Ready to Visit Montenegro
Montenegro is about to be Europe’s “it” destination.
New five-star hotels and superyacht marinas opened in 2021. Mountains stand dramatically above a magnificent coastline. Ancient walled cities wrap themselves around the water.
Montenegro is proof that the best holidays can come in small packages. And most of the country remains unexplored. It’s no longer a hidden gem but it doesn’t feel too touristic…yet. If you haven’t already, 2022 is the year to visit, before Montenegro changes too much.
Croatia was once Europe’s “it” destination, but it never offered that much for five-star travellers. Montenegro already has a superior standard of accommodation.
There’s a great Chedi in Lustica Bay, plus the entry-level five-star Regent and Grand Iberostar Presat. Aman Sveti Stefan is the country’s original and most famous five star, a fortified private islet.
In 2021, luxury resort brand One&Only finally opened their first property in Europe. Not in Italy or Greece. In Montenegro. One&Only Portonovi has its own harbour for super yachts, along with a helipad. Suites are chic, very different to preconceived notions of Montenegro. And the infinity pool really does feel like infinity as it blends into the bay.
Also in 2021, Nikki Beach brought their bikinis and bottles of Champagne beach party to Montenegro. Their first season was a massive success. On the waterfront on the Bay of Tivat, the 45-room resort is dominated by mountain and water vistas. It’s lush and ultra modern, designed for people wanting to party.
Explorers now know Montenegro for the coast. Not only the beaches and bays, but the wide range of activities and experiences. And what a coastline! Mountains stand high, beaches love to hide, and you’ll find solitude or adventure dependent on your mood.
Spend a charming day cruising the Adriatic in a Frauscher speed boat, past fishermen villages and rocky island outcrops. Admire how mountains hang so high above the coast, as you cruise to Lady of the Rock island, Perast and the small hamlet of Rose. From Perast you can detour by road to Kotor, Montenegro’s World Heritage city.
Or a day of eating and drinking, in Montenegro’s traditional places. Pass rocky villages, taste at genuine gastro villages, meet a local family and their organic extra virgin olive oil production.
Charter a yacht and drop anchor in an uninhabited part of the coast. Sea kayak to Adriatic bays. Go e-biking around Lustica Bay. This destination is perfect for active beach holidays, even if you only spend four days in Montenegro.
Adventure & Exploration
Except Montenegro is not only a typical summer beach destination for the family. Sure, there’s yachting, beaches, swimming and lazing in the sun. So far, visitors to this newly trending destination have only really explored the coast. There’s a whole other experience waiting inland.
Rugged mountains hang high above the sea, so high they’re home to winter skiing. Rivers twist into caverns and caves. Tara River Canyon is the largest canyon in Europe. Montenegro is where explorers can visit places undocumented by Instagram. Yet these adventures are in Europe, close to home and easy to experience.
Go canyoning, abseiling down waterfalls and jumping off cliffs in Tara River Canyon. Or float serenely on a rafting day trip. Take your family on a mountain picnic. Or go searching for Dalmatian pelicans on Skadar Lake. Paraglide, mountain bike, quad bike, or fly above the country by helicopter. And how about riding through a vineyard in a horse and carriage?
Montenegro will trend because it’s got more than a great beach. This is also Europe’s next adventure destination.
A Unique Culture & People
Montenegro has always forged its own identity. It was a crossroads when the Roman Empire split, seen now in Roman villas, Orthodox monasteries and elaborate mosques. Fortress towns reveal influences from Venice to the Ottomans. It was independent of both the Eastern Bloc and the West. And the people are famous for their comradery and warm welcomes.
So visit a country where mountains and sea embrace, where Europe’s freshest five-star properties have just opened, and you can easily enjoy both beach leisure and active adventure on the same trip.
Just make sure you experience Montenegro before it gets too popular.