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Boka Kotorska

One of the most stunning bays along the Mediterranean is Boka Kotorska. Named from the Italian word ‘boca’ for mouth, the bay has a narrow opening out to the sea so presents a wonderful naturally protected calm harbor. The gorgeous medieval town of Kotor sits within the bay, and draws many yachts and ships whose passengers come to see its historic center. Among the other towns within the bay are Risan (known for its Roman villa), Herceg-Novi and Perast (where Peter the Great sent his captains for naval training).

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Aerial View-Budva ,Montenegro, Montenegro-Copyright Atilla2008


One of the oldest towns in the Balkans, Budva was purportedly founded by a Phoenician king in the 5th century B.C. Today it claims to have 200 days of sunshine a year and the best night life in Montenegro. The walled old town was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1979 and features palaces and small galleries and restaurants. The summer festival has drawn performers as well known as Madonna. Sadly, its beaches, which were voted the most beautiful in all of Europe in the 1930s, have been built up with multi-story concrete hotels and apartments and many more are rising still.

Sea View - Day Trip: Lake Skadar,Montenegro, Montenegro - Copyright Undiscovered Montenegro

Day Trip: Lake Skadar

The largest lake in the Balkans (more than 350 square kilometers), Lake Skadar draws bird watchers and nature lovers and its marches are a refuge for 270 species of bird. The most famous of which is the rare curly-feathered Dalmatian pelican. Boat cruises and nature walks are best ways to explore.

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Day Trip: Perast

Located 30 minutes north of Kotor is the beautiful seaside town of Perast, nestled at the foot of St. Elijah Hill. Indagare Review
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By far the most picturesque town in Montenegro is Kotor. In fact, some prefer visiting it to Dubrovnik because, while not quite as dramatic, it retains a sleepy, off-the-beaten path quality and far fewer tourists. The medieval walled town was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and bears traces of the many empires that influenced it from the Greek, Roman, Venetian and Napoleonic. Though damaged by a major earthquake in 1979, the town has been carefully restored.

Once you enter the city gates, you will find yourself in a maze that includes pretty open squares (one dominated by the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun) and little alleys and stairwells leading up to the ramparts. If you climb the city walls, you may face the harbor on one side and the town on the other and see walls that snake all the way up the steep mountain, giving a sense of the siege mentality that existed here. Scattered within the city walls are many lovely churches from various eras. Among the sites to look out for are the Prince’s Palace and Napoleon’s Theater. The best view in town is from the café on the ramparts by the Sea Gate.

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Porto Montenegro

The other true luxury development in Montenegro is the port that was built in Kotor Bay for yachtsmen by yachtsmen—and not any old yachtsmen. The men behind the project include Bernard Arnault, Lord Jacob Rothschild and Nathaniel Rothschild as well as Oleg Deripaska. In addition to first-class marina facilities, Porto Montenegro has a sleek Lido Beach Club (frequented, of course, by its backers and their worldly friends). It is definitely one of the coast’s hottest harbors.

Exterior View - Sveti Stefan,Montenegro, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan

Probably the most photographed village in Montenegro, Sveti Stefan was once a fishing village on a small and picturesque peninsula that juts into the Adriatic. It was transformed into the region’s most glamorous hotel in the 1960s, and now in the hands of Aman Resorts is one of the most glamorous hotels on the entire Mediterranean.

Aerial View - Tara Canyon ,Montenegro, Montenegro - Copyright Simon Barreault

Tara Canyon

Europe’s Grand Canyon would be Tara Canyon, the largest canyon on the continent. It runs for more than 50 miles and is more than 3,500 feet at its steepest. There’s great white water rafting (with 50 rapids in the most popular route) and hiking around Tara, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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