At just 1,400 square kms, Montenegro is only tiny with its rolling majestic peaks, stunning secluded beaches and some of the friendliest people in the world. It is also cheaper than its neighbour Croatia with its similar Southern European cuisine

By Montenegro is the new holiday hot spot

Posted on February 17, 2020

Montenegro, a diverse country on the coast of the Balkans, is the latest holiday hot spot thanks to great connectivity and investment.

Montenegro has been opened up due to increased flights and it saw a 21% increase in tourist numbers in 2019, one of only three European countries to see a double digit increase in tourist visitors, stated the European Travel Commission.

“Montenegro might be small, but this gorgeous nation has a huge array of natural and man-made wonders,” CNN reported.

Montenegro is bounded by the Adriatic Sea and Croatia (to the southwest), Bosnia and Herzegovina (to the northwest), Serbia (to the northeast), Kosovo (to the east), and Albania (to the southeast).

For much of the 20th century Montenegro was a part of Yugoslavia, and from 2003 to 2006 it was a component of the federated union of Serbia and Montenegro.

Montenegro, Sveti Stefan

It is only tiny, 1400 square kms, with rolling, majestic peaks, secluded and stunning beaches and some of the friendliest people in the world. It is at the moment also cheaper than its neighbour Croatia with similar Southern European cuisine. There is plenty of shellfish and if you want to live like a local there’s ćevapi (kebabs), karađorđe vasnicla (breaded veal roll filled with cheese) and sarma (cabbage leaves stuffed with mincemeat).

Kotor, the UNESCO World heritage site, is a must-see. It is located in the Boka Kotorska Bay, on the Adriatic coast, and among the most beautiful bays in the world.

Most tourists then catch a boat to go on an enjoyable ride from Kotor to the ever-so small town of Perast.

“A jewel of a town, dubbed the ‘Montenegrin Venice’, boasts baroque palaces that were once the home of Venetian princes and Russian czars, and 16 churches – despite having just one main street,” reported The Telegraph.

“Perast’s most famous church, Our Lady of the Rocks, appears to float offshore. Legend has it that the man-made islet on which it sits was built on the spot where a miraculous image of the Madonna and Jesus was found by local seamen.”

The only other two countries to have double growth in 2019 were Turkey and Lithuania.

Turkey saw a 14% rise in tourists as it is investing heavily in infrastructure to lure more travellers. Turkey still represents excellent value for money compared to most similar destinations. It has a reputation for hospitality, children are loved, and there’s good-value shopping to enjoy. However most tourists visit Turkey because of its beaches – the country’s Aegean and Mediterranean seas are sublimely beautiful. Ölüdeniz, the Bodrum Peninsula

Ölüdeniz, Montenegro

Lithuania, the largest of the three Baltic states, had 10% tourism growth due to an increased number of flights. It has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the medieval Vilnius Old Town, which is the largest baroque city in Northern Europe.

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, regularly ranks as one of the cheapest city breaks in Europe. Lithuania shares half of the Curonian Spit, a 61-mile strip of sand dunes that keeps the Curonian from the Baltic Sea. A Unesco World Heritage Site, it is home to the highest moving sand dunes in Europe, with an average height of 35 metres with some stretching to 60 metres.

Montenegro, Vilnius Old Town

The European Travel Commission’s European Tourism Trends and Prospects report, said that Europe experienced a 4% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019 compared to 2018.

“Continued trade and geopolitical disruptions dragging down sentiment towards global trade, China’s group-travel ban to curb the coronavirus outbreak and weaker global economic activity are some of the factors that threaten to disrupt the tourism sector’s outlook for 2020,” said the European Travel Commission.