Tourism in Montenegro

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St. Stephen peninsula in the periphery of Budva
St. George island with the same-name Romanesque church
The old town of Kotor with a typical Venetian-style urban environment
The Bay of Kotor is a major cruise destination in the Adriatic
Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje
Ministry of Culture in Cetinje
Royal theatre Zetski Dom in Cetinje
Cathedral in Niksic
Durmitor mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980, is home to numerous pristine Alpine lakes as well as Europe's deepest canyon.
A national park since 1952, Biogradska gora boasts an old virgin forest and a glacial lake.
Rozaje Hotel
Kolašin Town Center
Pljevlja mosque and clock tower
View on Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi - old town gate
Old town Kotor
Sveti Stefan Island
King Nikola's Palace in Bar
Two people walking away from a mountaintop chapel.
The Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš

Montenegro is a small Mediterranean country with rich architectural and cultural heritage, diversity of landscapes and climates, and well-preserved natural environment. Having something for every kind of traveller,[1] Montenegro is focused on becoming an elite tourist destination. Montenegro is considered one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations. In 2007, over a million tourists visited Montenegro, making some 7.3 million overnight stays (23% increase, compared to 2006). This accounted for some 480 million euros in tourism revenue in 2007 (39% increase, compared to previous year).[citation needed] In 2015, tourism realised over 1.7 million arrivals, with a further increase in 2016.[2] In the same year, the coastal town of Kotor was named the best city to visit by Lonely Planet,[3] whereas the country itself is continuously included in touristic top lists. With a total of 1.6 million visitors, the nation is the 36th (out of 47 countries) most visited country in Europe.[4]

Advantages and disadvantages[edit]

Almost all economic activities in Montenegro are directed towards facilitating the development of tourism. The Government aims to attract greenfield investments, which should make best use of undeveloped parts of the coast, such as Jaz Beach, Velika Plaža, Ada Bojana and Buljarica. Such investments could potentially reshape the appeal of Montenegro to tourists, making it a highly competitive destination for sustainable quality tourism.

Montenegro can be presented as a destination offering a variety of attractions and all-year tourism is possible by publicising its varied features. Therefore, the Tourism Masterplan of Montenegro is also paving the way for a national development program for nature based tourism, especially hiking and biking, with new infrastructure and services. The realisation of a 3-year-program was started in 2007.

The biggest problem of Montenegrin tourism is inadequate infrastructure, most notably the obsolete road network and difficulties with water and electricity supply in the coastal area. For that reason, a main investment of the government is building new roads and reconstruction of the current road infrastructure.[citation needed]

Main points of interest[edit]

North Coast region[edit]

This notable coastal region is of primary interest to tourists in Montenegro. The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km long, with 72 km of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns. The main attractions along the north coast are:

South Coast region[edit]

The South Coast region of Montenegro is considered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. In January 2010, The New York Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region of Montenegro, including Velika Plaza, Ada Bojana, and the Hotel Mediteran of Ulcinj, as among the "Top 31 Places to Go in 2010" as part of a worldwide ranking of tourism destinations [1]

The South Coast region, centered in Ulcinj, is popular in part due to the "Blue Flag beach" sandy beaches, eco-adventure activities, ancient fortress-cities, and vibrant nightlife. These destinations include:

  • The old town of Ulcinj with its prominent battlements and Cyclopean walls, bustling nightlife and sea-side strand, and home of the Montenegro's longest pristine beach, Velika Plaza.
  • The old town of Bar, Montenegro with its "living museum" at Stari Bar.
  • Ada Bojana at the very south of Montenegro's coastline, with its famed daily fresh catch featured at the area's seafood riverside restaurants.16 km from Ulcinj.
  • The vast water body and wildlife reserve Skadar Lake at Ulcinj's Salt Flats, one of the largest nesting places on the European continent for migratory birds.
  • The pebble beach and massive olive groves at Valdanos. Closest city Ulcinj.
  • The beach, sea caves and pine resin in the air at Ulcinj's Ladies Beach, that for generations locals have known promise cures for infertility and other ailments.
  • The only deep water harbor and commercial port in Montenegro, at Bar.
  • Beaches, fortresses and villages on Skadar Lake

Northern region[edit]

The northern region is the centre of Montenegrin mountain tourism. It has ski resorts, and is popular for its untouched nature. The entire area of Durmitor mountain and the Tara river canyon is protected as a national park, and listed with UNESCO world heritage sites.

Destinations in the north are:

Central region[edit]

Although it is the most densely populated area of Montenegro, the central region has fewer tourist attractions. Notable are:


The length of coastline of Montenegro is 293 km. It has 73 km of beaches, there are over 120 such beaches. There are varying beach styles from sand to pebbles of differing lengths.


The coast-line of Ulcinj is 32 km long. It has more than 10 beaches. Ada Bojana is a river island. It is a triangle shape with sea from one side. The beach is sandy and long. Velika Plaza is the longest beach in Montenegro, one of the warmest and most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea. It is 12 km long and it is covered with sand. It is very shallow. Small city beach is as same as Velika Plaza but it is not so long. Valdanos is little cove with pebbly beach and beautiful flora around it.


Bar Riviera is 44 km long and has got 9 km of beaches. There are more than 20 beaches but Bar has got 2 beaches on the lakeside. The most famous beach in Bar is Sutomore beach. It's 1 km long and is covered with sand. Canj beach is 1 km long and is a very popular location for tourists. The beach is covered with fine sand but the sea bottom is covered with round rocky pebbles. Queen's beach is very near Canj but it can be only approached from sea. Red beach is specific because it is covered with read round pebbles and view from it is outstanding. Zukotrlica beach is over 1 km long and it is near the city. It is covered with white pebbles and in the background is little beautiful pine forest. Beach Utjeha is also called "Olive Bay" because there are hundreds of olives in the background. It is covered with pebbles and is very clear. On the lake there are two beaches: Pjesacac and Murici. They are covered with pebbles. The view from there on the Skadar Lake is amazing.


Budva Riviera has over 25 beaches and they are favourite destination for tourists in Montenegro. The longest beach is Jaz. It's 2.5 km long and is sandy. Mogren beach has specific small pebbles. It consist two little beaches and they are connected with a tunnel. Slovenska beach is 1.5 km long and is covered with sand. There are lot of hotels, restaurants and parks in the background. The Becici beach is long and one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, it is sandy. Milocer beach, Queen's beach and Sveti Stefan beach are the most exclusive beaches in Montenegro because of fantastic sand, flora and amazing view on isle-hotel Sveti Stefan. Pterovac beach is quiet long and is covered with little red pebbles. Special attraction there are two little isles and little fortress near beach. Buljarica beach is covered with sand and is 2 km long.


There are over 15 small beaches in Tivat. Opatovo is a 200m long pebble beach. Little lighthouse divides beach in two parts. Beach Plavi Horizonti is perhaps the most famous and beautiful in Tivat. It is 300m long and covered with small white pebbles. There are two islands near Tivat: The Island of St. Marko and Island of Flowers. They have very nice and attractive beaches.


This is the deepest part of Boka Kotorska so there are fewer beaches. There are about 10 small beaches. Morinj beach is very nice pebbly beach with beautiful background and view on bay. Risan beach is a quiet, long and rocky beach. Orahovac is the favourite beach in Kotor. It is pebbly with old stone houses in the background. Trsteno is one of the most beautiful pebbly beach in Montenegro. It is 200m long with clear water and natural background.

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi Riviera is 25 km long and it has over 20 beaches. Igalo beach is 1.5 km long and sandy. Rose beach is rocky with very nice forest background. Zanjic beach is one of the most beautiful in Herceg Novi. It is 300m long and it is covered with white pebbles.

Statistics by year[edit]

Year Total tourist arrivals Domestic Foreign
2006[5] 953,961 156,857 797,071
2007 1,133,432 149,294 984,138
2008 1,188,116 156,904 1,031,212
2009 1,207,694 163,680 1,044,014
2010 1,262,985 175,191 1,087,794
2011[6] 1,373,454 172,355 1,201,099
2012 1,439,500 175,337 1,264,163
2013[7] 1,492,006 167,603 1,324,403
2014 1,517,376 167,079 1,350,297
2015[8] 1,713,109 153,185 1,559,924
2016[9] 1,813,817 151,696 1,662,121

Tourist arrivals and overnights by nationality[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Montenegro in 2014 who stayed in registered accommodation came from the following countries:[10]

Rank Country Number
1  Russia 318,375
2  Serbia 287,620
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 91,711
4  Ukraine 65,185
5  Poland 50,356
6  France 41,813
7  Kosovo 38,061
8  Italy 34,204
9  Germany 33,014
10  Belarus 30,918

National parks in Montenegro[edit]

# Image Name Established in Description
1 Biogradska suma.jpg Biogradska Gora 1952 One of the unique features of the park is its virgin forest, Biogradska Gora (16 km²) with trees over five hundred years old. In the very heart of Biogradska's virgin forest is Biogradsko Lake, the largest glacier lake in this National park.
2 Crno lake.jpg Durmitor 1952 The Durmitor National Park, created in 1952, includes the massif of Durmitor, the canyons of Tara, Sušica and Draga rivers and the higher part of the canyon plateau Komarnica, covering the area of 390 km².
3 Panorama from mt. Lovćen.jpg Lovcen 1952 National Park encompasses the central and the highest part of Lovćen mountain massif and covers an area of 62.20 km². Besides Lovćen's natural beauties, the national park was established to protect rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the area.
4 Westlicher Teil des Skutarisee.JPG Skadarsko jezero 1983 Skadarsko jezero is the biggest national park in Montenegro. It is one of the largest bird reserves in Europe, having 270 bird species, among which are some of the last pelicans in Europe, and thus popular with birders. There are a lot of islands, monasteries and fortresses in the park.
5 Plav from Air.jpg Prokletije 2009 Prokletije is the youngest national park in Montenegro. It's located in Plav municipality and includes montenegrin part of Prokletije mountain, Plav valley and Plav lake. Has got a lot of rivers and lakes

UNESCO World heritage sites[edit]


# Image Name UNESCO data
1 20090719 Crkva Gospa od Zdravlja Kotor Bay Montenegro.jpg Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor 1979
2 Durmitor - Crno jezero.jpg Durmitor 1980
Stećak (National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina).JPG
Stećci - Medieval Tombstones 2016

Tentative List[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "10 Underexplored Destinations that Should be on Your List - Tripoetic Blog". Tripoetic Blog. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Od turizma zaradili 900 miliona". RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ Lonely Planet (2015-10-27), The best places in the world to travel in 2016 | Lonely Planet, retrieved 2017-01-05 
  4. ^ Mark Hillsdon (27 February 2017). "The European capital you'd never thought to visit (but really should)". 
  5. ^ 2006-2010 statistics
  6. ^ 2011-2012 statistics
  7. ^ 2013-2014 statistics
  8. ^ 2015 statistics
  9. ^ 2016 statistics
  10. ^ Table 4. Foreign tourist arrivals and overnight stays by countries, 2014
  11. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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