Montenegro in Eastern Europe is fast becoming one of the hottest spots to visit in Europe. But with this part of the world remaining relatively undiscovered, it's hard to know the must dos, the places to visit in Montenegro. There are a myriad of things to see and do here! From miles of sandy beaches and fjords to historical cities, Montenegro boasts high style at an affordable price point. See below for our top things to do and see in beautiful Montenegro.
And if you're tempted by the best of Montenegro, come along on our August Bank Holiday long weekend in a luxury villa on the Adriatic, 25-28 August! Last spots now selling for the perfect summer send-off party!
1. Take a tour of Kotor town and Perast
The city of Kotor sits in the most southern alcove of the Bay of Kotor, the largest bay on the Adriatic Sea and boasts a panorama of the Bay and walled city. The Bay is situated at the most southern fjord in Europe and offers stunning views of dramatic black mountains against tranquil, crystal clear waters. Make sure to bring your camera to the fortified medieval town, a UNESCO heritage site strewn with narrow cobble-stoned streets, Venetian palaces and café-lined squares. If the walls could talk we would hear wonderfully haunting stories of the past!
North of Kotor is the seaside town of Perast, accessed by the Verige Straight. A quiet fishing village, Perast offers achingly beautiful views of the fjords and has an equally rich history. Do not miss Our Lady of the Rock church, built in 1630 on its own man-made island.
2. Go White-water Rafting through the Tara River
The Tara River Canyon, near Kotor, is 18 kilometres long, 4000 metres deep and has 21 rapids and cascading waterfalls. What better way to experience the river than through a rafting adventure? Spend an exhilarating day white water rafting through this picturesque canyon. Between rapids, you can go for a swim in calm pools. The Tara River has the cleanest water in the world, which you can sip while enjoying a locally sourced lunch.
3. Take a boat tour of the Bay of Kotor and Tivat Bay
Spend the afternoon exploring secret swimming spots, sight-seeing and developing an appreciation of the Balkans – all with a glass of wine in hand, naturally. Relax on a yacht's sundeck as you journey through the deep blue waters of the Bay of Kotor and Tivat Bay. These bays offer the most scenic views of the fjords and peaceful secluded islands.
4. Get your Adrenaline Junkie Fix
Think Montenegro is just beaches and pretty cities? Not so. Montenegro offers the best in the Balkans for outdoor adventure. Kayak and canoe through the Bay of Kotor or soar over the Tara River on an 865-metre zip line.
Durmitor National Park was formed by glaciers and rivers. It has protected forests and waterfalls and well-marked hiking trails. More than 50 limestone cliffs make up the park, with the Bobotov Kuk measuring an impressive 2500 meters in height. Visit this park in winter for skiing and snowboarding and in summer for rafting, hiking and climbing. The panoramic views of the forests, limestone peaks and Tara River are best viewed from the top of Mount Curevac.
5. Relax on Private Beaches
With 117 beaches situated along the Adriatic coast, Montenegro is a sun-seeker’s paradise. Offering some of the finest beaches in the Adriatic, you’ll take in the crystal clear waters with backdrops of mountains, fields, olive groves and pinewoods. Some secret rocky coves are accessible only by boat but there are also large stretches of wide sandy beach.
Our favourite is Drobni Pijesak beach, close to Petrovac- a private beach where 40EUR for the day will get you’re a beach cabana and a bottle of wine. Secluded and set in olive groves, this lovely beach is unique.
6. Explore Lake Skadar
Located on the border of Albania and Montenegro, Lake Skadar is a nature-lover’s paradise and the largest lake in Southern Europe at 540 square kilometres. Encircled by mountains, it's a wonderful spot to kayak, hike and swim as you explore its rocky shores, mirrored waters, and enjoy its diverse wildlife.
8. Scuba dive in the Bay of Kotor
Courses for everyone from beginners to advanced PADI divers are available in the stunning Bay of Kotor. Unlike diving spots in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic waters showcase unforgettable diving experiences, with scenery of caves, sunken ships as well as fish, octopus, starfish and sea urchins. There really is no diving like this elsewhere in the world!
9. Go Wine Tasting in Lake Skadar
Once the centre of Yugoslavia’s wine industry, Montenegro still produces wine both on a large industrial level and by small-scale winemakers. The Vranac is Montenegro’s signature grape and offered by every wine producer in the area. Spend a day sampling the red wine, as well as many other varieties, as you tour through the wineries at Lake Skadar.
The Montenegrins follow each wine sampling with rakija, a brandy popular in Southeastern Europe. Make sure to not book your white water rafting tour for the next morning!
10. Climb Kotor City Walls
Bring comfortable shoes to hike up the fortress walls as the climb is steep! The views of the Bay of Kotor are spectacular and the walk past beautiful churches and through deserted villages is enjoyable. We recommend timing the walk one hour each way, to coincide with the beautiful sunset: a perfect way to end the day.
Pssst…. Did you know we are doing three of these on our trip to Montenegro? Capture the last rays of summer sun swimming Montenegro's secret swimming spots, islands and canyons, we'll watch the sunsets from our Kotor Bay-side waterfront villa and on a private yacht. Snap up our last few spots available now!! MORE INFORMATION HERE