A nother piece of fractured Yugoslavia, Montenegro stretches from the Adriatic deep inland over the mountains. But it’s the beautiful beaches and historic old coastal towns, many showing a Venetian influence, that are the most popular areas of the country.
In the north, near the border with Croatia, the medieval walled town of Kotor sits in a spectacular setting on a bay of the same name. Travel south along the ribbon of road that clings to the coast and you’ll find interesting and historic walled cities such as Budva. Budva’s Old Town, painstakingly restored following an earthquake in 1979, is a charming warren of alleyways and squares lined with restaurants and shops.
Further south the island resort of Sveti Stefan rises up out of the azure waters, almost as if in a fairytale, and further along Bar, with another picturesque Old Town, is the transportation hub for ferries and the rail line from Belgrade.
Almost in the center of the country is the beautiful Ostrog Monastery, founded by St. Basil in the 17th century. Composed of two complexes – one in the valley along the Zeta River, the other hewn into a sheer cliff high above to protect it from the Ottomans – it attracts both Christian and Muslim pilgrims.
Further inland and northward, the mountainous Durmitor National Park is popular for hiking and skiing.