Pay the Fare: Money-Saving Travel Trip Through Montenegro
Each year, more and more people visit Montenegro, and it's not a surprise. The tourists are attracted by the clear Adriatic Sea and breathtaking mountain scenery. I happen to know someone who is planning a trip to Montenegro, and I'm sure there are a lot of such people among our readers. That's why in my first article, I'm going to tell you about low-priced ways of traveling around the country.
Benefits of traveling in Montenegro
When it comes to tourism in Montenegro, the majority of people come here looking for a relaxing break, but most of the time can be spent on excursions to medieval fortresses, ancient churches, mosques, and monasteries. The historical monuments are surrounded by dense forests, clean ponds, and high mountains, which makes trips to these places memorable not only for historical knowledge but also for breathtaking scenery.
Montenegro is widely assumed to be quite a cheap recreational option (compared to other European countries). Still, it is one of those places where you have a chance to observe nature in its original state. There has never been industrial production in the country, so the environmental conditions here are just great.
Personally, I was impressed with the country once I left the airport. The first thing I saw was a serpentine road surrounded by massive cliffs on both sides. All in all, driving across Montenegro is hardly a boring pastime, since you can see the most delightful landscapes on your way from one town to another. I stopped a few times on the road just to take some pictures.
I got used to traveling around Europe by bus and train because it's a great way to get to the right place in a fast, comfortable, and affordable manner. If we take public transport in Germany, Great Britain, and France, we can even come up with a variety of routes to choose from. Now, this is much more difficult to do in Montenegro. There is no proper bus or train system down here. It may take twice as long to travel by public transport than by your own car.
Taking into account the situation and the money I had at my disposal, I decided to rent a car. As it turned out, the rental prices here are very flexible. In addition, I was glad to have all of the conveniences of a private car. Montenegro is way better than its western neighbors in this regard because rental costs are much lower here. For example, renting an efficient Opel Corsa will cost you 60 euros a day in Lyon, while in Podgorica, the cost is only 32 euros a day. I compared the prices of Enterprise(Lyon) and Sitngo(Podgorica).
I was lucky to find a reliable rental company quickly. Sitngo was almost a random choice, mainly because of the favorable conditions and prices they offered on the website. Just to compare, Skoda Fabia at Alamo costs 39 euros a day and 33 euros a day at Sitngo, while the second option also includes a child seat, second driver, a navigator, and an airport pick-up. Alamo doesn't even provide the last feature, but if you add all the rest, the rental price will increase up to 60 euros.
Anyway, renting a car is all about nuances. I would recommend that you pay more attention to planning the route. Here's my list of tips for you.
Places to visit
- Skadar Lake. Near the capital, there is the largest body of water in the country. Here, more than 48 fish species and 50 mammal species inhabit the waters. Near the lake, you will find the Besac fortress that provides a beautiful view. It’s the perfect spot to take some good pictures! Fishing is allowed here, so you might want to bring your rod as well.
- Tara River Canyon. This place is definitely worth a visit because it is the largest canyon in Europe, with a depth of 1300 meters. The sparkling river together with high mountain ranges forms a very picturesque view. Also, the Durdevica Bridge, one of the hallmarks of Montenegro, passes across the Tara River. The bridge connects the southern and northern parts of the country. Before it was built, people all over the country had problems with cargo transportation. From the bridge, one can observe the whole Tara River stretching for many kilometers between two mountain ranges.
- Stari Bar. The historical part of Bar resort is known for its old aqueduct, which is also a symbol of the town. The aqueduct represents a 3-kilometer narrow bridge. It used to be a part of the water supply system, but it became a decorative aqueduct after a major earthquake. Also in Bar, tourists can see the Mosque of Omerbashich, which was built by a local man back in the seventeenth century. The Shiite preacher Dervish-Hasan was buried near the mosque, and the place has been a pilgrimage site ever since. Apart from that, another landmark worth seeing is the Clock Tower. The strategic location was constructed in 1753. The tower is 12 meters high and provides a magnificent view of the modern Bar and the Adriatic.
- Durmitor Park. The natural reserve is located in the northern part of the country. If you are planning to travel all over Montenegro, make sure you bring some warm clothes. In Durmitor, you will be able to find a major ski resort called Zabljak. But the true pearl of this place is Crno Jezero, or Black Lake, situated on the elevation of 1416 meters above sea level. The water in the lake is very clear; one can see its bed to a depth of 10 meters. The maximum depth here amounts to 49 meters.
Montenegro is a country with great cultural and natural heritage. At the same time, it offers quite a reasonably priced vacation for tourists. Here, you are always surrounded by nature: mountains, forests, rivers, and of course, the blue sea. On the road, I was constantly making stops to admire the picturesque mountain scenery.
Now, when I'm writing this down, I once again think about how that trip wouldn't have been so memorable if I hadn't chosen to rent a car. It gave me so much free time, and a free spirit, too. If any of you have used other car rental services, I would be grateful to get your feedback.
Have a nice trip, guys!