Historic Towns

Kotor Frozen in time behind its walls, Kotor may look like a movie set but it's still very much a living town.

Perast Baroque buildings line the water's edge in Montenegro's prettiest little town.

Budva's Stari Grad Like a mini-Dubrovnik, Budva's walled Old Town juts out over the blue Adriatic waters.

Ulcinj's Stari Grad Set high on a bluff above the beach, the uneven cobbled lanes within Ulcinj's walls ooze antiquity.

Herceg Novi's Stari Grad It doesn't have all its walls, but the marbled heart of Herceg Novi has plenty of sunny squares.

Cetinje The dinky old royal capital is crammed full of 19th-century buildings and interesting churches.

Stari Bar Clamber your way through the gorgeous ruins of Bar’s original cliffside settlement; there's enough enigmatic rubble left to imagine how it was in its glory days.

Beaches

Kraljičina Plaža Near Čanj, this pretty stretch of pink sand can only be reached by boat.

Drobni Pijesak Green hills and turquoise waters frame this secluded cove, hidden from view below the coastal road.

Žanjic & Mirišta These neighbouring beaches gaze out to sea from their remote perch near the end of the Luštica Peninsula.

Lučice Lined with cypress trees and oleanders, and with picturesque church-topped islets offshore, Lučice is a Mediterranean dream.

Jaz Can't choose between socialising and sunbathing? Do both! This broad, pebbly and eminently swimmable beach is lined with bars, abuzz with water sports, and masquerades as a stage during one of Montenegro's craziest music festivals.

Sveti Stefan The island view from the pink sands is sublime; neighbouring Miločer Beach is even better, but the day-use fee is exorbitant.

Amazing Views

Njegoš Mausoleum Perched on one of the Black Mountain's peaks, this dramatic tomb offers views over all of Old Montenegro.

Kotor–Lovćen road The entire Bay of Kotor is laid out before you as you negotiate the old Austrian road to Lovćen.

Sveti Stefan Pull into the viewing bays on the highway to enjoy spectacular views over the walled island village turned resort.

Kotor's Town Walls Sublime views are the reward for the gruelling 1350-step climb up Kotor's ancient fortifications.

Kolašin–Andrijevica road This minor road through the mountains opens up to breathtaking views of the Komovi and Prokletije mountains and the Lim valley.

Plužine–Šćepan Polje road Incredible riverside road that twists and turns through 56 narrow carved-stone tunnels. Pull over to admire the frothing, peacock-blue waters below and the wormhole-like tunnels behind you.

Hiking

Durmitor National Park Walks can be as easy as a stroll around the Black Lake or as challenging as an assault on Bobotov Kuk.

Bjelasica Massif More forgiving than Montenegro's other mountains; hit the tracks through the virgin forest of Biogradska Gora National Park.

Orjen Massif The local mountain club is to thank for the well-maintained trails and excellent huts on this rugged mountain.

Prokletije National Park This challenging stretch of mountains is criss-crossed by the epic Peaks of the Balkans trail, opening up a true wilderness for experienced hikers to explore.

Lovćen National Park Hiking tracks wind across the mountain stronghold of Old Montenegro.

Local Cuisine

Njeguši Producing the country's best pršut (prosciutto) and cheese, this village is synonymous with traditional Montenegrin cooking.

Konoba Ćatovića Mlini Adriatic coastal cuisine is well represented by this atmospheric family-run restaurant, hidden in a fold of the Bay of Kotor.

Kolašin Montenegrin mountain food is at its stodgy best in Kolašin's traditional restaurants.

Mon Ami Wine House Producing varietals you've almost certainly never heard of before, Montenegro's smaller winemakers are under-represented in the nation's restaurants. Taste some at this cute little shop in Kotor.

Šipčanik Wine Cellar Take a tour beneath the very vineyard where some of Montenegro's most popular wines are grown; the cellar itself is a rehabilitated, erstwhile-abandoned secret aircraft hangar.

Religious Art & Architecture

Ostrog Monastery Set on a mountainside and visible for many miles, this gleaming white monastery is Montenegro's most significant Orthodox site.

Morača Monastery The country's most beautiful monastery, filled with highly acclaimed frescoes and icons.

St Tryphon's Cathedral Kotor's Catholic cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and is home to many lovingly crafted religious objects.

Hussein Pasha Mosque A soaring minaret, elegant domes and elaborate frescoes, inside and out, make this Montenegro's most impressive mosque.

Gospa od Škrpjela The gorgeous blue-domed Catholic church on Our-Lady-of-the-Rock Island is filled with devotional treasures.

Piva Monastery Originally built in the 16th century, this mountain monastery was painstakingly moved from its lakeside location to higher ground in the late1960s to make way for a hydroelectric dam.