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Where can you find lush Mediterranean weather, Venetian-looking cities as old as Greece, beaches like the Bahamas, alpine peaks like Austria and pints for under two quid? Introducing, Montenegro. A destination on the brink of the Adriatic Sean, this endlessly gorgeous country brings you the best of Europe, all in one place.

Proving the old maxim that size is no guarantee of greatness, Montenegro, whose shores barely stretch 186 miles end-to-end, is positively teeming with incredible places and people. Whatever you’re looking for in your next continental getaway, you’ll find it here, and what’s more, you’ll find it offered with a warm and welcoming hospitality that’s all part of the Montenegrin culture. So whether you want a city break, a mountainous escape or a beachy paradise, you’re sure to get the luxury holiday of your dreams here.

An oasis for those who enjoy active pursuits, the country provides mountains, lakes and forests for you to enjoy to your heart’s content. Why not hike up the infamous Maja Kolata peak or kayak in the crystalline waters at its base? For those less inclined to be active but who still long for the outdoors, take advantage of the multitude of fjords and rivers dotted every few miles around the country to indulge in some light fishing.

If you prefer to get lost in the romance of the city rather than the woods, you have a plethora of idyllic choices before you. Bursting with a utopia of palazzos, churches, markets and heritage sites, your inner culture vulture will have no choice but to run wild through the streets, trying to see and do everything in one go. From the modern and thriving capital of Podgorica to the traditional orange-tiled roofs of the Italian-esque Budva, you’re sure to find a space to suit your holiday needs and Instagram feeds.

The winters in Montenegro can be quite cold but if you’re willing to brave it, you’ll see a whole new side to this stunning locale. Glittering iced fjords, trees hung with diamond-bright icicles, cosy log cabins on snow-capped peaks…

If this doesn’t sound tempting, we recommend visiting between May and September when the weather is at its warmest and the whole country is bathed in the heady scents of wild herbs and Mediterranean blossoms.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Capital: Podgorica
  • Flying time to destination:
    5-hours from London
  • After Dark Destination: Maltez Club, Budva Riviera

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 26°c   Feb: 27°c   Mar: 29°c  
Apr: 31°c   May: 30°c   Jun: 28°c  
Jul: 28°c   Aug: 29°c   Sep: 28°c  
Oct: 27°c   Nov: 27°c   Dec: 26°c  


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Montenegro In A Nutshell

  • In a country that seems so much bigger when you’re there than it appears on a map, Montenegro is never short of an adventure or two for fearless visitors.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, Durmitor National Park is a must for would-be buccaneers. Home to canyons, rivers, forests and mountains, you won’t have to look hard to find a list of exciting activities here. We recommend the challenging hike up Bobotov Kuk. While it may seem a daunting task, you get a view more striking than you can imagine as rewards for your hard work.
  • For particularly daring voyagers, a popular tour activity in Durmitor is canyoning in the mile-long Nevidio Canyon. Known as the ‘invisible’ canyon in reference to its small openings (some of which are no more than two metres wide) this daring adventure involves being carried by fast-slowing currents down the gorge’s twisted streams, in a natural theme-park style ride. This is an activity that we strongly recommend you do with an experienced guide.
  • For an adventure experience befitting a discerning traveller, why not jump aboard a luxury yacht cruise on the stunning Adriatic Sea? Sail yourself or hop aboard a private cruiser and take a seafaring expedition over the glassy waters.
  • River deep, mountain high… The country of Montenegro is without a doubt an area of majestic natural landscapes and terrains where you can expect snow or water-based outdoor pursuits. Sporting activities are fast-paced, fun and always a great option for any traveller, whether you’ve decided to do it solo or brought the family along too.
  • Can you keep a secret? Montenegro is home to two of Europe’s most exciting (but as yet undiscovered) ski spots. From late December to early April, the powdered slopes of Durmitor and Kolašin become a downhill snow sport heaven while the national park of Lovćen is a cross-country skier’s dream. Kolašin is packed with amenities to keep you après active while the snow in Durmitor is reliable almost down to the second. These spots are best reached via the Podgorica airport.
  • With so many mountain lakes and white-water fjords to take advantage of, you couldn’t possibly leave Montenegro without indulging in some rafting or kayaking. The most popular spots for these activities are Lake Skadar and Tara Canyon. Lake Skadar is a smoother watercourse, ideal for canoeing, kayaking or sailing whereas Tara Canyon is perfect for catching some thrilling rides on the rushing waves of the river’s white-water.
  • One activity that’s certainly not to be missed, whether you simply watch or take part is the sport of Water-Polo. Considered the national sport of Montenegro, the activity is most centred around the southern coast of the region in areas such as the Bay of Kotor, Herceg, Novi and Budva. Particularly in Budva and Kotor, you can combine your polo pursuits with a day of sightseeing around the incredible cities, and really immerse yourself in the local culture.
Soak Up The Culture
  • Where can you begin with culture in Montenegro? The country lives and breathes a fascinating cocktail of cultural influences from all over Europe thanks to its location in the midst of it all. From heritage sites, to charming cities and extravagant old-world railways, you’ll find cultural activities everywhere you look.
  • A must for any culture vulture, the coastal town of Kotor is a stunning area containing the UNESCO World Heritage site, Old City of Kotor. Surrounded by a fortress-like border that’s reminiscent of the Great Wall of China in its tremendous proportions and stature. You can even walk along this impressive structure and get a really cool photo while doing it.
  • Budva is another stop you have to add to your Montenegro bucket list. More than 2500 years old, the city is home to some of Europe’s most superb and ancient places of worship, glorious beaches and vibrant nightlife. It’s charming network of tottering alleyways and side streets are home to boutique stores, craft markets, mouthwatering eateries and some of the friendliest people on earth. We especially recommend dabbling in some local vinos while you’re here.
  • The creation of Tito’s Blue Train, a private luxury express for the sole use of former president of the old Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, made the country’s railways a cultural landmark that have to be seen to be believed. Whether you choose to see them first-hand aboard the Belgrade–Bar train service or from further afield, we highly recommend a peek at such icons as Đurđevića Tara bridge or the Mala Rijeka Viaduct.

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