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Montenegro Travel Diary

Montenegro Travel Diary

If Montenegro hasn’t been on your radar up until now, then you are like me. But it is high time for an addition on your travel bucket list. To be honest, the recently-opened Chedi resort in the newly developed Lustica Bay (full hotel review coming soon) is to blame for getting me and my bikini to Montenegro. The Chedi in Muscat, Oman has been on my personal hit-list for years (still very much so) and when I heard about the opening in Montenegro I wanted to go – without knowing a thing about the country.

Montenegro is stunning. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I definitely left very impressed by its beauty after only 3 days. High mountains, crystal clear water and delicious cuisine (lots of fresh fish).

Montenegro

a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south. To the west of Montenegro is the Adriatic Sea.

Things to do in Montenegro:

  • explore the mountains: Whether you are planning a road trip or want to spend time by the beach, I would highly suggest a guided tour through the mountains/hills around Kotor Bay. We booked a 3-hour guided quad tour (155€ pP) and had the most incredible time. It was the perfect mix of some history on the country – ie. visiting old military check-points and ruins – as well as off-road fun and adventure with impressive views. You need to have a drivers license and bring clothes that can get dirty.
  • go swimming: A couple years ago we went to Croatia and the crystal clear water stuck with me the most. Located only 70km from the Croatian Dubrovnik, Montenegro has the same beautiful water – if not even better! However, sand beaches are nowhere to be seen, so be sure to bring proper beach shoes.
  • go hiking: Needless to say, a country with such an impressive landscape is perfect for hikes! Again, I would personally suggest a guide, simply because I feel like the spots and paths we explored during our guided tour are not something you would usually come across without insider knowledge.
  • rent a boat: Since the beaches are not that plenty or sandy, diving into the ocean from a boat is probably the best (and most luxurious) option. At the marina in Lustica Bay, they offered boats including the captain at 140€ per hour and with space for up to 6 or 8 people to head out. A great option for an afternoon out on the sea.
  • eat local fish: Mike and I are huge fans of seafood, so Montenegro was paradise for us. Tons of local, fresh fish and grilled vegetables on the menu. Our favorite meal was a whole seabass baked in salt! We usually just asked what was the catch of the day and ordered that.
  • cities: Budva and Kotor are the major cities along the water. We drove through Budva on our way to lunch in Sveti Stefan, explored old town Kotor (which is UNESCO world heritage) and had dinner in Porto Montenegro in Tivat. All are charming but Kotor is best known for its old town (with a medieval flair), Porto Montenegro ist very modern and Budva where people party, from what I was told.

Montenegro Travel Tips: Good To Know

  • Taxis: Are not too expensive and work well when called through a hotel or restaurant. We never paid between 10-22€ from the hotel to various destinations, including Tivat and the airport.
  • Tip: A lot of the places where we went charged 10% service charge – when our waiter was extra friendly, we gave an additional tip in cash (around 5-10%). Most cab drivers seemed very surprised by 1-2€ tip, so I am guessing that is not typical there  but we always got a friendly face and smile in return, so very much worth it!
  • Airports: The two relevant airports are Tivat (TIV) and Podgorica (TGD). We flew into Tivat via Belgrad in Serbia and Podgorica is accessible via direct flights from Vienna. However, in our case the direct flights were much more expensive and the drive from Podgorica to The Chedi is almost 2 hours, whereas the transfer from Tivat airport was around 15 minutes. Another option is Dubrovnik in the neighboring Croatia, however, due to the fact that Montenegro is a non-EU country, delays at the border (sometimes up to 3 hours) are possible – which is why we opted to fly directly into the country.
  • Population: 630.000 (180.000 of which are in Podgorica).
  • Language: The official language is Montenegrin, which is essentially the same language as Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

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17 Comments

  • 3 months ago

    nach dem ich vor ein paar wochen deine stories gesehen habe, habe mir sofort gedacht – da muss ich auch mal hin! es schaut so wunderschön aus 🙂
    steht ab sofort ganz weit oben auf meiner liste!
    glg katy

    http://www.lakatyfox.com

    • VICKY
      3 months ago

      Es ist wirklich ein beeindruckendes Land mit ganz wunderbarer Landschaft! Wir sind mit kaum Erwartungen hin (weil wir einfach nicht wussten was uns erwartet) und total begeistert nach Hause!

      xox Vicky

  • 3 months ago

    soooo pretty! montenegro ab jetzt auf der travel bucket list!

  • 3 months ago

    We went to Croatia last year and I vowed we would explore more of the countries in that region <3 Montenegro seems to be great – the pictures alone make me want to hop on a plane right away! Maybe it is a good destination for our Honeymoon!

    LG, Rosie //The Cheeky Mom

  • 3 months ago

    Tolle Bilder! Vor paar Jahren waren wir in Montenegro jedes Jahr, da es wirklich ein traumhaftes Land ist, aber nicht so voll mit Touristen wie Kroatien. Danke dir für die super Eindrücke, ich hoffe, dass ich es bald wieder hinschaffe!
    Liebe Grüße, Sandra / https://shineoffashion.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/sandraslusna/?hl=de

  • 3 months ago

    die fotos in denen du lachst sind so so süüüßßßß vicky <3 xx

    • VICKY
      2 months ago

      Dankeeee 🙂 Happiest when I travel <3

  • 2 months ago

    Als gebürtige Bosnierin, die in einer Beziehung mit einem Kroaten ist und neben den beiden Ländern auch öfter in Montenegro war, freue ich mich immer ganz besonders (die doch eher seltenen) Beiträge von Bloggern zu den Destinationen zu sehen. Freut mich, dass es dir so gefallen hat Liebe Vicky. Ich fand Montenegro auch wunderschön und fahre meist einmal im Jahr in eines der drei Länder.
    PS: Den Food und Wassersauberkeits Aspekt unterschreibe ich direkt mit! Zwei meiner Topgründe warum diese Länder immer einen Besuch wert sind <3

    LG Mel von http://www.smajlispassion,de

    • VICKY
      2 months ago

      Ich muss sagen, ich bin ehrlich total überrascht, dass Montenegro noch nicht mehr “gehypt” wurde… so ein schönes Land! Aber das kommt bestimmt jetzt mit den moderneren, namenhaften Hotels usw! Auf jeden Fall traumhaft schön – hat uns sehr gut gefallen!
      xox Vicky

  • Birgit
    2 months ago

    soo schöne bilder, liebe vicky. sieht echt nach einem tollen urlaub aus.
    wie ist es denn sonst preislich so? z.b. essen und trinken?
    meine eltern waren vor ein paar jahren einmal in montenegro und waren total schockiert von den hohen preisen (für essen und trinken oder parkgebühren) und sind dann wieder zurück nach kroatien … ist aber wie gesagt schon ein paar jahre her …

    • VICKY
      2 months ago

      Liebe Birgit,
      ich finde die Preise für unsere Verhältnisse o.k. (für eine 3-stündige Quad Tour hätte man hier bestimmt mehr als 155€ gezahlt – in Abu Dhabi haben wir für was ähnliches ebenfalls mehr gezahlt), Essen zB 70€ inkl, Trinkgeld für 2 Personen mit Vor- und Hauptspeise + Wein zum Lunch. Frischer Fisch ehr gleich wie bei uns vom Preis her (vl bissi günstiger, ca. 10-12€ pro 100gr) und Taxis definitiv günstiger als bei uns, wobei teilweise auch viel Willkür dabei war. Mal 10€, dann für die gleiche Strecke 22€… Generell fanden wir es für die Region allerdings auch ehr teuer. Hätten wir günstiger erwartet!
      Hoffe das hilft dir 🙂
      xox Vicky

      • Birgit
        2 months ago

        Vielen lieben Dank für die ausführliche Antwort, liebe Vicky.

  • 2 months ago

    Die Bloggerin Kenza hat chon öfter über ihre Trips nach Montenegro geblogged, daher kenne ich schon ein paar Eindrücke. Du bestätigst aber das, was sie immer schreibt: Ein Traum und nicht so überlaufen wie Kroatien. Montenegro steht daher auf jeden Fall auf meiner Travel Bucket-List!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Emilie von LA MODE ET MOI

    • VICKY
      2 months ago

      Ach wie cool – da muss ich mich gleich mal bei ihr durchklicken!!
      xox Vicky

  • […] end of August. Spoiler alert: no guinea pigs spotted in the region of Lustica Bay! Read all about our 3-day weekend in Montenegro + the most recent Orascom development in today’s The Chedi Lustica Bay Hotel […]

  • 2 months ago

    Hab tatsächlich auch von einem Freund letztens Montenegro empfohlen bekommen und denke auch, dass es echt wunderschön ist. Werde auf jeden Fall dort mal hinreisen 🙂
    LG
    Brini
    http://www.brinisfashionbook.com

  • […] apartment was pretty awesome as well), the dream abode appeared out of nowhere. On our 12-year anniversary in Montenegro, Mike had a weird intuition and suggested we browse apartments again – this time to rent […]

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