With its long, complex and often turbulent history, Montenegro is rich in cultural sights, from the walled coastal towns of Budva and Herceg Novi, with their narrow streets, picturesque squares and attractive Orthodox churches, to the ‘hanging’ monastery of Ostrog, built dramatically into a cliff face, and the spectacular medieval walled town of Kotor, sitting at the head of a deep fjord surrounded by limestone mountains.
Inland you can explore the Durmitor National Park, with its multi-coloured mountain lakes, plunging gorges and forested peaks. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a paradise for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. You can walk through a rich landscape of towering peaks, glacial lakes and high alpine pastures, looking down onto the canyons and ancient woodlands below. In the late spring and summer the landscape becomes a blaze of colour, with the alpine meadows covered in wildflowers including gentians, anemones, violets and wild strawberries.
The peaks, which rise to 2,534 metres, are home to a rich array of flora and fauna, including mammals such as bears, deer, martens, foxes and wolves. The park is also home to the Tara Canyon, where you can raft between the towering walls of Europe’s deepest canyon.