A cheap Montenegro break provides scenic towns and attractive beaches
With a flight time of under three hours and plenty of affordable accommodation, Montenegro is a popular choice with budget-seeking holidaymakers.
The Budva region in the south of Montenegro has 320 kilometres of coastline and offers picture-perfect scenery of pine woods, craggy canyons and terracotta towns. The resort of the same name, Budva has an old town that’s crossed with narrow streets and squares, a medieval stone citadel and a smart harbour. It represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage and a creative centre for local and international artists.
Also part of the Budva Riviera is the sleepy town of Petrovac. Surrounded by mountains, it nestles in the shade of a 16th-century Venetian fortress, which guards a tiny stone harbour and is home to the Museum of Roman Mosaics. Its promenade is lined with pine and palm trees and stretches along the 600-metre beach, well-known for its fine reddish sand.
Just across the bay from Budva, is the three-kilometre sand and pebble beach of Becici. With its backdrop of pine-clad hills and local restaurants and craft shops lining the promenade, it has a more relaxed vibe. Or you could stay at the traditional fishermen’s island of Sveti Stefan, which is now a world-famous location on one of the most picturesque coastal areas of the Adriatic. A fortified island village connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, its 15th-century stone villas overlooking the pink-sand beach and turquoise waters have made it one of Montenegro’s most photographed sites.
Cheap days out in Montenegro
Boating and watersports are hugely popular activities in Montenegro. Budva offers opportunities for parasailing, jet-ski trips and banana boats as well as some of the best beaches in the area, including Jaz Beach and Milocer Beach, where you can simply unwind.
Just an hour’s drive from Becici lie the Lovcen Mountains, reaching 1,729 metres high. If you can brave a trip to their summit, you’ll be rewarded with remarkable views of national parkland. Also easily accessible from Becici is Lake Skadar, a protected national park surrounded by dramatic mountains. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 260 different species and the mountains are home to wild tortoises, coloured lizards and amphibians. Another national park well worth a visit and accessible by local bus is Biogradska Gora. Its diversity of flora and fauna spans 220 different plants and 150 species of bird, as well as untouched forests and glacier lakes.
About 33 kilometres from Budva, the underground world of the Lipa Cave is a unique experience. An extensive cave network with two and a half kilometres of passages and halls to explore on foot or via train, it houses underground streams, lakes and springs.
One of the most famous cities in Montenegro, Kotor, is well-known for its fjord-like scenery and mountainous bay. The Old City of Kotor is well-preserved with medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage. Its buildings, with their terracotta-coloured rooftops huddle together and are criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
Montenegro isn’t the only destination for a budget-friendly holiday. Spain has plenty of great deals across sun-drenched and affordable resorts. With its stunning Mediterranean coasts, Troodos mountains and historical attractions, Cyprus also has much to offer for a cheap getaway. While Turkey is well-known for its long sandy beaches, affordable hotels and impressive historic treasures, providing inexpensive activities.
If Montenegro is your chosen destination, read more about it in our Montenegro travel guide, and below are a few great value hotel suggestions.
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Situated just a few minutes' walk from the attractive Becici beach, this 4* hotel is perfect for a cheap holiday soaking up the sunshine. If you prefer to stay active there's a freshwater outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool, fitness room and sauna. The hotel has a buffet restaurant and three bars, but if you prefer to explore in the evening, stroll along Becici's seafront promenade or walk to the old fishing village of Rafailovici for dinner at one of its seafood restaurants.
This small boutique hotel is located in the residential area of Budva town, about 1.5 kilometres from the old town. With the beach about 700 metres away, this hotel is perfect for a cheap getaway when you just want to relax. As well as a pool, the spa area features a hot tub and a sauna. The hotel's restaurant offers local specialities and international cuisine in the elegant dining room or on the sunny terrace.
This good value, modern hotel is situated in the heart of Petrovac bay, just 50 metres from the sea. The sandy beach is just minutes from the hotel foyer, as is the village offering bars, restaurants and cafes. At the hotel's wellness centre are outdoor and indoor pools, as well as a sauna and Turkish bath, and various types of massages and beauty treatments. You can also enjoy table tennis, archery and mini golf in the hotel grounds. The buffet restaurant offers views of the beautiful flower gardens and the American Bar has breath-taking vistas of Katic and Sveta Nedjelja islands.