Montenegro Holidays 2022/2023

Rugged mountains, medieval villages, a forest drenched landscape and Adriatic beaches make Montenegro holidays a memorable trip to one of the best looking Balkan countries going. It's not all charm and chill out though, as Montenegro also offers some truly kitted out tourist resorts that are ideal for a memorable family getaway.

A picturesque Riviera

The Budva Riviera is a region set in the south of Montenegro, cloaked in pine woods, waterways and craggy canyons. It also has its own 320-kilometre strip of coastline, which is split into 100 separate beaches. Amid the picture-perfect scenery are treks for the intrepid and terracotta towns just waiting to be explored.

The capital of the Riviera, Budva, is a medieval build. Think of it as a labyrinth set out beside the sea, welcoming visitors to take a trip back in time as they scramble over the battlements of the citadel. Meanwhile, the nearby holiday hotspot of Becici is a fashionable destination for the wealthy, with luxury hotels and boutique markets.

Currency: Euro

Language: Montenegrin

Time Difference: GMT +1

Population: Approx 650,000

Religion: Eastern orthodox



Montenegro is a mostly mountainous Balkan land, but it also has a surprising amount of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The towns and villages that host these beaches differ widely. Some are lively party spots and others are quiet fishing villages. This means holidays to Montenegro are full of variety. Becici holidays are particularly laidback affairs. On offer is a picturesque beach, a promenade for strolling along and some select, luxury hotels on the waterfront. These are just some of the reasons that they're as popular with celebrities as they are with us mere mortals.


The resort of Budva sits on and around a small peninsula and is one of the most popular destinations for holidays to Montenegro. This is largely due to its numerous, immaculate beaches, buzzing night scene and picturesque old town. This means that Budva holidays really do offer a bit of everything. Like many of its Balkan neighbours, Montenegro's landscapes are generally very mountainous and dramatic. The rugged terrain in the north of the country changes to mostly rocky ground within the central area. Montenegro's southern region is then pure coastal plains, with beaches and resorts dotted along its sandy stretches.


In the past couple of years, holidays to Montenegro have grown increasingly popular. Soon everyone will be heading to this pretty Balkan country, with its footprint-free beaches, rugged mountains and quaint villages. Holidays to Igalo, a chic resort on the Bay of Kotor, promise all this and more. Expect excellent beaches, a picturesque old town, and a great range of activities to enjoy. Located near the Croatian border, Igalo's located within easy driving distance of the beautiful Dubrovnik.


With holidays to Montenegro on the rise, why not consider a trip of a lifetime to Petrovac? It's an elegant seaside resort just a short drive south of Budva, and it's the country's most visited destination, home to beautiful beaches and sandy coves. Petrovac holidays promise lazy days on the sand, plenty of outdoor activities and exquisite cuisine. You'll love exploring the islands, bays and fortresses of this stunning coastal town.


Holidays to Montenegro just got more interesting with the transformation of Tivat. Once an average seaside town, it is now a playground for the rich and famous. The redevelopment of Tivat's naval base into a state-of-the-art marina is at the heart of the change in the town's fortunes, and the focal point of your trip to this little Balkan beauty on the Adriatic Sea. From glacial lakes to a rainforest, rocky mountains to national parks, Tivat is a nature lover's playground. Throw in some super beaches and fascinating historical landmarks and you've got the holiday of a lifetime.


Holidays to Montenegro can take many forms, but few are as beautiful and varied as visiting Ulcinj. It's situated in the beautiful south of the country, on the coast, and the silver sands attract tourists from all over Europe, as do the clear, warm waters. Holidays to Ulcinj often revolve around the beach; the stunning coast stretches for miles, so you can always find secluded coves during the busy season. The climate stays warm all year, and it stays relatively mild in the winter, too. The city itself is full of restaurants, cafés and galleries, as well as architectural feats and historical landmarks.

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi is a little slice of heaven for any avid holidaymaker. Over the past few years, we've seen Montenegro holidays become increasingly popular, and this beautiful resort is a main part of the reason why. With swaying palm trees, turquoise waters and a culturally rich Old Town, the Herceg Novi resort really is a dream for sightseers.

The sleepy south

Head further down the coast and you’ll find Petrovac, a dozy, down-tempo fishing village. Nestled coolly in the shade of a Venetian fortress, Petrovac is popular because of its beach, yet never gets overcrowded. Rest and relaxation comes first in this south-westerly resort, so be sure to bring a book or two.

Lake Skadar is located in southern Montenegro, just inland and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Balkans. The waters are backed by towering snow-capped mountains, while just metres from the bank sit lily-pads that stretch out into the water like a field of grass. Among the many spots along the bank of Lake Skadar, one of the most picturesque is Kator Bay. Here you’ll find rows of terracotta roofs and a sandy beach which is ideal for swimming.

You can even take a boat trip on the Golden Frog, the tiny wooden cruiser that takes visitors on trips past the many sights and sounds of the lake. Choose a cruise that suits you, with shorter and longer sailings available and a variety of tour guides who are all very friendly and knowledgeable about their surroundings.

Climb the highest mountain

Reaching a whopping 1,749 metres high, the Lovcen Mountains are located just an hour’s drive from Becici. A trip up to the top yields remarkable views of 6,000 square-metres of national parkland. If you can brave the 461 stairs that lead to the mausoleum at Lovcen’s highest peak, you’ll see exactly why Petar II Petrovic Njegos, second ruler of Montenegro, chose to be buried here.

A cultural hub

Budva is a creative centre, hosting events which are fuelled by local and international artists. One such gathering is the Theatre City Festival, during which the entirety of the Old Town opens up to creatives who roam the streets, displaying their work and often blurring the lines between reality and performance.

One of the most popular Mediterranean music festivals kicks off in that same city every year. Sea Dance welcomes musicians from all over the Med each July to perform to crowds of revellers and is extremely popular with those enjoying Balkan holidays during peak season. While in September, Petrovac opens its venues up to the annual Jazz Festival, spreading music all throughout the country.

Escape to a hidden coast

Holidays to Montenegro aren’t complete without taking in the area’s countless beaches, each boasting its own unique charm. Among these is Mogren, the hidden stretch of sand which got its name after Spanish mariner Mogrini was shipwrecked on its shores centuries ago. Once you see this idyllic strip you’ll wonder why he ever left.

The beach, which is split in two by a rocky passage, is one of the quietest spots in Montenegro, yet one of the most loved by those in the know. If you want a true escape from the world, Mogren is the place for you. Do expect to pay a euro entrance fee though, as this helps the upkeep of the beach and stops it from becoming over crowded.