Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2016

A different vacation in fascinating Montenegro

The beautiful small Balkan country of Montenegro (or Black Mountain) is nestled in splendor on the Adriatic coast.

Bordering on Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, Montenegro offers soaring mountain scenery, gorgeous beaches and plenty of interesting history. This relatively small country has a large and rich cultural past, which can be explored in the form of the remains of Roman villas with their mosaic floors, elegant and ornate Catholic churches and richly painted Greek and Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Due to its occupation by various powers over the years, strong fortresses stand tall all over the country. According to a report by the BBC, Montenegro’s more recent history is pretty interesting too, as the country has been a non-aligned communist state – independent from both the West and Eastern Bloc – for around 50 years and was separated from Serbia in 2006 by popular vote.

Sun and sand in Montenegro

For those who enjoy the beach, Montenegro’s glorious coastline runs for 300km, with some of the most spectacular scenery, including crystal-clear waters and clean sandy beaches, backed by mountains and cliffs. Traveling the coastline, many old and fascinating walled towns will catch the eye. Of particular interest on the coastline is the Bay Of Kotor, considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in Europe. Nestled around the bay are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Kotor and Perast – and many other towns bringing a feel of the Mediterranean. Take a custom tour of Kotor, a fascinating and historic walled city, where the Slavs, Venetians and Ottomons took turns in ruling the town.

Kotor photo/ SarahTZ via flickr

Head to the Budva Riviera to enjoy the main tourist beaches and excellent nightlife, along with historic and pretty villages and fortified towns. The Montenegrin South Coast is also of interest and is home to the towns of Ulcinj and Bar. Scuba diving and other popular water sports are available all along the coast.

Explore Montengrin nature

After having your fill of the beach, central Montenegro also has plenty to offer, including the state capital Podgorica, along with the historic capital Cetinje. If seeking nature and fresh air, the Lovćen National Park and Skadar Lake National Park offer beauty and peaceful relaxation. Horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and bird watching are just some of the activities on offer. In the Durmitor National Park, visit the striking Tara River Canyon.

For those who enjoy winter sports, the north Montenegrin Mountains are the place to be. Žabljak is the winter sports capital of Montenegro, nestled in the Dinaric Alps, a region of untouched and beautiful nature.

A warm and friendly welcome

The people of Montenegro are friendly and charming and always ready to welcome travelers to their land. Also worthy of mention is the local cuisine, as Montenegro is famous for its olive groves and small vineyards, producing delicious local wines, along with ancient mills, still used today to produce flour for tasty home-made bread. Among the dishes on offer, entrees include njeguški pršut (smoked ham) and njeguški cheese. Up in the mountains of the north, lamb cooked in milk is a local dish and on the coast, enjoy kastradina (dried mutton). There is also a variety of fresh seafood and sea fish dishes on offer, as well as fresh or smoked carp from Lake Skadar. To finish the meal, enjoy freshly-made donuts, served up with honey and dried figs, all washed down with a delicious glass of local wine.

Author: Anne Sewell

Mountain view of Bay photo/ Dmitry Kalinin flickr

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