure why but i think it's got something to do with feeling like i'm at home. Staying in an apartment makes my stay feel more authentic, as if for those few days i'm a legit local 🙂 hotels are so industrial and impersonal. Anyway, now you've got an idea of where to stay you're probably wondering what you should check out while you're there right?...
What to do;
Don't miss Budva's old town- It's only small but it's really beautiful. You'll be wanting to stop around every corner to capture the rustic beauty of it. But of course, photos never do these places justice! choose one of the gorgeous little resturants to stop for a bite to eat and a few drinks while you watch the world go by.
Budva's beautiful old town.
Visit Sveti Stefan for a swim and a coffee- When you search 'Montenegro' on the internet pictures of Sveti Stefan are what will appear most prominently in your search, it's a lovely, quiet little place. You can't venture onto the island itself but the beaches either side are fab swimming spots, and if you follow the path along the water front it will lead you to a stunning walk along the cliff face which takes you over to the other side and comes out at another peaceful little beach. It's a great place for skipping stones too! is that childish?... well if it is i dont care, such a basic but enjoyable thing to do 🙂
Stunning Sveti Stefan.
Go for a swim and enjoy lunch and a few beverages at Przno beach- Przno beach is so tranquil, it's a tiny but beautiful spot with a sleepy fishing village kinda vibe - amazing! there's a few resturants along the water which are so nice to sit at for a drink and/or lunch, honestly i could have sat there alllll day!
Gorgeous Przno beach.
What's the best way to get around?
I definitely recommend hiring a car, we hired a car for 7 days for only £100 - super affordable. We flew into Dubrovnik, Croatia and drove from there. The border crossing is simple, quick, and there's no tolls to pay as the route doesn't have highways. The roads are good to drive on too! I find having a car and not having to worry about trains/buses/taxis etc so much easier, it's more flexible and therefore less stressful. I think you get to see & experience more with a car for transportation too 🙂
How much spending money will I need?
You can easily get away with spending less than €20 per person per day, so for a week €150.00 will be plenty. To be honest if you're not eating out and/or drinking much I'd even say €100.00 is enough for one week (for one person) the currency in Montenegro is euro.
Is it safe?
Yes. Despite it's somewhat dodgy appearance in places I didn't feel unsafe once. I always advise to be smart and cautious though no matter where in the world you are! You don't need to worry about being mugged in Montenegro but that doesn't mean you'd leave the car unlocked right?... dumb things happen to dumb people!
Well I hope you've taken something positive away from this post, if your flights are already booked then enjoy your trip! if you were procrastinating wether or not to go then I hope I've convinced you to go ahead and book 😉
Over and out. x