Montenegro

Peer down at soul-stirring views from Montenegro’s ruggedly handsome mountains, encompassing acres of tangled forest and the sparkling cerulean waters of the Adriatic. In recent years, this Eastern European country has revelled in a newfound spotlight thanks to a number of new hotels catching on to its charms: Montenegro may be small, but it packs a punch with beaches, nightlife and unspoilt natural beauty. When its beaches are thronged with sun-seekers, pockets of culture draw travellers-in-the-know: Roman villas, historic Catholic churches, towering minarets and monasteries line this tiny nation’s cobbled streets.

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When to go

As with all Mediterranean marvels, Montenegro is best enjoyed under the summer sun in July and August,; however, it looks quite ethereal after a pre-spring shower. May and June are the best months for hiking, and the mountainous areas rarely see crowds.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Montenegro has two international airports – Podgorica and Tivat (www.montenegroairports.com) – both offering scheduled low-cost and charter flights. Podgorica is just 11km from the capital of the same name, and Tivat is the ideal choice when visiting the coast. You can also fly to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia (www.airport-dubrovnik.hr), just 16km from the Montenegrin border. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to Podgorica, Norwegian (www.norwegian.com) to Tivat and several airlines including British Airways (www.britishairways.com) to Dubrovnik.
  • Trains

    Montenegrin Railways (www.zcg-prevoz.me) are quaintly dilapidated and a touch unreliable. This is the way to travel if you’re looking for the long route with beautiful views, though the network of privately-run shuttle buses is steep competition and much more convenient.
  • Automobiles

    There are plenty of big-name car rental companies in Montenegro, so if you need to hire your own wheels you can do so with ease. If you’re driving near the coast you’ll find Dubrovnik tantalisingly close for a twin-centre stay.