Montenegro is filled with both historical and modern institutions that will give each curious tourist the sense of what Montenegro was before, what Montenegro is now and what Montenegro will be in the coming future. Countless questions still are yet to be answered about this quiet little country, but in the course of one’s travel will surely shed light to those questions.
When in Montenegro, make sure to visit the Ostrog Monastery: a wondrous site that will even make you think if this was really created my man. This magnificent piece of rock carved architecture is located above the Bjelopavlic Valley, giving it a sense of secrecy within its walls. It was founded by the Metropolitan Vasilije in the late 17th century. Clearly, the most magnificent part of Ostrog is the Upper monastery. The monastery also holds two churches. The upper church is dedicated to the Holy Cross and the lower church in the Upper monastery is for Vavedenje of the Holy Mary. People of different religions frequent this monastery and is one of the most visited in the Christian world.
The Bay of Kotor is also one of the tourist destinations in Montenegro and is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Towering cliffs that surround the bay from all sides gives the viewer the surreal image of the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. The Bay of Kotor also boasts of its four connected straits. There are also seven islands that embellish the Bay of Kotor: the Saint Marco (Sveti Marko), the island of Mamula, the island of Our Lady of the Rock (Gospa od Skrpjela), Saint George (Sveti Djordje), the island of Milosrdja, the island of Flowers (Ostrvo cveca), and the Mother of God (Mala Gospa). The road that lines the Bay leads to a chain of cities, each with their own unique characteristic and a story to tell. Among those cities is Kotor, or better known as the City of World Cultural Heritage.
The Mountain of Lovcen towers above the coastal region below and serves as the backdrop for the city of Kotor. Montenegrin people also recognize Lovcen and a symbol of their state and national identity, thus playing a grand role among Montenegro’s natives. Lovcen was declared as a National Park, including the highest and central part of the entire Lovecan panorama. The twin peaks of Stirovnik and Jezerski vrh houses the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, one of the most celebrated poet, philosopher and statesman of Montenegro. Lovcen also has a lavishly valuable building legacy, summer pastures and village gumnos, one of which is the village of Njegusi, the birthplace of Njegos, and is located on the road leading from Kotor to the town of Cetinje.
During the 19th century, from where the glorious Ada Bojana stands, are two smaller islands where a ship known as the Merito was sunk. Through the years, the ship wreckage and the two islands gathered river sediments, giving birth to this beautiful, triangle-shaped island. On one side, it is adorned by the Adriatic Sea and the river Bonjana touches the adjacent. The beach faced sea is a sandy, 3km long stretch of sailing paradise and is constantly flocked by watersports aficionados. The river banks of Ada Bojanda are loaded with numerous fish restaurants with cooks trained in old-time methods.
There are still a lot of places to visit in Montenegro that will surely not disappoint like the Skadar Lake, the largest lake in the Balkans, the mountain reserve and national park of Durmitor, the Tara River, which is the second largest river in the world, the National park Biogradska Gora and a lot more. Each of which has its own story to tell, teleporting a traveler back in history to gaze upon the rich cultural heritage of this country.