Montenegro

Montenegro is certainly one of the most interesting places in the world and one of TOP WORLD TOURIST destination (according by Lonely Planet, …).
Even though it covers solely around 14.000 km2 and it only has about 670.000 citizens, its contribution to the world cultural heritage is impressive comparing its size.
During centuries of its rich history Montenegro has survived and remained one of the brightest models for the fight for freedom, for its own existence, and a place of which people always spoke with respect. Christian, Muslim, Illyrian, Byzantine, Turkish, and Slav civilizations merged here making Montenegro forever a crossroad of culture and history.
Montenegro has changed its name many times, from the Latin era under the mane of Prevalis, to the medieval state Zeta, and then to the modern name Crna Gora (MONTENEGRO). As the name changed, so did the land, thanks to the influence of all the civilizations which for a shorter or longer period settled the territory of Montenegro, turning it into a mosaic of cultural heritage. Even today, Montenegors mosaic of cultural heritage is its most valuable aspect.
Some will say that its name, Crna Gora (MONTENEGRO), was brought by the seamen for whom from the open sea seemed cragged and dark, because immediately above the warm shores rose mountains and crags intersected with gorges. Others would say that its name was given by its enemies, because of the bad luck which would strike everyone trying to conquer it, in some long gone days. The truth lies that the country carries its name by those who made it a state – the dynasty Crnojevic. Along with the dynasty of Petrovic they have remained the founders of a modern, small but proud, country in the Mediterranean.

HIGHTLIGHTS

BUDVA This is most popular tourists resort in Montenegro and is also called "Montenegrin Miami". Around Budva are no less than 35 beaches.
Old Town- Stari Grad is located on a small peninsula which was once a small island. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Some famous buildings include Citadel, the Church Sv. Trojica, with the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava. Monasteries Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici and Gradiste are important historic and religious monuments of Budva. In 1979 Budva was hit by an earthquake, from 400 old town`s buildings only 4 were not damaged. Budva has a iconic Dancing girl statue outside the Old Town in the direction to the Mogren beach. Tourists come here to take a picture with with a panorama of Old Town in back. Some people say that this is a statue of a young girl who drowned here.
KOTOR is an medieval town on the edge of fjord-like Kotor bay, surrounded with mountains.
Between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, the first settlers to Kotor were Greek, followed by Illyrians and then Romans, who ruled the area for 650 years.In the Middle Ages, this natural harbour on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro was an important artistic and commercial centre with its own famous schools of masonry and iconography. Now days Kotor is multi-ethnic, its population are Montenegrins, Serbians, and Croatians.
City center is listed with UNESCO world heritage sites and is considered to be the best preserved medieval urban entity in the Mediterranean.It resembles a maze and was actually build that way for protective reasons.It has many churches, cathedrals, palaces (Bizanti, Buca, Pima, and Grgurin), and museums and whole area is restricted for cars, so you can enjoy your walking tour and try to not get lost.
PODGORICA is capital city of Montenegro and also its largest city. It is built amongst five rivers, the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica. Most of the city was destroyed during WW II, so most of the buildings are new.
Main attractions include: Sahat-kula Adzi-pasa Osmanagica, remnants of the city of Doclea, Vezirov, Old Turkish town called "Stara Varoš" ("old town"), with its mosques and old clock tower, Skaline (the stairs) on the outfall of the Ribnica river to Morača, with its old turkish bridge over the Ribnica, and the ruins of old Nemanja's town.A nice place to visit is also Dvorac Petrovića (Petrovic Castle)from 1891,located in Kruševac, the most beautiful part of Podgorica, and the largest public park in the city.
Close to Podgorica is National Park Skardarsko by the Skadar Lake, which is the biggest lake in Balkan. Two thirds of the lake belongs to Montenegro, while one third belongs to the Republic of Albania.
DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK,It is Montenegro's largest protected area,it is 39000 acres large and includes 82 kilometers of canyon of the Tara with altitude of 1600 meters above level of the River.It consists of limestone massive which belongs to Dinarides. It has many mountain tops higher than 2000m.Durmitor is best known for the spectacular canyons of the Draga, Sušica, Komarnica and Tara Rivers, the latter stands out as Europe's deepest gorge.
Tracking, mountaineering, Alpine and Nordic skiing, rafting on Tara river, fishing, camping and visits by bus or car are ways of recreation that are done in the Park.
It is also home to an impressive biological diversity. Large mammals include Brown Bear, Grey Wolf, and European Wild Cat. Among the 130 recorded birds are Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Capercaillie and rich fish fauna includes the endangered Danube Salmon. The park is inhabited by farmers and shepherds, traditionally using the high-altitude meadows as summer pastures.