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In the west of this fascinating and beautiful small country, you’ve got beaches along the crystal-clear Adriatic, with quaint fishing villages dotted along the coast. Further inland, you find wide plains and high mountains like Maja Kolata, for active holidays involving everything from hiking to rafting.
National parks such as Durmitor offer stunning scenery, formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams. The many walled towns like Kotor have mazes of cobbled streets inviting you to get lost and explore. Wildlife is abundant in the hills, and hikers might on occasion come across a wolf or bear in the very remote parts of the country! This small Adriatic country offers all you could wish for.
Montenegro At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Tivat 2hours 45mins
Population of Montenegro 623,000
What to See in Montenegro Scenic Kotor, City Walls in Kotor, Romansque churches, Njegos Mausoleum, Venetian palaces, medieval pirate town Ulcinj, the Blue Cave adventure, Viewing point at the Kotor-Lovcen Road, Tara River Canyon, Ploce Beach, Lipa Cave, Lovcen National Park, Durmitor National Park, Skadar Lake
Towns and Islands to Visit in Montenegro Tivat, Perast, Sveti Stefan, Budva, Petrovac, Podgorica, Porto Montenegro, Sveti Nikola Island
Cruises with an optional visit to Montenegro during the trip
Deluxe Balcony12 DaysMV Infinity ShipFrom: $3,102
Deluxe Balcony14 DaysMV Infinity ShipFrom: $4,101
Deluxe Balcony7 DaysMV Memories ShipFrom: $2,325
Things to do in Montenegro
Visit the charming town of Kotor
Wedged between brooding mountains, the atmospheric town of Kotor is perfectly at one with its setting. Hemmed in by staunch walls snaking improbably up the surrounding slopes, the town is a medieval maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. Old Kotor was built like a maze for protective purposes and it is very easy to get lost. In fact, even the locals get lost. It’s a dramatic and delightful place where the past coexists with the present; its cobblestones ring with the sound of children and lines of laundry fluttering from wrought-iron balconies. At night, Kotor’s spectacularly lit-up walls glow as serenely as a halo whilst the streets buzz with bars, live music – from soul to serenades – and castle-top clubbing.
Relax at a coastal resort
The resorts along the Montenegrin coast will seduce you with their charm, diversity and the Mediterranean air. From Ulcinj (which used to be a pirate town), Bar (a town rich in historic monuments), Budva (which represents the tourist metropolis of Montenegro), Tivat (an area of outstanding beauty), Kotor (protected by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage), each town tells a story of its own. You can find restaurants with home-made food and fish specialities and excellent cocktails to sip whilst admiring the beautiful sunset.
Hotels in Montenegro
Hotel Vardar, Kotor, Montenegro
Set in the heart of Old Town Kotor, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean, Hotel Vardar hosts 24 impeccably-furnished rooms and suites. All are outfitted with satellite TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars and bathrobes and slippers. Guests are just steps away from picturesque squares, magnificent palaces, lovely churches and fascinating museums, all in this UNESCO-listed walled city that dates back more than 2,000 years. Wander the enticing maze of narrow streets and then enjoy relaxing at the hotel’s spa and wellness center which offers a Turkish bath, sauna and variety of massage options. Enjoy dining on the outdoor terrace, as well as a buffet-style breakfast served in the breakfast room.
Hotel Monte Cristo, Kotor, Montenegro
Located in a 13 th -century building, Hotel Monte Cristo is said to have been the home of Kotor’s first bishop. Many of its original features remain, including the stone walls, while the 8 rooms and suites are all individually decorated with stylish dark wood furnishings, plasma screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players as well as free Wi-Fi. With its intimate atmosphere, personalized service is a given, including insider tips for exploring the magnificent medieval city. The hotel is just steps from the marina which offers multiple nightlife venues and hosts a restaurant with an atmospheric dining room, lovely courtyard and romantic candlelit terrace along with a bar for drinks afterward.
Boutique Hotel Forza Mare Kotor
One of the most glamorous properties in Montenegro, this beautiful boutique hotel provides views over the Bay of Kotor along with exceptional personalized service with just 10 rooms. All
are individually decorated and feature French balconies, many with views of the garden, pool or mountains. By booking one of the executive rooms, you’ll get a furnished terraced with a view of the dazzling bay. Look forward to relaxing in the private beach area, swimming in the outdoor pool and unwinding in the Jacuzzi with a glass of Champagne. There’s also a tranquil spa for pampering treatments and candlelit dinners on the waterfront dining terrace, including dishes like lobster, steak, smoked sea bass and gnocchi.
Astoria Kotor Boutique Hotel
The Astoria Kotor Boutique Hotel is ideally situated inside the 14 th -century Buca Palace just a 5- minute walk from the beach on picturesque Boka Bay. A UNESCO-listed building it features elements from the 14 th -century, including the original stone walls. It perfect blends its remarkable historic past while featuring modern amenities in its 6 rooms and 3 suites, including luxurious fabrics and wooden floors, minibars, air conditioning, cable television and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some provide bay views while one of the suites includes a sea view. Look forward to dining in the onsite restaurant that serves international and Mediterranean fare, while waking up to an in-room breakfast with room service available too.