Montenegro

Here are why you should be intrigued by Montenegro

Montenegro is among the alternative and not very touristic destinations. I read an article recently and it really intrigued me. Among other things, being a destination not much considered is always worth knowing it better, isn’t it? The small nation of the Balkans, independent only since 2006, is gaining increasing interest in the eyes of foreign visitors. Please consider that in the population is only 650.000 inhabitants while tourists who visit Montenegro each year are more than one million and 200.000 and this result is bound to rise.

Bay of Kotor

In Montenegro you can enjoy both the beauty of the sea and those of the mountain: the Bay of Kotor is unmissable, as well as its coast. But beyond the swim-suits, is worth wearing hiking boots: the routes to do within the country are almost endless, with the guarantee of being repaid by breathtaking views, both on foot and by bike. The interior of the country is in fact characterized by numerous mountain peaks (there are more than 150 mountains that exceed 2.000 meters), green valleys, glacial lakes, canyons and villages completely lost in the mountains. Fortunately, the growing tourism is leading to the creation of increasingly equipped paths and structures and the nature of this region increasingly accessible, at the same time creating new jobs.

Tara River Canyon

The same goes for the coast: the government is opening up to foreign investors and new tourist facilities, first of all Porto Montenegro, a luxury nautical center located in Tivat, with an adjoining resort near Budva (picture on top). Montenegro has five National Parks where you can go to discover the natural beauties. The Durmitor National Park, where wolves and bears are still found, as well as ski resorts and the largest canyon in Europe, the Tara River Canyon, a paradise for rafting lovers. In the nearby Biogradska Gora National Park you can venture on walks through pristine forests among azure lakes; or you can visit Lake Skadar National Park, the biggest bird reserve in Europe (birdwatchers, this place is for you!).

Lovćen National Park

Finally, from Lovćen National Park you can enjoy magnificent views of all of Montenegro (this is where you find the Crna Gora or “Black Mountain” from which the country took its name) and in the remote Prokletije National Park, on the border with Albania, which boasts some of the highest peaks of all the Balkans.

If you are in Montenegro in August you cannot miss the International Summer Carnival which takes place in the streets of Kotor at the beginning of the month: amid songs, dances and festivities and a great parade, fun is guaranteed. For the most crazy travelers, I suggest to go in Montenegro in October, when fans of rafting, kayaking and biking from all over the world, meet here for the Montenegro’s Expedition Challenge, one of the most difficult competitions to test their own resistance. On the coast instead, throughout the summer, there are wild beach parties, which also see the participation of international DJs such as David Guetta, Sam Divine and Jamie Lewis. For those who prefer quieter things there is the Budva Theatre Festival, between July and August, with performances, art exhibitions and classical music.

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