The Beach Guide

Top 8 Beaches in Montenegro

The small, but beautifully formed Balkan state of Montenegro has been largely overlooked as a holiday destination. That is not say it hasn't been attracting well-heeled visitors for some time now. Wealthy Eastern Europeans and the yachting fraternity have been quietly enjoying Montenegro's charms since it became an independent country in 2006.

It seems only a matter of time before Montenegro becomes more mainstream given its immense natural charms. The country is known for its spectacular and rugged mountains that sweep down to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. This makes for a stunning backdrop to Montenegro's beaches which come in a range of shapes and sizes. From fjord-side beaches in the north to long sandy beaches in the south all share a theme of outstanding natural beauty.

Beyond the beaches this is a country with a rich history, and mediaeval towns and villages abound along with a sprinkling of ancient sites. The culture is unique too with a mix of Eastern European and a dash of Italian, the latter being less than a 100 km hop across the Adriatic.

Now is probably the time to visit Montenegro, before it creeps onto the wider tourist radar like neighbouring Croatia, and now Albania are. Take advantage of the friendly welcome you will receive and the chance of discovering such an unspoilt slice of Adriatic coastline.

  • Jaz Beach // Budva Riviera

    Jaz Beach

    Jaz beach is one of many fine beaches on Montenegro's Budva Riviera. Within easy walking distance of the historic town of Budva itself the beach at Jaz has a bit of something for everyone.

    Whilst on the one hand you will find plenty of opportunity to relax on a sunlounger, get a massage and take in the views of the… read more »

  • Sveti Stefan // Budva Riviera

    Sveti Stefan

    The islet of Sveti Stefan (Saint Stephen) lies just a few kilometres along Montenegro's Adriatic coast from Budva. With such a stunning backdrop the beaches here wouldn't have to be up to that much to still get the thumbs up. However, with crystal clear turquoise waters, pink sand and backdrop of pine forest and mountains make Sveti Stefan a magical… read more »

  • Mogren Beach // Budva Riviera

    Mogren Beach

    Making up a particularly pleasant stretch of the Budva Riviera are the twin beaches of Mogren. Stretching for around 400 metres the beaches of Mogren 1 and Mogren 2 are connected by a cave-like tunnel through a small headland. It is worth walking the extra bit to the second beach.

    Despite being just around the corner from the busy… read more »

  • Petrovac Beach // Budva Riviera

    Petrovac Beach
    Herbert Frank

    A popular summer spot on the Budva Riviera, Petrovac is a charming little town wrapped around a cove. The beachfront has a few newer apartment buildings but largely retains the old stone buildings that are quite charming. This is a more relaxing and upmarket holiday spot than other resorts on the coast, with fewer clubs and beach parties; it is… read more »

  • Ada Bojana Beach // Bar Municipality

    Ada Bojana Beach
    © Grzech

    Situated in the far south of Montenegro at the mouth of the River Bojana is the island beach of Ada Bojana. Legend says the island began life in the 14th century when a ship becam stranded here. Over the years the sandy sediment of the river gathered around the wreck eventuall creating the triangular island we see today. Sadly this… read more »

  • Drobni Pijesak Beach // Budva Riviera

    Drobni Pijesak Beach
    © anjči / CC BY

    Drobni Pijesak Beach is located just north of Petrovac between Sveti Stefan and Rezevici coves. It has a long pale-golden-sand beach about 250 meters long, and the clear blue water is clean and great for swimming. This beach is smaller and more secluded than its neighbours, although it is on the tourist radar in the high season. The… read more »

  • Sutomore Beach // Bar Municipality

    Sutomore Beach
    © Luca Conti / CC BY

    Sutomore is one of the most developed resorts on the Montenegro coast. Situated between the cities of Bar and Petrovac, its long stretch of sandy beach is a magnet for beachgoers from far and wide. Sheltered from wind by the surrounding pine forests and mountains beyond the area has an innate natural beauty depite the beachfront developments. You will have… read more »

  • Buljarica // Budva Riviera

    Sea Dance Festival

    Located a stone's throw from the pleasant little resort town of Petrovac is Buljarica beach. One of the longest beaches in all Montenegro, it stretches for nearly 2.5 kilometres.

    With so much space it should in theory be easy enough to find a patch of sand to throw down your towel. Whilst this is true it does mean heading towards… read more »