The sun sets over the Bay of Kotor, turning the placid water from blue to gold and highlighting the cream stone of the villages against the granite grey of the high, surrounding cliffs. It is one of the natural splendours that have made tiny Montenegro (population 620,000) one of the most attractive Adriatic destinations. Strikingly beautiful emerald bays and beaches, high rugged peaks and deep canyons, vast inland lakes and majestic fjords, all create a magical and everchanging landscape.
Montenegrin history has had as many twists and turns as its roads. For centuries it was a fluctuating East-West frontier between competing empires, ideologies and faiths. It was the occupying Venetians who christened the area Monte Negro (black mountain) which was to become the country's name, as well as the architecture of beautiful coastal towns such as Kotor and Perast. It was annexed by Yugoslavia in 1918 and the legacy of President Tito can be seen in the huge, state-run hotels, some of them quite astonishing in design: the "Mayan pyramid" look of the Hotel Zabljak in the mountain town of the same name is a case in point.
Here are 5 of the best spots to include for a first time visit to Montenegro.
1 Beaches In Montenegro
Hough Croatia dominates the Adriatic coastline, Montenegro’s 295km share is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, each with their own unique character and feel.
2 Montenegro Monaster Ostrog
The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church sitatued against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, in Montenegro. It is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), who was buried here. From the monastery, a superb view of the Bjelopavlići plain can be seen. The monastery is located 50 km from Podgorica and 15 km from Nikšić. Ostrog monastery is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro.
Ostrog Monastery, a miracle built by nature and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff, is today the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality which is visited by more than a hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world and of travellers of all religions every year.
It is one of three most visited Christian destinations on the planet with its cave-like chapel and the Monastery complex that preserves the sanctity of Saint Basil the , Orthodox Christian Saint of Miracles. All of Montenegrin sprituality , belief s and cultural treasures found their home high up in the Ostrog cliffs. This breathtaking destination will fill your soul with high elevated feelings of devotion and reverence to God.
3 Tara River Canyon
The Tara River Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is a canyon on the Tara River in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is 82 kilometers (51 miles) long and the last 36 kilometers constitute the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina,Serbia and Montenegro. The canyon at its deepest is around 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) deep. These parameters make the Tara River Canyon among deepest river canyon in Europe and indeed the world.
Tara River Bridge – among the 20 most beautiful on the planet
We do not want to talk about Tara River, because you probably know, that this is one of the most beautiful in the Europe, with deepest canyon (second in the world – after Colorado), and amazing Rafting, and all beauty of this Durmitor Area – we just talk about this amazing bridge, that huge number of tourist already have in their photo albums.
4. Saint Stephen. Sveti Stefan.
Sveti Stefan is a small islet and 5-star hotel resort on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of Budva. The resort, known commercially as Aman Sveti Stefan, includes part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. An Adriatic playground for the rich and famous from the 1960s to the 1980s, the hotel is now a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts, completed in 2009 and operating under a 30-year lease. Formerly an island, Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The resort in total contains 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the
History of Sveti Stefan
At the foot of the Lovcen mountain ridge, in one of the most exotic encounters of land and sea, stands the island of Sveti Stefan. As legend has it, a fort was built on the island in 1442 when it was first settled. The island was fortified by walls so families from the surrounding villages could find shelter from Turkish and pirate attacks.
According to legend, the settlement was founded after a Pastrovic band bested the crew of a Turkish galley, and with the booty they seized a fort was built with one house for each of the twelve Pastrovic clans. On the terrace above the entrance to Sveti Stefan for decades the Pastrovic court meted out justice and resolved disputes, the spot known as the “place of justice”. Sveti Stefan has three churches: the church of St. Stephen, after which the island was named, located on the highest point on the island, the church of Alexander Nevski, and the smallest one dedicated to the Transfiguration, at the very entrance to the town, joined by a narrow embankment with the mainland.
5. Black Lake in National Park Durmitor
Durmitor National Park is absolutely beautiful and I was surprised with the amount of marked and well maintained trails there are. One of my favorite hikes were around the Crno Jezero that eventually led us to SEVERAL other lakes. The hike just around the lake takes about 45 minutes if you're walking at good speed. Even though you can rent bikes, I don't recommend mountain biking around it, the trail would is a bit difficult for that. There is a park entry fee however if you start at any other point (not from the main visitor section) you can walk in avoiding the fee.
Black Lake lies at the foot of Međed Peak and has an area of 0.515 square km. The lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake (Veliko jezero) and Little Lake (Malo jezero). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water. Big Lake has an area of 0.338 square km, maximum depth of 24.5 m, maximum length of 855 m, and maximum width of 615 m. Little Lake has an area of 0.177 square km, maximum depth of 49.1 m, maximum length of 605 m, and maximum width around 400 m. Black Lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, the best known being Mlin Creek. Other streams have no name because they appear periodically, when snow from Mount Durmitor is melting.
Reziume Montenegro is a very beautiful country.