You’d think that in a small country of Montenegro landmarks would be scarce, but far from it. In fact, Montenegro is packed with beautiful sights, whether we refer to stunning cultural and historical landmarks dating from the Middle Ages, or natural assets such as National parks or secluded caves and canyons.
First, let’s get you settled into Porto Montenegro finest rentals in the country, an ideal spot to start exploring some of the finest Montenegro tourist attractions. Now when that’s settled, Montenegro sights won’t leave you indifferent, whatever direction you choose to go. Still, we took it upon us to make a list of the most staggering Montenegro landmarks that should definitely become a part of your journey.
Montenegro sightseeing begins with a natural delight – The Blue Cave
Natural sights in Montenegro are truly minimally affected by pollution or any other kind of exploitation by humans, with some of them being always included into Montenegro top attractions, and with a good reason.
The Blue Cave is one of them, one of those unique Montenegro attractions capable of enchanting you forever. Known for its iridescent blue shade that reflects from the bottom of the sea back onto the surface, with the only way of reaching it is by sea. There are organized boat tours from Kotor and Herceg Novi, but we recommend opting for a yacht charter from Porto Montenegro marina, since these charters can be custom organized, in sync with your wishes.
There are plenty of activities waiting for you in the Blue Cave, especially if you are a fan of snorkeling and diving, as well as kayaking, either way your visit will be memorable.
One of the top attractions in Montenegro – San Giovanni Fortress
One of the most fascinating sights Montenegro can offer regarding its rich history lies concealed in Kotor, one of the most culturally significant towns in whole of the country. It’s San Giovanni Fortress, also known as the fortress of Kotor, one of the most fascinating segments of the cultural heritage of Boka Bay.
Besides being the ultimate masterpiece of defense architecture dating from Middle Ages, San Giovanni is the most gorgeous viewpoint in Montenegro, guarding the Old Town Kotor and the surrounding area.
It’s a truly a marvelous trip should you decide to embark on it, an opportunity to immerse yourself both into a hiking tour, as well as charming natural Montenegro sights, as well as one of the Kotor top attractions.
Another courtesy of nature – Luštica peninsula
One of the top natural Montenegro sights is without a doubt Luštica peninsula, home of simple and traditional lifestyle that hasn’t changed for centuries now. Luštica is famous for being wild and for hosting endless summer, with nature so bewitching you wish to come back time and time again.
These is one of those places that should be listed among the Montenegro top sights to visit, but rarely is, since it’s very private and very adventure worthy at the same time, and therefore, not fit for more serene types.
Luštica peninsula is partly located in the Bay of Kotor, while the other side is situated on directly on the Adriatic. Here you will come across villages that have barely changed in the last 100 years, which you can easily visit if you chose to go on a tour of the entire peninsula.
Cetinje – the former capital of Montenegro
Cetinje is often listed as one of the Budva tourist attractions since it’s located in a close of proximity of this coastal town. Cetinje use to be a royal capital of the country, and now is one the most important Montenegro sights regarding its royal past and cultural history.
Cetinje is a small and compact town, so there shouldn’t be any problems getting around in it, and it’s somewhat of a prototype of a Montenegrin inland town. The town possess a unique, old world charm, which is exactly what makes it so enchanting. There are more than a few historical attractions you can see here, such as The National Museum, King Nikola’s Court, The Blue Palace, and so on.
A road trip to Cetinje is a great way to discover Montenegro landmarks related to the tumultuous history of this area and country as a whole.
Nevidio canyon for adventure junkies
Canyon Nevidio is located on the road going from Niksic towards Durmitor National Park, with a name that means “An Unseen Canyon”, not explored until 1965. Today, Nevidio is one of the most popular Montenegro attractions when it comes to adrenaline tourism, bringing you some stunning scenery as you’re heading to the starting point of the canyon.
Available tours mostly cover about 2km of the canyon, including lots and lost of swimming, climbing and jumping, while the tour can last approximately 3 and a half hours, depending on the size and ability of the group, so brace yourself for some adventure if you decide to visit Nevidio this summer.
Staggering Doclea ruins for the archaelogy lovers
Speaking of Montenegro landmarks associated with cultural history, there are more than a few archaeological sights on the soil of Montenegro, but Doclea, or Duklja, is by far the most famous.
The ruins of Doclea are located near Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, more precisely 3 km north from it. Doclea use to be the largest settlement of the Docleatae, the Illyrian tribe, dating from the first century AD. Its architecture is in line with the typical Roman style, with a central axis connecting representative structures.
Doclea also includes a necropolis with more than 300 tombs excavated, containing many precious objects such as jewelry, toilette bottles, ceramic and glass dishes, fibulae,etc. If you want to find out more about the ancient history of Montenegro, Duklja is certainly a good place to start for an archaeological Montenegro sightseeing.
One of the most famous Budva tourist attractions – Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a small islet and a hotel resort located southeast of Budva, at the foot of the Lovcen mountain ridge. Despite being a famous luxury resort, what makes Sveti Stefan all the more unique is its astounding history. As the legend has it, the fortification was built on this island in the middle of the 15th century, when it was first settled.
The construction of a fort stemmed from a need for protection – many families from surrounding villages were desperate for shelter amidst Turkish and pirate attacks. Apart from the fort, the islet also contains three churches – the church od St. Stephen (after which the island was named), located at the highest point, the church of Alexander Nevski, and the smallest one, dedicated to Transfiguration.
Each building on the island has a story to tell, showcasing original details and inimitable charm you’re certainly going to appreciate.
Tara Canyon – elected as one of Montenegro top sights
Tara river rafting is by far one of the countries most popular adrenaline rush activities. Tara forms a canyon that is incredible 1300 m deep, making it one of the deepest canyons in the world. It slices through the mountain area of the National park Durmitor, providing you with some of the best views directly from the water.
If you’d like to admire the canyon from afar, you can climb to the top of the mount Ćurevac, but be aware that this view is also restricted by canyon walls. Either way, Tara canyon is certainly one of those Montenegro sights that will make a lasting impact on you.
Ostrog Monastery – stunning and unique religious site
Ostrog Monastery is one of the most beautiful and revered religious Montenegro sights, and in former Yugoslavia. Despite being an Orthodox Christian monastery, it is equally visited by Roman Catholics as well as Muslims.
It is constructed against an almost vertical background, making seem as if it’s defying gravity. It’s built right into the sheer cliff out of white stone, shining like a beacon from miles away. It was founded in 1671. by St Basil (Vasilije Ostroški), the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina.
The construction of the monastery in itself represent the dedication to faith and the appreciation of natural serenity of this place. Whether you’re religious or not, this place is bound to make an impression once you visit it.
The ultimate hiking trail – Black Lake in Žabljak
This must be one of the most stunning natural Montenegro landmarks in general. It’s a stunning glacial lake surrounded by a pine forest casting a mirrored reflection of the lake. The scenery becomes even more spectacular with Medjed mountain peak emerging in the background.
The Black Lake is divided into two lakes called Great and Small Lake, connected by a narrow straight. If you are into hiking, there is a 3.5 km long foot trail encircling the lake, taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete. There are some very steep sections that require some climbing, but nothing too challenging, so you should have a pleasant walk.
Historical Montenegro attractions – Bar Old Town
The Old Town Bar is located in the southeast of Montenegro, the town with a fair share of tumultuous stories to tell, being taken over multiple times over the course of history. It was finally reclaimed by the Montenegrins in 1877., after the locals bombed the aqueduct and cut off the water supply.
A little over a hundred years later the same aqueduct (since repaired), was destroyed in by a major earthquake, so today the town lies in ruins, and the new town sprung around it. We wholeheartedly recommend you to visit Bar, since here you will encounter remnants of history and mementos of centuries passed and lands won and lost.
A truly remarkable walk through one of the top attractions in Montenegro.
The famous view of lake Skadar – Pavlova Strana
One can say that true surprises concerning Montenegro sights are hidden inland, and they would be right. There is a place called Horseshoe Bend, at Lake Skadar, with a famous view Pavlova Strana. It depicts a spot where Rijeka Crnojevića River flows into Lake Skadar National Park.
This view alone is worth the visit to extraordinary Montenegro landmark, a place where true adventure awaits. Here you can take a boat cruise, go on hiking excursions and visit small fishermen towns and fortresses along the water.
Risan and Roman Mosaics
When it comes to historical and archaeological Montenegro sights, another true gem are Roman Mosaics in the ancient town of Risan. A special museum in Risan represents the remains of Roman villa built in 2nd century AD, with the display mainly showcasing Roman mosaics.
Among the historical Montenegro landmarks, this one is by far the oldest, about two thousand years. The museum depicts various mosaic patterns on the floors of each room, and the atrium in the middle. Mosaics are made of pebbles belonging to three different types – white, grey-blue and black.
The atrium mosaic is specific for depicting the dream god Hypnos in a half lying position with crossed legs, which is a unique representation altogether. The top of the villa represents the sun, the symbol of ancient Rome, with the rays of sunlight coming out in a circle, while in the inner garden there is a swimming pool designed to collect water.
Lipa Cave – a natural wonder amid Montenegro sights
Here is one of the Montenegro attractions that are pitch perfect for families. Lipa Cave is one of the largest cave monuments in Montenegro, with a stunning and wild system of hallways and passages, making you feel as if you had stepped on an another planet.
In Lipa Cave nature performed her own art, creating complicated, playful and unique form of cave ornaments. The cave is located near Cetinje, and today is one of the must-see Montenegro sights, the ones you can not miss while visiting our country.
Lipa Cave offers a charming diversity of the underground world, so opposite of what we encounter every single day, providing its visitors with a unique experience of genuine wilderness that is this cave. Brace yourself for a memorable adventure and enjoy an exhilarating cave expedition.
Whether nature or history, sights in Montenegro cover it all
These were some of the lesser known Montenegro sights, those that you come across either accidentally, or through some form of recommendation, but it’s safe to say that these sights uncover an old, traditional and unspoiled Montenegro, an authenticity that comes at a higher value.
If you’re looking for a way to spend holidays in a more active manner, we suggest to consider some, if not all of these Montenegro sights, which will surely make your holiday enjoyable and more diverse that you have anticipated.