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A land of rugged, snow-capped mountains, ancient forests and pristine beaches kissed by emerald seas, Montenegro more than makes up for its size with its astonishing natural beauty. The southern coast has over 20 miles of golden sand and warm blue sea, sharply contrasting with the imposing mountains of the north, and the clear lakes of the interior.
A long time playground for the yacht crowd, the country is rapidly gaining popularity with other travellers drawn by its peaceful beauty and value for money. In the summer, you'll have your pick of hotels (as long as you book in good time) and the sea is nice and warm for swimming in the morning and the evening.
- Take a private boat trip on picturesque Skadar Lake to experience its peace, tranquillity and wildlife.
- Sit back and watch the world go by at one of the lively cafés which spill out onto the pavements of charming Budva.
- In the 15th Century, sailors placed stones on a tiny islet in Kotor following each successful voyage, gradually building The Church of Our Lady on the Rocks. Feast Day in July sees boats laden with rocks heading for the church.
- Visit Njegusi, the birthplace of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, the influential writer and ruler and while there, sample the smoked hams and cheeses its famous for.
- High in the mountains lies Cetinje, the former capital –a pretty place for a calm spa break and good museums.
There are several historic, picturesque towns and cities in Montenegro, all of which are low on hassle and very pleasant to wander around. The Old Town of Budva is a repository of cultural heritage, dating back to the 5th Century BC and sitting upon a small peninsula. Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays, the city of Kotor's magnifi cent medieval architecture and famous monuments have resulted in a listing by UNESCO. One such monument is the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, a remarkable legacy of Roman culture and the oldest of its kind on this side of the Adriatic.
According to legend, a love story created Skadar Lake. Every day, women came to the fountain to carry water back to the village, carefully shutting off the fl ow before they left. One day at the fountain, a young bride heard the wonderful news that her husband would return from abroad that night. Excited, she rushed home, forgetting to turn off the fountain. All through the night, the sweet fresh water fl owed. In the morning the villagers discovered what is now known as Skadar Lake. The largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula, it is today one of the four national parks of Montenegro. It is also home to 280 bird species, some of which are on the endangered list, including the Dalmatian Pelican and the Black Ibis.
Aman Sveti Stefan
Regent Porto Montenegro
Bay of Kotor