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Spending a day in Montenegro from Croatia

Spending a day in Montenegro from Croatia

A DAY IN MONTENEGRO

If you have read my post ‘A day in Bosnia Herzegovina’ you will know that we spent a day there when we were on holiday in Dubrovnik. Well we also spent a day in Montenegro hence this post!!

Montenegro is a little closer to Dubrovnik than Bosnia and is definitely worth a visit if you have the time. Kotor and Kotor Bay is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site so I was doubly happy!

Once again were collected from our hotel by our driver/guide for the day from Cheap Dubrovnik Tours. Despite much begging we didn’t get Jake who had taken us on our day trip to Bosnia. No we didn’t. We got the boss –  Andro! Who was…. also great!  A native Montenegrin he was a lovely host for the day and we learnt loads from him during our trip.

Here is a picture of Andro!!!

Sandro from Cheap Dubrovnik Tours

Once again following some recommendations from Andro we decided on our schedule for the day – a short coffee stop at Herceg Novi, a stroll around Perast, a visit to Kotor itself before a final stop on the way back to Croatia to have a swim in the Bay itself.

The drive is spectacular – look at this scenery!!!!!

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Herceg Novi

Our first stop – a coffee, a stroll and we took in the views. A really pretty town.

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Perast

Our next stop was Perast but as we drove around the Bay Kotorska we passed Gospa od Skrpjela or Our Lady of the Rocks. It is an artificial island created by rocks with the church built in 1630.

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Andro dropped us off on one side of Perast and we met him on the other side after a lovely walk through the town. Perast is an ancient town known for its beautiful architecture – it was a frequent stop for royalty from Russia and Venice who holidayed on the Montenegrin coast.

Perast in Montenegro - a day in Montenegro

Kotor

Our next stop was the city of Kotor. The old town of Kotor is famous for its beautiful medieval architecture of churches and palaces surrounded by its city bulwarks. It needed the walls as during the Middle Ages there were many empires who wanted control of Kotor. Its strategic position and natural harbour made it a very attractive conquest. Part of the Byzantine Empire until the late 12th century, then a free city under the Serbs before falling under Venetian control in 1420 then French occupation from 1807 – 1914 it certainly has an impressive history.

It really is a beautiful old town with little alleys that lead into squares.  There are many palaces that used to belong to the wealthy to spot as you walk around the old town. We sat and enjoyed a drink before heading off for lunch. Another feast!

Back to Dubrovnik with a stop off for a swim

Well…that was the intention!! Mr C went into the water, screamed, turned blue and rapidly got out! It was (he says) seriously cold! I am glad I just sat on my sun lounger enjoying a drink and taking in the views!!!

Tips for the day

  1. Remember your passport!
  2. There are lots of tours available to Montenegro – we chose the option of having a car with a driver/guide for the day and that suited us. I highly recommend the company – we have not received anything for this and all views are my own.
  3. Take cash (Euros are accepted)
  4. The views are spectacular don’t forget your camera
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A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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The Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscripted in 1979.

Read all about it on the UNESCO site.


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    • November 29, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      We had a fab holiday Jurga – I think a visit to the Balkans should be done!!

  1. November 29, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    It really looks like the south of France! So stunning and the water so blue. What a great read 🙂
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    • December 1, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      thanks Ari! it is a beautiful part of the world!

  2. November 30, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I wish we had known before we went to Dubrovnik that both Kotor and Mostar were both such easy day trips so we could have better planned for it. We only had time to squeeze in Mostar. We plan to do a big Balkan road trip for our honeymoon next year now. #WanderfulWednesday
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    • December 1, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Congratulations and what a great place to explore for a honeymoon trip – I would like to go again as there is so much to see in the region.

  3. November 30, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I’ve heard about Kotor before but this is the first time I’m reading about Perast. It seems like a true hidden gem and so stunning! Definitely want to head to Montenegro one day!

    • December 1, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      It was really beautiful Van – definitely visit when you get the chance!

  4. November 30, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! That blue sky! And the scenery too… I should probably add Montenegro to my list of places to visit now. Thank you! #WanderfulWednesday

  5. December 1, 2016 / 2:18 am

    I am taking notes at all your recommendations. I want to see if I can make it to Croatia and Montenegro next year. It would be nice to use the tour company you used. #wanderfulwednesday
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    • December 1, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      I would highly recommend a trip to Croatia and Montenegro(and Bosnia) we had a great time! Let me know if you go and what you thought!

  6. December 1, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I loved the Croatian coast when we were there, but did feel a little bit of the tourist crush in Dubrovnik. Wish we’d added on Kotor – looks so beautiful! Will just have to go back! Cheers and thanks for sharing – your pictures are amazing! Erin

    • December 1, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Erin! Yes I am pleased we made it to Kotor as it was lovely! The area is worth visiting again and again I think!

  7. December 1, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    What a great idea to hire a guide – having trips out without all the bother and stress of trying to get to places you’ve never been before on your own. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of doing that before.
    Montenegro does look absolutely beautiful.
    #farawayfiles
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    • December 1, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      It made the day so relaxing – as we weren’t driving we could enjoy the views and we didn’t have to worry about finding parking (not easy in Kotor) plus we learnt so much from Andro (and Jake who was our guide in Bosnia) I would highly recommend it!

    • December 2, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks Chiera it was great having the guys drive us both days and show us the sights – we didn’t have to worry about anything just relax and enjoy the scenery. They also recommended great restaurants too

  8. December 2, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Another fantastic post, Tracy. Those guides sound really worthwhile – I’d have been put off by the name of the business but it sounds as if they were absolutely great. Just shows me! Your photos are stunning – you’ve completely inspired me to visit Montenegro. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
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    • December 2, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks Clare – the guide was great and I am so pleased we chose them to go with as they were really professional and not as expensive as you would think for a car and driver for a day. Glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

  9. December 2, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Montenegro looks beautiful! Those views are amazing and that water is soooo blue! 🙂

  10. December 2, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Very nice Tracy, glad you got to visit from Dubrovnik. You picked some of my favourite spots from my visit in Montenegro. Perast is so charming, Kotor was fantastic to explore and I liked Herceg Novi’s peace and quiet. A winning snapshot of the country 🙂 #WeekendWanderlust

    • December 2, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks David – we really enjoyed our visit!

  11. December 2, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    What an adventure Tracy! You certainly took in some spectacular sights in this part of the world. I am so tempted to pack my bags immediately and head for Kotor and Montenegro after reading this post. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles
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    • December 2, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Katy – i would highly recommend Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Montenegro after our summer exploring this part of the world. Really loved it!

  12. December 2, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I love the colour of the water – it’s almost hard to believe it really is like that! Montenegro is such a beautiful place, and so very accessible from Dubrovnik. You were able to do so much in a day!
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    • December 2, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      It is a lovely place to visit and I am pleased we were able to go! The water was lovely (though a bit chilly)

  13. December 2, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Wow! That scenery is just unreal. Lovely photos, and so great that you saw so much. If I ever make it to the region I’ll definitely be looking your tour guides up!

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:42 am

      Brilliant Rachel! It is a beautiful part of the world!

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:41 am

      Hi thanks Rhonda – we loved all our travels around Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovenia and Montenegro this summer – definitely places to visit! Having our own driver just made it even better as we had no worries but to sit back and enjoy the day!

  14. December 3, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Such a pretty place. Seems so untouched by crowds, etc. I am hoping to go to Croatia soon, so will definitely keep a day trip to Montenegro in mind. Thanks so much for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Excellent – it is really worth visiting. Thanks for commenting ?

  15. December 3, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Montenegro was so close to where I was born (Romania) but I wasn’t able to visit it when I lived there. I would very much love to go back for a trip to Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro. It must have been wonderful to spend at least a day in this beautiful place. Great photos like always. #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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    • December 4, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Thank-you Jim – we were in Dubrovnik for a week and did loads but could easily spend another week or ten there! We really enjoyed Croatia!

  16. December 4, 2016 / 9:12 am

    I love Montenegro a spent a week driving through there a couple of years ago along the coast. I love your post Tracy and it is great to show others that you can do it in a day from Croatia which a lot of people do not know. Great pictures too.
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    • December 4, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you Mel – we had a great time seeing different places so hopefully others will think of visiting if they are in Dubrovnik!

  17. December 4, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Montenegro looks like a fabulous place to visit and it’s great you were able to have a taster on a daytrip, what a good idea! I will definitely be heading here when we are travelling around that part of the world in future, thank you for bringing it to our attention! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks Angie – its a great part of the world to explore. I am sure there must be good diving opportunities too!

  18. December 5, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Can you believe that I have been living in Slovenia for two years and have not visited Montenegro!? Sending this post to my husband asap!

    • December 5, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      ooooh I sense an imminent visit to Monetengro! Slovenia is lovey – we visited for the first time this summer. Enjoy Montenegro it is stunning!

  19. December 5, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Great post showcasing this beautiful coast line. We visited Dubrovnik in the summer and loved exploring but didn’t get to Montenegro, but is definitely a place we will visit in the future. Thanks for sharing!
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    • December 5, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Dubrovnik is beautiful isn’t it? Definitely recommend a visit to Montenegro! Thanks for the comment ?

  20. December 5, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    What a great idea hiring a driver for the day! I think this is the first post I have ever read on Montenegro, it looks really picturesque. You certainly got around on this holiday but I’m learning your style – you want to see EVERYTHING don’t you! 😉 #flyawayfriday
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    • December 6, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      I sure do Alex! I find it so hard to sit still on holiday! I need to be seeing and doing!

    • December 7, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks Mary – its definitely worth visiting if you are in Dubrovnik. Or as an entire holiday destination! A lovely country!

  21. December 7, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    There are those destinations you visit that you want every one to know about because they are gorgeous and you also want to keep them your secret so they aren’t spoiled by crowds and over-touristing. This seems like one of those places. Lucky you! I agree, in places where you can cheaply hire a driver it’s often the way to go.

    • December 7, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks eileen – yes its such a beautiful country I hope it doesn’t get too crowded! It is definitely somewhere to visit though!And having a driver/guide was the cherry on the top!

  22. Sandrine
    January 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Hi Tracy,
    We are heading to Dubrovnik 1st week of July for 4 nights. We are planning to do a day tour to Montenegro, Kotor Bay area. Do you mind sharing how much does your guide cost?
    And can you please provide contact.

    Thanks!
    Sandrine

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Hi Sandrine there is a link in the blog post – the company is called ‘Cheap Dubrovnik Tours’ – the cost was €150 for the driver/guide and car for the day. The owner is called Andro – he is from Montenegro and took us out for the day. Mention you heard about him from my blog if you could as that would be lovely for us.

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Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

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