Want a stunning 1 week Montenegro Itinerary? Then you’ve come to the right place you lucky sausage.
I first heard a lot about Montenegro when I was in Croatia. Fellow travellers just coming from Croatia’s small neighbour were raving about the place.
Rustic, cheap, crystal clear waters, less tourists and plenty of stunning nature.
I had to go.
A month later I was flying into Montenegros capital, Podgorica, to start a 1 week adventure like no other.
For this 1 week Montenegro Itinerary you can fly into the capital Podgorica and fly out of Tivat. Or you can do it the other way around!
You Montenegro itinerary begins..
Skadar National Park – 2 nights
Lake Skadar is your first stop on Your Montenegro Itinerary. After taking the ancient train from the airport you arrive in arguably the most beautiful part of Montenegro.
Skadar National park is a nature lovers paradise and isn’t short of activities to keep you busy.
Kaying Lake Skadar
The centre-piece of the National Park is Lake Skadar itself, and it’s surrounded by huge limestone hills.
As you kayak on the lake you’ll glide over the carpet of lily pads and see the many birds that call this lake home.
You can easily spend a morning exploring the lake. It’s pretty tiring but if you want you can even visit some local islands and beaches!
Hidden about a 90min trek or 10 min taxi ride from the town of Virpazar is Godinje bay. The bay isn’t that well known and as a result its beach will only have a few visitors.
The beach overlooks the lake with stunning views of the distant mountains as well as an island that has the ruins of an Ottoman prison.
The beach has kayaks available to rent as as well as a small restaurant to keep you fed and happy.
Some of the best hiking in Europe
Now I’ve been on my fair share of hikes, but Montenegro has honestly the best hike i’ve ever been on.
The hike in Walnut valley will take you along a crystal clear river with old ottoman bridges crossing it. The whole way you wont see another soul and the hike culminates in the freshest waterfalls i’ve ever swam in!
Besac Castle overlooks the Lake Skadar and the town of Virpazar. The castle costs 1 euro to enter and has recently been restored to its former glory.
Its only a 15 minute walk from the town and is a great place to watch the sunset.
Budva – 2 nights
Budva is a bustling seaside town that is a big draw for tourists from all over. Although busy, the town is well worth a visit and will keep you entertained for your stay.
Beaches and Cliff jumps
Budva is famous for it’s beaches, and they’re busy during the summer! However that’s for good reason, the waters are crystal clear and the beaches are beautiful.
On the north side of Mogren Beach you will find two stunning cliff jumps. one is about 7m and the other is over 15m. The scenery is stunning and the waters so inviting!
Jump at your own risk!
Situated up in the hills overlooking Budva is Aquapark Budva. Opened in 2016 the park has 7 waterslides and apparently you can get up to 80kmh on one of them!
The park has plenty of restaurants and bars and it also hosts plenty of parties during the summer for you to enjoy.
The night life in Budva is buzzing and the best you’ll find on your Montenegro Itinerary!
Inside the old town there are plenty of cool bars and pubs for you to visit – my fave was Casper Bar. Some are a little stuck up and only let you have a table if you buy a bottle – but you can avoid those!
Once these places quieten down you can head to the clubs if that’s your thing! Top Hill was voted the worlds best club in 2012 and still impresses. It wasn’t out thing so we just headed to the beach and talked! Grandad, I know.
You have probably seen a picture of Sveti Stefan from Instagram. It’s a stunning piece of land that juts out into the sea. On the island is Montenegros most exclusive hotel as well as a swathe of fancy restaurants.
Viewing the island from the shore and visiting the beaches in the area is an experience itself. To get on the island you need to book a table at one of the restaurants – check you out fancy pants.
Kotor – 2 nights
Kotor may well be the highlight of your Montenegro Itinerary – it was for me! The town has simultaneously the best old town i’ve visited and the most jaw dropping scenery to accompany it.
The old town of Kotor is the one of most stunning i’ve visited in Europe. The town is surrounded by its ancient walls and the streets have so many secrets to explore.
Off each cobbled street you will find churches, cute cafes, tiny shops, and great pubs.
Fortifications of Kotor
The imposing fortifications of Kotor overlook the town and are a great place to view the sunset. Getting to the fortifications is about a 30 – 45min walk and there is a way you pay 8 euros or another way it’s free.
The free way is fun and takes you up a shepherd path, past some pretty cool ruins, and into the fortress through a back door.
once at the top the views of the bay of Kotor are stunning and exploring the fortress is great fun.
Perast and Our lady of the rocks
Perast is a small piece of Venice about a 30minute drive up the coast from Kotor. The town is small but has stunning buildings and views to accompany!
Our Lady of The Rocks is a small island that was formed by sailors dropping rocks on the spot until it formed an island. On this island has been built multiple places of worship and rocks are still dropped there today!
The Saturday market in Kotor is a must visit if you’re in the town on a weekend.
TripAdvisor has this rated as the 3rd best attraction in Kotor so it must be pretty good 😉
Vendors come from all over the region to sell their homemade produce such as olive oil, fruit, and trinkets.
Lovćen National Park
Lovćen National Park is another paradise straddling the paradise that is Kotor.
The small National Park contains the best panoramic views in Montenegro. A hike up the steps to the Njegos Mausoleum is tiring but well worth it.
The mausoleum is guarded by two huge statues and you’ll feel like you’re on the lord of the rings set. The views from site are a Panormaic dream.
Theres also 3 great hikes in the park ranging from 4.5km through to 12.5km.
You Montenegro itinerary summary
This stunning 1 week Montenegro Itinerary will take you on an adventure through the rustic young country.
Skadar will provide you with stunning nature and outdoors activities. Budva will provide you with fun times on beautiful beaches. Whilst Kotor will show you the stunning ancient history of Montenegro in jaw dropping surroundings.