Montenegro: Is It Worth Visiting?

budva montenegro view

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, who were inspired by the dark mountains and forests all over the country. Montenegro is a place full of sun, beauty, and over 290 km of coastline.

One fascinating thing about Montenegro is how small this country is. There are less than 700,000 residents in all of Montenegro, but it sees more than one million tourists every year.

So, is it worth being one of those one million? Watch our video above to see what we did in Montenegro and if we think it’s worth a visit.

Here’s a sneak peek with snapshots from Bar, Budva, and Kotor:

10 Best Things to Do in Montenegro

1. Visit Bar

This is still an up-and-coming town with a laidback feel. You’ll see more locals than tourists, so you can see a little more of the “real” Montenegro.

2. Walk to the Old Town of Bar

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

3. Visit Budva

Budva is the most popular tourist destination in Montenegro. It’s a seaside city, with beaches, bars, and an old town.

4. Explore Historic Budva

Stari Grad (meaning “Old Town”) is the cozy and walkable old town filled with restaurants and shops. Walk along the sea to get a shot with the famous “Yoga Girl” statue.

5. Walk the Old Budva City Walls

See Old Budva from a slightly higher perspective by walking along the city walls.

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 fresh, local seafood. See exactly what to order in our video!

8. Enjoy the Views at Vista Vidikovac

You’ll need to walk uphill, but it’s all worth it as this cafe that offers stunning views above in the hills of Budva.

9. Visit Skadar Lake

Take a trip to the biggest lake in the Balkans (the other side is in Albania). It’s an easy trip from Bar.

10. Drink Rakija

Every part of the Balkans has a different type of rakija, typically made with local fruits. Have a shot or two with the locals!

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.

Our favorite spots around Belgrade:




Dubai, United Arab Emirates on a Budget

Here’s how Big & Small Travel saw all the highlights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in just 48 hours without breaking the bank. Dubai, the largest city in United Arab Emirates, has a reputation for all things grand and luxurious—it has the tallest building in the world and the only 7-star hotel in existence, after all. But you can very much see this Middle Eastern gem on a budget. Watch the video to find out how.

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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.

*See the beauty of the glorious walled town of Lucca, Italy:  

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

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