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Ideal For: Culture cravers, adventurers, beach lovers
There are few places on earth that offer the combination of dramatic, rugged scenery and well-preserved historic sites quite like the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. This is the setting of Sveti Stefan, a 15th-century village that used to be an island—until it was connected to the mainland via a narrow strip of land. Marked by cobbled lanes, shady courtyards, and signature red-tiled roofs (some of which date back 600 years), the island of Sveti Stefan is now the exclusive domain of the Aman Sveti Stefan. Linger over a meal at the restaurants lining the open-air piazza, or sunbathe on pink-sand beaches and dive into the turquoise Adriatic Sea. A short drive or sail away, you can explore the winding alleys and grand plazas of the walled city of Budva, whose charming Old Town dates back to the fifth century.
Located along the Bay of Kotor, the scenic village of Perast features a charming main street with dozens of churches and grand palazzos. Stroll the streets with your camera in hand; the Bay of Kotor provides a dramatic backdrop to the town.
The UNESCO World Heritage-protected Bay of Kotor is also well worth a visit. Cruise through the scenic Adriatic fjord until you reach the town of Kotor, tucked in at the back of the bay.
Skadar Lake, the Mediterranean’s largest freshwater lake, is ringed by mountains. Cool off with a swim or picnic on the shoreline, lined with historic fortresses, monasteries, and churches.
Montenegro’s coastal regions enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, sunshine-filled winters. The two warmest months are July and August—but a nice sea breeze prevents Sveti Stefan from ever getting unbearably hot. The most temperate months to visit are May, June, September, and October. December is the month that gets the most precipitation, in the form of rain or occasionally snow.