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The best time to travel in Montenegro

Off the top of your head, it would difficult to recommend the ideal time of year for a trip to Montenegro. In this article, we're giving you our best advice.

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The best time of year for a trip to Montenegro is the period from May to October. But do be aware that it gets very hot in July and August, and the beaches are packed. So at that point in the year, it's best to head to the mountains. As for skiers, they should travel between January and March.

Travelling to Montenegro in Spring and Autumn

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From May to June and September to October.

The end of Spring and the start of Autumn are the best times of year to travel to Montenegro. Temperatures are comfortable and not too hot. The beaches aren't yet filled by summer tourists. Whether you want to go kayaking, diving or hiking, to head off to discover the Montenegrin villages, participate in all the festivals, or explore national parks, then is the time for it!

Travelling to Montenegro in summer

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July and August.

Montenegrin summers are very hot, and lots of tourists make the most of their long holidays by descending on the country. So take refuge from the crowds in the national parks or the mountains. Together with the pretty villages you'll find there, the aspect is refreshing and utterly charming.

When to discover Montenegro's national parks

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From May to October

The national park of lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans. There, you'll see all kinds of birds flying around the stone-built villages and the monastery islands. You can also taste the famous regional wines. Make sure you also check out Durmitor national park and the massif of the same name, as well as the superb lake Noir. Biogradska Gora national park is the epitome of calm, at the banks of beautiful lake Biograd. Opt for Summer and Autumn when discovering Montenegro's national parks.

When to visit Montenegro's monasteries

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From May to October.

If there's one thing you absolutely must visit in Montenegro, it is the country's monasteries. Pay a visit to Ostrog monastery, a favourite amongst Orthodox Christians, and discover its impressive Troglodyte chapels. You're also sure to love Moraca monastery, situated in a canyon of the same name. Choose the Summer and Autumn months when heading off to discover the monasteries of Montenegro.

When to plan your sports holiday to Montenegro

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From January to March and May to October.

The sport you have to try out in Montenegro is white water rafting, but you can also go kayaking in the bay of Kotor or Skadar lake. You can also try diving and kitesurfing on the South coast. The country is perfect for hiking: you can walk in the mountains in summer and so avoid the crowds on the beaches. You can also hire out bikes and, of course, go skiing between January and March in Durmitor national park in particular.

When to experience Montenegro's parties and festivals

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February to March and May to September.

In February, celebrate the spring in the mimosa festival at Herceg Novi. At Kotor and Tivat, you can celebrate carnival with various balls, as well as concerts and processions. In March, there's the camellia festival at Kotor and Stoliv. In May, you can watch the water polo championships, one of the country's most popular sports. In June, Budva holds its various theatre performances, and July marks the beginning of the festival season: music, theatre, processions... there's something to suit every taste during these two months. Then, in September, there Adventure Race Montenegro, a combination of trekking, kayaking and mountain biking.

When to travel to the Montenegrin mountain villages

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From May to October.

Montenegro has any number of towns and villages worth visiting. Don't pass up on Sveti Stefan, with its paradise-like beach, or the pretty little city of Kotor. At Perast, you'll discover superb palaces as well as churches, and you'll enjoy visiting the fortified town of Buvda. Be sure to visit lively Ulcinj and the old town of Herceg Novi. Not forgetting Rijeka Crnojevica! Aim to travel in Summer and Autumn so as to enjoy the comfortable temperatures during your visit to these beautiful Montenegrin villages.

Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018
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