Montenegro might not be the first country which springs to mind when you think about a beach holiday and lazing on the sand in the warm summer sun. Am I right?
But, what might surprise you in that case, is the sheer beauty of the beaches in Montenegro!
Montenegro is really enjoying a tourism boom and this summer looks set to be one of its best years yet. With fantastic attractions, historical sights, amazing scenery, plus the added appeal of the Adriatic Sea – Montenegro is sure to please the Sunseeker in you.
If you’re a beach fan and you have your sights set on a Balkan gem – let’s talk about some of the most jaw-dropping beaches in Montenegro. Prepare to be amazed!
The plus point of beaches in Montenegro is that they’re spared the mass tourism like their neighbors Croatia. It’s not to say that they are empty – but they are far less crowded.
If you’re a Marilyn Monroe fan, this beach needs to be on your radar, as it is the spot where the Hollywood star herself enjoyed a vacation or two!
Sveti Stefan itself is a beautiful town to wander around, but there is a public beach which sits at the end of the causeway, ideal for soaking up the summer sun.
At the Sveti Stefan beach, the sand is not only real, but the two-kilometer stretch is also pink. Yes, you read that right, the sand is pink. Perfect for taking some truly unique holiday snaps – hello Instagram.
The beach might not be the largest, but it’s certainly one of the most picturesque in Montenegro and you’ll find sun loungers and umbrellas for comfort throughout the day for a high price – so instead walk to the end – it’ll be free to plonk your towel down.
Murici, Lake Skadar
Not an actual Adriatic beach, but more of a beach on the huge lake which runs between Montenegro and Albania, Murici is a beautiful spot for those who want total peace and quiet, in serenity and natural surroundings.
This is quite an off the beaten track choice, so it’s ideal for more adventurous travelers, and those who don’t mind a slight trek to find total beauty! Excellent for enjoying the countryside, and chilling out on the sand or a paddle in the water when the sun gets a little too hot.
Head over to the Lustica Peninsula and you’ll find this family-friendly beach which is another peaceful choice. Set amongst stunning nature, this is also a good option for anyone who loves nature photography, walking, and ending the day with an hour or two on the sand.
If you love to snorkel this is also a good spot, but generally, the golden beach is enough to hold your attention for the day regardless of the other attractions on offer!
Petrovac Bay, Budva
The waters found on this stunning beach are so aqua-blue, it will take your breath away! Located on the beautiful Budva Riviera, this beach is ideal for those who want a traditional beach break, with plenty to see and do when you want to escape the beach.
Petrovac Bay is one of the more lively beaches in Montenegro, and they have plenty of cafes and restaurants on the promenade above the beach. The sand is golden, clean, and great for families. This is one of the best beaches in Budva.
Mala Plaza, Ulcinj
This beach is a small gem which is actually sat on the most southern point in the whole of Montenegro. You can easily reach the historic town of Ulcinj from here, but if you prefer to kick back and relax, the beach is ideal, with white sand and plenty of space to roam.
If you have children who love to sit and make sandcastles, splashing around in the sea, this beach is a good choice and is usually relatively quiet too.
If you really want to get away from it all, jump on the boat from Herzeg-Novi or Miriste (to name just two points) and head over to beautiful and idyllic Dobrec!
This is pebbly clove which will give you the ultimate in R&R, and you can hire a hammock and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun. There is just one restaurant situated on the beachfront and it serves delicious fresh fish, as well as other local things to try out. Ideal for couples or anyone who just wants to disappear for a day!
Jaz Beach, Budva
Located in Budva, Jaz Beach is a busy stretch of sand which has plenty of life going on around it. Certainly, the beach in Budva to be seen at, and, this beach is quite long, so there is always space, even in the height of summer.
The beach isn’t sandy, instead, it’s pebbly – but very clean and beautiful. There are many water-sports options here, as well as jet skiing and windsurfing if you want to try your hand at one of those adrenaline sports!
During the summer months, there is also the Sea Dance Festival which attracts countless visitors and brings a lively vibe to an already fun-filled area.
Becici Beach, Budva
Located close to the busy area of Budva, Becici Beach is a quiet yet fun beach, with plenty of space to roam, and one of the best Budva beach choices.
The mountains provide the background, with the crystal clear water lapping at the shore. There are many water-sports options here, so this beach is ideal for active holidaymakers, or those with older children who like to enjoy some adrenaline during their beach days.
You’ll also find numerous restaurants and cafes along the main promenade, which are ideal for cooling down and grabbing an ice cream.
Lucice Beach, Petrovac
This is a beach which is certainly Insta-friendly, with a gorgeous, quiet vibe.
The bay protects visitors, keeping the sun beating down, but with a breeze most of the time to keep you cool also. You’ll also find pine trees and olive groves all around you, and shallow waters, which are ideal for those traveling with families.
Kotor isn’t known for the beach per se, there are, however, many beaches near Kotor, and you can take a boat ride around the islands for some extra beach time.
There are many beaches near Kotor Old Town which are quite small and shaded, ideal for those who want a few hours to relax in between day tripping Kotor.
Mogren Beach, Budva
This beach is unique because it isn’t just one beach, it’s actually two which is separated by the mountains which roll down lazily towards the shore. There is also a cave which you can have a wander into, if the mood takes you!
Ideal for those who like something a little unusual, the sand is golden, and the water is super-clear. The beach is also in the town center of Budva, so you don’t have too far to wander. This is one of the best beaches in Montenegro for those who don’t want to travel to enjoy a sandy beach.
There are many beaches which have are for residents only or those who will require you to pay a small entry charge. Overall however, the best beaches of Montenegro are free to enjoy. Here are a few other notable top beaches in Montenegro you might like to check out during your summer visit and your Montenegro beach holiday.
- Slovenska Plaza, Budva
- Queen’s Beach, Budva
- Buljarica Beach, Buljerica
- Ulcinj Beach, Ulcinj
- Zenska Plaza Beach, Ulcinj
- Velika Plaza Beach, Ulcinj
- Copacabana Beach Montenegro, a private beach club in Ulcinj
- White Beach, Ulcinj