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Montenegro

Imagine sleeping beneath the stars, snorkeling in the Blue Cave and rafting in Tara Gorge. Sound like your idea of fun? Check out our Montenegro bucket list for all the wonderful experiences you can find in this beautiful Balkan country.  

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Visit Stari Grad, Kotor

 

The city of Kotor is rich with history and its Old Town is the place to be. Wander through the tiny streets to see the main sights, and glimpse the mountains between houses. 

 

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Climb the Ladder of Kotor

 

Ready for an adventure? Hike up the Ladder of Kotor, a historical hiking trail that zigzags up the mountain. You can stop at Kotor Fortress and return to the town via the Old Town Walls, or continue upwards for the very best views. 

 

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Visit Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

 

Perast is a charming fishing village just around the Bay of Kotor, but holds surprising historical significance. It's a great day trip on your tour of Montenegro and wouldn't be complete without taking a boat out to Our Lady of the Rocks. This artificial islet sits dramatically in the bay, with the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks in the center. 

 

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Go palace hopping in Perast

 

Perast might look like a sleepy fishing village, but it's actually home to 16 different palaces! Formerly belonging to the Perast brotherhoods, these magnificent buildings sit quietly by the sea. Top sights include the baroque palace Bujovic, Sestokrilovic and Zmajevic.

 

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Snorkel in the Blue Cave, Lustica Peninsula

 

With its electric blue water and rock formations, the Blue Cave needs to be on this bucket list. For the best experience, take a snorkel mask and dive beneath the waves to witness the beauty beneath. 

 

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Stargaze in Zabljak

 

As the highest town in the Balkans, the tiny town of Zabljak in the north of Montenegro is perfect for stargazing. Spend a couple of nights in this tranquil place, enjoying numerous outdoor sports during the day. And, when the night comes, let the sky be your bedroom ceiling. 

 

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Admire Oostrog Monastery

 

Maybe you've visited a few monasteries before, but have you ever seen one built directly into a cliff? Explore the special atmosphere of the Oostrog Monastery, remembering this is still an active place of worship for many pilgrims. 

 

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Visit a beach bar in Budva

 

If you're looking for history and culture as well as beaches and nightlife, Budva is the place for you. The most popular Montenegrin seaside destination, this stunning town is best experienced at night, with its colorful lights, cocktail bars and illuminated ocean. 

 

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Raft in Tara Gorge 

 

If you missed your chance to go rafting in Bosnia, don't worry! The Tara River also passes through Montenegro with 21 rapids in Tara Gorge. Join a rafting excursion for an adrenaline-filled day of adventure. 

 

Visit the San Giovanni Fortress, Kotor

 

Set high above the stunning town of Kotor is the 9th century fortress of San Giovanni, considered a top highlight of the city. Wander around the ancient fortress walls, learning about the history of this marvelous site. Then, turn and face the way you came to see the most incredible views of Kotor's Old Town and the fjord. Don't forget to take your camera!

 

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