Where to go on Holiday

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Where To Go On Holiday In Montenegro

The pretty country of Montenegro is often overlooked as a holiday destination (probably owing to its unfortunate past), but in recent years holiday makers have cottoned on to its attractive coastal towns, beautiful mountain ranges and Mediterranean climate.

The cheapest way to travel to Montenegro is to fly with a budget airline to Dubrovnik in Croatia, and catch a coach across the border to Herceg Novi. This pretty town is based on a hill leading down to its pebble beach, and its very easy to while away time strolling around the old city centre. Prop yourself in a cafe and watch the world go by, or indulge in some mud therapy in nearby Igalo.

Just along the coast is the small coastal town of Tivat where you can enjoy a stroll around the botanical gardens, explore the medieval village of Gornja Lastva, relax on the Plavi Horizonti beach or enjoy a spot of sailing.

The popular coastal town of Budva boasts an array of beaches, including the beautiful Mogren Beach where tourists flock to soak up the sun and enjoy a dip in the pristine waters. The more adventurous can also have a go at cliff jumping from Shark's Rock at the far end of the beach. The town itself is very attractive, and the old town in particular is fascinating to walk around. It is here that you can also get your retail therapy fix, and of an evening let your hair down at one of the many bars or nightclubs.

Less touristy than Budva, the jewel in Montenegro’s crown is Kotor. Set against a backdrop of the mountains of Lov?en and Orjen, Kotor is picture perfect and has plenty to offer. Activities include braving the ascent to St John's fortress to take in the view over the town and the bay, taking a boat trip to the nearby islands of Sveti Djordje and Gospa od Skrpijela, sampling some of the famous Montenegrin wine and taking a stroll around the old town.

On the Montenegrin south coast take in the towns of Bar and Ulcinj close to the Albanian border. In Bar get yourself acquainted with the worlds oldest olive tree, wonder around the old fortress, or relax on one of the beaches. It’s also a great base for accessing the Skadar Lake national park. In Ulcinj enjoy the view from the castle out towards the sea, explore what remains of the old town and look on in awe at the vast Velika Plaza beach (and of course enjoy a swim while you’re there!). From here it is possible to catch a bus into the Albania to visit the towns of Durres and Shkodra.

Inland you can discover the capital city of Podgorica where you can look on at the impressive Millennium bridge or take time to explore the Turkish influences of the Stara Varo? old town. As with most capital cities, nightlife is plentiful and you can enjoy Rimski Trg’s many restaurants and bars. If you’re after culture and history, then Cetinje is right up your street with its famous Cetinje Monastery, museums and churches.

The north of the country offers a contrast to the rest of the country with its mountains and untouched national parks. ?abljak offers holiday makers adventure, with rafting, skiing, hiking and cycling all on offer, while the beautiful Biogradska Gora National Park offers an altogether slower pace. The neighbouring Durmitor National Park, bordered by canyons, is also well worth a visit.

Grab yourself a slice of the Montenegrin action before everyone else realises what they’re missing!

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