Boka Kotorska, Montenegro

The view of Boka Kotorska
The high steep mountains form dramatic coastline of Boka Kotorska

I count it as a personal defeat to declare Porto Montenegro the highlight of our short trip to Montenegro last week. Strolling concrete seashore of a luxurious Adriatic haven for the wealthy seafaring Russians, although only for a couple of hours, is certainly not my cup of tea. But in a wider context of Montenegro’s coast, this one was a winner no matter how repulsive. Yet even there, among the luxury boutiques, gigantic yachts and fancy bars and restaurants, the decline caused by insufficient maintenance is already visible.

Port of luxurious yachts, Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Boka Kotorska
Port of luxurious yachts, Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Boka Kotorska

We had a great time though, joking, poking about, in awe, yawning.

Perast, a tiny village with rich Venetian history, as viewed from the opposite shore of Boka Kotorska
Perast, a tiny village with rich Venetian history, as viewed from the opposite shore of Boka Kotorska

People of Montenegro were, on general, surprisingly friendly. The beauty of the dramatic coast of Boka Kotorska is astonishing. Likewise, the tremendous canyon of the Piva river that we drove along upon entering the country – it is stunning.

Beautiful scenery of the Piva river canyon.
Beautiful scenery of the Piva river canyon.
Pivsko Lake is the largest reservoir of drinking water in the Balkans. The dam construction is 42 km long.
Pivsko Lake is the largest reservoir of drinking water in the Balkans. The dam construction is 42 km long.
Breathtaking beauty of the Piva river canyon
Breathtaking beauty of the Piva river canyon

Apart from natural beauty and a few stone built medieval villages, there’s little of significance to tell.

The food on general is average to below average (the prices are by no means as modest and are in a stark contrast with quality), the generic low quality of everything on offer in shops, bars and restaurants is rather boring and feels insulting. The land of large fields is left uncared for, shopping malls prevail along narrow regional roads, there’s no other activity visible except for mediocre mass tourism of dubious quality.

The sea abruptly deepens merely two meters from the shore
The sea abruptly deepens merely two meters from the shore
Perast in sunset
Perast of Boka Kotorska in sunset

To sum it all up, it was nothing to write home about.

 

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