Holidays to Montenegro
With a classic Mediterranean climate, long days of sunshine are virtually guaranteed.
The towering Montenegrin mountains, mellow stone-built harbour-towns, and sleeping fishing villages fringe this long coastline – with quayside restaurants serving hearty meat and fish stews, spicy sausage and smoked hams, washed down with tasty local wines from vineyards in the southern and coastal regions such as Vranac and Krstac. Catch one of the open-air festivals which take place in summer holiday destinations throughout the season.
Montenegro’s unmissable sights include the city of Budva, with its medieval walls and riviera coastline indented by small coves and shingly beaches. From here, take a boat to the island of Sveti Nikola…
Where to go
Unmissable sights include the city of Budva with its medieval walls and riviera coastline indented by small coves and shingly beaches. From here, take a boat to the island of Sveti Nikola. Equally scenic is the Bay of Kotor with its small towns of cobbled streets, Venetian-built buildings and medieval squares. More than worthy of its Unesco World Heritage site listing, Kotor itself contains a romanesque cathedral, fascinating maritime museum, and winding streets within its fortified walls.
Lovers of the outdoors should go to Lovćen, a mountain and national park in southwestern Montenegro – or Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans and shared with Albania.
When to go
A country of extremes, Montenegro has hot summers – especially inland, with temperatures in the mid- to high-30s – while winters see bitterly temperatures plunging to minus 15C or lower. While the coastal regions are more temperate, spring and early autumn is quieter and prices are lower.