Montenegro is the gem of the Mediterranean and is in Southeastern Europe. Crna Gora, is the native name of Montenegro and it means, “Black Mountain”. Montenegro contains some of the most rugged terrain in all of Europe, the mountain ranges were formed during the last glacial period. The Government of Montenegro has designated the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination and has several projects underway to ensure that tourism continues to flourish.
Montenegro is home to the Tara, which is the deepest canyon in Europe. Tara consists of two rivers, Opasnica and Verusa, which along with river Piva form Drina. The river is famous for its white water rafting in rubber boats. With a guide, tourists can enjoy a three day camp and float experience that takes them from Splaviste to Djurdjevica.
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans and is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the river Bojana. The Montenegrin part of the lake was declared a national park in 1983 and in 1996 the lake was included in the world list of swamps. The lake is also a haven for birds and has some 264 species that are recognized and documented. Lake Skadar is a natural habitat for bleak and carp, two species which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There were many monasteries erected during the Balsic dynasty on the islands of Starcevo, Beska and Moracnik. The Assumption of the Mother of God Church was built in Starcevo between 1376 and 1378, and is the oldest church and monastery on the island.
The Manastir Ostrog was founded in the 17th century by Vasilije Jovanovic, who the town is named after. Ostrog is one of the most holy places in all of Montenegro and people travel here from all over the world, especially during the summer months when the church holds it annual festivities. The structure is situated between Danilovgrad and Niksic, and is a true example of architectural beauty.
There are two small islands in the Bay of Risan, Sveti Djordje and Gospa od Skrpjela. There are priceless religious artifacts and relics located on these islands. There are collections of archaeological exhibits, paintings of ancient ships and objects that represent art and everyday life. Gospa started out as a man-made island when people started piling up shipwrecked materials and rocks on the cliff. This has turned into a yearly tradition when every July 22nd, boats filled with rocks sail to the island and the rocks are disposed off on the shoreline. There was a small chapel built on the island in 1945, when according to tales, the Martesic brothers, fishermen from Perast, found a relic of the Virgin Mary, which allegedly cured one of them. The island is also home to one of the most valuable religious tapestries in the Mediterranean, made by Jacinta Kunic-Mijovic, it took her twenty-five years to complete the silver and gold tapestry and what makes the tapestry so famous is the fact that she even used her own hair to weave it. The island has become quite popular with tourists who make the pilgrimage here every year.
Montenegro is a fascinating place with many exquisite hotels such as the Hotel Farza Mare, the Hotel Lipka and the Villa MM. The climate is warm and inviting most of the year, with shorter, cooler winter seasons, but temperatures remain stable so travel is possible anytime during the year. The best months to visit are March through October, however, the Montenegro coast has much variety to offer to tourists no matter what time of the year it is.