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A 5km (3-mile) test of endurance for swimmers looking for a challenge, the marathon is entertaining as the swimmers set out from Sutomore (Sozina...


The Sunčane Skale festival is a 3-day pop music festival held every summer since 1994. On the final day, the jury choose the winning song, which...


This three day electronic music festival, founded in 2007, is held at the Maximus disco Kotor. There are two stages, one for world-class DJs (...

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Montenegro Travel Guide

Key Facts

13,812 sq km (5,333 sq miles).


653,474 (2013).

Population density

47.3 per sq km.




Republic since 2006.

Head of state

President Filip Vujanović since 2003.

Head of government

Prime Minister Milo Djukanović since 2012.


220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

Montenegro is one of Europe's hidden secrets, but that could be all about to change; this tiny Balkan republic plans to put itself firmly back on the map. From 1944 to 1992 it was one of six constituent republics that made up Socialist Yugoslavia but in 2006 its population voted for independence, bringing to an end the former Union of Serbia & Montenegro.

There are plenty of reasons for visitors to come here. The name, Crna Gora in the local language, means “black mountain”, and indeed the interior is a wonderland of magnificent soaring pine-scented mountains. Add to that a blissful 293-km (183-mile) stretch of the coast, giving onto the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, and you have a paradise of unspoilt nature, handily summed up by the Montenegrin tourist board’s motto, “Montenegro, Wild Beauty”.

The coast is where most visitors head for their first foray into Montenegro, with the most popular destinations being the enchanting Venetian-era port towns of Kotor and Budva, with their medieval stone buildings, family-run seafood eateries and recently-renovated hotels. Other sizeable seaside towns that cater for tourists are Herceg Novi, Petrovac, Bar and Ulcinj, though their facilities have yet to be updated to the contemporary-chic level of Kotor and Budva.

What it lacks in islands (which neighbour Croatia is blessed with), it makes up for in beaches. The coast claims to have 52km (36 miles) of beaches, a pleasing combination of long sandy stretches to the south near Ulcinj, curving pebble bays along the so-called Budva Riviera, and quirky rocky little coves hidden away around the perimeter of the meandering Bay of Kotor to the north of the country.

The latest phenomena is the construction of luxury marina-resorts, which combine mooring facilities for sailing boats, along with accommodation, plus restaurants, cafes, spas and shops. If you’re feeling flush, Porto Montenegro in Tivat, close to Kotor, is designed to accommodate some of the world’s biggest mega yachts, and offers a complete package for the rich and famous, including a vast infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Kotor and an international school.

Moving inland we come to the soaring rugged mountains much loved by extreme sports enthusiasts. Ideal for hiking and mountain biking, many peaks rise above 2000m (6560ft), while the highest point, Bobotov Kuk, reaches 2523 m (8277ft). In fact Montenegro is home to five National Parks, which showcase its natural wonders. So you can climb the peaks of Durmitor National Park (look out for bears, wolves and lynx); raft down the River Tara in Europe's deepest canyon where the depths plumb 1300m (4265ft); explore Europe's last virgin forest within Biogradska Gora National Park; or go bird-watching in the wetlands of Lake Skadar National Park.  

All this in a pleasant climate blessed with sunshine, beautifully preserved medieval architecture, and velvety red wine. No wonder the rich and famous are snapping up properties, and flocking here on holiday. Now’s the time to go.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 18 April 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit


Crime levels are low, but street crime occurs, particularly in larger towns. Watch out for pick pockets in public places like tourist hot spots, beaches, airports and on public transport. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. You should report all incidents of crime to the local police station and get a report. If you lose your passport you should also contact the British Embassy.  

Local travel 

Information on local road closures is available on the Auto-Moto Association of Montenegro website or by telephoning 19807, +382 20 234 999 or +382 63 239 987. You can also use these numbers to ask for roadside assistance. The main emergency numbers are: 112 (general emergencies), 122 (police), 123 (fire department), and 124 (ambulance service).

Road travel

The standard of roads is fair to poor with conditions worsening in rural areas, especially in the winter and after bad weather. In particular the two-lane Moraca Canyon in Montenegro can be dangerous when conditions are poor and there’s overcrowding. Roads leading to Montenegro’s coastal areas are in better condition, but can be busy during the summer season.

The only toll in Montenegro is the Sozina tunnel between Lake Skadar and the sea. A full breakdown of prices is available on the
Monteput Podgorica website.

To drive you must have a valid driving licence and an international driving permit. If you are taking your car, you must have vehicle registration/ownership documents and a locally valid insurance policy. Check that your insurance provides European Green Card vehicle insurance valid in Montenegro. Drivers of cars registered on foreign plates and without a valid green card will be asked to buy temporary insurance valid for Montenegro, and available for purchase at all official border crossings.

You are required by law to wear a seatbelt. You must drive with dipped headlights on during the day and must not use a mobile phone while driving.

Montenegrin law defines intoxication as a blood alcohol level higher than 0.3 g/kg. Exceeding the speed limit by just 10kph will get you a fine in Montenegro, while excessive speeding (30kmh over the limit in towns and 50kmh on motorways) and overtaking under dangerous conditions will lead to automatic confiscation of your driving licence for up to two months. Fines for traffic offences range from €40 to €2,000. Prison sentences can also be imposed.

Usually the police officer issuing a fine requests payment be made to a bank account within a reasonable time. The police can also impose on the spot fines, but this rarely happens in practice. If you deny the charge you have the right to appear in court. In certain circumstances your passport may be seized. All fine receipts have serial numbers and can be monitored in a central register for three years.

You must equip your car for winter conditions between 15 November and 1 April.

See the AA guide on driving in Montenegro.

Extreme and adventure sports

A wide range of outdoor activities are on offer for tourists. Take precautions to prevent injuries and use protective equipment. Before signing up with paragliding instructors, for example, ask to see their training licence for tandem flights. Take particular care when hiking in the Montenegrin mountains.

Political situation

You should avoid all large demonstrations or gatherings of people.