Luxury Montenegro & Croatia Holidays

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, there are more than five dozen mountain peaks that rise to heights of more than 1,800 metres, providing a spectacular backdrop from many vantage points, and all are protected by five national parks. It also makes it a popular destination for hikes, bringing opportunities for endless jaw-dropping views. But when you’re in the mood for the beach, you’re likely to find your own perfect stretch in Budva, Ulcinj, Herceg-Novi, or perhaps even Sveti Stefan. Montenegro’s natural wonders also include stunning lakes like Skadar on the Albanian border, bringing the potential for endless water sports too.

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Montenegro may be small, about the size of Northern Ireland, but it’s jam-packed with glorious mountains, sparkling lakes, a breath-taking coastline with idyllic beaches, and fabulous Venetian-era fortified towns.

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Michela

Croatia & Montenegro Specialist

Montenegro, a small Balkan nation tucked between Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, is a captivating destination of stunning contrasts. Its picturesque coastline along the Adriatic Sea features secluded beaches, ancient walled towns, and breathtaking fjord-like bays, such as the renowned Bay of Kotor.

Inland, the rugged Dinaric Alps offer dramatic landscapes, with the breathtaking Durmitor and Biogradska Gora National Parks providing a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Montenegro’s rich history is evident in its medieval fortresses, charming stone villages, and Ottoman-era architecture. The country’s hospitality and warm culture add to the allure, making Montenegro a compelling destination for travelers seeking a harmonious blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and a taste of the Balkans’ unique charm.

Best things to do in Montenegro

  • Kotor, Montenegro

    Explore Kotor’s fairytale Old Town

    The compact, triangular-shaped Old Town of Kotor is wedged between dramatic mountains and the shimmering crystalline sea. In the heart of the UNESCO-listed medieval town lies a maze of Venetian palaces, Romanesque churches, and elegant squares lined with quaint pavement cafes. As you wander through the ancient cobblestones streets, you’ll notice a magical feeling in the air that hints at romantic fairytales. At night, the town’s stunning architecture is spectacularly illuminated by the vibrant nightlife.

  • Budva, Montenegro

    Discover the beautiful coastal resorts

    The meandering Montenegro coastline is dotted with upscale seaside resorts and charming metropolitan towns that are well worth visiting and exploring. Once known as a pirate town, Ulcinj is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. The seaport of Bar boasts historic monuments and lush olive groves. Budva, Tivat, and UNESCO-listed Kotor also each have unique and rich histories of their own and delicious regional cuisine that you can sample as you tour.

Kotor evening, Montenegro

Best time to visit Montenegro

If you visit Montenegro for its beaches and lakes, with opportunities for swimming, you may want to come in the summer when temperatures will be warm, around the mid-to-upper-20s Celsius. For hiking and sightseeing, late spring and early fall can be ideal as it won’t be too hot and you’re unlikely to encounter big crowds. A mix of both, including warm water for refreshing dips, consider June or mid-September through early October.

Montenegro FAQs

How many days do you need in Montenegro?

You can get a taste of Montenegro in three days, enough time to visit popular Kotor and its medieval Old Town, Budva, and Tivat, but for a real sense of what it has to offer without having to rush, you really need at least a week. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a good mix of sightseeing, hiking, and time at the beach. Exploring the Bay of Kotor, which resembles Norwegian fjords with cliffs that plunge into the sapphire water, Herceg Novi, Perast, and Our Lady of the Rocks will all be possible too.

What is the best time to visit Old Town Kotor?

Many day trippers come to visit Old Town Kotor from Croatia during the peak tourist season as it’s just two hours from Dubrovnik, which means you’ll want to time your exploits earlier in the morning or after the crowds have dissipated in the late afternoon. If you can visit during the shoulder seasons of May through mid-June or September/October, the crowds are unlikely to be too thick. While winter brings the chance to enjoy the sites all to yourself, travel can be impeded by snowfall in the mountains. 

What are the essential sites to see in Montenegro?

There is a long list of sites that should be included on any Montenegro itinerary, but the absolute essentials include Old Town Kotor with its medieval walls, palaces, and churches all backed by stunning mountain views. Perast and it’s 16 impeccably preserved palaces and the short boat ride to the man-made islet of Our Lady of the Rocks are also a must-experience. When it comes to natural attractions, Lake Skadar offers incredible beauty and hundreds of bird species for birdwatchers to spot, along with glorious mountains and secluded villages.

Is Montenegro worth visiting?

Montenegro is small but very diverse. Just imagine Croatia’s beautiful beaches, centuries-old towns like Greece, fjord-like scenery reminiscent of Norway, and mouth-watering Mediterranean fare all rolled into one. It offers something for everyone, from sunbathing and swimming in the sea to water sports in glistening lakes and epic mountain hikes. Whether a destination of its own or an addition to your travels to one of the bordering countries, a visit is well worth your time.

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