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I had to see what all the fuss was about having heard so much about Montnenegro and realising I din't even know where exactly it was.
I had two weeks between jobs and took the opportunity with a friend of mine for a quick break and as it turned out, it was one of the best times i've had abroad. Montenegro is very small and there's a huge amount of interesting things to see and do. Beautiful beaches, historic ruins, ancient cities, four national parks are all close enough to squeeze into a two week break with enough time left over for some serious relaxing.
Choosing the highlights is difficult, there was just so much i liked about the place. The locals are really friendly too and that counts for a lot. Perhaps the best thing i did was base myself in Prcanj on the shores of Kotor Bay. Not only is a beautiful old fisherman's village with a oldy-worldy charm and relaxed atmosphere but it is also close to all of the main attractions which meant getting around was both cheap and easy. Buses are frequent and go just about everywhere and the prices are very cheap.
Despite the diversity of the country from long sandy beaches to rugged mountain terrain, deep river valleys to wide open lakes, there is a common thread that is everywhere you turn and that's the sheer beauty of the country. I remember sitting down on a wall that makes up part of the fortifcations above the Old Town of Kotor and looking out over the bay below being truly stuck on how best to describe the stunning view. Words are not enough! And the photographs don't do it justice either.The food is great, a lot of fresh fish and Italian influences and also cheap. Three courses with a bottle of wine would set you back about €15 / person in your average shoreside taverna.
Accommodation is reasonable with everything from rooms in family homes to 5* Hotels and resorts. Personally the way to go is self catering. That way you get a kitchen, washing machine (I like to travel light so for me that's a big plus), plenty of space and a private balcony and all for about half of the price of a similarly furnished hotel room. Oh, and we had the use of a swimming pool too...:-)
If you google search for 'kotor bay accommodation' or 'prcanj apartments' you'll see there is are plenty of options to suite your needs, the one we stayed at was: www.kotor-bay-apartment.co.uk which i'd recommend, clean, friendly manager and amazing views from the balcony.
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