Learn more about Montenegro
How much do you know about Montenegro? Well, probably less than you should. The tourism market hasn’t really tapped in to Montenegro’s phenomenal beauty and diversity. And there’s a reason why it’s referred to as the “Hidden Pearl of the Mediterranean.” Along the coast is the Adriatic…inland there are dense forests and jaw-dropping glacial lakes. Now is the time to explore all that Montenegro has to offer.
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- Population: 653,474
- Capital City: Podgorica
- Climate: Mediterranean climate, hot, dry summers, cold winters with heavy snowfall inland
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Language: Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Albanian
- Country Code: 382
- Location: Southeastern Europe, between the Adriatic Sea and Serbia
Sveti means “saint” in the Montenegrin (Serbian) language. And Sveti Stefan is the dream image you’ll see on almost every poster advertising Montenegro. Connected by a narrow isthmus to the mainland, this 15th-century former fishing village entirely takes up the tiny island it’s built upon. Tucked inside medieval walls, it’s a honey-suckled world that feels […]
According to legend, the Albanian city of Butrint (or Buthrotum-its ancient name) was founded by Helenus, son of King Priam, after the fall of Troy. Aeneas is said to have been entertained here and, according to Virgil, described this city as “Troy in Miniature.” Legends aside, what is certain is that the Illyrians were occupying the Butrint site from about the eighth century B.C.
Twisty laneways and stone archways…frescoed Italianate and Byzantine churches…piazzas packed with gaily-canopied cafés. And within Kotor’s triangular-shaped old town, no traffic. Hidden in the far reaches of the Boka Kotorska fjord in northern Montenegro, Kotor is the country’s most authentic medieval walled city. Framed by ominous-looking mountains, it’s set beside the hypnotically blue Adriatic, in […]
If you agree that $45,000 for a small apartment with sea views sounds reasonable, hurry across to Europe and the newly independent country of Crna Gora. Crna Gora? Unless you’re fluent in Serbo-Croatian, it doesn’t trip lightly off the tongue. Thankfully, the rest of the world uses its more melodious Italian name of Montenegro. Both […]
If you agree $45,000 for a small apartment with sea views sounds reasonable, hurry across to Europe and the newly-independent country of Crna Gora.
Crna Gora? Unless you’re fluent in Serbo-Croat, it doesn’t trip lightly off the tongue. Thankfully the rest of the world uses its more melodious Italian name of Montenegro. Both mean “Black Mountain.”
The vegetation on Albania’s Ionian Riviera changes about four times from almost sub-tropical moonscape in the south through miles of ancient olive forest to cypress forest and miniature Grand Canyon landscapes. As you move north, the scrub terrain gives way to ancient pine forest. Villages are built on promontories perched high above the spectacular Ionian coastline; rugged mountains as their backdrop and turquoise bays their view. There are fewer islands here, but what Albania lacks in island life it more than makes up for in long sandy beaches and wild surroundings.