This scenic European spot is the new go-to for sandy beaches and mountain views – take it all in with holidays to Montenegro.

Balkan gem

Montenegro may be tiny – about the size of Northern Ireland – but it’s been making a big impression on the travel scene. When it comes to scenery, this European escape is a bit of a natural beauty – think forest-cloaked mountains, mirror-like lakes and plunging canyons, not to mention a coastline that crams in over a hundred beaches. You’ll find the best of the bunch in the Budva region.


Resort-wise, the name on everyone’s lips is Becici. It’s set behind one of Montenegro’s best beaches – a two-kilometre belt of sand and pebbles with an Insta-worthy mountain backdrop. It’s a pretty modern place, with some luxury hotels to choose from, but wander along the prom and you’ll reach the original fishing village – its streets are lined with quirky little shops and cafés.


A couple of miles down the road from Becici is the walled town of Budva. It gives Dubrovnik a run for its money in the looks stakes, with Medieval towers, battlements and higgledy-piggledy houses made for social snapping. This is the place to be if you want nightlife, too – it’s got the best after-dark scene on the Budva Riviera.


Further south, you’ve got Ulcinj. This place toes the line between laidback seaside setting and town buzz. It’s a Medieval jumble of terracotta rooftops, mosques and Renaissance houses in the old town. Plus, it’s all trimmed with an eye-catching beach, which spreads out for 13 kilometres.

At a Glance

  • Explore Medieval citadels
  • Blaze a trail around Budva’s coastal paths
  • Tuck in to Montenegro’s signature smoked ham in Njegusi

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