Top 5 Places to Visit in Montenegro

It's no surprise that Montenegro has become a popular tourist destination since becoming an independent republic in 2006. Stunning beaches, lush mountains, and picture-perfect medieval villages continue to lure tourists. So there's little wonder that Montenegro's economy is booming thanks to tourism, especially with a pleasant Mediterranean climate and a wide range of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to whitewater rafting available.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Montenegro
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The fact that Montenegro is a smaller country than Wales makes it all the more tempting for a holiday. If you're a smart traveler, you'll add all the finest locations to visit in Montenegro to your must-see destinations list before everyone else does.  

1. Sveti Stefan

The Budva Riviera's Sveti Stefan is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. On a rocky island, there are terracotta-roofed houses all around. A narrow isthmus connects it to the mainland. Furthermore, it is essential to mention that Sveti Stefan was a tiny fishing hamlet with few residents until the 15th century. Someone had the bright notion of nationalizing the little town in the 1950s. 

A luxurious town-hotel was built in their place when the occupants were forced to leave. This event was attended by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Kirk Douglas, among others. However, when Yugoslavia broke up, it went into decline. 

When Aman Resorts took over the Sveti Stefan Hotel in 2010, the hotel re-opened its doors. Even while Stevi Stefan is lovely and unique, there is one significant drawback: You can't enter the village unless you're a hotel guest. However, the two pebble beaches on each side of the isthmus are a boon for both tourists and guests. 

2. Perast

Perast, a tiny village northwest of Kotor, is known for its stone-crafted houses and old churches. Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George are among the city's most beautiful churches that are located on small islands. 

On land, the Church of St. Nikola is worth a visit for the views over the town and bay from the belfry. Despite the lack of a beach in this bayside city, the stone jetties along the entire waterfront are attractive spots for sunbathing and relaxation. 

3. Durmitor National Park

Forested Durmitor National Park is located on the alpine hamlet of abljak. Located in Dinaric Alps, the park is home to the world's second-deepest gorge, the Tara River. 

Snowboarding and skiing are among the most famous winter activities, while whitewater hiking, rafting, and camping are visitors' most wanted summer activities. With 163 bird species and animals, from wild boars to brown bears, the park is home to the most butterfly species in Europe. 

4. Budva

An idyllic seaside resort town on Montenegro's central coast, Budva is home to picturesque Old Town and several cultural institutions such as the childhood home of Serbian writer and social activist Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša. 

And probably the main reason why Budva is Montenegro's one best destination is its incredible nightlife. People throng the city's various pubs, clubs, and restaurants at night. Then, they unwind on one of the 35 beaches in the area. If you're searching for a more laid-back spot on the Budva Riviera, come to Bečići, which has a lovely sandy beach and a laid-back atmosphere. 

5. Kotor

Kotor, a fortified town on the Adriatic coast, is nestled against the high slopes surrounding the Bay of Kotor. When it comes to architecture, Kotor is recognized for its Venetian-styled Old Town, where the 12th-century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon dominates. 

During the Middle Ages, Kotor was well-known for its stonemasonry abilities. Climbing to Kotor's hilltop citadel on top of the higher city walls rewards hikers with spectacular views of the city and the bay.

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