Montenegro is a country in Southeastern Europe and it’s one of the youngest countries of the Balkans and Europe. The former republic of Yugoslavia, gained independence in 2006. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south-east. Its capital and largest city is Podgorica.
Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region. The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km long, with 72 km of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns.
Excellent place for holiday - the proximity of Croatia (Dalmatia) and Albania makes it the most common directions of trips organized for tourists coming on holiday to Montenegro. It's multinational and multicultural country, with a rich and diverse nature, culture and history. It is a land of sun, blue sea, fragrant and wild olive trees, rocky mountains. Paradise for tourists, for which the exploration of the country will be an unforgettable and thrilling adventure!
South Montenegro: Adriatic Coast –Riviera of Herceg Novi, Bay of Kotor, Bay of Tivat, Budva Riviera, Sutomore, Bar, Ulcinj. The most prominent region of Montenegro, with the most popular tourist resorts.
Central Montenegro: is first and foremost the lower mountains and plains and Lake Skadar (Skadarskiego) centers Cetinje, Niksic, Podgorica.
North Montenegro: Region Mountain - Mountain Durmitor, Prokletije Mountains, Mountain Bjelasica - areas often wild and unexplored. Beautiful scenery and hidden mountain villages.
National Geographic Traveler (edited once in decade) features Montenegro among the "50 Places of a Lifetime", and Montenegrin seaside Sveti Stefan was used as the cover for the magazine. The coast region of Montenegro is considered one of the great new "discoveries" among world tourists. In January 2010, The New York Times ranked the Ulcinj South Coast region of Montenegro, including Velika Plaza, Ada Bojana, and the Hotel Mediteran of Ulcinj, as among the "Top 31 Places to Go in 2010" as part of a worldwide ranking of tourism destinations. Montenegro was also listed in "10 Top Hot Spots of 2009" to visit by Yahoo Travel, describing it as "Currently ranked as the second fastest growing tourism market in the world (falling just behind China)". It is listed every year by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet as top touristic destination along with Greece, Spain and other world touristic places.
The culture of Montenegro has been shaped by a variety of influences throughout history. The influence of Orthodox, Slavonic, Central European, Islamic, and seafaring Adriatic cultures (notably parts of Italy, like the Republic of Venice) have been the most important in recent centuries.
Montenegro has many significant cultural and historical sites, including heritage sites from the pre-Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods. The Montenegrin coastal region is especially well known for its religious monuments, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor (Cattaro under the Venetians), the basilica of St. Luke (over 800 years), Our Lady of the Rocks (Škrpjela), the Savina Monastery and others. Montenegro's medieval monasteries contain thousands of square metres of frescos on their walls.
The traditional folk dance of the Montenegrins is the Oro, a circle dance that involves dancers standing on each other's shoulders in a circle while one or two dancers are dancing in the middle.
The traditional dishes of Montenegro's heartland, and its Adriatic coast have a distinctively Italian flavour which shows in the bread-making style, the way meat is cured and dried, cheese-making, wine, and spirits, the soup and stew (čorba) making style, polenta, stuffed peppers, meatballs, priganice (fritters), raštan, etc.
The second large influence came from the Levant and Turkey, largely via Serbia: sarma, musaka, pilav, pita, gibanica, burek, ćevapi, kebab, and Turkish sweets like baklava and tulumba, etc. Hungarian dishes include goulash, sataraš, and đuveč, which are also very common.
Last but not least, Croatian cuisine made its mark mostly in the desserts department. Crêpes, doughnuts, jams, myriad types of biscuits and cakes, all make a contribution to the average Montenegrin's waist-line. Vienna-style bread is the most prevalent type of bread in the shops.
Montenegrin cuisine also varies geographically; the cuisine in the coastal area differs from the one in the northern highland region. The coastal area is traditionally a representative of Mediterranean cuisine, with seafood being a common dish.
The Government of Montenegro has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination a top priority. Some large projects are already under way, such as Porto Montenegro, while other locations, like Jaz Beach, Buljarica, Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana, have perhaps the greatest potential to attract future investments and become premium tourist spots on the Adriatic.