Kotor & Ostrog - Montenegro

Montenegro was the unexpected highlight of our trip. We travelled from Sarajevo, stopping at the Ostrog Monastery and continuing to the coastal cities of Budva and Kotor.

The Monastery of Ostrog (Манастир Острог) is a Serb Orthodox Church monastery built into an almost vertical cliff around 900 metres above sea level. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century and is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro.

After visiting the Monastery, we travelled to Budva and Kotor on the Montenegrin coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The Bay of Kotor was stunning and is a submerged river canyon, but resembles a fjord. A little piece of Scandinavia in the Balkans!

Bay of Kotor - Montenegro

Kotor has been fortified since the Middle Ages and was a strategic port for its inhabitants including the Venetians. The Bay of Kotor also featured in Casino Royale the recent James Bond film.

 

Highlight -  the stunning beauty and sunsets at Kotor as well as the opportunity for reflection at Ostrog Monestary...

Lowlight  - the glitter strip and foam parties at Budva didn't quite fit the surrounds...

 

A captured moment on the Bay of KotorStunning coastline at Kotor

City wall defences - KotorOstrog Monestary - Built into the cliff in the 17th Century