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What To Do In Montenegro During May

Montenegro in May

May has been called the best time to travel to Montenegro. The tourist season is not in full swing at this time. The weather has warmed, and late spring rains have all but cleared completely out of the country. The air is fresh still slightly cooled in the evenings and early mornings. The days are full of sunshine making the sea good for a swim on a warm, sun-filled day.

I tell most of my friends and family to come visit Montenegro during May for the above reasons. I also tell them to be ready to visit the lesser known areas. Of course, the Bay of Kotor is majestic especially from the top of St. John’s Fortress. The coastline is dotted with old towns that capture the imagination of a bygone time. However, most of the magic and majesty lies in the lesser known areas. My recommendation is to visit these and catch the usual spots as time allows.

Explore Lake Skadar

Skadar Lake-Montenegro

 

Lake Skadar takes the name from a northern Albanian town, however, the majority of the lake lies in Montenegrin territory. It is the largest lake in the Balkans with a diverse ecological system. The lake is becoming one of the most popular areas for exploring Montenegro. Historically, the area around the lake has contributed significantly to the culture of the country feeding its wine and cheese industries.

Lake Skadar has so much to offer the traveler the tone could easily spend a holiday there. And if you do, I would recommend my friends at Undiscovered Montenegro and their villa that rests above the town of Virpazar. Traveling around the lake visiting the village of Rijeka Crnojevica among other villages that play sanctuary to the local birds and animal life is a treat. They also provide some of the best photo opportunities in the country.

Relax on a Farm

Lipovo-Kolasin- Montenegro

 

An up and coming part of the tourism industry and important aspect for rural development is agro-toursim. Montenegro offers a vast amount of rural area and farmland to get out of the city/towns to relax. The beauty of Montenegro is the size which makes it easy to enjoy a farm stay in the North while having access to the regular tourist attractions and towns.

Visit my friends at Meanderbug to explore the possibilities of staying in the countryside of Montenegro. They can help you plan and book the perfect spot that will fit your needs and wants the most. Step outside the norm and unplug for a few days in the villages of Montenegro.

Drive Mountains to coast

It is said that one can spend the day in the mountains hiking and enjoying the rugged nature of Montenegro then head to the sea for a late lunch or dinner on a similarly rugged coastline. I would agree, and do so from firsthand experience. Such an experience allows one to take in this small Adriatic country from a different perspective. The smaller roads that wind North and South; East to West across the countryside expose some of the best scenes from the country that would never be experienced without such exploration. For a taste of what a drive across the country offers watch the video below.

Rest on the Sea

Kotor-Montenegro

While I recommend visiting Kotor, Budva, and Porto (especially if you want a little luxury), my suggestion would be to visit these towns, explore their history, and enjoy. However, stay outside of them. Look for the smaller villages along the coast which offer accommodations. Or if you are a digital nomad visit my friends at Playworking. Mix work and play at Montenegro’s first coliving space on the coast for a retreat while not completely neglecting your work.

Whether you decide to bring your work along or leave it at home, take a few days to rest along the coast of Montenegro. If doing so, consider coming to Spark.me for a bit of inspiration for your work while you recharge. The Spark.me conference is hosted just outside of Budva, Montenegro the beautiful resort of Mediteran.

I would recommend the boutique hotel experience of Casa del Mare along the coast. To escape even more outside of the towns, you can check out some of the offerings from my friends at Meanderbug, here.

Hike among the villages

Peaks of the Balkans

For the more adventurous traveler consider exploring the “wild beauty” of Montenegro by taking a tour through the mountains from village to village. A lot of work has been done to restore old paths and trails that once extended across the country. Now guided tours are offered to help navigate the terrain. One highly recommended tour is the Peak of the Balkans which actually goes into Kosovo and Albania. You can find more information here.

Wherever you decide to spend your holiday in Montenegro, May is the perfect time to explore the country. Being a smaller country, a variety of experiences are possible. From the mountains to the sea, Montenegro offers adventure, rest, a slower pace, and whatever else you can dream up. Visit Montenegro in May.

 

Visiting Montenegro around Spark.Me

Montenegro; travel; spark.me; matt lambert

At the end of the month, May 28-29, one of the region’s best business and innovation conference will kick off! Spark.me brings energy and excitement within an inspirational context and environment. Spark.me pushes attendees to dream big going after goals and objectives once thought out of reach. While Spark.me offers the inspiration for entrepreneurs and startups to get moving, the organizers bring presenters who will help existing businesses pivot into a different era. A rugged coastline set among the mountains serves as the backdrop for the conference offering another level of intrigue making it a mistake not to attend the conference and explore while visiting Montenegro. Here are some suggestions on what to experience while processing the immense amount of content from Spark.me.

The Basics:

Cetinje and Lovćen

Lovcen, Montenegro

Only 20 minutes away, Cetinje was once the royal capital of Montenegro, and today, is considered to be the cultural capital. The small city/town offers a view of the art, culture, and history of the country through its streets, museums, and churches. This inspirational perspective climaxes in Lovćen National Park just outside of the town. A drive up a curvy, narrow road will take you to Mt. Lovćen, the resting place of Njegoš, the national hero credited with unifying the clans of Montenegro. His mausoleum provides the perfect view overlooking the mountains while contemplating the ideas gleaned from Spark.me. Even plan your next team meeting here.

Kotor and the Old Road from Lovćen

Kotor, Montenegro

If deciding to visit, Cetinje and Lovćen, consider taking the Old Road from Lovćen down to Kotor for the views. The road is full turns and twists so be careful if carsickness is a problem. Kotor is a UNESCO heritage that has been featured for its old town surrounded by magnificent walls, hilltop fortress, and iconic setting tucked within the Bay of Kotor. A day spent in Kotor is definitely worth the time along with a scenic drive around the bay exploring the towns of Risan and Perast.

Durmitor

Montenegro Experience, Diskors Projekt

Durmitor is a must for those venturing through Montenegro. While attending Spark, the mountainous North is a perfect choice for a getaway, and time of reflection. It has been deemed the most beautiful mountain range of Montenegro. Along with the mountains, the glacial Black Lake rests in the top of the range surrounded by a black pine forest.

Off the Beaten Path:

Lake Skadar

Skadar Lake Montenegro

Lake Skadar is one of the most restful places in Montenegro. After enjoying the beaches, move inland to explore this wild wonder. The lake lies between Montenegro and Albania, and is the Balkans largest lake. Mostly undisturbed, the lake has been fortunate to avoid developments that would compromise its beauty. Check out Undiscovered Montenegro or Boat Milica for the perfect day on the lake.

Stari Bar and Ulcinj

Stari Bar

The old town of Bar lies slightly inland overlooking today’s Bar. Old Bar lies at the foot of Mount Rumija, and is a throwback to former time of coastal Montenegro. About a 30 minute drive from Bar, Ulcinj provides another take of older settlements of Montenegro. The old fortified town of Ulcinj stands tall on the Adriatic waters, and claims to a be an inspiration for a portion of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Sandy inlets dot the coastline around Ulcinj. The town also claims the largest sand beach in Montenegro, Velika Plaža. Traveling down the coast after Spark from Budva to Stari Bar and Ulcinj is a pleasant way to end a Montenegro vacation.

Mountains of the North

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For the traveler looking to get off the coast for something lesser know, look to the mountains of the North. Besides Durmitor, Bjelasica and Prokletije offer adventure and relaxation away from the normal vacation spots. I recommend checking out Meanderbug for offerings and suggestions for your travels around the North. Spark.me challenges the attendees to dream big and there are few better places to do this than venturing through these rugged landscapes. Little towns such as Kolašin, Mojkavac, and Bijelo Polje circle around Bjelasica providing a variety of hiking and bike paths. Prokletije provides an even lesser explored mountain with more intrigue as it has been named the Cursed Mountains. The North of Montenegro will not disappoint anyone looking to experience the culture and adventure Montenegro has to offer.

While visiting Montenegro before or after Spark.me look for places that inspire. Visit the basics, but do not shy away from going off the beaten path. Use the spirit of the Spark.me to guide your travel and help you prepare or process all that is offered through the speakers, networking opportunities, and seeing the work of others.