9 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

June, 2017

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

This year we visited Montenegro for the first time and were completely bewitched by its lovely coastal towns and enchanting bays. The Bay of Kotor is spectacularly beautiful, and the towns around the bay all delightful in their own way. The scenery is redolent of Norway, with soaring mountains and deep fjords – but, unlike Norway, reasonable prices and hot sunshine.

We spent a week in Kotor – which is even lovelier than Dubrovnik in its prime, before it became over-commercialised and overcrowded and is rightfully challenging it for the title of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. With its large and unspoiled old town, still surrounded by its medieval walls it is truly atmospheric, If you are feeling particularly adventurous you can climb up the hill and walk around the walls but be warned, they are far more challenging than those in Dubrovnik. We thought about it for at least 30 seconds, but eventually decided that a cold beer in one of the delightful open air cafes in the town square, whilst watching others, younger and fitter, clambering up the 1350 steps, to be followed by a delicious seafood lunch and a little light souvenir shopping in the reasonably-priced shops was a better plan.

One day we caught the bus to Budva, another delightful small medieval town, and later in the week visited several villages on the Bay of Kotor by boat, all of which were charming, especially Perast with its plethora of medieval churches and palatial palazzos, reminders of when it was the most prosperous town on the Bay. We also went boat to a tiny island in the middle of the bay to see the diminutive but very evocative chapel of Our Lady of the Rocks, which the local inhabitants believe keeps the bay safe from marauders.

We travelled via Dubrovnik and thence to Kotor by a local bus, which was cheap, comfortable and air-conditioned. As Montenegro is not in the EU there is a ‘hard border’ between it and Croatia which brought back nostalgic memories of travelling across Europe in my younger days – and, for the first time in about 30 years, resulted in a stamp in my passport. But if local buses and border checks are not your preferred way to travel, Tivat, in Montenegro itself, is a closer airport, only about 20 minutes away from Kotor. Seen from the bus on the way to Budva it looks disturbingly like a slightly larger version of Biggin Hill, but it is becoming more and more popular and Easyjet now flies there from Gatwick. We met a couple who had taken that route and were very impressed with the speed their luggage arrived and how quickly they were on their way out of the terminal.

But however you decide to travel, go now, before Montenegro joins the EU, prices go up and the giant cruise ships discover lovely Kotor. You won’t regret it.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.