Montenegro – A Small Unique Mediterranean Country
A Unique Destination in Many Ways
The small Balkan country, situated in the southeast part of the Europe – Montenegro is often called “Hidden Pearl of the Mediterranean area”. Even still pretty unknown place, Montenegro is unique country in many ways; it is a home of many diversities and contrasts – place where impossible turns to possible. Montenegro is truly the country with the hint of enchantment.
Famous poet George Gordon Byron once said: “When Pearls of Nature were sown, it was with a full hand that they were cast on this soil”.
Land of wonders, in area smaller than 190 km has many to offer – crystal clear sea, sandy beaches, high, wild mountains, fabulous high plains, abysses of canyons, brisk, strong flowing streams, quiet lakes and breathtaking fjords. And that is not all – this just scratch the surface, as every part of Montenegro treasures its own secrets.
Wild mountains with high peaks covered with snow – during almost the whole year, glacier lakes called mountain eyes, southernmost fjord in Europe, 800 – years old olive tree that yield some of the finest olive oil, vast olive groves – at least 74000 trees, strong rivers with deep canyons, many worthy churches, magnificent Monastery Ostrog from 17th Century built right into a mountain cliff is major pilgrimage site, vineyards and many others parts.
National Parks & Beautiful Coastline
Nature is the soul of Montenegro, with five very distinctive national parks:
- Biogradska gora – with one of the last three primeval forests in Europe
- Lovcen – unique combination of cultural and natural highlights: climbing up to the mausoleum of the Montenegrin poet and ruler Petar Petrović Njegoš is a must for the first time visitors
- Durmitor – „River deep, high mountain“ – here you can experience the deepest canyon in Europe, the UNESCO protected Tara, and the highest mountain of Montenegro
- Skadar Lake – The biggest lake in the Balkans, quiet waters, mountains and small historical villages around, this lake is also the last habitat of pelicans in Europe
- The majestic Prokletije in the east, is our fifth national park since 2009
Montenegro has 2 objects placed on UNESCO list: Canyon of the river Tara – deepest canyon in the Europe and second in the world, and Kotor with Kotor and Risan bay.
A great number of historical monuments have made Kotor an UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site”.
Kotor is truly a jewel of Montenegro and Mediterranean, with its cultural heritage, medieval architecture and fantastic surrounding scenery.
Cities & Cultural Hightlights in Montenegro
- Montenegro is a NEW and still undiscovered destination
- Montenegro has beautiful coastal towns and magical islands
- Montenegro is home to amazing nature, green mountains and breathtaking views
- Montenegro has rich history and it is full of cultural variety, – UNESCO towns and sites
- DIVERSITY – Possibility to experience different activitis in one day
- Montenegro has a few dramatic canyons
Facts about Montenegro
- Capital: Podgorica – administrative and commercial, and Cetinje – historical and cultural centre
- Population: 650 000 inhabitants
- Area: 13 812 Km²
- Coast: 293 km
- Longest beach: Velika Plaža, Ulcinj — 13,000 m
- Highest peak: Zla Kolata, Prokletije at 2,534 m
- Largest lake: Skadar Lake — 391 km2 of surface area
- Deepest canyon: Tara River Canyon — 1,300 m
- Biggest bay: Bay of Kotor
- UNESCO World Heritage sites: Durmitor and Tara River Canyon, Riasn and Kotor Bay with Old town of Kotor
- Climate: The climate is Mediterranean on the coastline, with warm and dry summers, and continental in the North. 240 sunny days, 185 bathing days