The world's leading travel magazine, National Geographic Traveller, has ranked Montenegro as one of the seven most attractive holiday destinations for 2021.
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has published its “Best of the World 2021” list, featuring 35 extraordinary places to visit in 2021. In an article entitled “Best of the World: seven unforgettable family journeys for 2021 and beyond”, Montenegro has been ranked alongside the likes of Japan, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Framed by five categories – sustainability, nature & wildlife, adventure, culture & history and family travel — each inclusion honours an extraordinary destination with a relevant story to tell for the year ahead. Profiling inspiring places, communities and innovations, the list provides an optimistic dose of escapism, as would-be travellers navigate pandemic precautions around the world.
Describing Montenegro’s natural beauty, National Geographic’s global travel editors underscore the country’s potential as an important travel destination in 2021.
“How does Montenegro fit so much in? This Adriatic escape is smaller than Northern Ireland, yet bursting with snow-capped mountains, jewel-box lakes, rushing rivers, charming towns and gregarious locals. Cheaper and less visited than neighbouring Croatia, yet for so long its bridesmaid, 2021 looks like a breakthrough year,” the article says.
The diverse options offered by Montenegro's wild nature, such as cycling, hiking and zip-wire adventures, are just some of assets that will enable adventurous families “to be in their element here.”
“Five national parks protect over 60 peaks where hiking, biking, canyoning and rafting are options. Tour operators like Responsible Travel, Families Worldwide and UTracks have active itineraries, and a Tailor Made Rail trip added last year reminds us that you can also get there by train, including a stint on the stunning Belgrade-to-Bar route.”
While impressed by Montenegro's natural assets, the authors note that it’s not all about adventure, highlighting the luxury hotels and resorts on the Montenegrin coast.
“Montenegro’s coastline is short but glittering, and new hotel action includes an elegant Avanti in Budva and the One&Only Portonovi, set to open in spring at Boka Bay. Also, Marriott plans to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro in 2023,” the article concludes.
Thanks to this prestigious award, the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro has been granted the exclusive right to use the specially designed “Best of the World 2021” badge to promote the destination, which will further contribute to the visibility of Montenegro in the global tourism market.
The “Best of the World 2021” list was compiled in 16 local language editions of National Geographic Traveler and is distributed to millions of readers across their magazines and websites around the world. The numerous positive articles published in reputable international media, such as National Geographic Traveller, have significantly contributed to improving the image of the destination, as well as to attracting tourists from source markets when travel becomes possible again.
The original article by National Geographic Traveller is available at: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2020/11/best-of-the-world-2021-family