Montenegro

Montenegro is an amazing little Balkan country sandwiched between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia. The name stems from the dark, rugged mountaneous terrain but don’t be fooled by that for it is absolutely stunning with amazing views, beaches, great weather and good food.

My friends and I looked into it once I met someone from Montenegro in London at a party and after seeing a few pictures I fell in love with the place. We decided to go a little after the crazy season to avoid crowded beaches and crying kids on the plane (we all know how it feels like don’t we?)

Since it is a small country it is easier to drive around everywhere and we chose to keep Budva as our base.

The Racism Factor

People will look at your if you’re darker, that’s for sure and Montenegro has a lot to catch up on when it comes to globalization but we didn’t face any negative behavior at all and people are generally neutral if not friendly.

The Gay Factor

There’s no particular gay bars or clubs and most of the guys you will find will be through Grindr or apps but most of them won’t be happy showing their faces because they are ‘Discreet’ but in public I didn’t face any homophobia.

Value for Money

Montenegro is extremely cheap and you can easily save tons of money while eating good food and living quite comfortably.

Itinerary

On 26th October we landed in Podgorica which is the capital of Montenegro and drove down to Budva, taking it slow for the day due to early morning flight. Next day we spent the day around Sveti Stefan and Petrovac exploring beaches and watching the sunset.
On the third day we drove to Kotor bay, climbed the city walls of kotor followed by a great early dinner at Perast and on our last day we spent the day on Mogren beach with a massage and some great food.
On the last day we headed to Cejivne waterfall near Podgorica before catching our flight back to London.

Accommodation

I would suggest finding a place around Jadranski Put in Budva because it is close to everything. We stayed with Marina through Airbnb which was amazing. We decided to stay in Budva instead of Kotor because it is in the center and it is easy to travel everywhere in either direction.

Food

Fresh seafood is quite readily available everywhere and an amazing thing we liked about Montenegro was lack of fast food chains (Yes that means no KFC, Burger King or that wretched McDonald’s). I would highly recommend trying the mixed seafood platter and seafood risotto at any place. Otherwise there is quite a lot of pork despite lamb being a specialty but since I don’t eat it, I stuck to seafood which I was more than happy with.

Phone & Internet

Montenegro has good coverage and internet is quite fast and widely available including free wifi. I looked it up beforehand and bought a Telenor SIM card from the airport with Data only plan with 6GB internet which cost €10 for 15 days so basically dead cheap.

Cash & Cards

Most of the places will be cash only other than restaurants and super markets so always keep some cash on you in case you need it.

Tips

  • Montenegro is quite a cheap place and you can comfortably stay and eat there without spending a lot of money. After a good massage, some good meals and tickets for everything we didn’t exceed €250 for 5 days which is amazing.
  • You need a car to explore this place because public transport is not developed at all.
  • I would suggest visiting off season because the beaches arent’t very big and overcrowding will make it less fun.
  • budva has great nightlife which was another reason we decided to keep it as our base.
  • Most of the beaches in Croatia and Montenegro are pebble beaches and you need pebble beach shoes which are quite easily available.
  • People are generally quite friendly but I felt a little uneasy at times because of staring and a couple of times guys making weird gestures at my lady friends. (Not sure it was because I was brown or gay but bleh!)
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