Long relegated to living in the shadow of neighboring Croatia, Montenegro isn't the tourist hotspot some of its neighbors are. Others' loss is your gain, however. Visitors never regret their decision to enjoy the scenery and attractions while skipping the crowds.
The Riviera here is one of the most underrated travel destinations in all of Europe. The Bay of Kotor is more than scenic; its deep-blue waters, white beaches and medieval flavor offer a dash of mystery to go with its beauty and frivolity. Cobblestone streets lead past broad, brick-lined plazas to ancient churches (St. Tryphon Cathedral, the Church of St. Luke, St. Nicholas Church) that ring in the passion and atmosphere of early days. There are also plenty of bars, restaurants and bistros.
Guests find Budva to be a perfect getaway for fun in the sun due to its sandy beaches. The town's long stretch of white sands makes it the county's headquarters for picturesque water pursuits. Still, the old town center is great when it's time to satisfy a curiosity in local history. The walls of this fortified city harken to a less certain era when intruders from other lands loomed, and the Citadela, a medieval fortress, represents the town's military past. Budva doesn't lack for churches; the seventh (St. John's), eighth (Santa Marija of Punta) and twelfth (Church of St. Sava) centuries are represented within the town's environs.
Finally, if you're time is limited, make sure to join others in a pilgrimage to the Monastery of Ostrog. It's situated among sheer peaks and is one of the most popular attractions in all of the Balkans.
For those seeking to doff the swimsuit and don hiking boots, check out Durmitor National Park, a World Heritage site filled with snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and rugged canyons. Hike there, or wander to Tara River Canyon to take in the grandeur of the tall banks standing high above the waters. It's the world's second-longest canyon and another World Heritage site.
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