Standing in front of the old town, you can’t resist imagining Kotor invaders looking at its amazing fortification system, feeling impressed by its grandiosity and wondering “how the hell they build it and what could be a secret of destroying it”? But no secret recipe could help, nothing worked so far. I will also try to conquer town walls, but my only weapon will be my smile. Am I really going to laugh at the end?
As a child, growing up in Cetinje, I always knew I was surrounded by magic I couldn’t define. I felt special and everything around me seemed that way. Later, I thought it was my child fantasy that was ascribing my home town some unusual aura and charm. Then I grew up and realized the truth…
Finding ideal excursion for you is like finding a perfect match-you have to be attracted by form and content. It has to have what you are looking for, or at least, the most of it. By giving you these short descriptions of excursions, hope I will help you make up your mind and find excursion which is just like made for you.
Somebody asked me recently which place is my favorite in Montenegro. I just couldn’t decide. It is not because I love my country so much that I can’t see it objectively any more. It is because nature was so generous to the country, that I feel so blessed to have a privilege to live here. As one of my tourist said, there is no bad place for a photo in Montenegro! You will always have a perfect background where ever you place you camera. This is true. I still picked out for you some places you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Montenegro. They are my favorite places.
To be clear – any time is good time to come to Montenegro. But, there are some more or less ideal periods for you to come, depending on your personal interests. Basically, our tourist offer is based on summer and winter season, since Montenegro has both high mountains and beautiful warm Adriatic Sea. One unusual phenomenon is present in the country from time to time: possibility to ski and swim in the same day. Don’t expect to have this regularly and plan your trip accordingly, since it all depends from weather conditions which can differ from one year to the other. All of this is possible since mountains are so close to the sea that one can start day by swimming on the coast and spend the rest of it by skiing in the first ski center, only 2 and half hours drive away from the coast.
Wow! This is always the first reaction of people when they see our tall men and women dancing in beautiful national costumes. I have noticed their admiration, traveling around the world as member of local folklore group. This is not surprising, having in mind that our national costume is considered to be one of the most beautiful and most expensive in Europe.
If a God would leave a piece of Planet for him, would you go there and see it yourself?
One of my favorite legends goes like this: Once upon a time God created Planet Earth and people who should live on it. He was giving people certain areas to live in and when he thought he was finished, angels told him: “Dear God, there is still one small, but diligent nation, worth of your attention, you have forgotten about.” God’s eyebrows gathered, it started thundering and flashing all around. Big waves ruffled the sea and the strongest wind started to blow. And then, suddenly, everything stopped. God said: “This is what I left for me and what I called Montenegro, let it be a home to this people and let them call themselves Montenegrins”.
I live in Montenegro. Yes, you read well – Montenegro. No, it is not in Africa and it has nothing to do with black people. Montenegro is international name for European country and means Black Mountain in translation. You would expect to see here Black Mountain but…no, you can’t. What you can see are remains of dark green pine forest which used to adorn Mountain Lovcen in 15 century and which seemed so dark (almost black) from distance that confused Venetians called it Montenegro. But what one can find here are black squirrels around Black Lake in the black pine forest in this Black Mountain country. And black wine too. No, this is not a mistake. Exquisite Montenegrin red wine called Vranac has dark ruby color, almost black. If you call it red wine, Montenegrins will correct you. There is not something like red wine in the country of Black Mountains.