Nestled in southeastern Europe, Montenegro is a charming Balkan country that borders the Adriatic Sea. It boasts a long, scenic coastline as well as impressive mountains in the northern region. Hailed by Yahoo Travel and The New York Times as a top tourist destination, Montenegro proves to be an ideal destination for travelers craving a getaway replete with picturesque landscapes and countless attractions. Here are the 6 best places to visit in Montenegro:

Where to Go in Montengero

1. Budva

With its vivacious nightlife and plenty of outstanding beaches, Budva is arguably the most trendy tourist spot in the country. Visitors with a penchant for a stimulating atmosphere and nonstop festivities will feel most at home in this lively town. Maintaining its reputation as the region’s premier destination for nightlife, Budva hosts numerous bars, restaurants, and 2 well-known nightclubs called Top Hill and Trocadero.

2. Kotor

Situated between gorgeous mountains and an alluring marina, Kotor is a romantic coastal town offering rich history and magnificent architecture. Additionally, Kotor is a part of a World Heritage Site called Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor which includes the town itself, the Bay of Kotor, and its fortifications that were constructed during the Venetian period. Kotor features culturally significant points of interest such as the Clock Tower, St. Tryphon’s Cathedral, and the River Gate.

3. Podgorica

Podgorica is the country’s capital city located toward the center of the country. Its position and proximity to public transportation makes it an advantageous spot to stay. Visitors can branch out to neighboring destinations during the day via train and bus, and return to the capital by night to rest. The municipality also boasts many wonderful parks as well as Skadar Lake, the Balkan Peninsula’s largest lake.

4. Ulcinj

In 2010, The New York Times named Ulcinj as one of the best places to go. Moreover, with a prominent Albanian population, Ulcinj presents itself as a Montenegrin town with Albanian and Muslim influences as evident by the wonderful cuisine and exquisite mosques. Visitors can also look forward to admiring breathtaking beaches, religious architecture, and cozy streets lined with cafés.

5. Petrovac

Home to lovely villas built long ago by the Romans, Petrovac is a quaint yet enchanting town perfect for family vacations. Featuring 3 stunning beaches (Lucice Beach, Buljarica Beach, and Petrovac Beach), playgrounds, and irresistible seafood restaurants, this coastal town knows how to draw in tourists. Petrovac’s most popular attraction is its eponymous beach Petrovac Beach as its beautiful shore is composed of fine red pebbles.

6. Plužine

As a small town housing a population of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants, Plužine is a peaceful destination surrounded by spectacular mountains and neighboring the splendid Piva Lake. Visitors who adore the outdoors should hike at Piva Canyon, water raft, and marvel at the splendor of the Pivskoe Reservoir. The town is situated on a road that connects the capital city Podgorica and Nikšić. Accordingly, Plužine would be a fantastic stop for travelers who happen to be in the area.

This article was written by Justina Tran.