If you have started to think about where you would like to go on vacation in 2020, it is unlikely that Montenegro is high up on your list of possible destinations. Furthermore, if you ask your family and friends about their favorite holidays, this Balkan country will probably not get a mention.
However, that it is one of the main reasons why you should go there.
How many European destinations do you know of that are not overrun with tourists? Or massively built up and overdeveloped?
Chances are, not many.
Montenegro, on the other hand, is relatively under visited and still retains its stunning and original natural beauty.
As a small country, it has the unique combination of beautiful beaches and breathtaking rugged mountains; plus, as it has not yet become the average tourist trap, you can experience the genuine friendliness and open nature of the locals.
You should be, but if would like a bit more information or help in deciding which specific location to visit in Montenegro, keep reading to discover the top four places to go to in 2020.
Ideal for a relaxing break among some of the most stunning scenery in the country, Kotor Bay was once named as the number one city to visit in the world by Lonely Planet.
A medieval city that boasts sparkling seas and amazing mountain backdrops, it is effectively as enjoyable to visit as Dubrovnik, but with less crowds.
Must-see attractions and places to visit in Kotor Bay include:
- The Old Town. Designated as a World Heritage site, enjoy wandering the cobbled streets and marveling at the local architecture and sampling the local cuisine.
- Perast. Often referred to as a mini-Venice, the little town of Perast has 19 churches for you to look at, plus a beautiful strip of sandy beach.
- Risan. A must for architecture enthusiasts, you can experience the remains of a Roman villa complete with floor mosaics, as well as the remains of cyclopean walls.
If you do decide to book a trip to Kotor Bay, you will have many choices of accommodation, as there are a variety of options to suit all budgets and expectations. That being said, Villas in Montenegro are out of this world and can be found in all the top locations. Plus, a villa is the perfect choice of accommodation in Montenegro as you can come and go as you please, allowing you to explore when you want to and relax as and when needed.
Herceg Novi Region
The perfect location for beach lovers and foodies alike, Herceg Novi is a wonderfully tranquil beachside town that is famous for its local seafood.
One of the most popular activities to do in Herceg Novi is to take a boat trip, or perhaps a kayaking trip if you are feeling a bit more energetic and adventurous. A must-visit is the nearby fishing village Rose, that is covered in grape vines and the stunning magenta bougainvillea plant.
Other great days out include:
- Herceg Novi’s Old Town. Take your time ascending the steps to Kanli Kula, an old fortress and amphitheatre overlooking the ocean, and then reward yourself with an ice cream from one of the many stands nearby.
- Savina Winery. Unmissable for vino lovers, take a tour around this stunning winery and sample the local delights.
- Konoba Sikimic. A picturesque village in the mountains, enjoy traditional food in a traditional setting.
Arguably one of the most popular destinations in Montenegro, the Budva Riviera is ideal for those who want to relax and have fun on their holidays, as well as enjoy the occasional dip into local culture and history.
Starting with its iconic beaches, Slovenska Plaza and Be?i?i are the most popular choices, but Jaz Beach should not be discounted as it is home to the Sea Dance Festival which takes place in August in 2020.
Other must-see attractions include:
- Aquapark Budva. A water park that offers 7 different slides, with levels of excitement to suit all degrees of bravery.
- Budva’s Old Town. This gorgeous town is estimated to be 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest on the Adriatic Sea. Head to the local museum to learn more about the history of Budva or simply check out the views from the square that overlook Ri?ardova Glava Beach with a cold glass of rakija.
Lustica Peninsula Region
For those wanting to get away from the stresses of modern life, the Lustica Peninsula region is the ideal holiday destination for you. Simple and traditional, the people who live here are resolutely against change and development and this is reflected in the some of the villages.
That being said, for those who want a bit of adventure and excitement, you can find other areas that have started to embrace a more modern way of life so you can still enjoy the odd night of partying if you so wish.
Some of the best places to visit in Lustica Peninsula include:
- The Blue Cave. A stunning area of natural beauty, you will literally be speechless when you see this attraction.
- Tivatska Salina. The perfect day out for wildlife fans, this nature reserve is home to 114 different bird species.
- Oblatno Beach. One of Montenegro’s many blue flag beaches, Oblatno Beach is small, but stunning.