Montenegro Itinerary for 3 Days
Montenegro is a beautiful European country that is located along the Adriatic Sea. The country is not as famous as other European cities but is an up and coming travel destination due to its stunning sites and attractions. Montenegro is full of historical buildings, medieval architecture and towering jagged mountain ranges. It truly is a country like no other with something new and exciting to discover around every corner.
Three days in Montenegro is just enough time to explore the main cities and some of the best beaches in Montenegro. Luckily Montenegro is a tiny country, and it takes only 4 hours to drive along the whole coast. Therefore, choosing the best places to visit in Montenegro and travelling to many towns is quite easy.
Moreover, Montenegro has something for every type of traveller. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxing, history, or anything else, you name it there’s a place in Montenegro for you.
This 3-day Montenegro itinerary will show you everything from the old town of Kotor to all the amazing bays and beach towns in Montenegro to give you a taste of all the things this country has to offer. Be prepared to be amazed and wowed by this stunning country.
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- 1 What to know about Montenegro
- 2 Day 1- Popular Cities
- 3 Day 2: Bay of Kotor
- 4 Day 3- Southern Montenegro
What to know about Montenegro
In most cases you’re already on a European road trip or summer adventure so you will be crossing in from either Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania or Croatia. You can choose to come in via public transport like a bus but if you already have the car this is the easiest option.
Alternatively you could fly into Tivat International Airport from London and a most other European countries. With its own airline and other carriers serving two airports on opposite sides of the country in Podgorica and Tivat flying is possible.
Having your own vehicle is th most convinient way to travel to and around Montenegro. It gives you the freedom to travel at times that suit you and allows you to see a lot of things in a short time. Since this itinerary is only for 3 days and it only includes the coast there are other alternatives! You can hire a private driver for day trips, take a bus or even do a short 3 day tour. If you do have more time I highly recommend hiring a car and adventuring inland and north.
Visa for Montenegro
Australian, NZ, USA, Canada and most European Nations can enter Montenegro visa-free for 90 days.
Cost of Travelling in Montenegro
Although Montengegro is using the Euro it is much cheaper then countries likes of Italy or France. The Average daily cost is around 60Euro.
When to Visit
Peak season in Montenegro and most of Europe is June, July and August, is also the most expensive time to visit. I would opt for visiting in May or September when the weather is still pleasent, prices are cheaper and crowds are fewer.
What to Pack
It’s always tempting when visiting a new country to ‘accidentally’ overpack! Deciding what to pack for Europe is actually quite simple, here’s a couple of quick tips. Think eco-friendly, the world is in a crisis and has a huge plastic and rubbish problem so going packing eco-friendly products is super important. I always pack dresses when travelling as they are super versitile, can often go from beach to dinner and don’t take up too much room. Also make sure you pack some super comfy walking shoes!
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Day 1- Popular Cities
Tivat & Budva
Start your Montenegro itinerary by exploring some of the more popular, and famous cities in Montenegro. All the towns on each day are located in close proximity to reduce travel times between locations.
Your first morning will be spent in Tivat. Tivat is a fascinating Montenegrin city that is very different from all the others. It is located along the Bay of Tivat and is an upscale modern location that is an affluent hot spot. There are plenty of things to do in Tivat such as go to the famous beach club Porto Montenegro, or admire the yachts, or eat at one of the many delicious restaurants.
This is a great city to start your adventures in and see a more modern side of Montenegro.
Sveti Stefan is a small island located 15 minutes from Budva. It is home to a beautiful and quite famous called Sveti Stefan Beach. This beach is always full of people who enjoy the marvelous city views and pink sands that make up the beach.
More so, the city is incredibly picturesque with stunning architecture and vivid blue waters. The island and inland part of this town are all orange thatched roofs and stone buildings.
Take some time here to simply admire the beauty this small town holds.
Budva is a beautiful town located directly along the Adriatic Sea. It is full of rich history, lovely old buildings and a ton of beaches. Spend your evening and next morning here. If you are a beach lover, this is where you will find some of the best beaches in Montenegro. Spending some time here to explore the city and relax on one of the beaches is a must.
Head out for the evening and enjoy its fantastic nightlife. Budva has the best nightlife scene in Montenegro and clubs like Top Hill are out of this world.
Day 2: Bay of Kotor
Day two of your Montenegro itinerary is for exploring all the beautiful towns and villages that make up the Bay of Kotor, You will also stay the night in Kotor.
Kotor is the most famous and frequented city in Montenegro. It has a stunning Old Town that is full of churches, palaces, and authentic shops.
More so, Kotor is located at the base of the Bay of Kotor and is surrounded by vast mountains. There is a very famous hike up these mountains to San Giovanni’s Castle that offers breathtaking views of the city of Kotor and the surrounding bay.
If you do one thing in Kotor, it should be this hike. However, be sure to pack some water, wear shoes with rubber soles and avoid going when the sun is at its strongest.
After lunch at the amazing It’s time to explore the surrounding villages.
Perast is a small village located in the Bay of Kotor which can be reached by car or bus in about 20 minutes. This quaint city is filled with charm and is home to a few areas to swim, some local restaurants, and even a museum. Perast is a lovely city to visit to escape the busy streets of Kotor and enjoy the surrounding beauty in peace.
Herceg Novi is a lesser-known city in Montenegro, and that makes it all the more beautiful. The streets here are void of tourists; therefore, the city has a very authentic and genuine vibe. The main attractions here are the Old Town, the beaches, and the surrounding mountain hikes such as Kanli-Kula Fortress hike.
This city is like no other and the perfect town to visit in Montenegro that will give you a real and untouched Montenegro experience.
Where to stay in Kotor
Day 3- Southern Montenegro
The last morning on the Montenegro itinerary is for a roadtrip exploring the south of Montenegro and all the beauty the southern cities hold.
Bar is a coastal city located near the Southern border. This town is full of history and amazing sites to see. However, it is not a very touristy city, which is excellent for exploring and experiencing the city in private. There are two main things you must see in Bar; the Old Town and the Old Olive Tree.
The Old Town dates back to 800 BC and is half-ruined, and half reconstructed. This construction makes it a fascinating area and attraction to explore. More so, the Old Olive Tree is an olive tree that is said to be the oldest tree in Europe and maybe even the world. This tree is estimated to be 2,200 years old and is fenced off the preserve it. However, visitors are allowed to view it, and it is a pretty amazing sight to see.
Ulcinj is one of the oldest cities in all of Montenegro, it dates back to 5th Century BC. As the oldest city on this list, it is packed with historical significance and is a great city to visit if you are interested in history. Moreover, this city is very close to the Albanian border and gives you a taste of Albania without actually crossing the border. It is another coastal city that has a lovely beach and an Old Town with a history like no other.
So that was our Montenegro itinerary for 3 days! Have you been to Montenegro before? What was your favourite thing to do? Let us know in the comments below!
Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel blog Sam Sees World. She is a millennial traveler on a mission to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to explore this wondrous world. Her objective is to provide valuable information on the best things to do, see, eat, and experience while traveling and getting some good Instagram photos along the way.
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