What to do in Montenegro: the best things to see and explore in the Balkan country

It might be a small country but Montenegro is packed with character and charm

Montenegro is definitely having a bit of a moment – the Beckhams spent their summer holidaying near Budva and Angelina Jolie is a fan too. It's no surprise, as it's only a short hop from the UK (flight time: 2 hours) and a destination that's relatively unspoilt but full of contemporary fun. Here's a few reasons why you should visit Montenegro:

What to see in Montenegro

To really get to know Montenegro, take to the water. Hop on a boat from Tivat’s marina to Kotor to marvel at the clock tower and the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Then jump back aboard to head around the bay to historic Perast. Once you’ve got your cultural fix, you’ll find crystalline water and hammocks to laze in at Dobrec beach, a scenic 20-minute boat ride from Tivat.

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Where to stay in Montenegro

Fringed by soaring peaks in Unescoprotected Kotor Bay, Regent Porto Montenegro in Tivat is elegant yet relaxed and the staff are delightful. The bedrooms have a subtle nautical feel with warm wood panelling, crisp white linens and jaunty stripe detailing, and the balcony views are of the glittering, yacht-filled harbour. There are indoor and outdoor pools to enjoy and The Library Bar’s mood-lit terrace is an ideal place to unwind following a day out on the Adriatic.

Where to eat in Montenegro

In Tivat, Sumosan offers top-quality sushi, while the Crush Wine Station is the go-to place for a glass of the region’s finest. Hidden in one of Kotor’s side streets, Cesarica is a quaint restaurant specialising in unfussy, fresh dishes, while no visit to the pretty coastal hamlet of Morinj would be complete without lunch at Catovica Mlini, a family-run tavern set in a former mill – try its buttery sea bass on a bed of black rice.

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Which spa to visit in Montenegro

All thick-cushioned loungers and art deco detailing, the spa at Regent Porto Montenegro is a temple to relaxation. Plump for the Sleep Deeply Ritual to get your sleep pattern back in check, or for sandal-ready toes, look no further than an OPI pedi. Post-treatment, pad outside to work on your tan beside the palm-framed pool.

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