(If you haven’t already read my ‘Things You Should do in Kotor Montenegro” you can by clicking here!!)
Niksic is the second largest city in Montenegro, and another place I had never heard about until maybe two days before I arrived. Contrary to Kotor, there isn’t really much to see or do in Niksic which is probably why no one knows about it. Usually people just pass through for a night or so on their way to either the capital, Podgorica, or to go rafting in the canyon. Even the closest tourist sight, Ostrog Monestary, is kilometers away by train.
So why did we even go to Niksic? Sometimes we travel to see amazing things: the Colosseum in Rome, the golden sands of the Sahara Desert, ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico , or centuries-old Buddhist temples in Thailand. And sometimes we travel to live life just as everyone else does, enjoying the simple things. For me, this is the most important aspect of long-term travel because if every day was camel riding in the Sahara, ‘d never appreciate those moments with the same grandeur.
Niksic was the epitome of simple life, but no less special than other places I’ve traveled. The town center is small but lively, lined with bars and cafes, and filled with the sounds of laughter and singing. The meat filled ‘burek’ pastries are exceptional, and the soft-serve ice cream that Kathryn bought for me from a vendor was so sweet and cold it must have tasted like clouds.
Last but not least, we became friends with our Airbnb host Darko, who showed us the best of Niksic: kindness, natural beauty, and delicious coffee at the Blues Brothers bar his brother runs. The photos below are from our last day, when Darko and his brother drove our family to the nearby lakes, where they often swim and grill in the summer months.
Now we will continue our Eastern European travels into Belgrade, Serbia and Bulgaria. Thanks for reading and happy travels!