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Bar is a gateway to gorgeous Montenegro

There's a European traveler's adage that says nowhere in Montenegro is ugly. Bar is a case in point. Despite being the nation's largest port, and the likely arrival spot for those hulking ferry connections across from Italy, it's still got a real swagger and style. It's divided between the stone-built church towers and Ottoman homes of older Stari Bar and a bustling new town along the coast. Bar vacation rentals in either will give you access to the golden beaches of Susanj, and glimpses of the rugged Dinaric Alps as they tower atop the glowing blue Adriatic.

On the seas and peaks of Bar

Share your time between the wild Dinaric Alps and the glowing sands of the Adriatic. The latter could be right on the doorstep if you've been lucky enough to bag one of the coveted Bar vacation rentals close to the beach, while the former lurk and loom over Stari Bar just to the east. From the port of Bar, you'll also be able to sort out scuba diving trips and boating tours to take you up and down the rugged Montenegrin coast. And in the old area you can organize guided street walks of the half-crumbling fortresses on the hillsides.

Bar's brilliant churches and ancient olive trees

Head to the Dinaric foothills to seek out the oldest treasures in Bar. There, between the ruined walls of the Stari Bar citadel, there's the spiked minaret of the Omerbasica Mosque and crumbling Byzantine churches from centuries gone by, all overlooked by the fabled heights of Rumija Mountain. On the streets leading back down to the Adriatic, you'll pass the Stara Maslina – it's said to be the oldest olive tree on the continent at a whopping 2,200 years. Back along the shores and the pretty Susanj beaches are a major magnet in the summer.

Bar shines in the summer

Bar might be just the gateway to the glitzy resorts of Budva and the Montenegrin Riviera but it still booms with thousands of visitors in the scorching summer months between June and August. That's when the weather is at its most reliable, when the sun is shining for most days, and the temperatures creep up to highs in the low 90s. If that sounds like your sort of environment for seeking out the beaches of Susanj and the Adriatic coves, be sure to book your Bar vacation rentals well in advance.

In the shadow of Rumija Mountain in Bar

Rumija Mountain looms over all of the other rugged limestone peaks of the Dinaric Alps to claim the eastern horizon of Bar. It looks spectacular in the morning, when the sunrise glows in golden hues behind its bald summit, now topped with a solitary Serbian-style chapel. On the other side of town is the Adriatic Sea; the sparkling, shimmering, see-through Adriatic Sea. That's a scuba diving mecca, with schools of colored fish and craggy coves that drop deep into the seabed. There are beaches, too – of course.