Best time to visit Montenegro

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Montenegro

Best time of year to visit Montenegro

Late spring and early autumn is the shoulder season in the сountry and it is the best time to visit Montenegro. Being quite crowded, May through July is a perfect period for beach holidays and for birdwatching and exploring National Parks like Prokletije or Durmitor. The water is warm until October, so early autumn is also an excellent season to swim along the coast, but beware of frequent downpours. Remember that early autumn is also a season for lots of fruits like figs and quince. November through April in Montenegro are totally ski months with high hotel rates in Kolašin and Žabljak. Most hotels by the seashore are closed during that time.

17 THINGS TO DO IN MONTENEGRO (JUNE 02 - JUNE 11)

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park

May–September • activity

It is perhaps the most beautiful place in all of Montenegro

Prokletije National Park

Prokletije National Park

May–September • nature

Mountain biking, hiking, fishing—try all these activities in Prokletije National Park!

Flamingoes in Ulcinj

Flamingoes in Ulcinj

April–early June • nature

Salinas near Ulcinj became the home for hundreds of flamingos. Come and see for yourself!

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–early October • activity

Sunny Montenegrin beaches welcome you and your family! A perfect destination to relax and to forget any problems

Visiting Villages

Visiting Villages

June–August • activity

Amazing nature, delicious home-made food, and a real Montenegrin hospitality—that’s what mountain ethnic villages are about!

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

Beautiful Balkan landscapes are waiting for you! Accept the challenge and participate in a one-week hiking tour along the coast or choose your own route.

The Train from Bar to Belgrade

The Train from Bar to Belgrade

May–September • activity

Buy a ticket for the most picturesque railway route of the Balkans and you won't forget this trip!

Biking

Biking

June–August • activity

Biking is a perfect way to enjoy beautiful views of mountains, lakes, and the sea

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

June–August • activity

Meet unu​sual sea inhabitants at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea during the summertime

Kayaking

Kayaking

June–August • activity

Dreaming about an adventure? Try kayaking along the Adriatic coast or on the land waters is an experience not to forget.

Cijevna River and Waterfall

Cijevna River and Waterfall

March–October • nature

It isn't necessary to visit Canada if you want to see the Niagara Falls; Montenegro has its own

Fishing

Fishing

May–September • activity

Fishing in rapid mountain rivers or ​the crystal clear Adriatic Sea—you decide what's best!

Mussels Season

Mussels Season

June–August • food

Mussels and wine—what can be better? Mussels and wine in Montenegro! Visit special sea farms which are open for tourists from June to A​ugust

Seafood Season

Seafood Season

June–September • food

During summertime, ​Montenegrin restaurants serve fresh fish from the Adriatic sea

Diving

Diving

June–August • activity

Discover underwater caves, ship wrecks, and creepy creatures of the Adriatic. Diving in Montenegro is definitely worth a try​

Sailing

Sailing

June–August • activity

Sailing along the coast of Montenegro is a great idea for the holidays! Warm weather, pleasant water, and beautiful harbours

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–early June • activity

Famous curly dalmatian pelicans, ibises, grebes, egrets—all of them at Skadar Lake Park. If you are keen on birdwatching, don’t miss this place

16 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Bokeljska Noc or Boka Night in Kotor

Bokeljska Noc or Boka Night in Kotor

August 18, 2019 • event

A big sea festival in Kotor will make your night in the city unforgettable. A huge parade of colorful boats makes for a great impression

Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi

Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi

February 14–March 14, 2020 • event

Enjoy beautiful mimosa blossoms in Herceg Novi! Every February Montenegro celebrates this event with big carnivals and bright flower exhibitions

Rafting

Rafting

September–October • activity

Autumn rafting in Montenegro is a good idea for those who prefer quieter waters

Kasaronja or Water Caltrop

Kasaronja or Water Caltrop

October • food

Have you ever try a water caltrop? Did you even know that such a fruit exists? Come to Montenegro and try it!

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

October–early December • food

It is not similar to any other fruit; it is unique and tasty. Visit Montenegro to see how it grows and to pick it right from the trees!

Wine Season

Wine Season

October • food

Montenegrin weather conditions make for some of the best wines in the Balkans

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–mid-April • activity

Montenegro ski resorts are cheap and not overcrowded and the views are truly amazing!

Cornelian Cherries or Drenjine

Cornelian Cherries or Drenjine

September • food

Have you ever heard about a berry which looks like a red olive and has a special taste like…like none other?

Persimmon

Persimmon

October–November • food

Montenegrin gardens in autumn are paradise for those who are crazy about fruit. Just come and taste!

Rastan

Rastan

December–March • food

Taste winter Montenegrin meals made with rastan leaves

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

September • food

Sunny Montenegrin olive plantations welcome you!

Quince

Quince

September–October • food

One more unusual fruit you can find in Montenegro is quince. Though it seems really weird, the flavour of quince is delicious!

Podgorica Marathon

Podgorica Marathon

November 08, 2020 • event

The marathon in Podgorica welcomes you every October. Even if you are not strong runner, just try, taking part is more important than winning

Figs

Figs

late August–September • food

Besides being tasty, figs are really healthy! Montenegrin people know the best time to eat this fruit

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

April–May • nature

In spring Montenegrin hillsides turn into flamboyant flower carpets

Grape Syrup

Grape Syrup

October • food

This refreshing sweet beverage made with grape syrup is one more thing you should try in Montenegro

jan
7
feb
7.1
mar
7.9
apr
8.9
may
8.9
jun
8.1
jul
7.3
aug
7.1
sep
8.2
oct
8.8
nov
8.2
dec
7.2
Montenegro weather in January
7/10 score
Very good
7° average
average temperatures
20 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
January is the coldest month of the year in Central Montenegro, and the average temperature is just a few degrees above zero in Celsius or in the mid-30s in Fahrenheit. The sunshine lasts about 4 hours per day. It’s rather dark and cold, and strong cold winds blow over the inland part of the country adding chilliness. The mountainous region enjoys some snowfall in January. Kolašin and Žabljak offer skiing and snowboarding at that time. It rains or snows for about 7-10 days times in the mountains. However, road closures due to snow and ice are possible. Meanwhile, the coast and the lowlands don’t see much snow. The coastal region is still rather gloomy in January with short wet and cloudy days. The shortest days usually fall on early January. It rains a bit less than in December though, and the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing.
Montenegro weather in February
7.1/10 score
Very good
9° average
average temperatures
20 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
February is still a freezing and damp month in Central Montenegro. The average temperature is above freezing, and rain is more typical than snow. The rainfall is both heavy and regular. There is slightly more sunshine than in January: about four and a half hours per day. Towards the end of the month, it is more common to see the sun is in the sky. Montenegro mountains boast good skiing conditions in February. As most snowfall usually occurs in late January, slopes have decent snow cover by February. Also, there is more sunshine and clear skies. February is also the windiest month in Kolašin, Žabljak, and other ski resorts. The temperature is often below freezing during the night. On the coast, February is still a gloomy off-season month with too much rain to do anything outside. The sky is often covered with grey clouds, days get a bit longer, but sunshine is still a rare gift. The temperature gets slightly warmer but still rather winterish below. You will still need a water-resistant coat, gloves and a hat to feel comfortable outside for a long time on most days. And of course, make sure you pack an umbrella.
Montenegro weather in March
7.9/10 score
Very good
13° average
average temperatures
18 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The beginning of March still feels like winter in inland Montenegro. Even though day temperature can raise to 15°C (59°F), it is falling back to just above freezing at night. Sunny days become more common with about 5 hours of sunshine each day. But there are still 10-13 rainy days during this month. Wildflowers start to bloom, and it’s possible to plan hiking trips in the Podgorica area. However, the mountains are still covered with snow in March. As the temperature gets warmer and sunny days are more frequent, it is still a pretty good time to hit the slopes in Kolašin, Žabljak, and other ski resorts. With more hours of sunshine in March, coastal Montenegro is shaking off its winter gloom. March is less wet comparing to February, but it still rains rather often. March is one of the rainiest months on the coast. The temperature is a few degrees warmer so, overall, it gets more comfortable to be outside.
Montenegro weather in April
8.9/10 score
Excellent
18° average
average temperatures
17 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
April weather is quite capricious and unpredictable in Montenegro. Even though it’s time when you can enjoy a coffee in an outdoor cafe enjoying the sun again, sudden cold waves and rainy days are also possible. The average temperature in Podgorica gets quite comfortable, and you could typically see about 8 rainy days per month. In the mountains, April is a beautiful time! By the end of the month, the snow will be gone pretty much everywhere. Wildflowers are blooming, and mountain rivers get the most volume from melting snows. It’s time to see the waterfalls and plan some hiking. But mind that the nights can still get rather cold. In the coastal area, the temperature is a few degrees higher than in March, and hotels and businesses prepare for the new tourist season in full swing. It’s a nice time to go for a hike and enjoy the views of blooming flowers and fruit trees. However, don’t forget to take an umbrella and a light jacket because the April weather is full of surprises. The chances of rainfall are roughly 50/50.
Montenegro weather in May
8.9/10 score
Excellent
22° average
average temperatures
17 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
May marks the beginning of the tourist season in Montenegro. The average temperatures rise to comfortable 14-26°C (56°-78°F). It’s a very pleasant time to be outside hiking or just enjoying the warmth, as soon it will be rather hot to stay outside during midday. 15-hour day promise a lot of fun activities. It also rains significantly less than in the previous months. Weather conditions are very pleasant for those who like outdoors sports and nature. The rivers are full of rushing water promising thrilling rafting activities. In the mountains, May is a great time for hiking and camping. However, you must watch out for frequent afternoon thunderstorms with lightning. They become regular in May and June. On the coast, May starts to feel a lot like summer. First beachgoers rush to open the season enjoying about 8 hours of sunshine. But the see is still too cool to swim comfortably. Chances of rain are rather low at this time, although May has about 9 rainy days on the average. Warm winds from the Adriatic Sea, bring southern currents. Pleasant breeze from the south or south-western dominates the weather ensuring warm and sunny days that are slowly getting hotter.
Montenegro weather in June
8.1/10 score
Excellent
26° average
average temperatures
16 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
June is a good month to visit Montenegro. Weather conditions with comfortable average temperatures in the 20°C or the70°F. There are about 6 rainy days on the average during this month. Inland areas and regions close to the border with Serbia get rather hot and dry towards the end of the month. The weather in the mountains is slightly cooler, especially at night. It is a good time for hiking and camping. The resorts of Zabljak or Kolasin have no crowds and await for summer hikers. June is a great month to get a bargain deal for a vacation on Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast. The vast sandy beaches from Herceg Novi to Ulcinj are warm and full of sun, but still [pleasantly uncrowded. As days are not too hot, it’s also a great time to explore the coastal region and take a hike at Tara Canyon or other areas. The sun is pretty much guaranteed all month long, and the warmest spot on the coast is usually Kotor.
Montenegro weather in July
7.3/10 score
Very good
30° average
average temperatures
14 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
July is usually the hottest, sunniest and the driest month in Central Montenegro. The heat can be rather unbearable during midday. There is also low humidity and almost no precipitation. Usually, there are 5 rainy days in July, the smallest number for the whole year. The inland mountains can be a good place to escape July heat. Hiking and camping here are quite pleasant at this time. Meanwhile, coastal ranges are usually too hot for hiking or climbing in mid-summer. Resort towns like Kotor, Budva or Tivat enjoy the perfect weather for beach vacations in July. The Adriatic sea is warm enough for swimming and snorkeling, while the days are perfectly sunny, hot and cloudless. They are 10 hours of sunshine on average. Heat can easily reach 30°C (87°F), but it’s not as unbearable as inland due to constant fresh sea breeze. The nights are also quite refreshing after the day heat. They suit perfectly for beach parties or long walks. There are just five rainy days during this month.
Montenegro weather in August
7.1/10 score
Very good
30° average
average temperatures
14 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The last summer month is as hot as July in Montenegro. The heat is especially intense in Podgorica and the central part of the country. With about 32°C (90°F) at noon and no clouds in the sky, it can be rather uncomfortable for people who are sensitive to heat. Nights bring cooler temperatures. The humidity stays low, and there are 6 rainy days this month, a bit more than in July. In the mountains, the weather is slightly cooler than in the plains. It’s a perfect time for hiking through Lush forests and enjoying stunning panoramic views in the mountainous region. The afternoons get a bit cooler with a light breeze towards the end of the month indicating the end of the summer season. On the coast, August offers perfect beach weather. Clear blue skies, warm water and the perfect level of heat fill coastal Montenegro beaches to its full capacity. The sea is the warmest at this time so don’t hesitate to dive in. The air temperature can be around 31°C (88°F) during the day, but it doesn’t feel that much due to the sea breeze. The nights are cooler due to nocturnal breezes from the Adriatic. August has the lowest humidity levels and clear skies. But days start to get shorter.
Montenegro weather in September
8.2/10 score
Excellent
25° average
average temperatures
16 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Early fall is a charming time in all of Montenegro. September is wonderful in Podgorica as the heat backs off and the autumn season arrives. The humidity raises due to increased rainfall. There are seven rainy days this month. The days are still predominantly clear with over 8 hours of sunshine. Temperatures are mellowly staying in the comfortable range below 30°C (89°F). 12-hour days are great for outdoor activities and fall foliage watching, as autumn colors the mountains and valleys in golden shades. This is the last month of the dry season when hiking and walking are the best. On the coast, September still feels like summer. Sea bays are still warm for swimming and the days are sunny and wonderful. The nights get a bit cooler with temperatures dropping to 14°C (59 F), so make sure to take a sweater or a light jacket with you. Humidity goes up and rainy days are more frequent towards the end of the month. Altogether, there are 9 rainy days on the coast in September. But there are still up to 8 hours of sunshine per day, so it’s not too bad. The sea temperature is almost as warm as the air, and it takes longer to cool down due to sub-tropical currents.
Montenegro weather in October
8.8/10 score
Excellent
19° average
average temperatures
19 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The second month of autumn is still warm in Montenegro with mild and comfortable temperatures that are ideal for people who don’t tolerate heat. However, the rainy season starts to pick up, so October seas 10 rainy days. The mid-autumn also means that days get shorter and the skies become cloudy. By the end of the month, most of the tourists leave Montenegro as temperatures decrease. If you are lucky you can still enjoy a few dry days in the mountains enjoying stunning autumn views. Some days in early October still seem like summer with clear and sunny skies. However, the rainfall becomes more frequent towards the end of the month. Temperature drops to 16°C (59 °F), and nights get colder so don’t forget to pack a jacket. Umbrella is also a must. October offers an average of 6 hours of sunshine and over 11 days of rain. Wind speed is slightly lower than in September. The sea temperature can be higher than the air temperature at this time.
Montenegro weather in November
8.2/10 score
Excellent
14° average
average temperatures
22 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
November is the rainiest month of the year in Montenegro. Torrential rains and the showers last for several days that might cause flooding in the Podgorica area and Central Montenegro. The hiking season in the mountains is also over by November due to rains. The average temperatures fall sharply, freezing is possible at night, and the humidity reaches its highest levels. The skies are rather dark and grey with just under 4 hours of sunshine on average. On the coast, the situation is not any better. The temperature drops considerably compared to October. Nice sunny days of mellow Montenegrin autumn are not that often Chances of rainy days exceed 60%. Some locals consider November the worst time of the year due to increased humidity and constant rain. Northern and north-eastern winds blow from the continent these days bringing cold temperatures. But on some days mild breeze from the western Adriatic brings warmth. The swimming season is usually over by November.
Montenegro weather in December
7.2/10 score
Very good
8° average
average temperatures
21 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
December feels like a real winter month in Podgorica and Central Montenegro with temperatures just above zero in Celsius or in the 30s by Fahrenheit. In the nights, the air temperature falls below freezing. Skies are cloudy, and precipitation usually takes the form of rain. Just 3.6 hours of sunshine per day leave little room for outdoor activities. You will need a warm jacket, and umbrella and waterproof boots to travel to Montenegro at this time. On the coast, there is not much to do during December except waiting when it stops raining to enjoy a few hours of sun and warmth. You can take a break from the dull rainy weather in the mountains enjoying winter fun activities like sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. Visit Durmitor National Park or several Montenegro’s winter resorts.