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This tiny country just south of Croatia is, quite frankly, gorgeous. Mountains always make for an impressive landscape, but rarely do you see them covered head to toe in leafy treetops. The shades of green, pointed tips of Cyprus trees and rugged shrubs make the mountains look like they’ve been blanketed in a shaggy green rug. Combine this with great big pools of emerald-coloured water and the views at every turn are nothing short of breathtaking.

Clawing its way back up the tourism ladder after the Yugoslav Wars kicked it to the bottom, travellers are slowly but surely hearing once more about the beauty of this stretch along the Adriatic coast. The most booming area is Budva, although the busy nightlife and buzzing atmosphere is counterbalanced by tacky souvenir shops and hiked-up prices. A quieter but prettier and more authentic area is Kotor, which has a walled-off Old Town and fort, or you could head inland for adventure at one of its national parks, with white water rafting, canyoning and paragliding on offer.

To get the most of a stay here, it’s worth hiring a car and exploring the whole country. It doesn’t take more than three hours to drive between the main must-sees and the drives are super-scenic thanks to the windy mountain roads (well maintained and wide, so no scary moments), which offer bird’s-eye views of the undulating landscape and crashing canyons. Visit economy for great-value rentals.


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