Day 8 of your Montenegro road trip is a thrilling adventure filled with epic roads, delicious food, and heart-expanding views.
Drive the Sedlo Route: P14 Žabljak – Trsa – Plužine
Prepare yourself for one of the most beautiful drives in all Montenegro. You’ll begin the day by driving the Sedlo Pass Route from Žabljak to Piva Lake. The route winds through the heart of Durmitor National Park, passing a treeless paradise where the mountains take center stage. At the beginning of the route, you can stop for coffee in the cozy cabin Konoba Lomni Do.
There are a number of trailheads located along the P14 route. If you get an early start, you could potentially hike to Mount Prutaš or even Skrka Lakes Valley from Todorov Do. Mount Prutaš looks like a 20-layered deli-sandwich flipped on its side. It’s a beautiful site from the road, but we’re sorry we didn’t get a chance to summit it. If you decide to squeeze in one more hike, it would be better to overnight around Plužine and save the drive to Kotor for the next day.
Eat Lunch in Plužine
The route ends at Piva Lake. Cross the lake and have lunch in the town Plužine. We recommend eating at Restoran Sočica, a lovely restaurant with ample outdoor seating. From Plužine, the drive continues to the underwhelming lake Slansko.
We decided to drive around lake Slansko and take P15, followed by P23, to the town Njeguši, before descending into Kotor. This segment of the drive is long and windy, so if you’re already feeling tired, you might want to navigate to Kotor via P11. The pros of taking the long windy route to Njeguši was the opportunity to eat the regionally famous – which really should be globally famous – Njeguški pršut (smoked ham) and Njeguški sir (smoked cheese). After a very enjoyable break here, we continued the drive to Kotor.
Drive the Serpentine Road to Kotor
The drive to Kotor from Njeguši is a steep hairpin road known as the Serpentine Kotor Road. We arrived at the top of the road at golden hour, that time of day when the landscapes soften to pastel tones and the sun makes its final act. There are many lookout points and opportunities to stop to enjoy the view along the way.
Stay in Kotor
Budget | Apartments Nadja is a spacious and comfortable apartment-complex in the town of Orahvoac, which is situated between Kotor (10 min drive) and Perast (5 min drive). Make sure to get a room with a balcony!
Mid-range | Apartments Residence Portofino is a gorgeous accommodation in Kotor with an outdoor pool overlooking Kotor Bay. Views are phenomenal.
Luxury | Hotel Casa del Mare – Amfora, located in Orahvoac, is described as heaven on earth. With a small private beach, free breakfast, on-site restaurant and tastefully designed rooms, Hotel Casa del Mare is the ultimate vacation choice.
Look for accommodation in Kotor.
You can also stay in Perast, Orahvoac, and Prčanj. All of these towns are located close to each other along the Bay of Kotor.