During our time in Croatia, we decided to take a bus trip to Montenegro, which was nearby. We hadn’t rented a car, so the bus excursion seemed like a fun way to explore this new country. The bus took us to the cities of Kotor and Budva, and we stopped for a quick lunch in the village of Njegusi.
Making our Way to Kotor
Soon after arriving in Montenegro, we drove along the almost clover-like shape of the Bay of Kotor, taking in the mountainous scenery and water.
Our next stop was the city of Kotor, which was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The medieval architecture and various monuments make this city a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The small, walled-in coastal town has a maze of narrow streets and marble-like paths to explore. We browsed the boutiques, cooled down with gelato, and took in the amazing scenery just outside the walls of the city.
The Serpentine Road to Njegusi
Afterward, we drove to Njegusi in the mountains via the “Serpentine Road,” which is a narrow road of twists and turns, zigzagging up the mountain. It was very reminiscent of driving on the Amalfi Coast and we’re glad that we didn’t have to drive this road ourselves!
At the top, we saw beautiful views of the fjords, mountains, Kotor, the bay, and beyond to the Adriatic Sea.
Later on, we stopped in the very tiny village of Njegusi for a quick lunch and had their specialty, ham and cheese sandwiches.
Budva on the Coast
Continuing on, we headed to the city of Budva which is a coastal beach town on the Adriatic Sea. It is a very popular tourist resort and has a lively nightlife. We went inside the walls of the old city and walked around the small squares and narrow streets. The streets reminded us of the streets in Venice or Positano. We wandered around looking at the churches, monuments, and small shops.
We couldn’t take anymore heat so we cooled off with a beer, a pina colada, and a nice ice cream sundae 🙂
After we left Budva, we took the ferry to cut across the bay to drive back to Dubrovnik.
Even though it was a long day of travel, we are glad we went. Our bus trip to Montenegro provided us with amazing landscapes, an insight to a different culture, and a background on the history of these cities and beautiful country.