A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I took a much-needed week off and flew over to Montenegro. Having been to Croatia a couple of times and falling in love with the country, we wanted to explore that bit of eastern Europe a bit more - the first place on our list being Motenegro, which is just south of Croatia. We tried to go last summer and let's just say travel was far too complicated for a week's holiday so we didn't, but now easyJet has started flying direct from Manchester and Gatwick, making this year the perfect time to go.
We rented an apartment in Kotor for the week, sitting right on the edge of the incredibly dramatic fjord-like bay - think bright blue, still water and rugged mountains jutting right out of the land. Kotor itself was beautiful, with an old town that has parts dating back to the 9th century, winding cobbled streets and elegant piazzas full of bars and restaurants. My favourite places to eat? Restoran Galion, which sat almost hovering above the water and served some of the best food I've had in a long time, and Konoba Trpeza, which has a beautiful terrace, great food and a decent Sauvignon Blanc (surprisingly hard to find in Montenegro, unless you pay way above average).
Sunglasses: c/o Dorothy Perkins
Shirt: c/o Dorothy Perkins
When on holiday, one of my favourite pastimes is to lie on a sun lounger and read a stack of books, before heading out for Prosecco and dinner. There's so much to Montenegro though, that it was difficult for that to be the only things we did. As well as exploring Kotor (make sure you climb the fortress if you're ever there, for unbeatable views across the entire bay), we made our way over to Budva for the day, with its own old town and some great seafront restaurants (plus, more Prosecco options than Kotor. I did the research).
One of the great things about Montenegro is the size - it's tiny (two thirds the size of Wales), so it's really easy to see a lot of the country in a short space of time. A couple of the days we headed out to beaches, which mostly sit on their own in little nooks along the coast. We spent days at Plavi Horizonti (a beautiful wild and rugged sandy beach - which is quite rare to find in those parts - but the restaurant is best to be avoided) and Ploce Beach (concrete/pebbly, like a lot of beaches in Montenegro, but sun loungers come free and the restaurant/bar should definitely be sampled).
Bikini: Solid & Striped at Coggles
All in all, an incredibly relaxing and eye-opening week in Montenegro. It's such a beautiful country and one that is still obviously feeling the aftermath of the civil war in the '90s (we came across a few burnt-out, abandoned buildings that weren't as Instagram-friendly) but is definitely on its way. Tourism was a big focus over there and with Porto Montenegro becoming the It place for rich Europeans and their super yachts, I imagine it will only be a matter of years before it becomes a much more popular destination. Go now while it's still unspoilt.