Montenegro’s Culture

A Vibrant History, a Bright Future

Montenegro has a fascinating patchwork of history, one contributed to and stitched together by a vast depth of nations and influences. The country is dotted with towns whose splendid architecture holds up a mirror to its past — from Roman mosaics to Orthodox monasteries to Turkish monuments and Venetian fortresses.

Towns:

Kotor: The enchanting UNESCO World Heritage town of Kotor is only twenty minutes from Luštica Bay. Surrounded by Venetian fortress walls, the pan-tiled roofs of its Medieval old town tumble down to the sea and enclose a lively maze of cobblestone streets and squares. 

Perast: Admire picturesque Venetian buildings and peaceful islets. Then take a boat trek to Our Lady of the Rocks or the mysterious island of St. George, which houses a Benedictine monastery.

Budva: This summer hotspot is alive with buzzing beaches, popular restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. Its old town district is resplendent with Venetian beauty and offers quieter streets, piazzas and cafés.

Bar: A lovely municipality surrounding the ruins of a Byzantine fortress — which includes a 2000-year-old olive tree. 

Ulcinj: Looking for a more laid-back atmosphere? The long, sandy beaches of this relaxed seaside town include Velika Plaza, the longest shore on the Adriatic Sea. The surrounding town is dotted with elegant sacred sites, art galleries, cafés and restaurants.

Festivals:

Filmski: Montenegro’s annual film festival invites filmmakers from all over the world to screen their works of cinematic art in the town of Herceg Novi.

Operosa: Herceg Novi is also home to this international classical and contemporary opera fete. 

Kotor Art Festival: Experience the best in modern art, and public performances by dancers, musicians and more. art is displayed, and performances are held in the town’s public spaces. 

Boka Night: Kotor hosts boat parades, fireworks and an International Summer Carnival during this festive gathering. 

Sea Dance Festival: Dance the night away with top electronic and pop music on Budva’s beautiful Jaz beach. 

Cuisine

Montenegrin culture is well-represented by our incredible local food. While here, don’t miss enjoying traditional meals prepared from fresh local ingredients. The region’s signature dishes include a traditional kačamak potato dish, specialty cheeses, Njeguši ham, locally sourced lamb and seafood and our famous Dobrota cake. Oenophiles will find much to love among our renowned wines. The ancient white Krstač grape is only found in Serbia and Montenegro, and produces bright, fruity and floral vintages. Or try a Vranac wine, which is a family of full-bodied reds sourced from another ancient regional grape varietal.

The Best Places to Visit On the Peninsula

Parks, Historical Sites and Other Attractions

Montenegro’s extraordinary landscape is never short of incredible experiences in every season. Majestic mountains rear up from astoundingly blue waters. Coastal towns sun their red roofs on the shoreline. Wild meadows and olive groves are alive with the scents of herbs and flowers. Montenegro is truly a feast for the senses.

 

Coastline: Montenegro lays claim to 293 km (182 miles) of coastline, as varied as it is beautiful. Take a boat from Luštica Bay’s marina and you can take your time discovering the clear-as-glass waters, sandy beaches and sheltered coves. 

Historic Villages: The Chedi Luštica Bay’s team can arrange unique excursions to the small, nearby fishing villages of Rose and Zanjic, where old-world traditions live and breathe.

Bay of Kotor: This fjord has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. A cozy region possessed of immense beauty, enclosing rocky mountains, intimate beaches, preserved medieval towns (such as Kotor, Perast, and Herceg Novi), and historic monuments.

Trašte Bay: The clear calm waters here are ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Diving reveals underwater limestone caves, ancient archaeological ruins and diverse marine life.

National Parks: Admire astounding views from Njegoš (the highest mausoleum in the world) in Lovćen National Park. Or visit Lake Skadar National Park and kayak around the largest lake in the Balkans, where looking-glass waters afford beautiful exploration by boat, or on foot. inland Durmitor National Park is a rugged and dramatic region of soaring mountains, canyons and glacial lakes. Prokletije National Park is so untouched that it contains half the flora and fauna in Montenegro. Whether hiking, biking, horse-riding, rafting or kayaking, these parks offer untapped adventure. 

Ski Resorts: Montenegro’s long (October-April) ski season is an ideal time to visit its two major ski resorts: Kolašin 1450 and Žabljak. Both offer spectacular views, wide, quiet slopes and the promise of local mulled wine at the end of a run.