Looking for somewhere warm to head to for our winter that will surprise you? Montenegro offers something for everyone is this packed little country – natural wonders away from the hordes, a plethora of beaches, gorgeous historic towns – all at cheaper price. Here are four reasons why Montenegro is fast becoming a hot tourist destination:
1. Good value
Montenegro is a much cheaper destination than your typical Western European holiday spots; from the price of accommodation to the cost of superb local wines. Getting there may soon be much cheaper too. A key indicator of Montenegro’s rising position as a hot destination is the recent news that budget airlines Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet have completed successful preliminary talks with the Montenegrin government. Air Berlin, a semi low cost airline, will be commencing flights on 18 May 2011 to the coastal airport of Tivat.
2. A truly awe-inspiring lake
Immense Lake Skadar is a spectacular freshwater lake towered over by dramatic mountains. Wind your way along tiny roads carved into the cliffs on a mystery tour to find picturesque fishing villages and secluded beaches. Paddle out to islet monasteries or go on a hike to spot some of the wealth of birdlife. Best of all you’ll have it almost entirely to yourself – no one seems to know about it. Hiking, cycling and kayaking tours are available along with affordable accommodation with million dollar views. Check out http://www.undiscoveredmontenegro.com/.
3. One of the most beautiful bays in the world
Referred to as European’s most southerly fjord, the Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) is a wondrous sight to behold. Step mountain-sides crash into the deep blue sea. Its coastline is dotted with excruciatingly charming towns rich in history; Unesco protected Kotor offers one of Europe’s best preserved mediaeval old towns. You’ll find a range of accommodation options and restaurants throughout the area.
4. Some of Europe’s best sand beaches
If you are an Aussie who thinks a pebble beach just doesn’t cut it, Montenegro has plenty of pristine sand for you. Just one example is Ulcinj. Head here for its famous 12km stretch of unusual black sand, along with a small beach filled with colourful locals in the old town.
So put Montenegro on your list quick, it is ready to boil over.