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30 Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Montenegro

Kotor's twin church towers against a mountainous backdrop.

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Montenegro is a country that I love deeply. There are so many cool things to do in Montenegro, yet most travelers only take a quick trip to the Bay of Kotor before leaving the country again.

But if you choose to stay in Montenegro for longer, I promise you that you’ll be amazed. This country is knock-you-over gorgeous, with craggy gray-green mountains covering the landscape all the way to the coast’s stunning beaches. If you like bright teal lakes, scintillating peaks, and stunning fjords, Montenegro is for you.

And that’s why I keep coming back. I’ve visited Montenegro three times, I’ve traversed the entire Montenegrin coast between the Albanian and Croatian borders, and I’ve experienced the inland wonders as well as the famed coastline. This country has so much to offer!

Please don’t just go to Kotor for the day from Croatia. Stay for longer. Take a look at these 30 best things to do in Montenegro — because I think you’re going to love it here.

There is so much to explore in Kotor.

Get Lost in the Walls of Old Town Kotor

If there’s any destination that brings travelers to Montenegro, it’s Kotor. This town on the Bay of Kotor has dotted thousands of postcards, but it’s more than just a pretty place. The Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of only two in Montenegro.

One of the best things to do in Kotor is simply wander around — walk the city walls, stroll into the many churches, get lost in the twisted alleyways. You can visit the Kotor Cats Museum if you’d like, or take a quick swim from Kotor’s beach (more of a cement platform, as is common in Kotor Bay).

The best time of day to explore Kotor’s old town by far is first thing in the morning. This is when you’ll get to experience the city free of crowds, and see places opening up for the day. Be the first person to get breakfast at a cafe on the square, and be sure to take all the photos you can. At this time of day, Kotor is magical.

Also, did you know that I was haunted by a ghost for three days in Kotor? True story.

Morning at the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, orange roofs and a bright blue sky
My favorite view in Montenegro.

Hike to St. John’s Fortress for the View of a Lifetime

My absolute favorite thing to do in Montenegro is to take in the view of the Bay of Kotor from St. John’s Fortress, first thing in the morning. Hiking to St. John’s…

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