We had traveled to Croatia in 2014 and stayed on the islands of Bol and Pag. It was magnificent. For our 2016 holiday we decided to go where less tourists travel and explore Montenegro - which is just south of Croatia.
The Lonely Planet describes Montenegro as 'a slice of Adriatic heaven, bursting at the seams with majestic mountains and breath-taking beaches'. It wasn't wrong.
Above is one lunch I choose, of fresh seafood salad. Probably one of the most simple yet delicious meals I had whilst in Montenegro. Tons of fresh garlic and herbs, with lemon and olive oil. Perfect.
Like Croatia, Montenegro has visually some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen! The mountains meet the ocean and the ocean is crystal clear. We stayed near Rose on Lustica peninsula and then we drove north and stayed near Herceg Novi. During our stay we drove and explored many places, including visiting the old towns in Budva and Kotor. The old towns are spotlessly clean, white shiny cobbled pavements, with hidden bars and restaurants down many alleyways.
One thing I love to do is travel, however the most important thing for me on the holidays is that I am trying new and exciting foods and tasting beautiful local cuisines. Here I will show you a few of the amazing meals I ate when in Montenegro. Konoba is local for restaurant and we stopped at many small eateries.
Typical local food includes grilled meat skewers and grilled seafood. Salads are served on the side and are very inexpensive. The local wine is also very good. With Montenegro being across the water from Italy its climates are very similar. I tried many wines to rival Italy and also the new world wines of Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
In Montenegro and Croatia we ate and drank beautifully. We enjoyed a HUGE seafood platter overlooking the bay at Persat - the restaurant was at Hotel Conte.
Three very memorable dishes. The first one is a tuna carpaccio which we enjoyed at Forte Rose. The last one is also a seafood pasta which I choose at the same hotel. One of the most beautiful, tiny fishing villages with an insane restaurant perched on its Forte which juts out to sea. I love stumbling across hidden gems. Forte Rose is exactly that.
Second dish above is a shrimp and tuna carpaccio with shaved truffle. I wish I could eat this again and again and again... It was incredible. The flavour of the truffle was quite subtle and the carpaccio as thin as paper. We ate this in Port Montenegro over looking the gorgeous boats. Port Montenegro is certainly worth a visit - gorgeous shops if you feel like splurging., with many more wonderful restaurants and bars.
We stumbled across a bar on the way into Perast. There was music playing and the sun was setting - warm water for Hugo to swim in. Montenegro is simply stunning.
Below is the view from Persat and the dinner we enjoyed at the Conte hotel.
After our ten days in Montenegro we visited Dubrovnik. Which was huge and dramatic - it felt as if we were on a film set. I have never seen an old town like it. It was spectacular. Visit during the day and again later at night where the city if lit up and looks completely different.
In Dubrovnik we ate in 5 very memorable restaurants;
Proto Fish Restaurant in Dubrovnik - where the prawn truffle pasta blew us all away!
Restaurant Levanat - where we ate tapas style seafood dishes - divine.
Restaurant More - dining under the vines and stars we all enjoyed seafood and shared desserts. You also must visit the cave bar beneath.
Coral Beach Club I ate the most incredible beef and truffle carpaccio - very indulgent, my husband the steak and Hugo had the truffle and ham pasta.
Restaurant Zoe where we celebrated our close friends engagement.
Plus many more...
This holiday I definitely didn't go without and we enjoyed every mouthful I ate! I did fit in quite a few runs - not as much as I had liked but we all kept active. Montenegro and Croatia - some of the best meals I have ever ever eaten, I can't wait to return!!