Day Trip to Kotor and Cetinje

Rooftops of Kotor

During my week’s holiday in Bećići, one of the day trips we took was to Boka Kotorska (which sounds way nicer than the English way to say it, which is Kotor!) and Cetinje. We set off relatively early (around 8am), with a coach picking us up directly outside our hotel.

Bay of Kotor

Because Montenegro is so mountainous, despite the two towns being less than 20 miles apart, it actually took us forty minutes to reach Kotor. When we arrived however, it didn’t disappoint! The bay sparkled in the sun, (although the giant fake shark ruined the quaintness somewhat). Our guide led us into the Old Town, which was surrounded by ancient walls. We had a quick tour, and were then left to discover it further.

Cat museum

It was really hot, so whilst my dad climbed the hill to the fortress, my mum and I went shopping instead. We got some really cute bracelets with cats on (the Montenegrins love their cats!) and then we visited the Cat Museum. The term ‘museum’ may have been stretching it a little, as it was essentially a room with some postcards, but it was still worth a visit.

When we were initially booking Montenegro, we weren’t sure whether to stay in Kotor or Budva. Whilst Kotor is beautiful, I think we made the right decision, as it seemed to be more of a city break place. If you prefer pools, then Kotor is fine, but there wasn’t a beach in sight. However because Montenegro is so small, no matter where you are in the country, you can easily visit Kotor for a day trip.

Kotor Old Town

After meeting back with our group, the coach drove us up the serpentine road to the top of the mountain. With 25 sharp turns, it was no mean feat, especially when you had ANOTHER bus trying to come the opposite way (something which happened a fair few times!).

We stopped at the top so we could take in the views below. It really was gorgeous, and unlike anything I’d ever seen before. You know when you’re somewhere that’s so beautiful, you think it can’t possibly be real? That was what I felt like. I thought Bergen in Norway was gorgeous but I have to say, I think Montenegro may have topped it…

Boka Kotorska

How is that view even real?!

We continued our journey further into the mountains (did you know Montenegro is 70% mountains? Its Montenegrin name ‘Crna Gora’ translates to ‘Black Mountain’), passing by cute little villages on the way. We stopped off in Njeguši, by the Lovćen National park. We had a lunch of bread and cheese at the roadside restaurant, and got to see some really sweet cats who were adamant they were getting some of our lunch!

View from the window

After a while of relaxing in the sun, we continued on to Cetinje. The honorary capital city, the Montenegrin President currently resides there, and it was once home to the royal family. We had a tour of King Nikola’s Palace, which was interesting. As the tour guide was describing the royal family, she happened to describe the appearance of a “typical” Montenegrin. With the average female described as tall, with pale skin and dark hair, I realised I was the only person in the group that fit this… secret Montenegrin? Perhaps!

King Niklas cathedral

We had some free time to explore the rest of Cetinje, but to be honest, there wasn’t that much to do there – and if I were to compare it to the actual capital, I think the Montenegrins would be very surprised to hear that I preferred Podgorica!

View of Budva

The coach descended back down the mountains, allowing us all to gawp at the beautiful coastline. We got back to Bećići for 7pm, ready for an evening of cocktails (there is after all, no better way to spend a holiday!).

I love Montenegro – it’s an absolutely beautiful country. If you haven’t been before then I’d definitely recommend it; from beaches, to historic towns and mind-blowing views, there’s so much to explore.

Elle Pollicott

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