No trip to Europe would be complete without venturing to Montenegro, a Mediterranean country bordering the Adriatic Sea. The coast—and its stunning beaches—is one of the highlights, but that's not the only thing you should see while in Montenegro.

Here, we'll cover all the attractions and landmarks you need to check out. Plus, we'll explain where you need to go (and how to get there), where to stay, and what to expect while traveling in Montenegro. Keep these 11 things in mind while planning your trip!


Visit The Coast In Montenegro

As Brittanica explains, the biggest tourist draw in Montenegro is its coast. The picturesque landscapes, quaint stone houses, and clear water are all highlights. At the same time, its architecture is also appealing, and you can see plenty of sights while walking around the coastal areas. Medieval murals are also everywhere, and totally worth checking out, but you also can't miss the National Museum of Montenegro.

If you stay in our recommended city of Ulcinj (more on that later), the Museum is only an hour and a half away by car. The Narodni muzej Crne Gore has five departments spanning history, ethnography, art, King Nikola's Palace, and Biljarda, the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos.

September And June Are Best For Travel

Per Rough Guides, June and September are the ideal times to visit Montenegro. It's still warm, but given the unpredictability of the weather there, you may want to lean toward warmer rather than cooler (and potentially rainy) weather. The slower times are between October and April when many hotels shut down. That said, you may find some great deals at hotels that remain open.

Stay In Ulcinj For The Ultimate Experience

Brittanica notes that Ulcinj, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast, is an excellent place to visit for tourists. You'll find beaches, olive groves, museums, The Old Town, Ada Bojana Nudisticka Plaza, and gorgeous backdrops for photos. Water sports, forest walks, and even public baths are popular exploits in Ulcinj.

Try the Ulcinj Walk, a scenic route along the coast, too (it traverses the local nude beach, so beware certain "views"). You can even head south and visit Lake Skadar, which extends across the border to Albania.

Book A Few Nights (Or More) At Hotel Pirate Old Town

Hotel Pirate Old Town is right on the coast, has excellent views, and is totally worth its price of around $150 per night. Of course, if you're on more of a budget, Hostel Pirate is a highly-rated hostel that only costs about $15 per night. At that rate, you can extend your stay another week!

Of course, if you want the ultimate in accommodations, you can also try out glamping in the olive groves. Per TripAdvisor, the Holiday Park Olive Tree is in the middle of an ancient olive tree forest (over 1,000 years old!) and includes an outdoor buffet breakfast under the olive trees plus a pool and a complimentary bottle of wine for the first night of your stay!

Try Montenegrin Cuisine Like Proscuitto And Buzara

You'll notice an abundance of olive-based products around Montenegro, but olive oil isn't the only thing on the menu. They're renowned for their Proscuitto, notes The Culture Trip, and seafood lovers will delight in Buzara. A combination of prawns, shrimp, and shellfish cooked in a white or red sauce will delight your palate.

Get Around Ulcinj (And Beyond) By Car Or Bus

Montenegro has many updated rail systems, but taking the bus is your best option in and around Ulcinj. Rental cars and taxis can also be affordable and convenient, especially for day trips. If you're flying into Podgorica Airport or Tivat Airport, explains Montenegro Pulse, Ulcinj is about a 1 1/2-hour drive.

Go See The Flamingos And Explore The Sea

Ulcinj has plenty of history, but one of the most fascinating things to see there is the flamingo colony. Per Montenegro Pulse, it's one of only two remaining flamingo colonies in Europe. Along with the flamingos, there's lots of sea to see, and you might want to try out kite surfing or diving, too. Or, you could visit a nude beach or a ladies-only beach (there's a fee and sometimes lines to get in, however).

Montenegro Uses The Euro (But Bring Lots)

As part of Europe, Montenegro adopted the Euro in 2002, which will make it easier for tourists to shop. That said, Montenegro is pretty expensive, and Ulcinj definitely charges tourist-level prices. Plus, you'll need to tip just like you would at home in the US—ten to 15 percent is customary.

Flying To Montenegro Is More Affordable In January

For the cheapest flight possible, you might want to book in January. According to Kayak, ticket prices start at around $700 in wintertime. The bad news is, it's absolutely freezing in winter, so you probably don't want to plan a trip then. It might be worth boosting your budget to head to Europe in September instead.

People In Montenegro Are Proud (And Adventurous)

As Brittanica explains, people in Montenegro hold strong ties to their pasts and culture. Fishing, hunting, and getting out in nature are significant priorities, and you'll even find a UNESCO World Heritage site in Montenegro (at Durmitor National Park).

Montenegrin people speak a dialect that's sort of an offshoot of Serbian, but they prefer to call the language Montenegrin rather than Croatian or Serbian. That said, Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Croatian are all national languages, per their Constitution.

Visit Small Beach (And "Bigger" Beaches, Too)

Small Beach is centrally located on the coast of Ulcinj, and it earns rave reviews from locals and tourists alike. But you can also visit other beachy spots on the Montenegrin coast, including Liman to the north and Liman II even farther north.