For a little country, Montenegro has a lot to offer. Find mountain peaks and shimmering seas with beautiful beaches along the blue Adriatic Sea. Its geographic location makes it an interesting mix of east and west with fortresses, Orthodox churches, Roman villas, and mosques. The picturesque countryside is dotted with quaint towns and villages. Hike through beautiful, remote mountains and forests of glacial lakes and deep canyons. Ski down the slopes of the highest mountain on the Adriatic coast. Chat with the friendly locals over a meal of halloumi or fresh seafood straight from the Adriatic.
The coastline here is stunning with walled towns on its shores. Yachts line the marinas and add a dose of glitz on the Budva Riviera. People-watch in one of the cafes or take in the beautiful views at one of the al fresco restaurants. Walk the marble streets of Budva’s old town of Stari Grad, surrounded by a fortress and picture-perfect squares.
In the town of Perast, Venice style palazzos are a reminder of its wealthy past. Bright bougainvilleas grow in the remnants of these once grand homes. Just off the coast of Perast are two islands, one with a ninth century abbey surrounded by cypress trees. Another church here was built in 1630 and features paintings and views of the surrounding waters.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor is a medieval town with pretty narrow streets. Visit the Maritime Museum of Montenegro to learn more about the seafaring history of this region. A climb to the top of the 14th century town walls gives you a stunning view of the bay.
The island of Sveti Stefan was once the playground for celebrities. Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren are among those who frequented the whitewashed stone villas set against the turquoise sea. Going further back to the 1400s, this was once a haven for families seeking protection from invaders and pirates. Deep sea fishing and diving are popular off the southern coast where ancient shipwrecks lie.
It is this contrast between natural beauty and rich history that makes Montenegro a pearl on the Adriatic coast.