On the very north of Croatia lies neighboring country Montenegro, one of the last undiscovered secrets of the European Mediterranean. The name Montenegro comes from Italian and means – black mountain.
Its uniqueness comes from exquisite combination of natural beauty combined in three different landscapes – bay, mountains and sea. Located less than an hour drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers an unforgettable experience; exceptional natural beauty in combination with a rich history and culture. This is a land where the mountains descend almost directly into the sea creating mystical and dramatic sites.
Montenegrins are warm and very welcoming hosts. National cuisine is basically Mediterranean with traditional lamb or goat roast meat under sac, pivski kajmak (a special milk cream from Piva), kačamak, cicvara, pie, clear fish soup and boiled fish, fried carp and smoked bleak. The most well-known local wine sort is Vranac and also famous beer from Nikšić. One should also try some homemade grape brandy, along with smoked ham and goat cheese.
Good to know
Cities to explore
Kotor, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj
Sites to explore
Durmitor Mauntain, Lovćen Mausoleum, Biogradska Gora National Park
Kotor lies between the gray mountains and the sea, this is a dramatic town where the present lives in the maze of medieval churches, cathedrals, Venetian palaces and pillars. Kotor is made up of contrasts – the old squares with modern cafes, the sounds of serenade and live music, the echo of the footsteps down the narrow cobblestone alleys and the lazy purr of cats lying under the balconies with wrought iron railings, decorated with petunias.Kotor was ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Austro-Hungarians, and Venetians. These conquerors have left many shreds of evidence behind, such as renaissance palaces, baroque towers, and its most monumental testament, the Cathedral of St. Tripun, which is more than three centuries older than the discovery of America. The abundance of cultural and artistic monuments has set Kotor on the UNESCO’s list of protected cultural heritage.
Budva is a place to be if one is looking for an intense nightlife, beaches with various activities, big water park in the hills and luxury hotels at the very seaside. Once a small and quiet city on the coast, today this is a destination where many tourists come in search of summer thrill. Budva riviera has stone and sandy beaches, so there is a choice for every taste. Sveti Stefan is the most exclusive site in Montenegro. This is an island connected by a sandbar to the mainland and summer resort for elite tourists and ones who crave for glamour.