Would you say that Montenegro is an exciting destination to visit right now, and if so why?
Montenegro is becoming more and more high profile for the UK visitor due to the opening of new luxury hotels and the added flight links. It has always been on the map for yachting holidays due to the gorgeous waters and its bays and fjords, but it is also a great destination for those wishing to explore the great outdoors .
What would you say is the best time of year to visit?
April to October is the best time to visit, with July and August being the busiest months. The summer months see a plethora of cultural activities, such as a series of festivals of music, film and art.
Can you give us more of an insight into why you think Montenegro is a country with astonishing diversity?
From the rugged snow-capped mountains, ancient forests and pristine beaches to the steep rocky cliffs, Montenegro has both cultural diversity and a strong history coupled with a landscape dotted with ancient towns, churches and monasteries.
What would you say are the top things to see, do or experience in Montenegro?
Visiting the historic city of Kotor is a must. This UNESCO world heritage site is surrounded by impressive medieval bulwarks which extend above the town to the fortress of Sveti Ivan. Between 1420 and 1797 Kotor was under the rule of the Republic of Venice and the Venetian influence on the architecture is strong. You can enjoy a walking tour of the town including the Watch Tower (Sat Kula), the 12th Century Cathedral of St Tripun and Church of St Luc and the 17th Century Prince’s Palace.
Visit Cetinje which is the former capital of Montenegro and home of Njegoš, Montenegro’s greatest poet and king whose mausoleum rests above the city on the summit of Mount Loven.
Budva is also a must see destination, which is also one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea dating back to the 5th Century BC. In the Middle Ages when Budva was under Venetian rule, the town was fortified by powerful venetian walls to protect against the Ottoman conquests. The walls encompass a lively town with many small shops, restaurants and cafes.
Finally, make sure you visit both Skadar Lake National Park, the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and beautiful Lovcen National Park, which covers 6,400 hectares and is dominated by Mount Lovcen.