With great beaches, forest-cloaked mountains and mirror-like lakes, Montenegro is certainly easy on the eye. But natural beauty isn’t all the country has got going for it. You’ll also find friendly locals, centuries-old sights and resorts that are completely geared up for holidaymakers.
The town of Budva is the main resort on the country’s Budva Riviera. It’s a lively place with a handful of first-class beaches to pick from. The old town is characterised by Venetian houses, bell towers and shady piazzas, while the newer part of the city houses swish boutiques and pavement cafés.
A few kilometres down the road is Becici, a modern town with a spectacular sandy beach and a backdrop of pine-cloaked hills. At the far end of the promenade you’ll find quirky shops and al fresco cafés in the old fishing village.
Further south is Petrovac. It’s sleepier than its neighbours, so it’s a great choice if you want to turn the tempo down a few notches. The beach is the big attraction here – it’s a sandy number set in a horseshoe-shaped bay.
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Becici is a sassy, purpose-built resort on Montenegro’s up-and-coming Adriatic coast. In 1935, it won Europe’s best beach award, though it’s taken 70-odd years for the rest of the world to catch on. Scattered along the seafront are a handful of luxury hotels – when Madonna and Angelina Jolie are in the country, this is where they stay. And it’s just a stone’s throw from the history-steeped streets of Budva.
Everyone seems to be talking about Budva these days. Basking on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, this history-soaked town balances Dubrovnik’s good looks with the glitz of Saint-Tropez. Its Medieval town offers a cobbled oasis of Venetian houses, bell towers, and shady little piazzas. Meanwhile, the harbour’s impressive array of chic restaurants and al fresco nightclubs attracts the global jet-set crowd.
Petrovac sits on the southwest side of Montenegro on what’s known at the Budva Riviera. Backed by pine trees and cypresses, this former fishing village is now an easy-going seaside town watched over by a Venetian fortress. Between terracotta-topped buildings you’ll find tucked-away shops and cafés, while down on the waterfront there’s a choice of beaches.