MontenegroTravel Guide

When you think of European beach destinations, Montenegro probably isn't the first place that comes to mind. But this small Balkan country on the Adriatic Sea offers a wonderful alternative to the crowded resorts of the Mediterranean, and it’s packed with natural beauty, history, and culture.  
The stunning coastline is dotted with beaches, medieval towns and coves, while inland, the country’s rugged landscape of mountains, glacial lakes and national parks is a nature lover’s paradise and home to beautiful villages where people still live in their traditional ways. 
Montenegro translates to "Black Mountain", referring to the country's Mount Lovćen, which appears dark when covered with dense forests. Situated where East meets West, and where different civilisations intersected over the centuries, Montenegro has a fascinating cultural heritage of Turkish, Eastern European, Greek, Austro-Hungarian, Mediterranean and other influences.  

It's a unique destination that offers travellers an opportunity to step off the beaten path, get in touch with nature and discover places relatively untouched by modern life.  
Find out more in our Montenegro Travel Guide! 

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Where to stay in Montenegro?

Keen to immerse yourself in culture and history, or prefer to kick back in luxury? Feel like a stay in a buzzing coastal town or is an island retreat more your style? These are the many accommodation options in Montenegro!

Nature lovers, sun seekers and history buffs will love the coastal town of Herceg Novi, resting in the shadow of Mount Orjen and on the Bay of Kotor. It features pebble beaches, a fascinating old town with fortresses, ornate churches and bustling plazas. Looking for something intimate and secluded? Vila Bella Vista is a gorgeous two-bedroom stone house set on the hillside with a private pool, incredible views of the bay and the town, and access to a private beach.  
Wellness & Spa Hotel ACD is another good one, especially if pampering or staying active forms part of your itinerary. The hotel has an on-site gym, restaurant and café where confectionery is made fresh daily (we would stay over just for that!), as well as a rooftop terrace.  

The island of Ada Bojana is situated at the southernmost tip of Montenegro in the mouth of the Bojana River. It’s a great base for hiking, lounging on the beach or trying your hand at kite surfing and other water activities. If you’re keen to try something new (that’s what travel’s all about, right?) and not afraid to bare all, then consider a stay at Ada Bojana’s famous nudist settlement, FKK Village Resort Ada Bojana! Choose from a selection of villas and unusual bungalows or get closer to Mother Nature by camping. Alternatively, check in at one of the “conventional” villas or beach houses scattered across the island, each with its own unique charm.

Sveti Stefan is among the most Instagrammable places in Europe – a breathtakingly beautiful, tiny islet with many olive trees and coral-coloured pebble beaches. If your budget is one of celebrity proportions, book a stay at the five-star resort of Aman Sveti Stefan, comprising luxurious 15th-century cottages and the elegant stone manor house, Villa Miločer, used back in the day by the Queen of Yugoslavia as her summer hideaway. Expect a gorgeous setting, gourmet wining and dining and thrilling activities such as helicopter tours.  

The coastal town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famed for its beautiful medieval architecture and idyllic setting in the Bay of Kotor. Among the many accommodation options is a hostel housed in a 13th century building that once belonged to a noble family. The Old Town Hostel offers views of the bay and spacious rooms. It is situated close to the bus station and effortlessly channels its medieval vibes, making it a fun and unusual stay.

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Things to do in Montenegro

For a small country, Montenegro has A LOT to keep you busy, whether you’re an outdoorsy traveller, a history fan, or a culture vulture.

Our Lady of the Rocks is one of a pair of islets off the coast of Kotor’s picturesque town of Perast. Legends about it are plentiful, and it features a single building – the blue-domed Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. From here, you enter a museum full of interesting artefacts, some dating back to the Bronze Age, and a collection of oil paintings and silver plaques. This islet can only be reached by boat – we recommend booking your boat tour from Kotor with a reputable operator. 

While you’re in the vicinity of the canyon, explore the fascinating Ostrog Monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church, built into a cliff face above the Zeta Valley. This architectural attraction draws thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year, and features beautiful frescoes, breathtaking views from the balcony and a lone “miracle vine” growing out of the rock. Dress conservatively if you intend going inside.  

Speaking of the Old Town, it’s a must-visit! Situated behind medieval walls, its charming buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, archways, churches and grand palaces will transport you back in time. And while you’re time-travelling, why not fully immerse yourself in medieval history? Hitch a cable car ride up the mountain to find The Palace of Living History at the top – an interactive open-air museum that brings medieval times to life. Don medieval robes or armour, mint coins or handle a (blunt) weapon while learning about Kotor’s history from professional guides – dressed for the part, of course! Remember to check seasonal operating times when you book.

Keen to do something outdoors to get the blood pumping? Then head to the Tara River which cuts through the Tara Canyon, Europe’s second deepest canyon. It’s home to the fastest zipline in the world, and also offers exhilarating white-water rafting, gentle kayaking, caving and many hiking trails. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, part of the Dinaric Alps, is protected inside the Durmitor National Park. Hikers will also enjoy the picturesque and rugged trails in the Lovćen National Park near Kotor. 

Feeling fit? Ascend 1,350 steps to explore the medieval castle of San Giovanni and trust us, it’s worth every bead of perspiration. At the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Old Town of Kotor, and the fjord far below in the distance. 

Herceg Novi is nicknamed Sun City, as it’s a year-round coastal destination. It’s also known for its many festivals and cultural events. If you happen to visit in February, the Mimosa Festival is the oldest and has won awards for being a top tourist event. It always takes place on the first Saturday in February.

Looking for an immersive experience? Then a tour is the way to go.

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Montenegro food and drink

Montenegrin cuisine is a fascinating fusion of the different cultures that have influenced the country throughout its history, including Mediterranean, Italian, Turkish and Hungarian. Meat dishes feature high on the menu, such as Brav U Mlijeku (spiced lamb braised in milk, served with carrots and other veggies) and goulash (Hungarian beef stew). Along the coast, seafood is also common, while the country is famous for its cheeses like pljevaljski (a staple white cheese made from raw cow’s milk) and prljo (salted chunks of cheese made from boiled milk).

With a history as interesting as its menu, you’ll love the laid-back, family-owned and run Catovica Mlini in Morinj, between Herceg Novi and Kotar. Situated next to the family’s 200-year-old mills, the restaurant offers a selection of delicious seafood and homemade cheesy delights.  

Kužina, in the town of Budva on the Adriatic Sea, is frequented by locals and that’s a great endorsement! Here, it’s all about big portions of tasty traditional food at good prices and friendly service. If you love your cheese, you’ll be in your element, as will the carnivores.

Sampling street food is always the best way to get acquainted with a country’s cuisine. Vendors can be found at local markets in Montenegro and are also stationed on street corners. Popular must-try street foods include cevapi (small grilled sausages) and pljeskavica (the local version of a burger). These huge, tasty patties are served with chips and salad and sometimes stuffed with cheese. Ajvar is a roasted red pepper dip that goes well with flatbread and for something sweet, try the pancakes filled with Nutella chocolate spread. 

For an intriguing menu of local and international cuisine, paired with a sophisticated dining experience, head to Volat Lounge Bar and Restaurant in the “Monaco of Montenegro" – the coastal town of Tivat. A firm favourite with meat and wine lovers, Volat is situated on the Kalimanj marina. 

Want to wine and dine with a view while rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous? Porto Montenegro in Tivat is a superyacht marina and millionaires’ playground offering a variety of upmarket restaurants, such as Murano, housed in the Regent Hotel. Look forward to delicious seafood dishes, flame-grilled meat, and top local wines. 

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Where to shop in Montenegro?

From flea markets and bazaars to shopping malls and souvenir stores – shopping in Montenegro offers a melting pot of experiences!  

Montenegro’s most famous mall is Delta City. This sprawling shopping centre in the capital Podgorica is packed with local and international brands, accessories and jewellery shops, eateries and specialty stores. If your children are travelling with you, you’ll be happy to know there’s a cinema and a play area on the ground floor to keep them entertained while you swipe that credit card!  
Also in Podgorica, the Mall of Montenegro is a massive building (the country’s biggest mall, actually) where you’ll find branded clothes, jewellery, cosmetics, a 12-lane bowling alley, gym, wellness centre and even a hotel.  

Over in Kotor, the Shopping Centre Kamelija is more low-key but don’t let its smaller size fool you. It offers an enjoyable retail experience and a good selection of stores and entertainment from sports goods and a supermarket to a kiddie play area and a gaming centre. 

With so many markets throughout the country, it’s difficult to choose Montenegro’s “best”. But if you’re in Kotor, we recommend the popular Kotor Bazaar inside the gates of the Old Town for souvenirs and other gifts, fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat.  

The Mall of Montenegro seems an unlikely place for a market but it’s well-known for housing a large, covered marketplace – the Green Bazaar – which sells mostly fresh produce. You can also find gadgets and clothing here. 
The open-air Green Market in Herceg Novi is another good one to visit, open daily and all year round, selling a variety of organic fresh produce and local wares.

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When is the best time to travel to Montenegro?

Montenegro has a diverse climate – Mediterranean on the coast with dry summers and wet winters and a continental climate inland with warm rainy summers and cold winters. On the coast, heavy rains fall from September to April, and they can be torrential. Inland and in the mountainous areas, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms in late spring and summer (more often in May and June). 

The best time to visit Montenegro is between May and September. If a beach holiday is on your radar, then book during summer – the weather is at its finest in July and August, with temperatures averaging between 25°C and 30°C (77°F and 96°F). Obviously, this is peak season, so you’ll have to contend with fellow tourists. Note that during low season, many hotels and eateries close on the coast (November to April). Summer is also the best season if you’re staying inland in the mountainous areas as there’s plenty of sunshine, ideal for hiking and sightseeing.  
The winters on the coast are mild, averaging around 7°C (44 °F). Inland, the landscape is covered in snow from December through to about May and the ski resorts in towns like Kolašin and Žabljak are pumping! Peak season for snow sports is December to March and average daytime temperatures, depending on where you stay, can be 0°C (32 °F).

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How to get around Montenegro

Montenegro has more than 40 bus companies, and short- and long-distance buses operate in most of the country's main cities, towns and tourist hotspots. Good to know is that they’re punctual and reliable. Airport shuttle buses and international buses are also available to book.   
Travelling by train allows you to see more of the country’s stunning and diverse scenery and while cheaper than buses, a word of warning – they’re notorious for being late and are often delayed. 

Metered taxis are available in most of Montenegro’s cities – check with your accommodation provider regarding standard rates before venturing out to make sure you’re not overcharged. Some hotels can book your taxi in advance for you – just ask. Alternatively download an app and book your taxi like an Uber. 
Sometimes, exploring a new destination is best done with the wind in your hair and a saddle beneath you! Renting a bicycle, e-bike, scooter or motorbike in Montenegro is easy, as operators are plentiful. 

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What are the best beaches in Montenegro?

Montenegro's many beaches are as diverse as its landscapes. From expansive bays and secluded coves to long stretches of sand and pebbled shores, many beaches also boast mountains as their backdrop. Most are accessible by road.

Lined with fine restaurants, bars and cafés, Jaz Beach, close to Budva, is one of the country’s longest sandy stretches. It hosts lively beach parties and concerts throughout the year, often featuring international artists. You can also enjoy a variety of water sports here. 

Petrovac Beach is on the banks of the Budva Riviera, which stretches for 35km and includes around 20 beaches to choose from! We’ve highlighted Petrovac for its golden sand, a wonderful promenade to meander along, stunning views of the town and the mountains, and a slew of entertainment options, including nightlife hotspots.

With calm, shallow waters, Lucice Beach in Petrovac is a great option for families, allowing the kids to splash around safely. The beach is also close to various forest hiking trails – you can even hike from Lucice Beach to Buljarica Beach. 

Situated on the Luštica Peninsula, this secluded Blue Flag pebble beach is only accessible by boat transfer from Herceg Novi. With gorgeous white sand, a cove to explore at the end of the peninsula (take a water taxi there) and a bar and restaurant, it’s a great beach to spend the day away from the crowds.


What are the best parks in Montenegro?

Montenegro’s national parks and reserves are home to diverse wildlife and offer various activities for all ages.  

Situated above the Bay of Kotor, this park features some of Montenegro’s highest peaks, including Lovćen. The landscape here is quite dramatic, making it a hiker’s paradise and providing spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea.

This national park lies sandwiched between Montenegro and Albania, and its centrepiece is Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans. Bird watchers flock to this thriving habitat for wetland species, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican. The park offers a variety of activities, such as hiking trails, a bike trail along the lake's shores, or canoeing and kayaking on the tranquil waters. You can also opt for a scenic boat cruise and stop off at a vineyard for wine tasting.

At the foothills of the Prokletije Mountains, Prokletije National Park is the newest of Montenegro’s national parks and one of the most beautiful with towering peaks and lakes shimmering in the sunshine. More than 1,600 plant species grow here, and camping is allowed.

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