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Lawrence Fraser, Reservations Manager

"One of the best preserved towns in Montenegro is Kotor with its pretty cobbled lanes, charming cafes, forts and churches, it holds a calm ambience. Escape to the Njegos Museum within the Lovcen National Park, which is a great drive from Kotor and makes for an amazing day trip. "

Montenegro at a glance

This tiny Balkan nation wows with its UNESCO-protected national parks, charming old towns and stunning coastline. It’s a vibrant, emerging destination, filled with architectural wonders like the Ostrog Monastery, which is built into a sheer rock face, and churches that lie on secluded islands. But it’s the coastal towns that really delight, with glitzy Tivat, atmospheric Kotor and exuberant Budva the pick of the crop. They’ve been compared to Monaco, Dubrovnik and Miami respectively but they each have their own unique charm.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Luxury short break
  • Beautiful natural scenery
  • History and culture 

Getting around

Montenegro is a small country with lots on offer, as far as travelling goes, there are no internal flights between two of the airports, Podgorica and Tivat. If visitors are comfortable driving and taking a long trip exploring more than one area then car hire is a good idea. Otherwise, the coach network within Montenegro connects the main towns and villages with extensive long distance coaches, these are reasonably priced but does get busy. The walled town of Kotor and Budva are best explored by foot as it is pedestrian only and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.

Dining in Montenegro

Montenegro’s dining scene is abundant on a culinary and cultural level. Unlike other countries on the Adriatic coast, it has remained untouched by globalised food, so visitors can really immerse themselves in the culture by digging into exciting national cuisine crafted from local produce of the land and sea. The country’s atmosphere is friendly as are the hosts of Montenegrin restaurants, along with the stony old town, the sapphire coasts and relaxing beaches, the smoky konoba restaurants are great to while away the afternoon with a bottle of Vranac or Krstac.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Ispod Saca – a dish of tender veal, lamb or goat slow roasted with vegetables, cooked under a metal dome covered in coals. 
  • Buzara – a platter of the freshest shellfish from the Adriatic, cooked in a local blend of wines, herbs and tomato.
  • Bajadera – a layered cake made up of chocolate and walnut.

Shopping in Montenegro 

Budva’s main shopping is based in the Old Town, neat boutiques occupy the streets, and the promenade next to the shore is also good for some retail therapy as well as the summer bazaar next to the promenade. Similarly, Kotor’s shopping is based in the Old Town, there are many popular European brands as well as a good number of souvenir and antique shops. Adjacent to the Kotor harbour, there is the bustling Kotor market selling typical market goods such as fresh produce and some stalls selling jewellery.

Osprey Holidays top tips

For an authentic foodie experience, visit roadside stalls selling olive oil, apricots and nuts which can be found in the mountainous regions of the country.

Get your tailor-made short break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Montenegro designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Montenegro hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 622,781
Languages Montenegrin & Serbian
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

For an authentic foodie experience, visit roadside stalls selling olive oil, apricots and nuts which can be found in the mountainous regions of the country.

Distance from airports
Podgorica 49 km
Tivat 122 km
Dubrovnik 180 km

Tours and Excursions

Montenegro Full Day from Kotor

Spend a day exploring the beautiful country of Montenegro, admiring spectacular scenery and visiting places of historical interest. Highlights include the Old Royal Capital, Cetinje, Lovcen mountain, Njegusi village and mausoleum, Crnojevic River and the Budva Riviera with its exclusive resorts.

Kotor Old Town Walking Tour

Surrounded by mountains with clear blue waters, the Bay of Kotor truly is a beautiful place. A walking tour is the ideal introduction to the medieval old town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet at the entrance to the Old Town and learn about the history and architecture of this spectacular town while visiting the main sights, including The Square of Arms, Clock Tower and St Tryphon Cathedral.

Ostrog Monastery from Kotor

The astounding 17th century Ostrog Monastery, located between Niksic and Podgorica, is built into a sheer cliff face 900 metres above sea level. The interior features beautiful frescoes and there are stunning views over the Bjelopavlici plain. On this private tour you will take a scenic drive through coastal towns into the mountains then enjoy free time to explore the monastery and admire the views.   

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.