Booking a holiday in a ‘new destination’ like Montenegro can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many questions:
You know you can book your holiday through an agent, but what use are they to you really when they've never been here? They don't know any more than you do.
Plus they can only offer you options with the partners they work with. And what about their extra charges?
You want to have the best possible options and the best possible prices.
When you book your trip independently, you know all the options are available to you. You tailor make the best holiday to suit you.
Don't take the risk.
I’ve been helping people book their dream Montenegrin getaways for years and have developed a tried and true process that will make sure you get everything you dream of out of your precious holiday.
Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to self book your holiday with ease!
Before you go looking at where you should be staying, it’s best to decide what kind of holiday you want. The areas of Montenegro can be quite different, so once you know what you want to get out of your holiday, you’ll be able to find the best place for you.
The questions below will help you pick the place for you:
Do you want to be in a quiet or busy area?
2. Do you want to be within walking distance of restaurants?
3. Do you want to do a lot of sightseeing?
4. Do you want to just lie on the beach, read a book and sip cocktails?
5. Do you have children?
6. Does anyone in your group have physical limitations?
Answering these questions will help you determine where you should look for accommodation.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re looking for a large villa that’s quiet and private and within walking distance of a town, you'll need to book early as they're rare and highly sought after. Naturally, the places closest to town will be busier and noisier, and generally you’ll find more apartments and hotels close to towns. If you’ve got a large group or are very specific on your requirements, my advice is to BOOK EARLY! ie. by the end of January for the following summer.
Now that you know what kind of holiday you want, we can look at the different locations in more detail and you can get an idea of which would be best for you.
The Bay of Kotor is one of the most popular locations for tourists. It’s got history, beauty, quaint seaside villages and all the quintessential Montenegrin traits that most people come for.
In terms of a holiday, you’ll find that in general you’ll have sea views, will be not far from at least one restaurant (usually easy walking distance but certainly within 2km/ a mile or a short taxi ride), will be close to small beaches and will have access to taxis and the bus along the road that runs around the bay.
The beaches in the bay are mostly small and pebbly. If you’re staying close to Tivat or Kotor, sandy beaches like Jaz (Budva) and Blue Horizons (Lustica Peninsula) are just a short drive away and are ideal for little kiddies.
With the exception of Herceg Novi, the towns are generally fine for anyone with physical disabilities. Herceg Novi has a lot of stairs, limited footpaths and is quite steep so it won’t suit everyone. I can tell you from personal experience that it's not easy to negotiate with a pram or buggy either. Kotor, Tivat and Budva old towns are more accessible.
If this sounds like you, you can find out more about the bay and its different areas on the following pages:
The Budva Riviera is arguably the most popular holiday area on the Montenegrin coast… however, it’s not for everyone all year around.
It’s stunningly beautiful, with magical sunsets, olive groves and iconic Sveti Stefan. It’s also home to some of the most luxurious and high-end hotels and restaurants in Montenegro – most notably Aman Resort Sveti Stefan.
During the peak season of July and August it’s a bustling, busy, jam-packed place full of beach bars and glistening bodies under the sun.
During the other months it's still got that resort vibe but without the intense crowds.
If you like the thought of a busy tourist vibe with lots of energy, but would rather retire to accommodation a bit out of the hub-bub, look for a place to stay along the Budva Riveria somewhere between Budva town and Petrovac. There are plenty of little hamlets along here offering all the benefits of the Riviera without the noise and crowds of Budva town.Expect all of the coast to be busy in July and August.
The Budva Riviera beaches are the most popular along the coastline and most are suitable for small children.
Ah now Lustica Peninsula… this is about as polar opposite to Budva as you can get. It’s wild, rugged, has no public transport, so a car is essential, and really authentic Montenegro. The peninsula’s filled with olive groves and small holdings where you can buy their prosciutto, honey, cheeses, olive oil and rakija (the local spirit) – all homemade.
The roads are largely unmarked, half-gravel and there’s great swathes of bush. The exception to this is the part of the peninsula that is part of the Bay of Kotor. This part has lots of old fishermen’s cottages mixed with new apartments and villas. There’s also an abundance of restaurants but not many shops. So this is where you can get the best of both worlds.
In the interior of the peninsula and on the Adriatic Sea side it’s a lot more wild and rugged. This is where you’ll find private villas, peace and quiet and opportunities for exploration in abundance.
That’s not to say it’s completely isolated – Zanjice and Miriste beaches and Amaro Beach Club are humming all summer with boats, people and parties. These, along with Blue Horizons, are also the best beaches for children.
Bar and Ulcinj are less popular areas for foreign tourists – but are both popular for day trips. Ulcinj is known for is large, sandy beaches and kite-surfing.
Bar has a fantastic old town ruin about 5km from the coast. The current town is right on the coast. These areas are not as well developed and there’s less to do for foreign tourists. They do have some lovely beaches and coastline, so if you’re looking for a laid back holiday among mostly Balkan tourists, either could suit you well.
Now, the vast majority of people come to Montenegro for the Mediterranean climate, sun and sea… there’s more to it than that though!
When you leave the coast and head inland, you head into a more authentic and rustic Montenegro. You won’t find much in the way of fine dining and luxury up here, but you will find mountains, gorges and Montenegrin charm. The food is hearty and the people are simple and warm.
The great thing about the inland is that you can visit for a day, a few days or even longer. It’s very accessible from the coast and you can get to places like Cetinje in just 40 minutes.
Okay, so now that you’ve figured out where you might want to stay, the next step is to figure out what kind of accommodation will suit you.
You can find all of these in Montenegro.
Just enter the area you're interested in staying in in the search box here. Then enter the dates you want to come.
You'll be shown all of the properties that are available in Montenegro on your selected dates.
This is a super easy way to find and compare accommodation options in Montenegro. You get full information, pictures, reviews and up to date booking availability.
Booking.com is the most popular accommodation supplier in Montenegro. Almost all villas, apartments, hotels and hostels are registered here.
Go to our accommodation in Montenegro page to find our accommodation reviews and recommendations.
I also suggest you look at our Montenegro Explorer Card. The card gives you access to a lot of exclusive discounts at hotels, apartments and guesthouses around the country. It also gives you discounts on activities, in restaurants, shops and more.
Fantastic… you’re almost done! I told you this would be simple! Much easier than wading through tons of information on the net.
I do recommend hiring a car in Montenegro if you plan to do any amount of sightseeing. There are lots of bus links, however getting from A to B could be a lengthy process with lots of stops and changes and the system isn’t really designed with tourists in mind.
Having a car will allow you to:
There are bus links to other main towns from the main bus stations in each town. You can find the timetables on Balkan Viator and Busticket4.me. Just be aware that the timetables are generally only for July and August, so routes might not run at all outside of those months. So you'll need to be flexible if travelling by bus.
The time of year you want to travel will also affect your holiday and where you want to stay. There’s a big difference between what’s on offer in summer and winter here. There’s very little in the way of tours and activities during winter and it can be very wet, so I don’t advise coming in winter.
Summer is a different story though! July and August are the peak months with almost guaranteed sunshine and high temperatures (30+ Celsius/86+ Fahrenheit).
These are the busiest months and you can expect busy beaches, restaurants and plenty of tours and activities on offer. This is also the most expensive time to visit.
June and September are pleasantly busy, but not packed and the weather is usually equally pleasant at around 25 – 30 degrees Celsius (77 – 86 Fahrenheit).
There are enough people around to make the towns feel alive, but not crowded. If you’re travelling without children, this can be the ideal time to come. The airfares, car hire and accommodation prices will all be lower now than in July and August.
April, May, October and November are cooler and quieter – ideal for a quiet, relaxed holiday but keep in mind the weather might not be ideal for days on the beach. It is however, ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the country without any crowds.
This is cheapest time to visit.
For more information about holidays in Montenegro, go here.
So that’s almost it! By now you should know:
The last thing left is to decide on your route of arrival and you can find out more the best options for you here.
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