WHY TO VISIT MONTENEGRO
It is impossible to make an exhaustive list of all the wonders that you can discover in this small country, but here are some examples of essential places: know however that there are many others and you can let yourself go voluntarily your desires and your trips, or frankly you leave it to chance.
The Bay of Kotor: sort of fjord surrounded by limestone cliffs, where the coves and villages form a colorful necklace mimosas and laurels. The small town of Kotor, nestled in the heart of the mountains, offers peaceful and fresh streets, whose charm will not leave you indifferent.
Other cities situated in the mouths, to visit also: Herceg Novi, for its monastery and fortress; Persat and baroque architecture, classified by UNESCO. Budva is THE seaside resort of the country, south of Kotor, it has a lovely old town surrounded by ramparts of the 15th century, and you can choose from more than a dozen beaches to choose your place to swim or lazy.
Lake Skadar: it is the largest lake in the Balkans, but especially a pool of exceptional migratory birds. It is part of a national park where the hilltop monasteries are located on islands, villages cultivating delicious wines, and Crnojevic river that flows into the lake after many meanders among water lilies. The park Durmitor: it includes the highest peaks in the country (about fifty to over 2000 meters, the highest reaching 2522 m), but also numerous caves, canyons, glacial lakes and vast forests. Ideal for hiking, it will also make you discover the peak of the Bear and the Black Lake.
The Monastery of Ostrog: architectural challenge, you have to see to measure the magnificence. Embedded in the rock, it was built in the 17th century and consists of several cave churches. Chapels include frescoes dating back centuries.
Sveti Stefan: It is a fortified village built in the 15th century on a peninsula which is connected by a causeway to the mainland, and has become a luxury hotel. Its access is reserved only for clients, but you can admire from afar the pink stone houses and olive groves of this island paradise.
WHAT TO SEE IN MONTENEGRO
Top destinations in Montenegro are:
- Herceg Novi
- Biogradska Gora National Park
- Skadar Lake National Park
- Durmitor National Park
WHEN TO GO TO MONTENEGRO
Weather in Montenegro
Best period to visit Montenegro is from May to September.
The best time to visit is broadly between April and September. Montenegro’s climate broadly follows two distinct patterns: the coast has typically Mediterranean weather, with very warm summers – temperatures regularly hover around the mid- to upper thirties – and mild winters; while the interior manifests a sub-alpine climate, characterized by warm summers but bitterly cold winters – temperatures can drop to as low as minus fifteen or twenty degrees – with occasionally heavy rainfall and much snow.
The coast is a pleasant place to be at any time of the year but it can get uncomfortably congested in July and August, when temperatures and crowds reach their peak; moreover, accommodation is at its most expensive during this period, with rates almost doubling in some places. Hence June and September are the optimum months for a visit, when the weather is still reliably hot and there’s far less pressure on facilities. Between late October and early April some hotels close but you may well pick up excellent rates from those that do stay open.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Montenegro
- St Tryphon Festival. This February religious event in Kotor commemorates the martyrdom of the popular saint with processions, church services and folk performances in front of the cathedral.
- Kotor Carnival. Kotor Carnival is one of the liveliest festivals in Montenegro, kicking off every February with masked balls for adults and children. Theaters put on traditional shows, concerts are held in the streets and venues, restaurants offer special menus, and the streets throng with costumed revelers enjoying performers, fireworks and parades. Another similar carnival is held in Kotor every August.
- Mimosa Festival. The Mimosa Festival, held all over Montenegro in February/March, celebrates the coming of spring with the appearance of the first fragrant, yellow mimosa blossoms. The event lasts for several weeks with fine art exhibitions, traditional and modern theater, music and dance, and street fun. Flower shows are a highlight, and costumed girls holding branches of the flowing shrub travel between towns to visit friends and relatives.
- Music of the Summer. This iconic event is held in Budva over the four summer months, beginning in June to celebrate the traditional musical heritage of Montenegro in all its forms from brass bands to vocal groups, traditional ensembles and more. The concerts are held in various venues, often in the open air main squares, and is welcomed by a huge musical parade to the Old Town to the Square of Poets.
- Kotor International Fashion Festival. Another Montenegrin event popular with visitors is July’s International Fashion Festival, held annually in Kotor over several days. Top designers from the Balkan nations and the rest of the world attend to share their designs with fashion-forward locals.
- Perast Music Festival. Held in the charming town of Perast, the annual Montenegro music festival takes place every August, and is a focus for internationally-known singers, musicians, instrumentalists, and orchestras. Concerts are held in venues all over town, and the event attracts a large number of overseas visitors.
- Gornja Lastva Fiesta. Gornja Lastva is a tiny village near Tivat, known for its August fiesta week dedicated to the preservation of traditional musical and dance in Montenegro. Balkan circle dancing and unique klapa male a-capella songs are the heart of the festival and the iconic Clapper music and other traditional Lastva folk songs draw visitors from Tivat and overseas.
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MONTENEGRO
To move around the country, the car is the solution that will allow you to explore more sites without constraints. Please note, the roads are very winding and the speed limit is 80 km / h, which is reached also rarely! Public transport, train and bus, are rather slow and uneven.
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON MONTENEGRO
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: do not drink tap water. No specific vaccination needed.
local currency: European euro
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN MONTENEGRO
typical food in Montenegro
- Salata od hobotnice: octopus salad.
- Riblja čorba: fish soup.
- Crni rižot: black risotto prepared with cuttlefish ink.
- Lignje: squid rings, typically battered.
- Riba na žaru: barbecued fish, either orada (gilthead bream), brancin(sea bass) or andcipol (mullet).
- Šopskasalata: salad of tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion, olives and feta cheese, originating from Macedonia and similar to Greek salad.
- Jagnjece: Roast lamb.
- Čorba od koprive sa sirom: nettle chowder with cheese.
- Čobanska krem supa od vrganja: shepherd cream soup with mushrooms (boletus).
- Otkos čorba: cut hay chowder.
- Čorba od crnjaka: black onion chowder.
- Ječmena kaša sa pečurkama: barley porridge with mushrooms.
- Kaša sa pečurkama: mushroom porridge.
- Kaša od rezanaca: noodle porridge.
- Kuvani Brav: boiled lamb.
- Brav u Mlijeku: lamb cooked in milk.
- Kačamak: buttered potato and cornmeal in kaymak (fresh salted cream), served with cold milk, buttermilk or yoghurt.
- Kuvana Krtola: boiled potato halves served with cold jogurt, cheese or fresh cream.
- Ukljeva: smoked and dried bleak.
- Zelje u kokote na kastradinu: cooked headed cabbage with smoked and dried mutton.
- Japraci: dolma made with raštan leaves, served with mashed potato.
- Čorbast Pasulj: bean stew with smoked ribs and various types of salami and sausages.
- Maune: geen bean stew.
- Grašak: peas and beef stew.
- Balšića tava: fried veal with an assortment of vegetables and dairy products.
- Paštrovski makaruli: a type of homemade macaroni with olive oil and cheese from brine.
- Rakija: A potent spirit made from distilled grapes, occasionally flavoured with herbs or fruit, and often served before a meal as an appetiser.
- Nikšićkopivo: Lager brewed in Nikšić.
souvenirs from Montenegro
- handcrafted jewelry
- Turkish coffee
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