Breathtaking mountainsides, ancient forests, crystal-clear streams and rivers, pristine glacial lakes, and incredibly diverse flora and fauna make Montenegro an unforgettable country. The people who live in the villages and katuns are even more memorable as they prepare traditional meals and guide travelers to see the beauty of their country. The smallest country in Europe, Montenegro can often be overlooked when mapping a family trip or adventure. But we at Meanderbug.com want to put Montenegro into the spotlight for your next trip as a beautiful, biodiverse country worthy of conscientious travelers who desire to explore her beauty.
Get our 46-page digital Montenegro Travel Guide
FAQ about Montenegro
Where is Montenegro?
Montenegro is located in the Balkan Peninsula. It is bordered by Bosnia and Hercegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Albania to the southeast, and the Adriatic sea with a little bit of Croatia to the southwest. An easy way to find Montenegro is to find the boot of Italy on the world map and just look across the Adriatic Sea.
Why should I visit Montenegro?
Montenegro is the most biodiverse country in Europe and because of this the country was declared an ecological state in 1991 in order to properly preserve its beautiful ecosystem. The nature here is absolutely breathtaking from sweeping mountain ranges to clear glacial lakes to majestic national parks. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will love high-intensity hiking and mountain climbing, canyoning, skiing, and survival skills training. Adventurers of all ages can enjoy family hiking, rafting, zip-lining, and staying at organic farm stays.
Which places should I visit in Montenegro?
Montenegro has many iconic locations, from national parks to monasteries to fortresses and ruins to other natural wonders. Many places are accessible by car, but navigating roads can prove difficult. We recommend having a working mobile device with a navigation app or system as you explore these beautiful locations. Maps.me and Google Maps are typically better than Garmin devices for Montenegro, and we recommend you download these apps offline, as mobile data and wifi are sketchy in some regions.
National parks and natural landmarks:
- Durmitor National Park – lies in northern Montenegro. Great for hiking and foraging.
- Prokletije National Park – lies on the eastern tip of Montenegro. Brimming with wildlife and beautiful mountainsides.
- Biograska Gora National Park – comprised of pristine glacial lakes and an old-world forest that dates back centuries.
- Lovćen National Park – historically a very important site for Montenegro with a wonderful view of the Bay of Kotor.
- Skadar Lake National Park – largest lake in the Balkans inhabited by stunningly diverse flora and fauna, including 300 bird species.
Other important sites:
- Komovi Mountain – three peaks that comprise a classical mountainside. You can drive to the base and hike to the top.
- Bay of Kotor – comprised of coastal towns, fjords, and several kilometers of coast line, with something for every beach lover to enjoy.
- Ancient fortresses – stone castles and ruins that have watched over Montenegro for centuries, such as Sveti Ivan, Kosmac, Žabljak Crnojevića, and Medun.
- Monasteries – beautiful settings for the more spiritual traveler. Include the iconic Ostrog Monastery, Morača Monastery, and other smaller monasteries throughout the country.
- Mrtvica Canyon – a deep gorge cut through by a glass-like river. A great canyoning experience for the stout-of-heart adventurer.
- Katuns – mountain huts found throughout Montenegro that represent the very heart and tradition of the country.
Is Montenegro a safe country to travel to?
While some may remember the Conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s which gives this part of the world a bad rap, Montenegro never experienced any true fighting. As a member of NATO since 2017, Montenegro fosters good relationships with other countries and makes efforts to comply with international regulations as a potential EU candidate. According to recent travel statistics, Montenegro is a safe country with a relatively low crime rate. The most common crime here is petty theft. Crime is practically non-existent in the traditional villages and katuns of northern Montenegro.
Is Montenegro good for families?
The answer is absolutely yes! Locals who host farm stays and katuns tend to love kids and will go out of their way to make you and your family feel comfortable. There are so many activities to stimulate the imagination of younger adventurers, like horse-back riding, berry picking, hiking, swimming, and interacting with farm animals and seeing how food is grown. A trip to Montenegro is a great time to disconnect from mobile devices (as most farm stays do not have wifi) and make memories as a family.