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You don’t have to fly over the half of the world to Asia to spend the winter warm. There is no frost on the Adriatic coast. It only snows once a few years and even in January the air temperature can exceed 20 degrees C. Winter in Montenegro will please you, especially if you don’t like exhausting tropical heat and like to spend time in Europe. It is great to see the medieval sights, go to the mountains, and explore the country in this season, in a comfortable weather conditions and without crowds of tourists all around. Local prices are lower than those in Central Europe, the language barrier is not felt, plane tickets are inexpensive, and the flights from most European cities are only about two or three hours.
Beach season in Montenegro ends at the end of October. From that time on, the cities are quieter, and life in small towns is quieter at all. There are no summer traffic jams, there is plenty of free space on the beaches. Swimming season in Montenegro ends in mid-November. The daredevils dive into the sea even in winter. Water from December to March is cool, 15-16 degrees, but the sun bakes in the weather as in summer, so you can sunbathe here all year round. After the beach, you can head to the snowy peaks for skiing and snowboarding. There are two ski resorts in the country — Kolashin and Zhablyak. Winter in Montenegro is a good way to explore Europe. You can fly cheaply to Austria, Germany, France, which are very close. Take a ferry to Italy, go to Croatia, Serbia, Albania and other neighboring countries by car or even by bus.
EU and US visitors do not need a visa to enter and stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days, which is the entire winter. ‘Winterers’ can make monthly trips abroad, for example, to visa-free Bosnia and Herzegovina. To travel by bus or car, you can always find companions in English-speaking Facebook groups and chats. A trip costs 15-25 euros, and the obligatory tourist fee is 30 euros. You must register with a tourist organization and pay the fee within 24 hours of your arrival in the country. But if you rent accommodation for at least six months under a notarized contract, you do not need to pay the tourist fee, just register.
Prices for accommodation in the off-season fall and remain low until May. Cheap apartments can be found in any village on the coast. However, in small villages life may seem boring – few people on the streets, often closed cafes, and shops that work only a few hours a day. You won’t get bored in winter in Budva, Montenegro’s tourist center. The promenade is always full of life and there is no problem with shops and leisure – cafes, restaurants, casinos and some nightclubs are open all year round. Besides, it is convenient to travel around the country from here, because the city is located in the center of the coastline and it is a major transportation hub. You can overwinter in comfort in the Harmony Aparthotel, located in a picturesque borderline area between Budva and Becici. The apartments have everything you need, including internet and TV.