Best of Montenegro

An old saying goes: less is more. Well, that’s the case with Montenegro. In just a few hours it is possible to visit most of the breathtaking places. Very best of them are included in this tour. Hence the name.

 

It guides us over the most popular beach in Montenegro called Jaz. And here is some trivia: Rollingstone's, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz – they all had concerts at the very sight.

So, it is a perfect place to take some photos, with an open sea in the back. Then we move to one of the oldest cities on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, the old town of Budva. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the 15th  century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls, and towers.

Metropolitan Budva is the most popular place among tourists. It also serves as the center of Montenegrin nightlife in hot summer nights. Budva Riviera offers lots of neat beaches and under-the-radar getaway corners. But its most famous part is called St. Stephan. An island, turned peninsula by man’s hand, is the luxurious hotel for the famous and rich. How famous? Well, celebrities such as Sophia Loren, David Beckham, Jessica Alba and others chose it for their vacation. Tennis player Novak Djokovic even got married there. Another great spot for taking a photo or two.

Then it is time to leave the seaside for a while and head to the mountains. From Budva inland our first stop is standing history book of Montenegro. Old royal capital – Cetinje maintained its old time's charm. It was the place Montenegrin royal families of old chose for their rule.

City symbol – Cetinje Monastery stands tall even today, after four centuries. Everyone who knows about Cetinje, knows about a village called Njegusi, too. It was the birthplace of Montenegrin’s beloved ruler and poet, bishop Petar II Petrovic Njegos.

The area of Njegusi is also known for domestic food processing techniques and one simply must try and taste Njegusi’s homemade ham, cheese and honey. Other than that Njegusi is famous for the battle between a man and a rock. For centuries Montenegrins had almost nothing to work with, so they turned anything they could to their own benefit.

This area is known for its architecture and houses made completely out of stone. Some of them are still standing, made out of rocks that even time or wars couldn’t bring down.

Nowadays, Montenegrins and investors from abroad are even building new capacities based on simple construction styles that once ruled Njegusi and the country. Probably the most interesting way to get to know Njegusi and Montenegro as a whole is the notion of so-called –gumno, or guvno. It is a round-shaped paved piece of the field at first made for agricultural purposes. But as Montenegrins like company, gumno soon became the meeting point of the elders who discussed important matters by day, such as politics, and those less important at nights with a shot of rakija. … kinda like a simple version of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round table.

Those are just some of the reasons we are passing through and then head downwards to Kotor. But it is not just dull paved road ahead. It’s more of a spectacle! 25 serpentines lead from the altitude of 1000m down to the sea level. At the same time, it is the best photo-background ever. Trust us on it.

Kotor old town is a medieval place with a history dating from over 1000 years B.C. It is also known as a maze town because of the intertwined streets and small Italian-like piazzas with interesting names and stories throughout. If you get lost, which is not uncommon, look for one of three entrances.

The walls inside tell the tales of many nations who came to conquer them. And their presence is still visible in the architecture. Cobblestoned streets, staircases, churches and cathedrals, rustic cafes and restaurants blend in subtle symbiosis hard to resist.

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