Montenegro is a small but interesting country that offers the opportunity for both beach holidays and wonderful nature experiences. Read the Beach Ball Destination Guide and plan your own vacation.
Sea, mountains and beautiful countryside
Situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro pampers both the active holidaymaker and the beach-loving tourist. The journey from the country’s magnificent coastal region to the rugged mountain scenery of the north is not long, but based on the scenery at that time, one could easily imagine traveling across Europe.
According to countryaah, the former Yugoslavia’s neighbors are Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. The country is known not only for its history, but also for its magnificent natural attractions, beautiful beaches and atmospheric cities.
Heat in summer, snow in winter
The best time to travel to Montenegro is in the summer. Average temperatures drop to 20 degrees Celsius as early as May, and the heat will continue until September. During the summer months, the thermometer can rise to 30 degrees or more. The heat can be sweating especially in cities.
In winter, temperatures drop to near zero, and there is also snow in the mountainous parts of the country during the winter months. It is worth paying special attention to when traveling by car, because without winter tires, the journey can be rushed in the middle of everything.
Items for many tastes
Short for MW by abbreviationfinder, Montenegro is a very diverse travel destination, with active trips, beach vacations and city trips.
The country’s nature is very diverse, and active tourists will find plenty to do in the mountainous areas and national parks. Durmitor National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the country, pampers visitors with its spectacular mountains, dense vegetation and beautiful lakes. There are mountains not only in the north but also in the south of Montenegro, so a holidaymaker looking forward to an active trip as well as lavish natural attractions will not be disappointed.
Montenegro also pampers the beach holidaymaker, as the towns and small individual beaches on the Adriatic coast, as well as the shores of Lake Skutarin, offer a long coastline to those who need it. Popular beach destinations, such as Budva and Kotor, attract a large number of tourists, especially during the summer months. If you are looking for a quiet beach, you should visit the small towns. Popular beaches have good services from beach chairs to car parks and toilets, not to mention a good cafe and restaurant offer.
Those looking for a traditional city break will find fascinating old towns, beautiful architecture and plenty of history in Montenegro. In addition to the beach towns, the most popular city destinations are Bar and Herceg Novi.
Compared to Finland, the price level in Montenegro is quite affordable. Especially outside the most popular months of the season, you can get accommodation very cheaply, and the prices are not terrible even during the busiest travel times if you compare them with other European beach destinations. Montenegro’s currency is the euro, so it is easy for Finns to compare prices.
The fresh state has a long history
The diversity of religions is clearly visible in Montenegro. The Orthodox Church has the status of a major religion, but the country also has a significant number of representatives of both Islam and Catholicism. For the tourist, the cultural experience is rewarding – from the carpet of a four-hundred-year-old wooden ornamented mosque you can continue your journey to the magnificent old Orthodox monastery.
The history of the region dates back centuries, but as a state, present-day Montenegro is fresh. Montenegro only gained independence in 2006. The varied history of the oppression of neighboring countries and the recently remembered years of the Balkan War have left their mark on the Montenegrins. Locals do not always even know how to explain the birth of their own national identity, and even family members may experience their identities in very different ways.
Montenegro’s own language is Montenegro, which is practically the widely spoken Serbo-Croatian language in the region. The tourist also speaks well in English and, if necessary, in sign language.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN MONTENEGRO
There are no direct flights from Finland to Montenegro, but the country is easily reached via Croatia.
The easiest flight route is through Dubrovnik
The best way to travel from Finland to Montenegro is to fly in Norwegian during the summer with direct flights to Tivat or take a flight to the country’s main international airport, Podgorica. Dubrovnik, Croatia, is also within easy reach of Montenegro.
There are no direct flights to Podgorica from Finland, but Turkish Airlines, for example, offers a ride from Helsinki to Podgorica with one stopover. At its cheapest, flights cost about 250 euros.
The Croatian side of Dubrovnik, on the other hand, is easily reached by direct flights from Helsinki. Both Norwegian and Finnair offer direct flights, and the cheapest flights cost around 200 euros. Dubrovnik can be conveniently reached from the Montenegrin side, for example by rental car or bus. To cross the border, you must have a valid passport as well as a car rental agreement and insurance information.
Also, many travel agencies offer trips to Montenegro and in the summer season, destinations in Montenegro can even be found as cheap sudden departures.