Wearing: 1/ Toby Heart Ginger playsuit, Matisse sandals (similar here), Jennifer Zeuner Mini Eye & Hamsa Necklace. 2/ Zara jumpsuit (Similar on Asos here), Sam Edelman studded sandals, Boater Hat from boutique in Soho NYC (similar here). 3/ Marysia Swim scalloped bikini top and bottoms.
From the moment I arrived in Budva’s Old Town, looking down each cobblestone alleyway or from the view points across the sea, I was asking myself why I had not been to Montenegro years ago.
We visited Budva with their tourism board to experience this beautiful seaside city as well as exploring some of the country. I had absolutely no idea what to expect as so few of my friends had travelled there before and was blown away by the clearest sea I’ve ever seen in Europe lined with a backdrop of mountain ranges. Budva is a summer holiday destination for many Russians and Europeans (we mostly overheard German and Polish), but I am so happy that more Australian’s are starting to put Montenegro on their maps.
We explored the isle of Sveti Stefan, Przno for a seafood seaside lunch and Almara Beach for swimming. Of course our highlight was something that could not be photographed properly (except for a few sneaky Instagrams); white water rafting down the Tara River between Montenegro and Bosnia. This will go down as one of my favourite experiences from all of my travels that truly cannot be explained, only experienced first hand. It was vitalising to be immersed in the canyon’s lush greenery and the freezing, rushing water of the river and waterfalls.
Another personal favourite moment was being invited to a family dinner with locals. Located in a village up in the mountains with sweeping views of sunset over Budva’s coastline, we shared an evening eating an array of Montenegrin delicacies (baked fresh fish and my favourite dessert Ravanija) with dozens of welcoming family members. Their hospitality was so genuine that it had us feeling like a home away from home.
Photos by myself and James Thompson