Adriatic heaven of mountains, beaches and history
Summer is at the door, and it's time to choose some new and amazing destinations for your travel list. Are you seeking for a place with crystal clear water and golden beaches? Or maybe you are looking for a destination with interesting historical landmarks and captivating nature? Or how about both? Visit Montenegro, and you will find all of this in one place. The country is famous for its captivating beauty, created by gorgeous mountains and hot beaches.Montenegro is a European country located in the middle between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Albania. The legend behind its name tells that once Italian merchants traveled across the Adriatic Sea and when they were passing Montenegro a sudden dark storm climbed upon the mountains, creating black shadow all over the coast. This storm was the first thing that created a strong impression in them, and they called the place Montenegro, which translated in English means "The Black Mountain."Despite its name, the visitors of the country often enjoy pleasant weather during the summer. Montenegro is the perfect place for yachting, scuba diving, and canoeing, thanks to the many yacht charters and beach-entertainment organizations you will find there. Check on the top 3 summer locations in Montenegro and what they can offer you.
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In the past Budva was a small and quiet town near the coast, but today, it is one of the top locations in the country. The city is situated east of Boka Kotorska and next to the Sveti Stefan resort. It has two main sites – the old town and the new part of the city.In the old town, you will find beautiful historical treasures, revealing more about the ancient life and culture of the city. Some of them are the ancient Roman necropolis and the Pre-Christian basilica. Every summer in Budva's old town, you can be part of the cultural event "Theatre City." The festival continues for two months, and it transforms the city into an open stage where every night has a different program. During "Theatre City" you can enjoy evening poetry readings, theater compositions and many other forms of cultural, artistic creations.The new part of the city is the place where you will find modern life and entertainments. Here you can enjoy the nightlife, finding lots of night clubs, the most popular of which is "Top Hill." Every summer this club invites famous DJs who create never forgetting parties for the tourists. During the day you can visit the lovely beaches of Budva where you can either rest or have fun. On the beach, you can find high-quality boat charters, from which you can rent a boat and have a fantastic sailing trip across the coasts of Montenegro.Another great place in Budva is the small island in front of the city, which the locals call "their Hawaii." On the island, you can experience amazing adventures and also find tasty seafood.
Kotor is located around the famous astonishing bay – Boka Kotorska. Kotor is one of the oldest cities in the world and is included in UNESCO's World Heritage List for its essential role in ancient history and its naturally created harbor. The exact time when the city was created remains unknown, but the archaeologists believe that it was built over the remains of the ancient town Acruvium. It is sure that Kotor existed before the time of Homer (ancient Greek poet), 7-8 centuries before Christ.The buildings are situated all over the foothills of the mountain, revealing a gorgeous view in every direction. The streets of Kotor look like an exciting maze created by houses, churches, and historical buildings. Some of them represent the old culture of the city, and others are modern cafes and buildings that serve the tourists.Except for the exciting cultural atmosphere you are going to experience there, Kotor has a lot of entertainments too. At the coast, you can find boat rentals and yacht charters where you can rent a boat and have a sailing journey around the beautiful mountains. Also, every summer in August, the international summer carnival takes place in the city. During the celebration, the streets become crowded with artists and people in traditional costumes who create a never forgetting experience for tourists.
Lake Skadar National Park
Halfway between the sea and the mountains is where the Skadar Lake is located, a sacred place, revealing wild and untouched beauty. The locals call the area "The Bird Kingdom" because it is inhibited by more than 280 bird species, some of which are white great egrets, cormorants, and ducks. Also, Skadar Lake is one of the few pelican habitats in southern Europe.During the summer, the lake is covered in water lilies, making it look like a magical parallel reality. It is 44 km long, and there are several boat rental spots along the road, some of which organize daily boat trips for the tourists. No matter if you choose to participle in a boat trip, rent a boat for private use, or bring your own – the experience you are going to receive will never be forgotten.Inside the lake, lots of small islands can be seen that still keep the ancient remains of historical buildings. Up the steep hills, small and exceptionally cultural villages with "back to back" cramped houses are located, which have been abandoned in the past, but today life has recently returned to them.Near the Skadar Lake is where the local wineries and some great restaurants are located, that can offer the best smoked fish you will taste. For wine lovers, a few of the private wineries organize tastings, and be sure - Montenegrin wines will captivate you.If you are seeking an adventurous trip that includes both sea and mountains, visiting Montenegro may turn into one of your best summer decisions!
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