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Montenegro: the beauty of Balkans

Montenegro is a great showcase of natural diversity. While sightseeing around this Balkan country, you’ll experience scenic beaches, diverse trekking and hiking routes, beautiful gorges, and the unforgettable coastline. The country also offers one of the most breathtaking vistas that you can experience in this part of Europe – it is mostly visible where the towering mountains suddenly give way to the raging waves along Montenegro’s coastline.

Travelling around Montenegro is pretty convenient even if you opt for public transport. There exist a few travelling opportunities; however, many holidaymakers tend to opt for their freedom of choice and autonomy by renting a car. There are a number of car rental companies available in major cities and at international airports. These will cater to the needs of the most demanding drivers.

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Top places to visit in Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. Its lively city streets, beautiful architecture, and a number of landmarks  will stay in the travellers’ minds for a long time. The most notable highlights include the Old Town, the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection, and Petrovic Palace. 

Travellers seeking seaside resorts can choose one of the idyllic cities located along the coastline. In Ulcinj, you’ll be surprised by entertainment venues galore, in Kotor, you can admire the charming harbour, and in Herceg Novi, you can soak up the laid-back atmosphere.

Montenegro / Kotor / Photo by Faruk Kaymak on Unsplash

The fans of natural wonders will be satisfied with a trip to the Biogradska Gora National Park. Its topography is a mosaic of blue streams, still lakes, and calm meadows. It also offers a wide choice of outdoor activities. Thanks to being a great showcase of Montenegro’s flora and fauna, it is willingly visited by the lovers of birdwatching.

Among the most unique places in Montenegro, you’ll also find Sveti Stefan, one of the most popular places in the region of the Budva Riviera, Mount Lovcen, offering breathtaking views on the Mount Loven National Park, and Ostrog Monastery, a rock-hewn sanctuary.

Montenegro: traffic rules and road state

Montenegro can boast a diversity of road surfaces. These less well-maintained are pretty rough, especially for the less experienced drivers. The greatest danger on these roads are uneven surfaces, bumps, and stray animals. That’s why it’s best to avoid driving at night.

Don’t worry, the driving conditions in most areas are similar to the ones prevailing in other European countries. You need to stick to the right side of the road and overtake other vehicles on the left. What’s more, avoid using horn in built-up areas unless there’s an emergency situation that you want to prevent. 

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The age restrictions aren’t that different from other European countries as well. You need to be 18 years old in order to drive in Montenegro; however, some car rental companies may require you to be a little older. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to pay an additional fee for being an inexperienced motorist.

Both drinking and driving and driving and texting may result in heavy fines. In Montenegro, you’ll be considered to be under the influence of alcohol with a level of blood alcohol of 0.05% or higher. That’s why it is best to avoid drinking anything alcoholic before hitting the road as even a small amount will take you beyond the limit. When it comes to mobile phones, always use a hands-free device to avoid severe penalties. 

Montenegro: required documents

While travelling around Montenegro, it’s important to carry the following documents: your driver’s licence, ID or passport, registration documents, and a proof of insurance. 

Montenegro / Photo by Appolinary Kalashnikova on Unsplash

Speed limits in Montenegro

Just like in any European country, you’ll be charged with high penalties for speeding in Montenegro. The simplest way to avoid them is to stick to the prevailing speed limits: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 80 km/h in rural areas, 100 km/h on expressways, and 130 km/h on highways. While driving near schools and residential areas, you’ll be obliged to reduce your speed to what’s indicated on the road signs.

Montenegro / Kotor / Photo by Ivana Djudic on Unsplash

Facts for safer driving in Montenegro

drink drive limit
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
50 mph
max speed highway
81 mph
headlights at daytime
fire extinguisher
seat belts
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