The tiny republic of Montenegro is a land of colourful contrasts, natural beauty and centuries of traditions. Ancient stone towns lapped by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic are guarded by the lofty peaks of the dramatic Montenegrin Mountains. Many cultural legacies have been imprinted on this boundary of east and west where Roman mosaics, intriguing monasteries and pretty mosques point to the history of this part of Europe.
A compact and cultural jewel on the Mediterranean
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Old town Budva in Montenegro has it all: not only heaving with historic monuments, hushed monasteries, cobbled streets and lovely cafés, it is also surrounded by beautiful bays. The long stretches of golden beach are lapped by the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and are lively with bars and restaurants.
Montenegro may be tiny, but it is packed with treasures to explore. The stunning Bay of Kotor has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its rich maritime traditions. The surrounding mountains loom over the sparkling bay dramatically, and are dotted with pretty medieval towns such as Perast. Perast’s architecture reveals its Venetian past and hints at its days of grandeur with its inordinate amount of churches and crumbling palazzos. Scenic coastal roads snake around the bay, and lead inland through the Lovcen National Park to Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro. Cetinje has an impressive number of museums, and the Cetinje Monastery houses precious relics.
This gloriously verdant lake is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. Fringed with abundant water lilies, the lake is home to untouched beaches, copious amounts of birdlife and unspoilt fishing villages, which are best viewed on a tranquil boat trip.
Sitting on a rocky promontory thrust into the inconceivably blue ocean, the pale shimmer of limestone and warm glow of terracotta roofs in Dubrovnik’s old town are unforgettable. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, this magnificent complex never ceases to amaze visitors with its ancient fortifications and treasure of architectural and cultural masterpieces. Wander the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, backed dramatically by the Dinaric Alps inland, and marvel at this most beautiful of Mediterranean cities.
Inland Montenegro is home to beautiful green mountains, rivers and canyons. The Morača Monastery, dating back to the 13th century, is one of the country’s best known medieval monuments, as its churches are adorned with incredible frescoes. The Durmitor National Park is characterised by picturesque peaks, abundant forests and awe-inspiring gorges: the canyon of the Tara River (known as ‘The Tear of Europe’) is the second deepest in the world, and the famous Tara Bridge is a true masterpiece of architecture. Within the park, Black Lake is the largest glacial lake, glittering against the densely forested slopes that surround it.
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