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Montenegro Travel

On the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro, a little known southern European country is an absolute wonder of historical architecture and serene beauty. Hundreds of Adriatic beaches, profound gorges, jagged mountains, and misty forests form the landscape of this magnificent country.

Podgorica, the capital and largest city, is a wonderfully historic city with innumerable museums, galleries, and medieval sites. The Montenegrin National Theatre is the most prominent theater in all of Montenegro and regularly features operas, dramatic productions, and musical performances from some of Europe's best performers. The Podgorica City Museum hosts numerous archaeological exhibits including some that date back to ancient Roman times. The Museum of Marko Miljano showcases 19th century life in Montenegra. Dvorac Petrovica is a notable art museum displaying thousands of artworks with some dating back to the 7th century. Throughout the cities, you will find many restaurants, cafes, parks, and local markets that offer regional handicrafts from native craftsmen.

The most spectacular sites are found in Montenegro's countryside. The Bay of Kotor gives access to incredible views of four converging straits of deep blue waters and breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding valleys. Skadar Lake is an immensely gorgeous lake surrounded by native pomegranate laurel overgrowth and is a popular daytrip for locals seeking solace in nature. Durmitor National Park features mirrored glacial lakes surrounded by mythic forests and numerous hiking trails to explore.

Of all the sites in Montenegro, Monastery Ostrog is the most iconic and architecturally interesting of all the sites. Carved into the side of a mountain overlooking an abrupt cliff, it is the spiritual heart of Montenegro. More than 100,000 people trek up to this archaeological wonder to commune with God and Mother Nature. The town of Bar on the coast of the Adriatic Sea is the home of the world's oldest olive tree which is said to be more than 2,000 years old. The town of Bar is renowned for its olive oil. Culinary tourists should make a special point to visit.

Montenegrin cuisine is a throwback to medieval times. Experience regional favorites like popara, kacamak, cicvara, rastan, japraci, and prsuta. Montenegrins love their wine and the countryside has many local wineries and vineyards. Brandy is a national specialty with varieties of brandy made from apples, pears, and figs.

The official language is Serbian, although English is frequently spoken. Montenegro boasts a perfect Mediterranean climate year round and rarely sees the heat index go beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit. With all the glory of this amazingly diverse and gorgeous country, Montenegro is undeniably Europe's best-kept travel secret.


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