If Montenegro isn’t ringing a bell, that’s OK. This former Yugoslav republic didn’t command much attention on the tourist front until well after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991. But now independent, with a growing economy and budding tourism industry, the country is worth checking out. This is particularly true if you stoke out on exciting places beyond the beaten path that offer quick access to your favorite outdoor activities, sans the crowds and uber-expensive prices.
Montenegro is experiencing a tourism boom of sorts. Travel now accounts for 9% of the country’s GDP, up from 6.7% just a year ago, and the natural beauty of this Balkan nation immediately tells us why. You can lounge over cocktails at the pristine beaches of Becici, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, before heading north to summit the towering mountains of Durmitor National Park. Or do it the other way around and chill out on the beach after working up a sweat in the mountains. Montenegro should be at the top of your outdoor adventures list. Here’s how to enjoy it.