A day trip to (if not a stay in) Sveti Stefan must feature on any Montenegro itinerary. Just a fifteen-minute drive from Budva, this idyllic rocky outcrop is an iconic tourist hotspot. Visited by A-list celebrities and CEO’s of flagship brands, what used to be a tiny fishing village has metamorphosed into an ultra-luxury resort of lavish 15th-century villas. The fortified island is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, swept by toffee-sand beaches and cerulean seas.
Culture and History
A country steeped in history, Montenegro offers plenty to explore. Wander around Budvas’ characterful Old Town, filled with cultural treasures like monasteries and churches, or discover the ancient walls, churches, museums and Venetian palaces of Kotor’s cobblestone streets. The atmospheric Old Town of Kotor oozes romance and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - guided tours are recommended. The wonderful little town of Perast, often likened to Venice, boasts magnificent architecture, churches and grand palazzos. Look out for St Nicholas’ Church and the bronze sculptors of famous residents, or take a taxi-boat to ‘Our Lady of the Rock’, an enchanting, nearby island. From Tivat, explore typical Montenegrin villages on the Lustica and Vrmac Peninsulas.
With a beautiful coast on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is home to a number of spectacular beaches. The stunning Budva Riviera offers a string of picturesque sand-and-pebble coves and crescent-shaped beaches. Cool off in the inimitably clear water after a day exploring the cobbled streets, before refreshing in the ever-growing collection of trendy, beach-front bars. In peak season, the sands are filled with the nouveau-riche jet-set, with super-sleek yachts moored in the marina.
Dining and Nightlife
Among its charming old towns and pretty seafronts, Montenegro offers a fabulous dining and nightlife scene. As dusk falls, beautiful Kotor’s ancient walls start to glow with lights and the narrow streets hum with fashionable eateries and lively bars. Sample delicious local dishes in stunning surroundings, as all your needs are seen to with Montenegrin hospitality. Budva is dubbed the ‘Montenegrin Miami’, offering a selection of exquisite restaurants and high-end nightclubs. During the summer months, the streets turn into a fabulous outdoor theatre with local and international shows. The youngest town in the Boka region, Tivat, has experienced an exclusive makeover transforming an old naval base into a world-class marina filled with fine dining eateries and sleek bars.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.