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Montenegro… in a Nutshell

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Sleepy Montenegro may be small, but Montenegro tours pack a punch. Azure seas, golden beaches, looming mountain peaks, charming towns and delicious cuisine.

Montenegro Budvar

Budvar, Montenegro. Photo by Dannis Jarvis.

This is a country recognized by the National Geographic as one of the “50 Places of a Lifetime”, and regularly featured as one of the tourist destinations of the year in places like Lonely Planet and Yahoo. This is no doubt owing to Montenegro’s beautiful coast and stunning mountain region, but also thanks to the fact that it has managed to largely avoid the pitfalls of mass tourism. So when you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination in Europe, you’ll

On Montenegro tours you’ll discover a slice of authentic Mediterranean Europe that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Things to do on Montenegro Tours

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions

Montenegro lake

Our Lady of the Rock. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.

Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city, is most people’s first stop in the country and a good introduction to the culture. It might not be Europe’s most beautiful city, but there’s a buzzing nightlife, a wealth of restaurants and cafes, and some good areas to enjoy the outdoors.

Montenegro’s real charms, however, are to be found out of its bigger cities and in the smaller, more charming towns and the national parks. Of particular note is Durmitor, which is an essential visit on Montenegro tours. Located in the north of the country, it offers great opportunities for hiking, biking, mountaineering, swimming, bungee jumping, rafting and much more. Combine that with the spectacular scenery and some fantastic food and you’ve got a great place to spend a few days.

Budva is the Montenegro’s tourism capital. Surrounding Budva is a stretch of  beach that extends over 11,000m. You’ll find a vibrant nightlife and some great cafes and restaurants in the area, as well as typical Mediterranean architecture. The most famous, and arguably most beautiful, beach, is Mogren. A must-visit for those seeking to soak up the sun. Nearby Sveti Stefan was voted by Lonely Planet as one of the most glamorous places in the world, and for those seeking luxury is an essential visit.

Occupying the border between Albania and Montenegro is Skadar Lake, an area of breathtaking beauty that offers some of Europe’s best hikes. There are also plentiful bird-watching opportunities.

Perast is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful towns. Here you’ll find Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock), a charming little island with a church and museum. The town itself is all cobblestone, old Mediterranean style relaxation, and if you need to unwind with a glass of wine and a view, this is the place.

Montenegro’s appeal is found in a variety of places, but it’s hard not admit that the country’s major draw is the lifestyle: languid, opulent, and appreciative of the finer things in life.

So What’s Montenegro all about?

Food and Culture of Montenegro

Montenegro Kotor

Kotor, Montenegro. Photo by Trish Hartmann.

Montenegro combines a number of influences, including Ancient Greek, Roman, Christian, Islamic, Bulgarian, Italian, Yugoslavian and more. As such it’s an incredibly diverse, rich culture. Thanks to this, architecture varies greatly in different areas of Montenegro and as you travel through you’ll find cultures between areas to be distinct.

The food, as you may imagine, is equally diverse. In the middle of Montenegro and along the coast there are echoes of Italian cuisine in both the style of cooking and ingredients (bread, meat, cheese, wine, stews, meatballs and more). Elsewhere you’ll find a great deal of Turkish-style cuisine, with plenty of moussaka, pita and kebabs.

When to go to on Montenegro tours

What time of the year is it best to visit Montenegro?

Between April and September is the best time to visit Montenegro. In this time of the year you’ll find the coastal regions to be distinctly Mediterranean (with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties at times). Similarly, the interior is very pleasant around this time, whereas in winter the climate is extremely cold – reaching minus 20 at some points.

Predictably, July and August are the busiest months for tourism, so to avoid the (admittedly not too sizable) crowds, you should avoid these months.

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