Visiting Montenegro on a Budget

by Sandra Foyt on September 5, 2016

in Travel Ideas

Skadar Lake, Montenegro

Montenegro is perhaps best known for being a popular day trip destination from Dubrovnik, but there’s so much to see here that it can’t all be done in a day. Plus, Montenegro is fast becoming a travel hotspot for tourists on a budget as the cost of living is nearly 50% lower than in the Western Europe! Relish the huge amount of activities on offer in Montenegro, while not forgetting about your all-important budget.

Explore nature for just €4

A visit to one of Montenegro’s national parks is extremely cheap, and offers fantastic walking and hiking trails for people of all abilities. Skip the expensive day tour providers, and take a 45-minute bus from Budva to Lake Skadar National Park which is home to the Balkans’ largest lake. Walking around the lake, rather than taking a boat, means that you can enjoy your holidays without worrying about breaking the bank – or dropping your phone in the water!

Boasting luscious forests, snow-topped mountains and many opportunities for bird-spotting, this park is a fantastic way to enjoy a few free hours in the fresh outdoors with your family. Rather than spending money on eating out, head to a local supermarket before your trip and pick up some traditional cheese and rye bread to picnic on beside the stunning Lake Skadar.

Cheap eats in Budva’s old town

Family-friendly and budget-friendly? Bingo! Budva Juice Bar is located in the heart of Budva’s old town and serves up a range of food including jacket potatoes, toasted sandwiches and (of course) juices. For a fraction of the cost of other central restaurants, Budva Juice Bar delivers on price and taste. Offering a relaxed vibe and friendly service, this is the perfect place to stop after spending a day spotting the boutique shops and wandering cats of Budva’s old town. Make a lunchtime visit and sit outside in the sunshine with your delicious meal!

Budva cats

Spend a day on the beach

One of the most inexpensive activities there are, beach days are fun for all the family and give everyone the chance to do what they want to! Whether that’s to relax, collect pebbles, or play beach volleyball, Becici beach caters for everyone. Pack an inflatable beach ball, a couple of buckets and a good book, and you’ll be all set for a fun-filled family day. Beach-side restaurants offer reasonably priced drinks and ice creams, so if you feel yourself getting peckish then there’s plenty of places to choose from.

Montenegro Beach

Go climbing

In such a mountainous country (the name literally means “Black Mountain”), there’s plenty of climbing to be done in Montenegro! But you won’t need any tools for these climbs, make your way up 461 steps to find Njegoš Mausoleum at the top of Lovćen’s national park. Another national park with cheap entry, it’s only €3 to visit Lovćen and the incredible views from the summit are more than worth it. See more of Montenegro’s deep history as you explore the mausoleum and learn about Petar II Petrović Njegoš, whose remains rest inside.

The spectacular views in Montenegro’s national parks, its sandy beaches and vast history all make for a memorable holiday. A visit to this up-and-coming city won’t leave you worried about going over budget, so start thinking about Montenegro as more than just a day trip, get booking and you won’t be disappointed.

Images by Marcus Sauldonchili, and Fermion used under CC license

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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