Why Montenegro is the New Cote d'Azure
Avoid the tourist hoards of the Cote d'Azure and head to Montenegro instead for your summer vacation. It offers the same as its French cousin and at a fraction of the cost. What’s more, it is just 2 hours from western Europe.
A range of restaurants in incredible locations along the coast and inland Montenegro make the country a culinary treat to explore for tourists and residents. Mediterranean food prevails with a focus on fresh and succulent sea food. Montenegro also has its very own wine regions with rich and fruity wines made from its indigenous Vranac and Kratosije grapes.
Undulating terrain is one of the most majestic features of the Montenegrin landscape. The mountains of Montenegro are popular with climbers, walkers and cyclists. If the active lifestyle is not for you, then simply enjoy the views and the stunning sunsets over the jagged ridges and beautiful mountain forests from the valleys below.
An excellent location for sailing or cruising enthusiasts, Montenegro provides a plethora of exciting bays and inlets to explore. The Bay of Kotor and Herceg Novi in particular are popular cruising grounds. Its coastline is stunning with its mountains towering along the coast interspersed with historic fishing villages with Medieval undertones and there are plenty of restaurants and clubs where you can anchor and relax on land. With temperatures averaging 27 degrees in the summer, it is clear why this has become a top cruising destination.
With wide ranging terrain, despite the small size of the country, Montenegro is Europe’s adventure capital. It is home to one of Europe’s deepest canyons, the Tara River gorge, a hot spot for adventurous watersports enthusiasts. The Tara River offers some of the best white water rafting in the world. There is also the opportunity for canyoning in the Nevidio Canyon.
5. History & Culture (Medieval towns)
Montenegro has a rich cultural heritage and grand history. Its recorded history stretches back to the Illrian civilisation, the tribes from the Balcan Peninsula in circa 5 AD and was heavily influenced by the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The country has a wealth of historical monuments and castles ready to discover. The historic Byzantine town of Kotor set on the coast on the cusp of Montenegro’s black mountains provides a treasure trove of historic monuments awaiting exploration including Kampana Tower with some of the best views across the vast bay. But if history isn’t for you, then the stunning towns of Montenegro are also great for a spot of people watching.
6. Beautiful Beaches
Although named after its black mountains, Montenegro’s beaches are anything but black with golden sand along large stretches of the Montenegrin coastline as well as some hidden and remote stony beaches. These beautiful beaches are framed by the crystal clear waters that lap gently against them and sit with a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Of particular note are the delicate sands of Sveti Stefan beach, the lakeside Murici beach on Lake Scadar and the Dobrex beach a pebble beach accessible only by boat with fantastic hammocks and a fantastic restaurant.
7. Crystal Clear Waters
Pure and clear, the sea and lakes around this Adriatic jewel draw visitors to the shores. A wide range of watersports are on offer in Montenegro including jet skiing and kite surfing or for those looking for something a little more serene kayaking or snorkelling are also available.
8. Ski and Snowboard
It might not be a destination that automatically comes to mind for your winter holiday, but Montenegro has a number of exciting ski and winter sports opportunities in its mountainous terrain. As the destination remains relatively undiscovered, it provides an opportunity to avoid the overcrowded pistes of the Alpes and also enjoy some unrivalled off-piste ski and boarding.
9. Secret Escape of the Wealthy
Montenegro has always attracted the rich and famous to its shores. Before the regional conflicts of the 90’s, Montenegro was popular with icons including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and even Princess Margaret and its Sveti Stefan hotel was their accommodation of choice. More recently Rothshild has selected Montenegro to host his 40th birthday bash and has also provided financial backing for the luxury Porto Montenegro development. Icons of the silver screen continue to visit the country including Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Harrison Ford – most visit in secret.
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