In the Balkans lies the relatively small country of Montenegro, which is about two-thirds smaller than the Netherlands in terms of land area. Montenegro is situated on the Adriatic Sea, where it has approximately 294 kilometres of coastline. There are various beaches along the coast. The more than twelve kilometres long sandy beach Velika Plaža is the longest beach of the country and can be found in the southwest of Montenegro. Behind the relatively narrow coastal strip the landscape of Montenegro consists mainly of karst areas. Many areas are on average around one thousand metres above sea level, but there are also peaks within the Dinaric Alps that reach two thousand metres.
The eastern European country of Bulgaria has a mix of maritime climates, subtropical climates and inland continental climates and even a tundra climate on the highest mountain peaks. This mix is due to the geographical location, the differences in altitude and the influences of the Black Sea. The best time to travel to Bulgaria depends mainly on your destination. For most trips to Bulgaria, mid-May to mid-October is the best time to travel. Think especially of round trips and city breaks to Bulgaria, for example to the beautiful capital Sofia. Due to the possible heat and heavy thunderstorms that can occur in the months of July and August, it would be better to choose late spring or early autumn for tours and city trips instead of the middle of summer.
The Balkan country of Albania is located by the sea, but has a climate that is sometimes more like a continental climate than a maritime one because of its capriciousness. Officially, Albania has a warm Mediterranean climate in the coastal areas and a temperate Mediterranean climate inland. On the mountain tops, there is a continental climate with, on the highest peaks, a subarctic climate, which is quite exceptional for this latitude. The best time to travel to Albania is from May to September. This is the period when it is not too cold and the weather is mostly good.
When travelling to Serbia, the climate is on the border between a temperate maritime climate and a more continental type of climate. Winters are on the cool side, while summers are pleasantly warm. The weather varies a little depending on the season. The winters are distinctly greyer and gloomier than the other seasons, while the sunniest months have the highest precipitation levels as they are mostly affected by heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The Republic of Namibia is an increasingly popular holiday destination in the south of Africa. The relatively dry climate in combination with the topographical location ensures that several biomes can be defined within Namibia: desert, sand desert, dry steppe, grass savannah and wetland. The largest part of Namibia consists of desert landscape. The Namib Desert, which runs along the coast, is the best example of this.