Montenegro literally means black mountain. It is a sovereign country in Southeast Europe. The Adriatic Sea, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania surround it. Podgorica is the country’s capital, and also its largest city.
The whole region has a rich biodiversity. The beautiful coast that Montenegro hosts has made the country a picturesque tourist destination for a very long time.
Things To Do In Montenegro
There are also a lot of things to do in the country. For example, you can charter a yacht, explore the ancient towns of Herceg Novi, Budva, and Ulcinj, go bird watching, climb, or hit the beach. But, to plan your trip, let’s start with the Top 10 Cities.
Top 10 Cities
- Podgorica — the capital, and administrative centre as well as the biggest city in Montenegro, intensively developed since independence
- Kotor — an ancient fortified town deep down the Boka Kotorska Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a regular spot for cruise ships
- Tivat — a small town in the Bay of Kotor, quickly emerging into a major tourist, business, and transport center due to the 2nd international airport in the country
- Zabljak — beneath Durmitor Mountain and its national park is one of the key tourist destinations for both summer and winter activities
- Ulcinj — an ancient fortified town, once the home of pirates, surrounded by a 12-km-long sandy beach which is a kite-surfing hotspot and naturist haven
- Bar — the major port of the country
- Budva — this fortified old town surrounded by high-rises, resorts, and new developments is the most popular tourist spot with amazing beaches and wild nightlife
- Cetinje — the old royal capital beneath Lovćen mountain and its national park features numerous museums, monasteries, and former embassies
- Niksic — the second largest city in Montenegro and economically important, home to famous Montenegrin beer Niksicko
Top 10 Destinations
- Becici — with a 2 km long fine sandy beach, it is home to many resorts and hotels
- Biogradska Gora National Park — some of the last remaining untouched forests in Europe and a beautiful small lake where you can fish
- Durmitor National Park — rafting through the Tara Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe, is one of the most popular activities in Montenegro
- Lovcen National Park — a beautiful mountain with natural, cultural, and historical scenery
- Mount Ostrog — the amazing monastery situated on the almost vertical cliff of Mount Ostrog, in the municipality Danilovgrad
- Perast — beautiful small village, a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site
- Bay of Kotor — this bay is considered one of the most beautiful bays of Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes the towns of Perast and Kotor, as well as other typically Mediterranean towns.
- Prokletije National Park — hiking and mountain climbing are this park’s main attraction
- Skadar Lake National Park — the largest lake in the Balkans and the natural habitat of the very diverse flora and fauna
- Sveti Stefan — picturesque town-hotel, a former fishing town on the small peninsula near Budva
How to Get Around
Car hire service is available in airports and main towns. Most car hire companies require an age of 21 years minimum. However, some require only 18 years. There are no motorways in Montenegro. Nevertheless, the main roads, which connect big towns with each other, are in good condition. Roads in rural areas, however, are narrow, twisted, and in poor condition.
Culture and Language
There are mainly four ethnic groups present: the Montenegrins, the Serbs, the Bosnians, and the Albanians. The Montenegrins are the dominant ethnic group with 45% of the population. The official language of the county is Montenegrin. Other languages are also recognized for official use, including Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Croatian.
The currency of the country is the Euro. Money should only be exchanged in banks and official exchange offices. International credit cards are widely acceptable. However, it is sometimes better to have cash on you, especially outside the cities. Also, ATMs are available in all main towns and resort areas. Traveler’s cheques are exchangeable in theory. However, in practice, it can be hard to cash them.
Electricity & Socket Type
The country uses sockets of types C and F, as everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 220V.
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