A Beginner’s Guide to Cycling in Montenegro

by | Jun 28, 2024

The Evolution of Cycling in Travel

Cycling has evolved from a simple mode of transportation to a popular form of travel, offering a unique way to explore destinations around the world. In recent years, cycling holidays have surged in popularity, especially in regions with diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage (at least, the pandemic helped in something)! We couldn’t be happier about it as this trend aligns perfectly with 3E Travel’s philosophy: Explore, Experience, and Enjoy.

If you are a cycling enthusiast willing to spend a cycling holiday in Montenegro, we are sure this article will help you plan your trip better and give you valuable insights about Montenegro, our hidden gem in the Adriatic.

Montenegro: A Natural Treasure for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Montenegro, a wild beauty in the Western Balkans, boasts a stunning array of natural treasures. This tiny country of only 13.812 km2 in surface, has 5 national parks, numerous nature parks, stunning lakes, rivers, the Adriatic Sea, and amazingly hospitable people. From the rugged mountain peaks (which cover 85% of its surface, #funfact) to the serene beaches of the Adriatic coast, this small but mighty country offers a perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures.

The vibrant culture and warm locals further enhance the experience, making Montenegro an ideal destination for your vacation in general.

But, why do we consider Montenegro perfect for cycling enthusiasts?

Firstly, whether you’re cycling through lush forests, along breathtaking coastal roads, or past ancient villages, Montenegro’s diverse landscapes promise an unforgettable journey.

Secondly, it is a perfectly safe place where you can feel at home. All the locals will be there to give you information, even if they don’t speak any foreign language, they will make their way to explain to you all that you need to know.

Thirdly, this tiny place on Earth has so many marked cycling trails passing through the stunning landscapes. Our team is always there for you to help you understand which trails are the best for your cycling level and the type of bicycle that you are having.

Going on a cycling holiday, but travelling without your bike? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Check it out here.

Cycling in Montenegro: Exploring the Trails

Montenegro is criss-crossed with numerous cycling trails that cater to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cyclist, you’ll find routes that challenge and inspire you. In Montenegro, you can find national top cycling trails, followed by regional, local, panoramic and cultural routes. Every of these is perfectly marked with GPS coordinates and it makes it super-easy for your first visit to Montenegro or your first ride to that specific trail.

Here are the top 5 cycling trails of Montenegro to consider, if you are an experienced cyclist who prefers mountain bike riding:

  1. Salty and Sweet: Spanning 629 km, this regional trail offers a mix of asphalt and macadam surfaces, making it ideal for those seeking a challenging yet scenic route.
  2. North Discoveries: This 390 km trail provides a diverse cycling experience across asphalt and macadam paths. It’s well-signed, ensuring cyclists can navigate the route with ease.
  3. Eastern Enchantment: Covering 305 km, this trail includes asphalt, macadam, and path sections, offering a varied and enchanting ride through East Montenegro regions.
  4. Endless Landscapes: Stretching 416 km, this trail showcases the stunning landscapes surrounding Podgorica, with a mix of asphalt and macadam surfaces.
  5. The Stories By The Water: At 237 km, this trail offers a beautiful ride along water, combining asphalt and macadam paths for a serene cycling experience.

And here is the list of the 3E Travel tour selection, in case wish to embark on a cycling holiday.

Guided or Self-Guided Cycling Holiday – the Question is Now

At 3E Travel, we offer both – guided and self-guided cycling tours in Montenegro.

Guided tours provide the perfect blend of adventure and security, with experienced guides leading the way and sharing their knowledge of the region. If you are a first-time visitor or you simply feel secure on your travels when accompanied by our professional guides, 3E Travel Tours can definitely meet your needs. Just get in touch with us.

Self-guided tours, on the other hand, offer the freedom to explore at your own pace while still benefiting from our logistical support and professional gear, available to you 24/7. Remember, whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy a well-organised and enriching experience.

Here is a hint on the advantages of the Self-guided tours for your Montenegro adventure:

  1. Flexibility and Freedom: You can start your day whenever you like, take breaks whenever you need, and spend as much time as you want at each location. This flexibility is perfect for travellers who enjoy exploring without the limitations of a fixed itinerary.
  2. Personalised Experience: Whether you want to spend more time in a particular region, explore specific areas, or follow a unique route, self-guided tours give you the freedom to customise your adventure.
  3. Cost-Effective: Self-guided tours can be more budget-friendly compared to guided tours. You can allocate your budget towards the experiences along the way, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious travellers.
  4. Enhanced Sense of Adventure: Navigating a new destination on your own, adds an element of adventure and discovery to your trip. It allows you to engage more deeply with the environment, sharpen your navigational skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of exploring independently.
  5. Intimate and Private: Self-guided tours offer a more private experience, perfect for couples, families, or solo travellers who prefer a more intimate exploration without the presence of a larger group.
  6. Immersive Local Experience: Traveling independently often means you’ll have more opportunities to interact with locals and experience the culture firsthand. You can stop at local cafes, chat with residents, and immerse yourself in the day-to-day life of Montenegro.
  7. Support and Safety: Despite being independent, self-guided tours provided by 3E Travel come with full support. You’ll receive detailed maps, GPS trackers, and a comprehensive information package. Plus, you’ll have access to a 24/7 emergency hotline, ensuring help is always just a phone call away.

Whether you’re cycling through Montenegro’s scenic trails or its rugged mountains, a self-guided tour offers a rewarding and unforgettable adventure. Explore our tours at this link.

Suitcase Necessities

Packing the right essentials can make or break your cycling holiday. Here are a few must-haves, in our opinion:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during long rides. As taking care of nature is our focus, reusable bottles are always a better choice for your refreshments.
  • Insect Repellent: Protect yourself from insects, particularly when cycling through wooded or rural areas. Montenegro is rich in lush nature at every step of the way, and the period from April to October always comes with buzzing companions.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Layered clothing suitable for varying weather conditions is a warm recommendation. Montenegro’s climate is from Mediterranean to continental and even in the middle of the summer you will need an extra layer of clothes on refreshing, misty, mountainous mornings and fresh summer nights.
  • Cycling Gear: Helmet, gloves, and other protective gear you can bring with you in case you have enough space in your suitcase. But don’t worry if you don’t as the 3E Travel team got you covered! Check it out here.

Useful Contacts and Information

Safety is paramount when embarking on a cycling adventure with us (but, it should be the case in general). Here are some useful contacts and information to keep in mind, while cycling through Montenegro:

  • Emergency Services: Dial 124 for emergencies or our hotline available to you 24/7, in case you are on our self-guided tour.
  • Local Police: Dial 122 if you want to reach out to the nearest police station. We suggest you familiarise yourself with local laws and regulations regarding cycling beforehand. If you need our help, let us know.
  • Tourism Info: The local travel tax is paid daily in Montenegro and it varies from city to city. The maximum amount per day is 1.5 € per person. Local tourist offices can provide additional support and information and our team can assist you with all the logistics in Montenegro.

Why Choose 3E Travel for Your Cycling Holiday in Montenegro?

At 3E Travel, we’re passionate about unlocking the hidden gems of the Western Balkans for you. Not only in Montenegro, but we take you on hiking and cycling holidays around the Western Balkans (including Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania and Kosovo).

Our team’s experience, professionalism, and top-notch equipment ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling holiday. Working closely with over 200 local partners, we craft tours that reflect your interests and desires. Our commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism practices ensures that our tours benefit local communities and preserve the region’s natural beauty.

Join us at 3E Travel and discover why we’re the best choice for cycling in Montenegro. Explore the diverse landscapes, experience the vibrant culture, and enjoy an unforgettable adventure with our 3E mantra – Explore, Experience and Enjoy!


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