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Referred to by some as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean," Montenegro's relative small size belies its abundance of natural and cultural scenic wonders.
Montenegro (named “black mountain” by the Venetians), a small, multi-ethnic country of contrasting landscapes, has a 293-kilometer (182-mile) Adriatic coastline with mountain ranges dominating its interior. The Durmitor mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is notable for winter tourism. Yet, its attractions bring visitors year-round: the deepest canyon in Europe on the Tara river, the profusion of lakes and plant life, festivals, hiking and rafting, as well as ancient monasteries and churches. Destinations along the coastline, with its 72 kilometers (45 miles) of sand, pebble and rock beaches, represent a variety of historical periods and attractions. Among them: Ulcinj, in the far south, with its 13-kilometer (8-mile), sandy beach, claims a turbulent, 2000-year history; beautiful Skadar Lake is noted for its biodiversity and large bird sanctuary, and nearby monasteries and churches; Sveti Stefan a town-hotel, is a world-famous, exclusive resort, facing the numerous beaches and resorts of the Budva Riviera; the Bay of Kotor with a well- preserved, urban centre dating from the Middle Ages, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering over Budva is the Lovcen National Park containing a mausoleum, reached by 461 steps, which is a national shrine. The Orthodox Monastery of Ostrog, built into a cliff face, with its little, fresco-painted, cave-churches, is a place of pilgrimage for believers of many faiths. Friendly people, good wine and excellent food enhance Montenegro’s multiple attractions.
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