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7 reasons why you should visit Montenegro instead of Greece this summer


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When you think of a summer destination, you may think of island hopping around Greece and its crystal clear waters. European summers are becoming a trend among travelers every year, raising prices substantially. With hordes of tourists flocking to the Greek islands, the lesser-known destinations are a treasure trove.

With its impeccable views, friendly people and crystal-clear waters, the Adriatic coast is a stunning alternative – at half the price. Located in the Central-Western Balkans, Montenegro offers medieval sites, coastal towns and glacial lakes.

Here are 7 reasons why you should visit Montenegro instead of Greece this summer:

woman in montenegro

Cheap prices

Still relatively unexplored, Montenegro remains one of the cheapest countries in Europe. It’s easy to explore the vast majority of the country on a budget while still enjoying pleasant accommodation and delicious food.

Admission fees, day tours, and transportation are also quite affordable in Montenegro. It’s pretty easy to go all out without breaking the bank. Of course, always ask the locals for the best transition spots (which tend to be even cheaper, if that’s even possible).

A tip to save money: do what the locals do. With a variety of farmers markets across the country, pick up fresh produce and snacks before venturing out for the day. The popular Kotor market is open daily from 9am to 5pm with local farmers ready to sell.

View of the Bay of Kotor in Kotor, Montenegro, from the fortress, South East Europe

just friendly

A safe country to explore, Montenegro is a solo traveler’s paradise. With local buses and easy-to-drive roads, you can explore the small towns and hidden gems on your own without worrying about safety.

Of course, it is always important to be attentive and aware of your surroundings, but you should not feel vulnerable being alone in Montenegro. When exploring popular destinations, it’s very common to come across fellow solo travelers dining alone or adventuring as well.

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Girl enjoys the view in Montenegro, South East Europe

sociable premises

If you’ve ever traveled somewhere where the locals go out of their way to be helpful, then you’ll understand Montengrins. Known for their friendliness, the locals enjoy providing recommendations and advice to visitors.

If you wander around Montenegro long enough, you’ll notice that the locals have a calming and friendly effect. Laid back and laid back, guests don’t have to be rushed out of restaurants or brought to the bill – often a rarity in the US.

Aerial view of modern apartment blocks in Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro, Balkan Peninsula, South East Europe

convenient location

While there’s quite a bit to do in Montenegro, it’s also a convenient place to book some day trips and visit neighboring countries while you’re in the neighborhood.

Bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia – if you have enough time, why not venture a little further? Kotor to Dubrovnik is a popular route for travellers, with bus routes taking less than 3 hours. Due to its central location along the coast, Montenegro is a backpacker’s paradise and travel hub.

If you’re in the mood for a quick flight, getting out of Montenegro is surprisingly cheap for visiting most places in Europe. In just under 2 hours you can fly to Italy or Malta for the night.

Kotor Montenegro

Varied cuisine

Food in the Balkans is a mixed basket, to say the least – there really is something for everyone. While the cuts of meat can get a bit overbearing at times, the variation in cuisines is noticeable. Surrounded by fresh waters, Montenegro is also known for its seafood.

Going back to the country’s economy, asking for a bit of everything is quite typical here. In fact, the locals will usually suggest trying small portions of different dishes for the table. Cheese, lamb à la leche and seafood galore: why not try it all?

view of the bay of monenegro

hard adventures

Hiking, canyoning, zip lining – if you’re in the mood for a little adventure, then Montenegro is the place for you. With waterfalls and rapids, the Tara River is a playground for adventure junkies. Awarded one of the deepest gorges in Europe, those brave enough can zip line through the gorge for 1050m.

Wander through the narrow gorges of Nevidio Canyon, just below Durmitor National Park and the Tara River. With its spectacular scenery, this is another bucket list adventure for the adventurous.

Cobbled street in Kotor Montenegro

Bay of Kotor

While there is no shortage of beautiful towns throughout Montenegro, the Bay of Kotor is a popular destination known as the jewel of the country. Extremely safe for all travelers, the city of Kotor is a walled fortress with cobbled streets filled with delicious cuisine and historical sights.

Embedded into the mountainside overlooking the water, Kotor provides a welcoming atmosphere to all who enter its walls. Colorful streets, quaint bars and unbeatable views – there’s something to be said for visiting such a beautiful destination, with reasonable prices for everyone.

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