Montenegro is a Mediterranean country in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the southwest and is bordered by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south.
Montenegro’s lower areas along the coast enjoy a Mediterranean climate, having dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Central and northern regions have Continental climate, where temperature varies greatly with elevation. Podgorica, lying near sea level in the valley of the central region, is noted for having the warmest July temperatures in Montenegro, averaging 35-40°C
Montenegro may be small in terms of area, but it boasts stunning mountainous landscapes, amazing coastlines, historic monuments and truly beautiful walled towns.
The Bay of Kotor is probably one of the prettiest bays in the world. On its deepest point lies the equally stunning town of Kotor (Montenegro), a beautifully preserved fortified, Medieval town with a vibrant history. Herceg Novi is another charming Montenegrin town with a beautiful old centre and a good number of interesting churches, squares and fortresses.
Budva is the most popular Montenegrin tourist destination and boast some great beaches as well as a lovely, walled town centre. The old town centre is picturesquely located on a rather small peninsula, and its narrow, winding lanes hide a multitude of historic buildings, churches and small squares.
The small but gorgeous town of Perast (Montenegro) saw some of its best architecture arise in the 17th and 18th century, when it belonged to the Republic of Venice. That typically Venetian, baroque architecture has been wonderfully preserved. All the way in the south, Ulcinj (Montenegro) is one of the Adriatic’s oldest towns, with a delightful centre and lots of natural beauty around. It also makes a good base from where to explore the old centre of nearby Bar (Montenegro).
Although Montenegro’s magnificent seaside scenery is best known among travellers, its mountainous inland has some grand panoramic views to offer, too. The country shares the large freshwater Lake Skadar. It has National Park status and offers great opportunities for hiking, bird watching and wildlife spotting. Of the many friendly fishermen’s towns around it, Virpazar is the most convenient one for travellers. A real must-see is the splendid Tara River Canyon, with its steep banks rising up to 1300 meters above the River Tara waters. It’s the second longest canyon in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canyon is located in Durmitor National Park, which is a World Heritage Site of its own and boasts a rich flora and fauna as well as snow-covered high peaks, several canyons and many glacier lakes. The most visited one is Black Lake, at walking distance of the town of Žabljak, which serves as a traveller’s hub for mountain and winter tourism.