Following what has felt like an endless summer of 30 degree heat and cocktails at sunset, we’re finally turning our attention inland to autumn and winter activities. Thankfully however, whether visiting in spring, summer, autumn or winter, Montenegro has much to offer.
For winter sports enthusiasts , the north of Montenegro is the place to head. Behind the renowned coastline towers Mount Lovcen, which transforms into a white private playground as the snow begins to fall in late November (ski junkies be aware, there is a very tempting video below). It’s also the ideal place to head for an alternative alpine retreat. For those who prefer milder winter temperatures, head south, where the weather remains clement and ancient cities and rich traditions await discovery. Below we’ve outlined a few of our favourite pastimes.
In the serene month of November, Montenegro hosts a one week film festival, in the charming town of Mojkovac . This is a great cultural event, which presents movies from former Yugoslavia authors. The award ceremony at the end of the festival is traditionally well attended, with locals and visitors eager to see who has won one of the many categories. The atmosphere is full of excitement and pride – an event not to be missed.
With Christmas just round the corner, the town of Herceg Novi plays host to a music festival to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. The festival exhibits classical music, in which soloists and orchestras from the region take part, adding to the joyful ambiance of the festive season.
For those seeking something a little more fast paced, check out this group of skiers taking on the Montenegrin slopes last year…
Traditionally, Montenegrin Christmas was inline with the ‘Julian’ calendar, which meant Christmas day was 7th January and New Year’s Eve was January 14th. However, evolving with the times Montenegro now starts the celebrations December 31st and the party continues until January 2nd. During this time there is no better place to see in the New Year than in Montenegro’s main cities Kotor , Budva and Podgorica .
January is a particularly popular month for winter guests. Slopes and ski paths are shaped, ready for the keen skiers who like a challenge, and retreaters who would rather a peaceful alpine escape. Numerous guest appearances by music stars and sports events are on offer to support this busy time.