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.
We had a great time though, joking, poking about, in awe, yawning.
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.
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.
To sum it all up, it was nothing to write home about.