Travel to Montenegro: 5 tips every traveler should know
A travel to Montenegro is characterized above all by the outdoor life in contact with nature.
Thanks to its pristine biodiversity, Montenegro not only has all the potential to become one of the most exclusive exotic destinations of global tourism, but it is one of the privileged destinations of sustainable tourism .
“So if the theme of your travels is nature, nature reserves and national parks in Montenegro are the ideal destination for adventurous excursions to discover its wildlife or for quiet walks and admire its rich plant life”. Martina Hauser
Nature is in fact one of the main resources of Montenegro together with the diversity of its natural environments and climate. But its cities, such as Kotor (Kotor), also tell compelling stories.
Here are 10 things to know about this wonderful country before packing your bags!
Travel guide: 5 curiosities about Montenegro
1 – Nature and outdoor activities
Nature and travel in Montenegro. 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.
With an incredible natural heritage, the untouched nature of Montenegro is a special attraction for tourists, amidst virgin forests and large lakes. Lake Skadar, for example, is famous for the wealth of numerous varieties of fish and birds including Dalmatian pelicans. Another splendid destination for lovers of long walks and birdwatching.
But there is no lack of adventure, sports, adventure parks, excursions, guided tours and outdoor adventures. So let’s explore these areas in an article dedicated to the national parks of Montenegro.
2 – Languages and culture: travel to Montenegro
The official language spoken is Montenegrin, or Serbian and the writing is in Latin or Cyrilic characters. There is also a small minority of inhabitants who speak Albanian (about 5%).
Montenegrins love traditional dance, music, epic songs and poetry. The inhabitants, however, prefer very old legends and folk tales more than anything else. Modern culture favors the visual arts as well as theater and music, and the country has produced a number of highly regarded artists. An important aspect of the country is religion, with the main Orthodox Christian holidays. Traditional festivals are especially appreciated and most preserve and protect the ancient customs of the people.
The values of Montenegro’s diverse culture are based instead on courage, humanity, loyalty and love for the country.
3 – Means of transport
To move around the whole territory the train is the most comfortable and economical way and sometimes – even if less common than wheel transport – it is even better than the bus. The railway line runs from Bar on the coast, through Virpazar on Lake Skadar, to Podgorica through Kolašin, further towards the border with Serbia and up to Belgrade. So by train you can cross the country.
In any case, getting around the country is easy: where there is no train there is a vast network of buses that arrive in the most remote corners. If you love nature and the outdoors, cycling over short distances is even more fun. Traveling by bicycle, it is possible to travel longer distances than on foot, with the freedom that means, such as buses or taxis, cannot give.
7Hills organizes bicycle tours in Montenegro both by mountain bike and electric bicycle, you can choose two options: guided tours and self-guided tours.
4 – Food and tradition
The cultural diversity of Montenegro is also reflected in the dishes and cuisine. Meat dishes, lamb stew, sausages, smoked ham, roast lamb, roast pork… nothing is missing.
The Slow Food in Montenegro supports small producers, organizing fairs and local markets, but also educational programs that teach the right power supply, protecting food biodiversity and small family farms.
Vegetarians may have some difficulty finding an appropriate menu, but 7Hills has taken care of that. Martina Hauser, in fact, has thought of a vegetarian and gluten-free menu in the Gourmet Restaurant of Villa Perast, in the historic city of Perast, in the Boka bay.
You will certainly be interested in delving into the vineyards and cellars to discover Montenegrin wine : in fact, here is the largest vineyard in Europe: 11.5 million vines for an extension of 2300 hectares 30 km from the Adriatic Sea.
5 – Diversity
Diversity, as we have said, is one of the wonderful characteristics of this country: just speaking of flora and fauna, there are many protected species, including rare animal species including reptiles and amphibians and bears, eagles and wolves that populate its forests.
Only in the national park of Biogradska Gorache has secular trees over 500 years old and oaks that reach up to 60 meters in height, has 26 plant ecosystems, 86 types of trees and over 220 qualities of different plants, including oak, l fir, maple or beech. The fauna is very rich, including 350 species of insects, bears, wolves, foxes. And birdwatching is not to be missed either: here you can admire around 150 species of birds including eagles.