With a tumultuous political history, Montenegro became an independent nation in 2006 after breaking apart from the former Yugoslavia. The country still features many nods to its history, throughout its architecture, statues and monuments. The town of Budva is built with cobbled streets and terracotta rooftops while the town's citadel features medieval towers and battle walls.
The Tara Bridge provides breath-taking views out to the pine-clad hills and also makes for a refreshing hike into nature. Becici's coastline is filled with interesting areas too with a ballet dancer statue sitting atop rocks while the Crka Svetog Tome is a church by the beach.
Budva nights out
Each of the large hotel complexes offer nightly entertainment for their guests within their respective bar areas. This can come in the form of holiday fun like karaoke and quizzes or with local entertainment with musicians and dancers performing.
Though the region seems to be a blend of culture and nature by day, there are opportunities to go wild at night with some excellent nightclubs found within Budva. Top Hill is a club designed to be a DJs dream where the dancefloor sits below podiums filled with dancers and entertainers. La Roca is a nightclub slightly out of town that is hidden inside a stone villa or visitors can try their luck at the Avala Casino.
Shopping for souvenirs
The town of Budva also presents the best shopping facilities along the Budva Riviera region. You can experience both ends of the shopping spectrum between the commercialised TQ Shopping Plaza and the small and traditional flea market found within the old town.
There are other smaller boutiques found around the town that can send you home with a local souvenir or a taste of Montenegrin fashion. Search through Scarlet and Reactive Boutique for items of original design.
Since Montenegro is a relatively new country, its cuisine uses borrowed themes from surrounding countries. The coastal area lends Mediterranean themes with seafood being a popular dish while the rest of the country borrows Italian savoury foods, Hungarian goulash, Turkish moussaka and kebabs, and Croatian desserts.
Dining areas around the Montenegro coastline range from water facing terraces to outdoor dining within classic courtyards. The flavours are just part of the gastronomic experience in this country with a great selection of restaurants and other eateries providing wonderful settings.
Holidays to Montenegro will actually see you land in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the direct flight time from the UK is between two and a half to three hours. From there the drive to your resort from Dubrovnik will take between two and three hours.
The towns of Montenegro are well connected thanks to the thorough bus service that runs between the resorts. Car hire is available too or you can grab a taxi or water taxi to get you around. Boat trips can also take you out to the nearby Sv. Nikola Island.
Best time of year to visit
The best time to experience terrific temperatures in Montenegro is from May to September with June to August being the driest of those months. Average high temperatures reach 30°C at the height of summer making the beaches and nature look spectacular underneath the sunshine.
If you'd like to experience a serious summer celebration on your holiday in Montenegro then visit Budva during July when the Sea Dance Festival is held. This beach-based music festival features an array of genres with jazz performers, electro DJs and metal bands forming just some of the recent line-ups.