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Ticking of these 5 best things to do in Kotor will make sure that you get the most out of your stay to the most beautiful town in Montenegro.

Kotor in my opinion is the gem of Montenegro. The old town is situated on the southern tip of a stunning bay that is surrounded by towering mountains.

The towns unique history, stunning scenery, and nearby attractions will keep your jaw on the floor for at least a couple of days.


Kotor Old Town

The old town of Kotor is one of the most interesting old towns I’ve explored.

Down every street you’ll find another smaller side street with something unique to explore. I found the cutest little shops, hidden relaxing areas, as well a cool open air cinema!

The streets are very hap-hazard and random. This was deliberately done by the town planners to confuse potential invading forces!


Take a hike to Kotor Fortress.

Overlooking the old town are the fortifications of Kotor. The fortifications protected the medieval town hundreds of years ago and are still in relatively good condition.

To get to the fort you can take the usual route up the mountains at the back of the old town and pay a fair bit fo money, or you can take the secret route.

My hosel friend and I took the secret route and its a lot quieter, a lot more authentic, and a lot cooler.

The route will take you out of the old town and crisscross up the mountain. On your way up you’ll pass really quirky sites.

An old man who doesn’t speak English will offer you refreshments from his farm house, you’ll pass plenty of goats, and can explore the cutest abandoned church.

The back entrance to the fort is then up a wooden ladder through a back window.

Then you are free to explore the awesome views!


Our Lady of the Rocks

About an hours walk north of Kotor is the cute little town of Perast. Just off the shore of Perast you will find two little islands.

These islands make up what is known as ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’. This little island was once literally a bunch of rocks and has been build on over the years.

In the 1400’s an image of the Virgin Mary was seen on the site and a small Orthodox church was built on the site.

Over the years the Church has changed and now there is a Catholic church that you are free to visit and explore with a ferry service from Perast.


Lovcen National Park

Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park Kotor

Towering over the south of Kotor is Lovcen National Park. The National Park contains two large mountains that have a myriad of hikes for you to complete.

A hike to the top of Mount Lovcen to visit Njegos Mausoleum is likely to be the highlight of your time in Kotor. The imposing Mausoleum overlooks the bay of Kotor.

The Mausoleum itself is the highest in the world and is flanked by two towering figures guarding it.

A short walk on from the mausoleum is a circular view pint offering the best panoramic views in Montenegro.


Kotor Old Town Saturday Market

If you’re lucky enough to be in Kotor on a Saturday then I highly recommend a trip to the Saturday Market. Sellers from all over the region converge upon the old Town of Kotor and sell a mesmerising array of goods.

You’ll find food produce ranging from the finest home made olive oil to the tastiest vegetables in Montenegro.

You’ll also find plenty of little handmade trinkets that you’ll be able to take home with you. If you keep them for yourself or use them as gifts for friends and family is up to you!

 

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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.

lake skadar drone shot

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!

Godinje Bay

godinje bay montenegro itinerary

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!

Viewpoint

Lake Skadar Montenegro itinerary

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 cliff jumping Montenegro itinerary

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!

Aquapark Budva

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.

Night Life

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.

Sveti Stefan

sveti stefan montenegro itninerary

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 fortifications view

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.

Old Town

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

Montenegro itinerary Perast

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!

Saturday Market

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

Montenegro Itineary 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.