Take a family holiday in Montenegro for an action-packed trip exploring dramatic craggy mountains, stunning river gorges, and picturesque Adriatic fishing villages. The scenery here is incredibly beautiful, from the remote and spectacular Durmitor mountains in the north to the brilliant turquoise Tara River and the pretty coastline. There are activities in abundance and you can spend your time kayaking, hiking, canyoning, wild swimming, and enjoying plates of fresh seafood in a traditional restaurant.

This little-visited country is one of the smallest in Europe so you can get from north to south, east to west all in one trip. Here we’ve listed the top ten things we think you shouldn’t miss on a Montenegro family holiday.

Our top ten activities to do on Montenegro family holidays

1. Zip-line over the Tara Gorge

Zip-lining on Montenegro family holiday, over Tara Gorge

Stubborn Mule Travel’s MD, Liddy Pleasants, tries out zip-lining over the Tara Gorge

The Tara Gorge is one of the deepest in the world, and for many centuries has formed a natural barrier between the empires of Central Europe and the Ottomans. A bridge was built in the 1930s only to be blown up a few years later to prevent the Nazi advance. Fast forward to the 21st century and there is now a zipline over the gorge and you can fly over the 800m chasm.

2. White-water raft on the Tara River

Tara River rafting on Montenegro family holiday

Family rafting trips on the Tara River are becoming more and more popular

Cutting through the Gorge, the startlingly turquoise waters of the Tara River are the perfect place for an adrenalin-pumping white water rafting excursion. Even without the excitement of the river rapids, the views are incredible, the sheer walls of the canyon rising sharply on either side. An outing here will be a highlight of many Montenegro family holidays.

3. Jeep ride around Durmitor Ring

Durmitor Ring, Montegnegro

Take in the spectacular mountain scenery by jeep on a family holiday in Montenegro

In a mountainous country (Montenegro means ‘Black Mountains’), the high peaks of Durmitor National Park are perhaps the most spectacular. A wild and remote area, inaccessible for much of the year, the craggy peaks jut from wild meadows where you will have just a few grazing sheep for company. Take a jeep ride to see as much as you can of the country. Swap four wheels for two feet if you prefer to explore on your own steam.

4. Stay in a mountain hut

Mountain huts, for Montenegro family holidays

Embrace the simple life with a stay in a Montenegran mountain hut

Tourism is well developed along the Montenegran coast with a wide choice of hotels, but inland there are far fewer places to stay. Embrace the opportunity for something a bit different and choose to stay in a mountain hut, constructed from roughly hewn pine. The relative simplicity of the accommodation is compensated for by the extraordinarily beautiful views and children are free to roam.

5. Go canyoning

Canyoning trips in Montenegro -rapelling down waterfall

Montenegro offers exciting canyoning trips, led by experienced guides

With its many mountains, it’s no surprise that Montenegro has some amazing canyoning opportunities. Choose an easier option in the dramatic hills above Kotor or take older teens to Nevidio Canyon in the Durmitor Mountains. Both involve exciting descents down narrow river canyons, jumping into pools, and abseiling down rock faces.

6. Take a boat ride on Lake Skador

Boat trip on Lake Skador, Montenegro

This is a lovely way for all the family to kick back and relax

Lake Skador is a beautiful area of marshland, canals, and open lake. Take a boat ride across the water, nosing through the reeds and narrow channels, with pelicans soaring overhead. You can stop on a small beach to swim and soak up the views.

7. Pack a picnic & enjoy a dip at Black Lake

Black Lake - take a dip on a Montenegro family holiday

Walk around the lake and take a cooling dip

This is a country of mountains and lakes, and any family holiday in Montenegro offers abundant opportunities for swimming. One of our favourite spots is Black Lake in the north, encircled by huge peaks. There’s a walking trail around the lake and numerous spots where you can jump in and cool off. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.

8. Hike in the Mountains

Hiking in Durmitor Mountains

There’s a hike for everyone here from lakeside ambles to mountain challenges

Not all children will greet the opportunity for a hike with enormous enthusiasm, but no family holiday in Montenegro is complete without at least one jaunt in the mountains. There are endless options so you can choose anything from an arduous full-day hike in the Durmitor Mountains to a gentle amble around a lake. We can advise accordingly.

9. Relax at the coast

Child jumping into the sea from a hotel deck on a Montenegro family holiday

Nothing beats the joy of jumping off a jetty into the clear blue Adriatic Sea!

Round off your family holiday in Montenegro with a few nights in a lovely coastal hotel. There are many different resorts, some very over-developed and commercialised but others much smaller and more family-friendly. We love the new luxury hotel in Herzog Nova, with a stunning private beach and gorgeous rooms. It’s a great base for some relaxation and you can take a speed boat from here to Kotor.

10. Enjoy a gelato in Kotor

Montenegro capital Kotor, with blossom

There’s a lot to explore for families in Kotor with its ancient walls, fortress, and speed boat tours

Kotor is the jewel in the Montenegran cultural crown and is a small walled town encircled by thick stone walls and topped with an imposing fort. It perches on the edge of Bokor Bay, a fjord-like inlet from the Adriatic. Keep the kids happy with a gelato as you wander around the cobbled streets before tackling the zigzag path up the mountain to the fort.

Interested in a Montenegro family holiday?

If you feel inspired to find out more, get in touch by phone – 01728 752751 – or use our website contact form. We’d love to help you and your family plan your next trip to Montenegro.

You might also be interested in looking at family holidays in Croatia or Slovenia.

Sveti Stefan Budvar - Montenegro family holidays with Stubborn Mule Travel

Include a visit to picturesque Sveti Stefan island, near medieval Budva

Liddy Pleasants, MD Stubborn Mule Travel
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