This country covering half the size of Wales may well be tiny but it punches well above its weight when it comes to fun. An Adriatic coastline, soaring mountains and fast-flowing rivers combine to make Montenegro a fantastic outdoor playground that appeals to families looking for new adventures and challenges, both on the beaches and inland, as well as just a little seaside R&R.
Things to do with kids in Montenegro
Head to the Adriatic coast with its 72km of beaches and lively seaside resorts with well-preserved medieval old towns to explore. At 12km, Velika Plaža is one of the longest beaches in all Europe. Seaside fun in Montenegro includes snorkelling and kayaking.
Discover Montenegro’s stunning trio of UNESCO World Heritage sites: the historic city of Kotor on the Adriatic coast, the Stećci monumental medieval tombstones in the west of the country, and Durmitor National Park in the north-west.
Go north, to Piva Regional Nature Park, for whitewater-rafting tours on the Tara River, cruising or kayaking on Piva Lake, jeep safaris, and hiking, walking or biking excursions to gorgeous canyons. Waterfall Rafting Center in Šćepan Polje is a well-regarded operator also organising accommodation in wooden cabins or tents and sleeping bags for hire.
Venture to Lake Skadar National Park, a protected wetland area centred on southern Europe’s biggest lake, with wildlife including rare Dalmatian pelicans and endangered otters.
Ski. Durmitor in the National Park (see above) is one of Montenegro’s four low-key ski resorts. The most modern, however, is Kolašin further south.
Harbour in Montenegro.
Montenegro’s cuisine tends towards the rich and hearty, with thick soups, dried sausage, smoked hams and potatoes in abundance. Montenegrins also love grilled meats, including cevapi (kebabs) and hamburger-like patties. Don’t miss local lamb cooked in milk, with spices and potato, either. You’ll also find international family favourites here, with Italian restaurants particularly popular.
Watersports in Montenegro.
When to go to Montenegro
Montenegro is best visited between April and September. Summer is very warm on the coast (generally mid- to upper 30°Cs); those with younger kids might prefer to take advantage of the milder weather (and lower prices) of June and September.
Rafting in Montenegro.
Montenegro is in the Eurozone but remains one of the more affordable destinations in Europe for family holidays, particularly if you choose self-catering accommodation.
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Beach fun in Montenegro.
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