Montenegro is a place of natural and cultural wonders, where the stunning Adriatic Sea provides a scenic backdrop for medieval walled villages and breathtaking mountain peaks. With landscapes ranging from rainforests to snowcapped ridges and a wealth of temples, mosques, and cathedrals, this is a country overflowing with riches for travelers of all ages and interests.
The Treasure Chest of the Adriatic
With landscapes ranging from rainforests to snowcapped ridges and a wealth of temples, mosques, and cathedrals, this is a country overflowing with riches for travelers of all ages and interests.
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Montenegro has long been a crossroads country, where the Christian Orthodox East meets the Catholic West. It is a place of natural and cultural wonders, where the stunning Adriatic Sea provides a scenic backdrop for medieval walled villages and breathtaking mountain peaks.
Montenegro’s history is a complicated one. Once part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, a variety of religions, ethnic groups, and traditions have always formed a diverse cultural tapestry in Montenegro.For much of its history, Montenegro was ruled by the Petrović-Njegoš dynasty, who served as state and spiritual leaders for 225 years. The World Wars of the 20th century blurred the borders between Montenegro and its neighbors, when the nation became a member of the Slavic States, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, before regaining its full independence with a historic vote on May 21, 2006.
Montenegro is a true cultural crossroads, but it’s also unique because of its tribal traditions. Under threat of invasion from the Ottoman Empire, Montenegrins formed tribes and clans similar to those of Scotland. Almost every Montenegrin knows which tribe and clan they come from. The tribal culture of Montenegro is a special treat for visitors looking for an authentic cultural experience. Many mountain villages have preserved their traditional language, local customs, and cuisine. You won’t want to miss the regional variations of Montenegro’s seafood, smoked meats, and the country’s favorite dessert: donuts served with honey and dried figs.
Montenegro is blessed with a picturesque Adriatic coastline with some of the warmest sea waters in the world. Many of Montenegro’s oldest cities cluster along the coast, including Kotor, an ancient walled town that’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of this fortified town is multiplied by the scenic Bay of Kotor, considered one of the most beautiful bays in all of Europe.
The Budva Riviera ranks high on the list of best destinations on the Adriatic. Budva’s old town was built on a peninsula for extra protection from invaders—a strategy that appears to have worked. Today, you can visit a variety of medieval monuments, including St. John’s Church, constructed in the 7th century!
Budva’s coastline is known as “the Riviera of Sandy Beaches,” so of course it’s perfect for a swim. Pick any hamlet or historic site along this coast and you’re sure to find a gorgeous beach nearby. In addition to swimming, the coastline offers endless opportunities for kitesurfing, sailing, fishing, and even scuba diving.
The coastal belt, which is the narrow strip along the Adriatic Sea separated from the hinterland by steep mountain ranges, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers and short mild winters. Average July temperatures are 28˚C with a high approaching 30˚C.
The central part of Montenegro encompasses the Zeta Plain and the Bjelopavlici Plain and averages a January temperature of 5˚C and a July temperature of 28.5˚C. The maximum can reach 40˚C with a minimum of -10˚C.
The climate is sub-alpine with cold snowy winters, up to 5 metres of snow in the mountains. Winter maximum temperatures are around 3˚C with minimums around -8˚C. In the summer months it goes from 23˚C to 9˚C.
Montenegro is full of treasures, but perhaps its greatest riches are its natural parks and wilderness areas. From dense forests to Europe’s deepest canyon, Montenegro boasts a wild and diverse landscape that’s unique on this continent.
You don’t have to be a hardcore adventurer to enjoy Montenegro’s natural wonders. Visit one of the last rainforests in Europe at Biogradska gora National Park, or take a relaxing cruise on Pivsko Lake. The majesty of Montenegro’s canyons are accessible to everyone with a scenic drive through Morača, Cijevna, or Piva.
For true adventurers, however, white water rafting or kayaking in Tara River Canyon are sure to get your heart going. Ready to take the adrenaline to another level? Try canyoneering at Nevidio Canyon—literally meaning “Never Seen” Canyon. A challenging climb here is rewarded with spectacular views of the emerald ponds and swirling streams of the river Komarnica. There’s something for every nature lover in the treasure chest of Montenegro.
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Pearl of the Adriatic Cruise 7 nights ~ Montenegro
Per person (based on 2 adults sharing room) + applicable taxes
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MONTENEGRO: Choosing “Pearl of Adriatic” cruise you will have the opportunity to completely relax, admiring the beautiful bays of Montenegro and fabulous old towns such as Kotor, Perast, Budva, Herceg Novi, and Tivat.