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Montenegro travel guide

 This small country on the west of Balkan Peninsula is one of a few European countries where tourism is a major branch of national economy, so everything is done there to attract tourists.

Nature lavishly endowed this small country. There is a beautiful Adriatic Coast where Me-diterranean climate is predominant, and palms and olive trees are growing. In Tara River Canyon, by the way, the deepest gorge in Europe, one can see the most beautiful mountain landscapes somehow resembling those of such national parks as Yosemite in America or Jungfrau in Switzerland. In highland national parks Biogradska Gora or Durmitor one may have promenades in spruce forests or pine woods similar to those of Canada or Siberia. Generally, all lovers of nature certainly would find something to see, while those who are looking for inexpensive seaside vacations, could find something to their taste.

Most tourists go to the coast. There are located several resorts on a compact territory. Near the border of Croatia there is the most picturesque Kotor Bay. Both old towns, such as Kotor, and resort settlements are located along the coast of this bay. Budva is one of the larger tourist centers south of Kotor Bay. It is a youth resort with active night life.

South of Budva there located San Stefano, the most luxurious resort in Montenegro, and Petrovats, which is considered to be a good place for family holidays. There is nothing but small villages south of Petrovats, however, you may also find there some accommodation and beaches. In the southernmost part of the country, on the border of Albania, there is a resort in the mouth of Boyan river. It is called Ada Boyana. This is the biggest camping resort for all lovers of nudism in Adriatic Region, but you should be aware that a lot of vacationers would be of older age, and it is quite a specific sight.

As to national parks, there are at least two of them, which are certainly worth visiting. They are Biogradska Gora and Durmitor (Tara River Canyon). Both parks are in the north of Montenegro, only 2-3 hours trip from the coast (Montenegro is a small country).

Durmitor is the biggest national park in Montenegro. In winter it is a downhill skiing resort, and in summer it offers excellent opportunities for hiking or cycling along the most scenic mountain routes. Durmitor National Park includes Tara River Canyon. There are offered simple rafting routes, or you may just take a car ride and enjoy the beauties of mountain landscapes.

 

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San Stefano Hotel located in the city of the same name on the peninsula is a calling card of the Adriatic coast of Montenegro
Relic pine forest on the rocky coast of the Adriatic Sea is the main tourist attraction of Petrovats
Rocky cliffs over the Tara River
Tree roots and boulders are covered by moss in the Biogradska Gora National Park 
Relic forest of the oldest national park of Montenegro, Biogradska Gora
Venetian Castello fortress in the resort town Petrovac
Night life on the promenade of Petrovac
Resort town Petrovac
Entrance of the Old Kotor from the embankment
At high time there are always a lot of people at the beaches of Budva
Old Budva ouside the city walls
Cruise ships at the pier of the historic city Kotor
Cruise ships come in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska)
Surrounding rocks of the Bay of Kotor are similar to those of Norwegian fjords
Bell tower in the city of Perast on the coast of the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) 
Rapid current of the Tara River between the rocky banks
Rocks of the Tara River Canyon
Đurđevića Bridge built over the Tara River Canyopn in 1937
Tara River Canyon as viewed from the Đurđevića Bridge
The monastery building is in the rock at the height of several hundreds of meters
St Luke`s Church (1195) with both orthodox and Catholic altars
Narrow streets of Kotor
The walls which defended Kotor from attacks from the mountains
The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon was built in 1166
The bell tower of Morača monastery, Montenegro
Morača monastery was built in 1252
Perfectly clean water on the beaches of San Stefano in Montenegro
Well-attended beaches of San Stefano, Montenegro
Durmitor National Park in the east of Montenegro, mountains Meded and Savin Kuk
You can have a boat ride on the Black Lake in the Durmitor Park