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It's not easy to pick the top tourist destinations in Montenegro. Most of the country is stunning, fascinating and just ripe for discovery. But there are some places that just stand out and these are the places you should put on your list of places to visit.
Many of these are only a short distance apart – sometimes just a 10 minute drive - so it's easy to plan to see a few in one day trip. You really can pack a lot in to your stay here.
Or you can just chill on the beach.... there are so many great beaches to choose from!
That's the great thing about Montenegro... you can have whatever kind of holiday you like:
So let's see the top destinations and see which you'll have to put on your list of places to visit...
The Coast of Montenegro
Bay of Kotor
The Mountains of Montenegro
The National Parks of Montenegro
Lovćen National Park
Durmitor National Park
Skadar Lake National Park
Biogradska Gora National Park
Prokletije National Park
The coast of Montenegro is simply breathtaking, with its crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, and charming coastal towns that are rich in history and culture. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure-filled vacation, you'll find everything you need along the Montenegrin coast.
From the beautiful old town of Kotor, with its maze-like streets and impressive fortifications, to the charming town of Budva, with its lively atmosphere and beautiful beaches, there's something for everyone along the coast of Montenegro.
And let's not forget about the mouth-watering cuisine – from fresh seafood and grilled meats to delicious pastries and local wines, the food in Montenegro is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
Below, you'll find a list of the best destinations to visit on the coast of Montenegro.
The Bay of Kotor is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, and I couldn't recommend it more highly!
Nestled between towering mountains and crystal-clear waters, this hidden gem in Montenegro is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Whether you're a history buff or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, there's something for everyone in the Bay of Kotor. From exploring the charming old town and its stunning architecture to enjoying a leisurely boat ride on the bay, you're sure to create unforgettable memories in this idyllic setting.
Kotor has to be on any list of the top tourist destinations in Montenegro. It's an old Venetian city in the heart of the Bay of Kotor and a hugely popular destination in Montenegro. Cruise ships stop here throughout summer and you can find all kinds of tours and activities starting here..
Inside the town you'll find lots of restaurants, shops and sights like museums and churches. Part of the charm of the town is that it hasn't been totally taken over by tourists. Locals still come here for coffee every day, they still live in the town and the local government offices are here. You can walk in and feel a part of daily life in Kotor.
Perast is a charming town located in the heart of the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, and it's definitely worth a visit!
With its picturesque streets lined with colorful buildings and stunning views of the bay and surrounding mountains, Perast is a true hidden gem. The town is known for its rich history and culture, with many beautiful churches and museums to explore. But perhaps the best part of Perast is the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the town.
Whether you're wandering the streets, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, or simply sitting by the water's edge taking in the view, you'll feel right at home in Perast.
Known as the 'town of 100,001 steps', Herceg Novi is a laid-back and authentic coast town at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. With the best beaches in the bay, charming old town, and authentic atmosphere, Herceg Novi is a true hidden gem that's waiting to be discovered.
Whether you're interested in history, culture, or simply soaking up the sun, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained in this charming town. From strolling the waterfront promenade and admiring the stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains to sipping a kafa in Belavista Square in the old town and discovering its many hidden treasures, Herceg Novi is a place that offers a relaxed stay and the most sun in Montenegro!
Once, Tivat was an unattractive town full of grey apartment blocks. The arrival of Porto Montenegro and its beautiful architecture, palm trees and glittering super yachts has transformed Tivat into one of the hottest destinations in Montenegro.
Tivat has excellent international restaurants, plenty of events and it's close to Kotor, Budva and Lustica Peninsula. Not only that, Tivat international airport is just 5 minutes from town so you can get off the plane and be kicking back with a cocktail within half an hour of touching down.
Luštica Peninsula is the least developed part of Montenegro's coastline. It's rugged and beautiful... but it's not going to stay that way for too much longer! Developers are discovering Luštica and there are big plans underway.
For now, Luštica remains the ideal place for a quiet Montenegrin getaway. It's rural, covered with olive groves and fishing cottages. If you're looking for a true getaway, you can't go past Luštica. And depending on where you stay, you can be just 10 minutes from Tivat or Kotor by car.
The peninsula is home to a number of charming traditional villages, abandoned forts and wild beaches. It's also where you'll find some of the most popular beaches like kid-friendly Blue Horizons and fashionable Almara Beach Club. And of course, there's no shortage of delicious local cuisine to sample, with fresh seafood, local cheeses, and homemade wine among the highlights.
Budva is one of the most beautiful and lively towns on Montenegro's stunning coastline, and it's the perfect place to experience the unique blend of history, culture, and modernity that characterizes this amazing country. With its beautiful beaches, charming old town, and vibrant nightlife, Budva has something for everyone.
The old town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys that lead to hidden squares and stunning historical buildings, while the waterfront promenade is lined with bars, restaurants, and cafes that come alive at night with music and laughter. Whether you're looking to explore the town's rich cultural heritage, soak up the sun on the beach, or party the night away with friends, Budva is the place to be.
Bečići is a popular seaside resort on the glitzy Budva Riviera, and it's the perfect place to enjoy a beach holiday in Montenegro. With its long, sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, Bečići is the perfect place to relax and unwind, whether you're looking to soak up the sun or enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.
The resort is also home to a number of excellent restaurants and cafes, where you can sample delicious local cuisine and enjoy a drink with friends as the sun sets over the water. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation, Bečići is a fantastic seaside resort on the coast of Montenegro.
Sveti Stefan is a picturesque islet on the Budva Riviera, and it's one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations in the country. The islet is a 15th-century fort that has been transformed into a luxurious resort, with stunning villas and cottages that offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.
Whether you're looking to relax and soak up the sun on the pink pebble beaches or explore the forest and nearby hamlets, Sveti Stefan is the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries.
Petrovac is a charming coastal town located on Montenegro's stunning Budva Riviera. With its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and fishing village atmosphere, Petrovac is the perfect destination for anyone looking to relax and unwind in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
The town is also home to a number of excellent restaurants and cafes, where you can sample delicious local cuisine and enjoy a drink with friends as the sun sets over the water. Petrovac is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the simple pleasures of beach life.
Bar is a vibrant and authentic coastal town located in the southern part of Montenegro, and it's the perfect place to experience the unique blend of history, culture and modernity that characterises Montenegro.
The town is home to an impressive medieval old town that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and cafes where you can sample delicious local cuisine and enjoy a drink with friends. It's also home to one of the world's oldest olive trees and a long coastline of beaches.
Ulcinj is well off the beaten path for most tourists visiting Montenegro. But it’s rapidly becoming a very cool destination for those looking for beach parties without the crowds.
During summer it’s a lively, buzzing place with lots of tourists who like get off the beaten track. With a huge sandy beach and the firm establishment of kite surfing here, it's also become a popular place for young travellers who want beach parties with an underground vibe.
Local's Tip: If you go down to Ulcinj in summer, you must pick up one of the their famous watermelons. You'll see fields of them growing all over Ulcinj and they're the sweetest, juiciest watermelons you'll find.
If you're not going to Ulcinj but are still keen to get your hands on one of these treats, just look out for stalls and trucks by the side of the road anywhere in Montenegro selling 'Ulcinjska lubenica'.
Make room in your fridge because these beauties are BIG.
No trip to Montenegro is truly complete without a trip into Montenegro's rugged mountains. The north of Montenegro is stunningly wild and it's where you'll see a different side of the country than the tourist-polished coast.
The interior region is completely different. It's mountainous and is covered by snow for around four months a year.
It's this mountain region that the country is named for. 'Montenegro' means 'Black Mountain' and when you arrive you immediately see why. Away from the coast the landscape is wild and rugged - bears and wolves roam freely here. It's the perfect place to step off the beaten path, hike and see the real Montenegro.
Below, I've listed the best places to visit in Montenegro's inland regions.
Žabljak is Montenegro's most popular mountain town. Located in the heart of stunning Durmitor National Park, it's the perfect place to experience the natural beauty and rugged charm of this diverse country.
With its snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and dense forests, Žabljak offers some of the most stunning scenery in the region. The town is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities on offer including hiking, skiing, and rafting.
Kolašin is Montenegro's most popular ski resort and it's the gateway to Biogradska National Park.
This busy ski resort offers fantastic hiking and scenery, horse riding, history and some fantastic restaurants where you can try authentic Montenegrin cuisine.
Cetinje is the former capital of Montenegro, and it's the perfect place to explore the rich cultural heritage and history of Montenegro.
With palaces, the national museum, former embassies and the Presidential Palace Cetinje offers a glimpse into Montenegro's fascinating past. The town is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the stunning Lovćen National Park and Njeguši village, making it a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Njeguši is the home of Montenegro's best prosciutto and a cultural landmark in Montenegro.
Known for having the perfect combination of sea and mountain climate for making prosciutto, njeguški pršut (prosciutto from Njeguši) is a prized delicacy throughout Montenegro. You can visit the town to try prosciutto and cheeses as well as other traditional products like wine and Montenegrin brandy.
Njeguši is also the birthplace of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, who ruled Montenegro from 1830 - 1831. Petar II Petrović-Njegoš was one of Montenegro's favourite rulers and his mausoleum in Lovćen National Park is one of Montenegro's top attractions. You can also visit his birthplace in Njeguši, which has been turned into a museum.
Rijeka Crnojevića is a charming town in the heart of Montenegro, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and serene waterways. As a settlement that dates back to the middle ages, this small town has a rich history, with a quaint and welcoming atmosphere that makes it a great place to visit.
The town's picturesque views, including the beautiful River Crnojevića, make it an ideal spot for photography and nature lovers. The local cuisine is also something to be savoured, with fresh fish and locally sourced produce adding to the delicious flavors of the area.
Podgorica is the capital and largest city in Montenegro. Although not a tourist hot spot, many people fly into and out of Podgorica and it's conveniently located between the mountains and sea.
Although Podgorica doesn't have a host of attractions like other tourist destinations in Montenegro, you'll find plenty to do in this vibrant city if you choose to stay there.
Montenegro is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and its national parks are the perfect place to experience it all. Each park has its own unique charm, from the dramatic peaks of Durmitor National Park to the tranquil waters of Skadar Lake National Park.
There are five national parks in Montenegro and you'll find plenty of things to see and do in each one. Hiking is an obvious one, but you'll also find whitewater rafting, zip lines, boat trips, kayaking, cycling, cultural monuments and authentic local cuisine.
I highly recommend visiting at least one national park in Montenegro during your stay!
Lovćen is one of the most popular national parks of Montenegro. It lies between Kotor, Cetinje and Budva and is an easy day trip from anywhere on the coast.
The route via the serpentine road up from Kotor is one of the most scenic in the country and will give you stunning views of the Bay of Kotor. It does have 25 hairpin turns, but this probably won’t be a problem since you’ll be wanting to stop so often to take photos of the view!
On the way you’ll be able to stop in the village of Njeguši to try some famed Njeguši prosciutto and cheese... and maybe some rakija!
Durmitor National Park is a place of spectacular beauty and pristine wilderness and it's a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It's one of the most-visited national parks because it's so beautiful and easy to get to. With its dramatic peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests, the park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Whether you're hiking, biking, or skiing, the park's stunning landscapes are unforgettable.
The park is also home to several charming mountain villages, where you can experience the local culture and and you'll find lots of great accommodation options, from bungalows to hotels.
Skadar Lake is one of the largest lakes in Europe and creates the border between Montenegro and Albania. It's also one of the most important bird reserves in Europe and taking a boat out on the lake is a must-do while you're here.
This region is also Montenegro's premier wine-making region and there are boutique wineries all over this area. You can book a wine and food tasting at a family-run winery and even stay in a villa onsite.
You can easily reach Skadar Lake in a day trip from anywhere along the Montenegrin coast and there are tours going there daily.
Biogradska Gora National park lies in the north east of Montenegro. It's the smallest of the national parks of Montenegro, but it's so important because it's one of only three remaining virgin forests left in Europe and trees in the park are up to 400 years old.
There are lots of reasons to plan a visit to Biogradska Gora. It's a great place for families, with an open-air noddy train ride and boats that you can hire to row around the lake. It's an outdoor and nature lover's paradise too. There are lots of hiking and biking trails, horse-riding and jeep safari tours you can take through the park.
Or if you just want to kick back and do some light sightseeing and spend lots of time relaxing in a Jacuzzi and getting massages, Biogradska Gora is the perfect mountain retreat to relax. You'll find excellent hotels in nearby Kolašin and no crowds.
Prokletije is the newest national park of Montenegro. It's home to the highest peak in Montenegro, Maja Kolata, which beats Bobotov Kuk in Durmitor by just 5m. The name Prokletije actually means ‘accursed mountains’ and the range lies on the border with Albania in the south east.
Prokletije is the least-visited national park in Montenegro, but it draws serious mountaineers from Europe to scale its dangerous peaks.
Kopaonik Ski Resort in Serbia is our favourite place to ski and snowboard. We go every year!
We love it because the trails are world class there are so many to explore. We also love that we can stay in a hotel right on the slopes. We just ski out of the front door and straight into a chairlift.
Kopaonik hasn't been discovered by the rest of the world... yet... why not join us and get there before the masses?!