Montenegro or Croatia? automatic translate
These South-Central European countries on the Adriatic Sea are very similar, and they are united, first of all, by one thing - the purest azure sea, mild climate, beautiful nature and excellent sun. But there are differences. What are they?
Croatia is a resort that Montenegro could potentially become in the future - but so far it has not grown to the level of its Adriatic neighbor. Just because tourism in Croatia began to develop much earlier than in Montenegro, and here - in the country’s resort infrastructure - a much larger amount of investment has already flowed, in particular from Germany - among Germans, Croatian resorts are highly valued. In addition, while the official religion in Montenegro is Orthodoxy, Croatia is a Catholic country, which facilitates the interaction of Croats and other Europeans.
Due to this, Croatia has long been mastered by travelers from European countries - from all parts of Europe, while Montenegro is still a country where mainly Russian-speaking tourists go to rest. This does not mean that there are no Russians in Croatia, of course, they are also everywhere here, but the Russian language here is drowned out by English and German, as well as Polish, Hungarian, Czech. Croatia is a very common resort among travelers from southern Europe.
That is why in Montenegro, Russians are treated not so much better, but more carefully than in Croatia, because it is the Russians who give impetus to the development of tourism in this country. In Croatia, Russians are only one of many nations that make resorts live in the country, so they don’t speak Russian, although you can be pleasantly surprised to look at some tour agencies where you can hear your native language. In addition, there are Russian-speaking guides. But in Croatia, you can pull up foreign languages, especially English or German - they are more common here than others.
Montenegro’s reputation as a destination for Russian tourists also has its reasons. When our compatriots began to discover this resort for themselves - and this happened in the end of the nineties of the last century - then Montenegro was still attached to Serbia. And when economic sanctions were imposed on the Serbs, they spread to the Montenegrins. Result: real estate in the country fell sharply, which made it possible for Russian tourists to start buying apartments for summer holidays there. All this has led to the fact that many compatriots spend the whole summer in Montenegro, or even live here all the time.
On the one hand, it is convenient: when arriving in Montenegro, it seems that, in fact, did not leave Russia, on the other hand, if you want a more European mood and environment, then it is better to go to Croatia. Because it is more difficult to pull up foreign languages in Montenegro - the majority of service personnel in hotels and restaurants in Montenegrin resorts - especially in Budva and Sveti Stefan - speaks Russian well, only a slight accent is heard.
Of course, due to the abundance of Russian tourists, and also because Montenegro is not yet as good as Croatia has recovered from the civil war, here you may have a feeling of “deja vu”. Imagine a country in some desolation, the gloomy architecture of the times of socialism has been preserved, and all the beaches are occupied by compatriots - doesn’t it resemble anything? Well, of course, memories from the Soviet past with its state resorts, where there is no hot water, then you will not be served at the level.
Therefore, lovers of comfort, close to the European level, and those who want to completely forget about their Soviet past - welcome to Croatia! Therefore, in Montenegro there is still a lot of reminder of the active construction of socialism in Yugoslavia. Of course, some of the country’s backwardness in the development of the resort infrastructure comes from the still inadequate flows of foreign investment directed to the resorts of Montenegro, but this may change in the coming years. Not immediately, but gradually, because recently more and more Europeans are turning their attention to this resort. Partly due to the beautiful nature and turquoise clean sea water, partly due to the economic crisis in the eurozone, which makes Europeans look for cheaper summer vacation options.
Indeed, in some aspects, Montenegro still remains a cheaper resort than Croatia. For example, life here - namely, restaurants and groceries in stores - is 10-15% lower than that of a neighbor. At the same time, those who are accustomed to using the euro when traveling around Europe, in this country, commodity-money relations will not be a hassle, since Montenegro has completely switched to the euro. As for Croatia, the national currency, the kuna, is in circulation, the exchange rate of which is regulated at the state level.
However, there is one subtlety. As for accommodation, it is purely economically advantageous, on the contrary, to go to Croatia - precisely because of the lack of tourist infrastructure in Montenegro. Greater housing supply in Croatia puts downward pressure on housing prices for tourists. In addition, the Dutch and the Germans, which are very numerous in Croatia, are traditionally economical nations and will never overpay. So the Croats have to moderate their appetites and reduce the price of rental apartments. A large offer in the housing market leads to the fact that you can rent an apartment here for a vacation even 2-3 weeks before the supposed trip.
And when traveling to Montenegro, especially in the area of Budva and Sveti Stefan, it is better to be concerned about the issue of living 2-3 months in advance. And get ready to pay a decent amount: a three-room apartment with windows overlooking the island of Sveti Stefan can cost more than 1,000 euros per week. At the same time, renting an apartment (with two bedrooms), located near the sea in the Croatian resort, will cost 800-900 euros per week.
The difference in housing prices, of course, is noticeable, but the decision should take into account the fact that in Croatia you can rarely find apartments in close proximity to a good beach. Therefore, lovers of a purely beach holiday need to take this circumstance into account.
It is also worth noting that those who are accustomed to the Turkish “all inclusive” system and who are not ready to independently obtain food and entertainment - it’s better not to go to either Croatia or Montenegro. Because there is no such service like in Turkey, there is waiting for you at a more modest level. That is why it is better not to go to the hotel, but to live autonomously - in a house or apartment, as most Europeans who rest on the Adriatic do.
Moreover, in both countries there is no shortage of entertainment for every taste. Here and active nightlife, and monuments of architecture and cultural heritage, and long walks on mountain trails - choose what you like best!
So, discovering the ancient cities of Croatia and its Byzantine architecture, you need to start with Dubrovnik. The charm of this city makes tourists plunge into the atmosphere that prevailed here for many centuries. Buildings built in the 12th century, with stone walls that previously surrounded the city, and cozy cafes nest in small alleys among medieval architecture. Drinking coffee while sitting in a nice little cafe is one popular pastime for travelers who have chosen Croatia as a place to rest.
Not far from Dubrovnik are picturesque old villages and the coast, which boasts numerous sandy and pebble beaches. The long coastline is dotted with moorings and promenades for holidaymakers - they should all be explored and explored. Beautiful architecture, good weather and mountainous landscape, as well as lakes, green forests and kilometers of coastline - it is difficult to find a reason not to come here to rest.
Restaurants and cafes are cheap here and there is a huge selection of local and international dishes. In addition, this area of the Adriatic Sea is a paradise for lovers of fish cuisine, because there are preparing more than 370 types of fish dishes. Of the meat dishes, the local specialty is chevapchichi - beef and pork cutlets with lots of spices. Almost every major resort on the Adriatic coast organizes its own summer festivals, there are various open-air concerts, night fishing and folk dance shows.
Montenegro is also an excellent option for lovers of long walks, thanks to its nature and remote authentic villages that blend harmoniously into the natural landscape. For romantics, this is the perfect place to get lost in the idyllic landscape and take a walk along the mountain paths.
Travelers’ favorite place for a beach holiday in Montenegro is Becici - it is a quiet place, both day and night, where you can make long promenades along the embankment and engage in various water sports, and then sit in street cafes with idyllic views of the sea, nestled among colorful trinkets shops.
Budva with its tiny coves and fun nightlife is just around the corner. This is the main tourist center of Montenegro, so here you will find everything: not only discos, shops, bars and even casinos, but also a large number of cultural attractions. The city was founded 2, 5 thousand years ago and is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.
Here you will find Sveti Stefan - a mini- “island”, which is connected to the mainland by a man-made isthmus - this is the favorite vacation spot of Hollywood stars who have enjoyed the hospitality of the Montenegrins for many years. At night, the embankment comes to life noticeably, which is facilitated by a large number of discos in the open air and bars with live music.
It is best to go to rest on the Adriatic in September, as the influx of tourists subsides by this time, traffic jams disappear from narrow streets, service and prices become more hospitable, and the weather continues to delight with the daily sun and mild climate. Where to go - to Croatia or Montenegro - is a matter of taste. If I had to travel around the Adriatic for the first time, then I would look at both countries in order to determine my preferences in the future and no longer be mistaken with the choice of a place of rest. So, miniature Montenegro can be traveled all - up and down - in just a week, and more ambitious Croatia can be watched gradually. If you enjoy it for the first time, you can return next year, but choose another resort to fill up the impressions about this country.