Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro (The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money)

This time Libellule writes to you about the destination you will fall in love with and suggestions on the best places to visit while saving money!

Montenegro will enchant you and you will always be happy to return.

Not only because of the unreal beauty but also because of the extremely affordable places to stay.

So, let’s see!

How to Get to Montenegro

Getting to Montenegro is easier than you might imagine. 

There are two international airports: one in the capital, Podgorica, and one on the coast in Tivat.

To save money on flights to Montenegro, it is better to get into Dubrovnik airport in Croatia, which is just 20 minutes from the Montenegrin border.

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Montenegro is during May, June, September, or October. You’ll benefit from lower prices, no traffic, and no crowds. 

The milder temperatures of these months also make exploring Montenegro much more pleasant.

Avoid July and August because it is the peak of the season and the temperature goes over 40 °C!
 
The winter months are also a nice period to visit because the winters are mild and there is a lot snow in the mountains.
 
Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro?

Montenegro is a favorite among travelers looking to explore Southern Europe because every inch of these small country is extremelly beautiful.

You would fall in love with Montenegro because of the beauty that even many more famous destinations don’t have.

Let’s see what will make you fall fatally in love.

Amazing Contrast

Everything that nature could create and give to the human eye and soul, it is created in Montenegro. 

The combination of mountains and sea is unique.  

You can enjoy the snow on one of the popular ski resorts such as Zabljak and Kolasin and in a few hours have a coffee time on the shores of the Montenegrin Riviera.

From the coast, very quickly, you can reach the capital of Podgorica, from where you can travel on the Bar-Belgrade railway through wonderful mountainous areas and in one night you are in Belgrade in Serbia.

Isn’t that fantastic?!

Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro (The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money)
Southern coastal region
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Northern mountainous region

Wild Beauty

There are so many beautiful and authentic corners and striking landscapes in Montenegro.

The harsh mountains like Prokletije or Durmitor are stunning wild beauties and a real treat for hikers.

Nature lovers can enjoy the wilderness of the Durmitor National Park or Biogradska Gora on the beautiful mountain Bjelasica. Read The Gem Tour of Biogradska Gora.

In the south, coastal cities of authentic beauty and the warm Adriatic Sea give Montenegro an irresistible charm. The most famous places like the Old Town of Kotor or Budva are full of life in the season.

Montenegro is also a wonderful destination for backpackers.

The wild beauty of Montenegro offers something for everyone and leaves no one indifferent.

See the video below to get to know this beauty closer.

Rich history and Culture

Montenegro has a very long and exciting history. Because the country has felt the influence of many cultures, Montenegrins today are proud, warm, and generous people who are open to all.

The religious heritage of this country is especially rich and meaningful. A large number of  monuments and monasteries have been preserved to this day.

The famous monasteries of Moraca, Piva, Sveta Trojica, Djurdjevi stupovi, Savina and Ostrog attract tourists from all over the world.

The largest concentration of rich cultural heritage is located in the Bay of Kotor, which is why this city is included in the list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO.

We also suggest you to visit Njegos’s mausoleum at the top of Lovcen mountain. Njegos was a famous ruler and poet who is highly respected in Montenegro.

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Cultural and historical gems in Boka Bay

Gastronomic Pleasure

On the slopes of the mountain Lovcen, in the municipality of Cetinje, there is a village called – Njegusi. It is a very important place on the gastronomic map of the country.

Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro (The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money)

Famous Montenegrin specialties such as Njegusi prosciutto and Njegusi cheese were made here. And they are so delicious!

Also, Montenegro has a long tradition of wine production, so it can be considered an ideal destination for all lovers of this heavenly drink.

In Montenegro, you will enjoy not only the taste of food but also its quality because there is a lot of food which are grown organically.

Affordable Prices

Montenegro is not an expensive destination. Especially compared to Western Europe, North America, Australia or New Zealand.

Of course, if you avoid luxury hotels in Budva or expensive dinners in Kotor.

Montenegro uses the Euro, even though it is not a member of the European Union. How much you can expect to spend per day (per person) depends on your travel style.
 
Staying in hostels, using the bus to travel, and eating street food will cost you approximately €20/$23 a day.
 
Staying at a nice apartment or hotel, eating at restaurants and cafes, using the bus and/or renting a car will cost up to €60/$70 a day. 
 
In the continuation of the article, we will suggest the most beautiful places in Montenegro where you can stay while saving money at the same time.
 

The Best Places to Visit in Montenegro While Saving Money

We have selected the three most beautiful places from the south, central and northern parts. Also, there are affordable accommodations for saving your money.
 
Depending on what kind of accommodation you want, you will spend in hotel or hostel for one person €30/$35 and for a typical double-occupancy room about €61/$70 for one person.
 

Podgorica The Capital

Upon arrival, you will most likely land in Podgorica, the capital city which is located in the central part of Montenegro.
 
It is a great location for further tours as you are equally close to both the southern and northern regions.
 
From Podgorica, it will take you about an hour to the coast and about two hours to the mountain resorts.
 

(The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money)Of the sights, we recommend the old town of Stara Varos. It was the core of Podgorica in history and has distinctly oriental characteristics.

Here is the restaurant “Pod Volat” where you can eat delicious meat specialties very conveniently.

In the very center of the city, you will find a paradise for recreation – the Gorica forest park, where clean air and absence of noise make you forget that you are in the capital.

There is also the main attraction of the city, the imposing cathedral of Christ’s resurrection that is worth a look.

A place that you will surely like, and which many do not yet know, is located 4 km away from the capital. It is a waterfall on the river Cijevna, which the locals called “Niagara”. The is also a good restaurant.

See more good restaurants in Podgorica here.

Podgorica has a lot of affordable accommodations and we especially recommend Hotel Laguna and Studio apartment Vukcevic 2.

Hotel Laguna is located in a quiet location in Podgorica. The Airport is only an 12-minute drive away, and local train and bus terminals can be reached in 7 minutes by car.

Laguna’s on-site tavern-like restaurant has a spacious summer terrace.

The price is $33 currently on Agoda.

Because of the comfort it provides and the favorable prices of overnight stays Studio apartment Vukcevic 2 is a great choice. 

The accommodation is just 2 km far from airport Podgorica and has a great location. It is clean, comfortable and cheap. 

Only about $26 per night for two persons.

Hotel Laguna

Studio apartment Vukcevic 2

For booking click on the images. 

See more accommodations with detailed descriptions on HotelsCombined.

South of Montenegro

Cities on the Montenegrin coast will surely win you over with their charm, variety and Mediterranean scents.

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In every city you can find restaurants with local food and fish specialties, cafes with beautiful terrace

s and great cocktails, hotels with friendly staff and unforgettable sea views.

Nowhere will you see a more beautiful sunset, an explosion of colors and emotions, the contrasts of mountains and sea – like on the Montenegrin coast.

The places we recommend visiting are Ulcinj, Budva and Kotor.

Ulcinj is the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast, with its natural potentials, is destined for tourism.

The longest sandy beach on the Adriatic Sea – Great beach 13km long, Ada Bojana – a unique river island with beautiful sandy beaches, Valdanos – a unique bay with a hinterland full of old olive trees, renovated old town in Ulcinj – full of interesting restaurants, cafes, galleries and hotels… and many other attractive places make Ulcinj unique and attractive for many tourists.

Rated an incredible 9.8 by visitors, Casa Nita offers you a phenomenal holiday for only $30 for two guests!

Casa Nita provides accommodation with free WiFi, a children’s playground, a garden and free private parking.

     Casa Nita Ulcinj

The units come with a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with shower.

Also, a barbecue can be found at the apartment, along with a terrace.

The Great Beach is reachable within 700 meters.

Book it now by clicking on the image.

You can find more affordable accommodations in Ulcinj on HotelsCombined. 

Ada Bojana Cottages

To feel the authenticity of nature on the river Bojana and look for a pristine adventure and a different vacation, choose cottages on the river, houses, apartments or camps.

These cottages are active in season and offer a real paradise for nature and silence lovers.

We suggest you take a look at cottage Blue House but you can view the complete offer here.


   Blue house at Bojana river

Budva, the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism, thanks to the large number of beaches that captivate with their appearance, is the most desirable tourist destination.

In addition to the natural beauties that are reflected in the bays, islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historical monuments. Budva is an active city, so if you like crowds and nightlife, this is the ideal place for you.

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Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have included Kotor in the UNESCO list of “World Natural and Cultural Heritage”.

Buildings, intertwined with streets and squares, stretch throughout the city.

Carnivals and festivals are organized every year in this the most beautiful city on the Montenegrin coast.

Only 300 m from the sandy Slovenska Beach, Apartments Memidz is set in the center of Budva.

Budva’s medieval Old Town, known for the Venetian-style walls, churches, restaurants and bars, is 1.5 km away. The pebbly Jaz Beach and the 4 km long Becici Beach are both within a 1.5 km radius.

The main bus station is at a distance of 500 m. The resort town of Sveti Stefan is 9 km away.

The price is only $24 currently on Agoda.

Housed in a 13th-century building, Hostel Old Town Kotor is located within the UNESCO-protected historic center of Kotor. The Alibaba Beach is 492 feet away.

The property provides studios with a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom, while rooms have a shared bathroom and a fridge and washing machine at disposal.

The popular accommodation offers all this for the price of $26 currently on Agoda.

  Memidz Apartments Budva

Hostel Old Town Kotor

See more accommodations with detailed descriptions on HotelsCombined.

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North of Montenegro

What will surely make you fall in love like never before are the scenes of the north of Montenegro.

Three national parks, Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and Prokletije, endless expanses of Sinjajevina, deep canyon of Tara (on photo), Piva and Komarnica, and magnificent and numerous mountain lakes such as Crno (Black), Kapetanovo (Captain’s), Zminje (Snake), Trnovacko, Zabojsko, Biogradsko, Pesica lake will surely leave you breathless.

In Montenegro, there is the second largest canyon in the world on the river Tara, which is often called the tear of Europe because of its beauty and purity.

You can enjoy hiking, hiking, rafting, zip line, via ferrata, paragliding and horse riding. Read more.

While the south of Montenegro is a popular destination in summer, the north is a real attraction in winter.

The two largest centers of winter tourism, with opportunities for alpine and Nordic skiing, are two magical mountains – Durmitor and Bjelasica with small towns Zabljak and Kolasin.

Therefore, we recommend two super affordable accommodations in Zabljak and Kolasin.

Apartmani Mila offers accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden, a terrace and free private parking.

The famous and beautiful Black Lake is reachable within 1.9 mi and the viewpoint of the amazing Tara Canyon is 6.8 mi.

A bicycle rental service is available at Apartmani Mila, while skiing and cycling can be enjoyed nearby. 

A bicycle rental service is available at Apartmani Mila, while skiing and cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

The price is further reduced on Agoda and is $41 per night for two persons. See picture.

With an incredible rating of 10 for comfort and location, Guest house Sandra offers apartments and rooms with free private parking provided. Ski center Kolasin is 5.6 mi away.

All accommodations units come with a private bathroom. Apartments and studios offer equipped kitchen or kitchenettes.

A green garden surrounding Sandra Guest house can be used for relaxation. The property also offers ski storage.

In this phenomenal accommodation you can enjoy at a great price of $22 per night for two. 

See more by clicking on the image.


Apartmani Mila Zabljak


Guest House Sandra Kolasin

See more accommodations with detailed descriptions on HotelsCombined.

If you are a nature lover, love glamping and homemade food consider staying in The Perfect Relaxation in the Mountain Rest Cabin.

About Transportation

As for the transport itself, we do not recommend taking a taxi (except for a short distance in the city) because it is quite expensive. You better take a bus. Prices are from €5-€10/ $6-$12.
 
Next year, by the way, the highway in Montenegro will be completed, with which you will reach the desired places even faster. The toll is expected to be around €5/$6.
 

Final Thought

Montenegro is an ideal destination that offers so much to see while saving your money.

We believe that you have fallen in love with Montenegro and that you can’t wait to visit it.

The blue sea with endless beaches, restless waters of clear rivers, and beautiful mountain massifs, mixed with the spirits of the past, breathed into Montenegro everything it needs for an unforgettable vacation.

If you have already been to this country or you liked the article, we can’t wait to hear your experiences and impressions in the comments below.

 

 
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6 thoughts on “Why You Would Fall in Love With Montenegro (The Best Places to Visit While Saving Money)”

  1. Once again, you have found us another stunning location for a holiday. Thank you for doing the research and showing how affordable it is to travel in Montenegro.
    I have been as close as Venice (in the north) and Thessaloniki (in the south) but have not explored the region in between, yet!

    I was going to plan a trip to Croatia before the pandemic, but it has not happened yet. It will have to wait until international travel returns to normal, and then I think I would like to travel this whole region.
    The scenery looks so beautiful, and the heritage with buildings like the Cathedral of Christ’s resurrection make this an easy choice for an extended holiday.

    Thanks for inspiring me to want to travel again, sooner rather than later.

    Cheers

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    • Hi Andrew! So glad that Montenegro will be one of the options for your travels in the future. Croatia is also stunning. By the way, the whole region of the Balkans is absolutely beautiful and we will dedicate to each country individually in the following posts. Just keep following and all the best!

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  2. Montenegro looks absolutely wonderful! We are planning a trip within the next year once Covid has subsided and will definitely keep your website in mind. In fact, I’m sending it to my son who recently was married and are in the process of figuring out where they should spend their honeymoon. I’m sure Montenegro will be one of their top choices.

    Thanks for such an inclusive post. I don’t think I’ll need to search anything else if we plan to visit Montenegro!

    Nina

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    • Hi Nina! Congratulations on your son’s wedding. Yes, Montenegro is a great honeymoon destination. We especially recommend one of the cottages in the north where newlyweds can enjoy good wine and the crackling fire. Keep following and enjoy more inclusive posts!

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  3. What a beautiful country! Terribly miss travelling and there are so many on my list.

    A month would not be sufficient for such a beauty like Montenegro.

    Loved that you highlighted the things to do/places to go. I’m a nature lover, so I totally love the place already. Also, I like that you recommended affordable accommodations in the various places in Montenegro.

    Budget travelling is way fun, I think there’s a higher chance to get closer to the locals too. That way you can learn the culture much better.

    I’ll bookmark this page for sure. Thanks for sharing about lovely Montenegro.

    Cheers.
    SAM

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