Being less than an hour away from Dubrovnik, it would be foolish to not pay Montenegro a visit.
Which is the exact reason my friend and I found ourselves on a delightfully cold air con tour bus heading away from Dubrovnik early one morning.
We decided on a tour that offered us the freedom to explore by ourselves but with some guided information if we wanted it.
Crossing the border was nice and easy, some passports can cause problems mainly by delay (typically those out of the EU, so for now our British passports were perfectly acceptable) but luckily we weren’t held up at all, even with a selection of nationalities on our bus.
We drove along the coastal path in Montenegro around the bay of Kotor, which gave us beautiful scenery as we went from place to place. Although the bay of Kotor is very much the open sea, it felt like we were driving around a stunning lake.
Our first stop was to see Our Lady of the Rocks, which is one of two islets off the coast of Perast and is an island with great legend behind it.
We took a boat over to it and from here we were able to get great views of the Island of St George, which is a natural island that is closed off to tourists.
It is often referred to as the island of the dead because of the graveyard surrounding the church of St George and the Benedictine monastery.
Back on board our bus, we drove on towards Kotor which is a beautiful UNESCO listed medieval town full of winding narrow streets and perfectly formed squares.
With the sun at it’s highest we walked around the city keeping to the shaded parts taking pictures of the beautiful architecture and admiring the walls surrounding the city.
However, we decided against climbing the walls as the heat was too strong, and decided to take a well earned rest by topping up our liquid and ice cream intake at a restaurant that was spraying out cold water droplets.
With stomachs rumbling for something more substantial, our next stop was Budva.
It’s a beautiful walled city perched right on the coast and surrounded by beach. With the promise of the water luring us, we thought we’d grab ourselves some fresh seafood from Jadran before hitting the cool water.
Swimming with such a beautiful view was one of our highlights for sure.
Before heading back to Dubrovnik we were able to get a view of Sveti Stefan.
Formally an island that saw the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, it is now joined to the mainland and is an exclusive charming coastal village resort.
Overall Montenegro is a stunning place, you get a quick taste of it in a day but if you can say longer it’s definitely worth it.
Other day tours from Dubrovnik include trips to Bosnia and Albania-something we would have done for without a doubt if time had afforded us, so something to consider if those countries have ever intrigued you and you’re heading to Dubrovnik.