Tourism in Montenegro is beautiful, but it is difficult
Published: 12/03/2016

The seventh country of our great trip is Montenegro and two things summarize our experience here so far: incredible scenery on the edge of the Adriatic Sea and a complicated transport system, to say the least.

As the country is very small, just over 600 thousand habitants, we chose to camp in one city and know the others by bus to make things easier and do not suffer with the lack of parking for motorhomes. The distances are something around 20 kilometers, but the problem is to overcome them.

We camped in a village called Buljarica, 8 kilometers from Budva, one of the main cities of the country. We talked to the camping staff and went to the bus point on the time that the bus should come. We waited and nothing, suddenly one car stopped, a man in an very old Escort saying that it was a taxi and we told him we were going to Budva,and then he told us the race was cheap, in his words little money. We embrace the idea and got into the car.

He even tried to speak a few things in English, but failed. Somehow, he wanted to take us to another town called Kotor, but we told him we’d better stay in Budva. When the car stopped, he wrote in a paper: 25 Euros! Of course we told him it was a robbery and that he should take us to the police, because it was too expensive. Then he was scratching the values on paper, 22, 20, 18 and arrived at 15 Euros. Still we thought it was a lot and kept complaining. To solve things as soon as possible, we gave him 10 Euros and got out of the car.

It is not a matter of not wanting to pay for the service, but it was obvious that the man wanted to take us from granted, so we complained. Then we found out the bus that does the same trip costs 3 Euros per person. Our 10 Euros were overpriced , but still okay.

Arriving in Budva we went straight to the bus station to try to catch a bus to Kotor, 20 kilometers away. It was easy and cheap (3.50 Euros). Kotor is very small town and is surrounded by mountains. The rain - that has accompanied us non-stop for about 20 days - would not let us walk about one hour up the mountain till the castle. But anyhow we visited and get to know a little of the city.

To return to the camping we had to take a bus towards Budva and other to the village where we are. We entered one of the oldest bus we've seen in life and it was an adventure. The reverse did not worked and the driver was not wearing a seat belt, he smoked a lot on the way - completely ignoring the no smoking warnings.

The funny thing is that it seems that he is the owner of the bus, and does not work for a company. At each point where he stopped, he shouted the name of some cities and almost paid for someone get on the bus. It was very funny.

In the end, we found that this same bus would go to the place we needed and we continued the trip with him  until we got near the camping.

Okay, that was our second day in the country, but we came to the conclusion that it is the less European country we know. The landscape is beautiful thanks to the Adriatic Sea, but the cities have nothing too much to offer and not even an architecture that resembles other places. All though it is often difficult to compare it to Berlin, Salzburg or Zurich, but Montenegro is something else.

Another very noticeable thing is the behavior of people, especially in traffic. Also unlike other European cities, the rules have begun to be somewhat ignored, with overtaking in forbidden places and not everyone stops for the pedestrian.

We have two more days here. Who knows if we will not be surprised in the nearby towns.


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