Despite being just a tiny piece in Europe’s vast puzzle, Montenegro has a lot going for it. From soaring mountains and perfect pebble-filled beaches to bustling old towns and tiny church-topped islands, Montenegro proves once and for all that good things really do come in small packages. Temperatures stay warm for most of the year, with a splash of snow during the winter months. The beaches are somewhat brimming, but the mountainous regions are relatively crowd (and cloud) free for most of the year. So read on to discover when the best time to visit Montenegro is…

May to September

If you prefer warmer weather and enjoy outdoor activities, the best time to visit Montenegro is from May to September. During these months, the weather is generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures flirting with the early 30s. Due to the balmy weather, beaches and coastal villages are often packed with tourists, making the whole country much busier than other times of year. Head for the inland mountains for a spot of cool hiking if you want to avoid the crowds, or even hop aboard an inflatable boat for a white-water rafting adventure from May onwards. If flopping down on a beach is your thing, then lay down your towel and enjoy the balmy sunny days that Montenegro is renowned for. August is the month of Boka Night: think fjords, flotillas and fireworks all packed into one festival-filled evening on the third Saturday in August. The Bay of Kotor transforms into a floating carnival with hundreds of illuminated and highly decorated boats and flotillas parading in front of Stari Grad, the old town. When the last firework dims, the party begins.

April and October

If you don't mind cooler temperatures and the possibility of some rain, you may prefer to visit Montenegro in the shoulder seasons of April and October. During these months, the weather is still fairly cool, with average temperatures ranging from around 12 to 24°C. This is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds who head here during the summer. Although the air temperature begins to drop come October, the water that gently laps Montenegro’s shores are still warm from a summer filled with sunshine. Spend time exploring the coast from the water without the pesky peak season crowds.

December to March

If you want to experience Montenegro's winter sports, the best time to visit is from December to March. During these months, the weather is colder and the mountains are often snow-topped, which makes it a great time to go skiing or snowboarding. The coastal region tends to be cooler during the winter, with temperatures sitting between seven and 13°C. Snowshoeing in Montenegro’s national parks is a fun-filled activity for this time of year, followed by hiking and trekking as the mountains become more accessible with rising temperatures. Seaside doors shut and prices plumet as Montenegro cosies down for winter.

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