The Best Beaches in Montenegro

Sveti Stefan is one of Montenegro's most exclusive luxury resorts
Sveti Stefan is one of Montenegro's most exclusive luxury resorts | © Sorin Colac / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 June 2021

With verdant forests, dramatic mountains and gorgeous golden beaches, Montenegro is Europe’s hidden gem when it comes to breathtaking natural beauty. From quaint coastal corners to spectacular sandy stretches, here’s our list of the best beaches in this tiny but gorgeous Balkan nation.

Sveti Stefan

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Sveti Stefan island and paradise beach in Montenegro
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Formerly a 15th-century residential village, and later a glamorous holiday spot for stars such as Marilyn Monroe, the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is a celebrated hotel resort and tourist destination. The public beach at Sveti Stefan is situated at the end of the causeway and provides excellent views of the quaint, red-roofed buildings and winding streets. This is a top choice if you like the sound of splitting time between white sandy beaches and first-rate luxury hotels.

Murići Beach, Lake Skadar

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Beach in Murići, Lake Skadar, Montenegro
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Lake Skadar is a beautiful freshwater lake bordering Albania and Montenegro. In the 13th century, the site was part of the ancient Slav kingdom of Zeta and in 2011 it was nominated as a Unesco world heritage site. Distanced from the popular tourist trails, the tranquillity of the area gives the lake and its beach a peaceful, secluded atmosphere. This is a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Montenegro countryside.

Petrovac Beach

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Petrovac, Montenegro
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Situated on the Budva Riviera, Petrovac is a blend of turquoise waters and rustic old town charm. Made up of two beaches, Petrovac remains popular amongst both tourists and locals. With many charming cafés, restaurants and attractions set on the golden sand, this spot is bustling with life during the summer months. There is a small but thriving nightlife scene here too, ensuring a lively and exciting stay for all holidaymakers.

Dobrec Beach

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Accessible only by boat from Herceg Novi, Rose, Žanjic and Mirišta, lesser-known Dobrec is a secluded cove offering visitors a slice of tranquil paradise. Here tourists will find crystal clear waters and an idyllic pebbly beach, with comfy hammocks available for hire throughout the day. The small beachfront restaurant serves fresh fish caught locally and provides a range of traditional Montenegrin dishes. With views reminiscent of a desert island, there is nothing not to love about Dobrec Beach.

Jaz Beach

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Jaz Beach in Budva, Montenegro
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One of the longest and liveliest beaches in Montenegro, Jaz Beach is a hub of activity, music and movement. The site hosts the yearly Sea Dance Festival – a live music concert that attracts a plethora of visitors every summer. The beach is clean, pebbly and is lined with cafes and restaurants. Jaz beach is also a top spot for visitors interested in water sports, with a range of activities including surfing, waterskiing and windsurfing on offer.

Lucice Beach

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Lucice beach, Montenegro
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Despite attracting a large number of visitors, Lucice Beach in Petrovac remains unspoiled and pristine, a cosy and intimate example of a Montenegrin beachfront. The area within a small bay surrounded by picturesque pine trees, cyprus trees and olive groves on all sides. The shallow water here makes it an ideal swimming destination for families.

Mala Plaža Beach

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Mala Plaža Beach, Adriatic coast and harbor, Montenegro
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Mala Plaža marks the southernmost point of Montenegro. Bordering the town of Ulcinj, it is an ancient seaport inhabited and functioning since the Bronze Age. With fine white sand and plenty of space, this beach is a pleasant place to spend a day sunbathing or exploring the unique town of Ulcinj, where a largely Muslim population injects the area with interesting Eastern influences. Architecture buffs will want to check out the array of beautiful mosques and Middle Eastern restaurants to explore.

Bečići Beach

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Bečići Beach, Becici, Budva Riviera, Montenegro
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Divided from the bustling town of Budva by a beautiful peninsula, Bečići Beach is quieter than the main beaches in the area. The Bečići cove is a long sandy stretch encompassed by mountains and surrounded by crystal blue waters. There are many watersports options to choose from here including kayaking and surfing. Be sure to check out the variety of delicious ice cream parlours along the promenade, providing perfect places to cool down after a day in the sun.

Mogren Beach

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Mogren beach, Budva, Montenegro
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Mogren is a golden Montenegro beach split in two by a rugged mountain. Adventurous travellers can enjoy exploring the cave that connects the two beaches, or climb the rocky terrain that borders the water, just remember to bring sensible footwear. Only 150m (492ft) away from the old city of Budva with its interesting architecture and variety of bars and restaurants, Mogren beach caters to a multitude of needs and provides an entertaining and enjoyable place to relax.

Plavi Horizonti Beach

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Plavi Horizonti beach, Montenegro
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Nestled on the Luštica peninsula, Plavi Horizonti is a blue flag beach popular amongst families that is renowned for its clean water. The gorgeous clarity of the sea here makes it one of the best spots for snorkelling in the country, with the enhanced visibility making it easy to see a variety of fish and marine life. Those wishing to relax on the golden sands will not be disappointed at Plavi Horizonti, which is a quiet and peaceful Montenegrin beach ideal for nature lovers.

These recommendations were updated on June 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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