The northern coastline turns inward into the sensational, fjord-like Bay of Kotor (Boka Bay). Its surrounding precipitous peaks enclose serene waters, pebbled coves, sandy beaches, whitewashed villages, Medieval fortress towns and solitary churches. There are many quaint towns to explore including Tivat, Herceg Novi and, Montenegro’s most picturesque destination, Kotor.
The country’s central and southern shoreline stretches out into long swathes of sandy beaches. These sun-drenched spots are punctuated by the lively town of Budva, Ulcinj’s fascinating fortifications, the city of Bar and the alluring ruins of Haj-Behaj, Stari Bar and Svač.
Beguiling as the coast may be, it demands to be explored and savoured. There are innumerable hiking and biking trails criss-crossing between shores and villages. Quiet paths across Boka Bay or the Luštica Peninsula lead to remote family churches, Medieval settlements and forts. Sailing, paddling, kayaking, snorkelling and swimming are all suited to the strikingly clear, calm waters of Trašte and Kotor Bay which boast underwater limestone caves, archaeological ruins and diversity of fish species.
Near the coastline are two national parks: Lovćen and the wetlands of Lake Skadar. Visit Lovćen to see the highest mausoleum in the world offering views across the whole of Boka Bay. While Lake Skadar, as the largest lake in the Balkans, is a great kayaking spot. Its mirror waters are home to 260 bird species, traditional fishing villages and islet monasteries.