Capital City: Podgorica
International Dialing Code: 382
President: Milo Đukanović
Montenegro sits between Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo. It also shares a border with Serbia, the country it separated from in 2006. Montenegro is famous for its mountain peaks and long, unspoiled beaches and the UNESCO World Heritage Bay of Kotor.
Kotor Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 10 meter thick medieval walls which have protected the city for hundreds of years now draw tourists from across Europe and further afield. Inside the walls you will find plenty to see and do. The Lovcen Mausoleum is perhaps the highest mausoleum in the world. 461 steps and 1657 meters above sea level the tomb is home to some spectacular artifacts including a golden mosaic. The view from the mausoleum are spectacular and on you can see as far away as Italy.
The Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Ostrog monastery, is carved high into a mountain cliff and visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. The current monastery took shape in 1923 after a fire ripped through much of area. There are stories of healings attached to the monastery and pilgrims come from across the world to pray here.
Pilgrims walk the 3km from the lower monastery to the upper monastery barefoot. Before entering the upper monastery to pray to Saint Basil, they make an offering or donation for the monks.
Montenegro has a growing wine industry, the majority of which is found in one huge field. You can tour the estate and sample the award-winning wines.
Montenegro is a wonderful country for people who enjoy the outdoors life. During the winter, snow covers much of Montenegro. Montenegro is still mostly unknown as a skiing destination which means empty slopes and lower prices than you will find elsewhere in Europe. There is a range of accommodation options and all levels are catered for.
During the summer people head to the coast. Montenegro has over 100 kilometers of coast line, much of it is yellow sand beaches and the clear waters of the Adriatic. Europe’s super rich have been flocking to Porto Montenegro in Tivat, but there are options for every budget. Further down the coast you can find quiet beaches, friendly resorts, and low prices. As well as sailing, and swimming, kite-surfing and windsurfing are popular along the coast.
Inland, there are hiking and mountain biking trails which wind through the mountainous countryside.