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Solo Female Travel in Montenegro: Your Guide To A Safe & Happy Trip

Montenegro is a safe and beautiful country that is great for female solo travel. If you’re a woman with a passion for adventure, and if you’re looking for something off the IG-beaten path, then you’ll find lots of accessible and awe-inspiring things to see and do here in the heart of the Balkans. 

Breathtaking and welcoming at once, Montenegro might just be your next stop. But how safe is it really, especially if you’re traveling by yourself? What should you expect? And why Montenegro? 

Keep reading to discover all the magic of Montenegro, and the whole safety picture, too. 

Solo female travel in Montenegro.
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Is Montenegro Safe For A Solo Female Traveler?

Yes, Montenegro is safe for solo female travelers (including American tourists). But, as with any destination anywhere, it’s essential to be informed and aware of your situation and surroundings. Yes, more and more women are enjoying exploring Montenegro (whether by themselves or with a partner/group), but there’s always precautions to keep in mind when exploring a new country. 

General Safety Guidelines For Women In Montenegro 

Montenegro has a reputation as one of the safest countries in the Balkans. Its low crime rates and the hospitality of its people make it a top choice for solo travelers. 

Siren on municipal police car in Podgorica, Montenegro.

But, as with any journey, there are guidelines to consider:

  • Day and Night: Montenegro’s cities, whether it’s the historic Kotor or the lively Budva, are generally safe. However, it’s wise to be cautious during nighttime. Stick to main roads, avoid isolated areas, and always let someone know your whereabouts if you’re out late.
  • Local Interactions: The warmth of Montenegrins is legendary. Invitations for a local dish or a chat over coffee are common. While these interactions are often genuine, always prioritize your comfort and safety. In other words, trust your gut. 
  • Accommodation and Legalities: Wherever you choose to stay, be it a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb, your accommodation provider is legally obliged to register your stay within 24 hours of your arrival. Additionally, be prepared for a small tourist tax charged per night. This is standard practice and nothing to be alarmed about.
  • Transportation: While Montenegro’s transportation system is relatively reliable, be extra cautious with taxis, especially in tourist-heavy areas like Budva. Unfortunately, not all taxi drivers operate with integrity. Some might overcharge or take longer routes. Opt for reputable taxi services such as “Happy Taxi” or “Red Taxi”. A personal experience shared by a fellow traveler highlighted the importance of this: she was overcharged and left feeling uncomfortable after a taxi driver flirted with her, leaving her to walk uphill in the dark. If you’re flying into or out of Tivat Airport, avoid arriving too early. Its compact size means they might not let you in, and you could end up waiting outside. Additionally, don’t rely solely on the airport’s Wi-Fi; it’s known to be spotty.

Ultimately, Montenegro, with its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, is a hidden gem in the Balkans. While it may not be as popular as its neighbor, Croatia, solo travel here is not uncommon. However, you might notice more solo male travelers. 

If you ever find yourself lost or in need of assistance, many locals, especially the younger generation, speak a bit of English and are usually eager to help. 

Montenegro Crime Rates 

While Montenegro enjoys low crime rates, especially concerning violent crimes, it’s not immune to petty thefts. Touristy areas can sometimes be a magnet for pickpockets. Always be vigilant, secure your belongings, and avoid displaying expensive items conspicuously.

What to Avoid in Montenegro?

  • Unlicensed taxis: Like we’ve mentioned, there have been instances of fake taxis overcharging or taking longer routes. Ensure you’re getting into a licensed taxi. Better yet, have your hotel or accommodation arrange one for you.
  • Crowded tourist spots: As with many popular destinations, crowded areas can be a hotspot for opportunistic thefts. Keep your belongings close, consider using anti-theft bags, and be wary of distractions.

Are the Balkans Safe for Solo Female Travelers? 

A solo female traveler is standing on the shore of a lake in Kotor, Montenegro.

The Balkan region, with its rich history and diverse cultures, is fast becoming a favorite among solo travelers. Countries neighboring Montenegro, like Croatia, Bosnia, and Albania, are also gaining traction for their safety and attractions. While each has its unique charm and challenges, the general consensus is that the Balkans are welcoming to solo female travelers. 

However, always do your research, stay updated on local news, and connect with fellow travelers for real-time insights.

Specifically, you might want to bookmark a few English-language local news sites that provide updates on Montenegro and the region at large:

  • CdM – Cafe del Montenegro: The oldest news portal in Montenegro, offering a range of news from politics to lifestyle.
  • Balkan Insight – News From Montenegro: An online magazine that covers news on business, politics, and lifestyle in Montenegro and the broader Balkan region.
  • Government of Montenegro: The official site that provides news updates directly from the Government of Montenegro and its Ministries.
  • RTCG: The state-owned company and public service broadcaster of Montenegro, offering a mix of news, cultural programs, and more.

Why Montenegro Should Be On Every Solo Female Traveler’s List

Safety is almost always the top question when women are considering a solo trip. And now you know that you can expect the same level of safety in Montenegro that you can in much of Europe. 

So yes … you can go to Montenegro. But should you? In a word, yes. Here’s why I think this country should make it to the top of your travel bucket list. 

Photo of ancient city walls of Kotor, Montenegro at twilight

A Hidden Gem in the Balkans: If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for those lesser-known spots, the ones that haven’t been overrun by tourists. Montenegro is just that. 

Nestled between Croatia, Bosnia, and Albania, this Balkan beauty is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors. But trust me, it’s their loss and our gain!

Breathtaking Landscapes: Imagine waking up to the serene views of the Adriatic Sea on one side and rugged mountain ranges on the other. Montenegro offers this and so much more. 

From the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor to the pristine waters of Lake Skadar, every corner of this country is a postcard waiting to be captured. And for my fellow Instagram enthusiasts, the photo ops are endless (more on specific travel destinations below).

Affordability: Traveling solo often means budgeting solo. Montenegro, with its affordable accommodation, food, and activities, is a dream come true for solo travelers watching their wallets. 

This is a country where you can indulge in delicious local cuisine without breaking the bank, and find cozy lodgings that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Trust me: your bank account will thank you!

Rich History and Culture: Walking through the cobblestone streets of Kotor or Budva feels like stepping back in time. The country’s rich history is evident in its well-preserved medieval towns, ancient fortresses, and centuries-old monasteries. 

And if you’re a history buff at heart like I am, Montenegro is a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered.

Mouthwatering Cuisine: From fresh seafood along the coast to hearty mountain dishes, Montenegrin cuisine is a delightful fusion of Mediterranean and Balkan flavors. And let’s not forget the local wines and rakija (fruit brandy). 

A word of advice: come hungry (and find more details on what you can eat in Montenegro below). 

Adventure Awaits: For the adrenaline junkies out there (yes, I’m looking at you!), Montenegro won’t disappoint. Whether it’s hiking in Durmitor National Park, white-water rafting in the Tara Canyon, or paragliding over the Bay of Kotor, there’s an adventure for every thrill-seeker.

Warm and Welcoming Locals: Last but certainly not least, the people of Montenegro are its true charm. Their warmth and hospitality are unparalleled. 

Transportation: Getting Around Montenegro By Yourself with Ease

Now that we’re on the same page about why you might want to visit Montenegro, here’s a brief run-down on how to get there, and how to get around once you’re there. 

Navigating a new country can be both exhilarating and, let’s admit it, a tad intimidating. 

Thankfully, with its compact size and efficient transportation options, getting around this country is relatively straightforward, even if navigating transport by yourself is one of your least favorite parts of this process (guilty as charged!)

Montenegro By Bus

Tourist bus in Bar, Montenegro, with an overlay graphic of a bus

Here’s your go-to option. Buses are the primary mode of transportation in Montenegro. They’re affordable, relatively punctual, and connect even the remotest of areas.

  • Booking: You can buy tickets at bus stations, but I’d recommend checking schedules and booking online on sites like Balkan Viator or BusTicket4.me
  • Pro Tip: Always keep some change handy. You might have to pay a small fee for luggage storage in the bus’s hold.

Montenegro By Car

If you prefer the freedom of having your own set of wheels, then don’t be worried about driving in Montenegro. 

Be smart and drive carefully like you would anywhere, and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace that renting a car provides. Those hidden beaches and mountain trails? They’re all yours to discover!

  • Driving: Montenegrins drive on the right side of the road. The roads can be narrow, winding, and mountainous, especially around areas like the Bay of Kotor. So if you’re not used to such conditions or lack confidence, consider hiring a driver or joining a tour.
  • Rental: International car rental agencies like Avis, Hertz, and Sixt have outlets here. Always book in advance, especially during peak tourist season.

Explore car rentals in Montenegro here

Montenegro By Train

If it’s scenic routes and picturesque views you’re after, then you might want to explore Montenegro by train. The Bar to Belgrade route is particularly renowned for its breathtaking landscapes.

  • Tickets: Purchase them at train stations or onboard. They’re super affordable, making train travel a great option for budget travelers.
  • Note: While trains are a picturesque way to travel, they’re not the fastest. So, if you’re in a hurry, this might not be your best bet.

Montenegro By Taxi

Yes, you need to be careful of unlicensed taxis, like in many countries. But licensed taxis here are quick and convenient, perfect for short distances or when you’re laden with shopping bags (again, guilty as charged).

  • Reputable Services: As mentioned earlier, always opt for known services like “Happy Taxi” or “Red Taxi” to avoid being overcharged.
  • Apps: While global giants like Uber aren’t prevalent here, local taxi apps are gaining traction. It’s always a good idea to ask locals or your accommodation provider for recommendations.

Montenegro By Bike or On Foot

No worries if you’re more into slow travel and eco-friendly exploration. In fact, many of Montenegro’s towns, like Kotor and Budva, are best explored on foot or by bike. 

Wander through narrow alleys, discover hidden cafes, and immerse yourself in the local vibe.

  • Bike Rentals: Many tourist areas offer bike rentals. Don’t forget to grab a map and a helmet!
  • Wildlife: If you’re venturing into the mountains, be aware of the wildlife. Encounters with wolves and bears, though rare, are possible. Always let someone know your route and consider hiking with others. 
  • Weather: The weather can be fickle in the mountains. It might be sunny on the coast, but cold and rainy up high. Always check the forecast and pack accordingly.

Montenegro Air Travel

If you’re flying into or out of Tivat Airport, avoid arriving too early. Its compact size means they might not let you in, and you could end up waiting outside. 

Additionally, don’t rely solely on the airport’s Wi-Fi; it’s known to be spotty. Consider having an alternative mobile data plan just in case.

A solo female traveler admires the airplane on the runway against the breathtaking backdrop of Montenegro's mountains.

With these tips in hand, traversing Montenegro will be a cinch, even if it’s your first solo trip. Whether you’re cruising along the Adriatic coast or hiking up rugged mountain trails, the journey promises to be as memorable as the destination. 

Destination Highlights: Montenegro’s Must-Visit Spots

Now that we’ve covered how to get around Montenegro … where exactly will you be ‘getting around’ to?

Montenegro, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Here’s some of the country’s most iconic destinations:

The Adriatic Coast

  • Herceg Novi: Wander through the old town’s cobbled streets and discover the Kanli Kula fortress. Don’t miss the annual Mimosa Festival if you’re visiting in February.
  • Kotor: Nestled in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a dream for those who love history and architecture. The town is compact, making it easy to explore on foot.
  • Bay of Kotor: Take a boat tour to appreciate the bay’s beauty and explore the medieval architecture of Kotor’s old town. Climbing the city walls offers a panoramic view of the bay.
  • Budva: Dive into the vibrant nightlife, and during the day, explore the Citadel for a dose of history.

    Often dubbed the ‘Miami of Montenegro’, Budva is a bustling coastal town with a vibrant nightlife. Its old town, with narrow streets and medieval walls, is a haven for history buffs. Plus, it’s close to some of the country’s best beaches.
  • Tivat: A quieter alternative to Budva, Tivat is perfect for those looking for a relaxed vibe. With its luxury marina, Porto Montenegro, it’s also becoming a hotspot for the elite.
  • Sveti Stefan: While the island itself is a luxury resort, the views from the mainland are breathtaking. Consider a coastal walk for the best photo opportunities.

The South Coast Region

  • Ulcinj: Visit the Old Town and the Bazaar for a blend of Montenegrin and Albanian cultures. The nearby Long Beach is perfect for kitesurfing enthusiasts.
  • Bar: Explore the ruins of Stari Bar, and if you’re there in August, the International TV Festival is a must-visit.
  • Lake Skadar: Take a boat tour to witness the lake’s diverse birdlife. The nearby village of Virpazar is a great starting point for your lake adventure.
A solo female traveler explores the scenic beauty of Montenegro, with a view of a lake and mountains.

The Northern Region

  • Durmitor National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park offers stunning landscapes, from deep canyons to the highest peaks. While here, consider hiking up to Bobotov Kuk, the highest peak, or simply relax by the Black Lake. 
  • Biogradska Gora: Another UNESCO site, this national park is home to one of the last three large virgin rainforests in Europe. For a serene experience, take a walk around Biogradsko Lake, nestled in the heart of the forest.

The Central Region

  • Cetinje: The historical capital of Montenegro, this city offers a window into the country’s rich past. While here, consider visiting the Cetinje Monastery and the Blue Palace. 
  • Podgorica: The current capital and largest city, it’s a mix of old and new. Explore the old Ottoman town, Stara Varoš, or relax by the Moraca River.
  • Nikšić: Known for its brewery, it’s also home to historical sites like the Bedem Fortress. Consider a visit to the Ostrog Monastery, a significant pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians. 

Montenegrin Beaches 

Montenegro boasts a coastline of 293 km (about 180 miles), adorned with over 120 beaches. From the sandy stretches of Velika Plaža in Ulcinj to the pebbly shores of Bar and Budva, there’s a beach for every traveler. Some of the most popular include Mogren Beach, Jaz Beach, Kamenovo Beach, and Buljarica Beach.

A beach in Montenegro with umbrellas and chairs.

Go Off The Beaten Path in Montenegro

Yes, it’s important to follow all the usual safety protocol when exploring Montenegro on your own. That doesn’t mean you can’t try out a few things off the normal tourist track. 

Here are some of my favorite hidden gems in the country:

Ostrog Monastery: Carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff, this is the most important pilgrimage place in Montenegro. It’s dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog who was buried here. A visit promises not only a spiritual journey but also breathtaking views.

Photo of the Ostrog Monastery, a Christian church in Montenegro

Lipa Cave: Located near Cetinje, this is one of the largest cave structures in Montenegro. The cave, with its beautiful and wild system of passages and halls, is a place you shouldn’t miss. 

Blue Grotto (Plava Špilja): This natural cave is located on the Lustica peninsula and is accessible only by boat. When the sun hits the sea surface, the reflection causes the entire cave to illuminate in blue light. 

Rijeka Crnojevića: A picturesque place located near Skadar Lake. It’s perfect for boat rides, especially the ones that take you to see the famous horseshoe bend view. 

Piva Monastery: Located near the source of the Piva River, this monastery houses the relics of the Saint Patriarch Arsenije III. The surrounding Piva Lake and its canyon also offer a scenic view. 

Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks: While Perast is a charming town on its own, the nearby artificial island of Our Lady of the Rocks is a must-visit. According to legend, the island was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath. 

Old Olive Tree in Bar: This olive tree is more than 2,000 years old and is considered one of the world’s oldest. It’s a symbol of the city of Bar and represents the historical and natural heritage of this area.

Photo of the oldest olive tree in the world, located in Bar, Montenegro.

Cultural Immersion: Experiencing Montenegro Authentically

I know it can be scary to start a new adventure on your own, and your natural instinct might be to hole up in your hostel and spend your time truly alone. 

But Montenegro is a couple rich in traditions, flavors, and festivities — not to mention incredibly friendly and welcoming people. 

So to truly experience the country, I encourage you to embrace its cultural tapestry and immerse yourself in an authentic Montenegrin experience.

Montenegrin Cuisine:

Montenegrin cuisine is a delightful blend of Mediterranean flavors and Balkan heartiness. With a rich tradition of farm-to-table dining, dishes here often feature fresh seafood from the Adriatic, hearty meats from the mountains, and an abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

For those with a penchant for unique flavors, Montenegro offers Marbo Chips with Balkan-specific flavors like kebab, shish kebab, and tzatziki.

Montenegro takes pride in its wine and olive oil traditions. When visiting, it’s a must to sample the local vintages and perhaps take a bottle or two home. Also, don’t miss out on trying “rakija,” a traditional Balkan fruit brandy, often homemade and shared generously with guests.

Restaurants and Grocery Stores:
In Montenegrin restaurants, visitors can expect a warm, familial atmosphere with an emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Grocery stores offer a mix of familiar international products and unique local specialties, with many stores highlighting organic and homegrown items.

Traditional Montenegrin Dishes To Try

Montenegro has a rich culinary heritage, with many traditional dishes and snacks that are worth trying. If you ever visit Montenegro, make sure to indulge in these delicious treats!

  • Čorba od koprive (Nettle Soup): A flavorful and healthy soup made with young top shoots of nettles, butter, salt, rice, potatoes, spring onions, and water. 
  • Balšića tava (Veal Dish): A dish consisting of boiled veal roasted in a pan and combined with a sauce of eggs, milk, and sour cream.
  • Smočani kačamak (Porridge): A local take on kačamak—a thick maize porridge. It is prepared by cooking potatoes with wheat or corn flour. The most iconic place to try Smočani kačamak is Savardak in Kolašin.
  • Paštrovski makaruli (Pasta): A dish made with a pasta called makaruli, consisting of wheat flour, salt, and water.
  • Čobanska krem supa od vrganja (Mushroom Soup): A soup made with porcini mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, celery, scallions, heavy cream, olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  • Kuvana krtola (Potato Dish): A potato-based dish made with potatoes, yogurt, fresh cheese, salt, and black pepper.
  • Crnogorska pogača (Bread): A traditional peasant bread made with flour, water, salt, baking soda, and oil or butter.
  • Ćevapi: These small, grilled minced meat sausages, often served with somun (a type of local bread) and onions, are a Balkan favorite. For a delightful culinary experience, try them at Tanja in Kotor.
  • Burek: A savory pastry filled with cheese, meat, or spinach. Perfect for breakfast or a quick snack.
  • Tavče Gravče: A flavorful bean stew, often spiced with paprika and chili.
  • Smoki: A popular snack in Montenegro and other Balkan countries. It is made from puffed corn grits that are flavored with ground peanuts, giving it a unique and addictive taste. The snack is light and crunchy, and it is often consumed as a quick snack or appetizer.
  • Rakija: A potent fruit brandy, often homemade. It’s a must-try but be cautious – it’s strong!
Two small glasses of Traditional Serbian fruit brandy - rakija (rakia)
  • Sok od šipka: A traditional Montenegrin rosehip juice that is often consumed as a refreshing drink during the hot summer months. It is made by boiling rosehips with sugar and water, then straining the mixture to obtain a clear, red liquid. The juice is rich in vitamin C and has a slightly tart taste.

Montenegrin Dessert!

I’m showing my bias here, but when I’m studying a country’s cuisine, it’s really the desserts I’m most interested in. 

Here are some ways to satisfy your sweet-tooth in Montenegro:

  • Gaz: A sweet nougat treat made from sugar, roasted almonds, and honey (hello, lover).
  • Bajadera: A type of chocolate praline that is popular in Montenegro and other countries of the former Yugoslavia. It consists of layers of nougat made from almonds, hazelnuts, and sugar, which are then covered in dark chocolate. The praline has a rich and creamy texture, with a sweet and nutty flavor.
  • Tufahija: A popular dessert in Montenegro, Tufahija is made from poached apples stuffed with sugar and walnuts, then simmered in a syrup made of sugar, water, and lemon juice. Once cooked, the apples are chilled and often served with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Priganice: These are Montenegrin fritters, often enjoyed as a sweet treat. They are deep-fried dough balls, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
priganice, a traditional montenegrin doughnut, in a clay pot

Priganice can be served with honey, jam, or powdered sugar, making them a delightful snack or dessert.

The most iconic place to try Priganice is Hotel Ivanov Konak in Cetinje.

Local Festivals and Events in Montenegro

When you visit Montenegro, expect a vibrant calendar of festivals and events, reflecting the country’s diverse cultural influences. Many of these festivals blend Montenegro’s love for music, dance, and gastronomy, offering tourists a genuine taste of local culture.

From summer music festivals along the Adriatic coast to traditional events like the Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi, there’s always a celebration to immerse yourself in. 

Firewords on New Year's Eve in Budva, Montenegro.

Like we’ve already explored, Montenegro is considered safe for tourists (including women) in general, even during large events and festivals. Crowded venues maintain a friendly and festive atmosphere. 

However, as with any major gathering worldwide, it’s wise to be aware of one’s surroundings and keep personal belongings secure. Solo female travelers attending these events usually feel comfortable, but it’s always recommended to stay cautious, especially after dark, and follow general safety guidelines.

Ready to jump in? Consider aligning your trip with some of the following festivals. 

Dan Svetog Tripuna – Kotor (St. Tripun’s Day)

  • When & Where: 3rd of February in Kotor
  • What: Celebrates St. Tryphon, the town’s patron saint. Features the Boka Navy performing, traditional town music, Mass, a procession, and church choir performances.

Kotor Winter Carnival

  • When & Where: Winter in Kotor
  • What: Traditional masked ball, dance of the majorettes, children’s carnival, promotion of local cuisine, concerts, and more.

Days of Camellia – Kotor

  • When & Where: Dates vary, in Kotor and Stoliv
  • What: Celebrates the camellia flower. Includes exhibitions of flowers, art exhibitions, theater performances, workshops, and the election of Lady of Camellia.
A close up of pink and orange camellia flowers in Montenegro.
The Days Of Camellia festival celebrates this beautiful flower.

Fašinada – Perast

  • When & Where: 22nd of July in Perast
  • What: Ceremonial procession where ships and boats circulate around the island of Our Lady of the Rock. Locals throw stones around the island to strengthen its foundations.

Sea Dance Festival – Budva

  • When & Where: Dates vary, in Budva
  • What: Music festival featuring top international stars. Voted the best European medium-sized festival.

Mimosa Festival – Herceg Novi

  • When & Where: February in Herceg Novi
  • What: Celebrates the mimosa tree. Includes wind orchestra performances, fish frying, masked balls, parades, and art exhibitions.

Podgorica’s Cultural Summer

  • When & Where: Summer in Podgorica
  • What: Features theater plays, movie nights, concerts, poet nights, folklore shows, ballet dancing performances, and more.

FIAT – Festival of the International Alternative Theaters – Podgorica

  • When & Where: Dates vary, in Podgorica.
  • What: Gathers troupes from South East Europe and showcases alternative theater performances.

Summer in the Old Royal Capital – Cetinje

  • When & Where: Mid-June to late July in Cetinje
  • What: Features folklore exhibitions, chivalry games, concerts, author nights, opera, book promotions, theater plays, and more.

Lim Regatta – Bijelo Polje

  • When & Where: End of May or beginning of June
  • What: Rafting event over 130 kilometers on the Lim river. It gathers rafters, nature lovers, and tourists from around the world.

All these events showcase the rich cultural and traditional heritage of Montenegro, offering visitors a unique experience of the country’s vibrant festivities. Learn more details and specifics about these and other events and festivals here

Engaging with Locals: Tips and Etiquette

Montenegrins are known for their warmth and hospitality. If you’re invited into someone’s home, it’s customary to bring a small gift. And a simple “Hvala” (Thank you) can go a long way in building rapport with the locals. 

Remember, Montenegro is a melting pot of cultures, and respecting local customs and traditions will enhance your travel experience manifold. Dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious sites, is appreciated.

Safe Accommodation For Single Women In Montenegro

Whether you’re a budget backpacker or a luxury seeker, Montenegro offers a plethora of accommodation options for the female solo traveler to choose from. 

Finding the perfect home base in Montenegro is crucial for a memorable and safe trip. Whether you’re looking for the social atmosphere of a hostel, the local charm of a guesthouse, or the indulgence of a luxury stay, the key is to do a bit of research beforehand. 

Before checking in, it’s always a good idea to confirm your booking, understand the check-in/check-out timings, and be aware of any additional charges or local taxes. 

Remember, a well-chosen accommodation not only provides a place to rest but also enhances your overall travel experience in Montenegro.

A marina hotel in Montenegro with boats docked in front, perfect for solo female travelers.

Hostels in Montenegro

  • Pros: Budget-friendly, great for meeting fellow travelers, often located in central areas.
  • Cons: Less privacy, shared facilities, can be noisy.

Guesthouses in Montenegro

  • Pros: Personalized service, home-cooked meals, gives a glimpse into local life.
  • Cons: Might not have all modern amenities, locations can vary.

Luxury Stays in Montenegro

  • Pros: Top-notch amenities, high standards of safety and comfort, often come with spa and wellness facilities.
  • Cons: Pricier, might feel less personal than smaller accommodations.

Of course, ‘luxury’ can be much more affordable in Montenegro for many travelers. Ultimately, when choosing your stay, the right choice often comes down to two concerns: budget and safety. Comfort is great, but never pick something that doesn’t feel right. 

Safety and Comfort: Making the Right Choice For Your Stay in Montenegro

When traveling solo, safety should always be a priority. Here are some tips to ensure you make the right accommodation choice:

  • Research: Before booking, read reviews on platforms like TripAdvisor or Booking.com. Fellow travelers’ experiences can give you a good idea of what to expect.
  • Location: Stay in well-lit areas, preferably close to tourist attractions or transport hubs. This reduces the need to navigate unfamiliar streets late at night.
  • Check-in: Always inform someone, maybe a friend or family member, about your accommodation details. It’s a good safety net.
  • Trust Your Gut: If something feels off about a place, trust your instincts. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Packing Essentials for Women Tourists in Montenegro

A woman with a straw hat is checking off items from The Ultimate Packing List for Solo Female Travelers as she puts her suitcase on the bed.

Packing for a trip can be a daunting task. Let’s take out some of the guess work, with some Montenegro-specific Packing Tips: 

  • Currency: While Montenegro is part of Europe, it’s not in the European Union. The country uses the Euro, so ensure you have some cash on hand for small expenses. ATMs are widely available, but it’s always good to be prepared.
  • Plug Adapters: Montenegro uses the standard European plug (Type C and F). If you’re coming from outside Europe, you might need an adapter.
  • Language Basics: While many Montenegrins speak English, especially in tourist areas, it’s always appreciated when you try a few local phrases. Consider packing a small phrasebook or downloading a language app.

Essential Items for Safety and Convenience in Montenegro

  • Personal Alarm: A small personal alarm can be a lifesaver. It’s loud, draws attention, and can deter potential threats.
  • Portable Charger: With all the picturesque landscapes, you’ll be snapping photos non-stop. A portable charger ensures your phone never runs out of juice.
  • Water Purification Tablets: While tap water is generally safe to drink, if you’re venturing into remote areas, these can come in handy.
  • Travel Insurance Details: Always have a copy of your travel insurance details, both digital and physical. It’s one of those things you hope you never need, but it’s invaluable when you do.

Seasonal Considerations

  1. Summer (June to August): Think light and breathable. Pack summer dresses, shorts, and T-shirts. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and a good SPF sunscreen. And of course, beachwear is a must if you’re hitting the coast.
  2. Autumn (September to November): This is when the weather starts to cool, especially in the evenings. Layering is key. Pack light sweaters, long-sleeve tops, and a light jacket.
  3. Winter (December to February): If you’re heading to the mountains, it’s going to be chilly. Think warm jackets, scarves, gloves, and thermal wear. If you’re planning to ski, pack accordingly.
  4. Spring (March to May): The weather begins to warm up, but there can still be occasional showers. A light waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes for walking, and a mix of short and long-sleeved clothing are ideal.

Challenges on the Road: Overcoming Common Tourist Hurdles in Montenegro

Traveling comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when you’re a woman, and especially (especially) when you’re solo. From language barriers to cultural faux pas, the journey can sometimes feel like an obstacle course. 

So if you’re thinking about booking your tickets to Montenegro, here are some of the challenges you can expect to face — along with how to overcome them. 

Dealing with Language Barriers

  • Learn Basic Phrases: A simple “Dobar dan” (Good day) or “Hvala” (Thank you) can work wonders. It not only helps in basic communication but also shows locals that you’re making an effort.
  • Tech to the Rescue: Language translation apps like Google Translate or Duolingo can be lifesavers. Download the Montenegrin language pack for offline use, and you’re good to go.
  • Body Language: When words fail, gestures speak. A smile, a nod, a point in the right direction – sometimes, that’s all you need. Just be mindful of cultural differences in non-verbal communication.
A solo female traveler in Montenegro holding up a smartphone with a sign up form on it.
A simple translating app can make a world of difference when travelling, but don’t forget the power of a smile and simple body language, too!

Navigating Cultural Nuances

  • Dress Appropriately: Montenegro is a blend of cultures, and while it’s generally liberal, it’s always respectful to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Punctuality Matters: Montenegrins value punctuality. If you’ve made plans or have a reservation, ensure you’re on time.
  • Hospitality Overload: Montenegrins are known for their warmth and hospitality. If you’re invited for a meal or coffee, it’s polite to accept, even if it’s just for a short while. Remember, it’s about the gesture, not the duration.

Personal Growth and the Rewards of Solo Travel

Solo travel pushes you out of your comfort zone. Embrace it. Every challenge, be it missing a bus or getting lost, is a lesson in resilience and adaptability.

Traveling alone gives you ample time for introspection. Use this time to reflect, set goals, and reconnect with yourself.

And celebrate small wins.  Managed to order a meal in Montenegrin? Navigated your way through a local market? Celebrate these moments. They’re milestones in your solo travel journey.

Travel Tips and Tricks: Making the Most of Your Trip

Finally, as with any travel adventure, a little planning and some insider tips will elevate your experience in Montenegro from good to absolutely unforgettable. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first-time solo traveler, these nuggets of wisdom will ensure you make the most of your Montenegrin escapade.

First and foremost, for a true taste of Montenegro, visit local markets. They offer fresh produce, local delicacies, and handmade crafts. They’re also a great place to interact with locals and practice your bargaining skills.

Don’t be shy. Engaging with locals can provide a wealth of information not found in guidebooks. Consider using apps like Tandem or HelloTalk to connect with locals who want to practice English. They can offer insights, recommendations, and might even show you around.

And of course, while it’s good to have a plan, sometimes the best experiences are unplanned. Stay flexible with your itinerary and be open to changes. You might discover a hidden gem or get invited to a local event.

Best Times to Visit Montenegro

We’re all looking for something a little different when we travel. Here’s what to know about the seasons before blocking off time in your calendar. 

Spring (March to May): As the snow melts and flowers bloom, Montenegro comes alive in a riot of colors. The weather is pleasant, and the tourist rush is yet to peak, making it an ideal time for leisurely exploration.

Summer (June to August): This is peak tourist season, especially along the coast. Expect sunny days, vibrant festivals, and bustling beaches. If you’re a fan of water sports or beach lounging, this is your time.

Autumn (September to November): The crowds thin, and the landscapes take on a golden hue. The weather remains warm, especially in the southern parts, making it perfect for hiking and outdoor activities.

Winter (December to February): The coastal areas remain mild, but the mountains transform into winter wonderlands. If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, head to the northern regions.

A solo female traveler photographing swans on a frozen lake in winter

Budgeting and Managing Expenses: 3 Tips To Save Money in Montenegro

Few and far between are the travelers who don’t have to keep a careful eye on their budgets. Here are three ways to keep yours in check. 

  1. Plan Ahead: While Montenegro is more affordable than many European destinations, costs can add up. Research accommodation, transportation, and activity costs in advance to set a realistic budget.
  2. Eat Local: Montenegrin cuisine is not only delicious but also pocket-friendly. Local bakeries, markets, and “konobas” (traditional taverns) offer authentic experiences without breaking the bank.
  3. Use Public Transport: Buses and trains are an economical way to traverse the country. Plus, they offer a chance to mingle with locals and soak in the scenic beauty.

Leverage Technology for a Smoother Solo Experience

We highly recommend you arm yourself with the following tools for your solo trip to Montenegro or anywhere else in the Balkans. 

  • Offline Maps: Apps like Maps.me or Google Maps allow you to download maps for offline use. Essential for those remote Montenegrin adventures!
  • Currency Converters: Keep track of your expenses and get real-time conversion rates with apps like XE Currency or Currency Converter.
  • Local Apps: Consider downloading local transportation or event apps. They often have up-to-date schedules, ticket booking options, and local tips.
  • Local SIM Card: Consider getting a local SIM card for better internet connectivity and to make local calls. It’s relatively cheap and can be a lifesaver in emergencies.

Conclusion: Reflecting On Your Montenegrin Adventure

Montenegro is more than just a travel destination; it’s a journey of self-discovery. As a solo female traveler, every winding road and historic town in this Balkan beauty offers a chance to learn, grow, and connect.

A solo female traveler standing barefoot on a log in a mountain lake in  Montenegro.

Traveling alone here isn’t just about the places you’ll see, but the moments you’ll experience. From the challenge of ordering a local dish to the joy of an unexpected friendship, Montenegro provides countless opportunities for personal growth.

The true magic of solo travel in Montenegro lies in its transformative power. If you’re considering a solo trip to Montenegro, go for it. Embrace the adventure, enjoy the unexpected, and let the journey shape you. Safe travels!

related Questions For Balkan Travel & Backpacking

Can you get around Montenegro without a car?

Yes, Montenegro has a reliable public transportation system, including buses and trains, that connect major cities and tourist destinations.

Is Montenegro safe to travel alone?

Yes, Montenegro is generally safe for solo travelers, including women. However, as with any destination, it’s essential to take standard safety precautions.

Is the Balkans safe for American tourists?

Yes, the Balkans are safe for American tourists. Many travelers visit the region without any issues. Always stay informed about local customs and exercise common travel safety practices.

What is the friendliest country in the Balkans?

The Balkans is known for its hospitality, and each country has its charm. However, many travelers often praise Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia for their exceptionally warm and welcoming locals.

Is Croatia good for solo female travel?

Yes, Croatia is a popular destination for solo female travelers. It’s known for its safety, beautiful coastline, and historic cities. As always, solo travelers should take standard precautions, especially at night.

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