NATIONAL PARKS & KNEADED BREADS
For a small Mediterranean country, Montenegro packs in a lot of cultural heritage and a great variety of landscapes. Found in the Balkans on the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro’s interior is punctuated by the most rugged mountains in Europe and the scenic coastline is peppered with historic monuments, walled, medieval towns and a gorgeous Riviera. Chartering a luxury yacht is the very best way to discover Montenegro’s remote islands and unspoilt coastline. Go kayaking diving and snorkelling between the small Islands. Stroll through cobbled streets in romantic villages. Enjoy authentic food in a small family-owned restaurant: in coastal regions traditional dishes have a Mediterranean focus and cured meats, breads and priganice (fritters) are distinctly Italian in heritage.
For dinner, head to The Conte Restaurant in the Conte Hotel, a striking residence on the seafront of Perast in Boka Bay, or eat fresh fish caught that morning and grilled by your chef on board. Montenegro draws a discerning crowd, interested in the cultural and historical sites at every turn. The Bay of Kotor is a must-visit for every tourist. Regarded as one of the most beautiful bays in the region, it offers amazing views to Kotor, a stunning medieval town. Stroll through the ancient churches, slip into a romantic restaurant or sit outside one of the many bars watching smartly dressed couples and families on their way to dinner. Budva is Montenegro’s most popular tourist attraction. Locally known as the “Riviera of Sandy Beaches”, it also has historic monuments and a number of pretty anchorages for when you want to retreat to your yacht.The mountainous interior has some excellent trekking, hiking and wildlife trails. Most notable is Durmitor National Park, a World Heritage Site, verdant and lush, it has glacier lakes and snow-covered peaks, and visitors can enjoy amazing panoramic views. Between exploring Podgorica, visiting the World Heritage Sites, swimming and sunbathing in Budva, and walking around the Bay of Kotor, there’s more than enough to see in Montenegro, and a week just won’t feel like enough.
WHEN TO GO:
APRIL TO END OF OCTOBER
JULY – AUGUST
Don’t miss the chance to visit the Tara River Canyon, the second largest Canyon on earth as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Pore over the wine list at Perla, a hip lounge and restaurant in the coastal town of Budva, which often has local musicians playing on the balmy terraces
Check out Ostrog Monastery, the most important Orthodox Christian pilgrimage site in Montenegro: built into an almost vertical cliff, it’s quite a sight