“As Croatia’s lesser-known neighbour, Montenegro shares a lot of the same architecture, scenery and climate. But where Croatia’s popularity has rocketed – bringing crowds and high prices along with it in some areas – Montenegro is still relatively unknown.It’s got its own patch

of the Adriatic coastline, historic walled towns, beautiful lakes and mountains. Back in the 1970s it was the place for celebs and royalty to visit. But the Balkans conflict put an end to that, and since then the turbulent history and a lack of tourist infrastructure have helped keep it under the radar until now.”

That’s how Lucy of On the Luce describes Montenegro, and she’s spot-on. The tiny nation’s blend of sandy beaches, gregarious mountains and historic towns perfectly epitomizes everything you’d hope for from a Balkan state.