I’m a lover of the world and far off places who is so excited that you’re here. Looking forward to sharing more of my world with you and all the things I love. I hope this site really does feel like a wellness oasis right here on the internet.
I recently returned from a trip to the incredible Balkan country of Montenegro. Montenegro is one of the youngest countries in the world, as it became an independent country in 2006 after Yugoslavia was dissolved. Located between Croatia and Albania, Montenegro is not a destination you hear about every day. But I was super interested in visiting, and I am so glad I made the trip! Southeastern Europe is home to some incredible beauty, rugged mountains, the Adriatic coastline, glacial lakes, historic villages, and forests. Montenegro should definitely be on your bucket list!
I honestly hadn’t heard many people talking about Montenegro, so I was really looking forward to seeing this destination for myself. I was a little nervous going into the trip because I wasn’t quite sure how I would be received as a Black woman traveling alone. While there were not tons of other folks that looked like me and I did get a few questions on if I braided my own hair (the answer is no haha), everyone I connected with was kind, helpful and welcoming. It’s funny because I often feel less safe in US cities like Chicago or New York than I did in Montenegro. Everyone I encountered was really friendly, and people were relaxed and willing to help.
It did help that I came toward the end of September so overall, the start of a slower season meant everyone was a little more relaxed. As a Black solo traveler, I would consider Montenegro an intermediate destination. Again, I felt safe during my trip, plus the country was fairly easy to navigate. But things are quite spread out, and I definitely had to do research in advance and have a set itinerary. There also weren’t a ton of hostels if you’re looking to connect with others in that way.
All in all, the accommodations in Montenegro are extremely affordable for the hospitality you get!
I stayed at Lazure Hotel and Marina because I was looking for a hotel that was a great value and included breakfast as my trip was right before my marathon. I also wanted to have a workspace with an amazing view to inspire me throughout the week, and Lazure definitely delivered!
Located right between the Orjen Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Lazure opened in 2018 and offers 24 guest rooms in an 18th-century historic building called Lazaret. They have incredible experiences available, from guided tours of Herceg-Novi to kayaking around Perast’s islands. There is no shortage of things to do when you stay here! The property is super affordable, and I loved that it was so close to the water. It was a little bit away from the main sights, but I actually loved that because I was looking for a relaxed week between my work trip in London and a marathon in Berlin. For $200-300 each night, you get an upgraded room with a view of the sea and breakfast included! Other highlights of Lazure included the gym view (check it out here!), an onsite spa, two restaurants, and great service. I also loved my little balcony for relaxation.
@bykwest Loved my room in Montenegro, can’t wait to show y’all the view! #montenegrotrip #solotravels #hoteltours ♬ EVERYTHANG EXCLOOSIVV – ✨ W H A T T A A J O K E E ✨
Located right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, One&Only Portonovi is a stunning luxury resort on the western coast of Montenegro. I stumbled upon their restaurant Sabia and enjoyed a great lunch on the beach. This resort is absolutely beautiful, a 10/10 destination. Honestly, this is an underrated honeymoon spot. Their rooms and villas offer views of Boka Bay and have outdoor spaces and fireplaces to cozy up to.
This boutique hotel brand is a really charming option of cute hotels that are super affordable. There are 6 locations, and one is right near a ferry and beach club, Bocasa Beach and Restaurant. Casa del Mare opened their first hotel in 2009, and the family-run brand has great offerings and higher-end amenities at a very affordable price.
Montenegro is also a great location for vacation rentals! They are super affordable and great for family vacations. There is a lot for families to do there! This vacation rental can hold larger groups and sleeps up to 14. The building is a restored farmhouse with a beautiful pool and deck with great mountain views! This rental runs about $196/night.
There were two restaurants at the hotel I stayed at in Herceg-Novi, Rosemarine Restaurant and Augusto Terrace. Rosemarine features a traditional Montenegrin menu with local ingredients and fun fusion recipes. Augusto Terrace is perfect for enjoying the sea breeze with a laid-back meal.
ONE is a gorgeous brasserie in Porto Montenegro that has a spacious terrace on the prestigious Jetty 1 in Montenegro’s superyacht marina. The menu consists of modern Adriatic/Mediterranean dishes like risotto, fresh seafood, and more.
I stumbled upon this incredible spot in Portonovi around lunchtime. Sabia is a beautiful al fresco spot that serves fine Italian cuisine. I loved being able to enjoy the space and view of the sea without having to stay at the resort. The lunch hour was very quiet and relaxing here.
Konoba Portun is a popular Montenegrin restaurant with a fantastic view of the fjords on the coast of Boka Bay. You’ll find a full menu of fish and local soups, as well as an excellent wine selection.
Taverna Pronto Presto is a low-key spot in Herceg-Novi with local bites and vegan and vegetarian options. They have simple traditional dishes at a great price, and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay of Kotor.
There are tons of options for boat tours in Montenegro! The main tour options are:
20 minutes from Kotor, Perast is a charming seaside town with a lot of history. I wish I would have had a chance to visit the town, but I passed through and would have loved to spend more time here. Perast is one of the best-preserved towns on the Adriatic coast and is full of buildings from centuries ago. Some of the best things to do in Perast include:
For a full list of things to do in Perast, check out this link!
In Kotor, I did an Airbnb photo tour, which is a fun way of getting to know the area. The host was great and shared lots of information and recommendations! I also did a boat tour in Kotor which was incredible!