5 Top Reasons for Visiting Montenegro

 

When visiting Eastern Europe, one small country that you may have never heard of before should definitely attract your attention. Montenegro boasts amazing nature, colourful towns, and gorgeous beaches. Montenegro has always attracted uber-wealthy tourists (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren among others) but you’ll find the country quite affordable, even if you haven’t inherited a fortune or won the EuroMillions lottery.

Montenegro has been called the Pearl of the Mediterranean and it certainly deserves the name, even though the country actually sits on the Adriatic Sea. Known locally as Crna Gora (Black Mountain), Montenegro is quite small, but there is plenty to see and do. If you’re not already convinced, here are the top five reasons for visiting Montenegro.

The mountains. Montenegro’s mountains are worth visiting throughout the year. In the winter they attract skiers and in the summer hikers. Durmitor National Park has exceptional scenic beauty. It boasts impressive, rugged peaks such as Sedlo Mountain (named for the horse’s saddle it resembles), and the vertically layered Prutaš Mountain.

The coast. Although most of Montenegro is mountainous, some of the most spectacular scenery of the country is located on the Adriatic coast. Despite its being a magnet for the wealthy and yacht owners, Montenegro also has uncrowded beaches and reasonably priced bed and breakfasts. The Bay of Kotor is the Balkan version of a fjord; drive up into the mountains to see how incredible it is when seen from above.

 



The canyon. The Tara River Canyon is the deepest canyon in Europe and it's almost as long and deep as Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The winding river is perfect for white water rafting. The arched Tara Bridge, now completely rebuilt, was blown up intentionally in World War 2 to stop the advancing German army. Walking across the bridge you’ll be amazed at the lush greenery and the river far below.

The lakes. Skadar Lake, the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula, is just 70 kilometres inland from the Adriatic but it seems like a world away. It's the perfect place for taking a leisurely boat ride and bird-watching. The lake is shared by Montenegro and neighbouring Albania. Even more stunning is Crno Jezero, the black lake. Set at the foot of Meded Peak, the lake offers nature trails and the most magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

The medieval towns. Huge cruise ships dock at the Kotor port and throngs of visiting tourists make their way through the winding streets of the coastal town of Kotor. The old town, surrounded by ancient walls which also work their way up the hillside, is recognized as a World Heritage Site and it’s certainly worth visiting. Equally enjoyable are the colourful towns of Budva, Petrovac, and Bar. There is much to explore in Montenegro so make sure it’s included in your travel plans.

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