I had one day in Montenegro, via cruise ship and I wanted to make the most of it. Through my travel research I came a across a photo and I thought WHERE IS THIS, I NEED TO GO HERE! I read that it was the beaches of Montenegro. To be honest I never had actually heard of Montenegro before, and was actually surprised to see it was located in between Croatia and Greece along the Adriatic Sea. When I found a cruise that stopped here, along with a few other cool destinations, I booked it ASAP!
If you ever get the opportunity to cruise into Kotor, you NEED to make sure you are on deck at least an hour or two before you dock. You are sailing through the open waters and then all of a sudden land surrounds you on either side. It gets tighter and tighter and you don’t think the ship is going to make it through the tiny waterway that houses the port. You are surrounded by gorgeous green hills with red roofs popping out of them; it is impossible to describe how amazing the views are.
On cruises you have the option to book excursions through them, but we wanted to do our own thing, tour the sites in Kotor and also wanted to check out Budva, a cute beach town I had read reviews on.
Our first plan of attack was climbing the Kotor fortress. It was said that it would take 45 min up and 45 min down. Sounded exhausting but I was up for the challenge. I did feel so though my body was going to give up half way through the hike but when we got to the top, it felt like we could see forever. The cruise ship seemed like a toy, it was so far away. It did give me a great sense of accomplishment. After the hike down, we continued to wander the old town of Kotor, which had so much character. We then hailed a cab and took a crazy, kind of dangerous drive around the cliffs of Montenegro. I said a few Hail Mary’s during the ride because I wasn’t sure we would make it, but thank god we made it to Budva in one piece. It wasn’t yet technically summer yet so they were still building these wild looking outdoor clubs (which looked to be a blast, I would love to come back here with some girlfriends one day) The town had lots of resorts, outdoor shops, markets and beaches- I just wish I had more time here.
We did some tanning and swimming and then took our cab back to the port of Kotor (taking a short cut through this intense tunnel)
If you have either one day or a week, put Montenegro on your bucket list. This place is visually STUNNING and seems like a bit of a hidden gem, considering whenever I tell someone I went to Montenegro they have no idea what I’m talking about. Whether you are with your friends, family or significant other, Montenegro has something to offer for anyone!