Travel

There are two airports in Montenegro:
PODGORICA AIRPORT  (TGD)
TIVAT AIRPORT (TIV) – 83km from Podgorica
But you can also aim for two additional airports that are near Podgorica:
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TIA) – 142km from Podgorica
DUBROVNIK AIRPORT (DBV) – 134km from Podgorica

Visitors can have their direct flight or cheapest flight combination booked through many regular, seasonal or charter flights of: Air Montenegro, Air Serbia, Wizzair, Ryanair, EasyJet, Valljet, Austrian Airlines, Lufthanza, LOT Polish Airlines, Chair Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, Windrose, Luxair etc.

1.  DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK

Durmitor is the largest national park with the most spectacular scenery in Montenegro. Carved out by glaciers and underground streams, Durmitor astounds us with dizzying canyons, glittering glacial lakes, thriving forests sheltering bears and wolves, and captivating peaks soaring to over 2000m. It is ideal for some exhilarating hiking and other adrenaline-packed activities, but equally good for a relaxed mountain getaway.

 
 

2.  BIOGRADSKA GORA NATIONAL PARK
Nestled within the rolling Bjelasica mountain range, Biogradska Gora is known for a virgin rainforest at its heart - It is one of the only three remaining primeval forests in Europe, where trees can reach 60m high and over 400 years of age. Despite its small size, this national park is rich in biodiversity. Apart from the National Park, there are lots of natural and cultural attractions in the area, dotted around the town of Kolasin.

3.  LAKE SKADAR NATIONAL PARK  
Lake Skadar is Montenegro’s hidden gem, A less-known but the true highlight for any nature lover. Shaped miraculously as a dolphin, it is the largest fresh-water lake in the Balkans, and the largest bird reserve in Europe—a paradise for bird watching. The park is a wildlife wilderness, encompassing rolling green mountains, floral fields, floating meadows of water lilies, island monasteries, and charming traditional fishing villages.

4.  LOVĆEN NATIONAL PARK
Montenegrins harbor special feelings for Mt. Lovćen due to its significance in history. The Lovćen National Park has become the most popular and accessible park, with rugged and craggy landscape, looking out to the blue Adriatic Sea. The route via the serpentine road up from Kotor counts as the most scenic drive in the country, having 25 sharp hairpin turns. The park is best known for housing the mausoleum of the Montenegrin favorite ruler, Petar Petrović-Njegoš.

5.  PROKLETIJE NATIONAL PARK
Prokletije National Park is the remotest and the most unexplored national park, but perhaps also the most surreal and spectacular area of Montenegro. The Prokeltije Mountains are awe-striking, their magnificent jagged peaks punching into the sky, then soothed with scenic Eden-like lush valleys. It is home to the highest peak in Montenegro, and its harsh environment of these peaks earns itself its ominous name—Prokletije, meaning “Accused Mountains”.

6.  CETINJE
As the country’s “Royal Capital”, Cetinje is the cradle of Montenegrin culture, and the home of the country’s most impressive collection of museums. Nestled in a green valley surrounded by grey mountains, it is the quintessential Montenegro inland town, adorned with glorious history and rich culture. Its charm lies in its compact size, its modesty, and its authenticity.

 

7.  KOTOR

Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a walled-up, living medieval maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares, Venetian palaces, and, hundreds of cats. Its old history coexists with the thriving present, showcasing he medieval architectures and historic monuments throughout the town. 

 
 

8.  PERAST

The quietest and the most picturesque town, Perast anchors onto the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor, proudly displaying its two enigmatic island-churches floating offshore. Despite its petite size, this stone town boasts 16 churches and 17 palazzi of renaissance-baroque style, revealing its rich and glorious past, making it elegant and photogenic from every angle.

 
 

9.  BUDVA & SVETI STEFAN
Nicknamed as “Montenegrin Miami”, Budva is the country’s most-visited destination. It is the dreamland for beach-lovers, offering 21km-long coastline and many beaches with warm, pristine Adriatic Sea water. With its quaint walled Old Town, alongside its buzzing bars, clubs and nightlife, Budva possess a unique charm of its own. 

 

The fortified island village of Sveti Stefan is the most dazzling jewel on the Budva Riviera. It stands on the cliff of a rocky island suspended above turquoise sea, and consists of a tangle of stone houses with ruby-red roofs, linked to a pink sand beach by a jetty. It’s a heavenly sight to behold.

 
 

10. BAR & ULCINJ
Located in the south end of Montenegrin Coast, Bar and Ulcinj (28 km apart) are perfect for the intrepid travelers who enjoy exploring places off the beaten track. Both Bar and Ulcinj have their own Old Town, and although one is half ruined, it preserves the oriental flavor of the long-lasting Ottoman Empire.
While Bar is famous for its Old Town ruins and olive groves, Ulcinj prides in its endless stretches of soothing, sandy beach.

Sitting comfortably at the confluence of two rivers amid the vast Zeta Valley, the country’s capital is relaxed, unpretentious and green. Podgorica combines historic sites, temporary art galleries, vibrant café culture, lively nightlife and plenty of parks. The best sights and activities, however, lie outside of the city center.

 

Start your visit with Stara Varos, the oldest neighborhood of Ottoman origin. Cross the Moraca River to Petrović Palace where the Centre of Contemporary Art is housed, saunter around the lush park after the artistic feast. Visit the immense Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection before heading back to downtown for a coffee break. Head south (5 km) to Dajbabe Monastery, a remarkable church in a cave; turn east for the Niagara Fall, then continue for a vineyard visit with wine tasting in Plantaze Winery. For a bit of stretch, head northwest for Mountain Riders Ranch where you can horse-trek to enjoy the country view. 

 

Additional tips for visiting Podgorica and surrounding places:

  • Venture into the almost untouched, stunning mountain region of Kucka Krajina
  • Feast on amazing landscapes and mountain scenery along the Kucka Korita panoramic circuit route
  • Enjoy an easy hike to Grlo Sokolovo viewpoint for the majestic mountainous view
  • Take a thrilling road, venture into the enigmatic karstic Lipa Cave
  • Pay pilgrimage to the country’s holiest Ostrog Monastery, miraculously built into a cliff
  • Stop by a less-known, very pretty, ancient fishing village—Karuč
  • Visit charming lakeside towns of Rijeka Crnojevica and Virpazar
  • Taste delicious local snacks and rakija on the boat while do some bird-watching on Skadar Lake