Right on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is a small country that has a big heart. Recovered from the Yugoslav Wars, Montenegro is now working its way up to its former glory. Less exposed than neighboring Croatia or Serbia, this fascinating state took me by surprise with its beauty and character.
At one point in history, the island of Sveti Stefan was fortified village. During the Tito regime, it became a luxury resort that has hosted luminaries from around the world. At the offset of the Yugoslav Wars, the island became forgotten but is now restored to its heydey status as a luxury resort.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Kotor has a history that traces back all the way to the 1st Century BCE. A good portion of the current buildings were built during Venetian times. A true gem, Kotor alone is reason enough to visit Montenegro.