MONTENEGRO Akcionarsko Društvo
Location: By its geographic location, Montenegro belongs to Central
Air travel: Direct connections with major European capitals: Frankfurt, London,
Montenegro – 1000 Facets of the Kaleidoscope - The Wild Beauty at the Southern Adriatic
“Black” mountains, blue sea, green alpine meadows, awe-inspiring canyons, idyllic lakes.
Holiday at the seaside with lovely beaches, hidden coves, fascinating small historical coastal towns with modern flair…You may choose from cosy quarters in a hospitable private home to international 5-star hotels with the complete wellness programme. The gastronomy offers delicious regional specialities as well as international classics.
Hiking on marked trails, through majestic mountain massifs with spice-scented meadows; discover the boundless high plateaus on a mountain bike; white-waters, the awe-inspiring canyon (Europe’s deepest) of the river Tara, a hot spot for rafters! Eerie caves and ravines where bears and wolves may hide (and maybe goblins and fairies)….
Historical treasures from the earliest settlements to the Njegoš Mausoleum on top of the mountain Lovcen… Our varied history left its tracks from the Roman buildings that are still used as venues up to the fortifications built by the Habsburg realm – with a breathtaking view of the unique Bay of Kotor with its fascinating heart. Follow the Adriatic coastline south to the charming medieval village Budva and to the largest beach near Ulcinj: there is a lot waiting to be discovered. But we would like to induce you also to explore the interior of the country: the historical royal town Cetinje is just north of Budva. A very interesting excursion would be a trip to the Ostrog Monastery, where miracles are said to happen even today.
Hiking and Biking in Montenegro
Along with the global trend for sustainable travel and conservation, Montenegro offers especially for hikers and bikers not only imposing mountains, spectacular canyons, evergreen forests, dreamy bays and a Mediterranean climate. A branched network of hiking and cycling routes stretches over 6000 kilometres, and that’s not all.
Discovering Montenegro’s Past
The small town Cetinje, former residence of Nikola (1875–1917), Montenegro’s only king, is situated in the middle of the wildly romantic Lovcen mountain massif. The former royal residence - a National Museum today – houses one of the most important relics of the Christian world: The Icon of Philermos. Tradition has it that the painting of the Mother of God was created by the evangelist Lucas himself and was brought to Centinje from Jerusalem by many detours. The mountain Lovcen is sort of a national shrine. On its peak is the mausoleum of the Montenegrin poet prince Petar II Petrovic Njegos.
The way back to the coast is a serpentine road with 25 hairpin bends down to Kotor. From here, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Bay of Kotor. The only fjord of the Mediterranean has been UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage since 1979 and stretches inland of the Adriatic for 28 km. On arrival down in Kotor, the old town, protected as world cultural heritage as well, invites its guests to stroll through the labyrinthine alleys, small squares and historic buildings. The town, built in the Venetian style, is surrounded by a city wall of 4 km. This region has always been border as well as link between occident and orient, Catholics and Orthodox as well as Christendom and Islam.
The little baroque town of Perast is just a small distance from Kotor. Excursion boats take visitors from here to the monastery island Mary of the Rock. According to the legend, fishermen found an icon of St. Mary on this place in the 17th century and built a church for it on the island which was piled up especially for this purpose. Even nowadays, on 22 July of every year, boats illuminated by torches and loaded with stones make a procession to this artificial island. The church itself is decorated with more than 2,000 votive tablets made of silver, mostly donated by seamen.
The old town of Budva, surrounded by a medieval city wall, is subject to preservation order and situated on a small peninsula. It houses many buildings of various Mediterranean cultures and eras. The Church of John the Baptist, with its 3 aisles and Venetian icons, dating from the 9th century, bears witness of the Christian history. According to the legend, Budva was founded by Cadmus, the descendant of the tragic hero Oedipus.
Visitors will find more ancient buildings and a glorious mythology in the south of Montenegro, in Ulcinj. This region used to be ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Illyrians, Byzantines, Venetians and Osmans. The architecture reflects the variety of these peoples’ history. Guests can visit the ethnologic museum in the upper part of the old town. Observing the exhibits, the visitors are led through Montenegro’s past.
The agencies offer special combination programmes for meetings and conferences: boat trips on the Lake Skadar - the biggest inland waters on the Balkans - paragliding, sailing, rafting, kayaking, hiking trips, canyoning, climbing, biking or sightseeing tours and sociable evenings in typical restaurants with regional cooking – Montenegro offers programmes of greatest variety on the smallest space.