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Discover Montenegro
The Solar Riviera of the Balkans
Montenegro is a small state on the Balkan Peninsula

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Podgorica622 359Montenegrin, Serbian, BosnianEuro13 812 km²

Geography

The state of Montenegro is located in the south-eastern part of the European continent, on the coast of the Balkan Peninsula, washed by the waves of the Adriatic Sea. Its neighbors are Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo. The country consists of 14 islands.

Geographically, the country is divided into three parts: the sea coast, the central region covered with almost flat landscapes, and mountains. Natural attractions include Lake Skadar, the Bay of Kotor, Mount Lovćen and the national park on it, the Budva Riviera, Montenegrin karst plateau, the Biogradska Gora National Park, mountain massif Durmitor, and Europe's largest canyon of the river Tara.

Territorially, Montenegro is divided into 21 communities. All of them have the names of their central cities.

Map Montenegro

A journey to Montenegrin Pearls

The capital of Montenegro is Podgorica. This city is not as luxurious as Vienna, not as technologically advanced as Amsterdam; there are no great cultural relics as in Paris. Podgorica is calm and cozy. It will take you a day to walk around the Old Town, take a photo at St. George's Church, the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, and mosques. Don't languish in the routine of a metropolis, and head right to the coast. 

The Riviera makes the soul of a tired clerk feel like it's covered in honey with these sweet sounds. The even rolls of waves begin to rumble in your ears, your feet whine from the lack of golden sand between your fingers and your skin goosebumps from the acute lack of sunshine. Do not panic: all these symptoms are quickly relieved by buying a ticket to one of the Montenegrin rivieras. But the choice will not be easy, there are five of them, by the way! 

The Budva Riviera is the most popular among tourists, with its 35 km long picturesque coastline. Throughout the season, Budva is buzzing with loud parties, beach discos, and clanging of glasses in cafes and restaurants. For those who prefer a calmer holiday, there are sun loungers prepared on the sandy beaches of Bečići and Rafailovići. At the same time, tourists with children will enjoy their holidays in Petrovac and Pržno. The pearl of the riviera is the St. Stephen Island, famous for its fashionable villas and medieval color. Only guests are allowed to enter the island, so make a reservation in advance at one of the resort's restaurants. 

Ulcinj Riviera is the southernmost resort in Montenegro. The large beach of Ulcinj is famous for its healing basalt sands, and the waters near Ženska are said to improve women's health. The main thing is not to get lost and not to get out accidentally to Ada Bojana, one of the most popular nudist beaches in Europe.

The Kotor Riviera has hidden itself in one of the most beautiful bays in the world - Boka-Kotor Bay. The central city of the resort is ancient Kotor, surrounded by high walls of a medieval fortress. The highest point of the protective structure offers a fantastic view of the fjord — such scenery sink right into the heart. The narrow streets of Kotor are very similar to Italy, and it's not for nothing — for almost half a century, the city had been under the rule of Venice. The whole region is a huge tourist attraction, and the beaches do not give way to the Budva ones. 

The Herceg Novi Riviera is an olive grove of the Luštica peninsula, azure beaches of Mirišta and cozy streets of Žanić. The Adriatic coast of the Riviera will be interesting for divers. Here you can look at shipwrecks and submarines, look at underwater caves, and admire the coral reefs. The center of the resort is Herceg Novi's botanical garden-town. It does not offer the best beaches, but its picturesque coast makes up for it. And in addition to the favorable microclimate, there are therapeutic mud and mineral waters of Igalo. 

Sandy beaches are waiting for tourists in the Tivat Riviera. Quiet bays of the region are perfect for family holidays, and the snow-white beach of the Island of Flowers will delight even a sophisticated tourist. Tivat itself is a young, promising resort. It lives in the embrace of the hilly mountains, to the rhythm of swinging luxurious yachts at the marina.

The most pleasant thing about Montenegro is that you can relax here all year round. If in the middle of winter you suddenly feel a longing for the Balkans, come to one of the ski resorts. The most popular are the mountainous Žabljak, with three well-equipped slopes (Savin Kuk, Stutz, and Javorovača), and the Kolasin, which is not threatened by either storm or wind, as it is located in a kind of hollow, surrounded by mountains and forests. The slopes here are grassy and covered with snow, so they are safe for beginner skiers and children. All of them are equipped according to strict European standards, and it's hard to find more beautiful landscapes than here, and the prices are several times lower than in Italy and France.

Things to consider when going to Montenegro

  • It's unusual, but a fact: Montenegro has preserved the Soviet ritual of tourist registration. If you travel on your own and not as part of package tours, you will need to contact the tourist information service and pay the accommodation tax: €1/day — for adults, €0.5/day — teenagers 12-18 years old. There is no fee for children under 12 years and people with disabilities. You will have to show a receipt for paying the fee when you leave the country. If you do not display it, you will have to pay a fine of about €200.
  • Going on holiday to Montenegro, you will have to put up with the smell of cigarette smoke. All locals are avid smokers, and they are smoking their cigarettes in public places, transport, and just in the middle of the pedestrian area.
  • Most beaches rent out their beach lounges not hourly, but until you leave. Therefore, if it's time for a refreshment at the bar, leave a towel on the beach chair or inform somebody that you will come back.
  • If you decide to rent a car, choose a compact, powerful vehicle. A fancy convertible will be useless on narrow roads and winding mountain serpentines.
  • The cost of food in the network of stores is lower than in the local markets. First of all, because there are two market prices — for locals and tourists. The prices in the stores are fixed.
  • There is an opinion that recreation in Montenegro is not expensive. But this fact is already far from the truth. The tourism sphere in the country has made several steps forward in its development only for the past few years and does not plan to stop there. And you have to pay for the pleasure, you know.

The best time to visit Montenegro

The territory of Montenegro is located in three climatic zones — mountain, continental, and coastal. The best time to visit the country depends on what part of the country you are going to. In the central part of the country, there are hot, dry summers, and the air temperature reaches +30, °C, winters are cold and dry, at night, the air temperature drops to -5 °C. The subalpine climate prevails in the mountains. Skiing is possible from the beginning of December to the end of March: during this period, there is a lot of snow, and the average air temperature is -5 -7°C. Winters on the coast are mild and rainy. The peak of the beach season is July-September when the sea warms up to +23°C.

Hotels in Montenegro

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