With the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches of the Caribbean without the long haul flights, and a less developed resort scene than some of the of the other European beach destinations, why wouldn’t you choose to discover some of the amazing beaches in Montenegro? This country offers sun, sand and sea plus a blossoming social and restaurant scene without the crowds or overpricing. To get you started, check out our rundown of the best beaches in the country. You heard it here first, Montenegro is the beach destination to be seen at
Possibly one of the most recognisable views of Montenegro, Sveti Stefan is an unusual and beautiful peninsula jutting into the Adriatic sea. The beach itself follows the coastal road to a small islet, home to the beautiful Aman resort. The resort looks like a mini ancient city with red-roofed 15th century architecture and narrow cobbled streets. In 1442 a fort was actually built on the peninsula providing the island with it’s fortified walls which protected it from Turkish and pirate attacks. It’s such a romantic spot it’s no wonder Marilyn Monroe used to holiday here! Visitors should know that only the left side of the beach is free of charge – the right side of the beach charges 50 euros per person to use. The beach and mini island are postcard perfect and not to be missed.
Located on what is know as the ‘Budva Riviera’, this stunning bay boasts crystal clear turquoise waters and is surrounded by Mediterranean pine forest.The area is full of rustic old town settlements making it very picturesque and there are actually two beaches in Petrovac so visitors will be spoilt for choice. The area is known for its up and coming nightlife so expect beaches to be lively and pulsing with energy from day to night. Lucice beach in Petrovac is ideal for families with chairs and sunshades for rent and a waterslide and playground at the end of the beach to keep the little ones entertained! This beach can get crowded in the summertime but is still relatively unspoilt from hordes of tourists.
Located in Herceg-Novi, this tranquil beach is accessible only by boat. I is much lesser known than many on this list and the secluded cove offers visitors their own slice of quiet beachside paradise. Dobrec beach is on the Lustica peninsula which boasts crystal clear waters and idyllic pebbled beaches. There are comfy hammocks for hire throughout the day but the area itself is not very developed- there is only one small beachfront restaurant but this serves up delicious locally caught fish so is the perfect place to try some traditional Montenegrin dishes! This beach has a definite desert island feel to it so if you want to avoid the crowds, visit here!
Situated in Budva, Jaz Beach is one of the longest and liveliest beaches in Montenegro. It’s also known for being a social hub thanks to it’s yearly Sea Dance festival. Revellers come to the beach to enjoy amazing live music at the festival, which has been named one of Europe’s top 10 summer festivals by Forbes magazine. This place is an ideal location for summer concerts, the beaches name perhaps being a big giveaway! the beach itself is clean and pebbled and is lined with vibrant cafes and restaurants. Previous name big acts to grace the beach stage include The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravtiz and Madonna so you will be in good company! Jaz Beach is also a top spots for watersports too, from surfing to water skiing and windsurfing.
Becici stays separate from the bustling town of Budva by a peninsula and remans quieter than some of the other beaches. Water Sports are popular here, from kayaking to surfing, action seekers will love this area. It is arguably the most beautiful and longest beach on the Adriatic sea, at almost 2 km long. Loads of space means never there is never too much of a crowd! The beach itself is a mix of shingle and sand set against a backdrop of stunning mountains whilst lots of lively bars and restaurants pepper its shore – this is a great beach for a lively day out with friends. The area is a popular resort for families and there are also lots of nature trails leading off the beach for exploring with the whole gang. Don’t forget to check out the delicious ice cream parlours along the promenade!
At the heart of Budva is the popular Mogren beach. Although the beach is in the centre of town, the beach still retains an intimate feeling as it is separated from the old town by stunning cliffs. This rugged mountain splits the beach into two smaller beaches which equal total of 350m. The two spaces are connected by a tunnel. Despite being so central, 12 years ago this beach received a blue flag which represents clearness of the sea and the beach is generally still very clean and tidy. Its name comes from the Spanish Mariner Morgini, who shipwrecked here a few centuries ago. This beach offers incredible, instagram-worthy views and for those more adventurous types, the local caves are waiting to be explored! Only being 150m away from the old city, this beach can offer relaxing vibes whilst you are never too far from a bar or restaurant.
Where to stay in Montenegro
Here a few of our favourite luxury hotels and resorts in Montenegro which stand up to the TLE’s high standards…
Regent Porto Montenegro. Set in a yacht marina on the Adriatic, this upscale, neoclassical-style hotel is polished and luxurious. We particularly like the venetian-style architecture of the main building. Address: Obala bb, 85320, Montenegro
Forza Mare. Set in a contemporary building on a private beach on the Bay of Kotor, this sophisticated hotel is the first design hotel in the area. Address: b.b. 85 330, bb Kriva, Dobrota 85331, Montenegro
Hotel Hemera. This small boutique hotel is located in the city of Podgorica and inhabits a 20th century building. We love its rustic/chic vibe with unfinished walls mixed with the sophisticated designer furnishings. Address: 17 Njegoševa, Podgorica, Montenegro
Aman Sveti Stefan. Set on an islet at the end of a picturesque beach lined peninsula, the Aman Sveti Stefan is a village-like luxury resort. Guests stay in updated villas and cottages amongst the old fortress town. Address: Sveti Stefan, 85315, Montenegro
The Chedi, Lustica Bay. Opening July 2018, this luxury resort will be set at the forefront of a beautiful marina overlooking the beautiful bay. Take full advantage of waterfront living at The Chedi in this stunningly located new luxury property. Address: Luštica Bay Marina, Tivat 85323, Montenegro