Impressions of Montenegro – whether to go there rest or wintering

I have long wanted to go to Serbia, but went to Montenegro. Here is such a turn. More precisely, I also wanted to call on Serbia, but not had time, so put it off for the next time. However, if we say about the sea and the warm climate (after all, for the sake of climate, as a rule, people are going somewhere), then Montenegro is “not looking” better suited than Serbia

In Montenegro, I was in October, that is, I can not judge the winter months, but even by October it is already possible to draw some conclusions, with which I want to share with you. And also tell impressions about this country.

The content of the article

  • 1 Is it worth it to go to Montenegro for wintering
    • 1.1 Climate
    • 1.2 Visa
  • 2 Impressions of Montenegro
    • 2.1 Beautiful!
    • 2.2 Housing
    • 2.3 Roads in Montenegro
    • 2.4 Civilization
    • 2.5 Food
    • 2.6 Medicine
    • 2.7 Mobile Internet

Should I go to Montenegro for wintering

Climate

Just because of the climate in Montenegro is not such a big flow people in the winter. For it is cool and rainy. Maritime climate on the coast winters are mild, usually without snow, but temperatures can drop to +5 degrees. Coldly? Yes, not Thailand, you do not buy into the sea. But Again, everything is relative. After -20 degrees plus the temperature will not seem so bad. All the more usual the temperature below +15 does not fall, and in November and in May there will be all +20.

And, if it is definitely worth going to rest in Montenegro (that summer, that in the offseason), then does it make sense to winter, say complicated. I think everything is quite individual, but I think the trend was not and will not be as long as there are Asian countries (Thailand, Vietnam) and all sorts of Dominicans with Costa Rica. Behind the warmth and sea in the winter period is definitely not in Montenegro need. Off season (autumn, spring) too in terms of climate are ambiguous. It seems still warm, but already begin rains that can pour for several days without stopping. In my arrival in October half the day it rained, but in others it was sunny and +25 degrees. Overall I liked it and I would live like that a couple months, warming up after the cold Moscow. You know how great go out on the terrace in the morning and drink tea, basking in the sun.

Beaches in Budva in October Beaches in Budva in October

Beaches in Budva in October

Montenegro in the offseason, either for freelancers or for retirees :) Montenegro in the offseason, either for freelancers or for retirees :)

Montenegro in the offseason, either for freelancers or for pensioners :)

Visa

Russians without a visa can now go to Montenegro for 30 days. Only I wrote a post, as reduced by 3 times. All summer 2016 you can was to come for 90 days. Eh— As far as I know, citizens of Ukraine 90 days left. But not bad either! Just bought a plane ticket and flew away for 1 month. There are no supporting documents at the border. such as return tickets or hotel reservations, as a rule, are not asked. At least, neither I nor my friends asked (we flew, flew at different times).

If you need to stay more than 30 days, then a visa is made in Moscow in Consulate of Montenegro. Consular fee of 62 euros (32 euros children), 1-2 weeks is done. Residents of other cities can get through visa service Pony Express, additionally paying for their services. To obtain a visa you will need to show the hotel reservation or contract rental housing.

There is also an option to go to a neighboring country and enter later Montenegro again and again for 30 days. Nearby are visa free for Russians Albania (from May to September), Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. And if you have a Schengen visa in your passport, you can round up and to Croatia. I do not know how many times you can ride like this round-trip, it is better to ask the regulars of Montenegro.

The most important thing upon arrival within 24 hours is not to forget register at the place of stay. It is worth 0.8 euros per day and 1 euro for the registration process itself. That is, in 30 days it will turn out 25 euros.

Registration in Montenegro, receipt Registration in Montenegro, receipt

Registration in Montenegro, receipt

Impressions of Montenegro

Handsomely!

So, the first thing I would like to say is beautiful there. No even not so damn beautiful! You can substitute here a few obscene epithets peculiar to the Russian man, when he sees something really beautiful. Honestly, I didn’t expect it there. Well, Montenegro and Montenegro, well, mountains and mountains. But already from the window I thought the plane, I must, what a beauty around. Not exaggerating. Although, perhaps it will be able to appreciate only a fan of the mountains. My friends took me to Boko-Kotorskaya right after arrival the bay in the city of Perast fly on the drone. Here is the juice.

You know, those who lack aesthetics in life need to come here, who is tired of the dull everyday life and slushy landscape outside the window. Here, in fact, if the view from the window or on the way to the store means a lot to you, then you here. I am one of those from dullness to depression. Moscow summer is quite wonderful, even without mountains / nature, but here from October for me despondency begins, therefore I am ready to run away from here, even in Sochi, where recently it has also become very good if we talk about the visual component (well, the climate itself better than Moscow).

Montenegro from the plane (Budva) Montenegro from the plane (Budva)

Montenegro from the plane (Budva)

Boko-Kotor Bay Boko-Kotor Bay

Boko-Kotor Bay

Bay of Kotor in Montenegro Bay of Kotor in Montenegro

Boko-Kotor Bay in Montenegro

Island Sveti Stefan Island Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan Island

Sveti Stefan Island Sveti Stefan Island

Sveti Stefan Island

Budva from above Budva from above

Budva from above

On the way to Lake Skadar On the way to Lake Skadar

On the way to Skadar Lake

On the way to Lake Skadar On the way to Lake Skadar

On the way to Skadar Lake

Going along the lake Skadar Going along the lake Skadar

We drive along the lake Skadar

Lake Skadar and view of Virpazar Lake Skadar and view of Virpazar

Lake Skadar and Virpazar view

Island of Our Lady of Merciful near Tivat Island of Our Lady of Merciful near Tivat

Island of Our Lady of Merciful near Tivat

The fortress wall in Kotor The fortress wall in Kotor

Fortress wall in Kotor

Beautifully almost everywhere, you can take pictures right and left Beautifully almost everywhere, you can take pictures right and left

Beautiful almost everywhere, you can take pictures to the right and left

Housing

From beauty smoothly turn to housing. In Montenegro, no central heating and floors are usually tiled (sometimes partially laminate), so the housing can be cool in off-season. I was lucky in the apartments in Budva that I rented, there were individual heating batteries working from the boiler host (the owners lived on the floor below). But generally there is air conditioners for heating, however, the electric bill may not like it if they drown constantly. Another way out is warm socks and slippers, but it is an amateur. However, such a problem There are almost all European countries.

At prices. I paid first 60 euros per day, then 50 euros per day. Despite the fact that they wrote to me in social networks, they say, it is expensive, I think that the price for the conditions that we had was adequate. AND find daily rent 120 square meters (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms), with radiator heating, with cleaning and change of linen / towels, with supervidom from the window and two balconies, it can not be cheaper. At least quickly, in 2 clicks on the site. With monthly accommodation prices, of course it would be less, but I have no such experience. As I understand, remove possible for 300-400 euros is quite normal apartments of the same plan.

Our apartments in Budva Our apartments in Budva

Our apartments in Budva

Budva from quadcopter Budva from quadcopter

Budva from quadcopter

Budva at night, overcast Budva at night, overcast

Budva at night, overcast

Roads in Montenegro

In Montenegro, you can and should travel by car. Fair speaking, I just can not imagine what else there may be options. Yes, I have seen cyclists, but this is not an option for everyone. So by that who can not “seal up” on the beach all day, I recommend taking car rental. The cost will be around 25-30 euros per season, and about 15 euros out of season (we took just 15). Gasoline 1.15 euros at all gas stations.

The easiest way to rent is through MyRentaCar. Somehow i I will dedicate them to a separate post, really the guys did to us travelers a cool service.

The roads in Montenegro are quite good. Yes, yes, I know, depending on what compare. But really, we went to all sorts of different neighborhoods and everywhere was asphalt and pretty good. True, sometimes there was not enough width but the flow of cars there was such that it was quite possible and to suffer

Car rental in Montenegro Car rental in Montenegro

Rent a car in Montenegro

Narrow roads in Montenegro Narrow roads in Montenegro

Narrow roads in Montenegro

Civilization

Montenegro reminded me a lot of Krasnodar Kray (just somewhere near Sochi) and the Crimea. Only in Montenegro are the mountains higher and More brutal or something – such seemingly harsh, covered with rocks instead the woods. But in terms of civilization in the Krasnodar Territory, its more will be. One of the major cities in Montenegro Budva has only 10 thousand population, and the capital of Podgorica is 150 thousand. At the same time it is said that the capital in terms of development is not far from Budva. Generally I mean, you need to go to Montenegro not for civilization, but contrary to her. It is clear that when traveling in the summer for a couple of weeks, you don’t really need anything, but in the off-season, if you go to half a year or more, not everyone will find something to do. Nor megi with Ikea, no diverse set of year-round entertainment, including theaters and various activities. In Budva, there is definitely no such thing I don’t know about Podgorica, but I think it is much inferior to large European metropolis.

I personally had the pleasure to sit in such a “village”, quietly working at a computer, looking out the window to enjoy kind of, and periodically getting out on the embankment in a cafe for fish soup and Greek salad, alternating with rare trips to attractions. For me, so perfect place for introverted freelancer not inclined to big companies and hectic big city. But I assume that the rest of the off season has become It would be very boring, especially if there is no need to work. Without concepts, what would be able to do in Budva long time is not in season, and in season too, if you have come not to rest. Resort city with all the consequences. True, as I wrote above, moving to Podgorica, too, it seems to me, would not have saved the thirsty activities.

I sit in a cafe on the waterfront, took fish soup and Greek salad I sit in a cafe on the waterfront, took fish soup and Greek salad

I sit in a cafe on the waterfront, took fish soup and Greek lettuce

I also noticed such a feature – the country is rather poor at first sight. Modest housing and outwardly sometimes shabby, abundance inexpensive European cars of the 90s, simple clothes, however, whether due to well-groomed, or due to the stunning nature around, it does not give the impression of a poor country. Such double impression, everything seems so simple, but at the same time quite pretty. Maybe not everyone will agree with me, but just so I saw

In Budva, there are such not quite well-kept places In Budva, there are such not quite well-kept places

In Budva, there are such not quite well-maintained places.

Somewhere in the mountains there are crooked houses Somewhere in the mountains there are crooked houses

Somewhere in the mountains there are crooked houses

But most of the housing is perfectly preserved (Perast) But most of the housing is perfectly preserved (Perast)

But most of the housing is perfectly preserved (Perast)

The old town in Budva is so licked at all The old town in Budva is so licked at all

Old town in Budva so generally licked

A lot of stairs, inaccessible environment for wheelchairs A lot of stairs, inaccessible environment for wheelchairs

Postman in a small town Postman in a small town

Postman in a small town

There are such rarities on the roads There are such rarities on the roads

There are such rarities on the roads

An interesting substitute for boxing on the roof An interesting substitute for boxing on the roof

An interesting substitute for boxing on the roof

The police, on the other hand, can ride Dusters The police, on the other hand, can ride Dusters

Police but can ride on Dusters

Food

The range of products in the supermarket is the same, nothing special. I didn’t go and didn’t compare prices; somehow, but I didn’t see anything special there. Well, cheeses maybe better variety :) Fruits and vegetables in the supermarket are the same bad, better on the market. In all the cafes where I was, the menu was seem to be. I suppose so for all the country. Usually the food fits on 1-2 pages. Meat / fish, side dish of potatoes or vegetables, 2-3 soups (chowder watery), yes a few salads. Here, actually, everything. I ordered myself standard fish soup and Greek salad, which I was 5-7 euros. Gave no trouble, even though the soup was only from fish (without vegetables), but with bread it is.

Inexpensive cafe on the way to Lake Skadar Inexpensive cafe on the way to Lake Skadar

Inexpensive cafe on the way to Lake Skadar

Almost all cafes have the same prices and pleasant surroundings Almost all cafes have the same prices and pleasant surroundings

Almost all cafes have the same prices and pleasant surroundings.

In the supermarkets of Montenegro, about the same range In the supermarkets of Montenegro, about the same range

In the supermarkets of Montenegro about the same range

There are Russian products There are Russian products

There are Russian products

The medicine

I will specifically mention in medicine, usually it is important for families with children. Do not wait in Montenegro for high-quality medical services. Yes, there are a lot of children going there, after all in the summer there is a beautiful warm The Mediterranean Sea (more precisely the Adriatic), but you know, one thing business for a week to come to rest and get a maximum of snot or rotavirus, the other is to come for six months or a year when they can need a completely different specialists. Therefore, to whom it is important medicine and who choose in the same thailand level hospital bangkok Hospital, here will not get anything like that. Yes, I myself have not yet still had to happen in Montenegrin hospitals, but they even externally look like a hospital in a small city in Russia. Besides me It was said that for medicine, some even go to Serbia, where everyone much better, but there, too, is far from Germany. It will be necessary on leisure time to explore the topic of traveler insurance, but I’m afraid even good expensive insurance will not save from any serious situations.

Mobile Internet

In Montenegro, several operators, I bought Telenor, it’s the same the company as Dtac in Thailand, the logo is the same. Gave 10 euros for SIM card and Internet package for 6 gigs for 2 weeks. I think quite good prices. The speed is also more or less everywhere – 3G or 4G, only the mountains are worse, there is barely any Edge any way and that is all. For Most tasks will do. On average it was like in the screenshot.

Mobile Internet speed in Montenegro Mobile Internet speed in Montenegro

Mobile Internet speed in Montenegro

P.S. What do you think it is worth going there for the winter or at least for a couple of months in the off season? Or in the winter only in Asia?

P.P.S. Recently, all photos in new articles of large size, they can be viewed by clicking on the big monitor.

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