Travel: 10 beautiful places in Montenegro
This is a small guide to the 10 places not to be missed in Montenegro, a country that has one of the most incredible natural landscapes in Europe, with an area of 14,000 km² and a coastline of over 200 km, almost 3 kilometers long. Along the coast, not only marvelous and wild beaches develop enveloped by a unique landscape between land and sea and coves and coves accessible only by sea, but lovely tourist resorts and unique historical settlements. The natural, historical and artistic wealth of Montenegro is protected by Unesco, although in our eyes it may seem like a young country, on the other hand it has a very ancient history.
“Between lakes, mountains, forests, gorges or waterfalls, the parks cover about 10% of the country’s surface, extending over 107,500 hectares. Nature is in fact one of the main resources of Montenegro and the diversity of its natural environments and climate makes it particularly rich in wild animals including deer, bears, wolves and wild boars. It is a very important natural wealth that is protected by the laws ”. Martina Hauser – Travel and nature: the national parks of Montenegro
All this makes it one of the most interesting regions in Europe from a naturalistic, artistic and landscape point of view, three elements that over the years have enhanced its territory together with the most hidden resources and a very important natural wealth, which every year attract an increasing number of visitors.
For those who have never traveled to Montenegro, this is a small guide to the 10 most beautiful and unmissable destinations to travel in a sustainable way, respecting the environment and the country’s life systems, territory and its population.
The city of Kotor, a medieval coastal village famous for its red roofs and numerous well-preserved churches and fortifications, despite being classified among the most beautiful wonders by UNESCO, remains an area of unspoiled nature. The bay preserves a true historical, architectural and natural heritage. Read also: The Bay of Kotor and its ancient cities | Martina Hauser
2 –Mount Lovčen
In the hinterland and a short distance from the mouth of Kotor, is Mount Lovcen, another of Montenergrine’s wonders, which rises 1,449 meters above sea level and is part of the national park of the same name. On the top of Mount Lovčen is the mausoleum of bishop Prince Petar II Petrović Njegoš, the most important Montenegrin poet: Njegoš in fact asked to be buried in a small church on the top called Jezerski vrh (Top of the Lake).
This church for Montenegrins has always represented the struggle for freedom and still today a popular poem reports with patriotic verses: “Lovčen is our sacred altar”. There are 461 steps to get to the top, but it’s worth it for the wonderful perspective view of the bay. At the top of the mountain there is also a restaurant. It can also be accessed by car almost to the top. If, on the other hand, you want to stretch your legs, so to speak, take the path that is located about 500 meters below Ivanova Korita which will lead you through wooded paths with breathtaking landscapes.
3 – Biogradska Gora National Park
Wedged between the Tara and Lim rivers in central Montenegro, Biogradska Gora National Park features sparkling lakes, rushing streams, green meadows, and one of the few remaining primeval forests in Europe. Although it is one of the smallest national parks in Montenegro, Biogradska Gora is one of the last three virgin forests left in Europe offering the greatest diversity when it comes to flora and fauna, including ancient trees. In the heart of the park is the famous Lake Biograd, one of the glacial lakes of Montenegro: it is possible to walk through it through an interactive route of about 3.4 kilometers that provides information on its special flora and fauna.
4 – Ulcinj
Ulcinj is the oldest city in Montenegro: located on the border with Albania, it is a small seaport, once known as the pirate capital of the Adriatic Sea. Today it is famous for its many beautiful beaches, but it has an exceptional cultural value of national importance. Today the city has a predominantly oriental aspect, and its historic center is a unique intertwining with oriental and Mediterranean concepts and architectural elements.
5 – Sveti Stevan
Sveti Stefan beach, symbol of the country, is located on a fortified island: it has been transformed from an ancient fishing village into a luxury hotel and boasts a well-equipped golden sandy beach. This incredible and picturesque place is connected to the mainland by an isthmus.
6 – Budva
Among the seaside resorts not to be missed is Budva, one of the most important historical sites on the Adriatic coast. It is a place with a peaceful atmosphere, with one of the best beaches in Montenegro, Bečići, where you can also go kayaking and wonderful walks along the coast. The long history of Budva is testified by the intricate alleys of the old town, now dotted with curious boutiques and restaurants serving dishes based on freshly caught fish and other local specialties. Choose the Juice Bar for delicious milkshakes and the Hacienda and Casper bars for cocktails and jazzy sounds.
7 – Cetinje
Cetinje is perhaps one of the less famous places in Montenegro, or less popular than the cities on the coast. This is where most of the country’s fascinating architecture and most impressive buildings are found. In fact, it was founded in the 15th century and over time it became the center of the economic, cultural and religious life of Montenegro. Here, the Court of King Nicholas I of Montenegro is now home to the State Museum of Montenegro.
8 – Perast
Perast is a city of romance and beauty: a quiet town, embellished with islands, churches and ancient buildings of considerable charm, which represents a pleasant alternative to the more crowded places. A small jewel nestled on the coast of Montenegro which is also an excellent starting point for discovering the larger towns such as Kotor and Budva, with beautiful beaches and a lively nightlife. With a boat trip in the Bay of Kotor you can reach the Madonna dello Scalpello, an island on which stands a church with an enormous artistic heritage.
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9 – Lake Skadar
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans and one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world. It is also an ideal place for outdoor activities and long bike rides, but there are many activities that can be organized including the aforementioned birdwatching but also kayaking, swimming and boat trips. Its untouched nature is home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife and its untouched nature cannot fail to amaze.
10 – Ostrog monastery
The Ostrog Orthodox monastery is one of the most visited in the Balkans by hundreds of thousands of visitors and believers who come here on pilgrimage from all over the world. Positioned – almost magically – against a vertical rock face on the Ostroška Greda cliff, it represents the meeting point of three creeds: the Orthodox, the Catholic and the Muslim.