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March 11, 2009

Europe's New Riviera: Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro

Kotur Bay
The Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro.

Forget St-Tropez. For Condé Nast Traveler's March issue, Julia Chaplin headed further east to the coasts of Turkey, Croatia, and Montenegro and found glamour, barefoot chic, and bargains

Take Montenegro. A few luxury properties have already opened in the medieval town of Kotor.

* The 13-suite Villa Duomo is in an old baronial villa with exposed stone walls and hand-carved antiques (82-323-111; suites, $155-$340).

* Farther down the coast in Budva, the Hotel Splendid is an over-the-top Russian-owned resort that resembles a massive cruise ship (86-773-777; doubles, $236-$272).

* For a more local experience, Cesarica is a friendly, family-run konoba (restaurant) in Kotor. The black cuttlefish risotto is sumptuous (375 Stari Grad; 82-336-093; entrées, $7-$20).

To read about the hotspots Julia found in Turkey and Croatia, pick up a copy of the March issue or find "Europe's New Riviera" on cntraveler.com.

Further reading:
* Montenegro: The Sweet Spot (Conde Nast Traveler, June 2008)
* Places and prices in Montenegro

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