Whilst primarily known for its idyllic beaches, the small and independent country of Montenegro has far more to offer its visitors. Fortified towns line the coast and no fewer than five national parks protect all that is best of its abundant and largely unspoiled natural beauty.
Its mountains form the buffer with its neighbours, with Serbia to the north from whom independence was gained just a few years ago in 2006. The towns, despite the ravages of the recent Balkan conflict, retain some original architecture, the result of Roman, Venetian and Ottoman influences, and a number of interesting museums, galleries and churches for you to peruse. The Adriatic coastline though is dotted with picture-postcard villages and towns hugging the seaboard and rising up the hills behind: Ulcinj, Budva and Kotor, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Touring Montenegro from medieval towns to Mediterranean bays, via Europe’s most southerly fjord and its last virgin forest, this journey explores the ancient history of the young country, revealing its culture, customs and cuisine, at a relaxed, refreshing pace.