Discover Magical MontenegroPosted on: 17 November 2009 by Mark O'haire
Visit Montenegro for a true taste of Baltic and Mediterranean culture, scenery and beaches.
Montenegro, situated in the south of the Adriatic Sea, is unique in many ways. There is nowhere else that you can find, in such a small place, so much natural beauty, beaches, gorgeous mountains, clear lakes and fast rivers, as you can in the small country of Montenegro.
You can wake up along the beautiful Adriatic coast in the morning, have lunch on the banks of Skadar Lake, and enjoy evening walks in the Montenegrin Mountains.
The country has many other remarkable characteristics such as history, culture, tradition, good weather conditions, clean air, beautiful nature and blue sea, making Montenegro an excellent choice for a holiday or short break.
The Republic of Montenegro is in the Balkans. It borders Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south. To the west of Montenegro is the Adriatic Sea.
Montenegro's tourism suffered greatly from Yugoslavia's tragic civil war in the 1990s. In recent years, along with the stabilised situation in the region, tourism in Montenegro has begun to recover, and the country is being re-discovered by tourists from around the globe.
In 2007 the country received a level of tourism which almost reached pre-war volumes. As a result, in 2008 many roads were being renovated and many hotels are being constructed and updated, making Montenegro a pearl of the Mediterranean.
About The Area
Montenegro is divided into 21 municipalities, which can be grouped into three main geographical regions. The south coast region ranges from Bar and Ulcinj down to Lake Skadar, Ada Bojana, and Velika Plaza.
The south coast region is the unspoiled heart of Montenegro's wild beauty featuring three ancient fortress-cities and Montenegro's finest pristine beaches. There are other parts of the coastal region as well, stretching along the 295km long Montenegrin coast. The region is of interest to tourists as well, with 72km of beaches, many old sights and luxury hotels.
The central region is home to the country’s capital city Podgorica and the Zeta river valley while the northern region has some beautiful nature spots.
High mountains, clean rivers, mountain lakes, and in the winter, lots of snow make the northern region an attractive area for enjoying the ski resorts. In the summer the typically continental climate is good for swimming in the river Lim or on lakes such as Plavsko, Pesica and Siska.
Podgorica airport is Montenegro's main international airport. It is situated 7.5 miles south of the capital city and is the hub for Montenegro's national airline carrier, Montenegro Airlines, which maintains regular flights from Podgorica to Belgrade, Budapest, Zurich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome and Vienna.
You can get from the airport to Podgorica centre by taking the minibus, which usually waits in front of the terminal. Taxis to the centre will be more expensive, usually €15. There are also bus lines connecting the airport with some other Montenegro cities.
Tivat airport is situated near the city of Tivat, on the Montenegrin coast. It has regular flights to Belgrade throughout the year, and has charter flights to major European destinations during the summer. Tivat airport is 20km from Budva and Herceg-Novi and 60km from Bar.
Dubrovnik airport in Croatia is a half hour drive from the Montenegro border, and coastal city of Herceg-Novi, and is served by many major airlines, so it might be a good option for tourists coming by plane.
Montenegro Airlines, MALEV, Krasnoyarsk Airlines, JAT Airways, Adria, S7 Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Croatia Airlines all fly to Montenegro but check online to find out which airlines fly to your favoured destination.
There are regular passenger train services from Subotica through Novi Sad and Belgrade. The train travels through Bijelo Polje, Kolasin, Podgorica and ends in Bar, Montenegro's main seaport.
Travel by train is the cheapest way to get to Montenegro from central or eastern Europe. There are overnight trains with sleeping cars for around €25, which must be booked in advance, but are a more comfortable option than the daily services.
Montenegro is well connected with neighbouring countries, except Albania, and ticket prices are all under €25. During the summer, more seasonal lines are being introduced.
European routes E65, E80, E762, E763 and E851 pass through the country. Coming in from Serbia during the winter requires additional caution, as the winding mountainous road is not in good condition.
There are regular ferry lines from Bar to Bari and Ancona in Italy. Lines operate almost daily throughout the year, and get more frequent during the summer. The trip to Bari takes around eight hours.
Sights & Attractions
The Ostrog Monastery is located above the valley of Bjelopavlici, carved in rocks and dates back to the 17th century. The Serb Orthodox Church is placed against an almost vertical background and is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog.
Boka Kotorska Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the Adriatic and Mediterranean vicinity. Consisting of four connected straits, high cliffs surround the bay from all sides and reflect the deep blue water of the Adriatic Sea. Seven islands decorate the bay which has been voted as one of the world heritage sites for Montenegro.
Ada Bojana is an island created by the river delta of Bojana River. It is an artificial island, formed by gathering river sand around a ship that sunk at the mouth of Bojana River. It is located on the southernmost tip of Montenegro, with only the Bojana River separating the country from Albanian territory.
It is a popular tourist destination, with three kilometres of long sandy beach and many fish restaurants
The Tara River And Canyon emerges from the confluence of the Opasnica and Veruša Rivers in the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro, flows 144km northward and converges with the Piva River near the Bosnian border to form the Drina River.
The Tara River is the largest European supply of drinking water and cuts the Tara River Gorge, the deepest canyon in Montenegro and Europe, at 78km in length and 1,300 metres at its deepest. The canyon is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a part of Durmitor National Park.
Its stunning scenery, magical waterfalls and impressive backdrops make it a breathless spectacle for all visitors.
Sveti Stefan, meaning Saint Stephen, is a seaside resort in western Montenegro, located five kilometres southeast of Budva, on the Budva Riviera. It used to be a tidal island, but is now permanently connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.
Now a luxury town-hotel, it is the most exclusive resort on Montenegro’s coast with celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas and Claudia Schiffer amongst its many previous visitors.
The streets, walls, roofs and façades of the buildings have retained their original shapes, while the interior of the houses have been transformed to offer the most modern luxury hotel comfort. The beaches that surround the island are all open to the public.
Montenegro - The official website for tourism in Montenegro.
SkyScanner - Search for the cheapest flights to Montenegro.
Hotels.com - Find hotels to suit all budgets and tastes.
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