Montenegro is a sovereign state in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast and Albania to the south-east.
The small Balkan country is a combination of the rugged mountains and narrow beaches, with charming, medieval villages dotted throughout, which together create somewhat of a breathtaking combination.
Perast & Kotor:
Just a fifteen-minute drive apart, Perast and Kotor are nestled on the coast of Montenegro, adding charm and character in equal measures.
Cutting quite deeply into the southern coast of the Yugoslav Adriatic, Perast creates four spectacular bays ringed in mountains, the “fjords” of the Mediterranean. Preceded by two jewel-like islands, it’s focused on the sea, whilst also creating the perfect stepping stone to famous St. Elijah Hill.
Kotor, in contrast, is more focused on the unspoiled town with its unique criss-cross, narrow streets, and squares. One of these squares contains the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun), a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city.
Sveti Stefan & Budva
Sveti Stefan is approximately a twenty-minute drive from Budva, just along the coast.
Once an Adriatic playground for the rich and famous from the 1960s to the 1980s, Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland via a narrow isthmus. Surrounded by serene visions and fresh, blue waters, the inside boasts 15th-century architecture and an expansive forested estate — a place you get lost in for hours.
To Budva — a place better known for its nightlife and beaches — lies on a small peninsula and also represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. In a similar fashion to Kotor, Budva has the beauty and character of criss-cross streets and lanes, which act as an enchanting playground for all tourists. And this historic district is home to a seaside citadel and religious sites like the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, established in the 9th century.
Words: Paris Bielby | Images: George Rowland