Location: Western Balkans
Population: 678 931
Religion: Montenegrin Orthodox Church
Climate: Exceptionally mild and Mediterranean
Montenegro is the smallest Balkan country. It has an extremely mountainous terrain even on the coast.
Montenegrins are known for their humor, hospitality and as one of the tallest nation in the World. The strong nature of the people has helped for centuries to stand up for its independence, so it is not by chance that Montenegro is the only territory that has remained relatively independent in the 5 centuries of Ottoman domination in the region. The rich history of the country makes the trip there extremely interesting and full of stories. Despite the small territory, Montenegro is the ideal tourist destination because it has plenty to offer.
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One of the most beautiful cities in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea is Kotor. The city was ruled by different empires, and is distinguished by its free spirit. Entirely preserved Venetian architecture surrounds the Kotor bay everywhere. The old town and its fortress walls, which are sprawled on the unspoiled sharp edges of the mountain, are best known. The bay is the southernmost European fjord. An unforgettable combination of blue, crystal clear water and mountains that look into it. Kotor is a must-stop in all European and Balkan tours and despite numerous tourists, it is rarely overcrowded.
You want to feel more of the country and love the mountains? We strongly recommend visiting some of their nature parks. Countless beautiful views, plenty of fresh air and 100% touch to nature. Between Albania and Montenegro is the largest lake on the Balkans – the Skadar. On the territory of Montenegro on the shores of the lake are organized interesting tours for acquaintance with the biological diversity of the region. The capital of Podgorica is a small, modern town that often remains outside of the tours. Other interesting places to visit are Budva and Herceg Novi on the Adriatic coast.
MONTENEGRO TOP 5 MUST SEE
⦁ Kotor bay – One of the most beautiful cities in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea is Kotor. The city was ruled by different empires, and is distinguished by its free spirit. Entirely preserved Venetian architecture surrounds the Kotor bay everywhere. The old town and its fortress walls, which are sprawled on the unspoiled sharp edges of the mountain, are best known. The bay is the southernmost European fjord. An unforgettable combination of blue, crystal clear water and mountains that look into it. Kotor is a must-stop in all European and Balkan tours and despite numerous tourists, it is rarely overcrowded.
Kotor bay and the city of Kotor are included in UNESCO as Natural and Cultural sites.
The area deserves at least 2 full days.
⦁ Ostrog monastery – When a Montenegrin wants to declare his honesty and ethic, usually says “I swear in My Ostrog!”. The Monastery is built in a vertical rock and could be seen by a long distance as a white magical castle hanging over the valley. The monastery is the most popular and visited religious center in this part of the Balkans and pilgrims from neighboring countries and different religions show their respect every day. Thousands of people try to reach the sacred place, walking barefoot for more than kilometer between the trees and stones.
⦁ Budva – In the last 10 years, from a small Adriatic town, Budva became a capital of the summer night life, music festivals and city N1 for properties investment. The sandy beaches, the yachts, the crowds of young and beautiful people, the discos, the restaurants, all this creates the atmosphere of endless party and summer happiness. Budva also has an Old city with preserved architecture.
⦁ Cetinje – The official second capital of the country is a small town deep in the countryside, hidden from the mountains and keeping the history and culture of Montenegro. It use to be the first capital of Montenegrins and a residency of their Prince-bishops. Here were organized the first modern Print house and European embassies on the Balkans. Today in Cetnje the President of the country lives in a historical residency and some of the ministries are located here as well. Here is also the National library. Only on a half hour distance is another one important for Montenegro place, the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, built on the top of the mountain with an amazing view both over the countryside and the Adriatic sea.
⦁ Skadar lake – the lake is between Albania and Montenegro and it is proclaimed as Natural park in the both countries. It is the largest on the Balkan peninsula and one of the largest bird reserves in Europe with more than 270 bird species.
HIDDEN GEMS AND ADVENURES
- The Bridge on Tara River – The 365 m long and the roadway is on 172 m above the Tara River.
- The fortresses in Herceg Novi – the Old town of the city hides hundreds of stories and is a stage of many cultural events.
- Rafting on Tara River
- Paragliding over Budva
Due to the mountainous nature of the country, city-to-town travel is complicated and slow. It’s easiest to use a car, but the trains could be a memorable adventure. To explore all the beauties of Montenegro prepare for a minimum of 7 days. As part of a Balkan tour, the Adriatic coast is mainly visited for 2-3 days.
The best time to visit Montenegro is between March and October.