Montenegro has over 293 km of unspoilt coastline
more than 100 sandy beaches and around 260 sunny days a year. Montenegro
belongs to the Middle Mediterranean region, that is, to southern Europe.
It is located between 41o52'-43o42' north latitude and 18o 26'-20o22'
Population :: 670,000
Largest town :: Podgorica
Major towns :: Herceg Novi, Budva, Bar, Tivat. Ulcinj
Language :: The official language is Serbian. The most
often spoken foreign languages are English, Italian and German.
:: The coastal regions benefits from a mild climate all year. Summer temperatures
range from 18 – 28 C with over 30 C in July and August. Winter ranges
from 4 – 15 C. Heavy rain and strong winds are common in November
Budva is situated in the central part of Montenegrin Adriatic Coast in
Montenegro, with geographical position of 42” 16’ north latitude
and 18” 50’ east longitude. Budva is considered one of the
oldest settlements in the Balkans. The legend, confirmed by Greek mythology,
says that Cadmo, the son of the Phoenician king Agenon, established Budva.
He was expelled from Thebes and arrived by ox-drawn car in this area where
he started Budva. Budva’s walled old town, with its cobblestone
narrow streets Budva is a popular holiday destination with miles of pebble
beaches spanning form Mogren to Becici.
Kotor is situated on the far east side of Boka Kotorska. Its geographical
position is 42” 25’ north latitude and 18” 46’
east longitude. Kotor lies under mountain Lovcen, on the south side of
Kotorski Zaliv. The old town of Kotor is one of the best-preserved medieval
towns in this part of the Mediterranean. It was succeeded in preserving
its original form, so typical of towns between the XII and the XIV century.
The city wall in old town Kotor is the longest in the Mediterranean. The
asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with
the numerous valuable monuments of medieval architecture, contributed
to Kotor being placed on UNESCO’s “The world natural and cultural
Herceg Novi is situated between
mountain Orjen in the north and entrance to the Boka Kotorska on the south,
on the north side of Hercegnovski Bay. Georgafical position of Herceg
Novi is 42” 27’ north latitude and 18” 38’ east
longitude. It was established by the Bosnian king Tvrtko I in the spring
of 1382. His successor and nephew Stjepan Vukcic - Kosaca, known as Herceg
Stjepan, made it a town, which it was named after. Along with its neighbor
Dubrovnik, Herceg Novi became a significant economic, political, and cultural
center by the sea. The town is a very popular holiday destination
Tivat is situated on eastern shore of Tivatski Zaliv Tivat, the youngest
town in the Boka area was established on the spacious plateau at the bottom
of Vrmac. According to the archives of Kotor, the following names were
mentioned here in the XIV century: Teude, Theode, and Theudo who are related
to the queen Teuta. It is believed that during queen Teuta’s reign
during 3rd century B. C., a settlement existed on Tivat’s territory
in which queen Teuta had a villa with a luxurious garden. Tivat is the
only town on Montenegrin Adriatic Coast that has its own international
Bar is primarily a significant port in this part of the Balkans and an
important railroad destination. The new, clean and elegant settlements
of Bar, near the port, make a big impression. The Old Town in Bar is believed
to date back to 9th century. Bar is not only a port, but also a tourist
town. The beaches begin near the marina, and extend up to Sutomore’s
Ulcinj lies on the mouth of river Bojana. It is the southernmost town
in Montenegro, approximately 15 km northwest of Albanian border. Its geographical
position is 41” 55’ north latitude and 19” 12’
east longitude. Ulcinj extends along the sea in the shape of a drawn bow.
It is actually the remains of the former Colhidium or Olcinium. You can
discover its long and dramatic three-millennium history. It is one of
the oldest towns along the Adriatic coast.