If ever there was a land to go exploring it’s Montenegro.
Half the size of Wales and sharing borders with Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, this tiny country was at the heart of conflict for decades.
Calm prevails these days and, slowly but surely following in the footsteps of Croatia, Montenegro’s on the way to becoming another Adriatic must-do.
It’s far from a family holiday secret and resorts springing up along the coast suggest it could fall foul of growing popularity. But at the moment it’s still peaceful, unspoiled and well worth getting to know a little better.
A tiny country by any standards, Montenegro counts 72km of beaches along its Adriatic west coast.
Direct flights from the UK to Tivat take just over two hours and all coastal areas are within easy driving distance of the airport.
Dubrovnik also has frequent direct flights from the UK is less than an hour’s drive from medieval Herceg Novi’s lovely beaches in the north of Montenegro.
Lake Skadar National Park has the Balkan’s largest lake at its heart and is a protected wetland habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife and birds.
Lively seaside resorts built around beautifully preserved medieval old towns are a feature all along Montenegro’s coast.
Stretching for 12,0000m, Velika Plaža on the south east coast, is Europe’s longest beach.
Montenegro has three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the historic region of Kotor; Stećci Tombstones; and Durmitor National Park in the far north.
Hire a car in Montenegro. It’s a tiny country and, driving, you could easily explore almost all of it in one holiday. Taxis and water taxis are the best way to get about in towns and cities along the coast. Most resorts are easily walkable and there are bus services from Budva, Kotor and Ulcinj to central and northern Montenegro.