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Montenegro

Montenegro

Etymology

The country’s name in most Western European languages reflects an adaptation of the Venetian Montenegro (< Latin mons “mountain” + niger “black”), roughly “Mount Black” or “black mountain”. Many other languages, particularly nearby ones, use their own direct translation of the term “black mountain”. Examples are the Albanian name for the country, Mali i Zi, the Greek name Μαυροβούνιο, the Chinese name “黑山” (Hēishān), and the Turkish name Karadağ, all meaning “Black Mountain”. All Slavic languages use slight variations on the Montenegrin name Crna Gora; examples include the Czech Černá Hora and the Polish Czarnogóra (from its literal form Czarna Góra). Chechen and Ingush people call the country Ӏаьржаламанчоь (Ъärjalamanchö). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

M5S in Montenegro per il bene di tutti i cittadini europei – This MeetUp born with the aim of setting up a group of experts in European policies that can contribute with concrete proposals to the action of M5S in Europe. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Free Online Dating in Montenegro – Mingle2.com is a 100% Montenegro Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Montenegro men and Montenegro women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Montenegro Dating – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Montenegro? Are you tired of the Montenegro bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Montenegro restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Montenegro local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Head Water – Montenegro may be tiny, but it sure packs a punch! Lying in the south Adriatic – bordering Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Albania – it is arguably one of the most diverse, interesting and alluring countries in Europe, and is crammed with cultural heritage, architectural treasures and jaw-dropping natural beauty. [head water]

Responsible Travel – Montenegro’s relief map looks like it was designed by children intent on creating a magical obstacle course. Where nothing is too far, the peaks are not so outrageous that they can’t be summited, and there is always water to jump into at regular intervals. Montenegro walking holidays will take in the highlights of its five mountainous and virtually empty, national parks, as well as its dramatic coast. [responsible travel]

Vista Trails – Only 2.5 hours from the UK Montenegro is one of the last places in Europe you can walk well marked trails with stunning scenery and will probably not see another walker all day, only a few locals who are genuinely pleased to see you enjoying their lovely country. The trails follow unspoilt countryside taking in all the best in scenery, culture and food. [walking holidays montenegro]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Admire Herceg Novi’s Old Town – This quaint town within the Bay of Kotor was founded in 1382 and the highlight of authentic Herceg Nove is undoubtedly the ancient fortresses of Kanli Kula and Spanjola and the Savina monastery of the Old Town. Stroll along the 6km stretch of esplanade to fully appreciate the rich history. [pure travel]

Admire the ancient capital Cetinje — This was the old royal capital of Montenegro and Cetinje is home to a great selection of religious buildings, museums and monuments. Don’t miss the interesting National Museum of Montenegro, the famous Serb Orthodox Cetinje Monastery and the old Vlaška Church whose fences are constructed of enemy rifles! [pure travel]

Chill out in Perast – This charming village (pictured above) is the antithesis to the lively seaside resort of Kotor, with a handful of small museums and pretty churches. Climb St. Nikola Church and admire the panoramic view. [pure travel]

Chill out in Tivat – The small town of Tivat lies in the Bay of Kotor and fast becoming a firm favourite with travellers. It’s the antithesis of Kotor in that it’s much more laidback. Don’t miss the pretty Botanic gardens and be sure to check out the traditional bars and restaurants around the Porto Montenegro Marina. [pure travel]

Discover diverse Ulcinj – The small city of Ulcinj lies at the very south of the country on the border with Albania, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Wander the Stari Grad, aka old town district with its old castle and museum. Watch the sun set over the Adriatic from the beautiful Velika Plaza beach. [pure travel]

Discover Skadar Lake National Park — The Skadar is the largest lake within the Balkans and a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing. On dry land the natural habitat of the flora and fauna will captivate naturalists. [pure travel]

Experience Rijeka Crnojevica first-hand – Another beautiful hiking spot has to be around the old trade routes around the town of Rijeka Crnojevica. Traces of the medieval routes remain and are punctuated with old bridges, fortresses and natural lakes. This is one of those really awesome things to do in Montenegro! [pure travel]

Explore Nikšić – Montenegro’s second largest city of Niksic lies in the heart of the country and is the economic powerhouse. The key sights include the 17th century Ostrog Monastery and the intriguing Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos. Beer aficionados will also appreciate the local popular Nikšićko beer. [pure travel]

Explore UNESCO listed Kotor – One of two World Heritage Sites in Montenegro is the beautiful old town of Kotor. It grew from the Old Town (Stari Grad) around Boka Kotorska Bay which is the deepest fjord in the Mediterranean. Aside from superb diving opportunities, don’t miss the pretty The Church of Our Lady of the Rock, the ancient City Walls and the interesting Maritime Museum. [pure travel]

Get back to nature in Virpazar – This traditional fisherman’s town lies alongside Lake Skadar and offers fantastic opportunities for walking, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and generally enjoying life at a slower pace. Best spot is atop the old castle which has commanding views over the lake and pristine mountains. [pure travel]

Hike the Biogradska Gora National Park – Pack your hiking boots and explore this stunning national park, which remains one of the largest untouched forests within Europe. [pure travel]

Hike to Gornja Lastva – If you like your villages quaint and medieval then you’re in luck with the impossibly pretty Gornja Lastva. Head uphill into the Vrmac mountain range from Tivat to experience a slice of everyday Montenegran life. [pure travel]

Hike to Krstac – Set off from Kotor’s Old Town north gate and follow the path which traverses the beautiful forested local landscape past soaring mountains and pretty little waterfalls – take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water. Gawp at goats gambolling in the fields and look back over the ancient fort and walls of Kotor below. [pure travel]

Lovćen National Park – If you came to this southern European gem seeking natural beauty and pure unspoilt landscapes, then we certainly recommend the pristine Lovcen National Park! Enjoy the gentle climb up Mount Lovćen which is likened to Olympus and witness Petar II Petrović Njegoš’ Mausoleum. Aim to get here for the impressive sunrise and spot Italy across the Adriatic on clear day! [pure travel]

Sample Bečići Beach – The main draw of this little laidback town is undoubtedly the 2km long gorgeous sandy beach, which was singled out as the best in Europe way back in 1935. [pure travel]

Sample the wintersports at Žabljak – Montenegro really is a year-round destination, with superb winter sports facilities on offer at Zabljak. Nestled within the Dinaric Alps, the highest point is the Durmitor Mountain which rises to 2,522 meters. Try skiing, rafting, canyoning, cycling, hiking and snowboarding. [pure travel]

Soak up the culture of Bar – Located on the southern coast is the small town of Bar, which boasts several impressive historical monuments. Highlights include the traditional Bar Old Town with its impressive Fortress. And catch a glimpse of the famous olive tree which is said to the oldest in the world, at 2,500 years old! [pure travel]

Soak up the culture of Podgorica – Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica, is lively yet laidback and quite unlike any other European city. The architecture is a curious blend of old and new: Montenegro was founded in the 15th century and the heritage is a diverse offering, with Ottoman, socialist and European influences in evidence. Don’t miss the stunning orthodox Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja Church, wander the ‘Stara Varoš’, aka Old Turkish town area, admire King Nikola’s castle which now serves as a museum and explore Christ’s Resurrection Cathedral, which is the largest religious building in Montenegro. [pure travel]

Swim, sunbathe and snorkel in Budva – The central Montenegro coast is becoming more and more popular with travellers and the resort of Budva is more established. Expect superb beaches and vibrant nightlife. Culture abounds too: don’t miss the enigmatic Dancing Girl Statue, the tiny 14th century Church of Saint Sava and the reconstructed Budva Citadel. [pure travel]

Walk Durmitor National Park – The second World Heritage site in the country is the breathtaking Durmitor National Park, which is located within the North Montenegrin Mountains. Pack your walking boots and enjoy the trails that run through the vast untouched parklands and tackle the Tara River Canyon, where the banks soar some 1,300 meters about the rapid Tara River waters. [pure travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Gornja Lastva Fiesta – Gornja Lastva is a tiny village near Tivat, known for its August fiesta week dedicated to the preservation of traditional musical and dance in Montenegro. Balkan circle dancing and unique klapa male a-capella songs are the heart of the festival and the iconic Clapper music and other traditional Lastva folk songs draw visitors from Tivat and overseas. [iexplore]

Kotor Carnival – Kotor Carnival is one of the liveliest festivals in Montenegro, kicking off every February with masked balls for adults and children. Theaters put on traditional shows, concerts are held in the streets and venues, restaurants offer special menus, and the streets throng with costumed revelers enjoying performers, fireworks and parades. Another similar carnival is held in Kotor every August. [iexplore]

Kotor International Fashion Festival – Another Montenegrin event popular with visitors is July’s International Fashion Festival, held annually in Kotor over several days. Top designers from the Balkan nations and the rest of the world attend to share their designs with fashion-forward locals. [iexplore]

Mimosa Festival – The Mimosa Festival, held all over Montenegro in February/March, celebrates the coming of spring with the appearance of the first fragrant, yellow mimosa blossoms. The event lasts for several weeks with fine art exhibitions, traditional and modern theater, music and dance, and street fun. Flower shows are a highlight, and costumed girls holding branches of the flowing shrub travel between towns to visit friends and relatives [iexplore]

Music of the Summer – This iconic event is held in Budva over the four summer months, beginning in June to celebrate the traditional musical heritage of Montenegro in all its forms from brass bands to vocal groups, traditional ensembles and more. The concerts are held in various venues, often in the open air main squares, and is welcomed by a huge musical parade to the Old Town to the Square of Poets. [iexplore]

Perast Music Festival – Held in the charming town of Perast, the annual Montenegro music festival takes place every August, and is a focus for internationally-known singers, musicians, instrumentalists, and orchestras. Concerts are held in venues all over town, and the event attracts a large number of overseas visitors. [iexplore]

St Tryphon Festival – This February religious event in Kotor commemorates the martyrdom of the popular saint with processions, church services and folk performances in front of the cathedral. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – This may be the easiest way to get around Montenegro. Buses are frequent (especially during the summer), safe and are more or less on schedule. Local buses usually have no air conditioning. [wikitravel]

By car – Montenegro has no motorways; most roads have only two-lanes with the frequent addition of a third lane for overtaking, and generally are not up to European standards, although in the past few years many of the main roads and tunnels have been renovated and are quite safe as long as you are not driving recklessly. Most roads are curvy and mountainous, so speeds over 80 km/h (50 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe. [wikitravel]

By thumb – Hitchhiking works pretty great in Montenegro. [wikitravel]

By train – There is local train service, operating from Bar, through Podgorica and Kolašin and Mojkovac to Bijelo Polje. It is the fastest and cheapest way to travel from north to south, but not so frequent as buses. The quality of service varies, from old noisy Soviet-made electric units to a clean renovated cars with air conditioning. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Cvecara Neven Weddings and Event Production – Professional service for wedding and event production. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Montenegro – Montenegro is blessed with natural beauty, the sea, rivers and mountains. Summer in Montenegro is a holiday in itself and the influx of tourists is high. Expats generally tend to live and work in Podgorica, working for NGOs and international or multinational organisations. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Montenegro – Zdravo, and a warm welcome to our expat community in Montenegro! As a platform developed to connect expatriates around the world, InterNations is here to help you through the trials and tribulations of moving to a foreign land. Many expats in Montenegro have made use of our wide range of resources while in the process of moving here, or to adapt to their new environment after they’ve arrived. Please also feel free to add to our communal knowledge by sharing your own experiences. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Queer Montenegro – Montenegrin LGBTIQ association that deals with human rights of LGBTIQ persons, public sensitization, education, as well as the formation and visibility of the community. [queer montenegro]

Resources

Resources

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