Montenegro Travel Guide
Intro to Montenegro
Montenegro is one of those countries that not many people could point out on a map. It’s a tiny country (only 5,333 mi²) and up until recently it had flown largely under most travelers’ radars.
Now, however, the country is soaring in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why. Montenegro is an absolutely stunning destination and arguably one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
I love Montenegro and I’ve been back there several times over the years. I always recommend it to my friends as one of my favorite places in the world.
If this is your first trip to Montenegro then you definitely cannot miss the walled old towns of Kotor and Budva. Kotor Bay is described as Europe’s ‘southernmost fjord’ and is popular for boat rides and water activities. Meanwhile Budva is known for its sandy beaches and iconic private island hotel, Sveti Stefan.
Of course, Montenegro has many more amazing places to discover. The country is home to Tara River Canyon – the deepest canyon in Europe – and Ostrog Monastery, which is carved out of a cave in a vertical mountain cliff. Lake Skadar is the largest lake in Europe and very picturesque.
In the summer you can soak up the sun on the shores of the Budva Riviera and in the winter you can hit the ski slopes of Dormitor National Park.
With breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn, Montenegro is definitely worth putting on your bucket list. This Montenegro travel guide is full of inspiration and practical info to ensure you’ll have the best time!
Quick Montenegro Tips
Language: The official language is Montenegrin, although Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Albanian can all be heard in Montenegro.
Plug sockets: Montenegro has two plug types, C and F. If you have a European plug with two round pins this will work just fine.
Currency: The currency in Montenegro is the Euro.
Safety: Montenegro is a very safe country to visit and I’ve never had any issues there. The most you’d probably have to worry about as a tourist is petty theft.
Getting Around: Montenegro has no internal flights so you’ll need to get around by land. The country has quite an extensive bus network connecting major towns and cities although the buses can get pretty crowded in summer. You can also find metered taxis at the airport and in the main towns.
There are trains too, although the network isn’t as extensive. The main railway line runs from Bar to Bijelo Polje and there’s another line that runs from Podgorica to Nikšić.
Some visitors choose to rent a car to get to more remote parts of the country. In Montenegro they drive on the right hand side of the road.
Best Time to Visit Montenegro
Montenegro’s main summer season runs from June to September. This is the busiest and also the most expensive time to visit.
During the summer months Montenegro’s beaches get very crowded and Kotor is often filled with tourists coming off the cruise ships.
At this time of the year the weather is usually warm and sunny, so it’s the best time to hit the beach.
If you love parties and nightlife, then you’ll definitely want to visit during this main tourist season when the bars are brimming with people. Budva’s famous open-air nightclub Top Hill usually only opens in July and August.
The winter months run from December to March and are perfect for skiing in the mountains. The coldest month is January with an average daily maximum of 11 degrees Celsius (52 Fahrenheit) and an average low of 2 degrees Celsius (36 Fahrenheit).
If you want to visit Montenegro when there’s nice weather and fewer crowds, the best time to visit would be in spring (April-May). The weather in these months is pleasant with not too much rainfall. It’s not too hot and not too cold!