Montenegro: Is it worth visiting?

Montenegro is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. As the Balkans become a focal point for adventure travelers, Montenegro is already a popular spot.

Montenegro got its name meaning ‘Black Mountain’ from the Venetians, which describe the dark mountains and forests all over the country. Montenegro is a place full of sun, beauty, and over 290 km of coastline.

One thing to know about Montenegro: there are less than 700,000 thousand residents in Montenegro, but more than 1 million tourists that come every year. Now, is it worth it? Is it expensive? You’ll have to watch the video to truly see what Montenegro is about completely.

Here are a selection of photos from Bar, Budva, and Kotor in Montenegro below:

10 Best Things to Do in Montenegro

1. Visit Bar:

This is still an up and coming town with a laid back feel. You’ll see more locals than tourists so expect to see Montenegro at its most real.

2. Walk to the Old Town of Bar:

Stari Bar is the old town of Bar full of historic remnants from the Ottoman Empire, Venetians, and more.

3. Visit Budva:

Budva is the most popular tourist destination in Montenegro.

4. Historic Budva:

Stari Grad (meaning “Old Town”) is the cozy and walkable old town filled with food, hikes, and the famous “Yoga Girl” statue.

5. Walk the Old Budva City Walls:

Budva has a charming old town as well as lots of city beaches.

6. Visit Kotor:

Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast that is full of windy streets, hillside hikes, and plenty of history.

7. Eat at Cesarica Restaurant in Kotor:

This hidden gem offers a chance to indulge in the lovely seafood menu. Learn more in our video!

8. Eat and Enjoy the views at Vista Vidikovac:

This is a cafe in Budva with stunning views above in the hills of Budva.

9. Visit Skadar Lake:

The biggest lake in the Balkans is nearby Kotor and Bar.

10. Drink Rakija from Montenegro:

Every part of the Balkans has different type of Rakija, so try it in Montenegro

Belgrade, Serbia: 10 Things To Do

Watch Big & Small Travel enjoy Europe’s most exciting and hip capital in our video here.

Belgrade, Serbia, is a mix of grit, decay, hipness, and luxury, and its dynamic energy is like no other European capital we’ve explored. Once the heart of the former Yugoslavia, the Balkans’ grandest city has a fascinating history—plenty of it dark—which can be found in everything from its scenic fortress, which offers a fabulous view of the Sava and Danube Rivers, to the shocking ruins of the NATO bombings of 1999. But Belgrade is just as much a bustling metropolis for the young at heart, with its great restaurants, sleek cafes, renowned nightclubs, newly renovated waterfront, and one of the coolest museums devoted to Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla. There’s plenty to see, do, eat, and drink in this Eastern European hotspot.

Many may not know about Belgrade or let alone that Serbia is indeed a wonderful spot to visit in Europe now, but it is even more unique because it is one of the few non-EU countries you can visit easily from any any country in the world. More information about the benefits of visiting Serbia here. Watch our video to see Big & Small’s recommendations for the top 10 things to do in Belgrade, Serbia.

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The Best Way to See Puglia, Italy: On a Scooter!

Big & Small traveled to the southern Italian region of Puglia to see if we could pull off the unthinkable—getting around without a car. Now, most people will tell you it’s damn near impossible to see this region without a good set of four wheels, but we like to prove most people wrong. We also hate driving.

So, we made our way to scenic beach towns via buses and bustling inland cities via trains. But to really get a sense of the charming, quiet countryside and stunning undeveloped coastline, we opted to try out Italy’s most beloved mode of transport—the scooter!

Enjoy our video above, and keep reading below for more info on all of the towns we visited on our epic scooter trip through Puglia, Italy.

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5 Things to Do in Split, Croatia

Big & Small Travel welcome you to the stunning coast of Croatia! The city of Split is located in the heart of Dalmatia, where the Adriatic blues mix with a vibe that’s part Mediterranean cool, part Italian verve. This coastal gem offers many great attractions, including Marjan Park, Diocletian’s Palace, and the picturesque Riva waterfront of Old Split. It’s also an ideal spot for island-hopping to hotspots including Brac, Hvar, and the often-overlooked Solta.

Enjoy our video above, and keep reading below for more info on our favorite spots and things to do in Split, Croatia.

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How to Do the Amalfi Coast in Italy on a Budget

Big & Small welcome you to southern Italy’s Campania region and the jaw-dropping Amalfi Coast! This is the land of colorful, cliffside villages; narrow, nail-biting roads; stunning hidden beaches; and pure luxury living. But this doesn’t mean budget travelers can’t experience all the fun and fabulousness. Watch our video above for all of our tips on doing the Amalfi Coast on a budget. Keep reading for more details on exact prices and itineraries.

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The Roman World Beyond Italy

Traveling has brought us to many corners of the world — and one group of people keep popping up: the Romans. At its height, the Roman Empire was the most extensive political and social structure in western civilization. Subscribe to our Big & Small Travel Youtube to watch our adventures in Rome and more.

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A Day Trip to the Artsy Tuscan Town of Pietrasanta, Italy

Roberto Barni Exhibition in Sant'Agostino, December 2017

Big & Small took the train up from Lucca to the chic Tuscan town of Pietrasanta to enjoy an artisanal chocolate festival and the opening of the stunning Roberto Barni exhibition. The Italian sculptor’s works were scattered around the main square (Piazza del Duomo) and the former 14th-century church of Sant’Agostino. To be honest, our main mission of the day was to snatch up a whole lot of handmade chocolate, but we were pleasantly surprised to discover such a charming artistic enclave full of trendy boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

Here’s a look at our day and night (when the town really comes alive) in Pietrasanta.

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48 Hours in Lake Como on a Budget

On our busy tour around Northern Italy—which included Trieste, Venice, Bologna, Bergamo, Brescia, and Verona—Big & Small fell head over heels for the spectacular Lake Como. With its glistening waters rippling against the foothills of the Alps and its scenic towns colored by stacks of modest abodes and luxury villas, it’s hard not to fall in love. Even big-name celebrities like George Clooney and Madonna have been unable to resist its charms.

This kind of high-profile place can be intimidating for budget travelers, but Big & Small were able to keep costs low while taking in all the natural beauty and effortless elegance of this Italian gem—it just takes a little strategizing. Here, we offer some tips on how to enjoy a quick 48-hour trip to Lake Como on a budget. And click the video above for more information!

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7 Fun Facts About the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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We hate to ruin our undoubtedly cool image (!), but Big & Small are, well, history geeks. So, when we were deciding on a place to settle down for a few weeks in Italy, we chose the cozy, historical town of Pisa. Of course, staying in Pisa for more than 24 hours isn’t your typical itinerary. There’s usually only one bullet point on most tourists’ checklist: a peek at the world’s most famous architectural screwup, the Leaning Tower. Admittedly, this is what Big & Small did on our first trip to the town in 2015. But upon our return, we found there was much more to love about Pisa and much more to learn about its most popular attraction.

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