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Budva (Budua), Montenegro. Author Markus Bernet. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Budva (Budua), Montenegro. Author Markus Bernet

Montenegro tourist attractions: what to see in Montenegro

In the small territorial extent of Montenegro, the tourist will find along the coast, historic towns of clearly Venetian origin, with forts, buildings and medieval churches, and a sea with beautiful beaches. While the interior of the country will be able to admire an uncontaminated nature characterized by mountains, canyons, rivers, and lakes.

The coast of Montenegro, which historically formed the so-called Albania Veneta, is very beautiful, surrounded by mountains that reach almost to the sea, and it becomes really spectacular in the Bay of Kotor, a deep bay dominated by the Dinaric Alps. The whole area of the Bay of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are many interesting places that overlook the Bay of Kotor, at the mouth of the Bay is the town of Herceg Novi (Castelnuovo di Cattaro) with the remains of massive Venetian fortifications. In front of the narrowest point of the inlet of the Strait lies the beautiful town of Perast (Perasto) famous for being the last place to lover the flag of the Republic of Venice, 23 August 1797, more than three months after the fall of Republic. The architectural jewel of the Strait, however, is the city of Kotor (Cattaro), which is located at the south-east of the gulf, located along the coast at the foot of Mount Lovćen (1,749 meters), there are massive Venetian fortifications and beautiful churches, including the magnificent cathedral of St. Tryphon.

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. Author Igycg. No Copyright

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. Author Igycg

Further south the coast of Montenegro has beautiful beaches and interesting historical towns, now become important seaside resorts, the city of Budva (Budua) is the capital of seaside tourism in the country, characterized by a beautiful medieval old town surrounded by Venetian walls and beautiful beaches such as those of Mogren and Jaz. A little further south is the curious center of Sveti Stefan, built on an island linked to the mainland by a sandy isthmus. The coast continues with a succession of beaches to the border with Albania, between the historical towns to report there are Bar (Antivari), the most important port in the country, and Ulcinj (Dulcigno), with a beautiful old town and several beaches, including the beaches of Ada Bojana and Velika Plaža, the latter the longest beach in Montenegro.

Skadar Lake, located a few tens of kilometers from the coast, and partly belonging to Albania is an important nesting place for birds, the Montenegrin section of the lake is protected as a national park.

Bay of Kotor (Cattaro), Montenegro. Author Janusz Recław. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Bay of Kotor (Cattaro), Montenegro. Author Janusz Recław

Inland areas of Montenegro, in particular the wild northern part, are a paradise for nature lovers, made of contrasts and natural beauty, and often protected by national parks, there are rugged and wild mountains as the Durmitor, the Bjelasica, the Sinjajevina, and the Ljubišnja. Along the slopes of these mountains are some well-equipped winter sports centers including Žabljak in the Durmitor National Park, which is the most famous and popular ski resort in Montenegro, and the ski resort of Kolašin in the are of the mountains Sinjajevina, Bjelasica, and the National Park Biogradska Gora. In the Durmitor National Park is also the spectacular canyon formed by the river Tara, one of the deepest canyons in Europe, and among the deepest in the world. In the same area another canyon is formed by the river Piva.

Around the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, are the ruins of Duklja, a Roman city capital of the province Praevalitana. To the west of Podgorica is the historic capital of Montenegro, Cetinje, which was founded in the fifteenth century and has several interesting historic buildings including churches, monasteries and palaces. North of the capital near Kolašin is the important Morača Orthodox monastery dating back to the Middle Ages. To the north-west of Podgorica in a charming location on a cliff is the Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, the most famous place of pilgrimage in the country.

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