Quite possibly one of the most beautiful countries within the Balkan region is Montenegro. Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, with borders along Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, the country has long been overshadowed by the remnants of civil war that tore through the region in the early 90s when Yugoslavia underwent civil war and fractured into the many countries that now exists. However, the country has finally begun to stabilize in the 21st century, and the tourist industry that used to exist has now begun to reemerge. This is a both a blessing and a curse in the sense that on one hand the increased level of tourism means the country is recovering economically and has more money to spend on improvements, but on the other hand said improvements mean that a large number of towns, hotels, and roads are being renovated and constructed, which leads to delays and the inconvenience of construction blocking the natural beauty and the annoyance of construction noise.
However, that being said, Montenegro is still one of the best places to experience the natural beauty of the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea. From the two kilometers of beaches along Becici to the sea port of Bar, to the ancient city of Herceg Novi founded in 1382 in the bay, to the UNESCO site at Kotor, or the luxury yacht arena at Tivat, the coastal beauty of Montenegro is without par. But looking east from the coast you can see the Balkan Mountains rising above the country like some giant, rugged snake, and in between are literally dozens of forests, lakes, rivers, valleys, and plenty of smaller towns and ancient ruins to explore.
First-time visitors should start off in Podgorica, the capital city, and from there head out into places like Cetinje, the ancient royal capital with its museums and monasteries, or head up into the mountains to visit the resort town of Kolasin, or the headquarters for hiking and trekking in Zabjak. With such a variety of destinations to choose from, it’s impossible to see it all in just one trip.