Montenegro may not be as popular as Croatia, its neighbor to the north, but as a small country, it has a lot to offer. We had a chance to visit this beautiful country on our Europe trip in 2013. Unfortunately, it was not that easy or cheap to get a flight from Athens to Montenegro so we had to go by bus. We could get a ride to Shkodra in the north of Albania and there we had to find a way to get to the border. Luckily we could catch a ride fairly easily by communicating in Italian/Spanish and could cross the border by foot. From there we made our way hitchhiking to our first campground by the beach of Lucice.
Hitchhiking we made our way to Budva where we decided to rent a car to go inland. The target was the Durmitor National Park. One of the best things about Montenegro is, that there are not that many tourists. So the people are very open and friendly and the roads are empty as well. On the way to the park, we stopped at the breathtaking Ostrog Monastery, built into the Ostroška Greda rock.
One of the highlights in the inland, was rafting on the Tara River. The scenery is absolutely stunning but if you seek adventure you are going to be disappointed because it is more a scenic river cruise than action rafting. However, we had a really good time and the company was very professional.
The Durmitor National Park is an amazing mix of lakes, lush forests, and a rocky mountain range. We also enjoyed making new friends from Croatia on the spacious campsite. They sponsored us with our first beers since about a month. An absolute highlight is The Black Lake which is perfect for taking a cooling dip after hiking.
Unfortunately, Ale got really sick with food poison on the way back towards the coast and we had to stop at a hotel in the capital, Podgorica. After a sleepless night, we had to head to the hospital the next morning. We were initially really worried from the old, run down look of the hospital, however, the medical care was great and we even found a doctor who spoke English. Luckily, Ale recovered after a couple of hours getting saline and the next day we could continue our way to Kotor.
An absolutely memorable experience because this part is a perfect holiday destination for a couple of days. During the day you can rent a scooter and go visit the Bay of Kotor, a major cruise destination. Alternatively, you can visit one of the many excellent beaches around and just have a chilled day. In the evening you can stroll through the old city of Kotor.