Despite a history dating back to the 9th century, the country of Montenegro has only been officially independent since 2006. Occupied and enveloped many times by other countries and empires, Montenegro has once again found peace in recent years and as such its tourism industry is growing rapidly. As with most countries in the Balkans, the 625,000 population of the country is made up of a mixture of ethnicities, with most being either Montenegrin, Serb or Bosniak. The capital city of Podgorica is home to about a third of the nation's people and has been revitalised in recent years with many modern buildings complementing its historical Old Town.

Over 1 million visitors a year are now visiting Montenegro and the government sees the industry as a priority for the economy as a whole. This has led to an improvement in infrastructure and accommodation, with serviced apartments in Montenegro now much more common. The coastal region of the country has many beautiful beaches and water sports to enjoy as well as well-preserved historical towns. The north of the country is better known for its mountain tourism with ski resorts and national parks, whereas the more densely populated central region is full of notable archaeological landmarks. For the best of the sunshine, visit between June and September, or during the winter for the best skiing conditions.

Cities of Montenegro