Backpacking Montenegro

If you’re looking for an insider’s tip on the Adriatic coast, Montenegro is the perfect country for you ! Even though the country is extremely small, you’ll find everything your backpacker’s heart desires and more ! Fantastic beaches, picturesques towns with historically and architecturally fascinating buildings, and spectacular mountainscapes, and all this easily accessible in the heart of Europe !

We hope you enjoy our ideal backpacking itinerary of Montenegro.


Important Basics

Official Language

Montenegrin

Basic Vocabulary
EnglishMontenegrin
HelloPozdrav
GoodbyeDovidenja
Thank youHvala
YesDa
NoNe
Capital City

Podgorica

Form of Government

Parliamentary republic

Phone Country Code

+382

Currency

Euro

Climate

Average yearly temperature: 16°C

Summer: June to September

Winter: December to March

Fun Fact

Montenegrins are the second tallest people in the world on average.

Cities

Budva

Budva is an approximately 2,500 years old coastal town with about 13,000 inhabitants. The old town within the city wall is located on a small peninsula and is undoubtedly worth seeing. This part of the city consists of narrow alleys and small squares with interesting buildings from different times, which have influenced the development of the city.

You should also see the statue of a dancing girl, which is a great place for photos as you can admire the old town in the background as well.

There are also many different beaches in Budva. One of the most beautiful beaches is said to be about 5 kilometers away at the mouth of the Jaz, as this beach is also less touristy. In total, there are 35 beaches near Budva, most of which are pebble beaches and only a few with sand.

Even in a smaller town like Budva you can go out in the evening and get your money's worth, as there are many bars and cafés in the old town. On the promenade, there are clubs like the Trocadero for example, and there are plenty of other options in the city center. All bars and cafés are open until 1 am and clubs that are closed, i.e. not open-air discos, are open even longer.

There are also great opportunities to enjoy plays, performances, and music events, especially during summer. Make sure to inform yourself during your stay in Budva.

In Budva, you will stay at a hostel and get a bed in an 8-person dorm for €13 a night.

Kotor

After having enjoyed the sun and your time on the beach and in the old town, you will leave Budva for Kotor with your rental car.

Kotor is an old Mediterranean trade and harbor town as well as a national cultural center. It is located at the end of the Bay of Kotor and was declared a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in 1979, meaning you can expect important cultural and historical buildings!

Kotor is especially famous for its impressive city wall, which surrounds the medieval old town: this old fortification is 4.5 kilometers long. Other buildings worth seeing are the Saint Tryphon Cathedral in the city center, as it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country! There are other beautiful buildings in Kotor, such as the Church of St. Luke from 1195 and the Clock Tower from 1602, which was built in a Renaissance style and is located on the main square of the old town.

But of course, you can also do other things in Kotor! You can go rafting on the river Tara, which is possible from May to September or October and is very worthwhile. Another breathtaking experience you can do here is paragliding.

If you are looking for a little less adventure but a lot of nature, you can hike to Krstac. On the way, you will pass a small waterfall with crystal clear water.

In Kotor, you can stay at a hostel and get a bed in a dorm for €10 a night.

Krupac

From Kotor, head to Krupac Lake with your rental car.

The lake is beautiful and is located 5 kilometers away from the town of Niksic. The lake was artificially created and is a stunning reservoir that you must visit during your trip to Montenegro. The water is clear and you can do many different activities to spend unforgettable days. Of course, you can go swimming or just sunbathe – after all, during summer the temperature of the lake is a very inviting 28°C. Of course, you can also do water sports here, such as water skiing, kayaking, or fishing. Other sports like volleyball are obviously also possible.

At Krupac Lake, there is also a beach bar and a restaurant, so your food is taken care of. Normally it is only visited by locals, so the lake is not overcrowded even in summer, which is another advantage; and if that’s not enough to lure you in, the entrance is also free of charge. If you want to relax, you can unwind and enjoy the sun at the quiet Krupac Lake.

If you are at the lake in July, you should definitely attend the Lake Fest. This is a rock festival that attracts fans from all over Europe.

In Krupac, stay at one of the local hotels and get a double room for €21 a night.

Durmitor National Park

After you have enjoyed your time at the lake, your backpacking trip through Montenegro is far from over. The next step is to drive to Durmitor National Park.

The national park is located in the mountains in the north of Montenegro and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also contains the deepest river in Europe, the Tara Canyon. If you are in the mood for adventure, you can book a rafting tour there, which you will certainly not forget so quickly.

Otherwise, you can of course go hiking. There are many great routes and viewpoints, like Savin Kuk at 2,313 meters and Crvena Greda at 2,164, which is also called red rock.

You can also go on a canoe trip, for example to the Nevidio Canyon – if you want an adrenaline rush, at the Savin Kuk ski resort you can also book a tandem paragliding flight. Near the river of Tara Canyon is also an area where you can go climbing, while bike rides are also possible just about anywhere in the area. You can also go to the viewpoint near Curevac.

Whatever you do, your time in Durmitor National Park will certainly be unique. There is sure to be something for everyone, as there are many exciting activities you can do.

Get a double room in one of the hotels nearby for €21 a night.

Podgorica

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro and has about 185,000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in the country. Podgorica is located in the centre of the country in the Montenegrin lowlands between Lake Scutari and the Dinaric Mountains.

There is a lot for you to discover here. You can visit the old Turkish city of Stara Varos, where there is a mosque and an old clock tower to admire. It is a typical old Turkish city with narrow, winding streets.

You can also visit the so-called Skaline, the steps, at the mouth of the Ribnica River to Moraca. There are ruins of the town of Nemanja to see and over the Ribnica River there is an old Turkish bridge, which is also worth seeing. A new bridge that you should also visit is the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the Moraca River.

Also worth seeing is the St. George church, which was built in the 10th century. There is also the castle of King Nikola, which has been converted into a museum; a park was built around it as well, meaning that you can spend some time in the green before or after your visit to the museum if you’d like.

Apart from all the great sights in Podgorica, you should also enjoy the variety of cafés and restaurants in Montenegro's capital. Let’s also not forget the nightlife, which is alive and vibrant in Podgorica with several bars and clubs.

If you like shopping, Podgorica is also the right city for you, because in the city centre there are many different shops where you will surely find what you are looking for.

If you feel like taking a break during the day you could have a picnic; there are some places that are ideal for this and are also used by locals, such as Mareza, Lake Skadar or the Gorica Hill.

Before your trip back home, you’ll stay at one of Podgorica’s hostels and get a bed in a dorm for €9 a night.

After having spent a wonderful and unique time in Montenegro, it’s time to get back home. We’re sure your backpack will be full of souvenirs and great experiences and memories you’ll have collected during your trip.


Budva

Budva

Budva is an approximately 2,500 years old coastal town with about 13,000 inhabitants. The old town within the city wall is located on a small peninsula and is undoubtedly worth seeing. This part of the city consists of narrow alleys and small squares with interesting buildings from different times, which have influenced the development of the city.

You should also see the statue of a dancing girl, which is a great place for photos as you can admire the old town in the background as well.

There are also many different beaches in Budva. One of the most beautiful beaches is said to be about 5 kilometers away at the mouth of the Jaz, as this beach is also less touristy. In total, there are 35 beaches near Budva, most of which are pebble beaches and only a few with sand.

Even in a smaller town like Budva you can go out in the evening and get your money's worth, as there are many bars and cafés in the old town. On the promenade, there are clubs like the Trocadero for example, and there are plenty of other options in the city center. All bars and cafés are open until 1 am and clubs that are closed, i.e. not open-air discos, are open even longer.

There are also great opportunities to enjoy plays, performances, and music events, especially during summer. Make sure to inform yourself during your stay in Budva.

In Budva, you will stay at a hostel and get a bed in an 8-person dorm for €13 a night.

Kotor

Kotor

After having enjoyed the sun and your time on the beach and in the old town, you will leave Budva for Kotor with your rental car.

Kotor is an old Mediterranean trade and harbor town as well as a national cultural center. It is located at the end of the Bay of Kotor and was declared a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in 1979, meaning you can expect important cultural and historical buildings!

Kotor is especially famous for its impressive city wall, which surrounds the medieval old town: this old fortification is 4.5 kilometers long. Other buildings worth seeing are the Saint Tryphon Cathedral in the city center, as it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country! There are other beautiful buildings in Kotor, such as the Church of St. Luke from 1195 and the Clock Tower from 1602, which was built in a Renaissance style and is located on the main square of the old town.

But of course, you can also do other things in Kotor! You can go rafting on the river Tara, which is possible from May to September or October and is very worthwhile. Another breathtaking experience you can do here is paragliding.

If you are looking for a little less adventure but a lot of nature, you can hike to Krstac. On the way, you will pass a small waterfall with crystal clear water.

In Kotor, you can stay at a hostel and get a bed in a dorm for €10 a night.

Krupac

Krupac

From Kotor, head to Krupac Lake with your rental car.

The lake is beautiful and is located 5 kilometers away from the town of Niksic. The lake was artificially created and is a stunning reservoir that you must visit during your trip to Montenegro. The water is clear and you can do many different activities to spend unforgettable days. Of course, you can go swimming or just sunbathe – after all, during summer the temperature of the lake is a very inviting 28°C. Of course, you can also do water sports here, such as water skiing, kayaking, or fishing. Other sports like volleyball are obviously also possible.

At Krupac Lake, there is also a beach bar and a restaurant, so your food is taken care of. Normally it is only visited by locals, so the lake is not overcrowded even in summer, which is another advantage; and if that’s not enough to lure you in, the entrance is also free of charge. If you want to relax, you can unwind and enjoy the sun at the quiet Krupac Lake.

If you are at the lake in July, you should definitely attend the Lake Fest. This is a rock festival that attracts fans from all over Europe.

In Krupac, stay at one of the local hotels and get a double room for €21 a night.

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park

After you have enjoyed your time at the lake, your backpacking trip through Montenegro is far from over. The next step is to drive to Durmitor National Park.

The national park is located in the mountains in the north of Montenegro and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also contains the deepest river in Europe, the Tara Canyon. If you are in the mood for adventure, you can book a rafting tour there, which you will certainly not forget so quickly.

Otherwise, you can of course go hiking. There are many great routes and viewpoints, like Savin Kuk at 2,313 meters and Crvena Greda at 2,164, which is also called red rock.

You can also go on a canoe trip, for example to the Nevidio Canyon – if you want an adrenaline rush, at the Savin Kuk ski resort you can also book a tandem paragliding flight. Near the river of Tara Canyon is also an area where you can go climbing, while bike rides are also possible just about anywhere in the area. You can also go to the viewpoint near Curevac.

Whatever you do, your time in Durmitor National Park will certainly be unique. There is sure to be something for everyone, as there are many exciting activities you can do.

Get a double room in one of the hotels nearby for €21 a night.

Podgorica

Podgorica

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro and has about 185,000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in the country. Podgorica is located in the centre of the country in the Montenegrin lowlands between Lake Scutari and the Dinaric Mountains.

There is a lot for you to discover here. You can visit the old Turkish city of Stara Varos, where there is a mosque and an old clock tower to admire. It is a typical old Turkish city with narrow, winding streets.

You can also visit the so-called Skaline, the steps, at the mouth of the Ribnica River to Moraca. There are ruins of the town of Nemanja to see and over the Ribnica River there is an old Turkish bridge, which is also worth seeing. A new bridge that you should also visit is the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the Moraca River.

Also worth seeing is the St. George church, which was built in the 10th century. There is also the castle of King Nikola, which has been converted into a museum; a park was built around it as well, meaning that you can spend some time in the green before or after your visit to the museum if you’d like.

Apart from all the great sights in Podgorica, you should also enjoy the variety of cafés and restaurants in Montenegro's capital. Let’s also not forget the nightlife, which is alive and vibrant in Podgorica with several bars and clubs.

If you like shopping, Podgorica is also the right city for you, because in the city centre there are many different shops where you will surely find what you are looking for.

If you feel like taking a break during the day you could have a picnic; there are some places that are ideal for this and are also used by locals, such as Mareza, Lake Skadar or the Gorica Hill.

Before your trip back home, you’ll stay at one of Podgorica’s hostels and get a bed in a dorm for €9 a night.

After having spent a wonderful and unique time in Montenegro, it’s time to get back home. We’re sure your backpack will be full of souvenirs and great experiences and memories you’ll have collected during your trip.

Montenegro Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home –Podgorica – Budva
Home –Podgorica – Budva
Flight+ Rental car
90
8-person dorm
9
2. Budva
Budva
-
8-person dorm
13
3. Budva –Kotor
Budva –Kotor
Rental car
Dorm
10
4. Kotor
Kotor
-
Dorm
10
5. Kotor
Kotor
-
Dorm
10
6. Kotor- Krupac
Kotor- Krupac
Rental car
Double room
20
7. Krupac
Krupac
-
Double room
20
8. Krupac
Krupac
-
Double room
20
9. Krupac- Durmitor NP
Krupac- Durmitor NP
Rental car
Double room
21
10. Durmitor NP
Durmitor NP
-
Double room
21
11. Durmitor NP
Durmitor NP
-
Double room
21
12. Durmitor NP- Podgorica
Durmitor NP- Podgorica
Rental car
Dorm
9
13. Podgorica
Podgorica
-
Dorm
9
14. Podgorica-Home
Podgorica-Home
Rental car+Flight
90

Total price.

Flights 140,00
Transportation 250,00
Tours 0,00
Accommodation 193,00
Total583,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Simple breakfast: in Montenegro breakfast is very simple and usually consists only of bread and cheese.

Soups

Čorba: the soups in Montenegro are usually mixed with potatoes and noodles and stirred creamy with cream and soured milk.

Main courses

Popeci: for this a piece of meat is rolled in cheese and then fried. This is usually served with egg or potatoes.

Kacamak: the dish is like a frothy cake made from wheat and barley and served with potatoes.

Popara: for this, bread is soaked with milk and then made by mixing oil and cheese. It is then fried in a pan.

Lamb: in Montenegro, lamb is traditionally marinated in milk and served with vegetables.

Njeguška pršuta:  this is smoked ham, usually served on a platter with various side dishes. Simply delicious!

Drinks

Amaro: the classic liqueur from Montenegro is very well known and is also used internationally. But of course it tastes best in its country of origin!

Nikšićko Pivo: this is the most popular beer in Montenegro.

Montenegro

In Montenegro, payments are made in Euros. See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of Living

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Prepare for drinking: if you are invited, prepare for one shot or another, because in Montenegro people love to toast with a home-made schnapps.

Learn the language: try to master a few words in the language, so communication is much easier.

Car lights: in Montenegro you must keep the lights on your car on all the time. Remember this especially when planning a road trip.

Don'ts

Expect friendliness on the street: in Montenegro you will rarely experience a thank you or a greeting in traffic. Do not take it personally, it is not against you!

Insist on a few cents: your purchase costs 3.98 euros? Then you can be sure that you will not get it. In Montenegro people like to round up or down.

Only stay in the cities: in Montenegro you have to get out into nature and especially try hiking. This is the only way to experience the country properly!

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

Yes

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

Yes

Vaccine

Robert Koch Instituts

Additional Remarks.

We recommend making sure that your travel documents are valid 3 months beyond your Montenegrin visa’s expiration date. Please also inform yourself on the current entry regulations regarding the Corona virus. Current information about this can be found at your country’s Foreign Office.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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