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Montenegro
Skadar Lake, Montenegro, is among Europe's deepest lakes.
Skadar Lake, Montenegro, is among Europe's deepest lakes.
Photo © Maja Polenšek / IStock
Biking by a wild horse
Biking by a wild horse
Photo © NTO Montenegro
Tara Canyon-only accessible by raft or kayak
Tara Canyon-only accessible by raft or kayak
Photo © Roger Wilson-RW Photography
Coast in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Coast in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Photo © IStock
Gorgeous fishing port marking the entrance of the Bay of Kotor and Forte Mare Herceg Novi, Boka Kotorsk, Montenegro
Gorgeous fishing port marking the entrance of the Bay of Kotor and Forte Mare Herceg Novi, Boka Kotorsk, Montenegro
Photo © Andy Bradshaw
The prodigious Boka Bay and surrounding high mountains, Montenegro
The prodigious Boka Bay and surrounding high mountains, Montenegro
Photo © National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro
Hajla Mountain viewed from Biševo village, Montenegro
Hajla Mountain viewed from Biševo village, Montenegro
Photo © Jovan Nikolic

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. 

National restaurant Kužina
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National restaurant Kužina

Feel the spirit of Old Montenegro in an authentic atmosphere with ample choice of food and...

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Hotel Forza Mare (A 5 Star Hotel), Dobrota, Montenegro
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Hotel Forza Mare (A 5 Star Hotel), Dobrota, Montenegro

Hotel Forza Mare is located in the village of Dobrota, 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) north of...

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Small hotel Palazzo Radomiri (4 Star Hotel), Kotor Bay, Montenegro
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Small hotel Palazzo Radomiri (4 Star Hotel), Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Located in the heart of the ancient seafaring settlement of Dobrota, directly on the coast of...

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AREA:  13,812 sq km (5,333 sq mi)

POPULATION:  662,000

ETHNIC GROUPS:  Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosniak, Albanian, Muslim, Croat, Other

RELIGION:  Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic

LANGUAGE:  Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Albanian

CURRENCY:  euro (EUR)