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    Lovcen National Park (Nacionalni park Lovćen) was proclaimed a national park in 1952. Lovćen stands on the border between two climate zones, mediterranean and continental, that has caused the development of rich wild life with numerous endemic species of plants and animals. 1/3 out of the existed species of Montenegrin flora can be found here. 

    The park is also inhabited by wolves, bears, wild boars, foxes, deer, rabbits, hedgehog, voles, about 200 bird species, 11 species of reptiles and a great number of insects. There are 2 highest peaks of Lovcen mountains, Štirovnik 749m above the sea, you get there just having special equipment; and Jezerskivrh 1 657m above the sea, where Njegos Mausoleum is located. Lovcen National Park is beautiful at any season. Driving along mountain serpentine road, you will see the change of nature. On the shore you can enjoy palms, magnolia, acacia, but here you will see a real forest of north latitude.

    Lifehack: Visiting Cetinje in summer, do not forget to take a coat and jeans. The difference in temperature between a hot seashore and Cetinje can be 10-15 degrees. In winter, it may snow, especially at the top of Njegoš Mausoleum.

    How to get to Lovcen?

    From Cetinje, you can get to Ivanova Korita by taxi or by car. There is a picturesque plain in the mountains with the extreme park «AdventurePark». The ropes are stretched between the trees with the constructions, which are used to pass the trails with different level of difficulties.

    Lifehack: There is an old Royal road leading from Ivanova Korita. If to choose it for the back rout, you will see an unimaginable view of Boka-Kotor bay.

    The ascending to the highest point of the National park Durmitor, which is Njegoš Mausoleum, starts from Ivanova Korita. The Mausoleum is located 
    1 657m above the sea, on the peak Jezerskivrh. It takes 10 minutes to get to Mausoleum by stairs. After the Mausoleum, you will proceed to an open site with mountain panorama. If the weather is good, you will see the bank of Italy. Certainly, a picture is worth a thousand words!

    The admission to the Mausoleum is 3 Euro.

    Lifehack: There are two roads to the National park Lovcen. From Cetinje or Kotor by an old serpentine road, which was the part of caravan track. It is possible to plan your trip by car and to start with Cetinje, than go to the National park Lovcen and proceed with your way down by Kotor road, the second name of the road is Royal. It will be a descending road with 25 circuits. For someone it may seem extreme, but the view to Boka-Kotor bay will compensate all troubles of this mountain serpentine.
     

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    In the center of Budva Riviera there is one of the most famous resorts and ancient settlements of the Adriatic - the city of Budva. This is an ideal place for lovers of active and sated rest. There is everything for families: in walking distance there are supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds. For fans of outdoor activities, there are tennis courts, gyms, paragliding, hiking, water sports such as jet skis, yachts. And for lovers of nightlife - there are a lot of open discos on the embankment, working until 1 am, and closed clubs, where you can dance until the morning.

    Budva is divided into the Old (historical center) and the New (modern part of the city) one. The last one is located along the shore of the bay and every year it grows wider, climbing up the mountain slopes. In order not to get lost, you can navigate through the three main streets. The main street of Budva, past which it is impossible to pass is Jadranski Put. Between it and the sea, the half of the territory is occupied by hotel complexes "Alexander" and "Slovenska plaza". From here you will reach the second "central avenue" of Budva called Slovenska Obala. The street runs along the sea across the city. Here you can buy a variety of souvenirs in numerous shops, a snack in one of the pizzerias or slowly enjoy delicious dishes in the restaurant.
     

    History of the city


    Back in the 5th century BC here was a settlement that had the status of a city and was called almost the same way - Budua. Legend has it that Budua was founded by Cadmus, the son of the Phoenician king Agenor, forced to leave his native place in search of sister Europe abducted by Zeus. He traveled a lot and later conquered the surroundings of ancient Budva. But when trying to capture Greeceб Cadmus was defeated and, together with his wife Harmony, was turned into a snake. After a while, the Greeks colonized Budva, making it a major trading port. But in the II century BC the territory was retroceded to the Roman Empire. Approximately 1500 years ago, Slavs and Avars settled here. In 841 Budva was on the way of militant Arabs. Further history of the city is a continuous series of peace and wars. Having joined the Venetian Empire, Budva got into Ottoman wars several times. Then there were the epochs of the Habsburg rule and joining the Russian Empire, Montenegro and France. Heavy for Budva was Austrian domination, which lasted until the outbreak of the First World War. Since the beginning of the Second World War and until 1944 Budva was in the power of fascist Italy. But the most devastating for the city was the earthquake of 1979.
     

    Attractions of the city.


    The main attraction of Budva is its Old Town. Inside the fortress, you will be surprised to find a medieval city in its original form - with narrow streets, squares and stone stairs leading to elegant houses with small windows framed by hewn frames and red tiled roofs. Walking along its narrow streets really has something to see. To begin the walk is better from visiting the flea market of Budva. The market is located inside a small courtyard, next to the building of the Archaeological Museum. Be sure to go into it. It may be interested for lovers of unusual souvenirs, connoisseurs of antiquity, and simply, inexpressibly for residents of large cities to study antiques on small counters in the walls of the fortress. But be cautious, as in any flea market next to the real works of art can be a frank olde-worlde fake.

    After studying the market, it is worth going to the neighboring building - Archaeological Museum of Budva. On four floors of the Archaeological Museum of Budva there is a very interesting exposition, touching different times of Montenegro's development. On the first floor there is a lapidarium with stone slabs and funerary urns, on the second and third floors there are various household items and kitchen utensils of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. And on the fourth floor you can get acquainted with the ethnographic exhibits - national costumes, military equipment, furniture and dishes, which were common in Montenegro from the 18th to the 20th century.
    Old Town Budva
    You should also pay some time to the monastery Podmaine or Podostrog, which is located near the Ostrog mountain. For a long time here was the summer residence of Zet and Montenegrin metropolitans. The monastery was supposedly built during the reign of the Nemanjic dynasty, in the 12th century. His heyday came during the reign of the dynasty of Petrovic Nigos. Since 1718 Podmaine as well as the territory of Budva got under the rule of the Venetian Republic. And in 1837 became the property of Austria-Hungary and turned into a fortress. During the Bokelske uprising, the church was completely burnt. However, after a while Podmaine was bought by Father Philip Tanovic and until 1953 the monastery was in the possession of his family.
     

    Beaches of Budva.


    The total length of the beaches in Budva is 11 310 m. In the city there are: pebble Slavic beach (Slovenska plaza - the longest and most popular in the resort, it was named in the 30s when the bohemian Europeans rested here, 1600 m long. Nearby there is a hotel with the same name, the beach has everything you need for relaxation: sunbeds, umbrellas, change rooms, shower, water sports and cafes, respectively, this is one of the most crowded beaches of Budva) and small pebble beaches Mogren (two Popular beaches in the city, picturesquely located at the foot of steep cliffs, you can get there through the old town).

    Budva Riviera is a long strip (35 km) of the Adriatic coast, which includes the best beaches of the coast. Beaches attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists with their beauty, spaces, associated infrastructure every year. Sea holidays here can be chosen to a different taste, both by the type of a beach, and by the type of services and entertainment provided.
     

    What to see in vicinity?


    Right opposite the city, 1.5 km away, there is an island of Sveti Nikola, it is Shkol or Hawaii. This miracle of nature has a unique form - sloping on one side and steep from the opposite. From Budva to the island leads a shallow path (about 0.5 m at low tide), but it is more convenient to reach it by boat, which runs in both directions. On the gentle side, the island is covered with dense green thickets, along which the mouflons walk, and many birds live in the crowns of trees. The sightseeing of the island is the Church of St. Nicholas. With a length of only 2 km the island boasts a chain of wild beaches with crystal clear water.
    St. Nicholas Island
    Lifehack: the most spectacular view of the island of St. Nicholas bursts upon the eye from the restaurant Hedone, located in the hotel CONDO HOTEL TRE CANNE, from the walls of the Old Town of Budva, as well as from the walls of the Old Fortress Mogren, which is already outside the city, in front of the tunnel in the direction to Tivat.

    Having returned to the coast, you can continue to explore local monuments. In the village of Pobori there is a monastery Stanevici. It is better to get here by bus or taxi. The first mention of the monastery dates back to 1714 - Bishop Danilo took a refuge here after the Cetinsky monastery was looted by the Turks. During the reign of Peter II Petrovic Negos the monastery became the spiritual and political center of Montenegro.

    On the way to Stanevic, you can and should visit the ruins of the medieval fortress of Durdevac, which is nearby. Behind the mountain pass of the town Toplis near the village Lastva Grbalska there is the monastery Podlastva. It was founded in 1350 by the Serbian king Stefan Uros IV Dusan. It's strange, but few people visit another local monument of antiquity - the fortress Kosmac, which is well preserved. A unique view of the entire Budva Riviera bursts upon the eye there. Kosmac is at an altitude of 800 m above sea level and is well visible from afar. During the Second World War, the fortress served as an observation post of fascist Italian troops.

    An excellent way to explore the surroundings of Budva is a walk from Budva to the island of Sveti Stefan. The route is suitable for hiking: on the way you are awaited picturesque beaches and good shots for taking pictures.
    Island Saint Stephen
    You will pass along the Setaliste embankment, in the direction of the old city. Having reached the mountainous peninsula of Zavala with the luxurious complex Dukley Gardens built on its slope, you will see a pedestrian tunnel cut through the rocks in front of you. It leads to the village Becici, the suburb of Budva.
     

    Cuisine and restaurants of Budva.


    Restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars are located here at every step, so you can choose a place to your taste. Seaside restaurants often have a menu in Russian, written with funny mistakes.

    Lifehack: keep in mind that in Montenegro it is considered absolutely normal to ask to wrap the rest of the food to go. Having seen the size of dises, you will understand how relevant it is.

    The restaurant of national cuisine Jadran kod Krsta is considered to be the best in Budva. Its convenient location - not far from the Old Town, on the main street along the sea - colorful dishes, cozy interior and high quality of service prompt guests to come back here again and again. The ladies are offered the best wines here, and men are served with strong rakija. To the Porto fish restaurant in the port of Budva is nice to come in the evenings and dine among the palms and fountains in the courtyard. Montenegrin and Mediterranean cuisine is offered here. All guests are treated with magnificent home cakes with gentle kajmak (clotted cheese). With a full list of bars and restaurants you can get acquainted by clicking on the link.
     

    Entertainment and recreation in Budva.


    All conditions are created to make your holiday in Budva unforgettable! And if you have already enjoyed the warm sand, then it's time to learn more active kinds of entertainment. On the beaches you can always rent a boat, catamaran, jet ski. If you are a fan of underwater adventures, go to the diving center Pro Dive Hydrotech. Here you will be offered to walk along the cascade of the bottom of the Adriatic Sea near the lighthouse with the beautiful name Svetionik, to find out how soft the corals are in the water area of Petrovac, and to dive to the 12-meter depth in mysterious tunnels and caves off the coast of Budva, having received unforgettable impressions. And you have not seen yet how many various sunken ships can be explored off the coast of Montenegro!

    But entertainment in Budva is not limited by diving. And rising from the depths of the sea, we suggest you go straight to the sky! Another popular type of outdoor activity in Budva is paragliding, that is flying on a canvas parachute. In an effort to expand the range of entertainment for travelers, Montenegro invites you to realize the dream of a free flight. And Budva is the best place for it.
    Entertainment in Budva
    The water park in Budva deserves special attention. It includes water slides, 4 swimming pools, including a pool with waves, a children's area consisting of 50 attractions, a restaurant, 3 bars, a photo zone. On one of the slides, the descent rate reaches 80 km/h. The water park can take up to 6 thousand people at a time.
    Aquapark in Budva

    How to get to Budva?


    From the Tivat airport to Budva there is about 50 km, to Podgorica - 60 km, and to Dubrovnik - 70 km. Along the coast there is a highway – Jadranki Put. Buses miss the airport, so the most convenient way is to order a taxi. It is also possible to rent a car that will be delivered directly to the airport or any other place.

    Lifehack: getting to Budva by bus for a few euros is still possible. But for this you need to go a few kilometers to the bus station and wait for the bus, which does not go very often. The average cost of a taxi from Tivat airport to Budva is 20-25 €.
     

    Hotels in Budva.


    In Budva, there is a huge selection of all kinds of accommodation: from the room for rent for 10 EUR per day, to the chic hotel Admiral Club 5*. Prices for hotels also vary greatly, not only because of seasonality (July and August, as a rule, the most expensive months, when the price can grow 2-3 times). In Budva, there are about 100 hotels, guesthouses and apartments. With a full list of hotels, you can get acquainted by clicking on the link.

    The coast of Budva can offer everything you need for a quality stay: beautiful beaches, astounding examples of Mediterranean architecture, an abundance of entertainment, a convenient location for sightseeing trips. Traveling to Budva guarantees you a pleasant experience and will make your vacation full of interesting and colorful events.
     

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    Town Budva is the main tourist center of Montenegro
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    The city of Tivat is located on the shore of the Kotor bay, on Vrmac peninsula. For many travelers, it is the place of acquaintance with the country, because here is the nearest airport to the coast. Insanely quiet and cozy town, located almost on a flat terrain, which is ideal for rest with little children.
     

    History of the city


    The history of Tivat begins around the 3rd century BC, when the first Illyrian settlement appeared here. There are several versions explaining the name of the city. One of them connects Tivat with the name of the militant Illyrian queen Teuta, who supposedly had possessions in these places, while the capital of her state was located nearby - in Risan.

    Like Kotor bay, Tivat experienced the Illyrian, Roman-Byzantine, Serbian, Venetian-Turkish and Austrian periods. During the Serbian rule, which began in 1185, the city was part of the medieval state of Nemanjic. And in the XIII century on the nearby island Prevlaka, a monastery dedicated to St. Archangel Michael was being built, where Saint Sava, the founder of Serbian Orthodox Church, moved the residence of Zet Metropolitans, which made Tivat a significant religious center.

    With the arrival of the Venetians, Tivat, like most other settlements in Montenegro, became part of the Venetian Albania. Three centuries later, with the fall of the Venetian Republic, power here often changed: together with Boka, Tivat belonged first to France, then to Austria-Hungary, in the early 1920s to Yugoslavia and only since 2006 became a part of independent Montenegro.


    Attraction of the city


    Having set off on a city tour from the bus station, you can start sightseeing from the main Tivat Catholic church - the church of St. Anthony of Padua, dedicated to the defender of the city. The building was made in 1734 on a hill, from where a stunning view of the entire western part of the bay commands. In the church, a valuable icon of Saints Peter and Paul is kept by the Italian master Francesco.

    Closer to the sea there is a large and relatively new church of St. Sava, built between 1938 and 1967. It is an operating temple.

    Not far from the church of St. Sava, on the square of culture, there is Bucha's country house. This is the largest and most complex structure on the coast of the Boka bay. The palace, surrounded by greenery, is a classic example of the defensive architecture of Venice. Its age exceeds five hundred years. The palace is in the center of the city, near the port area. Built in the XVI century as a summer residence of the noble family of Buce. During the Middle Ages, the lands of Tivat were famous for their fertility, and most of them belonged to the patrician families of the neighboring town of Kotor. The palace was built by order of the Buce brothers (Michael and Nikola), who served in the royal diplomatic corps. The palace was originally conceived in a castle style. Then on this territory the attacks of the Ottoman troops were possible, and the palace served as a defensive fortification. At the end of the XVIII century the estate was bought by M. Luković, and a hundred years later his heirs gave a part of the buildings to the city for the needs of the Arsenal. The structure of the architectural complex includes a dwelling house, a defensive tower, a garden, a family chapel, various outbuildings. The territory is surrounded by masonry walls. The entrance is blocked by a powerful gate.

    A tower was the first thing to build here (1548). It was it which performed the protective function. On a special wooden balcony there was a guard. The author of the tower was the architect Vikenty. Later a gazebo and a chapel of St. Michael appeared there. They were decorated in baroque style with an abundance of decorative details and stone columns at the entrance. The residential building acquired its modern appearance after the following rebuilding in the 19th century. The house adjoined the tower from the south. In the twentieth century. In the gap between the buildings and the bay, a summer theater was created in the center of the garden. The palace is also a part of the Cultural Center of Tivat, it is equipped with a cinema and a theater room.
    Bucha House
    If you are not a big fan of ancient and religious buildings, take a stroll along the embankment. Many boats and yachts are moored here, as well as many cafes with snack bars. Turning around the natural bay and coming to the city beach, move further to the right along the sea, and you will get to the luxurious complex of Porto Montenegro.
    Porto Montenegro
    Lifehack: such a number of yachts is due to the fact that in Porto Montenegro, at the beginning of the berth construction, parking prices were lowered, and yachts from other elite European resorts, including France and Croatia, were docked here.

    It was erected on the site of the military seaport Arsenal on the initiative of Canadian businessman Peter Munch. "Porto Montenegro" is a unique marina of the Adriatic Sea for the lovers of yacht-sports with a high-quality infrastructure.

    Lifehack: along the promenade of Porto Montenegro, the most expensive yachts in Montenegro are moored. The yacht of the famous Russian businessman Abramovich tried to moor twice, but the length of the berth could not accommodate such a large vessel.

    We recommend you to stroll along the well-groomed streets of this mini-town. There is a training center for crews, workshops for technical inspection and repair of yachts, as well as related facilities: high-end apartments, restaurants overlooking the bay, shops, a sports club.
    Porto Montenegro
    In the center of Tivat, just behind the port, there is another place for walking - the Botanical Garden, the idea of creation of which belonged to the admiral of the Austro-Hungarian naval forces Maximilian Daublesky von Sternek. In 1892, he issued a decree according to which all captains were to bring to Tivat from distant voyages samples of various plants to decorate the military port of Arsenal. Thanks to the mild climate, the plants have perfectly taken root, and now the garden covers an area of 4 hectares, being one of the largest in the southern Adriatic. Magnolias, palms, cedars and many other exotic and ornamental plants grow here.
     

    What to see in the vicinity of the city?


    In the vicinity of Tivat, there are many other temples of cultural and historical value. For example, the church of St. Luke on the outskirts of the village Gosici was erected on the site of an older building, which in 1776 was reconstructed and painted with frescoes. And St. Peter's Church, located in the village of Bogdasici, 4 km away from Tivat, was built in the times of Zet's Bishop Neofrite.

    Not far from the city there is another interesting place - the reserve "Solila", where salt was extracted in the Middle Ages. In the remaining salt basins 111 species of birds live today. The plans for the development of the Tivat region include the creation of a large ornithological park.
    ear Tivat is a group of islands under the common name Krtol archipelago. It includes three islands - Otok, or Gospa od Milosti; Prevlaka, it is the Island of Flowers; Stradioti, it's the Island of Sveti Marco.

    On Otok Island, located 800 meters from the shore, there is a Jesuit monastery and the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the second half of the 19th century. The length of the island is about 160 m, and the width is 60 m. The island had been the residence of the archbishops of Kotor till the 19 century.

    Miholska Prevlaka or Island of Flowers is a peninsula, right behind the airport of Tivat. Some guidebooks refer to the unimaginable beauty of this island, which is not a reflection of reality. But the clear advantage of the Island of Flowers is the sandy beaches, however, without special amenities.

    Once on the Island of Flowers, the Apostle Paul converted the local inhabitants to Christianity. And the monastery of the Archangel Michael was erected at that time occupied almost the whole of its area. As a result of the feuds of the confessions, here in 1452 a tragedy occurred, when after the evening meal the monks and guests died of the result of poisoning. And after many years, on donated money, the monastery was rebuilt, and the incorrupt monks' relics are in the temple. You can reach the Island of Flowers by car or taxi.

    St. Mark's Island is an untouched natural island, covered with olives and cypresses. You can get to the island only by boat or motorboat.

    In conclusion, we advise you to visit the village of Gornja Lastva, a historical and cultural monument located in the mountains, 300 m above sea level, 3 km from the Jadranski Put. Here some authentic buildings are perfectly preserved: about 20 residential buildings, operating mill for processing olives, as well as the Church of St. Mary. It is famous for the tricolor altar - from white Carrara, mottled Ligurian and local green marble. The church of the Holy Vid, built on the hill of the same name in the IX deserves attention. These localities overlook an amazing view of Tivat and the Tivat Gulf.
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    Beaches of the city Tivat


     Despite the fact that the Tivat Bay of Boka is the largest, it has grown historically that there are not too many beaches here, about a dozen with a total area of 30 km2.
     In Tivat itself there are several small beaches: next to the luxurious marina piers, there is a city beach 150 m long; concrete beach "Palma" with a length of about 70 m;
    City beach in Tivat
    On the other "shore" of the Tivat marina there are sandy beaches "Belane" and "Zhupa" with lengths of 150 and 500 m respectively.

    There is Puro Beach in the city - a network of Spanish beach clubs. Similar clubs exist in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, the United Arab Emirates. Admission is free, the cost of the seat at pool is 30 euros. The price includes one lounger, mineral water and fruit, the time of stay is unlimited. It is recommended to book in advance.
    Puro Beach
    3 km from Tivat is Opatovo beach, located in the homonymous village and stretched for 220 m. Exactly in the middle of it there is a lighthouse, it divides the beach in two halves. This beach has everything you need for relaxation, including parking spots, because getting there by other means of transport is less convenient.

    Much closer to Tivat is sandy and pebbled beach Donja Lastva with a length of 1 km. It is partially concreted and belongs to the hotel "Camellia".

    Seljanovo beach, its length is more than 1.7 km, and surrounding rocks with absolutely smooth and steep slopes are the natural basis of a wonderful landscape. There is everything for recreation: cafes and restaurants, parking and marina.

    The next beach deserves special attention, is the shallow-sandy flat Calardovo marked by the Blue Flag. It is near the island of Prevlaka. This sandy beach, surrounded by classical Mediterranean vegetation, which gives a lot of shade, is equipped with everything, without which it is hard to imagine a holiday by the sea, including picnic places and sports grounds. The road leads to the island, located directly on the mound, which connects the island and Tivat.

    And on the other side of the Tivat Bay near the village of the same name is the concrete and pebble beach Krasici. It is quite long, about 1.5 km, very green and not crowded.
     

    How to get to the city?


    Tivat airport is 4 km away from the city - this is one of the two international airports in Montenegro (the second one in Podgorica). From here all year round, daily flights to Belgrade are conducted, while the rest of flights are concentrated mainly in summer. First of all, it is convenient for tourists following to Kotor (located 7 km away from the airport) and to Budva (20 km).

    In addition, Tivat is connected with the rest of Montenegro by a two-lane Adriatic route - Jadranska magistrala. Nearby there is the ferry crossing Kamenari - Lepetane through the Verige Strait, which allows you not to go around Kotor Bay.
     

    Cafes and restaurants in Tivat


    On the picturesque Tivat embankment and in the distance from it there are more than a dozen restaurants. Enjoy a beautiful view, pleasant music and good wine at the restaurant One. If you prefer Japanese and Asian cuisine, as well as high-end service, Mitsu is worth a visit. Restaurant Prova will please not only by a successful location, but also an extensive menu. Those, who have already managed to visit this place, recommend branded warm salads, fish soup and octopus with vegetables. Prova specializes in European cuisine and seafood dishes. The original design in the form of a ship will emphasize the taste of sea dishes, in addition the restaurant is located literally near the sea edge.
    Ресторан Provo

    Hotels in the city of Tivat


    On the coastal part of Montenegro, there are many different options for accommodation: from luxury hotels to to private apartments (apartmani) and rooms (sobe). In Tivat, you can find housing at different price levels.

    Here, among the lush Mediterranean vegetation, in a calm and almost homey setting you can have a great time on the beautiful beaches of the sunniest city of Boka. Fans of outdoor activities should take an interest in the program of local festivals and championships - sports and creative, which are often held here. In addition, in Tivat there are all conditions for diving, mountain walks, water skiing and catamarans...
     

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    The medieval fortress of St. Mary in Budva, also known as the Citadel, is one of the most monumental buildings of the Old City. Completely autonomous construction, in the past equipped with everything necessary in the event of a long siege, is considered an important monument of fortification architecture, which today plays the role of a popular tourist attraction and cultural and entertainment center.

    In historical sources, the fortress of St. Mary was first mentioned in 1425. It was built to protect Budva from attacks from the sea in cases where the strength of ordinary city walls was no longer sufficient. Inside the bastion there was an arsenal and supplies of food, which made it possible to withstand successfully the long siege, and the multi-layered arrangement of fortress walls guaranteed the inaccessibility and strength of the Citadel.

    The citadel is the keeper of the Budvanian history, located on the southern part of the rocky reef in the old Budva. The citadel was built in the beginning of 840, but, unfortunately, only the northern tower and the northern and eastern walls remained. But the buildings of the XV century: the buildings of the former barracks, the gates, fortress walls and the ruins of the Church of St. Mary, are perfectly preserved to this day. Two intertwined fish, in which, according to the legend, two lovers turned into two, thrown into the sea because their parents did not allow them to marry - are a symbol of Budva and adorn the bas-relief of the Citadel's wall. On the territory of the fortress (entrance to which costs 2 euros), there is a museum, a restaurant and an observation deck from which you can see all the beauties of Budva. Every year, the festival "Grad Theater" is held on its territory, during which various theatrical performances, exhibitions and concerts take place. During this period, the old town of Budva turns into a real city of art.

    In the south-western part of the fortress there are luxurious residential apartments in three levels, and above there is an observation point from which you can see the whole city and the surrounding coast.
     
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    The Citadel - Fortress of Saint Mary in Montenegro
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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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    There are many sightseeing in Montenegro described by us in our previous publications including different landmarks, monasteries, churches, ancient towns and many others. This TOP list is not featured by style or type of sightseeing. We have just collected best 10 interesting and beautiful places from our point of view.

    1. The Tara River and Durdevica bridge

    The Tara River and Durdevica bridge  From our point of view, the Tara River and Durdevica bridge are the most unusual, wonderful and amazing creations made by nature and human. The length of Durdevica bridge is 365m, the height is 172m. Looking at the bridge, it is hard to believe that this huge construction had been created within 3 years and then was destroyed because of the fascists captured Montenegro, but after the bridge was renewed once again. There is a picturesque and amazing view opens from the bridge to the Tara River, its length is 80km and the depth reaches 1300km in some places. That is why Tara Canyon is considered the second only to Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in USA. It is worth to see its pure blue water, huge natural forests and majestic bridge.

    2. Perast, Risan and Boko-Kotor bay

    Perast, Risan and Boko-Kotor bay  Boko-Kotor bay has a centuries-old history, battles, wars, attacks... Boko-Kotor bay is considered the biggest bay of Montenegro. This part of the country rich with historical heritage, monuments, churches, temples and all towns can be considered landmarks. A centuries-old history surrounds romantic old buildings. The atmosphere of an ancient history hovers above old streets. Passing by Kotor, you may see numerous ships and cruise ships, it means that Kotor is a seaport town, like the whole bay. Most of people of Kotor live at the expense of tourists coming with cruise ships. Numerous quantity of the Orthodox and Catholic temples let you know that most people living in Kotor are Orthodox Christians and Catholics.

    3. The island of Saint Stephen (Sveti Stefan)

    The island of Saint Stephen (Sveti Stefan)  Saint Stephen is basically the main attraction of Montenegro. You can find its photos almost everywhere, in brochures, magazines and on local websites. Saint Stephen or Sveti Stefan in local language has been a fishing village until recently. You know like in films, so romantic and unique. Now it is a town, island and resort visited by celebrities all over the world. Saint Stephen was reconstructed so professionally and right, so it preserved a history, a soul, but some sort of modernity has appeared. Aman hotel located on the island attracts many tourists on the reasons mentioned above. There is no way to get into hotel, unless you book a room. But there are no restrictions as for walking along olive grove and park, visiting restaurant with wonderful view.

    4. Mamula

    Mamula  The Mamula island-fortress preserved like it used to be. Once it is served as a prison camp for soldiers and as a defensive fortress... There are rumors that not a single shot was made from this place. Probably because it was a prison camp, the walls make you creep and fear. But now you have nothing to be afraid of. The only possible presence here is curious tourists. Film "Mamula" was shot here some time ago. This place provides wonderful views, Montenegro is from the one side and Croatia is from the other one. Unfortunately, there are no excursions, so you can get there just by boat.

    5. Abandoned village in Gornja Lastva

    Abandoned village in Gornja Lastva  An abandoned village in Gornja Lastva will create atmosphere of mystery and fear. Sometimes people used to live here, started families, children used to run, laugh and love...But a moment has changed everything. People left homes because of money, to find a way to feed their families. Having walk around the village one may notice that people just collected necessary things or took only their documents and have run. You may see cups with coffee in the yard, or uncooked meal at the kitchens, which has already molded, corrupted wooden stairs, corners covered with web. There are a few buildings visited by the owners in summer. The village has been dead for a long time

    6. Shipchanik

    Shipchanik  Shipchanik is the cellar of the biggest wine company in Montenegro "13. Jul Plantaže", located at the site of the former airbase. In 2001 Milo Djukanovic's adviser was the first to propose to transform airbase into the cellar. 356m long tunnel and 7000m2 basement are being reconstructed and opened since 6 years. There are 30000 bottles of wine of different age and kinds. There are special excursions and a testing room with area of 200m2, where you can have lunch and try different wines produced by "13 Jul Plantaže".

    7. Ice cave

    Ice cave
    There is a real "Ice kingdom" is on the North East slope of Obla Glava Mountain, in the National park Durmitor! By getting inside, you find yourself in a wonderland. Ice cave in Montenegro is similar to some other frozen world, which does not melt even in the hottest day. Inside the cave there are many ice figures and the most interesting figures are stalagmite and stalactites resulting from constantly dripping water, which abounds in the cave. It is not easy to get to this amazing kingdom. Of course, better to do it with a guide to avoid being injured among ice makings. There are 2 ways to the cave on foot: the first starts in Zhablyak, the second one commences from mountain pass Sedlo. Both ways take 2-3 hours in one way. But even such a long journey is worth of it!

    8. Lovćen

    Lovćen  Mount Lovćen rises not far from town of Kotor. There are Petar II Petrović Njegoš's Mausoleum, ancient churchlets, caves, many monuments of the national architecture, restaurants and more than 1000 plant species. In 1952 Štirovnik, the highest peak of mountain group was declared the National park. A wonderful view to Boka-Kotor bay opens from the mountain. Millions of people come to enjoy the view. It is easy to get to the mountain peak by an asphalt road. Though in winter it will be difficult, as the snow cover can reach some centimeters. If you want, you can stay overnight in the territory of the Park.

    9. Ostrog

    Ostrog  There is a unique monastery in Montenegro, Ostrog. It is considered a miraculous place. The monastery consists of 2 parts: lower Monastery, which was founded in the 19th century, there are monks' cells and the Church of the Holy Trinity; and upper Monastery located in some kilometers higher, above the rock. There are 2 small churches in this part of the Monastery: the Church of the Holy Cross (1665) and the Church of the Presentation (18th century). Just right in the Church of the Presentation, there are miraculous relics of Basil of Ostrog. According to the legend, at the day of his death, grape had grown in his cell. It has been growing for 300 years. Desperate to get medical help, women all around the world come to see grape and ask about miracle - a baby! Often this miracle happens...

    10. Nevidio Canyon or "Never seen by God"

    Nevidio Canyon or "Never seen by God"  The name itself says that it is hidden from the "eye of God" and it is true. Nevidio has become the last conquered canyon in Europe, which was opened just in 1965 by the group of professional mountaineers from Niksic. Locals consider Komarnica river canyon, which originates in Durmitor Mountain, a real wonder mystery of nature. The Canyon is located between the two confronted mountains Durmitor and Vojnik separated by Komarnica River. Clean water, high rocks, waterfalls, narrow channels less than1 meter width and canyons take your breath away! All true nature lovers and extreme fans definitely should visit Nevidio Canyon.

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    The earliest references about the church date back to 1166. It's exactly the period when the Cathedral church was hallowed at the presence of the abbot St. Michael of Kotor, Petar, and so was the time the church was a constituent part of the abbacy.
    Unfortunately, the church has not preserved its original look. The present church is a small building with one nave, half-round apse topped by ogive, which looks more impressive thanks to arches reinforcing it. According to all indications the construction of this building was started at the end of 14th century - beginning of 15thcentury.
    Earlier there were bas-reliefs outside of the building containing inscriptions and various images, which eventually were substituted by replicas to insure long life for the originals inside of the church.
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     Каждый год в Черногорию приезжают не только ценители теплых и чистых вод Адриатического моря, многочисленных пляжей и всевозможных исторических и культурных достопримечательностей. Богатая и разнообразная природа этой горной страны манит к себе любителей здорового образа жизни, спорта, а также активного и экологического отдыха. Экотуризм, пешие походы в горы, спелеотуризм и горный велосипедный туризм довольно хорошо распространены на территории Черногории. Уникальная природа курортного города Херцег-Нови, находящегося в северной части побережья страны, и его окрестностей особенно располагает к такому виду отдыха.

     Рядом с границами Хорватии и Боснии и Герцеговины расположен горный массив Ориен, который входит в Динарийскую горную цепь (Орьен, Ловчен и Румия), закрывающую побережье Черногории в виде гигантского навеса от северо-восточных ветров. Своей красотой гора Ориен может затмить многие природные достопримечательности Черногории, а с вершин массива открываются потрясающие и удивительные панорамные виды на Бока-Которский залив, населенные пункты, расположенные у подножья горы, а также другие возвышающиеся горные вершины..
    ​Гора Ориен в Черногории
    Особенности горы Орьен.

     Карстовые горы Орьен, созданные самой природой, живописно возвышаются над городом Херцег-Нови. Несмотря на то, что массив Ориен тянется по территории трех стран, включая Хорватию и Боснию, самые высокие пики находятся именно в Черногории. Названия горных вершин в полной мере отражают всю суровость их форм: Велика и Мала Ястребица, Каменски кабао, Вучий зуб.
     Самый высокий пик горного массива Ориен достигает 1895 метров в высоту и имеет забавное название – Зубачка-Кабао. Кабао переводится как «ванна». Почему гору назвали именно "ванна"? Всё просто – с вершины открывается вид на вогнутую долину, опоясанную пиками.

    Lifehack: Вершина Орьена видна издалека и служит мореходам указанием направления, отсюда произошло и название горного массива - от слова «ориент», то есть "Восток".

     Рядом с вершиной находится Орьенское Седло – это настоящий естественный амфитеатр гигантских размеров. На горном массиве Ориен расположено ещё несколько высоких пиков: Боровик - 1777 метров, Високи Бг - 1833 м. и Вучи (волчий) зуб - 1802 м. Добраться до этих мест на автомобиле невозможно, но при желании можно принять участие в туристическом походе.

     Разнообразие рельефа горного массива сильно влияет на окружающую среду, флору и фауну этих мест - на побережье преобладает средиземноморский теплый климат, а рядом, в горах – уже континентальный, где очень часто идут дожди, а зимой выпадает снег и держится до самого июня.

    Интересный факт: Несколько веков назад снег с горы Ориен свозили вниз в мешках, и трактирщики подавали его вместо льда своих гостям.
    Гора Ориен зимой в Черногории
     Дожди в горах Орьен идут довольно часто, а обилие осадков порой достигает пять тысяч миллиметров. Но, несмотря на такую щедрость природы, растительность в этих краях практически отсутствует, и животный мир, соответственно, тоже. Это обусловлено тем, что дождевая вода не задерживается на пористой карстовой породе и, как через решето, уходит вглубь горы. Здесь можно в полной мере ощутить яркий контраст пустынных горных массивов и цветущих бескрайних лугов, а настоящим богатством местной флоры являются эндемичные и реликтовые виды растений.

     С противоположного берега залива этот горный массив напоминает лежащего мужчину в профиль. Местные жители, да и многие туристы наблюдают этого "дядьку" всегда разным - то укрытым одеялом облаков, то курящего в постели, то с закатными тенями на его лице или мечтательно изучающим звездное небо...

    Горные маршруты по горному массиву Ориен.

     На горе Орьен недалеко от Херцег-Нови расположен лагерь для альпинистов "За Вратлом", где при желании можно расположиться с удобствами на ночлег. Чтобы добраться до лагеря, следует выехать из Герцег-Нови в сторону поселка Камено, от которого нужно будет проехать еще двенадцать километров по узкой асфальтированной дороге до расположенного на высоте 798 метров над уровнем моря ресторана. Затем по живописной каменистой тропе следует пройти пешком до того самого лагеря, который расположен на высоте 1150 метров над уровнем моря.
     От лагеря дальше в горы ведет маркированная тропа (на северо-запад), к вершине горы Субра, высота которой составляет 1679 метров. Здесь можно увидеть великолепное творение природы – удивительный и неповторимый амфитеатр из скал. (Фото маршрута)

    Lifehack: Поскольку воды в этих горах нет, следует обязательно запастись питьевой водой до того, как отправиться по горному маршруту.

     Путешествуя по горному массиву Ориен туристы смогут также увидеть и даже посетить множество различных пещер, но делать это стоит лучше в присутствии опытного проводника, так пещеры эти в основном вертикальные и достаточно опасные.
     Одна из таких вертикальных пещер, которая зовется Драгова яма, находится на высоте 1342 метра и достигает глубины 32 метра. Расположенная неподалеку другая вертикальная пещера (Николина яма), находится на высоте 1343 метра над уровнем моря и имеет глубину 180 или, судя по указателю, 188 метров!

    На карте показаны эти удивительные места, чтобы вам было понятно как туда можно добраться. 

     На склонах Орьена расположено много жилых населенных пунктов, а самый высокогорный поселок - Врбань, находится на высоте 1009 метров над уровнем моря. До каждого посёлка можно так или иначе добраться, но, сами понимаете, что если там живёт немного людей, то дорога будет не в самом лучшем состоянии. Далее мы расскажем вам об одном из таких маршрутов с оптимальным соотношением качества дороги, интересным содержанием самих сел и природным разнообразием.

     Начинается маршрут с основной трассы Черногории - Ядранский (Адриатический) Путь. Если вы едете в направлении Херцег-Нови, то на круге в районе Мелино нужно свернуть направо на дорогу, ведущую в Требинье (Босния и Герцеговина).

     Первая остановка - село Поди.

     После изгнания турок на освобождённые территории пришли новые поселенцы из сухопутной Герцеговины и очень быстро научились морскому делу: за 18 век Поди дало стране сотню капитанов. Стоит заметить, что населенный пункт Поди хотя и находится в горах, но стоит в одном ряду с приморскими поселениями по количеству родившихся здесь капитанов. В свое время это село было весьма зажиточным по причине основной профессии жителей. Один из капитанов, Павкович, основал фонд в 50 тысяч золотых флоринов для оплаты образования молодых людей родом из Поди. Поди было заселено ещё в античности. Неподалёку от нынешней церкви Сергия и Вакха нашли остатки римской виллы, археологическое зондирование окрестностей показало, что здесь было целое поселение. Сама главная достопримечательность Поди – упомянутая церковь. К ней ведёт двухсотметровая кипарисовая аллея, направо от основной дороги. Церковь исключительно красива, с архитектурным решением, нетипичным для Боки Которской. Это синтез трёх стилей: романского, готического и раннеренесансного. В люнете над входом находится крест необычной формы, второй такой есть только в знаменитых Косовских Дечанах. Временем постройки церкви предполагают правление Герцога Стефана, основателя Герцег Нови, то есть 15-й век. В 1769 году она была обновлена, тогда же достроена колокольня.

     Следующее место, которое стоит посетить - село Камено.

     Камено знаменит своим лесом Котобили - здесь черногорцы и герцег-новские повстанцы 17 сентября 1687 года неожиданно напали на турецкое войско и хорошенько его потрепали. Турки так и не поняли, кто это был и удивлённо переспрашивали друг друга «Ко то би?» Почему они задавали вопрос на сербском языке – история умалчивает...

     Далее отправляемся в местечко Мокрине и Донье (Нижнее) Мокрине.

     Мокрине – это, скорее, местность, чем село, потому что группы домов буквально разбросаны по склонам гор, и добраться к каждой не так уж и просто, так как дороги круты и извилисты. Несмотря на это, невозможно пропустить культурный и культовый центр Мокрине, расположенный у трассы. Это церковь св. Варвары (18-й век) с высокой колокольней на фасаде. В стену соседнего небольшого здания вмонтирована любопытная плита с древним кириллическим текстом.
     Но самое интересное в этом месте – надгробные памятники на окружающем церковь погосте. Резьба по камню в этих краях, видимо, была любимым занятием. Неизвестные мастера создавали рельефные портреты усопших – в национальных костюмах, в полный рост, пусть слегка наивно по сюжету, но мастерски.

     Недалеко от церкви влево от трассы уходит узкая бетонная дорога. Минут через десять поездки – вы окажитесь в Доньем (Нижнем) Мокрине. Там находится церковь св. Георгия начала 18-го века, с которой связано много интересных историй и легенд. Некоторые из таких историй рассказывают о её символах: неподалёку от южной стороны церкви находится настоящий шедевр мелкой каменной пластики. Это крест с так называемым тетраморфом, который изображает четырёх евангелистов в символических образах: Св. Марк в виде льва, св. Лука – в виде быка, св. Иоанн в виде орла, св. Матфей в виде ангела. На другом памятнике изображены масонские символы. Казалось бы, что может связывать глухую деревеньку в горах и масонов? Но факт остается фактом...
     Колокольня церкви св. Георгия не раз страдала от ударов молнии, поэтому жители всей округи почитают эту церковь, считая её защитницей от непогоды. 

     После дорога ведет в село Крушевицы.

     Полное название посёлка - Байкове Крушевицы, чтобы отличать от Биельских Крушевиц, которые находятся в получасе езды отсюда. Крушевицы находятся на небольшой равнине на высоте 700 метров над уровнем моря. Посреди равнины возвышаются холмики, происхождение которых дело рук человека, а не замысловатые причуды природы. Это курганы, возведение которых учёные относят к 5-му веку до нашей эры и приписывают племенам иллирийцев, не исключая и кельтское присутствие. Дома теснятся по периметру, карабкаясь на склоны окружающих гор, а вся равнина отдана под сады и огороды местных фермеров. В Крушевицах, окружённых каменным морем, прекрасные плодородные почвы. Местные жители не задаются вопросом о причинах такого феномена, а с удовольствием пользуются сложившейся ситуацией и снимают богатый урожай картошки, морковки и свеклы. Крушевицкая картошка – знаменитый и популярный бренд на Герцег-новском рынке.
     Крушевицкая архитектура проста и сурова - дома стоят на высоких основаниях из крупного, грубообработанного камня. Из скал вырастают и в скалы уходят…

     Завершает наш список тот самый высокогорный поселок Врбань.

     Не так хороша сам населенный пункт Врбань, как дорога к нему. Такие причудливые извивы и неожиданные повороты редко где еще можно встретить. Вдоль всей дороги располагаются всевозможные камни самых фантастических форм - настоящая радость для геолога-любителя. То это вертикально торчащие «зубы дракона», то гладкие валуны, то слоистые «пироги». Все это разнообразие даёт "Люты крш" ("люты" – гневный, а "крш" можно перевести не только как карст, но и как хаос, беспорядок). "Гневный хаос", пожалуй, самое точное определение наблюдаемому виду.
     Само же село Врбань находится на плато на километровой высоте. Пейзаж здесь кардинально отличается от того, который вы видели на побережье или по дороге сюда. Бурную южную растительность сменяют хвойные леса, даже архитектура редких домов другая, северная. Ничего удивительного, так как зимой здесь достаточно много снега, а когда на побережье наступает весна и вовсю идёт вакханалия цветения, здешние почки лишь только начинают задумываться о весне. В июле и августе поездка в Врбань – отличная возможность отдохнуть от жары на побережье, а заодно от шума и многолюдия. Место это пока ещё не слишком известное и туристы здесь нечастые гости, но для них здесь приготовлены все условия – есть небольшие отели, национальные рестораны, чистый горный воздух и потрясающая природа. 

     Многие любители природы и горных прогулок считают, что гора Орьен является самой красивой среди всех гор Черногории. Чтобы оценить всю красоту Ориенских гор туристы отправляются в многодневные пешие прогулки или долгие велосипедные туры. Как правило, их организуют самостоятельно, но новичкам советуют обратиться к опытным гидам, чтобы избежать несчастных случаев и побольше узнать о местной потрясающей и удивительной природе.
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    The first ethno-village in Montenegro "Etno selo Montenegro" was opened on May 20, 2006. The village is 32 km from Niksic towards Pluzine. On the road fork to Zabljak, you need to continue to go straight to the side Pluzhine until the pointer village Brezno. Passing 4 km by asphalt road through the village after 7-8 pointers you get to ethnovillage "Etno selo Montenegro".
     
    History of ethno village creation 

    Blagojevich family in the middle of the XVI century settled in this area and has been engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry for a long time. From then until the present day we preserved the traditional production and cooking methods (polenta, cakes, lamb, bread, manufacture of dairy products).
    Ethno village annually attracts more than 10,000 children to visit the "Nature School".

    The village is one of the initiators of the organic production program, a publisher of various books and brochures to help us preserve the cultural heritage and traditions.

    Ethno village services

    Ekosauna, Russian bath, swimming pool (during the season), confectionery, recreation center, playground, street of tales, children's creative workshop, a house of sweets, a mini zoo, a wine cellar, a national restaurant, ethno-kolyba, ethno-house of 1938, gift shop, library, film library, Wi-Fi, food and much more.

    Distance to the airport:
    Tivat 155 km
    Podgorica 55 km
    Sarajevo 110 km
    Dubrovnik 200 km

    Phone: +382 (0) 67209049, +382 (0) 69900930
    E-mail:etnoselo.me@gmail.com
     
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    Etno village Montenegro
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    Bielo Pole (translated as "White Field") is a city with a population of 16,000 inhabitants, located in the north-eastern part of Montenegro, in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Lim and Lesnica mountain rivers, near the Bihor mountain at an altitude of 550 m above sea level. In the spring, a large chamomile field blossoms out in the district of the city and because of this the city looks like a huge white field, thanks to this amazing phenomenon the city acquired such a beautiful and unusual name.
     
    History of the city

    Settlement on this territory was founded in the Neolithic era, which is confirmed by many archaeological finds. Here lived the Illyrians, and later the Romans. One of the proofs of this are Roman tombstones (2-3 centuries BC) near the city in a cemetery near the Church of the Blessed Virgin. Bijelo Polje (Akova) in the medieval period was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, as well as many cities in Montenegro. After the final expulsion of Turks in 1912, Bijelo Polje became a Montenegrin city. In the Middle Ages on this land the Turks dominated and the settlement was called Akov. But in 1912 they were expelled, the city received a new name and became part of modern Montenegro. By the standards of the country, Bijelo Polje is a fairly large settlement, almost 20 thousand people live in it.
     
    City Sights

    The area, in which the city was built, itself is already a natural landmark. Here are stunning views and landscapes. Tourists come here not only from abroad, Montenegrins themselves are eager to see the local beauties. Among the architectural sights the Gushmir Mosque, erected by the Turks during the Ottoman rule is worth mentioning. The mosque is located in the center of Bijelo-Polje near the park named after Risto Ratkovic. The city (or Yusuf) mosque was built in 1741, during the Turkish occupation of this area.
    Гушмирская мечеть
    It received its name in honor of Imam Hafiz Mustafa Gushmirovich, whose tomb is today in the courtyard of the mosque. And though after the liberation of Montenegro at the end of the XIX century the Turkish troops left this land, the locals kept their Muslim temple until the present time. Although during the long history mosque in Bijelo Polje underwent several renovations and restorations which to some degree have changed its original appearance, it is a valuable cultural monument, placed under the protection of the Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Montenegro.

    An important Montenegrin-Serbian spiritual center, which for many years played an important unifying role in the north of Montenegro, is undoubtedly the Church of the Holy Apostles of Peter and Paul. The church is located in the center of the city on the street of Prince Miroslav. In this temple, one of the oldest written monuments of Serbian Orthodox culture, the Miroslav Gospel, was created.

    At one time the center of the Diocese of Hum and Lim was located in the church, until the region fell under the onslaught of the Ottoman Empire. The church was built in the typical style of Serbian architecture of that time, the style of Raska - a combination of Romanesque and Byzantine heritage: the cruciform in its basement has one nave with a dome and a rectangular apse, the walls were erected from a brown carved stone, and the arched entrance from the west is already made in Romanesque style. For a long history the temple was repeatedly reconstructed and expanded. During the reign of King Uros I on the western side of the church, two tall 28-meter high bell towers and a vaulted porch between them were built - a typical Raska element of the temple construction. The porches from the north and south sides are the changes of the times of King Milutin (1317-1321). With the Turks at the end of the 17th century, the Fethija Mosque was built on the basis of the church, and one of the bell towers was destroyed, but after the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire in 1912, the Orthodox church was rebuilt here again, it happened in 1922.

    The Nikolaevkaya church, built on the site of the modern Bijelo Polje in the era of Nemanici, gave its name not only to the monastery, but also to some other objects - the neighboring bazaar was nicknamed the Nikolsky market, and the residential district in the city to this day bears the name remaining from Villages of Nicolac. The monastery is in Bijelo Polje in the district of Nicolac.
    Николаевская церковь в Биело Поле
    The monastery also became famous as a center for copying hand-written church books, a local school of copyists brought up many monks who later dispersed in other monasteries. And in the era of the desolation of many Orthodox monasteries in the north of Montenegro in the 17th and 18th centuries, which was caused by Turkish dominance in this territory, the Nikolsky Monastery became a place of preserving valuable books, manuscripts and liturgical objects from the closing monasteries throughout the nearest district. At the moment the monastery library has 84 manuscripts and 97 printed books, among which there is a particularly valuable Gospel of the end of the XVIII century, written on parchment. In the XX century the monastery gradually turned into an ordinary parish church, but today it is completely renewed and is an active male monastic abode of the Budimlian-Nikshich Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
     
    What to see in the vicinity?

    Bijelo polje is a popular place among speleologists. Great impression on the visitors make Novakovic caves, cave Dzhalovicha (say it can compete in beauty with the famous Slovenian Postojna pit), and the cave Osoya. All of them are well researched and examined.
    Пещеры в регионе Биело Поле
    25 kilometers from Bijelo Polje there is the cave of Djalovicha, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and large in Europe. Dinar highlands is referred to the youngest mountain species - to the Alpine folding; Its geological age is no more than 65 million years. It is known that the process of mountain building in the regions of Montenegro has not been completed so far. In the rocky depths of nature created and continues to create unique beauty and scale of the cave with the giant halls, rivers and lakes. For example, some of the arches of the cave of Djalovich reach a height of 30 meters.

    Lifehack: tours to the cave are included in the category of adventure tourism, and therefore, the descent allowed only for experienced speliologists, well prepared physically and psychologically. You can see about 2.5 kilometers of the cave today. The excursion is long in duration, the inspection of only the cave after the descent takes about 4 hours, the climb up can take 2 hours.

    In the vicinity of the city there are several thermal springs, and for the healing water of the source Kiseljak people from other cities of the country come here specially.

    Fans of mountain skiing are also frequent guests in Bijelo Polje. The 300-meter-long track was opened not so long ago at an altitude of 930 m above sea level on the slope Zavratica-Majstorovina. In the plans - the opening of tracks for snowboarding.

    Every year in August, you can get to the International Festival of tamburinovy orchestras, which brings groups from all over Europe, and they tirelessly playing their music in the streets and squares. Although the festival lasts only one day, it does not end with the onset of darkness: after the official program of orchestras gather public into various cafes and restaurants, and set the night on fire!

    Visiting the neighborhood of the city, you will be able to continue acquaintance with the history and architecture of the region. Here you will find: an ancient stone bridge on the river Bistrica in village Lozno Luka, Monastery Voljavats with Stretensky Church of the XIII century (monastery is located in the municipality of Bijelo Polje near the village Voljavats, where the river Bistrica flows into the Lim one), Majstorovina monastery with an old church of the Holy Trinity.

    Today's city is a large and modern settlement, the main economic sphere of which is tourism. Several roads run to Bijelo Polje, there is also a railway station along the Bar-Belgrade line, so it's no problem to get there. You can also take a bus. Staying in Bijelo Polje for a while will not be difficult - you can easily rent a flat, an apartment or a room.

    The town and its suburbs have numerous historical and cultural monuments:
     
    • Gushmirskaya mosque in Bijelo Polje, erected by the Turks during the Ottoman rule.
    • The oldest stone bridge on the Bistrica river in the village Lozna Luka.
    • Mineral and thermal healing springs, from which the water "Bijela Rada" is produced.
    • Blishkova monastery with a temple dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
    • Volyavats Monastery with Candlemas Church of the XIII century.
    • Maystorovina monastery with an old church of the Holy Trinity.
    • Nikolyats monastery, which library holds many valuable books and manuscripts.
    • Podvrh Monastery, located at the source of the River Bistrica.
    • Monastery Samograd, that origin dates back to the early Christian era.
    • Caves of Dzhalovich, Novakovic and Osoya attract speleo tourists from over the world.
    • The Church of St. John in the Creek.
    • The Church of St. Thomas in Brzave.
    • The Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Bijelo Polje, place of creation "Miroslavsko gospel."

    Bijelo Polje is a promising, dynamically developing tourist center of Montenegro. There is everything that attracts guests: amazing nature, clean mountain air, healing water, interesting sights and fascinating cultural events.
     
     
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    Town of Bielo Pole (White Field) in Montenegro
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    Bedem Fortress is located in the western part of modern Niksic on the site of the old town of Upper Onogosht. The first mention of the fortress Bedem was recorded in 1518.
    The fortress was built by the Turks in XVIII century after the conquest of the Slavic Onogosht. The upper town was surrounded by walls, where the Ottoman administration was, while the lower part of the settlement, inhabited by artisans, was outside the fortification and had their own defense system. Fortification was divided into western and eastern parts, besides the outer castle walls, it also had six towers located at the corners of the fortress. There is an oldest part of the fort in the middle of it - Castel, which was built in the VI century in the Roman period. The central building of the bastion includes a room for the guard and a deep basement, used for the storage of ammunition.
    High area on the height of the fort were artillery platforms before, each of which housed 6-8 guns. The fortress was always a place of battles for the town during the many wars, the last battle at the walls of the bastion took place in 1878, when Niksic was set free by Montenegrin Prince Nikola I. Then Niksic gradually started to become urban settlement, and the need of fortifications was not required any more. The town start living a new life, attracting new settlers.
    Ruins of Bedem Fortress today are protected by the state as a national historical monument. Relatively recently, the citadel complex has been undergone the restoration, after which its area has reached several hectares. The fortress is located on a hill, with views of the valley of Niksic and cliffs. Currently the ruins of Niksic fortress Bedem is a traditional place for various cultural events.
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    Fortress Bedem
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    In Boka-Kotor bay, near a cultural sightseeing Perast town, there is the only of its kind of the Eastern Adriatica artificial island Gospa od Škrpjela with the Church of XVIII century erected on a small reef. The name of the island translated from Serbian as "Our Lady of the Rocks" and reflects its history. In 1452 two brothers, who were local seamen from Perast found an icon of the Holy Mother on the reef. Presumably the icon appeared there after shipwreck, but after the icon created a miracle it became insignificant. After the icon was found, one of the brothers recovered from illness he had been suffering for a long time. Since local people have known about miracle healing, they started respect and worship the icon.

    Plateau with area 3030 m2 and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks 11m high had been constructed for more than 200 years. It started with sinking old and seized ships, then pirate ones. Than the law was taken, according to which every ship passing by should drop a stone to the bottom.

    Since then annual festival is held, during which all men should reach the island on brightly decorated boats and deliver stones there. This festival is called "Fašinada" and it has practical, rather than entertainment, purpose. It is held to avoid the damage of the island. Any volunteer can participate. By the way, the closing part of the fest is sailing regatta. The Church was finally built in 1630. It is considered the Church helps the sailors during dangerous voyages. Unfortunately, after a strong earthquake happend in 1667, the Church was reconstructed and in 1722 it was finally completed in Byzantine style. Tripo Kokolja took part in the interior design. The most famous his work is 10 meters fresco "Mary’s Death".

    There are many works of art brought by sailors. Besides a famous icon of Our Lady, there are more than 2500 thousand of plates made of gold and silver. They contain dates of sailors' departure and arrival. Some plates contain just one date, it means that some sailors never came back. So a woman has been waiting for his husband-sailor the whole life. At the same time she was embroidering an icon out of her hair, so even grey hair was visible there. Her husband has never returned. Now the icon is kept in the Church on the island. It considered that the icon brings luck to the married couples, therefore wedding ceremonies are held in this church. Also many tourists and pilgrims all over the world come to the church.

    Lifehack: There is a sea taxi to Gospa od Škrpjela island. You can ask the schedule on the pier of your town.
     
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    Island Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks)
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    One of the historical monuments of Montenegro is the fortress Španjola, which is located on one of the highest hills of Herceg Novi, at an altitude of about 170 meters above sea level. The hill, at the top of which the fortress was built, is called Bajer.
    The fortress of Spagnola (Spanjola) in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
    The fortress is located to the northeast of the old town of Herceg Novi, not far from the main Jadranski put (the Adriatic highway), which runs along the coast and connects numerous settlements in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia.

     Lifehack: people call the fortress "Spanjola", which literally means "Spanish fortress", but in official documents it is referred to as Gornji grad.

    Outside the bastion of Spanjola looks very impressive and although almost nothing is intact inside it, it is worth a visit... In addition to the already mentioned elegant view of the surroundings, the fortress can offer a unique and amazing excursion to the past. Here you can still see the ancient barracks, loopholes and various farm buildings, touch the mighty walls and military structures that came into the power of nature (ivy, grass and trees) and disappear upon our eyes, but despite this, they retained the rebellious spirit of the past.

    History of the fortress of Spanjola.

    Despite the name of the fortress Španjola, which, as already mentioned, is word for saying "Spanish fortress", this defensive fortification refers more to the Turkish military-historical heritage. The thing is that the owners of the city for only one year (1538-1539), the Spaniards managed only to lay this fortress (in 1538) and begin to build it, and only the Ottoman Empire, ruling those days in the Balkans, led it to the final and impregnable form.

    Interesting facts: Admiral of Spanish fleet Andrea Dori unexpectedly appeared in the harbor of Herceg Novi in June 1538, and next day the Turks surrendered the city. The Spaniards left a garrison of 6,000 men here, and understanding the importance of the defensive fortress, they immediately began building and repairing the walls of defensive fortifications. But only in 9 months, in 1539, Ottoman Admiral Hajrudin Babarosa with the huge Turkish fleet regained power over the city of Herceg Novi after a long and difficult siege.

    Initially, the architecture of the fortress Spanjola was more like a church and bore the name "Fortress of Charles V". After the conquest of the city in 1539, the Turkish sultan Suleiman decided to change its appearance radically, further strengthening and making it even more impregnable. For this he surrounded the fortress with high walls with four round bastions protruding at the corners. This construction lasted from 1539 to 1548 and the fortress received a new name-the Upper Town (Gornji grad). This event is still described on the plaque over the entrance in the Arabic language. However, despite all this, the popular rumor, for some reason, fixed the name Spanjola behind the fortress.

    Interesting facts: It is known that the Turks were very proud of the fortress built by them. In 1548, when all the work was completed, they hung a sign over the entrance with an inscription in Arabic, in which it was said that this building appeared thanks to Suleiman, the son of the great emir Seliman Khan, who erected it according to the decree of the Sultan. At the end there was a phrase that could be translated like this: "And the poets, whom the path will bring here, look at me, and exclaim enthusiastically: "And great it is a beautiful building!".
    The fortress of Spanjola in Herceg Novi.
    During the history of its existence, the bastion in Herceg Novi survived and changed many owners. Since 1687, the Spanjola fortress, together with half of the Boka-Kotor Bay, fell under the authority of the Venetian Republic and was part of its fortifications until 1797. On various maps and engravings of that time the fortress was designated as "Fortezza superiore", "F. di Gornigrad u Koronelija" and "Castello u Mortiera".

    In 1806, the defense in the fortress was held jointly by Russian-Montenegrin troops fighting against the army of Napoleon.

    Interesting facts: At that time, four thousand Russian soldiers, led by Dmitry Sinyavin, helped the Bokelians and Montenegrins to set free the bay from the invaders. From the fortress Spanjola troops placed fire on the French, who reached Gornji grad only in two days, but could not win.

    In July 1807, according to the Treaties of Tilsit, the Russians still leave the fort and the Bay of Kotor to the French. Since 1814 onwards almost the entire 19th century, the fortress of Spanjola with the whole bay was in the hands of Austria-Hungary. In the second half of the 19th century, after the construction of such forts as Mamula, Arza, Prevlaka, and fortifications on Lustica, the Spanish fortress lost its exceptional strategic importance, which consisted not only of its high location - 170 meters above sea level, but also in strong and unapproachable walls along the entire perimeter. However, the fort continued to play a rather important role in the defense of the bay and the city of Herceg Novi due to its favorable location.

    In the XX century, the fortress was part of the Kingdom of Slovenes, Serbs and Croats created after the end of the First World War, until it finally became the property of an independent Montenegrin state.

    During the Second World War, the fortress was decided to use not as a military position, but as a prison. Nowadays, Spanjola is almost completely abandoned and given to the power of nature - now its walls and buildings are heavily overgrown with grass and ivy, bushes and trees, forming impassable thickets in some places and buildings.

    Architecture of the fortress Spanjola.

    The fortress Spanjola is built in the form of a regular geometric shape: in terms of it it is a square with four round bastions at the corners. The walls of the fortress have a slight slope away to the sea, and the main entrance to the fortress was located on the eastern side. Inside the fort there were various structures - arsenal, barracks, mosque (during the Turkish rule), some of which remained to this day.
    The fortress of Spania (Španjola) in Herceg Novi, Montenegro is built in the form of a square with four round bastions at the corners.
    Interesting facts: such a plan of the fort - a square with four wide towers in the corners, is also in the drawings of the famous Leonardo da Vinci.

    In their day, every ruler, having seized this part of the land, built or changed something in the fortress... Venetians, for example, built a high semicircular wall between two bastions facing the sea, thus forming a patio. They also laid down the second staircase to the fortress walls, moved the entrance and remade the Turkish mosque to the officer barracks.

    The Austrians also contributed to the strengthening of some changes, based on the requirements of the times and their needs, but mostly they were annexes next to the fortress. If you look at the fortress from the side of the mountains, then on the left a long wall is attached, connected with the uneven terrain and thus enclosing another large courtyard. Judging by the masonry, this wall is of later time, obviously, it was built by the Austrians. On the outside, to the right of the gate, a commemorative plaques hang on the wall, which appeared in Yugoslavian time. One of them reminds that on this place on 4.09.1914 the Austrians shot two fighters for the freedom of the people - sea captains Philip Hadjiyu and Milan Srzentich. The second one says that on the night of 13-14 February, 1942, the three partisans of the Orion battalion destroyed the spotlight of the Italian invaders in the fortress.
    On the outside of the fortress of Španjola, to the right of the gate, there are memorial tablets on the wall.
    Near the entrance to the artillery battery is a small structure under the armored dome, intended for the gunner-spotter.
    Armored dome in the fortress of Spianola (Španjola) in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
    Also on the territory of the fortress there is a mobile communications tower, which local residents have been trying to remove for several years now. So far, unsuccessfully.

    In those days the fortress was completely autonomous - there was also a source of water, a bakery, and other necessary life support systems. She was almost a small town.

    Interesting facts: Between all three fortresses of Herceg Novi: Spagnola, Kanli-Kula and Forte Mare, there are underground passages. Currently, the tunnels have partially collapsed, but in the 70s of the last century, according to stories of local elderly residents, many of them got into them during childhood.

    The construction of the underground passage is, perhaps, a very reasonable and strategically important decision for the defense of the city. In the old days, the threat to the town of Herceg-Novi might proceed only from the sea side and in case of loss of the lower fortress, the defenders could freely and without risking go to the fortress above and from there continue the defense of the city.

    View from the fortress Spanjola to the Old Town of Herceg Novi. View ofKanli Kulato the right near the water there isForte Mare fortress.
    View from the fortress of Spanjola (Spanjola) on the Old Town of Herceg Novi. Visible fortress Kanli Kula; To the right of the water - fortress Forte Mare.
    View from the bastion of Spanjola on the Bay of Kotor, the bottleneck is the Strait of Cumbor.
    View from the bastion of Spanjola (Spanjola) on the Boka Bay of Kotor, the bottleneck is the Strait of Kumbor.
    How to get to the fortress Spanjola?

    In Montenegro, to get to the town of Herceg Novi, specifically the fortress Spanjola is possible in several ways. It should be noted immediately that without a reliable guide (a person or an electronic assistant), it will be a little difficult to find a way to the fort, as only narrow streets and a staircase of 1000 steps lead to the fortress. But, having climbed them, a magnificent panoramic view of Herceg Novi, Igalo and the Bay of Kotor will burst upon your eye.
    • First, you can get there by bus or shuttle bus from almost any city in Montenegro, both from the coast (BudvaTivatKotorBar) and from the central part (PodgoricaNiksicCetinje). It is worth saying that this is the most budgetary way of traveling around Montenegro, not counting of course hitchhiking.
    See the schedule of buses in Montenegro for every dayhere.
    • Secondly, you can get to the fort on your own or rented car. A rental company will be able to deliver your rented car immediately to the airport (Tivat or Podgorica) on your arrival or to your place of residence in Montenegro. The advantages of this method are obvious - you choose the route, the departure time, the cities to visit and the time of sightseeing and historical places during the trip.
    When you drive along the Adriatic highway to Herceg Novi from Tivat, then after a steep climb, before reaching the bus station, there will be a right turn to the mountain (opposite Kanli Kula). There you will see the brown tourist sign Spanjola. Climb up the narrow road, winding between the houses before turning left, next to which will be a large ad board. Turn there, and in 200 m of steep ascent you’ll see the fortress. There you can park the car, and then go on foot to the fortress itself.

    Lifehack: Always remember about the Kamenari-Lepetani ferry in Montenegro, which is an alternative and short road to Herceg Novi from other cities. Its price is about 5 euros per car, but the path takes much less time (the difference is about 1 hour).
    • Thirdly, you can take a taxi to the fortress. The only thing that can scare off is the price for the transfer. Before you order a taxi, see the approximate price of the trip or a fixed transfer price (depending on the city of departure) on our website page or in our free app "Way to Montenegro" on the Google Play.
    The fortress Spanjola nowadays.

    Few tourists are aware of Spanjola fortress in Herceg Novi nowadays, since it is located far from the city center, in the mountains. There are no excursion groups, and not every tourist can find it independently. But this shouldn’t be an obstacle for tourists, since from this historical monument an amazing and stunning view of the entire city and the Boka Bay burst upon the eye, and the whole architecture of the fortress gives an opportunity to enjoy exciting walks and allows you to plunge into the wonderful world of the Middle Ages.
    Fortress of Spagnola in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
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    Fortress Spanjola or Spanish fortress in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro.
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     Crnojevica River is located in the municipality of Cetinje, and flows into the famous Skadar Lake. In summer, the river dries up a bit, and become green because of water lilies, and in winter the water rises a couple of meters, and has an amazing emerald color. On the river, there is a small town with a population of about 300 residents. Once upon a time in this peaceful place life pulsed there - because in ancient times the town was the capital of the Montenegrin state Zetas (1465-1490), and was the residence of ruling at the time John Crnojevic, the crossroad of major trade routes. Until the end of the XIX century, settlement had been developed actively – inns and pubs were built, manufacturing worked. The decline of the town, oddly enough, was related to independence in the late XIX century.

     Now the town has become a fishing village with such attractions as:
    • beautiful old bridges, one pedestrian - Danilov bridge, and the other – automobile;
    • beautiful renovated waterfront;
    • house of St. Peter from Cetinje - the oldest building in the town;
    • Monastery of St. Nicholas - the rim, where the first Montenegrin book "Oktoikh" was printed 
    • Zhmrlevitsa Cave with underground lake and interesting ornaments. 
     Also here you can go boating, fishing (in these places trout, carp and eel is caught), dine at the restaurant with a beautiful view of the river.
    If you want to stay in harmony with nature, to relax from the noisy seaside, relieve fatigue after working days - then you have to go here.
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    Crnojevica River
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Beaches of Montenegro

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

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    Przno beach (Pržno plaža) is a small gravel beach. It is located in a former fishing village. Many boats are still moored here. There are beach bar, restaurant and renting of sun loungers. It is very convenient to get Sveti-Stefan by boat from this place. There is lack of parking space. 
    Pržno beach
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    Plavi Horizonti Beach is located in Przhno valley of Lustica peninsular. It takes 15 minutes to get there from Tivat and Kotor. The length of the beach is 350 meters. The beach is surrounded by olive and pine forests, which brings a unique charm and a picturesque view. The beach is totally covered by fine sand, the water entry is very flat, ideal for children and adults. Thanks to the shallow water, the sea is perfectly heated and usually it is 2-3 degrees above the rest sea shore. There are no cities and villages around the bay. The beach is equipped by the sun loungers, umbrellas and sports-grounds. There are changing rooms, showers and WC. Sea rescue service is on duty. Parking place is near the beach. For one who likes leisure activities, there are volley-ball, basket-ball and tennis courts. One can go boating, go water skiing, wave runner and fishing.
    Beach Plavi horizonti, Radovici, Lustica
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     Buljarica Beach is located 2 km from Petrovac in the direction of Bar city. Its length is 2400 meters. It is one of the biggest beaches on Adriatic seashore and the largest in Budva Riviera. It is easy to get to the beach by car, by boat or hiking the path above the hill from Lucice Beach.  The part of the beach is equipped with the beach accessories. There are restaurants and cafe-bars. Those who like swimming will enjoy a convenient water entry. For ones who enjoy hiking, there is a picturesque bay around.
    Buljarica beach in Petrovac
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    Guvance beach (Guvance plaža) is a gravel beach. It is a continuation of Slovenska beach. There are restaurants, bars and renting sun loungers along the beach. There is parking.  
    Guvance beach in Montenegro
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    Petrovac Beach is located in a picturesque bay surrounded by the rocks, olive groves and pine forests between the cities Bar and Budva. The main beach (the length is 800 meters) is covered by red tiny gravel. There is a small port and fortress Castello.  The second beach is Lučice (the length is 200 meters), it is located in 500 meters from the main beach. There is a wide choice of different sea attractions. Katic and Sveta Nedelja islands are located some way from the sea shore and there is a place for diving. The beaches take the whole sea shore of the city and stretch along the city walking district. There are many restaurants, cafes and souvenirs shops close to the beach.  
    Petrovac beach
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    Rafailovići Beach is located in a small town of the same name, 4 km from Budva in the direction of Sveti Stefan. This is a chick beach of gravel and sand with the flat entry into the water. There are no large cobbles and sea urchins. Its length is 0,5 km.There are tourist facilities: changing rooms and shower, you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas (approximately 6-8 Euros). There are many cafes, restaurants and bars on the beach, we you can try traditional and European cuisine. The wide choice of fish and sea products, beer, wine and refreshments.
    Rafailovići beach
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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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    Jaz beach (Jaz plaza) is a gravel beach with gravel-sandy sections, it is 850 meters long. There are beach bars, restaurants, renting sung loungers and paid parking. A famous festival SEA DANCE is held in July every year. It is better to avoid visiting beach in this period, just in case you are the participant of the festival.  
    Beach Jaz 2

Events

Choose where to go during your vacation

  • Beer Festival in Montenegro

    From the 18th to the 28th of July, 2019 in the city of Cetinje the first in Montenegro Beer Festival - “Montenegro Beer Fest - 2019” will take place! As announced...
    Cetinje
    18.07-28.07.19
  • The festival of electronic music Sea Dance 2019

    From August 30 (Friday) to September 1 (Sunday) on one of the largest and most picturesque beaches of Montenegro and the entire Adriatic coast - Buljarica, which is located near...
    Petrovac
    30.08-01.09.19
  • Jazz Festival in Budva and Petrovac

    From August 30 to September 9, 2019, the annual 13th International Jazz Fest Jazz Fest will be held in the resort towns of Montenegro, Budva and Petrovac! It is worth noting...
    Petrovac
    30.08-09.09.19
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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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