Montenegro is the smallest country on the Balkan Peninsula. However, it is also the most popular tourist destination in the region. This is due to the huge number of picturesque bays surrounded by mountains, clear sea, beaches and an abundance of historical sights. There are so many sea resorts in Montenegro that we have compiled a detailed guide for you. You will learn where the best beaches are located, where to go shopping, how the ancient districts in different cities differ from each other and where it is better to relax with children.
There is a stereotype about Montenegro that it is a warm country. But it's not. The beach season in the central and northern part of Montenegro starts in June and ends in September. In winter, there are strong storms and snowstorms, and in spring and autumn, it is worth going for walks in beautiful places, but not swimming. The only exceptions are the southernmost cities and towns, where the swimming season is a month longer.
This is the greenest town in Montenegro and one of the most picturesque places on the entire Adriatic coast. For the abundance of parks, trees and flowers, it is called the Botanical garden of Montenegro.
The beaches in Herceg Novi are pebbly or concrete, and the sea is very calm. Near the town, there is a beautiful beach called Zanitsa, which can be reached by car or bus. In summer, it is a place for divers and fans of water sports.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Go for a walk in the old town, on your own or with a guide. Visit theChurch Of Archangel Michael on Bellavista Square. Touch the stones of one of the fortress walls.
It's one of the two most popular resort towns in Montenegro, which is famous for its large selection of housing for every taste and budget, an abundance of architectural monuments and warm water in the bay. You can swim in Budva from May to October.
Among other things, Budva is a very convenient transport hub for traveling throughout the country and a center for excursion tourism. As for the beaches, Mogren, to which a beautiful mountain road leads, is worth a visit.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Explore Old Budva with medieval streets and Venetian-style houses. Climb the bastion of the old citadel overlooking the town and the bay. Go to the ancient library, which is also located in the fortress. Buy souvenirs, as prices in Budva are very pleasant.
It's the second most popular resort in the country. The prices here are higher than in Budva, but the service is also on the level. The old center is more than 400 years old, and the buildings have remained almost intact since that time, so fans of ancient architecture will have a lot of things to see.
The beaches in Kotor are concrete, so in the heat of summer, they can be very hot. But even in spring and autumn, there are no cold winds typical for Montenegro. The town is located on the shores of the Bay of Kotor and is surrounded by mountains, which protect it from the piercing wind.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Take a picture against the background of a massive fortress wall, which is almost as thick as the Great Wall of China. Check the time by the clock at the Clock Tower. See the collection of antique weapons at the Arsenal. Count all churches and cathedrals in the old town.
This southernmost resort in Montenegro is located almost on the border with Albania. It is famous for its olive and orange groves, medieval buildings that coexist with modern high-rises, and the longest beach season - from late April to early November.
Ulcinj has the longest sandy beach in the Balkans, featuring a gentle slope into the water. It's a perfect place for families with children. In September, the velvet season begins, prices fall, tourists on the beaches become noticeably fewer, and in the markets there are more ripe fruits and berries.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Enjoy ripe citrus fruits and other fruits. Go to neighboring Albania to the interesting town of Shkodër.
This town is connected to neighboring Budva by an underground tunnel. It is famous for its snow-white Venetian houses with red tiled roofs, thickets of oleanders and a well-developed tourist infrastructure.
The beaches in Becici are sandy and pebbly, the entrance to the water is shallow. Excellent infrastructure, an abundance of hotels and cafes make it a favorite place for families with children. There is a water park and many water sports equipment rentals.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Go to Budva to walk around the old town. Go diving, snorkelling, sailing on a catamaran or jet ski.
Montenegrins themselves often call this port town the most beautiful in the country. Indeed, the stone houses located up the mountainside from the sea look amazing. A couple of centuries ago, Perast used to be the center of shipbuilding, and during this period many notable buildings were built here.
In the town itself, there are no equipped beaches. You can swim from the pier or on suburban beaches.
Things to do besides going to the beach. In this regard, Perast easily takes precedence over most towns in Montenegro. You can visit the churches of St. Nicholas and Our Lady of the Rocks. Swim to the Benedictine monastery on St. George Island. Take a guided tour of the narrow and very beautiful Verige Strait.
St. Stephen's Island (Sveti Stefan)
This is a closed island resort, which houses the former residence of the king of Montenegro (now it is equipped with hotels). Those who do not live in one of its hotels can get to the island only as part of an excursion or on August 28 on their own. On this day in Montenegro, the Assumption of the Blessed Lady is celebrated and the island opens its doors to everyone.
The beaches on Sveti Stefan, like the resort itself, are luxurious. They are perfectly clean, with a developed infrastructure and everything necessary for the comfort of vacationers.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Enjoy high quality service at the hotel. Or go on an excursion to nearby towns.
It's the second most luxurious resort in the country. Due to the rather high prices, there are no crowds of tourists here, so Petrovac is perfect for those who are looking for peace and quiet.
There are two beaches in Petrovac - Luchitsa and Buljarica. Both are beautiful, clean, uncrowded and with a gentle entrance to the water, so it's perfect for adults and children.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Walk along the Shetalishte promenade. Go trekking in the surrounding mountains with their pine and oak forests. Climb to the observation deck of the Castello Fortress.
This town on the shores of the Tivat Bay is one of the most underestimated resorts in Montenegro. Most tourists arrive at Tivat Airport and go to the more popular Kotor, Budva or Herceg Novi. But Tivat has also beaches and attractions.
Most of the town's beaches are located just outside of it. They are almost always sparsely populated, and prices are lower than in other resorts in Montenegro.
Things to do besides going to the beach. Swim to the Island of Flowers, go to the medieval monastery of Prevlaka. Visit the Jesuit monastery on the island of Otok. Visit a 16th century Venetian palace, walk in the botanical garden.
The resorts of Montenegro are beautiful and varied. And the small distances between them will allow you to visit several cities of interest at once within one vacation.