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Why Montenegro is the up and coming destination for families

A holiday to Montenegro promises an amazing photo album, from old walled cities like Kotor to the rolling meadows surrounding its mountain ranges inland. With sublime shores like the Budva Riviera offering beach life in abundance, this little country has left its mark on many a holidaymaker. Make sure you stay ahead of the curve and check out why a Montenegro holiday could be the next big adventure for your family.

Get back to nature

In a country with as much scenery as Montenegro, there's every reason to get back to nature and have the kids unplug for a while. Although this is a small country, it packs in a lot of diversity, much like the similarly little-but-lovely destination of Costa Rica.

For a budget-friendly family day out, a trip to Lake Skadar is a good plan. The bird sanctuary here is just the start of discovering how many creatures have come to call this body of water separating Albania and Montenegro home, although there's plenty else to enjoy here too. For example, once you've made some feathered friends, think about taking a boat tour out over the water, visiting the little islands and old monasteries dotted about.

If your kids don't take to history quite as much, spice it up by explaining that the nearby town of Uljinc by the sea was once home to pirates. If the adults are feeling particularly cheeky, some of the regional wines produced here come highly recommended while you see the sights, best enjoyed on a sunny terrace while the kids play in the meadow.

Seek some adventure

Montenegro's natural brilliance also shines in its rivers, which entice many a white-water rafting enthusiast throughout the year. That said, more gentle journeys downstream are also available, and make for plenty of fun for both grown-ups and enterprising little souls. The Tara River is often your best bet here, whose currents tend to slow come late summer to make for a gentle journey that won't frighten the little ones but will still make them feel like true pioneers of the waterways.

Of course, family fun is always guaranteed at the beach, and Montenegro easily outperforms the ones we get back home. Budva by the sea is already likely to captivate you with its distinctive, almost fairytale architecture, but its shoreline is similarly whimsical. Montenegro's beaches are broad, hot and colourful, so youngsters are going to have a superb time burning off their energy in the sunshine or helping you build the ultimate sandcastle. You've also got the lapping Adriatic Sea to dip in and out of at your leisure.

For the more daring among you, Lovcen Natural Park is a good place to be. It's open all year round, offering secluded woodland and inspiring natural sights, but what really makes it shine is the high flying rope course. From its lofty perches, you've got sublime views every which way, with the Adriatic once more shimmering on the horizon.

Get cultural in Kotor

A wonderful coastal city filled with narrow winding streets, fantastical spires and medieval towers, Kotor will whisk you and your loved ones to another era. Shop in the side streets or take a boat trip out onto the water, perhaps visiting Our Lady of the Rocks, a manmade island made from sunken ships.

If you're all feeling up to the challenge, you can climb the 1,200 stairs to the top of Kotor Fortress, for a view of the bay that's definitely worth the journey. Once that's done, head back into town for some well-earned gelato to beat the heat.

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