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Blessed with glorious beaches and spectacular landscapes of rugged mountains, gentle lakes and medieval towns, Montenegro has a combination of incredible natural beauty and captivating history that makes it a fascinating place to visit. Add to that a mild Mediterranean climate, with an average of 240 sunny days each year and temperatures of up to 30 degrees in the summer, and it's easy to see why Montenegro tours are becoming increasingly popular.
The capital city, Podgorica, is an interesting blend of ancient buildings and modern architecture, but it's the countryside and the smaller towns on the coast that truly show the beauty of this country. Step back in time in beautiful Kotor, and discover its ancient old town of narrow streets and ancient houses. Explore this coastal town’s medieval maze of museums, churches, and fortifications, and take the natural beauty of the dramatic peaks that surround it and the spectacular fjord-like Bay of Kotor on which it lies. Elsewhere, there's the chance to visit one of the Adriatic’s most scenic locations - exquisite, ancient Budva - and spend long lazy days on its gorgeous beaches. Enjoy the stunning sea views, visit the lively bars or perhaps stroll through this old walled town.
For a slightly different view of Montenegro, head to the shores of Lake Skadar and Lake Skadar National Park. Renowned for its diversity of flora and fauna, this stunning region is popular with nature lovers and is a must-do on any Montenegro holiday.
Thanks to the country’s stunning natural beauty and rich history, holidays in Montenegro offer visitors plenty to see and do. From the pretty coastal city of Kotor to beautiful Lake Skadar, there is much to explore. Here are some of the top must-see, must-do things for your holiday in Montenegro.
Montenegrin gastronomy takes influences from both north and south, resulting in many dishes similar to those found in the Balkans (and up into Eastern Europe), Venice, Greece and even Turkey.
A lot of the county's cuisine is regional. Along the coast, you’ll find fish and seafood in abundance, with olive oil, parsley and garlic playing an important role in each dish. Popular dishes include buzara (unpeeled seafood in a wine and tomato sauce), fish soup, black (cuttlefish ink) risotto, grilled squid and octopus.
Inland, visitors and locals can enjoy smoked prosciutto ham from Njegusi, which is a national favourite. The ham is sliced and usually served with cheese or olives. In the mountains, meat is usually the staple, with pork, lamb or beef being the most popular. Meat and vegetables here are often cooked ispod saca (literally "under the lid" of a metal dome with hot coals on top). Priganice (fritters, or flat doughnuts) are a popular dessert, usually served with honey, cheese and jam.
Turkish coffee is one of the most common drinks in Montenegro, while wine is quite popular across the country.