With its golden beaches, whitewashed villages and lush green forests, Montenegro is one of the most picturesque spots in the Balkans.
Montenegro is something of a looker. Its coastline is a patchwork of golden and volcanic grey beaches sloping into clear blue seas. Away from the water, the sand gives way to pine-cloaked mountains and fields carpeted with flowers.
The country comes with more than its fair share of beaches. Budva alone has 35 sandy shores to its name. The Adriatic waters are warm and calm, making them perfect for families with young children.
Budva spoils you for choice when it comes to beaches. Jaz Beach is one of the liveliest, backed by buzzing seafront bars. Down the road, Bečići comes with its own laid-back stretch of sand, while Przno is a peaceful bay surrounded by pines.
In Budva’s old town, elegant Venetian houses sit back-to-back with belfry churches and shady piazzas. Nature lovers won’t want to miss a trip to nearby Durmitor National Park, where you can hike through idyllic pastureland or raft along the gulf-like Tara Canyon.
The ‘black mountain’ that gives Montenegro its name is Mount Lovćen, now a spectacular national park covering over 6000 hectares. It’s easily accessible from Cetinje, Budva or Kotor, with the winding mountain road from Kotor a particular treat. The woodland trails make for fantastic mountain biking or hiking. Make the breathtaking Njegoš Mausoleum the centrepoint of your trip.
Italian staples like pizza and pasta make it on to most menus in Montenegro. For authentic local cuisine, bag a table in one of the traditional restaurants known as konobas, and feast on rustic delights such as grilled kebabs, goulash and cabbage leaves stuffed with mincemeat.
Every town comes with its own open-air market where you can buy everything from souvenirs to fresh picnic supplies. Local lacework, weaving and woodcarvings are all worth keeping an eye out for. And the olive oil is probably the most luscious you’ll ever taste, so make sure you take a bottle home.
Budva is known as the ‘Montenegrin Miami’ for its glitzy after-hours scene. The harbour road is dotted with open-air bars and nightclubs where you can catch international DJs in the summer. Top Hill is one of the swankiest clubs in town.
Montenegro is on the west coast of the Balkan peninsula, bordered by Bosnia & Herzegovina to the north, Albania to the south and Serbia to the east.
LanguageMontenegrin and Serbian
Time differenceGMT +1 hour
3 course mealaround €15