Where To Stay In Montenegro [Tivat, Budva & More]

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What area is best to stay in Montenegro?

Are you planning on visiting Montenegro and want to know where to stay in Montenegro?


Montenegro is located in southeastern Europe, neighbouring the countries of Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia. When it comes to the best area to stay in this Bulkan country, there are no short answers!


Why not visit Kotor old town which is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its stunning historical architecture and presence, or take a trip to the mountains and visit the glass-like water of Lake Skadar. Lakes and beaches aren’t all Montenegro has to offer as well, if you’re into hiking trails, the luscious green mountains of Durmitor National Park.


Even though it is a more unknown option to visit during the summer months, especially the Montenegrin coast has lots to offer! Plenty of watersport hotspots, private coves and white sandy beaches are dotted around making for an ideal summer getaway location. Mixed in with delicious cuisine and breathtaking culture, it really doesn’t get better.


Thinking about visiting Italy instead? Read our blog on where to stay in Sicily, Rome and the Amalfi Coast!

What is the weather like in Montenegro?

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Unlike most low-budget summer spots, the beach and the high temperature aren’t the only things this country has to offer. Montenegro has countless national parks, hiking trails, and canoeing opportunities through wild lakes and rivers. You could even visit ancient monasteries and of course, there are lots of colourful festivals to attend year round! If you need help planning your holiday this year, read our blog on how to plan your holiday.


So, what locations make up the top spots for places to stay in Montenegro? Keep reading on to find out.

The best places to stay on holiday in Montenegro

  1. Tivat
  2. Budva
  3. Kotor
  4. Lake Skadar
  5. Ulcinj

1. Tivat




A true gem on the Montenegrin coast, Tivat’s charming aura on a warm summer evening is unmatched. Renowned for its natural beauty, with the Bay of Kotor providing a picturesque backdrop, along with the appealing Mediterranean climate and boom, you have Tivat. Located just 3km away from Tivat airport, this region is super accessible to visit, as well as with the prices for flights to Montenegro being super cheap, you can feel happy knowing you are saving money compared to going on holiday to the likes of Spain, Italy or Croatia.


Things To Do:


One of the main attractions of Tivat is easily port Montenegro, which always reminds me of the likes of southern France with the array of fancy boats, stunning clear water and views to die for. Not to mention the rich cuisine which we will mention in full later on! This luxury marina and residential development is a key hub for yacht enthusiasts and offers a range of high-end dining, shopping and entertainment.

Unfortunately, this is one of the more expensive places to visit if you are looking for cheaper holiday locations, not to worry though the Montenegrin coast isn’t short of these…


Of course, it would be criminal not to mention Tivat’s several beautiful beaches, perfect for soaking up the summer rays whilst rehydrating with a beverage of your choice followed by a light swim in some of the clearest water in Europe. If you are unsure of which provides the best beach coverage, here’s a few options that we recommend…


  • Plavi Horizonti
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Seljanavo Beach
  • Sveti Stefan Beach

All of the options above have plenty of seafront cafes and bars, as well as parking and water sports for all, these beaches are truly inclusive.


As promised, we must talk about the cuisine served in this region of the world! Located near the sea, as you can expect, the seafood here is absolutely to die for, such as seafood risotto and grilled fish, not to mention the local wines.


Why You Should Stay Here:


If enough hasn’t been said to persuade you to come and spend a week or two enriching yourself in culture, great food, weather and the ocean, then maybe the fact that you can book Airbnb here for just £60 a night, or a luxurious villa with a pool and sea view for just £100 a night!


Apart from pricing, the people are so kind here and try their absolute best to welcome tourists to their culture with regular festivals to partake in, inviting restaurants and bars, it really is just the southern Mediterranean dream here.


Our Rating:


Tivat gets an 8/10 from us! Purely only down to the price as it tends to be more on the expensive side compared to some of the other options on this list. But for good reason!

2. Budva




Located on the Adriatic sea, Budva is a popular coastal town known for its vibrant nightlife, tropical coastline and historical old town.


Budva is part of the Budva Riviera, which encompasses several other charming coastal towns and villages along the Montenegrin coastline. The town itself boasts a rich history dating back to ancient times, with influences from various civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians.


In addition to its historical attractions such as the medieval Old Town with its narrow streets and ancient walls, Budva offers visitors a range of modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, bars, and water sports activities. The surrounding area is also known for its natural beauty, with stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and crystal-clear waters.


Things To Do:


Budva is one of the most popular areas in Montenegro for a reason. There are plenty of things to get up to including visiting the old town and walking the Old Town walls that border this impressive city. When you’re in Budva, you’ve got to start with a stroll through the famous Old Town. It’s like stepping back in time with its cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and cosy cafes tucked away in every corner.


Also, don’t miss out on walking along the ancient city walls for some killer views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding coastline – perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots. It was definitely a highlight of our trip when we visited Montenegro.


Now, here’s a little insider tip: venture a bit off the beaten path to visit the Mogren Fortress. It’s not as well-known as some of the other attractions, but the views from up there are seriously breathtaking, especially during sunset. Trust me, it’s worth the little hike to get there!


Why You Should Stay Here:


It comes as no surprise that Budva is the perfect place to stay for all ages! The Old Town is the best place to stay in Budva for your first time. It offers a range of accommodations to fit any budget, from budget-friendly hostels starting at around €20-€30 per night to luxury hotels and resorts costing upwards of €100 per night.


When it comes to food, you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re dining at traditional restaurants known as “konobas” or grabbing street food from local stalls, there’s something to satisfy every palate and wallet size. You can enjoy delicious local cuisine like fresh seafood and hearty pasta dishes for around €10-€20 per meal, making dining in Budva both delicious and affordable. Overall, Budva provides affordable accommodations and tasty dining experiences alongside a breathtaking historical centre with access to sandy beaches and stunning countryside.


Our Rating:


Budva is an incredible destination and worth the visit if you are anywhere near, even if it is just for the day! It is a great location for those who want a base to visit other places in Montenegro such as Sveti Stefan, Bar, Kotor and the Lustica Peninsula. I would recommend staying here for a week if you plan on visiting the surrounding countryside and other beaches in the area. For this reason, I would give it a 9/10.

3. Kotor




Kotor is another beautiful town in Montenegro, located just a short drive northwest of Budva. It sits nestled in a secluded bay along the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by dramatic mountains. The town is renowned for its well-preserved medieval old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


With its maze of narrow streets, charming squares, and historic buildings, Kotor offers visitors a glimpse into its rich cultural heritage. Additionally, the town is a gateway to outdoor adventures such as hiking in the nearby mountains or exploring the stunning Kotor Bay by boat.


Things To Do:


Kotor is such an amazing place to explore! One of the highlights you need to do is check out the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. It’s this old church that’s packed full of history and just has this incredible vibe when you walk in. The architecture is so impressive and will create an awe-inspiring moment as you browse the cathedral.


The Stari Grad, the Old Town is another location you need to visit in Kotor. It’s like stepping back in time with all the narrow streets and ancient buildings. I got totally lost in the maze of cobblestone alleys and stumbled upon some really cool hidden spots along the way.


If you’re up for a bit of adventure, you’ve got to hike up to Kotor Fortress. It’s a bit of a workout, but let me tell you, the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking! You can see the whole town spread out below you and the mountains in the distance are just stunning. It’s definitely one of those experiences that sticks with you long after you’ve left.


Why You Should Stay Here:


Kotor offers a unique blend of historical intrigue, natural beauty, and outdoor adventure that sets it apart as a must-visit destination in Montenegro. The town’s well-preserved Old Town, characterized by its narrow streets and ancient architecture, provides a captivating glimpse into centuries of local history. However, what truly distinguishes Kotor is its accessibility to nearby small towns and villages, offering visitors the opportunity to explore beyond the confines of the main tourist hub.


Moreover, Kotor boasts a range of hiking trails that begin right on the doorstep of the Old Town, catering to outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. In terms of affordability, Kotor presents a favourable option for travellers, with accommodations and dining options available at relatively reasonable prices. For instance, budget-friendly accommodations such as hostels can be found for as low as €20-€30 per night, while meals at local restaurants typically range from €10-€20 per person.


What truly sets Kotor apart, however, is its stunning bay, known as the Bay of Kotor. Surrounded by towering mountains and dotted with picturesque coastal towns, this bay offers breathtaking panoramic views that are unrivalled elsewhere in Montenegro. With its unique blend of history, culture, affordability, and natural splendour, Kotor stands out as a destination that promises a memorable and enriching experience for travellers seeking to explore the best of Montenegro’s coastal treasures.


Our Rating:


Exploring the Old Town was enchanting, with its narrow streets and historic sites like the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Hiking up to Kotor Fortress provided breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Plus, the affordability of accommodations and dining made the experience even more enjoyable.


Overall, Kotor offers a perfect mix of history, natural beauty, and adventure, making it a must-visit destination in my opinion, that is why I rated it a 7/10.


4. Lake Skadar

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Lake Skadar, also known as Skadar Lake, is located on the border between Montenegro and Albania in Southeastern Europe. It is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, covering an area of around 370 square kilometres (143 square miles).


The lake is nestled within the Dinaric Alps and is renowned for its diverse ecosystem, including rich birdlife, wetlands, and picturesque landscapes. Lake Skadar is a designated national park in Montenegro, attracting visitors with its scenic beauty, opportunities for boating and birdwatching, and cultural heritage sites scattered around its shores.


Things To Do:


Lake Skadar is a fantastic place to explore with plenty of cool things to do. One of my favourite activities is taking boat trips around the lake. It’s super relaxing and you get to see all these amazing birds and beautiful landscapes. I’d recommend starting your tour from Vranjina or Virpazar – they’re both great spots to kick off your adventure.


If you’re more into land-based activities, hiking and biking around the lake are awesome options. Places like Rijeka Crnojevića and Karuč have some really nice trails and little villages to check out along the way.


Now, here’s a little secret, that not many people know about: Poseljani. It’s this charming little village up in the hills overlooking the lake. It’s not as touristy as some of the other spots, but that’s what makes it so special. You get to experience a more authentic side of Montenegro and the views are absolutely stunning.


Why You Should Stay Here:


Staying at Lake Skadar is not only beautiful but also budget-friendly compared to some other touristy spots in Montenegro. You can find cosy guesthouses and eco-friendly lodges for reasonable prices, often run by friendly locals who are happy to share insider tips on the best places to explore.


Speaking of which, there are some hidden gems around the lake that are definitely worth checking out. Places like Rijeka Crnojevića and Virpazar offer a glimpse into traditional Montenegrin life, with charming streets, local eateries serving up delicious cuisine, and stunning views of the lake. Don’t miss the chance to take a boat tour from these spots – it’s the perfect way to see the lake from a different perspective and spot some of the incredible birdlife that calls this area home.


Overall, Lake Skadar offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, affordability, and authentic experiences that make it a standout destination in Montenegro. Whether you’re exploring the local villages, cruising on the lake, or just soaking up the serene atmosphere, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time here.


Our Rating:


Lake Skadar is a unique place to visit in Montenegro and is definitely one of the best places I visited when I went to Montenegro. With a more chilled-out and relaxed vibe with plenty of activities to do in and around the lake alongside the stunning views. If you are in search of a relaxing and less busy area to visit that isn’t your typical tourist destination in Europe, Lake Skadar is a great location. For this reason, I would rate Lake Skadar an 8/10.

5. Ulcinj




Ulcinj is a town located in the southwestern part of Montenegro, along the Adriatic coast. It sits near the border with Albania, making it the southernmost town in Montenegro. Ulcinj is known for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and diverse cultural heritage. With its Mediterranean climate and stunning coastal landscapes, Ulcinj is a popular destination for tourists seeking sun, sea, and relaxation.


Things To Do:


One of the top spots to visit is the Old Town, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with ancient buildings and soak in the atmosphere of centuries past. Personally, I love exploring the Ulcinj Museum, housed in the Renaissance-style Balšić Tower, which offers fascinating insights into the town’s rich history.


For a dose of relaxation, head to the Velika Plaza, one of the longest sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast. It’s the perfect place to unwind, soak up the sun, and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in some fresh seafood at one of the beachfront restaurants – the grilled fish is absolutely divine!


For those seeking adventure, a visit to Ada Bojana Island is a must. This unique triangular-shaped island formed by the delta of the Bojana River offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Whether you’re kiteboarding, windsurfing, or simply lounging on the beach, Ada Bojana promises an unforgettable experience.


Now, here’s a little insider tip: venture off the beaten path to visit the hidden gem of Valdanos Bay. Tucked away from the tourist crowds, this secluded bay boasts pristine beaches, lush greenery, and serene turquoise waters. It’s the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat and offers a glimpse of Ulcinj’s untouched natural beauty.


Why You Should Stay Here:


Staying in Ulcinj offers a unique blend of charm, convenience, and natural beauty that makes it an ideal destination for travellers. Accommodation options range from budget-friendly guesthouses starting at around €20-€30 per night to more luxurious hotels and resorts, with prices averaging around €50-€100 per night, depending on the season and location. Dining in Ulcinj won’t break the bank either, with meals at local restaurants typically ranging from €10-€20 per person.


Additionally, Ulcinj’s location along Montenegro’s Adriatic coast makes it easily accessible from other main cities such as Budva and Podgorica. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Budva, known for its vibrant nightlife and historical charm, and approximately 1.5 hours from Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro. This makes Ulcinj an excellent choice for travellers looking to explore multiple destinations within Montenegro while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere and coastal beauty of this charming town. With its affordability, accessibility, and array of attractions, Ulcinj offers a compelling option for accommodation during your Montenegrin adventures.


Our Rating:


I really enjoyed my stay when I visited Ulcinj with some incredible beaches, great food and some great activities and places to visit, it was one of the best destinations I visited on my round trip around Montenegro. For this reason, I would give it a 7/10.


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I absolutely loved visiting Montenegro when I visited for a few weeks in the summer last year. With many stunning locations, it has something for everyone, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. Hopefully, this article has helped give you a feel for each of the best locations there are available in this stunning European country and you can now feel confident in booking a place to stay.


I would recommend choosing a base location and then visiting other areas from that location then moving areas only once you have completed all the local spots in that one section. We did this and booked various hotels and Airbnb’s whilst driving around with a hire car to each different spot then settling down for a few days. Some of the places we stayed had luxurious rooms whilst others came with a private beach, outdoor pool or an indoor swimming pool. There is a wide array of different accommodations so make sure you do your research to find the best hotels for your stay.

Frequently Asked Questions About Where To Stay In Montenegro

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Where should I base myself in Montenegro?


If you are looking to stay in Montenegro; Kotor and Budva are two of Montenegro’s most stunning destinations. Both cities offer a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. While they are only 35km apart, where you base yourself will have a large influence on your stay in Montenegro.


Budva boasts picturesque beaches and vibrant nightlife, while Kotor charms with its medieval old town and stunning bay views. Additionally, for nature enthusiasts, Durmitor National Park offers unparalleled mountain landscapes and outdoor adventures. Ultimately, your choice depends on preferences, whether it’s sun-soaked beaches, historic sites, or mountain retreats.


Where is it better to stay – Kotor or Budva?


Budva and Kotor each have their own vibe. Budva’s got great beaches and a buzzing nightlife, while Kotor’s all about its natural beauty, history, and cool Old Town. Budva’s is where you hit the beach and party at night, while Kotor’s is more about wandering through old streets and soaking in the scenery. Whether you’re into beach fun or historical charm, both spots offer something special for your trip.


Is Budva or Tivat better?


Choosing between Budva and Tivat depends on what you’re after. Budva is known for its lively beaches and vibrant nightlife, perfect for those seeking sun and fun. Tivat, on the other hand, offers a more relaxed vibe with its picturesque waterfront and marinas, ideal for a tranquil getaway. Whether you prefer the energetic atmosphere of Budva or the laid-back charm of Tivat, both destinations have their own appeal. It ultimately comes down to your preferences and what kind of experience you’re looking for.


Is Montenegro nice for a holiday?


Montenegro is a great place for a 14-day holiday with its diverse offerings. From the stunning Adriatic coastline with picturesque towns like Budva and Kotor to the rugged beauty of its mountainous interior, there’s something for everyone. You can spend your days lounging on beautiful beaches, exploring ancient cobblestone streets, or hiking through breathtaking national parks like Durmitor.


Plus, Montenegro’s rich history, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality add to the charm of any holiday. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, Montenegro promises a memorable vacation experience.


How many days are enough in Montenegro?


Fourteen days is the perfect amount of time to really soak up all that Montenegro has to offer. You can spend a good chunk of time exploring the stunning coastal towns like Budva and Kotor, lounging on beautiful beaches, and diving into the rich history and culture.


Plus, with two weeks, you can also venture into the mountains, hike through gorgeous national parks like Durmitor, and maybe even take a day trip to nearby countries like Croatia or Albania. It gives you enough time to see the highlights and also discover some hidden gems along the way.

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Luke is a leading travel writer within the travel niche and is also a co-founder of HandL Blogs one of the UK’s leading travel blogging websites. Luke has a love of all things travel.

Initially becoming friends with his other co-founder, Harry, at the age of four years old, they let their love for travel evolve, making it their mission to visit every country in the world!

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