If you want to work off some of the excess eating and drinking that will no doubt form part of your itinerary, we recommend walking to the fort at the top walls beinhd Kotor. It’s a steep climb up a fairly big hill, but the views back along the Bay of Kotor are truly magnificent. Even better, half way up you can pop through a hole in the ramparts and walk down to a beautiful deserted village with as picturesque a church as you could wish to see. You should have this utterly tranquil spot to yourself.
Tom, Original Traveller
'At the birth of our planet,' claimed Lord Byron, 'the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have happened at the Montenegrin littoral.' Astonishing that it's taken the rest of us Brits so long to cotton on, but this tiny slice of beautiful Adriatic coastline is all set for a serious resurgence for luxury holidays.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The striking scenery of the black mountains against the crystal Adriatic coast
- The beautiful fjords are well worth a visit in the Bay of Kotor (don't forget your camera)
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Montenegro: The Detail
No wonder the Serbs were so miffed when the Montenegrins chose to go it alone a couple of years ago. Overnight Serbia lost its complete coastline, and what a coastline it is - 200 miles of beaches (117 in total, if you like a good stat), coves, fjords, dramatic cliff faces and picture perfect medieval towns such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor.
Sveti Stefan is a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, it has been developed into the home of a luxurious hotel by award-winning Asian chain Aman (their first real venture into Europe). The former fishing village with heavily fortified walls was originally designed to ward off passing pirates and has remained exactly the same since its construction over 500 years ago. We think this is one of the most significant hotel openings in Europe of the last few years.
For the time being the Aman project remains very much the icing on this Adriatic cake, but other great hotels such as Tito's former beachfront pad, the Villa Miločer, are now open for business.
One of the main attractions of a luxury holiday in Montenegro is that the country offers some of the finest beaches in the Adriatic. Montenegro's shoreline has everything from secret rocky coves only accessible by boat, to large stretches of wide sandy beach. Bound by the clean, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic and with a backdrop of mountains, fields, olive groves and heavily scented pinewoods, this is one of the most appealing corners of the Mediterranean and is perfect for a beach holiday with a difference.
There are less eye-wateringly expensive boutique hotels on offer, and even private apartments to rent. Several members of the Original Travel have visited Montenegro in the last few years, and know the best beaches, bars, walks and restaurants to recommend.
Did you know
- Montenegro boasts 117 beaches along the Adriatic coast
- Montenegro means 'black mountain' in the local language, referring to the black forest that graced its lands
- Podgorica is the country's capital and largest city
- There are four national parks in Montenegro
- A traditional Montenegrin meal is Kacamak, which is made of wheat, buckwheat, barley, or corn flour and served with cheese and sour milk