Montenegro is a Balkan country located on the Adriatic coast and boasts a breathtaking array of dramatic landscapes near. Ranked among the most esthetic travel destination in 2021.
This small nation, with its antique UNESCO-walled cities, rushing rivers, and majestic mountains, is a natural wonder that should not be overlooked. Despite being overshadowed by its neighbour Croatia, Montenegro packs a punch with its rich history spanning thousands of years and its stunning fjord-like canyon.
As one of the youngest countries in the world, Montenegro never ceases to amaze and surprise. So, be prepared for an unforgettable journey filled with unexpected delights when discovering all that this diverse country has to offer.
Discover Montenegro with a Rental Car
Montenegro is a country that offers a diverse range of landscapes, from the stunning Adriatic coast to the rugged mountains, making it a popular destination for tourists.
While public transportation and organised tours can be convenient, there’s nothing quite like exploring this beautiful country at your own pace and on your schedule. That’s why renting a car in Montenegro with Tara-Car is an excellent option for those who want to experience the best of what the country has to offer.
The freedom and flexibility of having your rental car will allow you to visit remote and scenic locations that may not be accessible by public transportation.
Take in the breathtaking views of the coast, the winding roads through the mountains, and the charming old villages dotting the countryside like “Katuni”. With a rental car, you have the control to create your itinerary and make stops at the places that interest you most.
Start planning your road trip today and get ready to explore the best things of Montenegro!
The Best Things to do in Montenegro
Kotor and Boka Bay
The 12th-century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon towers over Kotor’s Old Town, a stunningly preserved fortified medieval settlement on the Adriatic coast. Influenced by Venetian style, Kotor is nestled at the edge of the breathtaking Bay of Kotor and surrounded by towering mountains – Lovcen, Vrmac and Orjen.
Visitors to the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon can admire its intricate stone altar, a prime example of Kotor’s renowned stonemasonry in the Middle Ages. Explore the maze of streets and alleys in Kotor’s Old Town, stopping to have lunch at a traditional restaurant or sip a drink at a cafe in one of the piazzas (local name for square) or by the sea.
For a more active experience, take on the climb up to the upper town walls, offering breathtaking views of the city and bay. The crowning vista is 1,345 steps up at the 9th-century San Giovanni Fortress, where you can overlook the walls, Bay of Kotor, Old Town, and mount Vrmac.
Tara River Canyon
Embark on a thrilling journey to the heart of Montenegro and explore the greatest canyon in Europe, the Tara River Canyon. This natural wonder boasts breathtaking views of the wild Tara River with its shimmering sapphire blue and lush emerald green waters.
Spanning 144 kilometres, the canyon provides the ideal backdrop for heart-pumping activities like white water rafting and outdoor adventures. If you’re seeking a true taste of Montenegro’s adventure highlights, make the Tara River Canyon your next place to visit.
Black Lake on Durmitor
Just 40 min away from Tara river is Durmitor. The Black Lake in mountain Durmitor, also known as “Crno jezero” for locals, is famous as a charming jewel of Montenegro.
This magnificent lake is nestled at the base of mountain Durmitor, near the town of Zabljak, and is the largest glacier lake in the Durmitor region. With an array of year-round activities, it’s a must-visit destination for all age people.
Take a stroll along the 2-mile trail that surrounds the lake, or dive into its clear waters during the summer. Whether you visit for a picnic or simply to take in the breathtaking scenery, on Black Lake you will have an unforgettable experience.
Blue Grotto in Lustica peninsula
Discover the hidden gem of Lustica in Montenegro, where picturesque villages, stunning beaches, and the magnificent Blue Grotto (for locals it’s “Plava spilja”) await. This grotto is famous for its vibrant blue water that shines with an ethereal glow, thanks to the sun’s reflection off the sandy floor and dome-like roof.
To reach the Blue Grotto, you must embark on a boat tour, which is available from the Herceg Novia marina between April and October. The ticket price is just 3 USD. This underwater wonderland is perfect for snorkelling or diving enthusiasts.
If you are not on a budget, we recommend renting a boat to spend more in Grotta and on the sea tour. It can cost you around 30 USD per hour.
Indulge in luxury at Porto Montenegro, a resort town on the stunning Tivat. Boasting high-end shops, gourmet eateries, and luxurious mega-yachts, it’s often referred to as a mini Monaco.
Don’t let the opulence fool you, there’s still plenty to enjoy for those on a budget. Take a stroll along the boardwalk or listen to live music at one of the vibrant restaurants or bars along the seaside.
National Park Skadar Lake
Nestled on the border with Albania, Lake Scadar is the largest natural lake in Southern Europe and a must-visit for nature and bird lovers.
With its abundant wildlife, including migratory birds, the Montenegrin side of the lake is a designated national park. Enjoy a scenic boat tour, and visit the charming villages dotted around the lake, some dating back to the 13th century. Boat tours can cost you only 10 USD per person, very affordable. For larger groups, most of the boat owners provide discounted prices.
Don’t miss out on the breathtaking Pavlova Strana viewpoint in the national park, offering a stunning view of the Rijeka Cronjevica River’s horseshoe bend, surrounded by lush greenery and blue waters. The viewpoint is a 20-minute drive from Podgorica but be prepared for a narrow, winding road.
Luxury Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a picturesque islet turned five-star resort owned by Aman resort group. It is a frequent sight on many travellers’ Instagram feeds.
Located near Budva, the resort boasts 50 rooms and cottages, however, even those without the budget to stay can still admire its beauty from the main road or take a closer look with a tour or private boat ride.
The resort’s vibrant orange roofs and its tranquil setting in the sparkling blue waters make it one of Montenegro’s most recognizable landmarks. Whether you choose to admire from afar or experience it up close, Sveti Stefan is a sight for everyone’s bucket list.