Montenegro M I N I - G U I D E
With only 620K thousand people, Montenegro is like a small town; everyone knows one another and this impacts, in a good way, how people behave towards each other.
Recently Montenegro has become host to a number of superyacht marinas and luxury 5 star developments, some of them just minutes away from Playworking. While we live in a small village, we're nevertheless close to pockets of high-end F&B services and international retail for an occasional break from rural life.
Montenegro yet remains an authentic off-the-beaten path destination. It's laid back and less expensive than developed Europe, yet cosmopolitan for such a small and unpopulated place.
All this with it's stunning coast line and mountains makes Montenegro great place to visit and better place to live.
AROUND H E R E
Tivat is the closest major town to us. The airport sits on the outskirts but closer the center, you'll find plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, pekaras (bakeries) and specialty shops. Want a lift into town? We run regular trips throughut the week.
A new development to rival the glamour of Porto Montenegro, Lustica Bay is a recently established and rather extravagant village in the north western bay of Traste. The waterfront plays host to cafes, boutiques and ritzy restaurants for when you feel like treating yourself.
One of the oldest settlements in the region, Rose's history dates back to the fourth century. Forte Rose's position right on the edge of the peninsula suggests it played an important role in maritime history. Today, it plays host to a number of restaurants, quiet beaches and secluded accommodation options.
This charming old town in the Bay of Kotor sits at the foot of the impressive Dinaric Alps. Its ancient fortress clings to the hillside, overlooking the wonderfully preserved UNESCO-protected town below. A coffee in one of the courtyards is a must.
PLAVI HORIZONT BEACH
Plavi Horizonti is a beautiful beach on the ocean side of Lustica Peninsula. Protected from the wind by tall pine trees and from strong currents by headlands on either side, this is the perfect place to spend the afternoon floating around, snorkelling and soaking up that vitamin D.
Portonovi is one of the northernmost luxury yacht marinas in Montenegro, framed by the spectacular Dinaric Alps. In the principality of Herceg Novi, this resort town offers stunning mountain and sea views, luxury shopping opportunities and some of the finest restaurants in the region.
The luxurious new harbor area in the Bay of Tivat offers a mix of high-end fashion boutiques, cocktail bars and restaurants. We recommend walking along the promenade with a scoop of ice cream checking out the super yachts.
Bigova is a small fishing village that sits in a bay of the same name along the Adriatic coast. Though it only has 115 permanent residents, Bigova comes alive in the evening as foodies flock to the seaside restaurants to taste the catch of the day, straight off the boat and onto their plates.
Budva is home to some of Montenegro's best nightlife and most beloved beaches. The Old Town has been very well preserved, allowing visitors to get a sense of what life was like in historic times. Outside the Old Town, shopping and dining venues are scattered along the promenade.
Founded by Turks in the 17th century, this picturesque village is surrounded by spectacular mountains and criss-crossed by the Tara and Moraca Rivers. In summer, Kolasin is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination, however, come winter, the ski slopes open up, offering an affordable alternative to the Western European ski resorts.
Zabjlak sits at the heart of the Durmitor Mountain region, Montenegro's most well-known national park. With an altitude of nearly 1500m, Zabjlak is the highest town in the Balkans, perfectly positioned within a network of hiking and cycling trails to accommodate adventurous travellers. Take a SUP with you - the Black Lake is best seen from the water.
Prokletije National Park
Prokletije is Montenegro's newest national park, established in 2009 - making it the fifth.
The name Prokletije actually means ‘accursed mountains’. The story goes that the range was 'unleashed from Hell' by the Devil in return for a day of mischief. The National Park straddles the border with Albania in the country's southern region.