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Best Places to Visit

Montenegro can be divided roughly into five regions, with Central Montenegro home to Podgorica, the capital, which is a pleasant blend of old buildings and modern architecture. Around an hour's drive from the city is historic Cetinje, the old royal capital, now home to many interesting museums, churches and buildings. Around 30kms from Podgorica, the village of Virpazar sits on the shores of Lake Skadar and is popular with hikers, birdwatchers, kayakers and anglers.

The pleasant main town of Herceg Novi was established in 1382 at the entrance of the bay. Visitors can explore the narrow streets, old forts and churches or swim and sunbathe on the pebble beaches.

The fortified medieval town of Kotor is a World Heritage-listed site for history, culture and natural beauty. The smaller village of Perast is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture. Both towns are popular departure points for boat cruises around the impressive caves and islands of the bay.

The centrally located Budva Riviera is a popular destination for beach-goers. Budva is the main town, where holidaymakers can explore the old walled town, bask on the sandy beaches or party the night away on the waterfront promenade. Becici is a resort town near Budva where visitors can relax on the beach, enjoy water sports or unwind over coffee at one of the many seaside cafés. The family-friendly village of Petrovac has pink pebbled beaches and is popular with snorkellers.

p>The Montenegrin south coast is home to a melting pot of ethnicities, with a rich cultural heritage. The main town of Bar is a major tourist destination, with pebbled beaches, stone fortifications and the world's oldest olive tree. It"s also home to some of Montenegro's oldest churches and earliest written works.

The nearby towns of Susanj and Dobra Voda have long sandy beaches that attract visitors in summer. Ulcinj, near the Albanian border, has a hilltop castle style old town and a 12km long, sandy beach.

The North Montenegrin Mountains attract hikers, nature lovers and adventurers. Kolasin is a mountain town that is popular with active travellers who are keen to access the pristine forests, lakes and rivers of the nearby Biogradska Gora National Park. The village of Zabljak makes an excellent base from which to explore the glacial lakes of Durmitor National Park or go rafting through the Tara Gorge. Both towns offer skiing in winter.

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Need to know

Language

The official and most commonly spoken language of Montenegro is Montenegrin, which is very similar to Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian. Albanian, Slovenian and Macedonian are also used in some parts of the country. However, Montenegrin has at least three more letters than Serbian and there are some profound differences in pronunciation. Tourist industry workers usually understand basic English and sometimes Italian or German, particularly along the coast. English is much less commonly understood in the north.

Currency

Although Montenegro is not a member of the European Union, it has adopted the euro as its currency of choice. Notes are available in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5, while coins are available in denominations of 1 and 2 euros, with cents available as 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Other currencies are not usually accepted. Money can be changed at banks and official currency exchange agencies. Many banks are open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 8am to 3pm on Saturdays. Travellers' cheques are not readily accepted or changed. ATMs are commonly available but often do not accept international debit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted, although cash is preferred for small purchases.

Visas

UK nationals are granted access to Montenegro without a visa, for a stay of 90 days. However, it can still be worth carrying a passport, credit card and driving license in the event of needing to hire a car. Other foreign visitors should visit the Montenegrin government website to query visa requirements.

Climate

Montenegro’s Mediterranean climate means that holidaymakers are spoilt with glorious spells of sun when they arrive in the summer months. This is the period when most tourists decide to visit the country, however a trip to the inland mountains in the evenings still see temperatures fall to a colder 12°C.

In the shoulder seasons (May-Jun and Sep-Oct), temperatures hover around the 20°C mark, with the sun nicely warming ocean seas – perfect for a nice dip. In low season (Nov-Apr) temperatures remain relatively mild (around 7°C), however a lot of hotels and restaurants close down, opening again in the high-season.

Main Airports

Montenegro has two international airports. The main one is Podgorica Airport (TGD), situated 11kms from Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Tivat Airport (TIV) is located about four kilometres from Tivat town in the Bay of Kotor. Some carriers run seasonal charters.

Flight Options

Local airlines operate regular flights from Podgorica to London-Gatwick (England), Belgrade (Serbia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Frankfurt (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Moscow-Domodedovo (Russia), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France), Rome-Fiumicino (Italy), Vienna (Austria), Z'rich (Switzerland). It takes just over 2 hours to fly from London to either Montenegrin airport.

Travel Advice

From the Arrivals hall in either airport, visitors can take a taxi or minibus shuttle to the city centre. There is no bus service from Podgorica to the coast. Visitors can avoid an overpriced taxi fare by pre-booking transfers through their hotel. Podgorica and Tivat airports both have car hire desks in the main terminal buildings.

Other Transport Options

Montenegro is located in mainland Europe, so people on the continent can drive here. Tourists coming from the United Kingdom must cross the channel by train or ferry (both take cars) to France before driving to Montenegro, which takes two to three days. An affordable train runs the scenic route from Belgrade in Serbia to Bar on Montenegro's coast. A ferry runs between Bar (Kotor, Montenegro) and Bari (Italy). Cross-border buses run from the main Montenegro hub at Podgorica to Belgrade (Serbia), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

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  1. Montenegro is een klein land met net iets meer dan 600.000 inwoners.
  2. Er zijn meer dan 2500 flamingo's in Montenegro en ze nemen in aantal toe.
  3. De Tarakloof is de langste kloof in Europa en de op één na langste ter wereld.
  4. In het dorp Mitrovica staat 's werelds oudste olijfboom van meer dan 2000 jaar oud.
  5. Montenegro is als achtergrond gebruikt voor een aantal blockbusterfilms, waaronder de Bondfilm Casino Royale.
  6. Er liggen 117 stranden aan de Adriatische kust.

Feiten

  1. Montenegro is een klein land met net iets meer dan 600.000 inwoners.
  2. Er zijn meer dan 2500 flamingo's in Montenegro en ze nemen in aantal toe.
  3. De Tarakloof is de langste kloof in Europa en de op één na langste ter wereld.
  4. In het dorp Mitrovica staat 's werelds oudste olijfboom van meer dan 2000 jaar oud.
  5. Montenegro is als achtergrond gebruikt voor een aantal blockbusterfilms, waaronder de Bondfilm Casino Royale.
  6. Er liggen 117 stranden aan de Adriatische kust.

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