Discover Montenegro: Your guide to this Medieval town

The pearl of the Mediterranean, Montenegro is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists and yachtspeople alike. Situated in the south of the Adriatic Sea, it is a Balkan country with a rugged mountain landscape, medieval village hubs and a narrow strip of sandy beaches that hug its coastline. Montenegro is home to a vast amount of natural beauty, as well as historical spots for those seeking art and culture.

Podgorica is the capital city of Montenegro, marking it as the official commercial and cultural centre. Most of the city was destroyed during World War II, so what we see of the city today is mostly new built with modern buildings and ample green space around every corner. Indulge yourself in a number of cultural events in this capital, making sure to book tickets for a show at one of the theatres such as Crnogorsko Narodno, Gradsko and Dodest. Why not spend the day in the search of history and visit the ruins of Nemanjica Grad or the remnants of the city of Doclea, Stara Varos and Vezirov. For those seeking an opportunity to get in touch with nature in Montenegro, you need look no further than the National Park Skardarsko, home to the largest lake in Balkan; surround yourself in natural rugged landscape alive with rare species of flora and fauna.

There are a number of activities you must do whilst in Montenegro according to their locals and their traditions. Taste the ancient menu of Montenegrin cuisine on your travels – enjoy food and drink such as cicvara, kacamak, local wines, plus many other tasteful delights. Be ready to surrender your senses not only to an exquisite array of food, but also to the generous hospitality of the Montenegrin hosts who will welcome you with open arms. Discover the ancient traditions of Montenegrin Folk music with a local festival. Why not partake in traditional folk costume, an integral segment to Montenegrin life. Influenced mainly by numerous conquerors of the past, whose artistic goods and characteristic traits have designed the Montenegro we see today. The country’s history and geographical conditions come together to influence the choice of fabrics in the costumes, creating something that is vibrant and eye-catching yet traditional.

Cetinje, known as the royal city of Montenegro, rests in the base of the Lovcen mountains; it is a treasure of Montenegrin culture and historical heritage. Interesting architecture dating back to the 18th century line the streets of Cetinje, with splashes of greenery flowing through this small city. The monastery of Cetinje, built in 1701, has seen destruction several times through its past, however now it is the spiritual and political seat of the local people. Visit the relics of Saint Petar of Cetinje, one of the illustrious patrons of Montenegrin history. For those seeking art and culture on their trip, Cetinje is home to a wealth of art galleries, museums and parks; make sure you visit Orlov Krs, where you can enjoy a great view the city and the Lovcen mountains.

Natural beauty and history come together seamlessly in Montenegro, creating the perfect destination to spend your time enriching yourself in local traditions, pasttimes and landscapes. With a host of pristine national parks, lakes and mountain ranges, juxtaposed with busy harbours, historical city streets and upmarket restaurants, Montenegro is a destination to discover.