We all encounter those moments when we want to escape to a different reality, dimension that will wash out all the things that we worry about and that will set us free, at least for a moment. For me, it is water. Any water. It helps me learn how to live in a present moment, how to not let „the art of here and now escape me“. When I realized what I want to be in this life and that I can only be a writer and when I wrote a novel, which you will hopefully soon read in English, again I followed the element of water as the nearest and most getatable salvation. Even the title of a novel was Take me to the water.
So, a year ago I realized that I want to wake up every morning with a beautiful sea view. I want to have a coffee on the sunny terrace just a few houses from the beach and to be, you know…happy. Happier. And I did it. I moved to the Montenegrin coast where I found a couple of places that were perfect to me. Those are the places where I can hide when it’s not a good day to turn that day into hours of peace with myself and all that surrounds me.
Montenegrin coast is 293 km long, from Ulcinj until the end of the Bay of Kotor. There are about 100 beaches, with a total length of about 70km. My favorites are those hidden beaches, untouched natural pearls.
One of the most beautiful hidden beaches is in the Canj. Canj is absolutely not the place to choose when you plan your route. It is a little coastal town – village and there is not much to see, but I suggest going to one secret place right there, in Canj. This is a great place for you if you are staying in Bar, which is less visited than Budva and Bay of Kotor and where prices are much lower.
Tucked in a Mediterranean ambience between the Adriatic Sea and Skadar Lake, Canj is placed along the bay between Petrovac and Sutomore as a part of the Bar Riviera which is 50 km long.
Canj can be reached through coastal road by car, bus, train (the most attractive European railway whose route takes you from sea level to 1000 meters above sea level), boat or plane. The nearest train station is 4 km away and it’s located in Sutomore. Airport Golubovci in Podgorica is 41 km away and Tivat Airport is 54 km away from Canj.
Right there is beautiful place where I find peace, and where you can enjoy and find what you are looking for if you like hidden beaches.
When you arrive at the main beach in Canj, which is wonderful but full of families that have come to rest in this quiet part of the Montenegrin coast, on the left side of the beach you will see rocks from which sparkling waves bounce off and which at first glance look like the end of the beach. However, they are only beginning. Behind them you will find hidden paradise where almost certainly you will be alone, because hardly anyone knows about it, and it’s not possible to reach it but by climbing all the rocks or by boat. I would always (when I’m not really tired) choose to climb the rocks because peaceful day turns into an adventure and it gives you the adrenaline rush for that day.
So, even if it looks scary, just climb over the rocks. It will take you half an hour, approximately. Then you’ll recognize that you are on the right place and you will feel that it was worth it. The third beach in the rocks is your destination. It’s the most beautiful of all and it’s all yours. Cancel the plans for the rest of the day, because you will stay there until dark. Also, bring some food. Sunset looks extra nice from this place. If you’re really lazy take a pedal boat, kayak or something and go to the third beach.
In the rock on the right side of the beach there is a small natural pool a few meters deep, which is an attraction itself. You can dive in and emerge on the other side of the rocks.
Summer would not be summer without these days, and beaches of Montenegro are one of its best trumps. Each is breathtaking and this is just one of them. Today, I have summer in meeven if the summer is not here. Since I live this close to the water I somehow don’t care for the seasons.
So, here I am. I have salty water, mountains, sand, friends and smile and I know that, very soon, everything will be okay. Until then, I know where I can hide.