Montenegro Holidays

Montenegro Holidays

Deep blue waters, dramatic rugged coastlines and sprawling mountains peppered with whitewashed buildings and terracotta roofs, Montenegro is a small country with a wild heart. Sitting in the shadow of its larger neighbour, Croatia, this Balkan gem is an up-and-coming holiday hotspot steeped in history and packed with culture.

Why holiday in Montenegro?

A Montenegro holiday is a holiday like no other. With long sandy beaches, historic quaint towns and not as many visiting travellers as its larger cousins, it’s easy to see why Montenegro is growing in popularity. Add that to amazing food, picturesque marinas and a flight time of just two and a half hours, and you’ve got an all-round great destination.

Head to the resort of Budva for a seamless blend of old and new. Where the traditional stone houses meet cosmopolitan hotels and a chic marina. Looking for a flop and drop kind of holiday? Then try the resort of Becici with its huge sweeping beach and delicious seafront restaurants.

Beach holidays in Montenegro

Come on in, the water’s warm… and crystal clear… and teaming with marine life and… well you get the picture. A postcard-worthy backdrop of rolling mountains that slope into the sea is met with deep golden sands, perfect pebbled stretches and cosy secluded coves. Sounds dreamy right? From family beaches that are packed with facilities to lively party stretches and quiet pebbled inlets; whether you’re an adventure seeker or a sun worshipper, there’s certainly a beach for you in Montenegro.

Follow in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe and head to Sveti Stefan for a beach day with a view. Set on the causeway of a small peninsular, this picturesque almost-island is a once thriving 15th century village that still retains its traditional charm. For a lively beach day with plenty going on then give Jaz Beach a go. With plenty of restaurants and bars along the edge, and even a visiting summer festival, this is the place to go for a fun-filled day out. Looking for something a little more rustic? Then head to Lucice. There may be quite a few other people there but this wild beach still holds onto its unspoilt beauty.

Food and drink in Montenegro

Being a mountainous country with such rich waters off shore certainly has its benefits, and Montenegro definitely reaps those rewards. From the super-fresh seafood dishes that were born in Budva to the hearty meat dishes that originated in the mountains of Njegusi, a trip to Montenegro is definitely a culinary delight.

Seafood lovers will rejoice at the amount of delicious fresh seafood dishes that grace the menus here. We recommend trying the buzara (a medley of shrimp, prawns and shellfish cooked together in a delicious white wine sauce), or the unique taste of the Montegrin take on risotto that is flavoured with garlic, nutmeg, white wine and cuttlefish ink. Top tip: make sure to wash it down with a glass of water as the cuttlefish ink can make your teeth temporarily black! Not a fan of seafood? Not to worry, Montenegro is full of delicious meat and veggie dishes too. Try the famous Njeguski steak – a pork or veal schnitzel filled with delicious Njeguski prosciutto and cheese – or the amazing stuffed filo pastry parcels known as burek. Finish off your culinary adventures with an award-winning home-grown wine or a shot of the traditional rakia – a fruit brandy that is usually flavoured with plums or a similar fruit.

Visiting Montenegro

A deep-rooted history and a rich culture run through the veins of this unique country. With influences from Ancient Rome, Christianity, the Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire and Islam (just to name a few) all packed into this small country, it’s no wonder that it attracts travellers from all walks of life. There’s a superb art scene, the countryside is gorgeous, the food is divine and the nightlife rivals even the liveliest of party destinations.

For one of the best views in Montenegro, make sure to check out San Giovanni Fortress. A 9th century fortress perched on a hill in Kotor, a wander round here is spectacular in itself, not to mention the views. All that stands in your way is 1355 steps. Easy, right? Fancy finding a view without the climb? Then take a day trip to Tara or Tapa Canyon. Second in size to the Grand Canyon, Tara Canyon is very different in appearance. Lush, green and full of waterfalls. The best place to take in the view is from the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge.

Useful Information for your holiday to Montenegro

So, you’re thinking of jetting off to Montenegro? Well, we think that is a great choice! After all, you can never go wrong with a beach break full of sun, sea, culture and amazing food, can you? To prepare you for your exciting trip, here are a few handy hints. The plane journey is approximately two and a half hours from the UK, and the time difference is just plus one hour, which means you can fly after breakfast and arrive before lunch. Talk about ideal! The euro is the official currency and the language is Montenegrin, which is a derivative of Croatian. To make sure you hit the ground running we’ll tell you a few useful phrases: hello – zdravo, goodbye - doviđenja, cheers – živjeli, thank you - hvala vam. It looks like you’re all set. We’ll see you on the beach!
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