Montenegro

Montenegro (Crna Gora in Montenegrin) is a tiny country in Europe. Along with many other former Yugoslavian countries, Montenegro is located on the Balkan Peninsula with the Adriatic Sea breaking upon its shores.
In spite of its size, Montenegro is full of natural attractions and historical landmarks. There are five national parks, plenty of coastal infrastructure and destinations, and the deepest canyon in Europe. The climate of the country is also various, making it reasonable to visit Montenegro during different seasons. However, the best time to visit the country is from April to October: the Adriatic Sea is still warm, and if you want to escape the heat, you can travel to the mountains. Discover Montenegro as much as it is possible – it may be small, but there’s a lot to cover!

Destinations

Budva (Будва)

Budva is considered to be the most popular city on the coast, which is why it is full of attractions. Budva has both old and contemporary parts in the city, and each aspect attracts tourists. Sometimes you will hear the name “Montenegrin Miami”, which perfectly describes Budva.
Many of Budva’s beaches consist of small stones that create perfect conditions for snorkelling, but it also has a number of small sandy beaches for tanning and relaxing. If you visit Montenegro during the high season, be ready to join plenty of other people on the beaches and embankment.
The Old Town of Budva should not be overlooked – and don’t forget about the Budva Citadel! The Dancing Girls statue overlooking the Old Town and the island Sveti Stefan have become the symbol of Budva.
Budva also refers to an entire district in the middle of Montenegro, including nearby mountains and beautiful islands. Not everybody knows that Budva, with its 2500-year history, is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic Sea.

Kotor (Котор)

Kotor is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. It is located in the picturesque Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) of the Mediterranean Sea. The bay allows for tourists to arrive by cruise ship.
The Bay of Kotor is considered to be a fjord, and it is the most southern one in Europe. It was formed by a glacier and it is actually a flooded river canyon.
Ancient Romans founded Kotor, but Venetians built the main landmark of the Old Town, which deserves its UNESCO Heritage Site status, in the early Middle Ages when Kotor was part of the Venetian Republic. Afterwards, the town belonged to the Ottoman Empire, the Habsburgs Dynasty and the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. After World War II, Kotor, as part of Montenegro, became part of Yugoslavia.
The Kotor Old Town is considered to be one of the best-preserved historical places in all of Montenegro.
If you are going to Montenegro during the summer, try to plan your dates in order to visit the great ship festival, Bokeljska Night, which takes place in the Bay of Kotor.

Tivat (Тиват)

Tivat is a small town in Montenegro with its own airport. That is why trips to Montenegro usually start in Tivat. The town is located at the Bay of Kotor, but on the other side of the Vrmac Peninsula.
Tivat is known for its marina and town parks where tourists like to spend their time. Thanks to the luxurious marina (called Porto Montenegro), Tivat is also known as the Adriatic Monaco.
Tivat is the youngest town in the Bay of Kotor, although the first settlements appeared there in 3rd century BC.
The town is small, but there are so many things to do with your free time. You may walk along Pine Embankment if you’re into getting some fresh air or, if you are looking for religious places, visit the Church of Saint Michael and the Church of Saint Sava. For those seeking out abandoned place, Verona House is the place to check out.
One of the most romantic things to do in Tivat is to go to the Island of Our Lady of Mercy by boat.

Podgorica (Подгорица)

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. It is located in the flat center of the country.
The city was named after 130m Gorica Hill, which is located in the center of the city. The architecture of the city reflects the policy of the city’s rulers: Turkish architecture had been prevalent in the center, but the city was completely destroyed after World War II. It was widely re-built during the Socialist period, and, from 1946 until1992, it was even called “Titograd” after the former President of Yugoslavia.
Today, Podgorica is a contemporary European capital that strives to attract tourists from all over the world.
There are two main orthodox attractions – the Cathedral of Podgorica and the Dajbabe Monastery. There is also the Podgorica Mosque for Muslims.
The symbol of Podgorica is Millennium Bridge, which was created at the beginning of the 21st century. It is located very close to Moscow Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that also spans the Moraça River. The Dajbabska Gora Tower is another popular tourist attraction that is beautifully illuminated at night.
Transformers have been situated in Podgorica since 2014. They were made from scrap metal and took two years to construct. You may visit all 7 Transformers in a walking tour of Podgorica.

Cetinje (Цетинье)

Cetinje is the historical center of Montenegro and has been the center of Montenegrin life and culture since the 15th century. The residence of the President of Montenegro is also located in the cozy city.
Due to its historical role, Cetinje has also become the center of the Orthodox confession. The name of the city came from the Cetina River.
The main attraction of the city is the Monastery of Saint Peter. It is the holy place for all Christians and contains the right hand of the John the Baptist. Do not miss the Vlaska Church, either.
If you like natural attractions do not miss one of the largest caves in all of former Yugoslavia – the Lipa Cave.
There are several valuable museums in the city as well: the Museum of the Cetinje Monastery, the State Museum, the “Petar Petrovic Njegoš” Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Electric Industry Museum, the History Museum and the Art Museum.
Cetinje is located at the foot of Lovcen National Park where you can climb its mountain. It is amazing to see the spectacular view around the Mausoleum of Njegoš once up top.

Pljevlja (Плевля)

Pljevlja is a town in the very north of Montenegro whose inhabitants are mostly Serbs. It is located 700m above sea level, so the weather is cool even during the summer.
The Holy Trinity Monastery in Pljevlja is a real treasure for every Orthodox believer. People love it for its scriptoria. The monastery is laced into every aspect of Pljevlja’s history, and even played an important role as the city’s first school, which was located inside its grounds.
Visit the Pljevlja Heritage Museum in order to see historical exhibits of the municipality.
With a height of 42m, the minaret of the Husein-pasa’s Mosque, is the largest in all of the Balkan countries. The mosque creates an intriguing mixture of the Muslim and Orthodox cultures in Pljevlja.
The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is also included in the picturesque landscape, giving you one more reason to visit this landmark. If you liked it, you should go on to Saint Petka’s Church and Church of St. Eliljah.

Ulcinj (Ульцинь)

Ulcinj is widely known for possessing the longest beach on the Adriatic Sea, Long Beach (Velika Plaža), which is 10km long.
If you like walking, you should take the path that stretches along the coast from the Ulcinj Old Town to the beginning of Long Beach.
Those who want to go even farther than Long Beach’s length should take a car or bus to Ada Bojana Island where beautiful beaches act as an elongation of the Long Beach (although, officially, they are separate beaches). It is a very popular destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Ada Bojana is the utmost point of Montenegro, separating it from Albania.
If you want to explore the municipality of Ulcinj, go to Sas Lake, which is very close to the town. It is a very pleasant place to rest and do some bird watching.
You will find the culture of Ulcinj is pretty different in comparison to the other parts of Montenegro. This is due to the fact that Ulcinj has the largest Albanian community in the country. It’s no wonder that there are more Muslim mosques than Christian churches in the city. Sailor’s Mosque and Pasha’s Mosque are the most well known. Being in Ulcinj means you are able to discover Montenegro’s neighbour, Albania, without crossing the border.

Niksic (Никшич)

Nikšić is located in the center of Nikšić Field, so it is in the flat part of Montenegro. However, the area isn’t completely flat, and the mountain Trebjesa can be seen looming above the city.
Nikšić is a great destination in order to enjoy some peace and quiet after visiting some of the more crowded, touristy cities. The city is more known as the industrial center of Montenegro.
Nikšić’s history is also rich, as Ancient Romans founded the city in the 4th century. However, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that Nikšić would become an important city in the country.
As far as sightseeing goes, you may visit the Palace of King Nicholas, visit the largest square in the country, Freedom Square, with its monument of King Nicholas, and stroll around the City Park. King Nicholas is very important to Nikšić, as it is he who ordered for the urbanization of the city.
Moreover, you may visit a number of cultural venues in the city such as the Nikšić Theatre, the Country Museum, the Niksic Art Gallery and many others. If you can, visit Nikšić during the September Days of Culture to really be immersed into Montenegrin history and culture.

Rozaje (Розае)

Rozaje is a small town in the east of Montenegro and is very close to Serbia and Kosovo.
The town was home for Greek, Illyrian and Roman people, but was later occupied by Slavs. Rozaje was called Trgovište right up until the beginning of the 20th century when it became part of the Kingdom of Montenegro instead of the Ottoman Empire.
Rozaje is surrounded by some of Montenegro’s most beautiful natural features. It is worth heading out from the vibrant city life in order to enjoy deep canyons and pure water, stunning trails and rocky mountains. Visiting Rozaje means being immersed into the wilderness. This gem contains significantly less tourists compared to the other Montenegrin attractions, so enjoy the unhurried mode of life in the small town.
If you need a break from nature’s beauty, you can visit the town’s museum in order to learn about Rozaje culture. The culture of Rozaje is more similar to Muslim culture, so mosques are typical for this settlement. Visiting Rozaje will open your eyes to the diversity contained in the tiny country of Montenegro.

Sutomore (Сутоморе)

In translation from Montenegrin, Sutomore means “the sea only”. So, this town is a popular sea resort in Montenegro located between two other resorts, Petrovac and Bar, along the Adriatic Sea. Sutomore is the perfect destination for a family vacation. Sandy beaches are ideal for children and for those who like to sunbathe. Pebbled beaches with incredibly clear water create the perfect snorkelling haven for those who like to explore life under the sea. Sutomore is considered to be one of the cheapest seaside destinations in Montenegro.
It was founded by the Republic of Venice and belonged to the country as “Spizza” until the 18th century. Most of the roads in Sutomore are pedestrian-only during the high tourist season.
There are 6 hotels and plenty of private guesthouses to choose from in Sutomore, but even if you choose to stay in the capital of Montenegro, the town is just a cheap, half hour train ride away.

Historical Sights

Old Kotor (Stari Kotor)

Old Kotor is the main sight of Kotor, and was founded in the Middle Ages. The building process lasted from the 12th to 14th centuries, and it is now an area full of narrow streets where you will meet tourists from all over the world. It is very crowded year-round, so you should try to beat the crowds by visiting Old Kotor first thing in the morning.
One of the most famous symbols of Old Kotor is the Cathedral of Saint Triphon, which reflects the Roman culture that is laced within the Old Town. If you liked this cathedral, you should visit the Church of Saint Ana, the Church of Saint Luke, the Church of the Saint Mother of God or the Church of Saint Mary. They were all created in the Middle Ages, but have remained perfectly preserved.
Kotor’s inhabitants adore cats, and there is even the Cat’s Museum and the Cat’s Gallery.
Visit Kotor Old Town to experience the mystical atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

Old Bar (Stari Bar)

Old Bar is the old part of the city Bar, which is located several kilometers away from the new part of the city on top of Londsa Hill. You can reach Old Bar by foot from the new section of the city within about an hour.
The Venetians founded Old Bar, but it was under Serbian, Hungarian and even Ottoman rule as time progressed. When the Turkish were leaving the town, they destroyed the aqueduct of Old Bar, which would later be destroyed again by an earthquake in 1979. It was, however, quickly rebuilt, as it is a significant element of the old town.
There are no residents in Old Bar, so the so the area is mostly a museum of ruins. The new city, built to replace Old Bar, is still located along the sea, and both parts of Bar are popular for tourists.
Old Bar is amazing during the daytime, but it becomes even more spectacular and even charming at sunset time. Do not hesitate to visit this place if you adore ruins and beautiful landscapes.

Old Budva (Stari Grad Budva)

The old part of Budva is no less attractive than the modern part of the city. It is located on the peninsula in the very southern end of Budva. Illyrians founded the old part of the city, but people from the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece later inhabited it.
Old Budva is encircled with high walls that served as fortifications for the houses.
The Citadel is the most famous part of Old Budva and it is widely known as the Castle of Saint Mary. There is a beautiful square at the entrance to the citadel where you may take photos of three old churches – Santa Maria in Punta, Saint Ivan Church and Saint Trinity Church.
There are a lot of souvenir shops and galleries in the old part of the city, making Old Budva a hotspot for tourists. Despite that, however, it still maintains its own, unique atmosphere with narrow streets and old buildings.
If you want a beautiful view of the city from outside the fortifications, go to the beach overlooking Old Budva near the Dancer Statue. You could also see the old part of the city from a boat tour.

Old Ulcinj (Stari Ulcinj or Ulcinj Castle)

Old Ulcinj is a neighbourhood in Ulcinj located on the peninsula next to the Adriatic sea.
Even though this part of the town is ancient and historical, and has been damaged over the course of numerous wars, people still live there. The settlement is about 25 centuries old, and was rebuilt several times. Most locals there are Albanians.
Over time and through its numerous reconstructions, the old city developed traits of Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles.
The centerpiece of Old Ulcinj is the Ulcinj Castle, which is also known as the Venice Palace due it its history as the residence of Venetian Administration.
The other landmark in Old Ulcinj is an intriguing building that is both a church and a mosque at the same time. It is located at Slave Square, which is aptly named, as it used to be the place for people to buy slaves.
The highest point of Old Ulcinj is the Tower of Balsic. This building is a popular venue for cultural events in Ulcinj.

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon is one of the main places that makes Old Kotor attractive for tourists.
Basically, it is a Roman Catholic Church that was established in the 12th century and played an important spiritual role for the local people. Its importance meant it was reconstructed two times after earthquakes in 1667 and 1997. The architecture of the edifice was changed after the first earthquake, and two Baroque bells were added to the Romanesque style of the cathedral. Now, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon represents human endeavour in the face of hard times.
If you go inside, you will be greeted by a rich collection of medieval icons and paintings that have resided in the cathedral since its construction. Catholic people will appreciate the opportunity to take a look at the crypt of Saint Tryphon, who was buried in the cathedral devoted to him.

The Monastery of Saint Peter (Sveti Petar Cetinjski)

The Monastery of Saint Peter is the most known sight in Cetinje.
It is a Serbian Orthodox monastery, which is famous for possessing the relics of Saint Peter, the royal crown of Serbian king, King Stephen Uroš III Dečanski, and numerous other artifacts. If you ask a priest to open the coffin, you may see the right hand of John the Baptist.
Prince Bishop Danilo I commissioned the monastery on the place where the court of Ivan Crnojević once stood at the end of the 15th century in honor of the birth of the Virgin Mary. It has become the centerpiece of the religious, cultural and political life of the country. Unfortunately, the edifice was destroyed several times by fire and enemy forces in the 18th century, but it was rebuilt shortly after.
Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to enter the monastery if your shoulders or knees are not covered.

Ostrog Monastery

The Ostrog Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery built in honor of Saint Basil of Ostrog. Saint Basil of Ostrog served as a bishop at the monastery and eventually died and was buried there at the end of the 17th century. The monastery is considered to be the second most visited Orthodox monastery in the world and is undoubtedly the number one place of pilgrimage in Montenegro.
There are two Monasteries of Ostrog – Higher and Lower. The Higher Monastery consists of the Church of the Holy Cross and the Church of the Presentation, which contains various relics of Saint Basil. The Church of the Holy Trinity is the part of the Lower Monastery. There are also places for pilgrims and other visitors.
Pilgrims walk from the Lower Monastery to the Higher Monastery barefoot and make donations to local monks.
The monastery is a very popular tourist sight not only for religious reasons, but also due to its incredible location. The Ostrog Monastery was built directly into the face of a massive rock, from which it also gets its name, Ostroška Greda. The name of the monastery came from the rock, which is called Ostroška Greda. The view from the observation deck of the monastery is simply breathtaking.

Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš

Petar II Petrovic-Njegos was an honored leader of the Montenegrin people. He was not only a prince and bishop, but also a talented poet and philosopher. Even though Petar II Petrovic-Njegos passed away in 1851, the Montenegrin people still remember him as a great leader of cultural and political life of the former kingdom. He was buried in an ordinary chapel, but after it was damaged, the Montenegrin people built a great shrine in Lovcen National Park for him and moved his body there.
The Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš is located on the top of one of two peaks of Mt. Lovcen. It is the highest point of the national park and rewards visitors with a stunning view: more than a half of Montenegro from Kotor on one side, and all of Podgorica on the other side. On a cloudless day you may even see Croatia and Albania. Most tourists go there in order to enjoy the view.
If you are fond of walking, take the challenge of climbing up a 461-step staircase. Otherwise, be ready for a long road.

Mamula Fortress

The Mamula Fortress is located on Mamula Island in the municipality of Herceg Novi. The island is located in the Bay of Kotor, which is considered to be one of the most popular natural tourist landmarks in Montenegro. Nevertheless, Mamula Island is uninhabited and is even sometimes called “the forgotten island”. Many years ago, the Mamula Fortress was used as a jail.
From the Mamula Fortress you can observe the beauty of the cozy town of Herceg Novi and enjoy some bird watching. Try to find rabbits, who are also residents of the island.
Plan to spend no less that half an hour at the fortress if you want to discover the mystical micro-world of the beginning of the 20th century inside.
Moreover, Mamula Island is a very popular place for concerts and other events.
The island is well known in the cinematography world as well. Two local cinema studios created their masterpieces, Yugoslavian “Campo Mamula” (1953) and Serbian “Mamula” (2003), on Mamula.

Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) and Saint George (Ostrvo Sveti Đorđe) islets

Our Lady of the Rocks and Saint George are two beautiful islets in the Bay of Kotor. They are mostly visited from the town, Perast, which is nearby.
Our Lady of the Rock is an artificial islet created of rocks and ships. Legend says, that sailors living in the Bay of Kotor created the islet long ago. After discovering an icon of the Virgin with her child in the bay, passing sailors would place rocks into the bay and sink old and unused ships in the area. Over time, the islet slowly appeared and it led to the tradition of throwing stones into the water. The Our Lady of the Rocks Church was built in the 17th century. There is also a small museum attached to the church, which has a rich collection of 68 paintings. You may also find a souvenir shop on the islet in order to preserve your memories of Our Lady of the Rock with souvenirs.
The Saint George Islet is not artificial and is a little bit bigger than its infamous neighbour. The Saint George Benedictine Monastery has attracted visitors and pilgrims since the 12th century.

Museums

National Museum of Montenegro (Narodni muzej Crne Gore)

The National Museum of Montenegro was established in Cetinje at the end of the 19th century.
The museum consists of five departments: King Nikola’s Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Montenegro, the Historical Museum of Montenegro, the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos and the Artistic Museum of Montenegro.

Cat’s Museum

How is it possible to not like cats? If you do not like these animals, a visit to the Cat’s Museum in Kotor may just change your mind.
Even if you did not plan to visit the Cat’s Museum, do not worry, because cats are almost everywhere in Montenegro: both locals and tourists alike adore the various cats of Montenegro.
If you do decide to visit the museum, cats will be absolutely everywhere!
There are cats in paintings, cats on the postcards, cats in photos… There is also an exhibition where the same cat is depicted with a variety of people. It is almost impossible to avoid the Cat’s Museum in Kotor.
For all its originality, however, the museum is not large, so your visit will take no longer than half an hour. Keep in mind that there are no live cats in the museum, only cats in art. If you wanted to play with a kitten, it is almost certain you will be able to find one while you explore the city.

Maritime Heritage Museum

The Maritime Heritage Museum is located in Kotor. Its rich exposition will show you the long history of maritime traditions of the region. There are more than 300 exhibits including Yugoslav submarines, maritime items and even the original diary of the Montenegrin princess.
It was founded in the 19th century, but was rearranged in 1938. The museum is especially interesting and memorable because you can touch some of the exhibits. Children adore the museum for that reason, as well as for the pirate ship playground. Visitors are allowed to go inside the submarine and to feel as though they are a real sailor. It is very realistic and you can experience maritime life firsthand instead of merely reading about it and gazing at the exhibits like most other museums.
Check in advance for which thematic expositions are taking place during your time in Montenegro, you may find something you’re especially excited to see!
The museum is located in Porto Montenegro in Tivat where are located the most notable yachts of the country.

City Museum of Budva

Even though the City Museum of Budva was established in 1962, it includes historical exhibits that show the culture of the country across various periods of time, representing the evolution of the city. The history is incredibly rich, as Budva first belonged to Greeks and Romans, and then Byzantines and Slavs. It is a must-see attraction for those who are interested in ethnography and archaeology because most of the items, including Hellenic gold, were discovered after the excavation of Budva. Some of them have been there since the 5th century BC. In total there are more than 1000 relics in the archaeological exhibition.
There is also the ethnographic collection of the museum, which is full of valuable items from the 18th – 20th centuries. The centerpieces of the exposition are the golden earrings and the brooch that represent the myth of Zeus and Ganymede.
There are four floors in the museum, so plan to spend at least 1-2 hours there.
The City Museum of Budva is not only a museum, but it also hosts important cultural and scientific events.

National Maritime Museum

Maritime traditions are perfectly preserved in the largest museum of its kind in the entire world – the National Maritime Museum in London. England always was a mistress of the sea, so the Maritime Museum deserves your attention. British people are proud of their successes on the seas, meaning they worship their Admiral Nelson.
You will see a lot of different nautical devices and the other seamen’s items in the museum: mariner’s compasses, parts of real ships, maps, documents, costumes, correspondences and more. Besides the permanent exposition, the National Maritime Museum also has many temporary ones. The museum is pretty small, but more than substantial in its information.
This museum will be especially interesting for those who are fond of history and technique.
It is located very close to the Royal Observatory in the district of Greenwich and the Prime Meridian, so you should visit all of these attractions on the same day. If you want to save your amazing memories, go to the Greenwich market to buy a marine-themed souvenir or to try dishes of various cuisines.

King Nikola's Palace

King Nikola’s Palace is one of the main attractions in Cetinje, the cultural capital of Montenegro, and is one of the most important places in Montenegro for those who are fond of history.
When Montenegro used to be a kingdom, its last king Nikola lived there with his family. The palace was became a museum in 1926, but before that, it served as a residence of the royal family for 50 years despite being smaller than the extravagant palaces possessed by most kings at the time.
The interior of King Nikola’s Palace was created in Art Nouveau and Historicism architectural styles, and the interior contains a number of amazing artifacts: clothes, furniture and other possessions of the royal family.
There is also the Royal Garden next to the palace, which smells wonderful because of the pleasant flowers it contains such as roses, tulips and jasmine. If you liked the garden, you even may stay in the guesthouse in the back of the garden.

Ulcinj Museum of Archaeology, Ethnology and Local History (Muzeu i Historisë Lokale në Ulqin)

For short, the Ulcinj Museum of Archaeology, Ethnology and Local History is simply known as the Museum of Ulcinj. It attracts visitors immediately, as it resembles a religious landmark. The entrance of the museum is actually located inside the Church-Mosque. The edifice was built under Venetian rule as the Church of Saint Maria in the beginning of the 16th century. However, as soon as the Ottoman Empire had conquered Ulcinj, the church was turned into the Mosque of Sultan Selim II. The second name of the Muslim shrine is the Imperial mosque. It has not played any religious function since 1880, when the town was returned to Montenegrin people. Instead, it became a very important place when prominent Montenegrin captains started meeting there in order to solve the nation’s issues. These days, it is a place where the Western world meets the Eastern one.
The collection of the museum includes examples of ethnology, archaeology and art, and covers from the 5th century until the time of the Turkish expansion. You will find a lot of ancient coins, glass, ceramics, photos and many other intriguing items.
The museum is part of the Old Town of Ulcinj, so it is worth visiting it along with many other ancient buildings.

Art Museum of Montenegro

The Art Museum of Montenegro used to be the part of the State Library, but has now become the part of the National Museum of Montenegro. Like many other museums, it is located in the Parliament Building of the cultural capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. The Art Museum was founded in the middle of the 20th century.
If you decide to visit the museum, you will find a very rich collection of art inside. Basically, there are several collections included in the Art Museum of Montenegro: the Yugoslav and the Montenegrin collections, the collection of Milica and Svetozar Vukmanovic, the Blue Chapel, the works of Petar Lubarda, Branko Filipovic and Milo Milunovic, the installations of Miodrag Dado Ðuric and a lot of icons. Overall, the collection of the Art Museum of Montenegro consists of more than 2800 exhibits. The centerpieces of the museum are the exposition of the royal family, and the icon of Our Lady of Phileremo. Most of the exhibits are of modern and contemporary art styles.

Museum of Mirko Komnenovich

The Museum of Mirko Komnenovich is for those who enjoyed the town of Herceg Novi and want to learn more about its peoples’ history and way of life.
Mirko Komnenovich used to be the ruler of Herceg Novi. While alive, he commanded that a historical town museum be created inside his own Baroque palace, which had been built by his ancestors in the 18th century.
Just like the town of Herceg Novi, the museum is small, but very informative. There are a lot of amazing cultural, religious, numismatic and the other items inside. If you want to know more about the exhibits, you should ask the museum employees to take you around.
You should also visit the botanical garden included in the complex of the Museum of Mirko Komnenovich. It is a well-groomed park that encircles the entire museum.
Basically, the Museum of Mirko Komnenovich is about the history and customs of the local people of Herceg Novi.

Museums and Galleries of Podgorica

The Museum of Podgorica is the place where you have a chance to get to learn a lot about the history of the current capital and traditions of the local people. You may explore the original way of life of Podgorica through the archaeological, ethnographic and historical exhibits. Some exhibits of the museum are several thousand years old, while the others are from the current century. The most interesting items are from the Doclean Period.
Moreover, exhibits of the major religions of the country – Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim – are represented there.
There have also been two art galleries adjacent to, and located within, the same building as museum since 1974: the Gallery of Modern Arts and the Risto Stijović Gallery. They contain unusual expositions of modern art created by Montenegrin artists.
If you would like, you may take an audio guide or informative brochure in order to learn everything about the museum exhibits.
The Museum of Podgorica is not crowded at all, so you will have time to enjoy the expositions.

National Parks and Outdoor Attractions

Durmitor National Park (Дурмитор)

There are five national parks in small Montenegro, and the Durmitor is the most visited one.
The Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It was formed from a glacier and still has sharp rocks.
There are many different of attractions in the park and something for everyone. The centerpiece of it is the Tara canyon, which is the deepest canyon in Europe. Basically, the Durmitor is located between three amazing canyons of the Tara, Komarnica and Piva rivers.
Tourists also adore the Black Lake of the park. It is actually divided into two lakes, connected by a narrow strait, which dries out during Montenegro’s hot summers.
The national park is a very popular place for hikers. The highest peak of the Durmitor is the mountain, Bobotov Kuk at 2523m.
Most of the Durmitor visitors visit many areas of the park, but come back to a small town Zabljak where they stay in a hotel or camp.

Black Lake (Crno Ezero)

There are 18 amazing lakes in the Durmitor Mountains, but Black Lake is considered to be one of the most attractive areas of Durmitor National Park. It is located very close to Zabljak. Moreover, there is a natural trail that links Black Lake with the town so it is extremely accessible to visitors. If you consider yourself to be an athletic person, it would be great for you to have a walk around the lake – the path is 3.5 kilometers long. If, after your walk, you are not tired, you may also walk from the lakeside to any of the other, no less beautiful lakes of the park.
Black Lake consists of two lakes, Big Lake and Small Lake, during the hot period from May to October, but during the winter, a small strait connects the two parts.
The lake is not only wonderful by itself, but it also has outstanding surroundings. It is located at the foot of the beautiful Medved Peak. The lake is incredibly clean, as the snowmelt from the Durmitor Mountains feed its waters. The number of streams increases as the mountains melt.

Prokletije National Park (Проклетије)

Prokletije National Park is also known as the Albanian Alps for its beautiful, natural features. “The Accursed Mountains” is the translation of its name from the Montenegrin language.
Prokletije National Park is only partly located in Montenegro, since it also belongs to Northern Albania and Kosovo. The highest peak of Montenegro, Zla Kolata Mountain, at 2534m is located in the park. The highest point of the national park, however, is the Maja Jezercë Mountain at 2694m tall.
Prokletije National Park is notable because the southernmost glaciers in Europe are found in this area. Glaciers formed the park during the Ice Age and it is actually part of the long mountain range of the Dinaric Alps.
This is the highest natural park of Montenegro, and it is full of stunning valleys, canyons, lakes, rivers and, of course, peaks. You can see plenty of wild animals there, and one of the biggest predators is the lynx.
Prokletije National Park is suitable for hiking, but is not very convenient for living; it is fully autonomous during the cold winter period.

Biogradska Gora National Park (Биоградска гора)

Biogradska Gora has been a national park since 1952 and is located in the most north eastern part of Montenegro in the Kolasin municipality.
The centerpiece of the national park is Biogradsko Lake, which was formed by a glacier.
Untouched forests are incredibly important to the park and they are the biggest reason people visit there from the touristy seaside. The Bjelasica Mountain Range contains the national reserve.
There is a wide diversity of flora and fauna in the Biogradska Gora National Park, with more than 200 plant species making it a popular place, not only for tourists, but also for scientific research.
The national park is very popular among hikers because there are a lot trails at an altitude level of around 2000m that start from Biogradsko Lake.
Most of people stay at the campground, which is located deep in the rainforest at the lake.
Biogradska Gora National Park is also a historical place, as many battles of the Balkans War and World War II took place there.

Skadarsko Lake (Skadarsko Jezero)

Skadarsko Lake is a national park located on the border between Montenegro and Albania. It is also the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula. This national park is the largest bird reserve in the Balkans and, as such, is perfect place for the bird watching. Besides the birds, there is very rich biodiversity in the Skadarsko Lake, including pelicans, seagulls, herons, snails, amphipods and many kinds of fish. Could you imagine that more than 50,000 birds spend their winter on the lake? In the summers, its waters are also covered by incredible water lilies.
The whole lake used to be considered Albanian territory, so villages in the national park are bilingual and full of mosques for the Muslim population.
The water is clean and warm, so you can enjoy a swim from the lakeside beaches. Otherwise, there is also an opportunity to have go on a boat or kayak trip around the lake to see the beauty from water. You will have the chance to get an up-close look at the buildings and birds on the lake’s islands.
Keep in mind, it is better to get there early in the morning, otherwise you may get stuck in a traffic jam – It is considered to be one of the most beautiful attractions in Montenegro because of the wonderful views so it sees a lot of visitors. The Skadarsko Lake was nominated for UNESCO Heritage status in 2011.

Lovcen National Park (Ловћен)

The name “Lovcen National Park” comes from the highest mountain, Lovcen, located in that area. It is part of the Dinara Alps, whose territory used to be inhabited by Ancient Romans, Illyrians and even Slavic tribes. The national park is rich for its flora and fauna, so you will easily come across various birds and animals.
It is reasonable to climb up to the top of Mt. Lovcen to the Mausoleum of Petar II – the former ruler of Montenegro. The massive mausoleum was created at the site of a small church that was destroyed during the World War II. From there you will be able to see more than half of Montenegro and parts of Croatia and Albania on a cloudless day.
There are two ways to go up, by road or by trail and you should choose according to your health and activity level.
Lovcen National Park is the eastern-most national park of Montenegro, located between Cetinje and Budva. So you may take a direct bus from Cetinje, Podgorica, Budva or Bar to reach the top of Lovcen Mountain.

Tara Canyon

With a length of 78km and a depth of 1300m, Tara Canyon is the longest and the deepest canyon in Europe. It is also notable as the second deepest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in USA. It runs through two countries – Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the most attractive part of it belongs to Tara National Park, which is very close to Durmitor National Park.
The Tara River that merges with the Piva River to Drina starts from the Komovi Mountains, which belong to the Dinaric Alps. Sometimes, it is called the Montenegrin Colorado. Tara National Park is 3.6 kilometers long and contains amazing waterfalls, cascades, steep cliffs, cozy beaches and around 80 caves on the way of the river.
Rafting on the Tara River is considered to be a top attraction for tourists visiting Montenegro. This breathtaking activity may take from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the length you want to overcome.

Zla Kolata Mountain (Зла Колата)

The Zla Kolata Mountain, with a height of 2534m is notable as the highest mountain in Montenegro. It actually belongs to both Montenegro and Albania, since it is located on the border in Prokletije National Park. You can plan to start your trip to Zla Kolata Mountain from the Gusinje village, which is 10km from the mountain. There are even mountain bike trails from Gusinje, but if you want to reach the summit, there is only a hiking trail available. The other hiking trail you can take starts from the Valbona Valley in Albania.
The mountain is very popular among mountain climbers during the spring, when it is still covered with snow.
The name “Zla Kolata” means “Evil Kolata”. On the contrary, there is also Kolata Dobra (Kind Kolata) Mountain, which is only 8m lower. Both mountains are located at the border.

Bobotov Kuk Mountain (Боботов Кук)

The Bobotov Kuk Mountain reaches 2523m, and it is the highest mountain completely located in the Montenegrin territory. The mountain is a very popular attraction in Durmitor National Park.
From the top of Bobotov Kuk, you will see many of Montenegro’s other mountains, such as Lovcen, Maglic, Tara and Kopaonik, and many others in Durmitor.
Bobotov Kuk Mountain has been popular among tourists since 1926, when the first organized tour was took place there. However, it only really became known world wide after World War II.
The western side of the mountain is considered to be more impressive because of the steep cliff on that side.
Most hikers start their climb to Bobotov Kuk Mountain from the town of Zabljak or from Zeleni Vir Lake, which is located at the bottom of the mountain-made amphitheatre. The lake is perfectly visible from the peak.

Sveti Stefan Islet (Свети Стефан)

The Sveti Stefan hosts a luxury 5-star hotel and is located only 6km away from Budva, so it is easy to reach by foot.
The hotel resort on the island is called “Aman Sveti Stefan”, because it belongs to the international commercial group “Aman Resorts” and has around 50 rooms.
The Sveti Stefan is perfectly suitable for tourists.
There is a 2km-long line of beaches along the island: Milocer Beach, Sveti Stefan Beach, Queen’s Beach and a number of others.
The islet became inhabited in the 15th century, when it was a haven for pirates from the Adriatic. The hotel resort was built during the communist period in Yugoslavia, and the Praskvica Monastery became a casino during that time as well.
Sveti Stefan used to be an islet, but it is now connected to the mainland by a small isthmus, that allows cars to get across. Besides the hotel, it is also a popular concert and wedding venue.

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