Our first port of call in Montenegro was Bar. We chose Bar not because it was supposed to be the most scenic port in Montenegro (it isn’t), but because it was the closest to our path from southern Italy. When calling in Montenegro, you are supposed to enter at the first port of entry you reach. This advice is often disregarded, but since we had been warned that officials in Montenegro were sticklers for regulations, we decided to enter at Bar.
Bar has a busy, if dusty, marina. It also has an active downtown with restaurants, bars, shops, farmers markets and a magnificent new promenade along the waterfront for strollers of all ages, kids on bikes and swimmers walking to the beaches. By the way, farmers markets are the best place to buy food in Montenegro. We found vegetables, fruit, sausage, bread, cheese and even homemade moonshine. The vendors were glad to see tourists.