Top Things To Do In Montenegro On Your Holiday

There are so many things to do in Montenegro on your holiday, you'll never be bored.

That's one of the things that makes Montenegro such a great place for a vacation. Whether you're into sun-worshipping, extreme sports, history, food and wine, or just want a great family getaway...  Montenegro has something for everyone.

There's a huge variety of things to do in Montenegro on your holiday. Here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy a sun-filled holiday lazing on the beach or an active holiday hiking mountains. 
  • Go diving or explore ruins. 
  • Experience rustic village life or admire super yachts. 
  • Take a relaxing boat tour
  • Try canyoning or whitewater rafting

Here, I'll help you find the best things to do in Montenegro during your stay.


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Top Attractions

Montenegro is full of interesting sites to visit. And each has its own unique story. These attractions cover everything from historical sites national parks and visiting them will help you get know Montenegro's unique culture.

Click here to see the top Montenegro attractions.

Old towns

KotorKotor Old Town

Image: Deposit photos

The old towns of Montenegro offer you a glimpse into the country's past. 

There are 7 to see and I've listed them in order of popularity:


Our Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the RocksOur Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the Rocks is a must-see attraction in Kotor Bay. It's a Catholic church that dates back to 1452 and an attached museum.

You can take a tour through both the church and museum for €1 per person and they only way to get there is by boat.

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Sveti Stefan

Sveti StefanSveti Stefan

Image credit: Arno Hoyer

Sveti Stefan is a tiny islet along the Budva Riviera. It's connected to the mainland by a narrow land bridge and it's one of the most photographed attractions in Montenegro.

The islet is an Aman Resorts hotel and the whole area is beautiful. A must-see!

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Ostrog Monastery

OstrogOstrog Monastery

Ostrog is a unique Orthodox Christian monastery built into a sheer cliff-face. 

The monastery dates back to the 17th century and it's a major attraction. People come from all over Europe to seek healing and pay their respects to St Basil of Ostrog who founded the church. 

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National Parks of Montenegro

ZabljakBlack Lake, Durmitor National Park

If you thought all the best things to do in Montenegro were on the coast, you'd be missing out on the gorgeous national parks!

No trip to Montenegro would be complete without a visit to one of the national parks. This is where you'll find the 'wild beauty' Montenegro is known for.

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There are five national parks:


Tours

Holidays and Breaks

PivaSwimming in Pivat Lake

You can find excellent guided holidays and short breaks in Montenegro. 

These include lots of activities that make the most of Monenegro's outdoor lifestyle. You can go hiking, canyoning, rafting, kayaking, do yoga, go bird-watching... just about anything you can think of!

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Tours and Excursions

KotorHiking the Ladder of Kotor

When you're looking for things to do in Montenegro, you must check out the tour options.

There are sightseeing tours, boat tours, wine tours and lots of fun activity tours. Whatever you're interested in, there's a tour that will show you the best of Montenegro. 

If you're looking for a tour for your stay, make sure you browse through the list of options here.

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Kotor Excursions

Kotor CruiseA cruise ship in Kotor Bay

Are you visiting Montenegro on a cruise? I have a huge list of excursion options for you. Naturally there are lots of sightseeing excursions, but there are also tours that will take you firmly off the beaten track. Why not try stand up paddleboarding, hiking, kayaking or canyoning? You can do it all during your stay in Kotor. 

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Water Sports

From April to November there are lots of things to do in Montenegro's seas and lakes. You can take boat trips, go kayaking, diving and stand up paddling. 

The water is so warm and clear throughout the summer, that it's the perfect place to try some of these activities, even if you've never tried them before.

Kayaking

Kayak montenegroKayaking around Petrovac

When you go kayaking in Montenegro, you can reach some of the coast's most untouched areas. 

You discover deserted beaches, island churches, caves... and that's just above the water. The incredibly clear water makes it a dream for snorkelling too.

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Diving

Diving montenegroLearning to dive in Montenegro

Have you ever wanted to try diving? There are diving tours that range from a taster for beginners to a full week's diving itinerary. Even kids can try it!

Montenegro's warm sea with excellent visibility makes it the perfect place for beginners. Add to that rocky bottom and plenty of shipwrecks and you have diving conditions for every diver.

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Boating

Getting out in a boat is one of our favourite things to do in Montenegro. 

Fast boat or slow boat, it doesn't matter. We love to cruise along the coast admiring the stone fishing villages and discovering hidden coves to swim.

Boat Tours

There's a huge range of boat tours available, both group tour and private tours.

They start from just €15 and 90 minutes, so if you'd like to take one, you'll definitely be able to find the perfect tour.

Why not try something different?

  • Sunset drinks with that special someone
  • Cliff jumping at submarine tunnels
  • Pulling up to waterside restaurants in style

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Rent a Boat

rent a boat montenegroRent a boat in Montenegro

Renting a skippered or unskippered boat is one of the most popular activities on our website. 

You can hire a boat to take you wherever you like for a day - speeding along the coast, discovering deserted beaches and exploring the coastal villages is an unforgettable experience.

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Sailing

Things to do in Montenegro: Sailing excursions and lessons.

Try your hand at sailing with a sailing experience or sailing lessons.

The group sailing experiences are ideal for families and groups wanting to explore the coast. 

You can also book group or private sailing lessons with an experienced instructor.

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Adrenaline and Adventure

Montenegro is fast becoming Europe's home of adventure and adrenaline activities. You can go skiing, canyoning, diving, mountain biking and rafting... choose your thrills!

Rafting

Rafting on the Tara River

Rafting in the Tara Canyon is a favourite past time of both locals and tourists.

The scenery is stunning, the water refreshing and most of all, it's fun!

Because the rapids change during the rafting season, it's suitable for everyone from 8 years old which makes it a great family activity. We can't wait to take our little guy with us!

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Canyoning

Things to do in MontenegroExpect thrills on a canyoning tour!

Are you looking for a thrill? A challenge? Do you want to do something off the beaten track? 

Yes? Then canyoning is for you.

You'll swim, jump, slide, hike and abseil your way through Montenegro's hidden crevices. Once you go in, there's only one way out!

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Adventure Park

Things to do in MontenegroNavigating the high ropes in Adventure Park

The Adventure Park in Lovcen National Park is a set of ropes courses suitable for everyone from 5 years old to 105 years old.

You choose your difficulty level and then navigate your way through the courses in the tree tops. This is great family fun.

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Biking

Things to do in MontenegroTake a self-guided bike tour around Kotor Bay

You can find some great biking in Montenegro. There are biking tours with breathtaking scenery, self-guided biking tours, mountain biking trails, bike rentals and trails along old, deserted train routes. This is a great way to explore Montenegro's natural beauty.

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Hiking

You might think of warm water and azure beaches when you think of Montenegro. But Montenegro was named after its mountains. The name 'Crna Gora' which is the local name for Montenegro, means 'Black Mountain' when translated. 

The striking and wild mountain ranges are just begging to be explored and hiking is one of things to do in Montenegro that can help you do just that!


Mount Orjen

Things to do in MontenegroHiking through Montenegro's forest

Mount Orjen is one of the mountains behind Herceg Novi. 

There's a relaxed, scenic trail up from a small village called Vrbanj. You can choose to stop at the hut near the top or press on to the summit where you get 360 degree views of Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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Vrmac Ridge

Things to do in MontenegroThe view from Vrmac over Kotor

Vrmac Ridge is the ideal place to go hiking on the coast.

The ridge separates Kotor and Tivat and you get great views of both along the top. There's a fortress and hiking and biking paths all over the ridge. You can even walk up the old military trail from Kotor to get there.

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Lake Skadar Hikes

Things to do in MontenegroDiscover hidden rock pools around Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is a treasure trove of hidden walking tracks and forgotten military trails. 

You can find hikes that take you to deserted freshwater pools, across old stone bridges and that give you breath-taking views of the lake. 

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If you're interested in hiking in Montenegro, I recommend Rudolph Abraham's book The Mountains of Montenegro. It thoroughly covers all the main hiking trails in Montenegro and is an invaluable asset to anyone hiking here.


Sun, Beaches and Complete Relaxation

Does your ideal holiday mean days full of sun, rest and relaxation? All you’ll need to bring is a few good books and Montenegro will take care of the rest.

Budva Beaches

Things to do in MontenegroSveti Stefan beach

Budva is known for it's amazing beaches. Fine, pink pebbles; soft, golden sand; azure water... tick, tick and tick! Budva has it all. 

If you're staying in Budva you'll want to check out our beach guide to find your perfect beach.

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Our Favourite Beaches

Things to do in MontenegroGrab your flippers and snorkel and explore!

We are beach lovers. We spend every moment we can in summer on the beach, in the water, on a boat... as long as we're by the water we're in heaven.

Want to know what our favourite beaches are? I've compiled a list:

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Museums

Things to do in MontenegroThe National Museum of Montenegro

Montenegro is a treasure trove of interesting history. And the museums are fascinating places to visit. They harbour relics from prehistoric times through Illyrian, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian rule. 

The National Museum is in Cetinje and all the major towns have exhibits of their own. 

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Wine And Gastronomy

Personally, I think the local food is an unsung hero in Montenegro. It's fresh, it's delicious, and there's a huge variety of food from hearty mountain fare to fresh-caught seafood.

Make sure you put trying some local specialties on your list of things to do in Montenegro!

If you'd like some suggestions of what to eat and drink, I've made a list for you here.

Lake Skadar Wine and Gastronomy Tours

Things to do in MontenegroA wine cellar at a Montenegrin winery

The Lake Skadar and Crmnica regions are Montenegro's home of award-winning wines. 

You can visit wineries and try the local wines and grappas. You can also book full meals of organic produce - accompanied by local wine of course!

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Kotor Bay Hike and gastronomy Tour

Things to do in MontenegroSee how olive oil is made in Montenegro

This tour takes you on a scenic hike in Kotor Bay to work up your appetite before you head over to Lustica Peninsula for the gastronomy tour.

On the gastronomy tour you learn about the Montenegrin traditions of olive oil, proscuitto and cheese making which are the heart of Montenegrin cuisine.

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Bird Watching

Things to do in MontenegroBird-watching at Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is home to over 280 bird species including the endangered Dalmatian Pelican. 

You can take boat and kayak tours on the lake specifically to go bird-watching. These take you to the bird reserves around the lake and are guided by knowledgeable locals.

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Scenic Drives

Things to do in MontenegroView of the Bay of Kotor

It's hard to miss beautiful vistas as you drive around Montenegro. I've been known to say "Slow down! I'm enjoying the scenery" as we drive around the country. 

If you're wondering where you should go to make the most of the scenery, I've put together a list of the 5 most scenic drives in Montenegro.

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Horse Riding

Horse riding is one of the best ways to explore Montenegro's diverse beauty. You can explore places cars can't go and tourists don't go, so you'll see some of our most wild and beautiful places. 

There are horse treks available for beginners to experienced riders. 

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