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    The Tara River is the longest mountain river in Montenegro. It is 144 km long. It is the longest canyon in Montenegro and Europe and second longest in the world after Grand Canyon. The canyon stretches along the mountains Durmitor and Sinjajevina, the total length is 82 km and the depth is 1300 meters. The canyon is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a part of Durmitor National Park. The Tara deep river with its crystal clear water emerges from the confluence of the Opasnica and Veruša Rivers. It flows over Montenegro in the north and over Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it makes confluence with Piva, becomes the Drina river.

    History
    The river was named after the Illyrian tribe "Autariatae", who lived near river bed in IV-V centuries.
    In 1937 a picturesque bridge named after Đurđevića was built, which was the only road connecting south and north lands for a long time. The bridge is amazing with its architecture. It crosses the canyon at the height of 150 meters and consists of five huge arches with the total length 370 meters.
    The Tara river is the biggest river in Montenegro, which is also the biggest natural store in Europe of fresh water suitable for consumption. The bottom of the river is stone without any vegetation, thanks to this water does not require any additional filtration and has an amazing taste.
    Rafting is still the most popular extreme sport in the Tara river region, organized by local agencies in summer. You can order excursion in any resort towns of the shore or by visiting Durmitor or Zhabljak, or Đurđevića Bridge. Besides, the cliffs are also popular among the tourists. Those who fond of hiking, will enjoy special paths of Durmitor park.
    Even if you are not a fan of extreme sports, you should visit the Rata river and the National park of Durmitor. Besides, even at the hottest day, the river brings freshness. The water temperature is never above 12-15°C. There are many mountain lakes. The most famous are Black lake of Durmitor and Beograd Lake near Kolashin.
    There is an amazing forest of black pines (Crna Poda) within the Tara river canyon. It is located between Bistrica and Dobrilovina, 950 meters above the sea. The pines reach 45 meters high and many of them are about 400 years old.
    You can get to the National park of Durmitor and the Tara river canyon faster, if go through Nikšić town. If you are interested in other sightseeing, you should pass by Kolašin take turn to Mojkovac.

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    Monastery Savina
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    Orthodox monastery of Savina in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Savinov...
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    Catholic Church of the Nativity Virgin in Prčanj, Montenegro.
     
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    Catholic Church of the Nativity Virgin in Prčanj, Montenegro.
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    The sun falls asleep there
    Where one can see the most beautiful sunset
    There are many places in Montenegro one should visit at sunset.
    Let's tell about one of them.
    A few minutes by car from Kotor, there is superb with a nice name Dobrota. There is St. Eustahije's church of the 18th century. You will notice its high belfry from a distance. Leave your car in a parking lot near the church and go down along the fence off bushy pink hollyhock, straight to a small pier.
    At sunset, here is an unrealistically beautiful view. It seems that this piece of Boka-Kotor bay completely vanishes in a shady purple haze. And colors, such beautiful colors!
    If to come here earlier, have a chance to visit the church. There is a lot of interesting inside. For example, septicoloured marble altar, huge mosaic pannel and the main treasury of the collection is lace of 17-18 centuries. Montenegrin craftswomen had been making this lace while long months and years waiting for their husbands-sailors.

     

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    Church Of St. Eustahiya
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    Prokletije Mountains (Prokletije) is a unique mountain range, full of attractions and pristine natural beauty, which is located in the National Park Prokletije.

    Prokletije Mountain or Balkan Alps (Albanian Bjeshket e Nemuna, Montenegrin - Prokletije) - is a huge mountain range, which is located on the Balkan Peninsula. He is one of the most neglected and rather mysterious sights in Montenegro.

    The name of the massif, as you might guess, it is literally translated as "cursed mountains." The name of this place makes involuntarily thinking about the bizarre associations in the style of fantasy: the mountains of the Curse, keeping the mystical treasures in its bosom, which can be found only by a select few. These peaks can be conquered only by the most courageous braves. In addition, the Prokletije Mountains is called the Balkan Alps or North Albanian Alps, the similarity of shape and the strange fact that at a relatively low altitude (up to 2.5 km) in their narrow gorges almost all year round snow tongues are stored.
     
    "To this land, through which for centuries caravans passed to Constantinople, nature has been truly generous.
    Streams, fast mountain rivers, about twenty caves and mountain peaks, among which
    Zla Kolata, the highest mountain peak in Montenegro, the height of which is 2.534 m above sea level "

     
    director of Plav Tourist Organization Huso Brdakich

    Prokletije Mountain range is located in the border area of the three countries: Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, but most of it is still in Albania. It is located at quite a distance from such famous Montenegrin resort places such as Budva, Petrovac, Kotor and Tivat. Around the mountains such settlements as: Pec, Djakovica (Kosovo), Bajram Curri (Albania), Podgorica (the capital of Montenegro and the largest city) and village Gusine, as part of the Republic of Montenegro, are arranged there.

    The picturesque mountain Prokletije system is located in the Dinaric Alps, in the southern part and extends in a direction from east to west over a distance of about 100 kilometers. In Montenegro, the mountain is considered to be the beginning of the north-western terminus of the Skadar Lake. The southern slopes of the tributaries dehydrogenate from Drin River north - tributaries of Lima and the north-western - tributaries of the Moraca River.

    Before the arrival of the Slavs in these places, here lived the Illyrians and there is also evidence that the Greeks and Romans visited these places. The first traces of man in these lands belong to the seventh century BC – it is confirmed, for example, by a drawing of a deer hunter (Iron Age) in the cave Grebaje, ten kilometers from Gusinje . This cave is one of the three existing in Montenegro caves with ancient drawings, located at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level, in a remote place. A bit later drawing on a stone block was found on the mountain Popadija, not far from the abandoned summer pastures Valusnica. It depicts the struggle of men and women with a wolf, that attacked their child. It is assumed that this image, called the "Great Mother" (Magna mater), was created in the middle of the Bronze Age, 600 years BC.

    The highest peak of the mountain system Prokletije is mountain Jezerca, the maximum height of which reaches 2692 meters above sea level. Among the other peaks of the mountain range it is also possible to note the following: Radohina (2570 m.), Dzheravitsa (2556 m, the highest point in Kosovo.) Shkelzeni (2407 m), Tromeda (2366 m).

    The slopes of the mountains Prokletije strongly dissected and up to altitudes of 1700-1800 meters above sea level, covered with centuries-old relict trees: oak, beech, maple, chestnut, fir and pine; and above these heights there are mountain pastures (Katun) and vast, picturesque Alpine meadows, which in some places are covered with snow. The Prokletije is supported by a special microclimate, which is due to the fact, that there is snow in its gorges even in the hottest summer days. The massif is composed of limestone, dolomite and shale, karst is also widespread there.

    The depth of the massif Prokletije hides many of these natural treasures: amazing glacial lakes, stunning scenery, swift waterfalls, which are among the stone walls carry their water, and clear springs.

    One of the main attractions of this region are considered to be Plav Lake and Hridskoje lake.

    Plav Lake is the largest among all the glacial lakes in Montenegro. It lies at an altitude of 907 meters above sea level. To date, this body of water is considered to be one of the most popular places of eco-tourism, as well as a real Mecca for fishing fans.

    In Montenegro, there are no fountains, in which, according to the tradition a coin is thrown, make a wish ... Instead, in the mountains of Prokletije there is Hridskoje lake. It is also called the "Lake of happiness," as it is believed that bathing in it gives beauty, health, love and a lot of children. To make the wish come true, after swimming in the lake you need to throw some jewel or a precious thing. Although it is at a decent height, more than 1,800 meters above sea level, in the north-western side of Prokletije, but still it’s not difficult to reach the lake from Plav and Gusinje.

    Its length is 300 meters and a width is about 160. In summer, the lake depth is about five meters, and in the rest of the year is much deeper due to heavy rains and melting snow. In winter it covered with thick layer of ice.

    There is a variety of mythical legends and stories about the lake. One of them tells that it is created by gods, and presented it to the forest fairies to enjoy a swim. When people discovered the lake, the fairies had to leave it, and the gods in anger and sadness became to deliver thunders in the surrounding mountains, and cursed them, turning it into bare peaks. Since then, the mountains, according to legend, were named Prokletije, but the lake is left with clean, clear, healthy water. The other local legend has it, that once an avid trader of Plav heard about the miraculous lake, and secretly, at night went to the lake to collect all the jewels and pearls, which rested on its bottom. When he collected the treasure, and began to count them, by the glitter of gold and silver against the moonlight, he became blind. Mortally frightened merchant began to sob loudly, and his sobs echoed through the mountains. Since then, the lake has been called "Hridskoje".

    Prokletije Mountains are adorned by other beautiful mountain lakes - Rukavicko, Bukumirsko, Ropojansko, Tatarijsko, Kolindarsko, Gardacko and a dozen of smaller lakes. With the exception of Plav Lake, the others are typical example of a natural phenomenon, received poetic name "mountain eyes". There are a lot of springs with crystal clear mountain water here. Some of them, such as the well-known sources of Ali Pasha, not far from Gusinje, are of particular value and attractiveness for tourism.
     
    "Never until now I have not felt so much beauty of nature, the warmth and hospitality of the local people, in these mountainous regions. There, under the tall mountain peaks, everything is fine and mysterious.
    This nature does not exist anywhere in the world "

     
    Ana Lisa (well-known journalist and publicist,
    employee of the London-based publisher "Bradt Travel Guides)

    Also, at the foot of the massif, a monastery Visoki Dečani is located on the territory of Kosovo, which stores unique ancient frescoes.

    Prokletije Mountain range, in addition to the above is also a paradise for all those, who truly appreciate active rest. Especially for those, who like climbing and paragliding, who come to Montenegro for extreme relaxation.
     
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    Mountains Prokletije or the Balkan Alps
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    Niagara is one of the loudest waterfalls in Montenegro. Local people named it after American Niagara waterfall. In contrast to its famous namesake, Montenegrin "Niagara" is much smaller, but quite broad, beautiful and fast (especially when flood), located in an easily accessible place for any local person or tourist. In fact, this "reduction" of Niagara waterfall makes good on Montenegrin nature. The waterfall is located not far away from Podgorica, in a few kilometers from Cem river (Cijevna) flows into Morača river.

    Cem river originates in Prokletije, Albania, flows into Morača river and continues its way in Skadar lake. Cem is a small river, its depth does not exceed 10 meters. Though the decision was taken to build a dam, which created waterfall. The dam was built to the south of Podgorica and a small water storage reservoir was created. Overflowing the dam, water falls from 10 meters height.

    After a while, water has made its way through the rocks and created one main waterfall and some smaller side waterfalls. When Cem river starts flowing from both sides, waterfall provides the bright impression during snow melting or heavy rain. You can enjoy this view sitting on the bench or at the restaurant located near waterfall. By the way, the restaurant creates an additional attractiveness as a tourist spot. The restaurant is designed in country style. Here you can try fresh caught fish and many delicious local dishes.

     

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    In Montenegro, near Tivat there is so-called "holy Archipelago", consisting of 3 objects: Peninsula Miholska Prevlaka (Peninsula of Flowers), Island of St. Mark and the island of Gospa od Milo (Our Lady of Mercy). All three islands are covered with numerous legends, and they were a cult place of pilgrimage once:
     

    • The Sveti Marko Island is known for its amazing beaches (the total duration of which is about 4 km), where the beach season lasts for six months.
    • Miholska Prevlaka Peninsula or Island of Flowers ( "floral" Peninsula), as it is connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus - a strip of land, hiding under water during high tide. Why "floral"? Because it is the birthplace of all kinds of trees, flowers and plants growing on it in the old days. In addition, it was decorated with gorgeous olive grove, almost completely destroyed by refugees from Bosnia, like most flowering gardens. However, many flowering "umbrellas" (rich flora still please the eye of vacationist today) very well cope with protection from the burning sun for tourists eager to visit the beautiful island beach.
    • The smallest island of archipelago is the island Gospa od Milo (which means "Our Lady of Mercy") stands in the middle of Tivat Bay and is three hundred meters to the west of the island of Saint Mark, and about six hundred meters from the peninsula Lustica. Otok Island is the second name of this island, occupies a tiny space on the water, with width not exceeding 80 m and in length -.147 meters and is fenced off from the outside by wall with height of 1.5 meters. It was constructed by hermit monks in the XV century.


    What is hidden behind this wall?

    There is a nunnery with the same name with living monastic cells, the Church of Our Lady, the bell tower, and various household outbuildings, a courtyard with a gallery, concrete walkways and beautiful garden on the island.

    It would seem, that the smallest of the islands, ranked to the so-called Tivat "holy Archipelago" has nothing to surprise. However, cultural, historical and religious significance Gospa od Milo is very difficult to overestimate. Island Gospa od Milo is a unique "holy corner", that captivates amazing nature and mystery, the answer to which is to be found in numerous stories and legends ...
     

    • For example, scientists have not been able to prove the presence of life here for about 5 thousand years ago, but it is known that the island Our Lady of Mercy has been a place of great religious ceremonies of different nationalities for thousands of years. For example, carved stone altars are found here, dedicated to the wife of Jupiter -a beautiful Juno Lucina, that were left behind by the ancient Romans, greeting their gods here.
    • There is also a legend about three women: Juno, Mary and Dana, two goddesses - the guardian of the motherhood and God-fearing woman, having built a church for all the suffering. The island remains under their protection.
    • In addition, they say, that the resettlement of the Slavs and their conversion to Christianity is characterized by another significant finding. In 1955, a square stone of a certain small church was found in the undergrowth of the island. The inscription in Latin says that St. Stephen's Church was founded in the beginning of IX century by Dana and her husband Yurok. We can assume that the couple had no children, since they built a church on the site of the millennial pilgrimage, and entrusted their hopes and prayers to St. Stephen


    The history of the island.

    The island has quite rich and interesting history. In 1479 it was laid by the hermit monks, who were attracted by the magic of the Island. They also built Célestins monastery and a large church in honor of Our Lady of Mercy. At that time the local master carved a wooden statue of "Saint Mary of Mercy", after which the island got its name.

    From 1524, it was under the possession of Order of Friars Minor. After that, in the XVII century (1620), the island was sacked by Turks and the monastery and church were burnt as well. With the help of the faithful monks who lived in the district it was gradually restored.

    Until 1800 the Franciscans had not left the island, but in the end it was passed to the bishop of Kotor. Catholic priests settled on the island, they guarded the temple and managed the parishes of Krtole and Krasici on the opposite bank. With time, the church and especially the monastery came in strong decline, while in 1900 on the order of the bishop of Kotor a full restoration of the island and all the buildings that are on it behan.

    After the Second World War, the island was nationalized by the state and passed over to the Red Cross, which opened a holiday house for children on the island. After the Red Cross leave, the building on the island were gradually destroyed, and once the church was even broken into and ransacked.
    In 1967, on the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary the monastery and the island were returned to the Kotor Diocese. And the care of it was entrusted to the Croatian Jesuit fathers, who with great love and care made restoration. The works were completed in early 1973 by the restoration of the bell tower and the installation of stained glass of a talented artist Marianne Gayshak.

    In the morning of Easter in 1979, the strongest earthquake in Montenegro occurred, which destroyed almost all the buildings of suffering island again.

    Today the island and most of the objects on it have been restored and this complex is one of the main tourist attractions of Tivat and all Montenegro.

    What to see on the way to the island?

    Island Gospa od Milo is located close to several places of interest that would be nice to visit along the way.

    Thus, in the program of excursions is often included not only the island of St Mark's, immersed in the green of cypress and olive trees, but also the Lustica peninsula, walking through which resembles a fascinating journey among the evergreen Mediterranean plants and wild flowering pomegranates, olive groves, ancient pines and oaks, wild grape shrubs and figs.

    When else you will have an opportunity to "be transferred" to the days of ancient Greece or Rome, celebrated in myths? And whether to miss or not such a great opportunity, being very close, everyone decides for themselves...
     

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    Island Gospa od Milosrda in Montenegro
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    Истоки реки Пива (Piva) находятся на склонах горы Синяц в Черногории, далее она проходит по территории соседнего государства Боснии и Герцеговины и соединяясь с рекой Тара образует реку Дрина. Это необычайно красивая несудоходная горная река, длина которой составляет 34 километра. Пива имеет множество притоков, а общая площадь водного массива реки составляет более 1200 км2. Второе название Пивы – «река с пятью именами», пошло от названия 5-ти её притоков: Тушина, Буковица, Биела, Комарница и Пива.

    Река Пива протекает по одноименному горному каньону, глубиной до 1200 метров, который изредка пересекают навесные деревянные мосты, соединяющие дороги между окрестными деревнями. Этот район Черногории малонаселен, поэтому здесь до сих пор сохранились заповедные условия. Строительство промышленных предприятий в окрестностях запрещено – так что воду из реки можно пить без опасений. Рядом с истоком реки находится христианский Пивский монастырь, история которого довольна интересна.

    В 70-х годах XX века на реке была построена плотина Мратине, в результате чего образовалось уникальное и очень красивое Пивское озеро. Это второе по величине пресное водохранилище в Черногории, глубина которого достигает 200 метров. Заповедность и таинственность здешних мест не смогла нарушить даже построенная несколько десятилетий назад гидроэлектростанция.

    Река Пива традиционно относится к лучшим местам для туризма и активного отдыха в Черногории. Здесь проходят всевозможные пешеходные и велосипедные экологические маршруты, есть места для рыбалки и охоты, проводятся сплавы на рафтах и байдарках для любителей активных водных видов спорта. Также эти районы идеально подходят для скалолазания, альпинизма и спелеологии. Отметим, что в районе каньона реки Пива до сих пор встречаются уникальные виды флоры и фауны.

    Пивская природная зона открыта для свободного туризма. Прозрачный воздух, звенящая тишина и непокорная изумрудная водяная стихия – что может быть лучше для отдыха после непрерывной суеты мегополисов? В поселке Шчепан Поле, где река Пива сливается еще с двумя реками, будут рады принять всех желающих побыть наедине с собой и природой. Отдыхать в этом районе приезжают не только иностранцы, но и местные жители.

     
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    Lake Biograd is the biggest glacial lake with transparent blue water, rich with fish, surrounded by dense forests and filled with fresh air. 
    It is located in the intermontane crater of Bjelasica Mountain, 6km from Majkovats, on the territory of of Biogradska Gora national park. It takes an area of 228,500 m² of the National park, its length is 870m, width is 260 and maximum depth is 12,1m. It is filled by Biograd river and Bendovats stream. Its outflow is Jezerstica.
    In Autumn, trout come in shallow water for spawning. Therefore those who love fishing will definitely love this place. Also you can see numerous wild animals and birds among local pine, fir, maple, oak, beech and ash. Here you can always find a place to stop overnight. There are many activities for your holiday: restaurants, boat renting, hiking routs with benches for your rest etc. For active leisure time you can practice kayaking. Artistic and romantic natures can just enjoy and inspire local beauty.

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    Fortress in Budva
    Fortress in Budva
    It was built in the 15th century. The whole complex consists from fortress gate, walls, St. Mary's church, building with old barracks and Square. The fortress presents potential of the constructors from the past. One of the walls is decorated with bas-relief presented two intertwined fish figure. According to the legend, these two lovers were separated by parents and turned into fish by throwing themselves into the sea.

    King Nikola's Royal Palace in Bar
    King Nikola's Royal Palace in Bar
    It is an architectural pearl of the town. Small building impresses with its elegance. Royal complex consists of park, winter garden, chapel, small Palace and botanical gardens. Today, there is History and Economy Museum and place where festivals and concerts are held.

    Fortress in Old Bar
    Fortress in Old Bar
    It is a historical center of Bar and the biggest architectural and archaeological ancient settlement within the Balkans. Old Bar is located inside of fort walls. You can get to the town through the gates built in the 11th century. There are about six hundred buildings of religious and social purpose. Some churches are in good condition.

    Walls of Old Kotor
    Walls of Old Kotor
    Campala tower and Bembo bastion are well preserved constructions and may look like inaccessible. The town is protected by St. John's fortress from the mountain side. Fort walls of Kotor had been constructed during 10 centuries, from the 9th till 19th century.

    St. John's fortress
    St. John's fortress
    It is the main sightseeing of Boka-Kotor bay. To reach the fortress one need to overcome 1400 stairs. It is located 300m above sea level. And it is dangerous and difficult to get to the fortress, here and there the stairs are located on the edge of an abyss. But if you do not afraid and want to see beautiful landscapes, it is worth of your efforts. It is better to do it when the weather is not so hot and take some water with you.

    Forte Mare (sea fortress)
    Forte Mare (sea fortress)
    It is a symbol of Herceg Novi. It was built by Tvrko King in the 14th century. Today Forte Mare is an open air cinema and a place where concerts and music festivals are held.

    Kanli Kula
    Kanli Kula
    One more Montenegrin fortress located in Herceg Novi. It is translated like bloody tower and was used as a prison, hence the name. The fortress is located 85m above sea level and provides wonderful views.
    Bastion Spanjola
    Bastion Spanjola
    It is also located in Herceg Novi built during Ottoman rule in the 15-16 century. The fortress is located on the mountain Bayer 170m above sea level. It is noteworthy that the bastion was used for defense three times during the 20th century.
    Old town Svach
    Old town Svach
    It is located 20km from Ulcinj on Sasko lake. Today just ruins are left similar to Hersones. First mention about town dates back to the 8th century, in the 14th century it is mentioned like a village. Sasko lake also attracts the tourists. There are more than 200 kinds of uncommon birds. The lake is rich with fish.

    Ruins of Doclea (Duklja)
    Ruins of Doclea (Duklja)
    It is located not far from Podgorica. Primarily it was Rome town, where Emperor Diocletian was born. When the Slavs came Duklja became Doclea. There was a long period of excavation works, in the result of which the image of the town was displayed: palaces, thermals, triumph arc, churches, and necropolis with house hold utensils.

    Ancient town-fortress Medun (Medeon)
    Ancient town-fortress Medun (Medeon)
    It is located on the north-east from Podgorica. Titus Livius was the first who mentioned this town, which was founded in the 3rd century B.C. The Illyrians lived in Medun. In ancient times there were well equipped acropolis, cemetery and place for rituals. The symbol of the Illyrians was a snake and scientists presume that they were followers of snake cult.

    Residence-fortress Bucha
    Residence-fortress Bucha
    It was built more than 500 years ago by the brothers Nicolas and Michel Bucha. It was a residence well equipped for defense and living. The castle consists of the main parts: house, St. Michel tower (the patron of the Bucha family), other premises. Objects are protected by stone wall.
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    Zabljak Crnojevic (rarely Zabljak Crnojevica, Montenegrin, Žabljak Crnojevića.) is a medieval city and fortress in Montenegro on Lake Skadar on a rock near the mouth of the Moraca River. The name comes from the Slavic Zabljak - marshy place where there are loads of frogs. Few people know, but the ancient capital of Montenegro, is not Cetinje, as many got used to think, but the medieval town of Zabljak on Skadar Lake. Not to confuse with the modern town of Zabljak in the north of Montenegro. However, back then, when Zabljak was a capital, there was not even such a name as Montenegro, and there was the Slavic principality of Zeta, located on the plains areas of Podgorica (Zeta plain) and Cetinje mountains (Mountainous Zeta).

    The last stronghold of the state of Zeta, the predecessor of Montenegro is Zabljak Crnojevica. This fortress belongs to the period of XI - XV centuries, and located in one part of the Skadar Lake, at the confluence of 4 rivers.

    Zabljak Crnojevica is referred to the significant monuments of fortification architecture. It is an important cultural heritage of the Skadar Lake basin. After wandering among the fortress walls, once a mighty fortress, we go down to the waterfront, and then go by boat to the island of Kosmach, where is the island monastery of the same name. This is one of the monasteries within the vast complex of "Zeta Athos".

    Got its name from the surname of the ruling Zeta dynasty Crnojevic, the capital of which was in the XV century. Founded probably in the X century, during the reign of Dukla from Vojislavljević dynasty. First mentioned in written sources in the middle of XV century. During the tenure of Zeta by Serbian despots Stefan Lazarevich and Yurij Brankovic, it was under their rule, and then, in 1466-1478, became the capital of Crnojevic dynasty.

    In 1475 the prince of Zeta Ivan Crnojevic I under the onslaught of the Ottomans was forced to move his capital to Obod, and then in Cetinje. In 1478 Zabljak was occupied by the Turks, who considerably strengthened its walls. During the Ottoman dominion Zabljak was the stronghold of the Turks on the northern shore of Skadar Lake. Montenegrins repeatedly tried to seize Zabljak, and in 1835 ten or thirteen Montenegrins moved through the wall and captured the city, captivating the garrison of 60 people, and then for three days kept the city away from the Turkish detachment of 3000 people. By decision of the Berlin Congress in 1878 Zabljak became a part of the independent Montenegro. Zabljak was surrounded by thick walls and towers with single entrance gate.

    In the city, apart from the palace of Crnojevic, there were: St. George's Church (converted into a mosque by the Turks), residential and military buildings, warehouses and tank for water. Most of the buildings have survived to our time. Now Zabljak Crnojevića has become desolate and is a tourist attraction with well-preserved walls and the remains of buildings of the XV century. The fortress can be reached from the town Golubovci at a time when the water in the lake is low, as well as on the boat at any time.
     
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    Fortress Žabljak Crnojevića in Montenegro
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    Djalovica cave is located 25km from Bijelo Pole and considered to be one of the most beautiful caves in Europe. The rout to the cave follows the town of Kolasin to the nearest town to the cave - Djalovica village. This rout takes approximately a few hours, and additional hour of walking from the village to the cave. The main entrance is located above two lakes called Devil's whirlpools. In summer they are usually dry. Speleologists from Belgrad has been studying Djalovica cave since 1987, and this year considered the year of its opening. Presumably, the total length of the cave with numerous stringers is more than 200km. To 1997, the scientists have moved deep for 10km in 10 years, and Czech Speleologists have increased this number for more 9km.

    Djalovica cave has been left untouched for a long time due to its location: the entrance is located on the territory of Montenegro, however, the whole cave - on the territory of Serbia. Neither side did not hasten to invest in reclamation, fearing someone makes use of other's achievements.
    Despite of this, the specialists from different countries continue to explore the cave. As a result, all concluded unanimously, that this object is not only a unique natural phenomenon, but it also presents a tangible speleological value. It is known, that the process of formation of mountains is not completed in Montenegro. Deep in hard rock, the nature has been creating and creates unique by beauty and degree caves with gigantic halls, rivers and lakes. For example, some domes of Djalovica cave reach 30 meters high.

    The excursions to the cave are attributed to extreme tourism, therefore just experienced speleologists, who are ready physically and emotionally, are allowed to the cave. It is possible to see about 2,5km of the cave. The excursion is time consuming, seeing the cave after a decent takes about 4 hours, climbing back can reach 2 hours.
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    Cave of Jalovica. Gorge Jalovica in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
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    The cave Red Rock (wall) is located near village Petrovići, Nikšić town council, on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    The cave was opened in 1954 and since then it is considered the biggest cultural object of the Paleolithic over the whole Balkan peninsular with the exceptionally well preserved remnants of material culture. It presents a rock protecting apron at the height of 700m above the sea with a wide gateway 24m and a small depth 15m.
    Primitive men have been living in cave since Paleolithic and have been staying there for many centuries. About 20 people have been living in cave at the same time, who were hunting and fishing. The archeologists have opened 31 occupation layers, which prove the story of this place better than words. Stone items are considered the most precious findings, which count more than 250 thousand years. Other labor tools were made out of ceramics and animals and fish bones. The archeologists have managed to find here about 5 thousand material proves of the existence of primitive men.
    In 1500 B.C. this accommodation was abandoned and forgotten for long millenniums.
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    The Cave Red Rock (wall)
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    On the way from Przno to Sveti Stefan you can seea left exit off the road to a small monastery Praskvica. It is this exit you need to get to the mountains Chelobrdo (Planina Čelobrdo) which offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the Budva Riviera in Montenegro.

    You can get to the top either on foot or by car:
    • If you go on foot, it is necessary to reach Praskavica monastery, and from it there is an old stone road of "Yegor Stroganov" to the Mount Chelobrdo (it can also be seen on the map). In Montenegro, there is a legend that the monk built this way by himself for ten years.
    • If you go by car, when going off from the road Przno - Sveti Stefan, there is a fork. The road to the right leads to the monastery Praskvica and straight - to this very hill with magnificent panoramic views. You need to drive just a couple of kilometers to the monument to the heroes of the war in the village Chelobrdo and to the spring with sweet water. On this way, there are a few stops and each has a completely different view of the Budva Riviera, and a large part of the Adriatic coast.

    The mountain Chelobrdo offers amazing views of the sea, the island of Sveti Stefan, a variety of beaches, Milocer park, settlements Pržno, Budva, Becici and more. In addition, here you can see a fabulous sunset and the sun "diving" into the sea ...

    In addition, you can walk or drive even higher and reach the Women's monastic complex "Rustovo"on the territory of which the temple of Romanovs martyrs is situated.
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    Mountain Celobrdo (Čelobrdo)
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    Virpazar
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    Virpazar

Beaches of Montenegro

Enjoy the sun, the sea and a good mood on the best beaches in Montenegro!

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    Mogren Beach is located next to Old town in Budva and consists of 2 pebblesbeaches connected by a tunnel. The length of the beach is 350 meters. One can get to the beach by a narrow path, which starts near Old city and goes through the hotel "Avala". On your way to the beach, you can find the viewpoint overlooking the Old city, St. Nicola's island, the monument to ballerina-girl. Also you can appreciate the beauty of local landscapes. Hover layered rocks on the one side and a cliff with the broken waves on the other. The first beach (Mogren I) is more modern. There are more cafes, sun loungers, katamarans, wave runners and sailing-ships. The sea bottom is step. Both beaches are surrounded by the beautiful rocks, that will bring you unforgettable memories.   
    Beach Mogren 1 and 2 Budva Montenegro
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     Arza beach (Arza plaža) is a wild gravel beach, located on Lustica bay. This is one more place, where you will find yourself surrounded by local history. There are remnants of an old fortress Arza. And an insular monastery Zanica is opposite to the beach. Here you can enjoy an amazing view opens to Boko-Kotor bay and Adriatica. You can get to the beach by sea or through Mirista beach. There is just a pier without any conveniences.  
    Arza beach
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    Mirista beach is a concrete-sand beach, located in a small vivid bay in a populated place of the same name. Here you can gain a complete piece for your body and soul by diving into a picturesque landscapes and enjoying pure forest air. On the shore you can chose beach surface as you like, either sand or concrete. The shore consists of concrete platforms, which ascend to the forest by stairs. Between the platforms sand is put. You can get o the beach by autoroad across Lustica or by sea. There is all the necessary on the beach: sun loungers, umbrellas, shower, WC, restaurants, cafes, parking, pier and sea rescue service.
    Mirišta beach
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    Rose beach (Rose plaža) is a concret-gravel beach, located in a fishing village Rose, from which its name originated. Most part of the beach is a pier made of concrete. There are gravel sections along the sides of the village. Pure water of the beach is best for divers and for snorkeling. The main conveniences on the beach are: sun loungers, umbrellas, bars and cafes.  
    Rose beach
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    Queen´s Beach is the main beach of Milocer and one of the most beautiful beaches on Adriatic seashore.
    Queen´s Beach in Montenegro
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    Beach of Milocer and one of the most beautiful beaches on Adriatic seashore. This place is wonderful to have a rest in a famous Budva Riviera. The most sophisticated tourist will be charmed by a wonderful territory with the best sand and an ideal clearness as well as the most beautiful sea views.The beauty of the beach is above the all sea shores of Milocer. Olives and cypress valleys surround the beach from the land side and the rocks protect it from the wind. It is located between Sveti Stefan and Milocer and its length is 380 meters.The beach is very popular among the tourists, thus there is a former summer residence of Karađorđević dynasty, villa Milocer. It is free for the residents of the villa. For the rest is 75 Euro for the entrance and sun lounger. There are cafes and small shops behind the beach.  
    Beach Milocer
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    Slovenska Plaža Beach is the longest beach in Budva. The length of the beach is 1640 meters.The beach is covered by small and medium gravel with concrete sites. Behind the beach, there is a hotel complex of the same name "Hotel Slovenska Plaza", as well as recreation zones and parks with different Mediterranean flora. There are many available sea attractions, including Bungee jumping, water ski, parachuting etc. There is quay along the beach with cafes, restaurants, souvenirs shops, discos and amusements for children. The beach is equipped all necessary for a comfort rest: sun loungers, changing rooms and shower with fresh water. Having rest on a sun lounger you can order drinks and meals just from your place.There are also boats to St. Nicola's island departing from quay. 
    Slovenska plaža in Budva, Montenegro
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    Jaz Beach is the one of the most popular beaches in Montenegro. Madonna and RollingStones gathered concerts here. There are tourists all over the globe. The most popular tourist guide LonelyPlanet put Jaz top 10 Europe beaches after last year visit SeaDance2015.Jaz is located 3 km from Budva. One can get to the beach by a car or by bus. Near the beach, there is a spacious free parking. There are special places for a picnic and camping and free access to the beach. To rent a set of sun loungers and an umbrella costs approximately 3-7 Euros per day.The length of the beach is 2,5 km. It is surrounded by hills from all the sides and consists of two beaches, one is gravel (300 meters) and the second is sand (500 meters). The gravel beach has rocky bottom, which comes to a sandy one.Pay attention that the rest of the territory is for the nudists. 
    Beach Jaz 1

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    From 2 June to 30 September, 2018, daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, in the popular resort town of Budva (Montenegro) will operate the largest water park on the entire Adriatic...
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    On September 21st, 2018 in the resort town of Budva, for the first time in Montenegro, the world-famous folklore festival Oktoberfest 2018 will be held! This most popular annual...
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Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, canoes, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro for walks, outdoor activities or fishing in the Adriatic sea or on Skadar lake.

Montenegro is a small country on the Balkan Peninsula, which is washed by the Adriatic Sea. The Montenegrin coast is divided into two parts: Bay of Kotor, where the Tivat, Kotor and Herceg-Nova Riviera are located and the open Adriatic Sea with the Budva, Bar and Ulcinj Rivieras. Unlike the neighboring countries of the Balkan region, Montenegro has a relatively small coastline - about 300 kilometers. Nevertheless, today, renting yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters and other types of water transport in Montenegro is one of the most popular services among tourists from all over the world.

Rest in Montenegro is unlikely to be complete if you do not find the time and will not go out even once to the open sea on a yacht or boat. None of the types of outdoor activities are able to give such stunning emotions as a boat trip / yacht / catamaran / motor boat / and other sailing in open water. Rent of yachts, motor boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s, etc. Is a pleasure that sometimes costs more than many other entertainments, but emotions also cause this kind of rest too special and memorable for many years ...

View and download the 3D map of the coast here. Google Maps area of Montenegro here. Wind and temperature - map

The service of renting yachts, motor boats, boats and other sea vessels in Montenegro allows local residents and guests not only to enjoy the delights of luxurious leisure, but also to see all the beauty of Montenegrin coast alive, see picturesque islands, unusual places, unique sights, hidden grottoes and caves and much more from the Adriatic Sea...

Rent a yacht in Montenegro - is a great opportunity to celebrate any holiday, go for a ride with family or friends and admire the sights, and also arrange an unforgettable photo session against the background of the coast or the boundless Adriatic Sea. Here are just some of the places you should definitely visit when renting a yacht, motor boat or boat in Montenegro: Old Budva and St. Nicholas Island; St. Stefan's Island; the summer palace of the royal family in Milocer; Bay of Kotor, along the banks of which are the cities of Tivat, Herceg Novi, Kotor and Perast with its famous islands; The old town of Kotor, surrounded by a high stone fortress wall; the island-fortress of Mamula; the island of Katic and the Holy Resurrection near Petrovac; Zabljak Crnojevic on the Skadar Lake, etc.

Even if you are not interested in landscapes and stunning views of nature, you can simply ride on the desired water transport along the Adriatic Sea, Bay of Kotor or Skadar Lake and enjoy the carelessness of the sea and a pleasant rest alone with nature. It is impossible to compare with anything, even with a trip on a respectable or most powerful car on highways. Do not believe me? Then just check it out!

Rent of yachts, motor boats and boats in Montenegro is a service that today gains great popularity both with locals and tourists! That's why we collect only the best options for sea vessels for you and only from trusted management companies and owners of yachts, boats, boats, catamarans, scooters, kayaks, SUP-s and other types of water transport in Montenegro.
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