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Looking for an affordable beach holiday? Head to eastern Europe
The Balkan countries of Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania and Montenegro have warm sunshine and great prices in the shoulder season of June and September

Mary Novakovich

17, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Wild east: five Balkn discover for your next holiday
Done Spain, Italy and Greece? These countries offer spectacular landscapes, unspoilt swimming spots, ancient towns – and affordable prices

Rachel Dixon

07, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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40 of the best beaches in Europe
From flamingo-pink shores to wild coastlines and everything in between, our travel writers pick the continent’s finest sands, and places to stay nearby

30, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Montenegro: sights, beaches, food and places to stay
With the country now off the red list – and summer still lingering – Emma Heywood of Undiscovered Montenegro picks the best lakes, mountains, beaches and towns to visit

Interview by Mary Novakovich

07, Oct, 2021 @4:42 PM

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Hiking a new mega-trail in the Balkans
A long-distance wilderness route will eventually link seven Balkan countries. We walk a stretch from Bosnia to Montenegro

Krithika Varagur

08, Oct, 2018 @5:30 AM

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A cycling tour of the Balkans: two wheels, three countries, four days
Our writer and his friends recapture their youth and the joy of cycling, with a challenging trip taking in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Rob Penn

23, Oct, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans
It’s no easy stroll … but a spectacular new Balkan trail provides soaring peaks, lake views and memories of friendly locals – and real endeavour

Ben Lerwill

24, Sep, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Eastern Europe on a budget: bargains from Poland to Montenegro
With its quieter beaches, pristine castle-dotted countryside and idyllic islands, eastern Europe is becoming popular for more than just city breaks

Will Coldwell

02, Apr, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort
Tourism in Montenegro is booming, but the approval of plans for a new ‘eco-resort’ has led to protests from conservationists who fear it will threaten a stunning national park

Catherine Mack

16, Jan, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Insider's guide to Podgorica: the most boring city in Europe? No, we've got soul
It may not be the most architecturally beautiful city, but from pastries to accessible mountains, Montenegro’s capital Podgorica has a lot going for it, says resident writer and photographer Damira Kalac

Damira Kalac

12, Sep, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Gorgeous Montenegro: the best of the coast
Montenegro’s beauty has not gone unnoticed by the yacht set, but new flights from Gatwick and Manchester have opened up the quieter stretches of its stunning coastline

Adrian Mourby

12, Jun, 2016 @6:00 AM

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A Balkan road trip

The Balkan Peninsula is great for country hopping – and you can explore these hidden gems without emptying your pockets, says Sara Abbasi

Sara Abbasi

29, Jun, 2014 @5:00 AM

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