FIND ACCOMMODATION IN MONTENEGRO
Montenegro has an abundance of towns that were developed through the centuries. Although they may look alike at first sight, once you get to know them a bit better, with their traditions and customs, they can bring out the curiosity in everyone who wishes to explore them in more detail.
Since Montenegro is divided into three regions: coastal, central and mountain, each one of these gave some special characteristics to its towns.
Coast cities : Ulcinj, Bar, Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Herceg Novi
Central cities : Podgorica, Niksic, Cetinje, Danilovgrad
Mountain cities : Kolasin, Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Pljevlja, Rozaje, Zabljak, Plav
The coastal towns create an impression of the sleeping beauties that don´t lose any of their exquisiteness despite the century´s long sleep. Rich in architectural details from the ancient times, on the inside and outside of the buildings, one can not leave indifferent; with the whisper of the waves, these towns invite you to come back again.
The towns of the central region are rich in historical and cultural monuments and tell the stories of the glorious victories against the armies that tried to occupy these regions. The contemporary spirit can be noted all around and contributes to the development of these economic and cultural centers into the real tourist metropolises.
Towns in the northern part of Montenegro are dedicated to the development of winter tourism and this commitment is more obvious every day. These small towns, with their specific charm and mountain architecture, small rural households and healthy food, are becoming increasingly attractive to the tourists.
Podgorica is the official commercial and cultural center of Montenegro. The name originates from 1326 and it is built amongst five rivers, the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica. Most of the city was destroyed during WW II, so Podgorica is relatively new, with modern buildings at every step of the way and green spaces as well as parks. Podgorica hosts a number of cultural events and there are many theatres, such as Crnogorsko Narodno, Gradsko and Dodest. Further cultural and historic monuments in and around Podgorica are Sahat-kula Adzi-pasa Osmanagica, the ruins of Nemanjica Grad, remnants of the city of Doclea, Stara Varos, and Vezirov. Podgorica has excellent transit connections with other centres.
At nine kilometres from the city is the International Airport, with railway and bus stations close to one another.
Ulcinj is the southernmost city at Montenegrin coast. With its natural potential Ulcinj is tourism borne. The longest beach at the Adriatic sea – Velika Plaza that is 13 km long, the Ada Bojana – a unique river island with marvelous sandy beaches, Valdanos – a unique bay with a coastline covered in old olive trees, the reconstructed old city of Ulcinj – full of interesting restaurants, caf?s, galleries and hotels … and many other attractive sights make Ulcinj unique and attractive for many tourists. Ulcinj is a city that you have to visit.
Bar represents a modern town that is expanding every day. Although it is a port town, it is amazingly clean and has many developed green areas. Around it there are many tourist attractions. The old town of Bar, Haj Nehaj Fortress, with the remnants from the 15 th century fortress and the castle of King Nikola, represent the historic and cultural monuments of this town. There´s an olive tree that is more than 2000 years old and Skadar lake, with one of the biggest habitats of birds, as well as a large number of monasteries and churches for the visitors who enjoy this type of tourism. Numerous festivals and cultural events, such as: the International TV Festival, Meetings Under The Old Olive Tree, the Bar Chronicle.
Set up beaches and bays as Dobre Vode, Sutomore, Canj will make you come to Bar again.
Budva is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism thanks to the great number of beaches that make this a most desirable tourist destination. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches for example, Budva is rich in historic monuments. The Old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church Sv. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava. During the summer months it turns into a City Theatre with numerous local performances and shows from abroad. In the Stari Grad (Old town) you can also visit many shops, caf?s, restaurants and galleries. Monasteries Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici and Gradiste are important historic and religious monuments of Budva.
The Budva coast is 21 km long with 17 beaches. It is among the most beautiful coasts in the world and its beauty will not leave you indifferent.
Tivat is located in the central part of the Boka Kotorska bay. Although it is the youngest town in the Boka region, Tivat has a lot of interesting and attractive destinations. Renaissance Summer House Buca in the centre of city, Ostrvo Cvijeca (flowers´ island) with sacred monuments, Gornja Lastva, the old nucleus at an altitude of 300 m, the magnificent beach at Plavi Horizonti and the island Sv. Nikola are tourist destinations that should be visited in Tivat. In the city it self there is the natural marina Kaliman. Tivat is also the only place at the littoral with an airport. There is also a choice of cultural events, such as Bocarska Olympiad and Ljetnje Feste.
Located along one of Montenegro´s most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site". Through the entire city the buildings are criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. One of these squares contains the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun), a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The Church of Saint Luke (Sveti Luka) from the 13th century, Church of Saint Ana (Sveta Ana) from the 12th century, Church of Saint Mary (Sveta Marija) from the 13th century, Church of the Healing Mother of God (Gospe od Zdravlja) from the 15th century, the Prince´s Palace from the 17th century and the Napoleon´s Theatre from the 19th century are all treasures that are part of the rich heritage of Kotor. Carnivals and festivals are organized each year to give additional charm to this most beautiful city of the Montenegrin littoral. You simply can not afford to miss a visit to Kotor.
Herceg Novi is recognisable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It is a ´city of the sun´, thanks to the large number of sunny days all year round. The centre of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad, decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Kanli – Kula (1483). Fortress Spanjola (1538) and Fortress Forte Mare (1687) are only a part of the cultural heritage of this renowned town. Full of thick greenery, Herceg Novi hides numerous kinds of tropical flowers. Towards the end of January the town becomes scented with the subtle fragrance of yellow and green mimosas and the festival of Praznik Mimosa is dedicated to this flower. During the summer months many festivals are organised to further enrich the tourist offer of this enchanted town.
In the west of Montenegro, at the field of Niksic, is the city of Niksic. Built in the 4th century, its original name was Onogost. Remains of this old city are today a cultural and historic monument. In the vicinity of Niksic, from the direction of Podgorica, high in the cliffs, is the greatest spiritual centre of Montenegro, the Monastery of Ostrog. Founded in the12th century by Metropolitan Vasilijethat, who was later proclaimed Saint and miracle worker. Today his relics are here and Ostrog is the most visited Orthodox shrine in the Balkans. In the city itself is the monumental Saborna Church, dedicated to Saint Vasilije and surrounded by a beautiful park. Niksic is flanked by three lakes: Krupac, Slano and Liverovici Lake. During the summer months these lakes are the main places for day trippers and holiday makers. Niksic is also well known for its production of the famous Niksicko beer.
Situated in the fields of Cetinje, at the base of the Lovcen mountain, Cetinje is a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage. It scent with the architecture from 18th and 19th century that comes from rich greenery of this small city. Cetinje is the capital of Montenegro and Crnogorsko - primorska Mitropolija. During King Nikola´s reign many embassies were built that give it today´s specific looks. Two of the most representative buildings are the Monasteries of Cetinje and Biljarda. Cetinje Monastery was built in 1701 and even though the Turks destroyed it several times, the people built it up again. There are relics of Saint Petar of Cetinje, one the illustrious patrons of Montenegrin history. Cetinje Monastery represents the spiritual and political seat of the Montenegrin people. For the state purpose Njegos built Biljarda, a building (monastery) that took its name after the pool (billiards) that this exceptional poet, metropolitan, philosopher and statesman liked to play. Cetinje abounds in museums, as well as the Art Academy, parks and from Orlov Krs there is great view of the city and the mountain of Lovcen.
Some legends say that Bijelo Polje got its name after white flowers that in spring covered this entire city. Bijelo Polje lays in valley divided by the river Lim. It is a picturesque city surrounded by rich pastures, wells and large forests. This region was inhabited even in Neolith and Bronze Age that confirms remains found. Bijelo Polje is recognizable by church of Saint Peter and Paul where is the Gospel of Miroslav, one of the oldest and the most beautiful scriptures written in Cyrillic on hide and decorated with initials and miniatures of vivid colors and in gold. Also there is church of Saint Nicola where there are rich library and frescos completely saved.
In the picturesque valley of the rivers Cehotina and Brznica on the very North of Montenegro is located city of Pljevlja. It got the name after hey circulating from rich monastery estates where the grain was cultivated. Pljevlja is the most beautiful mixture of Islamic and Christian spirit in every sense. The symbol of the city and everlasting tolerance are two cultural historic and architectonic monuments Monastery of Holy Trinity and Husein- Pasa mosque. Monastery of Holy Trinity dates back to 1537. This monastery is far known for its scriptoria. Dozens of books were written there. Husein-Pasa mosque present masterpiece of Oriental architecture. Its founder Husein Pasa Boljevic built it in 1569. In the mosque are kept one the most beautiful scripts here.
Rozaje is city surrounded by magnificent mountains Hajla, Mokra gora, Krstac, Zljeb and Turjak. The Ibar River flows through it and forests cover all regions. Rich in large forests, field and forest flowers Rozaje represents special summer tourism destination. During winter months surrounding mountains abound with snow and ski lifts and ski paths make winter impression full. The important cultural and historic monuments are Mosque Kurtagica, Illyrian settlement at Brezojevica hill, and ruins of church Ruzica.
Plav is located at the feet of the mountain riff Prokletije on the springs of the river Lim. It is considered that it got its name after Roman Emperor Phlavius during the Roman rule. Nature gifted this region dearly with variation of scenery. Plav abounds in lakes and the most known is The Plavsko lake, glacier lake one of the largest and most beautiful in this region. The lakes Hridsko and Visitorsko are mountain lakes and Visitorsko is specific for its floating island. Plav can bribe for its karsts wells among which are Alipasa wells and Oko Skakavica. Cultural heritage of Plav is various. Old library, Old mosque, Holy Trinity Church at Brezojevici, Redzepagica kula and mosque Sultania are only a part of cultural heritage of this city.