Situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Adriatic coast of Montenegro, the Balkan town of Kotor is one of the hidden gems. With beautiful vintage cobblestone pathways and Roman Catholic architecture, this town feels like you have been transported back in time to the early 1900s. This town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and represents the combination of coastal life with a deep culture and tradition, creating a wonderful mosaic of experiences for the adventurous traveller.
The surrounding towns and attractions around Kotor are frequented by hundreds of locals and tourists throughout the year, and make for a wonderful road trip destination. Driving down the winding and lovely roads can be a pleasure, and each of these attractions is worth the visit. So read on as we explore the 10 best day trips from Kotor, Montenegro.
Situated right on the Adriatic coast, Budva is a beautiful beach town located about 22 kilometres (13 miles) away from Kotor. Often known as the tourism centre of Montenegro, this coastal town attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. This town is filled to the brim with a rich culture and traditions from centuries ago, that has been kept alive by the locals. Paved with the classic European cobblestone streets, walking or biking about in the town exploring the popular attractions is pure pleasure. Head over to the beach for a fun-filled day with your family, or check out popular spots like the Stari Grad, which is a small town on the north coast of Hvar Island.
Our Lady of the Rocks is a gorgeous islet with a quaint little church on it, located in Perast. You can witness absolutely breathtaking panoramic views from here, and pay your respects at the church. You can visit this islet via boat, or opt for an all-inclusive tour that covers the islands. The church itself is magnificent with beautiful fresco decor and religious paintings inside. In addition, there is an adjacent museum displaying various historical and religious artefacts, as well. You can opt for a professional and friendly guide who will show you around the island and explain the significance of the church and its artefacts to you.
Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks private tour
Duration: 4 hours
3. Lovćen National Park
Situated in southern Montenegro, the Lovćen National Park is an important national heritage and a must-visit day trip destination. The mountain it is named after, Mount Lovćen, is also responsible for the name of the country, as the name Montenegro came about because of the way the lush green mountain looked like with a blanket of thick forests over it. The views from the top of the mountain are absolutely incredible, making for a truly unforgettable experience. Apart from glorious mountain views for as far as the eye can see, you can even see little ships entering the fjord.
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If you are a nature lover, Durmitor National Park is another beautiful paradise awaiting you up in the hills. With exceptional panoramic views for as far as the eye can see, a cool temperate breeze as you hike along the national park, and plenty of fun-filled activities for people of all ages, there is really no better place to visit for any nature lover while in Montenegro. Witness the beauty of the Balkan mountains from the top, and climb up to the highest peak in the country: Bobotov Kuk. You can also go on a river rafting excursion or take a canoe trip along the icy cold waters, witness the magnificent Durdevica Tara bridge, or explore the historically important man-made designed stone monuments.
Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip
Duration: 13 hour
Are you interested in adventure sports or water sports? If you have never been river rafting with a fun group of people, now is your chance! Check out the incredible all-inclusive tours that take you river rafting down the popular Tara River, enjoying the cool waters splashing about as you careen down the river witnessing spectacular views all around you. This is a memory that can last a lifetime. Once your river rafting adventure is done, you can even enjoy a peaceful swim in the cool waters to relax your sore muscles.
Montenegro: Tara River Whitewater Rafting
Duration: 12 hour
Situated in southern Croatia, the exceptionally magnificent city of Dubrovnik is famous for its special old-school European Old Town area with the classic town square and market area, as well as the beautiful rivers and fjords that run through the geography of the city. You can indulge in a kayaking adventure with your spouse, go camping with your family, check out the gorgeous white-sand beaches, or visit historically significant monuments such as the Rector’s Palace.
Head down to the beautiful southern coast in Montenegro, and you will find one of the most popular tourist destinations, Ulcinj. Witness a taste of Albanian culture mixed with Montenegro’s geography to find a wonderful combination of the two. The population here is predominantly Muslim, which means you can explore the gorgeous Islamic architecture with beautiful tall minarets and dome structures on the buildings as you walk through the city streets. The city’s Old Town is a wonderful place to grab a leisurely cup of coffee and just relax by yourself or with your friends or family, and enjoy the world go by.
8. Sveti Stefan
This is one of the must-visit destinations in all of Montenegro. Often considered as the most beautiful and luxurious place in Montenegro, Sveti Stefan is a cosy little village located on an island connected to the mainland via a narrow stretch of land. The buildings here overlook the long pathway with its white-sand borders and the shimmering blue-green waters, making for a mesmerising sight indeed. The island is owned by a resort, which means you can stay here as well for a couple of nights. The resort, Aman, oozes luxury at every turn and is a great place to stay at.
9. Herceg Novi
Plan your beach day in Montenegro by heading over to Herceg Novi for the day, a pretty little beachside town located very close to Kotor. Bring your beach equipment along, and play a game of volleyball with your friends, or take a romantic walk during sunset down the beautiful waterfront promenade with your spouse. The promenade also has little shoppes where you can buy special souvenirs to take back home, as well as local street food to enjoy. While in Herceg Novi, the one thing you cannot miss is the incredible seafood. Freshly caught and prepared lovingly in the traditional Balkan way, the seafood available here is to die for.
Considered as one of UNESCO’s most popular attractions, the Blue Cave is named so because the reflection of the water on the ceilings of the cave makes the whole cave look blue in colour. Situated on the Lustica Peninsula, it truly is a marvellous natural sight to behold, and you can spend a few hours swimming in the cave and taking extremely photogenic pictures of this magical place. You can even do some snorkelling and witness some of the underwater marine life.
Kotor - Blue Cave
Duration: 210 to 300 minutes
Embrace the beautiful road trip vibes in Montenegro
The Balkan cities and towns in Europe are true hidden gems. Often disregarded by international tourists in favour of overhyped and often crowded travel destinations, these humble towns make for incredibly beautiful and historically rich places to visit for those who know their secrets. Montenegro’s town of Kotor is one such example of undiscovered beauty. Book your tickets today, and discover this gorgeous town for yourself!
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