Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, Croatian, Montenegrin Currency:  Euro
This sovereign state on the Adriatic Sea is in southeastern Europe, between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the southeast. It was once part of the Serbia and Montenegro state union but declared its independence in 2006. Montenegro is not currently a member of the EU, but according to the European Commission it may join in 2025.
The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin, a variety of the Serbo-Croatian language. But Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Croatian are also widely used. Thanks to the country's incredible multiculturalism, Montenegro is a hodgepodge of Ottoman, Adriatic cultures, Oriental, Slavic and Mediterranean influences.
With a population of around 620,000, Montenegro is small (about half the size of Wales). But what it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity. Majestic mountains rise up from turquoise waters, medieval towns sit alongside lush natural parks, and bright blue rivers careen through emerald green forests. If you love being outdoors, you’ll feel right at home in Montenegro, which is a prime spot for kayaking, hiking, rafting and sailing.
The Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka (“the Bay”), has the beauty of a Norwegian fjord and the history of an ancient ruin. And the laid-back capital city Podgorica is a quirky combination of brutalist structures and remnants of the old Ottoman empire. Plan a trip to Montenegro to see its beaches, museums and amazing natural wonders.