This summer we were invited to visit Montenegro in partnership with the tourism board. Lauren and I had never visited Montenegro and didn’t really know much about the place so we were both pretty excited to get over there to experience a new destination! We flew directly from Rome to Pogdorica & then took a 40 minute drive into the town of Budva.
In Budva we stayed at Hotel Adria, located above a shopping centre in the middle of town. We had the top 2 bedroom penthouse apartment which was huge! It was equip with a kitchen, spacious balcony (with a hot tub!) and heaps of living space. The best part was the view of the town whilst enjoying a dip in the hot tub! We spent 4 nights here in total.
After freshening up from our flight we headed straight for lunch at Dukley lifestyle resort. It was a new resort/ beach club/ lounge with restaurants, bars, boutiques and residences. We started off with some pre meal special cocktails to celebrate our first time here in Montenegro. The staff were amazing and catered perfectly to our preferences. We decided to share a few things between us, risotto, quesadilla & fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea… Yumm! The restaurant overlooked the beach club & the bay of Budva, you could see the old town from there also.
After lunch we took their speed boat across the bay to the old town, which is actually much quicker by boat than car. We met up with a tourism official who walked us through the old town and explained all the history, we stopped for a gelato & headed back to the hotel to wind down and relax for a bit before heading to a spot for sunset.
For sunset we had a driver take us above Budva for some views over the entire coastline and town, This was the highlight of Budva for me and I’d highly recommend heading up here for sunset, theres a few spots up there usually near churches that I think are the best spots for sunset, it was about a 15 – 20 minute drive from the hotel, I’m not sure of the names of the locations, but if you show our images, all the drivers should know how to get to these spots, I believe they are well known. We went back here a few times!
The second day we took a drive along the coastline to see some beaches, we also visited Sveti Stefan, which was built in 1442 but now transformed into a 5 star resort by Aman. We went swimming, laid by the sea and bought some fresh fruit of some local ladies walking down the beach. Thats one of the things I love about Europe – locals selling fresh fruit on the beach, especially when its my favourite – raspberries! We continued further along the coast to a few different spots that overlooked beaches and the coastline, it was a beautiful day. After spending quite some time in the sun we headed back to old town to a little cafe that served fresh juices & vegan options for lentil salads etc that I found on happy cow (our go to).
In the afternoon we took a drive to a Kotor where we took a boat trip around the lake/bay to see the monastery and lake side towns then went back up into the hills for sunset. We decided to try out a Thai style restaurant for dinner, on the main square just walking distance from where we were staying.
Our final day in Montenegro we went for a trip to Kotor again, this time we were heading to do the hike above the bay which is above a church, its a nice hike, pretty easy and stairs the whole day, gets really hot so best to go earlier, but the view at the top makes it worth it! We had lunch at a lake side Mediterranean restaurant before making our way back to Budva.
On our final evening we met up with the tourism team for a dinner at our favourite dining experience – Dukley, it was a great way to end our time in Montenegro with amazing food and cocktails!