Montenegro, Europe

Montenegro: Proof that good things come in small packages!

A small Balkan nation, Montenegro packs a powerful punch. It bowls one over with its breathtaking beaches, glistening bays and majestic mountains. Located just South of the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, Montenegro, often overlooked for its popular neighbour in the past is fast becoming the new ‘it’ destination of East Europe.

Montenegro, Europe
Budva , Tivat , Kotor , Podgorica , Ulcinj , Ulcinj
Mount Lovcen, Aman Sveti Stefan, Ostrog Monastery, Tara Canyon of Durmitor National Park,

Why visit Montenegro in August?

Montenegro with its not even 300 kms of coast line from north to south offers Europe’s most spectacular coastal scenery. With any place known for its coast in Europe, the latter summer months are the best time to visit.

The towns of Tivat and Kotor around the Bay of Kotor are most visited and almost the cultural capital of Montenegro compared to the political capital of Podgorica which often gets overlooked by tourists.  Coastal towns like Budva, Bar and Ulcinj are also very popular places to visit.

While Budva is the most popular and most crowded due to its vibrant nightlife and walled old town, Bar as the name suggests has plenty of bars and pubs but lacks Budva’s glamour and charm but on the plus side it even lacks the hordes of tourists. Ulcinj is the southernmost town of Montenegro known for its very long and fine sand beaches.

For those of you who prefer cooler climes head to the mountains of Montenegro. Activities like hiking, cycling, canyoning and rafting abound in Montenegro’s mountains and national parks. Besides the outdoor activities these mountains and national parks offer quaint villages and monasteries to explore.

Montenegro Weather in August:

Expect highs of around 31°C and lows of around 18°C, but the average is a comfortable 25°C. Water temperatures are also a warm 26°C and there are 9 hours of sunshine! All in all its perfect weather.

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Our Favorite Montenegro Experiences in August

Rafting & Canyoning in Tara Canyon of Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Situated in the Dinaric Alps, the park includes the high-altitude peaks of the Durmitor Massif, 18 glacial lakes and the Tara River, home to the world’s second deepest gorge. In summer its known for fantastic river rafting and canyoning and in winters its great for Skiing.

Visit the Ostrog Monastery

Montenegro’s most sacred Orthodox Christian site the Ostrog Monastery will appeal to you even if you donot have a single religious bone in your body! Literally embedded into the ochre stone of a mountain cliff at an altitude of 900 mts it shimmers white and offers amazing views of the Zeta Valley. You have to see it to believe it!

Stay at the Aman Sveti Stefan

The tiny island of Sveti Stefan, the poster image of many Montenegro tourism campaigns is now the location of the very exclusive Aman Sveti Stefan Montenegro. The hotel offers accommodation on the island that was once a fortified 15th century fishing village and  now has been  meticulously restored by hand-rendered stucco, stone and local oak, in keeping with the village’s rustic legacy. The island connects to mainland by an isthmus where rest of the hotel is housed in Villa Milocer, once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjević.

Catch a sunset from the top of Mount Lovcen

Lovcen National Park sits above Kotor at the south-eastern tip of the bay. From the western side, you can catch a panoramic view of the entire bay – and the best sunset in all of Montenegro. The drive up from Kotor  is via the Kotor Serpentine, an 8km stretch of road with no fewer than 16 hairpin turns. As you zig zag your way up (or down) the serpentine, you get unmatched views of the bay.

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