【Montenegro】Hidden treasures and exquisitely planned port on the Balkan Peninsula

Irene | Future Department Store
5 min readFeb 18, 2024

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Hiking in Kotor Fortress, Montenegro

At the end of the first semester of the UK Master’s degree, after all the examinations and assignments were submitted, my friends and I suddenly planned a trip to the country in the Balkan Peninsula — Montenegro. Originally, I had never heard of this country, but it turned out to be an unexpected surprise during the amazing trip.

Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro boasts dramatic landscapes despite its small size, from rugged mountains to sparkling coastlines, all within a short distance. History lovers can explore medieval towns and ancient monasteries, while outdoor enthusiasts can hike through stunning national parks or kayak along turquoise waters. And the charm of its welcoming people and delicious cuisine makes Montenegro a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Kotor

Surrounded by magnificent mountains, Kotor is a town with pleasant and charming scenery. It is adjacent to the mountains above and the sea below. The attraction of tourist resources in this small town blessed by natural scenery cannot be underestimated. The restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and small bars along the bay are filled with romantic atmosphere.

Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro
Driving in Kotor, Montenegro

Time-travel beckons within the stone walls of Kotor Old Town. Tucked into the dramatic embrace of Kotor Bay, this UNESCO World Heritage Site whispers tales of centuries past. Venetian architecture reigns supreme, from Gothic palaces to fortified ramparts clinging to the mountains. Narrow, cobbled lanes wind through piazzas bustling with cafes and shops, while ancient churches offer glimpses of Byzantine art. Each step feels like a journey through history, all culminating in breathtaking views of the azure bay.

Kotor Old Town, Montenegro
Street food in Kotor Old Town, Montenegro
Kotor Old Town, Montenegro
Kotor Old Town, Montenegro
Kotor Old Town, Montenegro

A boat tour from Kotor Bay to fascinating scenic spots like Blue Cave and Our Lady of the Rocks is one of the highlights should not be missed.

Kotor Bay, Montenegro
Boat tour in Kotor Bay, Montenegro
Blue Cave Kotor, Montenegro
Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro
Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro

Tivat

Tivat, a sun-kissed gem on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, offers a captivating blend of modern luxury and historic charm. Nestled on the picturesque Boka Bay, the town boasts a vibrant marina buzzing with yachts, contrasting with the serene pebble beaches perfect for relaxation. Explore the charming promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, or delve into the rich past at the Maritime Heritage Museum. For a touch of extravagance, wander through the Porto Montenegro, a dazzling superyacht haven, before seeking solace in the lush greenery of Pine Park.

Tivat Port, Montenegro
Tivat luxurious hotel, Montenegro
Tivat, Montenegro
Ma Chérie cafe, Tivat, Montenegro
Forza Porto Mediterranean restaurant, Tivat, Montenegro
Ma Chérie cafe, Tivat, Montenegro
Tivat Port, Montenegro
Tivat Port, Montenegro
Tivat Port, Montenegro
High-end shopping district, Tivat, Montenegro
High-end shopping district, Tivat, Montenegro
High-end shopping district, Tivat, Montenegro

Budva

Dance the night away in chic clubs, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, or indulge in fresh seafood at harborside restaurants. Budva is a vibrant tapestry woven with history, beauty, and an infectious zest for life.

Budva, Montenegro
Budva, Montenegro
Budva, Montenegro
Budva, Montenegro
Perla Restaurant & Club, Budva, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan

It’s a tiny island crowned by terracotta-roofed houses, linked to the mainland by a slender sandbar.

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Konoba Orada seafood restaurant, Montenegro

The meaning of travel is not only to have fun, but to explore spiritual dialogue and insights around the endless world.

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Irene | Future Department Store

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