Flights to Montenegro – Experience the Balkan Charm
A trip to the Balkan country of Montenegro will be one to cherish for a lifetime. The allure of the historic buildings, ancient churches, and scenic locales is such that Montenegro was a significant location for the filming of the James Bond movie, ‘Casino Royale’. Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and the hugely popular towns of Kotor and Budva are perfect for relaxing and strolling around. If the ruby-red rooftops of Sveti Stefan sparked some curiosity in your mind, head straight to the land and explore. Small yet rich with natural beauty and historical monuments, Montenegro will surely pave a way into your heart.
Best time to visit Montenegro
Montenegro experiences a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and mild winters in the southern areas and Continental climate in the central and northern regions. The ideal time to visit will be from April to September. The intermediate months of July and August are when Montenegro gets packed with travelers and accommodation prices increase.
How to reach Montenegro
Traveling to Montenegro has become easier than ever with the services provided by airlines like Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, and Air France. Fly to the international airport of Montenegro, Podgorica airport, via major domestic and international airlines. As there are no direct flights to Montenegro from India, the layover airports are located in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Istanbul, and Amsterdam. Common transport modes within the country include trains, buses, and cars.
Hotels in Montenegro
With sufficient accommodation facilities in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and the resort towns of Budva and Kotor, Montenegro is a tourist-friendly place. You can opt to stay in apartments, mid-range or luxury hotels, or beach resorts, based on your requirements. For a comfortable overnight stay in a mid-range hotel in Podgorica, you will have to spend a minimum of INR 5,000. The starting prices at Kotor and Budva are INR 5,000 and INR 7,000 respectively.
Must-visit places in Montenegro
Although a small country, Montenegro leaves no stone unturned in making your sightseeing trip a fascinating one. The top destinations include Podgorica, Kotor, and Budva.
Indulge in sightseeing around Ostrog Monastery, Debeli Namet, Mareza, Millennium Bridge, Lake Skadar, and Ribnica, in Podgorica.
Kotor, with its Medieval-era settings and stunning Bay of Kotor, ranks high on the list of places to visit in Montenegro. Catch a glimpse of St. Tryphon Cathedral, the Church of St. Luke, and the Orthodox St. Nicholas Church while walking around the winding lanes of Kotor. Witness the beauty of the sunset and the majestic mountains at the Bay of Kotor.
Get ready for some beach fun and a walk around historic places in Budva. It is home to Citadela (a medieval-era fortress), many ancient churches, and beautiful locales. The ancient churches include St. John's Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, Santa Marija of Punta, and the Church of St. Sava. Budva’s famous Riviera is lined with various historic monuments and small settlements.
Sveti Stefan, located on the cliff of an island in Montenegro, garners public attention because of its uniqueness and old-world charm. Perast, (home to Bujovic, Badovic, Zmajevic, and Smekja Palaces), Herceg Novi, Bar, and Ulcinj are equally captivating with their beautiful surroundings.
Lake Skadar, Tara River Canyon, Black Lake,Virpazar (fishermen’s town), and Durmitor National Park are the beautiful bounties of nature that you will enjoy exploring in Montenegro.
Must-buys in Montenegro
Local wine, dolls dressed in traditional clothing, and paintings are the commonly available souvenirs in the shops in Kotor. You can also find interesting souvenirs in Budva, a happening tourist town. Handmade items are easily available in the month of April in Kotor, as there’s a souvenir shopping fest during that time.
What to eat in Montenegro
Italian style of cooking is still maintained in Montenegro. Bread made from rye, corn, barley, or wheat, buttermilk, soups, stew, and seafood dishes are the favorites of Montenegrins. The top picks from their cuisine are Kacamak (a wheat-based meal), Popeci from Podgorica (steak with cheese), Cevapi (kebab), and Prsuta (smoked ham).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Montenegro?
The airlines which offer cheap air tickets to Montenegro are Etihad Airways, Aeroflot, and Air France.
•What is the time difference between India and Montenegro?
India is ahead of Montenegro by 4 hours and 30 minutes.
•What is the average time taken to reach Podgorica from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Podgorica: 14 hours and 35 minutes
Chennai to Podgorica: 15 hours and 15 minutes
Mumbai to Podgorica: 13 hours and 50 minutes
New Delhi to Podgorica: 14 hours and 25 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Montenegro from Indian cities?
The major layover airports for connecting flights from Indian cities to Montenegro are at Belgrade, Abu Dhabi, and Istanbul.
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