Here’s why you need to consider Montenegro for your next European break

From breath taking beaches to rugged mountains, here’s why you should visit this stunning country...


by Aimee Jakes |
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When hunting for a does-it-all holiday destination, never underestimate the underdog. Montenegro may be one of the smallest countries in Europe yet it's unquestionably mighty (and cheaper than nearby Croatia!)

With massive mountains, breathtaking beaches and minimal crowds, Montenegro is famed for its beauty and is truly a relaxing yet invigorating getaway for all the senses.

Counting Serbia, Croatia and Albania as neighbours, flights to Montenegro from London Heathrow clock in at just under three hours. Living up to its age-old Black Mountain nickname, the tiny Balkan country is made up of 80% mountains and is offset with 117 beaches, five national parks and the oldest olive tree in the world.

Here are the best places to eat, stay and visit if you’re looking for inspiration for your next holiday…

What to do

At 5,332 sq miles, the beauty of Montenegro is how easy it is to see everything on your bucket list. We recommend taking the Kotor cable car to Lovcen National Park which opened in August 2023 and involves plenty of mesmerising views of Montenegro’s mountains cape. Climbing 1,348 meters in just 11 minutes, the excursion is surprisingly peaceful and essential when visiting Lovcen which boasts friendly bars, a restaurant and places to explore and soak in that dreamy view.

For historic architecture galore, take a wander around the old town of Budva, also known for its gorgeous beaches and lively nightlife. We loved the cobbled streets, quaint boutiques and museums aplenty which is perfect for a day trip or two.

The rather elegant Cetinje is the previous royal capital of Montenegro and is home to a dedicated museum to the King Nicholas. Only one-story houses are allowed in the city and it's definitely worth a visit to explore all of the country's rich heritage. The city is almost 700 metres above sea level meaning summer temperatures are a lot more pleasant than the hot spots across the coast, as Montenegro reaches highs of 31°C in the summer.

Lake Skadar - shared with neighbouring country, Albania  - is the largest lake in south Europe and is surrounded by natural beauty. Birds to spot during a very scenic boat tour include the Great Pelican, Camarons, Kingfishes and Egrets. It’s around 40 euros per hour per person.

Where to stay

We arrived at Heritage Grand Perast by Rixos which has the best views of Perast - an old town in the bay of Kotor. The five-star hotel is a knockout thanks to its dreamy location, great food and sublime views of the harbour, which includes Our Lady of the Rocks church, Boka Bay and St George Island. A sunset dinner here was beyond romantic.

For a glorious contrast of a medieval setting and modern amenities, we loved our stay at Stara Caršija Resort & Spa which overlooks the old town of Bar. With superb treatment from staff, excellent dining choices at their on-site restaurant and an enchanting spa for some well-deserved me-time, it’s a glorious choice.  To note, it is a halal hotel and is alcohol-free, however, there are plenty of bars nearby if you fancy a glass of Rakija (the country's traditional beverage).

Fancy spending the night feeling like a James Bond villain? For an intimately opulent stay, you can take a boat out to Mamula Island, a new luxury hotel in Boka Bay. It’s a restored 19th-century fortress boasting 22 suites and 10 rooms - all with breathtaking sea views - as well as a dedicated holistic spa, swimming pools and fine dining. Activities on offer include water sports, sound baths, sunrise yoga and holding a mystical tree, which is said to make wishes come true.

Where to eat

Montenegro is packed full of restaurants, bars and wineries to enjoy. Montenegrin Lamb in Milk, Kacamak (a hearty porridge-type dish served with cream cheese) and black risotto are some of the traditional delicacies on offer, as well as plenty of much-loved favourites including pasta dishes, fine cuts of meat and seafood.

During our time in Montenegro, a sure highlight was wine tasting at local winery Garnet, situated in the village Godinje. The session involved sampling traditional wines and locally produced snacks in a very picturesque spot. A perfect excursion for anyone who fancies themselves as a bit of a wine connoisseur or just loves a glass of vino whilst overlooking Lake Skadar.

Need to know offers flights starting from £30.99 one-way from London Gatwick to Tivat.

Rooms at Heritage Grand Perast by Rixos. Start from £192 per night visit

Rooms at Mamula Island start from £430 per night with a minimum two-night stay. To book visit

The Stara Čaršija Hotel & SPA offers rooms from £85, bookable at

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