Cottages in Montenegro
Montenegro, Crna Gora, Black Mountain, it all means the same. It’s a country of wild and untamed landscapes that hide in the coast of the Balkans. A true paradise for nature lovers, cultural travellers, sports enthusiasts, photographers, bird experts, or just anyone who’d like to find some rest in a peaceful environment. Do you fit in any of these categories? Then don’t hesitate to book your cottage in Montenegro with us - you’ll have adventures, quietness, and spellbinding landscapes on your doorstep.
Your holiday in the nature of Montenegro - The Black Mountain
Ramble in the verdant meadows, pastures, and hills. Soak in the rural atmosphere and respite from city life. Seek shelter from the rain under the old-grown trees, and say hello to the forest animals. Don’t rush, just listen to the sound of nature… Do you hear the birds chirping, or the rustling of the leaves once they fly off? Maybe you’re on the beach, feeling the strong sea breeze, and the vigorous waves crashing the rocks… Or are you sitting in the middle of nowhere, a stream murmurs nearby, the bees are humming in the background... Choose between the wisdom of the forests, the strength of the sea, the playfulness of the fields, or even the steadiness of our giant mountains and soaring peaks. All of these and more living landscapes in Montenegro are waiting to be discovered. The spectacular gorges are one of the most significant natural wonders of the country. Some people choose Montenegro to practice their favourite extreme sports. Base jumping, paragliding, bungee jumping. Others are looking to cure and improve their health with the Mediterranean therapeutic mud. The next person needs a quick getaway in pristine nature, and the one after, a crazy beach holiday of partying, clubbing, dancing, hanging out with friends all night long. Montenegro is also attracting visitors with its old-world towns that can make you travel back to the ancient times and think that you’re in a fairy tale. It’s a country 40 times smaller than France, but it has every right to compete for beauty with the French Riviera and the famous French vineyards. It is also a proud home of Europe’s oldest tree! Go to Stara Maslina in the town of Bar to find the 2,000 years old olive tree standing calm, perceptive, and enchanting. Take a moment to appreciate mother nature, and come to peace with all of its creations. The biodiversity in Montenegro has received European and worldwide recognition. Are you curious to see why? Book with Nature.House and you’ll have every opportunity to explore the landscapes, flora, and fauna. Live in a cozy cottage surrounded by trees, or a modern seaside home on the hilltop. You’ll have the wilderness just outside your door, so what more do you need? Start your adventure right here, right now.
What to expect from the weather in Montenegro?
There are two distinct climate zones in Montenegro. The Adriatic coast has all the characteristics of the warm Mediterranean weather, while the northern regions are mostly influenced by the Alpine climate of the mountains. This means that the further you get from the sea, the cooler it gets. This is true for all seasons except the summer. In the summer, The Adriatic Sea brings a pleasant breeze to cool off the heat around the Coastal Region, which makes your beach holiday even better. Trust us, you do not wish to experience the hot temperatures of 40°C that are common for the capital Podgorica. The city is located in the Skadar Lake basin, north of the Rumija mountain. Even though this is just 35km away from the seaside, the mountains make a solid barrier that stops the temperate maritime climate to influence the capital. This is what makes Podgorica the hottest place in Montenegro. So, make sure that you are comfortably hidden in the breezy beaches or sunny mountains. Other things that you should know about the weather in the country is that it rains a lot. “A lot” means frequent showers of pouring rain that make certain places in Montenegro receive more rains than anywhere else in Europe. The rainy period comes in the beaches and upland areas of the coast in September and stays until April. At least the summer skies are clear of clouds! This is not the case for the rest of Montenegro. The inland and mountains of the north experience heavy loads of rains with surprising afternoon thunderstorms, especially in May and June. Despite the lowland heats and the torrential rainfalls, the weather in Montenegro is favorable for outdoor activities in any season. Now let’s see which time of the year would best fit your ideal vacation.
A refreshing spring holiday in Montenegro
The spring months from March until May is the time to say goodbye to the winter blues and give a new beginning to life. Skiing and snowboarding is still very much possible at least until the end of March. Luckily, the sea breeze is quick to announce everyone that winter is gone. And while the overcast skies above the mountains are still too stubborn to give a way to the sun, the warming up on the seashores and hinterlands are too impatient. Book a cottage in the fields and see the magical spring renewal on your doorstep. The grey landscapes are replaced with lively views of blossoming meadows, brightly colored forests, airy valleys, sparkling gorges. There is a strong spring scent that is felt everywhere in the country. It brings a new energy for nature and people of Montenegro. Visit the seaside resorts or quaint little towns in the interior and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Can you imagine a better time to go out in nature and explore the views? Well… There’s the rain again, there’s also March with its 15°C temperatures, then there’s the chilly morning and evenings… An easy solution? Take a pair of winter shoes, a warm jacket, and a comfy raincoat. Now you’re good to go!
April is making a good effort to reach the summer climate, with average temperatures of the coastal towns almost reaching 20°C. This is enough to get the people hyped for the upcoming summer, and the locals begin their preparation for the busy seasons. That means you have empty resorts with open cafes and restaurants. Make use of the situation to explore the culture and nature of the Coastal Region at a slow pace. Learn about the history, traditions, and costumes, cuisine, and mentality of the Montenegrians. Try talking to one of the friendly locals, who, on the coast, often speak English. And if you prefer to get away from it all, we also offer contactless stays in Montenegro, where you stay in a home without having to meet even the landlord. Explore nature in complete silence, the spring views are alluring. Everything comes back to life. The fjords sparke with the sun touching their waters, their slopes become green once again, so lively that it brings a new energy to you as well! Travel for your Easter holiday and see and the festive mood manifest in nature as well. It’s an uplifting experience. In May you can finally get rid of the winter clothes. In the sunny warm days of May some people are even swimming in the sea! While rafting and kayaking are ok for the spring, it’s best to leave the deep water adventures for the summer. That’s not even disappointing as spring offers some great alternatives. Trekking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, outdoor picnics by the river. Wake your senses with a morning hike in the mountains, get lost in the enchanting forests, meditate in the stillness of the lakes. If the rain is ruining your experience, find a cozy shelter, wait for a few moments, and soon you’ll be free to roam the wilderness again. The afternoon storms often end with the sun shining brighter than before, so that you can go back to the charming pastoral scenery with a happy smile. Spring has never seen the big crowds and noisy tourists of the summer. This is why it might just be the best season for a culture trip to the old towns, monasteries, and major attractions.
The perfect summer vacation away from the crowds
For your summer holiday in Montenegro you don’t really have to worry about anything. Pack your lightest clothes, your favorite swimsuit, a pair of long pants and a sweatshirt for the late evenings. Don’t forget to take a pair of sunglasses because the sunshine is abundant! Swimming in the sea is most pleasant from July until September, but if you don’t mind colder water June and October are open for you as well. July and August are the peak months for tourist arrivals. The average temperature of the air is about 27-30°C, and the waters of the Adriatic Sea reach 25°C! That’s a heavenly situation with just one small “but”. You can expect that during that time the resorts and major beaches are crowded with visitors. For some people this is a requirement for a fun day at the beach, but others prefer to go to a quiet place and lounge all day unbothered by others. If that’s you, you can ask the landlord of your cottage or b&b to tell you about the most beautiful hidden beaches in the region. The less-known spots are usually also home to pristine nature waiting to be discovered. One possibility is the Mamula beach. It is located on a tiny islet at the entrance point of Boko-Kotor bay, an astonishing place described as the “pearl” of Montenegro. You’ll have to get there by sailing from one of the bigger beaches. Make this a fun family trip, or a romantic experience with your partner! Once you get to the rocky beach of Mamula plunge into the waters and enjoy the sea at its best. The waters are deep and completely transparent, offering the perfect conditions for diving. Do this with a guide, or if you’re an experienced diver. The rest of the day you can spend exploring the island and its exotic flora. The summer in Montenegro is usually accompanied by less rainfalls, but there will be days where you just have to live with the rain. If the weather is still warm, there’s nothing that stops you going on with your adventures in water. Swimming under the rain might be even more exciting!
Summer adventures in the water
In the seaside of Montenegro you can practice sailing, yachting, wakeboarding, wave running, surfing and kite surfing, snorkeling. The popular opinion says that the biggest sea attraction is The Blue Cave. Located on the Lustica Peninsula, it’s one of the many sea caves, but it’s the biggest one and also quite unique. The sands on the sea bottom reflect the waters to make the cave look blue. For the best experience enter the cave with a boat and then go snorkeling in the waters inside the cave. This is how you can get a real taste of the magical Blue Cave and its most outrageous view. In the Adriatic Sea you have less opportunities for surfing conditions, but there are places with no tides where you have a good chance to practice your skills. Try the winds and waves of Ulcinj, a town is renowned for offering ideal surfing conditions. Diving tours and courses are offered in numerous places along the coast. Dive deep into the Adriatic Sea and discover underground wrecks and impressive archeological sites. There are around 30 rivers, and the same number of natural and artificial lakes where you can also get wild and adventurous. Go kayaking, canoeing, or white-water rafting - paddle your way into the remote island of Mamula with a kayak! Or you can just spend a day relaxing and getting tan on the sunny beaches. Montenegro has a coastline of almost 300km, and there are a total of 117 beaches that you can choose from. The best thing is that they are all different from each other. Sandy beaches with fine golden sand, gravel and rocky beaches for more adventure, or completely deserted and wild places that rarely see visitors. The city beaches are usually crowded in the summer, but it can be a fun experience to share a day in the sea with the people who love it. Visit the longest beach of natural sand situated in the city of Ulcinj. It is called the Great Beach and it stretches for 12km along the coast strip. If you’re looking for something unique, spend your days on the magnificent pink pebble beach of Sveti Stefan. Fishing, angling, and fly fishing are quite common for the locals. You can try practicing fishing as a sport or recreationally. Why not take your family on a sea fishing trip? Group tours are organized and you can join to experience the excitement of big game fishing.
Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and more!
In the summer you can easily combine your water activities with a cycling or mountain biking trip in Montenegro. Follow the trails at your own pace, stop whenever you feel like swimming in the rivers or lakes along the way, the summer heat can be very tiring. On the trails or rest places you can meet and share advice with the other bikers. And don’t worry about getting lost, the mountain and forest paths are designed and maintained to the highest quality. A trip to the mountains of Montenegro is an absolute must. Biking on the paved craggy rocks is an adrenaline-fuelled activity that will probably get your heart racing to the extremes. But so are views of the cliffs! So, if mountain biking or cycling is not your ideal activity, hiking can be just as rewarding. Follow naturalistic trails that pass through the tranquil wooded gorges, discover caves and massive rock formations, hike higher and deeper to the places where no single soul has been before. The National Park Biogradska Gora has the best-marketed trails of all national parks. It is also home to the Biogradska Gora, one of the three remaining virgin forests on the continent. Another notable alternative is to hike the Durmitor mountain in the north-west of Montenegro. The massif is part of the Dinaric Alps, and the Durmitor National Park which UNESCO embraced as world heritage. The Durmitor National Park is known for its caves, gorges, and a group of 18 glacial lakes scattered around the mountain ranges that the locals now call “the mountain eyes”.
The waterways in the area are particularly impressive. Roaring rivers cut through the rocks with immense powers, bubbling streams intersperse the land underground, more than 700 springs of pure mountain water vent to the surface of the land… The heavy rains add to the flow of rivers and account for the appearance of many small waterfalls. The park offers more than 200km of hiking paths with unmissable views! Conquer the rugged limestone peaks, immerse in the wilderness, and feel the absolute freedom of nature! Climb peaks that are higher than 2,000m above sea level and stay speechless because the view will take all of your attention. Take our advice and go hiking only with the appropriate equipment and clothes. The highest peaks are covered in snow even in the hottest summer months. In the summer you can take a swim in the glacial lakes and watch the snowflakes falling from the skies! Other activities like jeep-safaris, rafting, kayaking, ziplining, mountaineering, climbing, and skiing are available for visitors of all ages. Mountaineering and hiking in Montenegro is popular and well-developed. It offers a fun adventure for big and small, whatever your level of skill is. But what is one outdoor activity that the country is famous for? That’s nothing else than canyoning. Montenegro is where you’ll find canyons that can make your jaw drop with their huge size and incredible vistas. The deepest canyon of Europe Tara River Canyon is also located in the country. Are you a courageous person who lives to conquer challenges? Because we have one for you. The canyon Grlje is the coldest, darkest, and probably the most difficult canyoning challenge offered in Montenegro. Try out your wilderness surviving skills and learn more about the nature of Montenegro!
Autumn holidays for a soulful retreat in this heart-warming place
September, October, and November are the three months of a beautiful transition from the sunny summer to the dull winter. The smartest thing to do when booking a seaside vacation in Montenegro is to plan it for September. The places are significantly less crowded, prices are lower, the weather is still suitable for swimming, and the sea gets warmer than in August. The summer heat disappears but the sun stays! Seems like a fair deal. Just like April, October is a good time to explore the scenic beauty of the country. Pay a visit to Kotor, the cultural capital of Montenegro and a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It’s an ancient coastal town, considered to be the deepest fjord in Europe. Kotor resembles an open-air museum with the main exhibits being the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, and the ancient mountainous walls that stretch for 4,5km in height. Budva is another old town on the seaside, famous for its crazy night life and biggest nightclub in the Balkans. The natural charm of Budva is seen and felt when walking the paths, tunnels, and bridges that connect its beaches. The weather in October can still feel pretty warm with temperatures over 20°C. The coldest day is on average 14°C. Grab your warmest jacket and a scarf because the seasonal landscapes are a dream to be around. The shedding of leaves creates an autumn view fiery palette of yellow, orange and red. One place that appears to have mastered the autumn charm is the Biogradska Gora Lake. The mirroring waters of this glacial lake reflects the vista of the undulating, multicolored forests and mountains. This breathtaking autumn landscape draws visitors from all the world. The hilly woodlands are the perfect backdrop for your holiday in the autumn. Rent a cottage in the forest-cloaked mountains and you’ll have this view from your window. The second half of November brings frost and possibly early snow. The seasonal hues of gold and red created by the carped of shed leaves is gone. But we can keep our dreamy, cozy, homey feeling even in the storm! Check our lovely wooden cottages, cabins, and huts, to find your new home away from home. That’s the trick for a holiday in the colder months.
Winter in Montenegro - skiing, celebrating, and being closer together!
And while the healing powers of autumn are fading, we have some new adventures ahead! Christmas and New Year are coming, our favorite ski outfit is calling us from the closet, and our kids are impatiently waiting for their winter holiday with mom and dad! Let’s see what opportunities are available in Montenegro during the winter. In the shores of Montenegro the winters are mild. In December, January, and February the rains continue to be annoying, and it doesn’t stop for whole weeks. That’s especially true when you know that the raindrops won’t magically turn to tiny cute snowflakes. With an average temperature of 10°C that’s just impossible. At least people can still go out with their light jackets. No hats, gloves, or scarfs are needed. But being more lightly dressed is pretty much everything when it comes to the outdoors. The situation in the mountains is completely different. The day temperature shifts around zero, and at night it plunges to -10 °C. The frigid weather is compensated with beautiful landscapes. The snow covers all land, forests, and peaks. The rolling hills look perfectly rounded and white, the distant woodlands present a mosaic between dark and light, and the snowy peaks look more majestic than ever! For nature, the winter season is a time to slow down and rest. But not in the Black Mountain. In December the days with snowfall are 20, so it's snowing almost the whole month. The roads get closed due to the heavy snow, but at least it seems like the Alpine regions of Montenegro have an everlasting promise for a picturesque Christmas.
January and February don’t change much for coastal Montenegro - a minimum of 10 °C outside, with frequent rains, winds, and a stormy sea. The beach resorts and lively towns now look abandoned, the sky is grey, the locals mostly stay at their homes. As for the snowy north of the Black Mountain, the winter continues to thrive. Ski resorts are welcoming skies, snowboarding enthusiasts, and hikers for long active days in the sun. In the sunshine the negative temperatures seem to feel milder, so many people go for nature exploration to the gorges and canyons. See how the nature of Montenegro is snuggled down under the deep snow. A three-month sleep that’s needed to recover for the new cycle of life. Perhaps that’s a lesson for us as well. Why not just spend some quality time with your family, friends, or partner?
Take your kids to a cottage with a garden, you’ll have some time alone while they are happily throwing snowballs at each other just outside the house. Make this family holiday complete by bringing your dog with you! Our pet-friendly homes and villas offer a fun-loving adventure for all. We also have advice for the couples. Book a tiny and comfortable home to create a romantic atmosphere. The warmth, intimacy, and cosines of living in a tiny cottage will make you feel even closer to each other. Take relaxing morning walks outside, make the dinner together, watch the stars dancing in the night sky, get down for some meaningful conversations. Focus on yourselves and nature, and the rest will come naturally. And if you’re up for skiing on the slopes, no problem. The Kolasin ski resort is part of the top places for skiing. It has the longest downhill slopes in the country - a total of 14km. It offers three ski pistes depending on your skill level - easy (6km), intermediate (5km) and difficult (3km). Kolasin is easily accessible by road. Drive 10km from the center of the city Kolasin, and you’re there! Skiing starts at 09.30 in the morning and the pistes close at 16.00 in the afternoon. The ski passes cost 15 euro for adults, and 10 for children. Located in the Durmitor mountains, the resort Žabljak offers outstanding nature and landscapes. It comes second on the list of best Montenegrin ski resorts for two reasons. Firstly, the slopes have a total length of 4.7km, compared to the 14km slopes of Kolasion. Next to this, the road infrastructure around the destination is rather poor. If you do get a skiing holiday in Žabljak, make your experience in the area truly worth it. One interesting fact about the town - Žabljak is the highest situated town in the Balkan countries. The altitude of 1,457m also makes it the highest ski resort in Montenegro. Now have fun!
Booking your cottage in Montenegro with Nature.House
Hiking or cycling, skiing or swimming, fishing or canyoning, Montenegro is prepared to host any type of traveller and give them an experience of a lifetime. Do you already have an idea about the adventures or places that you’d like to explore? If the answer is yes, then it’s time for you to find the most suitable home for your stay. And if you’re still doubting on which activities to plan, then start by choosing your cottage, based on the facilities or natural surroundings that most appeal to you. After this you can easily organize the whole trip around the best attractions in the region. A small note – we also offer glamping accommodations, for anyone looking for adventure and comfort in one place. Check our last minute offers for the best deals.