There is a small country lying in Europe. With 650,000 population, 117 beaches, 5 National Parks, 294km seacoast and 240 sunny days per year. Despite its size, fought proudly against enemies for its freedom, became a pawn between political conflicts and found the courage to stand up to its feet again. Its name is Montenegro.
“If all the world’s a stage, then Montenegro struts upon it, continuously playing out the most dramatic act.” Tamara Sheward – Lonely Planet
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Its favourable position at the confluence of the Morača rivers and the meeting point of the fertile Zeta Plain and
Bjelopavlići Valley has encouraged settlement. The city is close to winter ski centers in the north and seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea. Most of the city was destroyed during WW II, so Podgorica is relatively new, with modern buildings at every step of the way and green spaces as well as parks. Podgorica hosts a number of cultural events and there are many theatres, such as Crnogorsko Narodno, Gradsko and Dodest.
Even though until recently it was more a transit, and less a tourist center, Podgorica today, as one of the European capitals, with that characteristic, is becoming a subject of interest of the tourist population. Good infrastructural connection on one side with the coast, and with the north of Montenegro on the other, puts Podgorica in the line of Montenegrin towns in which more and more tourists decide to come, who traditionally prefer warm beaches and snow peaks. With a car today you can come to the seaside in 40 minutes if you decide to go to the south part of the coast, especially for Sutomore and Bar.
Metropolis of tourism: Budva
Known as the metropolis of tourism, Budva is certainly a city that every tourist must visit. Here, everything is subordinated to tourists and tourism. Therefore, you will easily find what interests you. Beautiful and modern-equipped beaches offer an unforgettable
atmosphere. Excellent hotels, villas and apartments, attract tourists to spend their vacation situated in Budva. Due to its good location, Budva is connected with all other parts of the Montenegrin coast, but also with great places that are located in the central and northern part of Montenegro. You can have breakfast in Budva, swim at one of the many beautiful beaches (Mogren, Becici, Fine Sand, Jaz, Trsteno, Sveti Stefan, Budva), then have a lunch on National Park Lovcen or Skadar Lake, and finally enjoy the evening in the grandiose mountains of Durmitor National Park. The Budva coast is 21 km long with 17 beaches. It is among the most beautiful coasts in the world and its beauty will not leave you indifferent. Also, wide range of accommodation, from very affordable to exclusive and luxury.
Food and Drinks
Montenegro is very famous for food and drinks which are specific for this part of Europe. When we are talking about the drinks if you try some of the Montenegrin red wines or
maybe Niksic bear, you will not be indifferent. This two products are a trademark of Montenegro and they also represent highest ranges in the European standards of quality. In Podgorica too, as in the majority of Montenegrin municipalities you can sense a great influence of national cuisine. Few meals are specific for Podgorica menu. If you wish to feel the spirit of Podgorica, you can try to prepare Podgorica “popeci” or carp in Podgorica way by yourself.
- Currency – Euro
- Climate – Medditerrean
- Visa – Passports hold a valid Schengen Visa, or a valid visa of the United States of America, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or Ireland, or a residence permit for those countries, may enter Montenegro, stay in Montenegro, or cross its territory for up to 30 days, and no longer than the expiry of the visa, if the visa expires in less than 30 days.
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Montenegro even if it is a small and unknown destination, is able to give you experiences that you’ll never imagine. The truth is that most of us we are afraid to visit such a small countries, but believe me, there more safe than bigger cities or capitals.
By finishing this post I want to quote some words of George Gordon Byron.
“When the pearls of nature were sown, on this soil an overflowing handful was gathered. The most beautiful contact between the earth and sea took place at the Montenegrin littoral.”
~Live and Travel~