November 12, 2020

Montenegro: Little Cities, Big Adventures

Kotor and Budva, Montenegro
Beautiful reflection of Montenegro mountain range.

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my travel blog. The next stop on my journey is beautiful Montenegro. We traveled to a few different cities within Montenegro, including Kotor and Budva. These cities were founded in 5BC and built into two separate mountain ranges, the Orjen and Lovćen. They are spectacular to see!

When you come into Montenegro from Croatia, the first town you enter is Herceg Novi. This is a cool little town, and we stayed here for one night. Once you exit this town, you drive along a beautiful river towards the city. There are mountains everywhere and each turn in the road is a new view. The next town we stopped in was Kotor. This city is built into the mountain itself, and it’s unlike anything I have ever seen.


Kotor is a town in Montenegro right off the Adriatic Sea, in a bay near Mt. Lovćen. The city is known for its winding streets, for its medieval town with exquisite architecture, and for being home to the famous Maritime Museum. The history of the town goes back hundreds of years, dating back to Roman times. Back then, it was known as Acruvium. Roman forts still exist up in the mountains, but they are now surrounded by beautiful homes and little towns tucked between the Adriatic Sea. It is also a World Heritage Site, so I highly recommend visiting this area! It is by far one of the most beautiful places we’ve seen on our travels so far. Fun fact: Santa Barbara, California is its sister city.


Budva is a city in the center of the Montenegrin coast, and the surroundng area is called the Budva riviera. It’s surrounded by stone walls built by the Venetians. This city is a beautiful coastal community where a lot of rich, famous people throughout Europe visit. Budva is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Montenegro because it has a huge variety of daytime and nighttime activities.

During the day, a lot of tourists visit one of the many beautiful beaches Budva has to offer. The crystal blue water and soft sand make this a no-brainer. Then, at night, Budva is known to be the party capital of Montenegro. So, the city is filled with clubs, discos, restaurants, and pubs. You definitely won’t be bored in this city! 

Should You Go?

All of the cities in Montenegro were breathtaking. There are huge, reflective lakes with beautiful churches on the outskirts. The lakes are surrounded by big mountains and quaint homes, which made the most magnificent view. There weren’t any new COVID policies in Montenegro that we experienced. Montenegro was just amazing.

As far as food goes, one of the most common dishes is Brav u Mlijeku (Lamb in Milk). This staple dish is cooked in the highlands of northern Montenegro, and, let me tell you, it is excellent. Also, the people are phenomenal, and there are only about 600,000 people who live in the country. Throughout most of Montenegro, it was a very physically rigorous place. There was a lot of walking involved, so be prepared for that before you explore the cities.  

In conclusion, Kotor, Budva, and all of the cities in Montenegro have a very storybook quality to them. The area was charming, to say the least. I was very impressed with this country and would highly recommend it to anyone no matter their age, shape, or size. As long as you are up for walking! In other words, thanks for joining me on my travels through Montenegro. I can’t wait to bring you along on more of my adventures. See you next time! 

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Big Guy Big World is a travel blog, following Mark Jacoby’s journey as a big guy on a bigger journey, exploring the world during a global pandemic. Follow along as we experience some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic places.

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