Even with a coast measuring less than 100 kilometres, Montenegro is still one of the most breath-taking coastlines in the Adriatic, featuring picturesque bays, rocky coves, dramatic mountains and crystal-clear seas. There’s a variety of beaches to enjoy here, with the most popular being the award-winning Becici Beach, Mogren in Bduva, and the secluded Dobree beach, which is only accessible by water taxi.
Enjoying a little of the local cuisine must be high on your list of things to do, and Montenegro’s varied dishes – a fusion of Greek, Turkish, Balkan and Italian – will offer some tasty choices that even the less adventurous foodies can enjoy. You’ll notice the food varies depending on the region you’re in, but on the coast freshly grilled fish and seafood with a little olive oil and garlic are staples on most menus, while in the mountains, you can expect heartier meals featuring red meat.
Montenegro’s history has seen it ruled by the Ottoman Empire and Ancient Rome, amongst others, and each have left their mark on the country. The diverse influences are best displayed in the country’s varied architecture, with the coastline in particular featuring Venetian buildings and Roman mosaics. A great way to experience traditional Montenegro is through its folk music, which has strong Albanian and Serbian ties and is protected for its cultural importance. It’s still performed in a variety of venues, so you’re sure to catch a performance during your holiday to Montenegro.
Montenegro’s towns and cities are varied – from coastal cities boasting a beautiful beach or two, to inland towns featuring mountain fortresses. Medieval Kotor is a highlight for most visitors, who come for the beautiful views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea, while Budva is home to some of Montenegro’s best beaches. If you want to see a blend of old and new, Tivat offers an exciting contrast, with historic streets leading to vibrant Porto Montenegro – described by some as the Adriatic’s Monaco.
Backed by distant mountains and with tempting beaches, historic buildings and a vibrant atmosphere both day and night, the medieval town of Budva is a real highlight for many who choose to holiday in Montenegro. Whether you choose to take relaxing strolls through its cobbled streets, or indulge yourself in the fantastic climate on one of the town’s pretty beaches, Budva has something to suit everyone.
This lesser-known gem is a real highlight if you like to enjoy a bit of nature. Forming the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, Skadar Lake is set between Montenegro and Albania and was once the favoured summer residence of the country’s royal family. It’s a stunning region, featuring the green Karst mountains, sparkling lakes and sweeping forests. A boat tour is a great way to enjoy a different view of the scenery, and perhaps pause in some of the surrounding villages which are a unique blend of Montenegrin and Albanian influences.
For breakfast with a Balkan twist, burek is the perfect choice. Sold at most local bakeries in Montenegro, they consist of crunchy filo pastry filled with cheese, spinach, potato or meat – such as lamb or pork. They come in a variety of shapes, such as twists, tubes and wedges, with the latter being the more popular choice as it holds a little more filling. The pastries are usually served with a bottle of plain yoghurt to create a satisfying breakfast that sets you up for a day exploring the sights.
Montenegro’s modern capital is often overlooked in favour of the picturesque towns of the Adriatic coast, but while it may not be the most stunning city to look at, it has a unique charm that rewards those who visit. Here you’ll find Petrovic Palace, which is the city’s art centre and is easily recognisable thanks to its pink 19th century façade. The city’s museum is also worth a visit and features historic artefacts, modern art pieces and exhibitions on the country’s folklore and traditions.
Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit as there are less crowds and the weather is still warm. The average temperature in the summer, between July and August, is approximately 27ºC. In the winter months, you can expect a milder 7ºC.
British citizens don’t require a visa to enter Montenegro. For the latest information on travel regulations visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/montenegro/entry-requirements.
The currency is the Kuna, divided into 100 lipa.
The main language spoken is Croatian but English is also widely used.