Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Montenegro is a small country with increasing popularity as a holiday destination. Its allure is in its laid back way of life, beautiful natural landscape, a rich history and many activities that allow you to enjoy the world around you. Couple this with a fantastic climate during June and it becomes the perfect place to visit on your next holiday. Here’s my guide to the very best Montenegro has to offer.
Montenegro has the honour of being home to many of Europe’s natural wonders. Visit the Tara River Canyon, Europe’s deepest Canyon and you’ll be greeted with awe-inspiring scenery. Located within the Durmitor National Park, you’re greeted with waterfalls to admire, caves to explore and rapids that are just calling out to go rafting on. Once you’ve explored the Canyon, there is much to see within the Park, including climbing Durmitor Mountain.If you like to get the heart racing, this is definitely the National Park for you.
Home to four national parks, Montenegro certainly has much to offer and each park has a lure of something unique. Biogradska Gora holds Europe’s last Virgin Forest and as such, is a place of great ecological significance. It isn’t just in its parks that Montenegro offers its natural gems. Take a trip to Kotor Bay and to the Southernmost fjord in the world where you will fall in love with this stretch of beautiful cities, fantastic beaches and thriving nightlife. Along the coast of Montenegro, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches with over 110 sandy idylls to choose from. I would definitely recommend Sveti Stefan, a celebrity haunt back in the Sixties. At this dramatic stretch of coastline, you’ll find a sprawling, peaceful golden beach which is surrounded by beautiful old architecture. From here, make your way to Skadar Lake which is the largest bird reservation in Europe and arguably Montenegro’s finest gem.
Rich Historical culture
There are many varied sites scattered around Montenegro that give a glimpse into the country’s past. Kotor is home to the UNESCO listed Old Town and here you can walk along small, Venetian-inspired streets, through arches and within the city walls feeling as though you have travelled back in time. There are a number of boutique hotels here which have made the very most of this magnificent architecture and provide a unique experience.
You should also stop off at Perast in Boka Bay which is another old town that appeals to your sense of history with links to its prehistoric culture found in the caves above the town. Amongst the fine architecture, you’ll find many churches here which are all very special. You’re spoilt for choice but I would definitely recommend St Nicholas Church with its mix of the old and new churches and Our Lady of the Rosary which has arguably the most beautiful belfry you’ll see in Europe. You should also take a ride out into the bay to Our Lady of the Rocks, which hosts some spectacular artwork upon its walls.
At your leisure
The way of life in Montenegro feels extremely laid back making it the perfect place to visit to relax. With its many beaches, you’re certain to find one that will make you sit back to enjoy the fine climate. If you do want to get the heart racing a little more, there are also many activities here to keep you occupied. The National Parks provide a great space to indulge in some activity, with hiking, biking, walking, skiing and rafting all available. Along the coast, you’re able to swim and it has great calm sea conditions for sailing. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also available at Ada Bojana and Ulcinj’s Velika Plaza.
Once night draws in, many of the key towns come to life and the nightlife here is tremendous. For a fine meal, I would definitely head for Przno Harbour to sample some of the finest seafood you’ll ever taste, all freshly caught nearby. Kotor also has some fine restaurants, each with a beautifully unique view to compliment your meal. If you’re in search of a great night out, look no further than Budva, a popular tourist resort with a thriving nightlife with bars and clubs luring you out until dawn.