– Montenegro TRAVEL GUIDE –
Capital city: Podgorica
Population: 672,180 people
Area: 13,812 square kilometers
Montenegro is a country that can be traversed in one day, with a complete change of scenery every few dozen kilometers – from bleak peaks and deep canyons to sunny beaches, from rocky karst deserts to olive groves, from the marshy shores of Lake Shkodersk to the steep „fjord” of Boka Kotorska. Here, Venetian towns sit side by side with Albanian villages, Orthodox churches with mosques. The Montenegrin coast, though quite short, is quite diverse and picturesque. There, resorts such as Herceg Novi, Budva, Bar and Ulcinji await tourists wishing to relax by the sea.
-Montenegro travel guide –
Bay of Kotor – Montenegro’s „fjord”
An unusual „fjord” (actually a heavily dissected rias bay) on the Adriatic Sea, one of the most picturesque places in Montenegro. The branches of Boka cut deeply into the rocky slopes of the Lovćen and Orjen mountains, at the foot of which lie old stone towns that remember the times of the Venetian Republic. The showpiece of the micro-region is the medieval city of Kotor, bustling and crowded in summer, but worth seeing for its well-preserved, extensive old town appreciated by UNESCO.
Stari Bar – Old Bar – a charming attraction in Montenegro
A stone medieval town built into the rocky slopes of the Rumija massif. Ruined and abandoned, it has been cleaned up and even reconstructed for several years now – some buildings are being renovated with tourists in mind. Nevertheless, it still remains a place whose nooks and crannies hide the ghosts of the past, and history can almost be touched.
Budva is the most visited by tourists and the most famous city of the Montenegrin coast. The city is as old as some 2,500 years. Budva is surrounded by mountains, which, combined with the blue Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean vegetation, create unforgettable views. While in Budva, be sure to see the Old Town, which is by far the most beautiful place in the city. Narrow streets, beautiful stone buildings, a long and sandy beach, all this makes a lot of tourists from all over Europe come to Budva every year. Also noteworthy is the island of Saint Stephen, which is present on most postcards from Montenegro. In Budva you will find a rich tourist infrastructure. There is no shortage of ATMs, stores, bars or restaurants. Budva has large hotel complexes, as well as private apartments. There is something for everyone here. Budva can boldly compete with places like Lloret de Mar in Spain or Makarska in Croatia. This place is especially recommended for young people who prefer a rich nightlife and fun until dawn. Every year, at the end of August, concerts of big stars such as U2, Madonna and Lenny Krevitz are held here. This tradition has become a permanent part of the city’s event calendar.
Ulcinj is a frequent vacation destination of choice for tourists visiting Montenegro. Here you can find wonderful Mediterranean vegetation, as well as miles of sandy beaches bathed in sunshine. Ulcinj has the longest sandy beach on this side of the Adriatic Sea. Its most beautifully developed part is called Copacabana. In addition, tourists are attracted by the affordable prices, which are definitely lower than, for example, in Budva. Ulcinj has the most oriental-Muslim character of all Montenegrin cities. This specific atmosphere can be experienced especially during market days. This extremely charming town is certainly suitable for spending an unforgettable vacation here.
One of the main spiritual centers of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and indeed of the entire Orthodox Balkans. The complex consists of two monasteries, the upper of which has been built into a vertical rock. In summer, crowds of tourists and pilgrims flock here daily.
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