Best time to visit Montenegro
People think Montenegro is all Med and no mountains. In fact, it has the perfect climate concoction
The best time to visit Montenegro is just outside the summer months as Montenegro is so small, the coast can feel very crowded. Peak season is a great time to enjoy the mountainous national parks, however - Kotor on the coast can reach 30°C in summer, whereas inland Cetinje averages a sultry 22 °C. Lake Skadar has its own microclimate as it is surrounded by mountains, so not quite as baking in summer but definitely warm enough for swimming. Hikers can ramble happily in Montenegro until November.
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Adam Jarvis from our leading walking holiday supplier, Headwater shares his thoughts on the best time to visit Montenegro: "Montenegro experiences each season in all of its glory, from snowy winters in the mountains to sun-baked coastal summers. To get the best out of this for our walkers, we run our guided walking tours from May to September with one offering each for July and August at the beginning and end respectively (as the temperature can be very high during this period).”
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Taking place on the third Saturday in August every year, think fjord, flotillas and fireworks. The Bay of Kotor becomes a floating carnival on Boka Night, or Bokeska noc, with hundreds of decorated and illuminated boats parading in front of Kotor’s old town, Stari Grad. The party only begins when the last firework dims.
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It is amazing how little people know about Montengro. Which is all to Montenegro’s advantage. So don’t share this Montenegro travel guide with too many people or they will all want a piece.
When working out where to go in Montenegro, one of the best starting points is to map out their national parks. Stunning walks through time and villages where mountain culture still thrives. And all with a beach just over the peak.
What’s perfect about Montenegro is that although it has five mountainous national parks, the country is the same size as Northern Ireland.
Montenegro is a great location for sea kayaking with the sheltered shores around the Bay of Kotor creating an array of UNESCO-listed old towns and rugged mountain scenery.
With a set of wheels and a decent map, you can explore much of marvellous Montenegro in a week or two, which is why Montenegro self drive holidays are such an enjoyable option.
Our Montenegro walking map and highlights page reveals the best places to hike and explore, from national parks crisscrossed by trails, to mighty mountains that beckon the hardened trekker. Read advice and tips from our friends in Montenegro and travellers who have walked its trails already.
Dramatic peaks, glacial lakes, meadows and forests make up the unforgettably beautiful and rugged Durmitor National Park in northern Montenegro.
From rafting down the Tara River, to staying in a lakeside traditional house and starting off the day with a kayak and a dip in Lake Skadar or a hike to a mountain waterfall. It is all so accessible, which is why travelling in Montengro with kids is so blissfully easy.
Magnificent mountains filled with fast flowing rivers and gorgeous green lakes make Montenegro one of Europe’s hottest properties for family activity holidays.
Tip top tip is don’t think that Montenegro is all about the coast. It isn’t. It is a small country but with so much to discover, it’s almost tardis like. And so we advise you to base yourself in one or two places and just go exploring.
Wow, it is beautiful, it is still very undeveloped in terms of tourism, but boy it could go the wrong way, if it allows its beautiful national park filled landscapes or marine magnificence to go into cruise control, or indeed international hotel chain control.