Montenegro

Montenegro is a small Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes, wildlife such as bears and wolves, and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.

HOW TO GET THERE

By air you can get to Tivat airport or Podgorica, Tivat airport is working mainly in the summer season and has less connection than Podgorica. Ryan air low budget company fly to and from Podgorica that allow some cheap flights to London or some other places ( around 20 euro one way ) By the land you can reach with the train connections with Serbia and Croatia and buses from whole Balkan area to Montenegro. Also there is ferries from Italy going every day several times from Bari to Bar or from Ancona to Budva also you have some tours from Croatia to Montenegro .

WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO THERE

Montenegro has a long history and many things to offer. Lovcen mountain is great for hikes and nature walk. Lovćen is a mountain and national park in southwestern Montenegro. Mount Lovćen rises from the borders of the Adriatic basin, closing the long and twisting bays of Boka Kotorska and making the hinterland to the coastal town of Kotor. Lovcen is popular for hikes and for those who want to see some monasteries.

Located along one of Wold’s most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell.

The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site”.

One of the most famous place and luxury resort place is Sveti Stefan ( St Stefan) Small islet near Budva. Attached to the coast by a narrow isthmus, this charming seaside hideaway pairs cobbled lanes, shaded courtyards and 600-year-old red-tiled roofs with three pink-sand beaches and the august Villa Milocer on the mainland.

Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Budva Riviera, it’s known for sandy beaches and nightlife. Stone walls built by the Venetians surround the narrow streets of the medieval old town (Stari Grad). This historic district is home to a seaside citadel and religious sites like the Church of Santa Maria in Punta, established in the 9th century.

Bar is a coastal town and seaport in southern Montenegro. It is the capital of the Bar Municipality and a center for tourism. In 2011, its population was 40,037. Near by Suto More resort is famous place for vacations.

Further north is Canj place with nice clean water and affordable accommodations. Place where you can put your tent or rent e bungalow for 10-15 euros per day.

The Tara River Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is the longest canyon in Montenegro. It is 82 kilometers long and is 1,300 meters at its deepest, making it the deepest river canyon in Europe. This place is great for fishing, rafting. Has amazing nature so is great for hiking too.Plenty of mountain lounge around the area so you can easy find a place to stay.

One of the biggest lakes in Europe is Skadar Lake . Lake Skadar — also called Lake Scutari, Lake Shkodër and Lake Shkodra — lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro, the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. It is named after the city of Shkodër in northern Albania. It is a karst lake.

Lovćen’s star attraction, this magnificent mausoleum (built 1970 to 1974) sits at the top of its second-highest peak, Jezerski Vrh (1657m). Take the 461 steps up to the entry where two granite giantesses guard the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest hero. Inside under a golden mosaic canopy a 28-ton Petar II Petrović Njegoš rests in the wings of an eagle, carved from a single block of black granite by Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

The actual tomb lies below and a path at the rear leads to a dramatic circular viewing platform providing the same spectacular views that caused George Bernard Shaw to exclaim ‘Am I in paradise or on the moon?’.

A photographer stationed near the entrance has a stash of folk costumes and a computer set up to print out quirky instant souvenirs (photos small/large €3/5).

Podgorica  is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. The city was also called Titograd from 1946 to 1992 during the existence of SFR Yugoslavia. Urban center of the country not much to offer beside clubs and restaurants.Not much things to see around the city , The Millennium Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Morača River, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The bridge was designed by the Slovenian company Ponting and Mladen Ulićević, a professor at Faculty of Civil Engineering in Podgorica

The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church sitatued against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, in Montenegro. It is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog, who was buried here.

Debeli Namet is a small glacier below the mountain of Šljeme in the Durmitor massif, Montenegro. This glacier exists well below the true snowline and is sustained by avalanching snow.

ACCOMMODATIONS

In the season you can find a accommodation in private sector or in the hotels for bit higher price than off season. In season price range from 12 euro per person up to 30 euros for private room. Off season you can find place for 6-7 euro per person or 15-20 euros private room. On the coast you have plenty of resorts offering all kind of deals. Average person will spend around 40-50 euros per day on accommodation , food and drinks. Prices in the season are bit higher in the bars and restaurants than off the season.

 

BEST TIME TO GO THERE

The best time to visit is broadly between April and September. Montenegro’s climate broadly follows two distinct patterns: the coast has typically Mediterranean weather, with very warm summers – temperatures regularly hover around the mid- to upper thirties – and mild winters; while the interior manifests a sub-alpine climate, characterized by warm summers but bitterly cold winters – temperatures can drop to as low as minus fifteen or twenty degrees – with occasionally heavy rainfall and much snow.

The coast is a pleasant place to be at any time of the year but it can get uncomfortably congested in July and August, when temperatures and crowds reach their peak; moreover, accommodation is at its most expensive during this period, with rates almost doubling in some places. Hence June and September are the optimum months for a visit, when the weather is still reliably hot and there’s far less pressure on facilities. Between late October and early April some hotels close but you may well pick up excellent rates from those that do stay open.

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