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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 17th 2023

On our return from Theth we scooted over the border into Montenegro to a seaside resort south of Ulcinj and found ourselves on a wide, rather muddy beach, by Australian standards, under trees by the Green Bar where we had learnt from Park4night that Nikolas would be there to welcome us! His rather scruffy, unpretentious bar gave us a good meal of squid, chips and salad, we had a swim and a rather rousing night as the hotel entertainment next door went on until the wee hours. Great the singer had a good voice or it would have been purgatory! We decided to have a coffee at the bar the next morning but they announced their machine was broken so Graeme kindheartedly offered to make all the staff and ourselves a cup of coffee in Gino! ... read more
Bay of Kotor
Bell tower

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 6th 2023

I headed to Kotor from Cetinje, knowing I was going from a secluded place like Cetinje to the tourism capital of Montenegro. Kotor has become the cruise ships destination in Montenegro, in the peak season, almost every day a cruise ship comes in with 3-5 thousand people. But somehow Kotor manages to hold its charm. The old city of Kotor is small and I was staying inside the old city. So I got to see it early morning when it was relatively empty. I walked the city walls, visited Kotor beach and took a dip there. The sea was nice and warm and the waters clear. I must mention that two of the staff members in the hostel I was staying in were super helpful in suggesting places and experiences for me, both in Kotor and ... read more
Kotor Old Town
Kotor Old Town
Kotor Old Towm

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 22nd 2022

Another country straddling the east and west is Montenegro. And sitting just south southeast of Croatia, it might be a good place to spend a few days. Landing in Dubrovnik, I am so close to Montenegro, why not? Montenegro has been independent since 2006, with a vote ending the Union of Serbia and Montenegro, both remnants of the former Yugoslavia. The split was brokered by the EU to stabilize the area, and prevent further Balkan skirmishes. Montenegro means "black mountains", and borders Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Half of the country is covered by dense forest. They also enjoy an Adriatic coastline, and the Tara River Canyon, the deepest and longest in Europe. With a relatively small population (633,000), and only 5333 square miles, Montenegro is relatively small (about the size of Connecticut). ... read more
Cute inlet city
Sveti Stefan

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor September 19th 2021

Short stop in Kotor traveling from Croatia to Albania. Short blog entry, too. Did the same trip in 2012 but in reverse. This time I had planned to ascend the Ladder of Kotor (Cattaro is the Italian name, the trail is an old route to Cetinje before roads connected Kotor) all the way to Lovcen National Park. But after a couple of Germans I met at the hostel thoroughly knackered themselves hiking to Lovcen the day before, I was dissuaded and only climbed to the trail junction a couple of hundred meters above the fortress. Great views the entire way. $US ≈ €0.85 Accommodation and food There are way more hostels now than back in 2021. Guesthouse STEP was €9/night including taxes in a 6 person AC dorm. Place is fairly new, super clean, decent kitchen, ... read more
Bay of Kotor and Old Town
Bay of Kotor and Old Town
Bay of Kotor and Old Town

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor August 8th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Ca aurait dû être une journée fabuleuse, mais elle a été en partie gâchée.!!!! Je triche un peu quand je mets Kotor, le village où je suis ce soir est tellement petit, de même pour les avoisinants, que je fais au plus simple. Si je ne rempli pas les cases, continent pays etc, je ne peux pas publier. Je reviens sur ma caguade d'hier avec la réservation d'hôtel. Je cherchais, à loger à Kotor et environ. Les premiers hôtels qui s'affichent, 1700e 1200e la nuit, 800-700-400, ça fait quand même un peu beaucoup, je ne suis pas en voyage de noce. Le reste tout complet. J'élargi, jusqu'à Dubrovnik, tout complet, j'ai tellement élargi la recherche, sans vérifier la distance que je me retrouve à 80km de Dubrovnik. Mais l'hôtel en vaut vraiment le ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor October 18th 2019

We left Berat at about 9am and retraced our steps back to Shkoder. After stopping briefly in Shkoder to spend our last Albanian lek on some soft drink we continued on back across the same border crossing we’d entered Albania at. The border was busier than on the way through, but still not too bad. After crossing the border we continued on to Podgorica. Our first task back in Montenegro was to sort out sim cards for our phones. We entered the phone store and asked the assistant whether they sold tourist sim cards, to which she replied no. Then asked if they had any short term sims, to which she replied no. When I asked if they said do you sell prepaid sim cards, she said they did and that they had one which lasted ... read more
Pavlova Strana viewpoint, Lake Skadar National Park
Bay of Kotor

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor September 5th 2019

We were ready to visit a new country to us, Montenegro. In fact it is not only new to us, but is quite a new country as it had been part of Yugoslavia and became an independent country in 2006. We sailed from Cavtat in Croatia after doing our official check out paperwork to the Bay of Kotor. Montenegro actually only has a total of 182 miles of coastline, with a third of it being the shores of the Bay of Kotor indicating how large it is. While going along the coastline of Croatia we continued to see numerous bunkers and even at the border of the country at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor there was a fortification still standing proudly over the cliff there. On the other side of the bay which is ... read more
There Are 6 US Flags Here - Can You Find
This Russian Boat Actually States It Is From Russia
The Coastal Walk From the Marina

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 26th 2019

And off to Montenegro the land of the second tallest people in Europe apparently - or so we thought! Not long before we were due to catch the ferry to Bar we found out we needed the original V5 documentation to travel on the ferry - which of course we didn’t have. An hour or so later and after a call to Chris he kindly searched their house to find the original - once found he sent us a pdf and we tried to use that. Clearly it’s the info on the document they want not just to see a piece of paper but no! First the ferry agents berated us for not having such an important document in the car. Then checked they asked us to send the PDF to them and after talking with ... read more
Sveti Stefan - view from our balcony
Sunset Sveti Stefan
Lilies on Lake Skadar

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 31st 2019

Nach den entspannten und größtenteils einsamen Tagen in Bosnien sind wir wieder bereit für etwas Massentourismus und wollen uns Dubrovnik ansehen, wohlwissend, dass wir nicht die einzigen Touristen sein werden, dass man sich vermutlich durch die Gassen schieben lassen muss und innerhalb der Altstadtmauern vermutlich kein Plätzchen für sich alleine haben wird. Aber zunächst brauchen wir noch ein Weilchen, bis wir unseren Campingplatz, übrigens auch der teuerste und schlechteste der bisherigen Reise, bei Dubrovnik erreichen. Denn wenn man von Mostar kommend die Hauptstrecke in Richtung Dubrovnik fährt, reist man zunächst aus Bosnien aus und nach Kroatien ein, und zwar so richtig mit allem was dazu gehört, denn man reist ja aus einem Nicht-EU-Land in die EU ein. Allerdings ist die Grenze hier recht wenig frequentiert. Dann fährt man allerdings auf der Küstenstraße, die alle Touristen nehmen ... read more
Dubrovnik (7)
Dubrovnik (11)
Dubrovnik (12)

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor April 4th 2019

Despite disturbed sleep last night, my energy was up for a long, full day in Montenegro. About forty minutes down the main road was the emigration post for Croatia. Our driver, Tomas, collected our passports and presented them through a window to the official, who did a computer scan and solemnly stamped each one. We drove a few minutes on, and Tomas presented the bunch of passports to the Montenegrin official, who just stamped us in. A moment later we were stopped for a police check; the official made a motion of checking the passports, but he didn’t really. Montenegro is lusher than Croatia (4000 mm of rain compared to 400 mm annually). Some trees were adorned with white flowers, from which the petals dropped like snow. The upper parts of the mountains were dry with ... read more
Bay of Kotor
Kotor, old city

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