Montenegro (Црна Гора) is a country in southeast Europe on the Adriatic coast of the Balkans. While Montenegro may be a small country, it has so much diverse history and nature to see. There are stunning mountainous landscapes, dramatic coastlines, historic monuments and truly beautiful walled towns.
The *Bay of Kotor (map), is probably one of the prettiest bays in the world. On its deepest point lies the equally stunning town of *Kotor, a beautifully preserved fortified, Medieval town with a vibrant history.
The length of coastline of Montenegro is 293 km. It has 73 km of beaches (*List of beaches), there are over 120 such beaches. There are varying beach styles from sand to pebbles of differing lengths. The mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe.
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North Coast region: This notable coastal region is of primary interest to tourists in Montenegro. The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km long, with 72 km of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns. *Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), and old town of *Kotor (map), listed with UNESCO world heritage sites. The old Town of *Herceg Novi (map). *Budva (map), a well preserved old town and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro. *Sveti Stefan (map), a small island hamlet turned into a luxury hotel.
South Coast region: The old town of *Ulcinj (map) with its prominent battlements and Cyclopean walls, bustling nightlife and sea-side strand, and home of the Montenegro’s longest pristine beach, Velika Plaza (map). The old town of *Bar (map), Montenegro with its “living museum” at Stari Bar.
The northern region: The centre of Montenegrin mountain tourism. It has ski resorts, and is popular for its untouched nature. The town of *Žabljak (map) on the Durmitor (map) mountain, the most popular mountain tourism destination in Montenegro. The *Tara River Gorge (map), the second-deepest canyon in the world. Tara river is a rafting destination.
Central region: Although it is the most densely populated area of Montenegro, the central region has fewer tourist attractions. *Ostrog monastery (map), an Orthodox pilgrimage site. Archeological remains of *Duklja (Doclea, map) from Roman times. *Cetinje (map), the historic capital of Montenegro. *Mount Lovćen (map), the national park and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš’s Mausoleum have views of the surrounding area. ⇒ National Parks Montenegro