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Everything about Montenegro…



Montenegro may be a small country but it boasts a surprisingly rich variety of dramatic peaks, edgy coastlines and beautiful, walled medieval towns and is one of the rising stars of Europe’s tourism scene. The beautiful Adriatic coast, is its principal draw, where you can enjoy wonderful seafood overlooking the Riviera and swim in crystal blue waters surrounding by cliffs that rise up seemingly out of the water itself. However, if you can tear yourself away for a moment you will find a country marked by the historical fluctuating East-West frontier between competing empires, ideologies and faiths. In short, a little country that combines the best of the Balkans and the Mediterranean.


Visa friendly

One big advantage of backpacking and hitchhiking in Montenegro is that the visa situation is easy for many. Check out the information below to see if you are one of the lucky ones…

ⓐ No visa – 90 days

EU citizens and citizens of the following countries do not requite a visa to enter for up to 90 days:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore,Malta. South Korea. Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela

ⓑ No visa – 30 days

Citizens from the following countries do not require a visa and can stay for 30 days:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Russia, Peru

ⓒ All other countries

If your country is not one of those above, then things get a little tricky, I am afraid. To apply for your visa you will need a valid passport, verified letter of invitation, return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and proof of medical cover just to start. More details can be found at the Montenegro government website.

Advantages of hitchhiking in Montenegro

In Montenegro hitchhiking is most definitely doable, but it is certainly not the easiest country in which to travel by thumb. In our experience, whilst it was not as easy as in neighbouring Kosovo, Albania and Croatia, it was certainly better than in Bosnia and Serbia, and if you are a fan of mountainous landscapes, the stunning Montenegro is definitely the country for you.

Another advantage is that crossing the borders is relatively simple and if you are from the EU, you don’t even need a visa for a 90 day visit, ample time to see the many charms of this hidden gem.

Accommodation prices may be a little steep but at least there is no fear of land-mines in Montenegro and as long as you stay away from public places, wild camping is a useful way to save a few pennies.

Finally, if you are from Eastern Europe, Russian is wildly spoken by locals and tourists alike and can help hitch a ride, especially along the coast.

Disadvantages of hitchhiking in Montenegro

Hitchhiking in Montenegro is extremely slow going. Roads are treacherous, usually single lane, and curve around and around the mountain tops. Journey times are long, and travelling even the shortest distance may take the whole day. Coastal roads are extremely narrow in places, and finding a safe place to hitch from can also be an arduous experience.

Billed as a luxury destination, Montenegro’s hotels certainly have the prices to match, with affordable options (especially in the capital, Podgorica) usually booked out weeks in advance.

Another rather annoying disadvantage are the essentially pointless tourist information offices, if when they do exist are merely elaborate distributors of badly-drawn maps and unable to help with such trifle matters as accommodation or what is in the town to visit.

Lastly, if your only language is English, then Montenegro can be a tricky destination to navigate through. However, hand signals and smiles will get you through in the end.

Food & Drink

Disappointing restaurant scene – but keep looking for something local

Although we are sure there are some exceptions, finding a good place to eat can be a tricky business. Local cuisine has been somewhat supplanted by Italian pizzas and pasta, and prices have rocketed when compared to its local neighbours. However, for the eagle eyed and determined a local restoran (more formal) or konoba (notable for wooden rustic interior) will serve up the stock čevapčići (Balkan kebabs), sarma (cabbage leaves stuffed with mincemeat), goulash or pasulj (bean soup with cuts of meat).

Fish along the coast – Meat and cheese inland

Along the coast the Mediterranean influence is most felt. For the best fish in Montenegro head to Lake Skadar to sample the local šaran (carp) and along the River Tara, home of the delicious pastrmka (trout). Further inland meat and Balkan food is more commonly available.

To drink, coffee and the hard stuff

Montenegrins love their coffee and usual consume it Turkish style. The alcohol of choice is the lethal rakija although some relatively tasty local beers, most notably Nikšićko, are available. Interestingly there are also some well established local wines including Plantaže which is both cheap and sold almost everywhere….

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