So here I am – Bar, Montenegro.
I didn’t really plan to come here, but I simply told the Serbian-speaking officer at Uzice (Serbia) that I wish to go to Montenegro, mistakenly thinking that I’ll get to see the famous Mala Rijeka Viaduct along the Belgrade-Bar railway trail. (Tip: there are a few different trails from Serbia to Montenegro, so before you book a ticket – check to see that it actually goes through the famous bridge.)
Anyway, I met such amazing people here and shared such great memories with the locals that I had to pay back some Karma and give these guys some publicity.
After looking a bit for accommodation in Bar Montenegro at HostelWorld.com, I was actually looking for Filip Apartment – but ended up reaching Apartmani Filipovic instead – and couldn’t be luckier. I had amazing days in this place, mostly thanks to the human material inside and around it.
The owner is quite a character, and beside driving me to the main attraction of the city (‘Stari Grad’) and inviting me for beer – he invited me to stay for two more nights for free when I told him that I intend to leave to Albania. “Present from me” he said. He might seem a little bit aggressive at first – but his means are purely goodhearted. He’s really funny, helpful and happy to assist with anything you might need.
Outside the ‘apartmani’, you’ll have a great fruits and vegetables stall run by an amazingly friendly couple. The wife even named me ‘not-full-size’ when I told her that I’m from Israel – and thus have been circumcised at birth. All in good spirit of course. They have great prices (cheapest ones you’ll find in Bar probably), and these local people will more than love to help you.
Now, just 50m from Apartmani Filipovic – you’ll find an awesome and very reasonably priced local restaurant….
I was eating there for 4 or 5 times during my stay, and the surprising amazement never stopped seizing me. Every meal is a piece of art. The staff are extremely friendly – and just as important – the prices are great. You can get a huge meal for 5 to 10 euro, including everything you’ll need. Look at my meals there -
By the way, from what I understood out of the locals – Montenegro has no money for ‘western-farming-substances’, and all the meat there is local produce – organic, grass-fed, free-roaming, and overally properly raised. It’s very tasty, and I find it much more ethical than the western counterparts.
This Apartami Filipovic-Restoran Mimoza makes a great combo, as they are just around 50m far away from each other. If you’re coming to any of the two – please send them best regards from ‘the Israeli guy’, and they might even give you a better price. You’ll have a great time, guaranteed.
To find the places, forget about addresses – just ask a local or a taxi driver where Restoran Mimoza is. It seems to be a pretty famous place there, and from there just walk up the road and you’ll see Apartmani Filipovic. Check out the website of Apartmani Filipovic, you can see some photos from the place and even book your stay in advance through the site.
Bar, Montenegro: Things to See & Do
Bar is a nice tiny coastal town in western Montenegro. You can easily walk the whole city – it’s really that small. No need for a vehicle. Beside the cool beaches, you have the famous ‘Stari Grad’ (old town of Bar) close by (you’ll need a taxi), King Nikola’s Palace, a nice church (Church of Saint Jovan Vladimir, currently under construction Sept.2012), and you can always hop to the near Sutomore beaches – which are considered superior by the local Montenegrin.
You can also pay something like 10 euros and go on a day boat tour covering all of the western coastline of Montenegro – including the famous Budva. I haven’t done it – but it looks pretty nice.
For me, the town was very chilled and relaxed and I mainly stayed there to get some productivity done on my internet business, but I could certainly understand people who go there for a little bit more than that.
p.s – almost forgot – the town is proud of a tree that is claimed to be the oldest living olive tree in the world. It’s very close to the old town (Stari Grad), so you might want to check it out. Overall, for me the main things to see in this city was the beach and the amazing mountains that surround it. The view is spectacular.