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Montenegro Information


 

The Republic of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Crna Gora, ???? ????) is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south. To the west of Montenegro is the Adriatic Sea.

Montenegro's tourism suffered greatly from Yugoslavia's tragic civil war in the 1990s. In recent years, along with the stabilized situation in the region, tourism in Montenegro has began to recover, and Montenegro is being re-discovered by tourists from around the globe.

In 2007 the country received peak level of tourism which almost reached pre-war volumes. As a result, in 2008 many roads are being renovated (which affects driving time) and many hotels are being constructed or renovated (which results in in extra noise and inconvenience).

Regions


Montenegro is divided into 21 municipalities, which can be grouped into 3 main geographical regions:

    * The coastal region, stretching along the 295 km long Montenegrin coast. The region is of main interest to tourists, with 72km of beaches, many picturesque old towns, and luxury hotels.

    * The central region, in the Zeta river valley, in which the capital Podgorica is situated. It is not itself considered a tourist destination, but is a hub of Montenegrin tourism, because both its coastal cities and best mountain resorts are within one hour ride from the city.

    * The northern region has some of the most beautiful nature in Montenegro. High mountains, clean rivers and mountain lakes, and in the winter lots of snow for enjoying the ski resorts. In the summer the typically continental climate is good for swimming in the river Lim or on the lakes (Plavsko, Pesica, Siska...) during the day, and in the evening there is fresh air and temperatures around 5-10 C.

Destinations


    * Boka Kotorska, some say, is the most beautiful bay in Europe, with historic old towns of Kotor (Unesco world heritage site), Perast, Herceg Novi.
    * Tara canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe. Rafting down the Tara river is among the most popular tourist activities in the Montenegro.
    * Biogradska gora, the last rainforest in Europe.
    * Skadar lake, the largest lake on the Balkans, and the natural habitat of the very diverse flora and fauna.
    * Ostrog monastery, situated on the almost vertical cliff of Mount Ostrog.
    * Sveti Stefan, picturesque town-hotel, a former fishermen town on the small peninsula near Budva (closed for renovation until 2009).

Climate


Montenegro's lower areas enjoy a Mediterranean climate, having dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Temperature varies greatly with elevation. Podgorica, lying near sea level, is noted for having the warmest July temperatures in Montenegro, averaging 27°C (81 F).

Cetinje, in the Karst at an elevation of 670m (2,200 ft), has a temperature 5°C (10 F) lower. January temperatures range from 8°C (46 F) at Bar on the southern coast to -3°C (27 F) in the northern mountains.

Montenegro's mountainous regions receive some of the highest amounts of rainfall in Europe. In the northern mountains, snow is present throughout the winter.

Terrain


The terrain of Montenegro ranges from high mountains along its borders with Kosovo and Albania, through a segment of the Karst of the western Balkan Peninsula, to a narrow coastal plain that is only one to four miles wide. The coastal plain disappears completely in the north, where Mount Lovcen and other ranges plunge abruptly into the inlet of the Gulf of Kotor.

Montenegro's section of the Karst lies generally at elevations of just below 1000m (3,000 ft) above sea level-although some areas rise to 1800m (6,000 ft). The lowest segment is in the valley of the Zeta River, which flows at an elevation of 460m (1,500 ft).

The high mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe. They average more than 2100m (7000 ft) in elevation.

Driving in Montenegro


As there is no real highway in Montenegro, all roads are two-lane only, and generally are not up to European standards. Most roads are curvy and mountainous, so speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe.

Speed limit is 80km/h on the open road, unless signs specify otherwise. Speed limit inside the cities is 50km/h.

The use of safety belts is compulsory, and the use of cellphones while driving is prohibited. Signposts used in Montenegro are almost identical to those used in EU countries.

Drivers tend to be extremely vocal, so don't take it personally if a driver yells at you.

It is necessary to use headlights 24 hours a day in Montenegro.








 

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