Petrovac na Moru
Petrovac na Moru Travel Blog› entry 24 of 35 › view all entries
We had stayed 4 great days in Klek which was really relaxing; the place was calm and the people were all really friendly. We said goodbye to the family that had hosted us in their apartment house.
We drove the coast road and past Dubrovnik yet again. We passed Dubrovnik airport and had an airplane landing just above our car; the airport was used a lot based on all the cars parked on the parking lot.
The road down to Montenegro was almost empty besides two French mobilhomes who were heading the same way. The road moved away from the coast but we were still driving with mountains to the left all the way. We passed lot of sites where the Romans had settled more that 2000 years before and which this region is very rich of.
The border control was more crowded than all of the former ones we had passed and especially the road in to Croatia. We saw a lot of discussion with foreigners entering Croatia so we could anticipate some time at the border if we would chose that way back again.
For us passing the Croatian part was easy and 2km further down the road we had the entry border of Montenegro. Before showing our passport we had to pay an environmental tax of 10 euro to get in. I found that fair if the money would preserve some of the unspoiled areas of the country. The passport control was thorough as usual every time we pass; driving a car with Belgian license plates and handing in both a Danish and an Estonian passport. For the first time on this journey they stamped our passport which we about due to a lack of stamps when we entered Bosnia on our way to Mostar.
The northern part of Montenegro seemed poorer out than the Croatia we just came from. We had decided that we would follow the coastline in Montenegro at least down to Budva which should be a city with a sandy beach. After some 30km drive we entered the fantastic bay which at the beginning seemed small, but actually sent us out on an at least 40km ride.
The bay was awesome with mountains stretching some 1000 meters straight up and directly down in to the water. We had to stop a few places to enjoy the scenery, especially where they had two small islands with each their monastery or church on.
At the city of Kotor the traffic blocked completely, due to its main attraction being the enormous castle which looked like it was spray painted on the mountain.
We followed the main road to Budva leaving the coast for some 15 min before reentering the coastline. The view here was even more spectacular than in Croatia. The Coast Mountains were higher and more rough and the scenery therefore more beautiful. Around one mountain curve Budva appeared in front of us. It was larger than we had expected and also much more touristic. The beach was crowded with beach chairs so decided to travel further down the coast towards Bar and see if could find a place less noisy.
After some 20km more we came to Petrovac which from the coast road seemed to have a nice beach. We found also this city crowded with tourists but we wanted to stop and settle down for a couple of days and do our future road trips from one point. In the guide I had read that the Hotel Danica should be a nice hotel to stay at, so we went there and were lucky that they had a room for us.
The room was nice and cold, facing the city but situated at the far northern corner of the city. This corner was the quietest one we discovered later and that was nice.
According to the guide of Montenegro that I had bought this was a quiet little bay village with a nice beach and this might had been the case some years back. Today Petrovac is a very touristic charter city mainly populated with Russian tourists which even influenced the kitchen in some of the restaurants on the beach promenade.
There is no doubt that this a beautiful little place but it has to my point been destroyed by mass tourism and especially by noisy music pounding of the beach at daytime and live playing butter tenors singing like My way live at night. The promenade and some of the houses in the first row towards the water have some charm if you can manage to get a glance of it.
The scenery of the city if you from above which we did on our drive the capitol of Podgorica is spectacular. We parked the car some 800 meters above the city and from here it was very picturesque. But even the scenery at the end points of the beach promenade was truly wonderful with a little island in front of the bay and some wonderful cliff formations entering the turquoise water.