BRIEFLY ABOUT MONTENEGRO

    Montenegro - a wonderland! It is incredible, largely unique place on the Balkan Peninsula, situated on the south of the peninsula, fittingly called the Pearl of the Adriatic.

    Everybody will find what they like over here: untouched vivid nature, clean and beautiful sea, excellent beaches, fast rivers, unique lakes, majestic mountains and canyons, unique and healthy air... And it is all on a small territory of only 13 812 km2 of Montenegro. Thanks to its "compactness", guests of this magical land have the ability to see and feel all its beauty in a single breath. Historical wealth, cultural and spiritual tradition, unique cuisine, friendly and helpful people are just a small part of what enriches Montenegro and certainly invokes your desire to return again and again to this fairy tale.

    Many tourists keep coming back to Montenegro because they are attracted to the beaches of the Adriatic which captivates with its purity and the azure blue sea. The purity of the water in some places allows us to see the bottom at depths up to 40 meters. The coastline of Montenegro is 293 km long, and 73 km of it are occupied by 117 beaches. The diversity of Montenegro beaches is amazing! The beaches are of sand or gravel, fully equipped, and yet, they are practically protected from winds and waves in coves. In addition, for those who are "not only laying on the beach," there are always a number of ways for entertainment. Treat yourself with diving, salt or freshwater fishing, marine boat trips, romantic sailing, rafting, hiking, riding bikes or just walking around the beautiful places created by nature itself. In winter you can relax in the ski resort near the town of Zabljak, in the north-east of the country. Despite all these enjoyments that this country provides, we can emphasize the complete absence of harmful heavy industry in its territory, which greatly increases its attractiveness, as the country for pampering and rejuvenation.

 Montenegro, which is worth a visit 

    A small country in the heart of southeast Europe under the name of Montenegro - it is an amazing place that preserving all the moments of the evolution of mankind till these days, from the completely untouched nature reserves, to the super-modern entertainment centers, and also closely intertwined with many historical sites throughout the country.

    Certainly as other country in the world, Montenegro has its business card, which is considered to be the island of Sveti Stefan. Photos of the island will certainly fill up yours photo album also. It is an island of hotels and restaurants of luxury class. An incredible views can be contemplated from the Boka-Kotor bay, and from any other place in Montenegro as well.

    At the entrance to the Boka-Kotor Bay is the city of Herceg Novi, which has more than 1600 years, but there remained a lot of monuments of medieval architecture like the bastions Forte-Mare, the Spanjola, the Kanli-Kula, the Mamula fortress, Prevlaka, Arza, the famous Savina monastery (1030 god.), and churches: Sv. Geronimo, Sv. Antona, St. Franja and St. Leopold Mandik.

    Off the coast of Boko-Kotor Bay is the town of Kotor. With an abundance of historical sites and well-preserved medieval buildings the city is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The most interesting are visits to historical places as the Cathedral of the Holy Tripun, more than 17 churches in the city, the palaces and, of course, the Clock Tower (16th century).

   Another beautiful place, which is simply necessary to visit is Lake Skadar. It is the largest and most clear lake in the Balkan, around the lake you can see pelicans in their natural habitat. You can take a boat across the lake, go fishing or just enjoy by walking along the shore. On a small island are located monasteries from 14-15 centuries, many of them are active and you are always welcome.

    Montenegro has four beautiful canyons, one of which carries the title the deepest in Europe - it is Tara River Canyon (1300 m).

    At the top of the mountain massif Lovcen is the Mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, Montenegrin ruler and educator.

    The Lednicka Lakes with clear water and snow-capped peaks can be seen in the national park Durmitor. There is also located the famous Black Lake.

    In Montenegro, there are many holy places for the Orthodox man. Especially revered sacred is the Ostrog Monastery, where the relics of St. Vasilije of Ostrog. The monastery is carved into the rock in the mountain, 950 meters above sea level. Ostrog is an Orthodox monastery, besides the Ortodox believers, it is also visited by Catholics and Muslims. You can bow to the relics of St. Tihon in Kotor, and a miraculous Savinska icon is in Savina Monastery. Montenegro is rich in ancient monasteries, which remained to this day. You definitely have something to look at.

Cuisine

    This part of Montenegrin life certainly deserves a special attention. Original, distinctive and unique, the Montenegrin cuisine will reveal something new for even the most discerning gourmets.

    Often those are dishes of lamb or pork, also are widespread various dishes of poultry, which are certainly served with lots of fresh or stewed vegetables and, of course, with homemade bread or a bun.

    Having arrived in Montenegro, you should definitely try "prosciutto", it's a dried pork or beef ham, cut into very thin slices. Commonly it is used as a appetizer or an extra ingredient to the main dishes. But be sure that it is the product, which is often brought as a delicacy gift from the pearl of the Adriatic.

    Increasingly popular are dairy products and especially homemade cheeses with different degrees of hardness and salting. You absolutely must taste the "kajmak" (clotted cream) - a very gentle and not the usual milk product, obtained in a special processing technique, by which the locals are very proud.

    If you don't have a lot of time and you want to rate the cuisine of this beautiful country, order a dish called "mixed meat", which is essentially a mixture of selected meat specialties prepared on the grill, and you will exactly meet the taste of Montenegro.

    It can not be the local cuisine without seafood, which occupy a worthy place on the table of this country. A thick soup called "fish soup" is worth a try, as well as squid with cheese, the trout baked by the old recipe and you'll certainly want to stay forever in this country.

    Among all the abundance of food, it is worth to mention the local wines, which, although not so well known on the international market, they definitely deserve your attention. Of these, it is worth noting dry wines such as red "Vranac" and white "Krstac", which are ideal for Montenegrin delicacies.

    And finally, you'll definitely be pleasantly surprised by the size of portions in restaurants, so nobody will leave hungry, for sure.

Climate

    Climate in the northern part of Montenegro is temperate continental, all along the Adriatic coast - Mediterranean. In the coastal part summers are long, the temperature of + 23 to + 28 degrees Celsius. The tourist season in this part of the country begins in April and lasts until October and November. Winter is brief but chilly. On sunny winter days, the temperature can rise up to + 20 degrees Celsius. The number of sunny days during the year reaches 250.

Religion

    The main religion in Montenegro is Orthodoxy, but there are also large religious communities of Muslims and Catholics.

Language

    The official language in the country is Montenegrin (Serbian dialect), and there are used two alphabets Cyrillic and Latin. Since Montenegrin language is a part of the group of Slavic languages, many words are similar to the words of Ukrainian and Russian, which greatly facilitates the understanding of the local conversation, and yet, for three, four days in Montenegro, most likely you will begin to speak Montenegrin.

Currency

    The official currency in Montenegro since 2002 to the present day is the euro.

Capital

    The capital and at the same time the largest city of Montenegro is Podgorica. However, the title of the historic and cultural capital has the city of Cetinje.

Transportation

   There are two international airports in Montenegro, one of which is located near the coastal town of Tivat, 10 km from the Boka-Kotor Bay, the other airport is in Podgorica. Also in Montenegro is one of the most beautiful railways in the Balkans, which begins in Bar, goes to Podgorica and then continue ahead to the Serbian capital - Belgrade.

   To move easier around the country, you can use the car rental service, which allows you to look in every corner of Montenegro's paradise. Terms for obtaining rental cars: age at least 21 years, driving license, driving experience of at least two years.
Speed limit in the city is about 50 km / h, outside the city - up to 80 km / h, not counting the areas where are special signs. Many roads in the country are laid on very steep mountains and therefore you should be very careful and obey the traffic rules.

Visa

    In Montenegro for citizens of Ukraine visa-free entry is provided for up to 30 days, also the visa is not required for citizens of Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Some interesting facts about Montenegro

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