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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Montenegro

Photo: Budva
The ancient walls of Budva plunge directly into the Adriatic.
Photograph by Bojan Brecelj/CORBIS SYGMA
Photo: Rafters on the Tara River, Montenegro
Rafters navigate the Tara River in Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park, home to Europe’s deepest gorge.
Photograph by Amel Emric, AP
Name: Durmitor National Park
Location: Montenegro
Date Established: 1952
Size: 131 square miles (339 square kilometers)

Did You Know?

• Highs and Lows Durmitor National Park includes the enormous Durmitor Massif and three breathtaking canyons, including that of the wild Tara River, which is home to Europe’s deepest gorge at 4,265 feet (1,300 meters). Rivers flow under the park as well. Waters from Black Lake, the park’s largest, travel below the Durmitor Massif to the upper canyon valley of the River Komarnica. The park is also dotted with more than a dozen sparkling lakes.
• Woods The park is thickly forested with both deciduous and pine forests—including one of Europe’s last virgin stands of black pine near Crna Poda. These trees are more than 400 years old and tower some 160 feet (50 meters) high.
• Grazing Lands In summer many of the park’s high pastures are home to grazing sheep and cattle owned by the 1,500-some people living within the park and by others in the nearby village of Zabljak.
• Mountain Overnights The high plateau can be reached by numerous trails and has three shelters for those who’d like to overnight: a hut, a refuge, and a bivouac.
• Climate The park sits in the Dinaric Alps, at a wide range of altitudes from 1,475 feet (450 meters) up to over 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). The Mount Durmitor Massif boasts 50 peaks above 6,560 feet (2,000 meters). Because of these dramatic differences in altitude and the park’s geographic location, Durmitor has both Mediterranean (in the valleys) and alpine microclimates.
• Flora Dozens of endemic plant species thrive in Durmitor, many mountainous holdovers from a colder era. On the massif’s lower slopes are blueberries and wild strawberries from June to October.
•  Fauna The park is home to 163 different bird species and a wide range of newts, frogs, and lizards. Larger fauna include wolves, wild boars, brown bears, chamois, and eagles.



Montenegro - the pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways is situated in the south of the Adriatic. There is nowhere else that you can find, in such a small place, so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers and gorgeous mountains – like you can in the small country of Montenegro.
Montenegro is a place that cannot leave you indifferent.

Montenegro is not only an excellent choice for your holidays, Montenegro has many other remarkable characteristics: history, culture, tradition, good weather conditions, clean air, beautiful nature, blue Adriatic Sea ... Everyone should visit Montenegro sometime. This little country is part of the Balkans and part of the Mediterranean, near Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and Albania. Despite its small size there are so many contrasts and so much natural beauty. Don't forget to take your camera because in Montenegro every view is like a photo from you dreams. You don't even need to stage your photos; just click and you can put the most beautiful photos from your holidays in your album


Where is Montenegro? Montenegro is certainly one of the most interesting spots in the world. Even though it covers solely around 14.000 km2 and it only has about 670.000 citizens, its contribution to the world cultural heritage is impressive comparing its size ... Montenegro is a southern European and a Mediterranean country. It is one of the most southern European states and it comes out on the south part of the Adriatic Sea. About 500km from Rome, 1.500 km from Paris, and Berlin, and about 2.000km west from Moscow, Montenegro lies on the Balkan Peninsula in the very heart of Europe.




Where is Montenegro

Montenegro – Breathtaking Beauty!


durmitor.jpgThe sea, the lakes, the canyons, the mountains enable everyone to decide on the best way to enjoy quality vacation. In one day, a curious traveler can have a coffee on one of the numerous beaches of the Budva Riviera, eat lunch with the song of the birds on the Skardar Lake, and dine next to the fireplace on the slopes of the Durmitor mountain. These are all characteristics of Montenegro as a tourist destination with a lot to offer.


The blue sea with endless beaches, restless waters of the clear rivers and beautiful mountain massifs, mixed with the spirit of the old times, have given Montenegro everything one needs for an unforgettable vacation.


Montenegro is an ecological state. This fact grants it one of the primary posts in the tourist maps. A large number of sunny days in the summer months and a large quantity of snow in the winter, determine the two most developed forms of tourism in Montenegro: the coastal one - in summer time, and the winter - recreational one.


montenegro.pngA turbulent history of this small country left behind an invaluable treasure in numerous historic monuments throughout this proud country. Montenegrin towns are rich in architecture from various periods that take the breath away and bring one back to the time when the structures were created. Through the various manifestations, the tourists get the possibility to learn more about the tradition and the customs of this country.


In recent times, following the global trends, Montenegro is developing extreme sports that the tourists can enjoy, as well.


The city beach in Budva.

The hotel island Sveti Stefan.

Kotor Stari Grad seen from St Ivans fortress.

The Boka Kotorska lighted by the sunset.

The gospa od Skrpjela

Fast Facts

Population:
650,000
Capital:
Podgorica; 152,000
Area:
13,812 square kilometers (5,333 square miles)
Language:
Montenegrin, Serbian, Albanian
Religion:
Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic
Currency:
Euro
Life Expectancy:
73
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $2,200
Literacy Percent:
97
Flag: Montenegro
Montenegro declared its independence on June 3, 2006. It is about the size of Connecticut, with a population of 650,000. The country got its name (literally, "black mountain") from the dark, mountain forests that cover the land. Some 60 percent of the country is more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) high, with the tallest peak reaching to 2,522 meters (8,274 feet). The mountains were a natural fortress that helped Montenegro maintain its independence until it suffered devastating losses in World War I. It became part of Serbia in 1918 and Yugoslavia in 1929.
The people of Montenegro gained greater autonomy when the name Yugoslavia was discarded in 2003 in favor of a democratic and federal country named Serbia and Montenegro. On May 21, 2006, 55.5 percent of Montenegrins voted to secede from Serbia and become independent. Despite being a small country, Montenegro shows significant economic potential, especially in tourism. It boasts 117 beaches along the Adriatic coast, mountain ski resorts, the medieval city of Kotor, and other cultural sites. The new country uses the euro as its currency and plans to join the European Union.

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