I reached Bar Montenegro past 9pm from Belgrade Serbia (10hrs. train). The owner of the hostel picked me up from the train station. There is no luggage storage or “Garderoba” on the train station so I was dragging my heavy bag. There is no bus station also in Bar Montenegro, there is a bus stop only, which you need to wait for the bus going to Kotor Montenegro.
The next day, I walked dragging my bag to the bust stop which is few metres away from the hostel. Instead of taking a bus, I took a private taxi for hire all the way to Kotor. It was a bit costly but I was really tired and I need enough space for my luggage. We passed towns such as Sutomore, Canj, Petrovac all the way to the coastal towns of Sveti Stefan and Budva which I have the luxury of taking pictures. It was a good decision that I hired a private taxi.
Montenegro means “Black Mountain“, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean due to its striking beauty of tiny coastal towns with unique backdrop of black/grayish mountain. People of Montenegro are known as Montenegrin.
Along the way, an island-fortress packed with houses caught my attention. The Sveti Stefan– was once a village with hundred residents and formerly the summer residence of the ruling family of Serbia on 1930’s. The British-American Actress Elizabeth Taylor spend most of her time on this island during 1980’s. Today, it is an exclusive resort under the Aman Resorts group and guests are mostly rich and high profile personnel.
Another coastal town is Budva where you can find high-rise buildings,a combination of medieval houses and modern infrastructures, there are more hotels on this coastal town and known for having a great nightlife. Stay here if you are looking for a best party town.
My main destination is the cultural town of Kotor , which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kotor Montenegro is a very touristy place. Cruise ships docks at Kotor pier which is just 300 metres from the gate of the UNESCO old town. The Gulf of Kotor is sometimes called the southern Fjord of Europe.
There are many things to do in Kotor. Number one will be climbing the walls or the fortress which you can find the entrance on the free map that you can get on the gate. The entrance fee is 3 euros. On the top you will get the best view of Kotor.
If you can’t continue climbing, you can stop at Our Lady of Health Church- the view from this point is fantastic.
Explore and get lost in Kotor’s cobblestone streets
Try some Montenegrin cuisines
Visit the Maritime Museum
Visit churches, I mean many churches…these are the few churches I have visited.
My most favorite of all in things to do is to shop for some souvenirs.
Aside from Sveti Stefan, Budva and Kotor, other places that I would like to visit are Perast, Durmitor National Park and Ostrog Monastery.
Enjoy travelling: -)