7. Mount Lovcen
One of the most striking natural features in Montenegro, soaring Mount Lovcen is capped by two mammoth peaks of granite. Part of the Mount Loven National Park, the mountain inspired Montenegro’s name and is a symbol of national pride. Climbs to the top of Mount Lovcen offer panoramic vistas of the fortified city of Kotor, the surrounding hills and the Bay of Kotor. With its circular viewing platform, the nearby Njegoš Mausoleum is a destination for sightseers as well as for those who want to pay their respects to the poet and philosopher buried there. Petar II Petrović-Njegoš is beloved for writing “The Mountain Wreath,” Montenegro’s national epic poem.
2. Budva Where to Stay
Located in the center point of Montenegro’s coastline, Budva boasts a picturesque Old Town, an abundance of beaches and several important cultural institutions, including the childhood home of Serbian writer and politician Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša. It’s the city’s vibrant nightlife, however, that makes Budva the most popular place to visit in Montenegro. By night, revelers crowd the city’s many bars, clubs and restaurants, and then spend the day relaxing at one of the region’s 35 beaches. Those looking for a more relaxed place on the Budva Riviera head to nearby Bečići, which offers a laid back location and a beautiful sandy beach.
1. Kotor Where to Stay
Considered one of the best preserved medieval towns on the Adriatic coast, the fortified town of Kotor is tucked against the steep mountains surrounding the deep channels of the Bay of Kotor. While Kotor’s architecture reflects the various empires that ruled over the region, it is best known for its Venetian-flavored Old Town, which is dominated by the 12th-century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. The cathedral’s carved stone altar is an exquisite example of the stonemasonry skills Kotor was known for in the Middle Ages. Treks up the upper town walls to Kotor’s hilltop fortress reward hardy hikers with breathtaking views of the city and deep-water bay.
8. Sveti Stefan
Incredible picturesque, Sveti Stefan is a unique place along the Budva Riviera. It stands on a rocky island crammed full of terracotta-roofed houses. A narrow isthmus connects it with the mainland. From the 15th century Sveti Stefan housed a simply fishing community. In the 1950s someone had the idea to nationalize the tiny village. The residents were evicted and Sveti Stefan was transformed into a luxury town-hotel. Among its guests were Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas. It fell into decline during the breakup of the former Yugoslav federation. In 2010, Sveti Stefan Hotel reopened its doors once again as a member of the Aman Resorts. As beautiful and unique as Stevi Stefan is, there’s one major drawback: You can’t actually go into the village unless you stay there as a hotel guest. Luckily visitors and guest alike can enjoy the two pebble beaches on either side of the isthmus.
3. Durmitor National Park Where to Stay
Centered around the mountain village of Žabljak, the thickly forested Durmitor National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Situated in the Dinaric Alps, the park includes the high-altitude peaks of the Durmitor Massif, 18 glacial lakes and the Tara River, home to the world’s second deepest gorge. Skiing and snowboarding are the main activities in winter while whitewater rafting, camping and hiking attract visitors in the warm-weather season. The park’s wildlife includes 163 bird species, mammals ranging from wild boars to brown bears, and the most varieties of butterflies found anywhere in Europe.
The other app that has an excellent Montenegro map is
Maps.me. Like Google Maps, you can use it offline so you don’t need data or a
Here’s how to use Maps.me:
Step 3: Download the Montenegro Map
When you set up the app you’ll allow it to access your
location. If you’re at home when you download it, it’ll download the map for
your home town. If you download it while in Montenegro, it’ll download the
Let’s say you download the app at home and want to download
the Montenegro map before you arrive (because you don’t really want to start
your holiday off by aimlessly driving Montenegro’s famously narrow coastal
roads in 35 degree heat while your wife hisses “Why don’t you ask for
directions?!” You don’t. Trust me.)
Touch the menu icon (three horizontal lines) and then touch ‘Download
Maps’. Type Montenegro into the search bar at the top and choose Montenegro (make
sure you don’t choose Montenegro in Brazil or Colombia!). Choose ‘Download’ and
the Montenegro map will download.
You’ll notice that the Montenegro map on Maps.me is significantly smaller than the one on Google Maps. The good thing is it’ll take up less memory on your phone. The bad thing is it’s not as detailed at the Google Maps app. I like to have both apps on my phone… because I hate it when my husband says “Why don’t you ask for directions?!”
Montenegro Satellite Image
Montenegro is located in southeastern Europe. Montenegro is bordered by the Adriatic Sea, Serbia to the north and east, Albania to the south, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to the west.
Explore Montenegro Using Google Earth:
Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the cities and landscapes of Montenegro and all of Europe in fantastic detail. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The images in many areas are detailed enough that you can see houses, vehicles and even people on a city street. Google Earth is free and easy-to-use.
Montenegro on a World Wall Map:
Montenegro is one of nearly 200 countries illustrated on our Blue Ocean Laminated Map of the World. This map shows a combination of political and physical features. It includes country boundaries, major cities, major mountains in shaded relief, ocean depth in blue color gradient, along with many other features. This is a great map for students, schools, offices and anywhere that a nice map of the world is needed for education, display or decor.
Montenegro On a Large Wall Map of Europe:
If you are interested in Montenegro and the geography of Europe our large laminated map of Europe might be just what you need. It is a large political map of Europe that also shows many of the continent’s physical features in color or shaded relief. Major lakes, rivers,cities, roads, country boundaries, coastlines and surrounding islands are all shown on the map.
Andrijevica, Bar, Bijelo Polje, Budva, Cetinje, Crkvice, Ivangrad, Kolasin, Kotor, Medurijecje, Milocer, Morakova, Niksic, Plavnica, Pljevlja, Podgorica, Risan, Rozaje, Rudinice, Stari Bar, Sutoman, Sveti Dorde, Sveti Nikola, Tuzi, Ulcinj, Vilusi, Virpazar and Zabljak.
Montenegro Environmental Issues:
Montenegro has water-related environmental issues. These include pollution of the country’s coastal waters from sewage outlets, especially in tourist-related areas, such as Kotor.
Copyright information: The images on this page were composed by Angela King and Brad Cole and are copyright by Geology.com 2008. These images are not available for use beyond our websites. If you would like to share them with others please link to this page. The satellite image was produced using Landsat data from NASA and the map was produced using data licensed from and copyright by Map Resources 2008.
6. Cetinje Where to Stay
Founded in the 15th century, Cetinje is best known for the many European embassies built when the city served as Montenegro’s capital. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town’s inland valley location at the edge of Ottoman Empire made it a strategic spot for diplomacy. Today, the elegant mansions constructed in the Continental architectural style have been converted into to museums, academies and administrative buildings. Other interesting sights include the 15th century Vlah Church with its fence made from Ottoman rifles and the Cetinje Monastery with its collection of Early Christian Era relics.
Google Maps is a fantastic app for getting around
Montenegro. But usually you need data to run the app and that can get really
expensive when you’re in roaming. However, thanks to a little-known trick you
can use it here without using your data.
Here are the step by step instructions:
Step 4: Download the Montenegro Map
be asked if you want to download the map. At the bottom of the screen you’ll
see approximately how big the map is and how much space you have on your
device. Yes, it’s pretty big, but I’ll tell you how to delete again when you
don’t need it anymore, so it won’t be taking up that much space permanently.
Hit ‘Download’ to download the maps. This can take a while, depending on your internet speed.
Step 5: Use Your Map
You now have the entire Montenegro map on your device and
you can use it offline, without any wi-fi or data connection.
The great thing about Google Maps is almost every business,
accommodation, restaurant and landmark you’ll want to find is in there.
Want to go to Pavlova Strana today? Just type it
in the search bar, tap ‘directions’ and Google Maps will show you how to get
there from your current location. It’ll also give you alternate route options,
the distance and approximately how long it will take to get there. You might doubt the last estimation at first,
but rest assured it’s true. A 70km (43 mile) journey can easily take two hours on
Montenegro roads. So it’ll also help you plan your day trips because you won’t
overestimate how much you can see in a day.
Pavlova Strana, Rijeka Crnojevica, Skadar Lake
Step 6: Delete Your Montenegro Map
While you’re crying over your last breakfast burek and packing your suitcase to go
home, you can cathartically delete your Montenegro map from your phone.
Tap the menu icon in the top left corner of Google Maps
(three horizontal lines) and then touch ‘Offline maps’.
You’ll see the Montenegro map you downloaded, tap it.
Tap ‘Delete’ to delete it.
Using Google Maps for INdividual Towns
If you’re just visiting select towns in Montenegro you won’t
need the whole Montenegro map. If you’re visiting Kotor or Bar for a day on a
cruise, say, you’ll only want maps for those towns.
In that case, you can go through the same steps above but
instead of typing ‘Montenegro’ into the search in step 2, you’ll type in
whichever town you’ll be visiting and download just the map for that town. The
advantage of this is a map for a single town is significantly smaller than the
whole Montenegro map.
If you’ll be driving from one place to another,
or even if you’ll be catching intercity buses, the Montenegro map will help you
find where you’re going, plan your trips and know where you are at all times.
Physical Montenegro Maps
If you like a physical map you can unfold and then never figure out how to fold up correctly again, you have a couple of options:
- Buy a map before your arrival
- Buy a map when you get here
Buying a Map Before You Arrive
Getting a map before you arrive can help you get to your accommodation seamlessly. I particularly recommend this if you’re arriving at night.
Although petrol stations generally stay open until 10pm, if you’re delayed or it takes a long time to get through the Croatia – Montenegro border (for those arriving in Dubrovnik), you could find yourself without a map at all.
Here’s a list of maps we recommend that you can buy from Amazon:
Freytag and Berndt publish a map of Montenegro that’s ideal for travellers driving themselves around the country.
It’s in English, Spanish, French and German.
They also publish a map that includes all the countries of former Yugoslavia:
Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.
This is ideal if you’re travelling around the region.
It’s got larger maps of the main cities: Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Sarajevo so you don’t need separate maps for them.
It’s also got info on places of interest, airports, attractions and camp grounds.
It’s in English, Serbo-Croatian, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Slovak, Hungarian and Czech.
Gizi Maps have two folded tourist and road maps – one of just Montenegro and one of Serbia and Montenegro.
They show you all the roads in Montenegro, distances, borders, attractions and airports.
They’re printed in English, German, French, Russian, Hungarian and Serbian.
Buying a Map On Arrival
You can also grab a Montenegro map once you’ve touched down. Stop in at any petrol station and you’ll find road maps in the magazine sections.
This is fine if you’re arriving in Tivat airport, there are petrol stations in both directions on the main road. If you’re flying into Podgorica and will be driving yourself to your accommodation, I’d recommend arriving with a map because you’ll have to navigate around the city.
Some rental car agencies provide maps. When I was working for a tour operator, the (large) rental car agency we worked with didn’t.
Tips for Navigating Montenegro
Montenegro Addresses… or Lack Thereof
Most small settlements, like the hamlets of the Bay of Kotor, which are popular holiday destinations, don’t have street names and numbers. That makes it difficult to find your way around.
Cities like Podgorica have street names and numbers, so getting around it fairly straight forward. But in the majority of the country you’ll get an address like:
Radovici bb (bez broja)
Which literally translates as: Radovici no number.
Luckily, while you won’t be able to enter a street name and number into your map app, most accommodation, whether it’s a hotel, vacation rental or hostel has marked itself on Google Maps. You can search for the name of your accommodation in the search bar.
10. Ulcinj Where to Stay
Located at the southern tip of Montenegro near the Albanian border, Ulcinj is an ancient seaport once known as the pirate capital of the Adriatic Sea. Today, the city is most famous for its many beautiful beaches, of which the sandy stretch of Plazhe e Mahed, or Long Beach, is one of the most popular. The offshore island of Ad Bojana features several scenic beaches as well. Minarets rising from mosques in this largely Muslim city add to Ulcinj’s unique appeal, and a stroll along the seaside promenade to enjoy a tasty kebab or rich cup of coffee is just one of the experiences that makes a visit to Ulcinj so memorable.
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- Location: Balkans, Europe
- Population: 667,000
- Latitude of centre: 42.77° or 42° 46′ 12″ north
- Longitude of centre: 19.2° or 19° 12′ east
- Elevation: 1678 metres (5505 feet)
- Capital: Podgorica
- Area: 14,026 km² (5415 miles²)
- Languages: Serbian, Hungarian, Bosnian, Albanian, Croatian and Romany
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Phone code: 382
- Internet domain: .me
- Neighbors: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia
- GeoNames ID: 3194884
Also Known As
- Achinese: Monténègrô
- Albanian: Mali i Zi
- Amharic: ሞንተኔግሮ
- Amharic: ሞንቴኔግሮ
- Arabic: الجبل الأسود
- Armenian: Չեռնոգորիա
- Arpitan: Montènègro
- Asturian: Montenegru
- Avaric: ЧІегІермегІер
- Azerbaijani: Monteneqro
- Azerbaijani: Çernoqoriya
- Bashkir: Черногория
- Belarusian: Чарнагорыя
- Bengali: মন্টিনিগ্রো
- Bihari : मोंटीनीग्रो
- Bishnupriya: মন্টিনিগ্রো
- Bosnian: Crna Gora
- Bulgarian: Черна гора
- Burmese: မွန်တီနိဂရိုး
- Burmese: မွန်တီနီဂရိုးနိုင်ငံ
- Central Kurdish: مۆنتینیگرۆ
- Chechen: Ӏаьржаламанчоь
- Chinese: 蒙特內哥羅
- Chinese: 黑山共和国
- Church Slavic: Чрьна Гора
- Chuvash: Черногори
- Corsican: Montenegru
- Croatian: Crna Gora
- Czech: Černá Hora
- Dhivehi: މޮންޓެނީގުރޯ
- Eastern Mari: Шемкурык Эл
- Egyptian Arabic: مونتينيجرو
- English: Republic of Montenegro
- English: Socialist Republic of Montenegro
- Erzya: Черногория Мастор
- Ewe: Montenegro nutome
- Extremaduran: Montenegru
- French: Monténégro
- French: République du Monténégro
- Gagauz: Çernogoriya
- Georgian: მონტენეგრო
- Georgian: ჩერნოგორია
- German: Montenegro
- Goan Konkani: माँटेनिग्रो
- Greek: Μαυροβούνιο
- Gujarati: મૉન્ટેંનેગ્રો
- Gujarati: મોન્ટેનીગ્રો
- Haitian: Montenegwo
- Hakka Chinese: Mùng-thi̍t-nui-kô-lò
- Hawaiian: Montenegero
- Hebrew: מונטנגרו
- Hindi: मोंटेनेग्रो
- Hungarian: Montenegró
- Icelandic: Svartfjallaland
- Irish: Montainéagró
- Italian: Montenegro
- Japanese: モンテネグロ
- Javanese: Montenégro
- Kabardian: БгыфӀыцӀей
- Kalmyk: Хар Уулин Орн
- Kannada: ಮಾಂಟೆನೆಗ್ರೊ
- Kannada: ಮೊಂಟೆನೆಗ್ರೋ
- Kara-Kalpak: Shernogoriya
- Karachay-Balkar: Черногория
- Kashubian: Czôrnogóra
- Kazakh: Черногория
- Kinyarwanda: Montenegoro
- Kirghiz: Монтенегро
- Komi-Permyak: Цӧрнагора
- Komi: Черногория
- Kongo: Monte Negro
- Korean: 몬테네그로
- Kurdish: مۆنتینیگرۆ
- Latgalian: Malnkalneja
- Latin: Mons Niger
- Latvian: Melnkalne
- Ligurian: Monteneigro
- Lithuanian: Juodkalnija
- Lombard: Muntnegher
- Lower Sorbian: Carnogórska
- Macedonian: Црна Гора
- Malayalam: മൊണ്ടിനെഗ്രോ
- Malayalam: മോണ്ടേനേഗ്രോ
- Marathi: माँटेनिग्रो
- Marathi: मोंटेनेग्रो
- Mazanderani: مونته نگرو
- Min Nan Chinese: O͘-soaⁿ Kiōng-hô-kok
- Mingrelian: ჩერნოგორია
- Nahuatl languages: Tlīltepēc
- Narom: Crna Gora
- Navajo: Dziłizhin Bikéyah
- Nepali (macrolanguage): मोन्टेनेग्रो
- Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܛܘܪܐ ܐܘܟܡܐ
- Old English (ca. 450-1100): Sweartbeorg
- Oriya (macrolanguage): ମଣ୍ଟେଗ୍ରୋ
- Oriya (macrolanguage): ମୋଣ୍ଟେନେଗ୍ରୋ
- Oromo: Moonteneegroo
- Ossetian: Черногори
- Panjabi: ਮੋਂਟੇਨੇਗਰੋ
- Persian: مونتهنگرو
- Picard: Noérmont
- Piemontese: Montnèigr
- Pitcairn-Norfolk: Montiniegrow
- Polish: Czarnogóra
- Pontic: Μαυροβούνιον
- Portuguese: Montenegro
- Pushto: مانتېنېگرو
- Quechua: Yanaurqu
- Romanian: Muntenegru
- Russia Buriat: Черногори
- Russian: Черногория
- Rusyn: Чорна Гора
- Samogitian: Joudkalnėjė
- Scottish Gaelic: Am Monadh Neagrach
- Serbian: Crna Gora
- Serbian: Republika Crna Gora
- Serbian: Црна Гора
- Serbo-Croatian: Crna Gora
- Sicilian: Montenegru
- Silesian: Czorno Gůra
- Sinhala: මොන්ටිනිග්රෝ
- Sinhala: මොන්ඩිනීග්රෝ
- Slovak: Čierna Hora
- Slovenian: Črna gora
- South Azerbaijani: مونتینیقرو
- Spanish: Montenegro
- Sranan Tongo: Montenegrokondre
- Sundanese: Monténégro
- Swati: IMonthenekho
- Tajik: Монтенегро
- Tamil: மான்டேனெக்ரோ
- Tamil: மொண்டெனேகுரோ
- Tatar: Монтенегро
- Telugu: మోంటేనేగ్రో
- Tetum: Montenegru
- Thai: ประเทศมอนเตเนโกร
- Thai: มอนเตเนโกร
- Tibetan: མོན་ཊེནིག་རོ།
- Tonga (Tonga Islands): Monitenikalo
- Turkish: Karadağ
- Turkmen: Çernogoriýa
- Uighur: مونتهنەگرو
- Ukrainian: Чорногорія
- Upper Sorbian: Čorna Hora
- Urdu: مونٹینیگرو
- Urdu: مونٹے نیگرو
- Uzbek: Chernogoriya
- Venetian: Montenégro
- Veps: Mustmägi
- Volapük: Montenegrän
- Western Panjabi: مونٹی نیگرو
- Wu Chinese: 黑山共和国
- Yakut: Черногория
- Yiddish: מאנטענעגרא
- Yoruba: Montenẹ́grò
- Yue Chinese: 黑山
- Zeeuws: Montenehro
- Zulu: IMontenegro
- Zulu: i-Montenegro
- People’s Republic of Montenegro
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