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Mark and David's verdict:

Some destinations punch well above their weight. Montenegro is a perfect example, a tiny country with not only 180 miles of Adriatic coast but also a striking interior of mountains, lakes and rivers. There’s plenty for the outdoorsy types, including hiking and mountain biking, plus historic gems from walled towns to Roman villas.

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Perast Boutique Apartment

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The new Croatia? Montenegro may be tiny but it’s perfect for an under-the-radar Adriatic holiday – not to mention excellent value. There are green national parks, lofty mountains and historic cities, plus Baroque villages along the craggy coastline. It may not top the rankings for beaches but outdoorsy types will be in their element.

  • Exciting destination
  • Great value for money
  • Hotels with character

The Unesco-listed town of Kotor sits beside glass-still waters, its Old Town reminiscent of a smaller, more lived-in Dubrovnik. This romantic small hotel is right in the heart of things, or stay just outside town in a pretty waterside palazzo or gourmet spa retreat. Both are heaven for couples.

If you’re on a budget, live like a local in Perast, Montenegro’s prettiest Baroque village. This gorgeous apartment, sleeping from two to four, overlooks the village church and azure sea.

On the southern coast you’ll find glossy Budva and one of Montenegro’s most famous landmarks, the beautiful (and exclusive) Sveti Stefan island – a 15th-century fishing village and royal palace turned luxury Aman resort.

Most visitors fly into Dubrovnik (in neighbouring Croatia) and do a two-base holiday – it’s an easy drive across the border.

Wherever you go, we’ll give you impartial advice and the very best rates – plus (at most hotels) an extra little gift as a thank you for booking through i-escape.

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