After spending time around the mountains, it was time to get to the sea shore. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Kotor on the Mediterranean Sea. We arrived in the evening and found the apartment we had reserved. The price was incredibly cheap and the place was great. We payed about 25 € per night for two persons at Apartments Residence Portofino.
The apartment was a few kilometres away from the city center and the only inconvenient thing was walking in the dark on the really narrow road with cars driving past you really fast. It was a beautiful evening and the lights on the medieval fortification walls looked great in the dark.
It was almost full moon and the the bay of Kotor was completely calm. So it took us a long time to walk back to the apartment. Luckily Henna is always really patient waiting for me to stop and take pictures everywhere.
The next morning we woke up to a wonderful sunrise. The picture is taken just outside our apartment on a small dock. While I was there taking photos, an older gentleman approached me from a nearby house. We started talking and it turned out this man had been working in Finland for years as a sea captain. He still remembered how punctual and well-run everything in Finland was. The only thing he didn’t appreciate so much was the weather. 🙂 He was now retired and was living here in Kotor. It was nice to talk to the man and hear what he tought about Finland and many other things.
We spent the day walking around the city and in the old town. This is the fortification wall on the sea level.
For a small fee you could walk along the fortification walls. It was pretty steep walking up, but the views were great. Of course at some point we managed to find another path going down, which no one else was using. It wasn’t in good condition, but we managed to get down and to the other side of the old town in one piece. The clouds started to get darker and just as we were back down it started raining. We escaped inside a restaurant to have something to eat and the rain stopped soon after that.
Kotor was a really nice place to visit for a couple of days. Although it rained a bit, we were still lucky with the weather. Propably in the summer it is packed with tourists, so it is not so peaceful.
After a few days in Zabljak we continued our trip. Our next destination was Kotor on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. We decided to drive along the Tara River Canyon.
We drove past the place where we started our rafting trip. The first place where we stopped was this forest just by the road. These were one of the biggest pine trees I have ever seen!
The light was beautiful in the forest. I am really glad we stopped and found the place! We could have stayed much longer to take pictures.
Our next stop was Biogradska Gora National Park. It was just 15 minutes up the road to this beautiful lake. We really liked the autumn colors here.
The lake was calm and with all the leaves it looked magical. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do any of the hikes, because we still had a long drive ahead. Maybe we will be able to come back to this place at some point.
On the way we stopped at a monastery and drove through Podgorica. We reached the coast of the Mediterranean Sea at Budva. It was a warm and beautiful day. Too bad we had to sit in the car for most of the day!
The coast was stunning and it really felt like it was summer. We drove to the city of Kotor and stayed there for a couple of days. I’ll write more about that in the next post.
We enjoyed doing small hikes in the Durmitor National Park, but we wanted to get on the water as well. Although we had our own whitewater kayaks in our van, we decided to book a rafting trip. We didn’t know the river and where unsure of the level of difficulty. So Aljoša helped us to book a tour with a local company. We were picked up from the house and drove for about an hour to the Tara River Gorge. We joined a group of Israelis on the river.
The weather forecast was a bit unstable for the day, but as we got to the starting place it was sunny!
The river level was pretty low, but the autumn colors on the river were beautiful.
The rapids were class II-III. I had a chance to take some pictures with my waterproof camera.
It was very nice and relaxing floating on the mellow parts of the river. We were glad that we decided to book the trip.
After the trip we had a nice lunch at the rafting center and on the way back we stopped at the bridge crossing the canyon.
I heard there is a 70 kilometer section of the river you can kayak. There are places for camping on the way. I think that would be a great whitewater trip at some point. So I think we need to get back to this place at some point!
After our stay in Bosnia & Herzegovina we headed to Montenegro and to the city of Zabljak. It is located right by the Durmitor National Park. We stayed at Šepić Accommodation, which was a great place! Aljoša and his mother run the place and we got a lot of ideas and instructions from them. And I also recommend having the breakfast, which was really good.
We came to Zabljak in the afternoon and didn’t have too much time, so we headed to Crno Jezero Lake. It was just a few kilometres from where we stayed. There was a nice path going around the lake and we managed to walk around just before it got dark.
Aljoša gave us instructions on getting to the lookout spot above the Tara River Canyon. It wasn’t a long way, but it took us a long time. I had to stop to take pictures all the time.
The Tara River Gorge is a really spectacular place. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, 1300 metres deep at the deepest part.
In October the tourist season is already over, but we were still amazed that there were no other people here.
It was very silent and peaceful. I really recommend visiting this place. Too bad we didn’t have more time to explore the Durmitor National Park.
On the way back we stopped at another lookout spot. There were skiing slopes here and a lift. Maybe we need to come back here some day and do some downhill skiing. Aljoša told us that it is mostly local people during the winter, but the slopes looked good. So maybe there is potential here. And the prices are cheap!
In Zabljak we also went whitewater rafting on the Tara River. I’ll write more about that in my next post!