Being able to choose the right beach for your next summer holiday is one thing that can make or break an enjoyable stay by the sea. When I go to Greece for instance, I like to travel from the resort I am staying in to search for some hidden gem of a beach; I am prepared to travel up to 60 km in the day to find that perfect beach experience. Whilst in Montenegro a few years ago, I did the same thing and I want to share with you what I found, to help you pick the right beach for your holiday in Montenegro.
So check out below what we consider to be the best beaches in Montenegro – and the ones you must definitely visit if when you visit this underrated country!
Jaz Beach – Budva
Most of the beaches in the center of town are good but can get overly crowded in the high season. I discovered Jaz Beach, it’s just over a 2.5 km car drive (10 minutes) or you can hop on the bus (one-way ticket, 1 euro) and find yourself on the 1200 m prime sandy beach (although there are some pebbly areas also). The beach holds the highly acclaimed Blue Flag status, which ensures a high quality of bathing water and amenities. The beach has natural sand shelving into the water and beyond, which makes it ideal for children to enter the water safely. The beach is well-organized with cafés/bars, where you can enjoy a cool drink and snack whilst soaking in the beautiful natural surroundings. Life-guards are on duty to ensure your safety. Parasols and sun-loungers are available from the cafés/bars, where the condition is to pay for some drinks during the day (normally a minimum amount, prices vary). This is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Budva.
Queens Beach – Čanj
Now for something completely different! If you have your own car with you, then I would recommend taking the half an hour’s drive southwards from Budva, to the village of Čanj. Queens Beach is inaccessible by road, so you have to take the short boat trip (every half an hour, cost 1 euro for a return ticket) to this unspoilt beaching haven. On entering the enclosed bay, you are greeted by towering Cypress trees and other Mediterranean trees with the mountains in the background. The beach is 350 m long, half the beach is organized with sun-loungers and parasols for hire at the café/bar located on the beachfront. The other half is free for you to place your own beach equipment. The draw of this place is the feeling of being cut off from the rest world, being enclosed by the towering cliffs. This is truly an unspoilt beach, where you can pass the hours away in a peaceful and idyllic location.
Velika Plaža (Long Beach) – Ulcinj
If you are staying in the southern resort of Ulcinj head for the Velika Plaža (the longest beach in the country), a series of Blug Flag beaches that line the coast for a staggering 12.5 km and with an average width of 200m, there’s space for everyone. There are 5 Blue Flag beaches: Miami, Evropa, Safari, MCM and Copacabana. There are more beaches to choose from but they don’t hold the Blue Flag classification. Only Miami and Copacabana beach have handicapped facilities. These beaches have a young and hip feel to them, but they are frequented by people of all ages. All the beaches are fully-organized with all the facilities you would require for a great day on the beach. It’s flat and the setting is not as pleasing to the eye as the other two mentioned. For those adventurous types among us, you can go kite-surfing or scuba diving (exploring some of the local sunken wrecks). The place really does have everything; mostly importantly it has space, in abundance.
All of these beaches have their own unique qualities to entice you to its shores. We all have different preferences to what type of beach we want to spend our time on. There are many other beaches to choose from in Montenegro, but it really depends where you are based and if you have your own transport in helping you decide which beach you’ll spend your time on. These beaches in my opinion are the cream of the crop. I am always open to new discoveries and you may discover your perfect beach whilst holidaying in Montenegro.