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Considered a jewel of the Adriatic, Montenegro offers mountains, forests and beaches that will appeal to people of all tastes. Montenegro is a country in south east Europe which has blossomed since the dark days of the Yugoslav wars in early 1990s. Now regarded as one of the world's most appealing tourist destinations, it boasts a warm Mediterranean climate and has been a melting pot for culture and religion since the division of the Roman Empire.
As a country in the Balkans, Montenegro has a varied landscape and offers some beautiful views. Mountains typify the country's northern regions, while its southern coast is an excellent location to make use of for a more conventional beach break. The Ulcinj South Coastal region has been highlighted by many who have taken holidays to Montenegro as an especially fine area to visit. There are as of yet no motorways in the country, meaning that much of its land is considered unspoilt. However, that does also mean that getting around is more difficult than normal by western European or American standards. There are four National Parks here, with the Durmitor National Park near Zabljak widely regarded as one of the best. This is a perfect place to visit for the outdoors enthusiast, and biking and hiking are popular activities here. Vivid blue lake waters and deep forests bathed in sunshine frame the view which holiday makers in Montenegro apartments can enjoy here. Near Durmitor there is even a ski resort – Kolasin.
Many of those who stay in a villa in Montenegro come because they are attracted to the country's culture and history, as well as its outstanding natural beauty. The nation exists at something of a cultural crossroads, combining elements of both Slavic and Mediterranean culture. What makes Montenegro so special is its religious diversity, giving rise to some beautiful architecture. Situated close to Niksic, the country's second-largest city, is one of Montenegro's finest historical attractions. The monastery at Ostrog is well worth the visit - at one stage the home of the Orthodox Saint Basil, its upper part provides visitors with a view of just about all of Montenegro. Whilst churches are a common attraction in many European countries, Montenegro is also home to many mosques, such as the Sailors' Mosque in Ulcinj, which used to also serve as a lighthouse.
Though it isn't quite as lively as other European capitals, Podgorica is still a lovely, quaint city in the South of Montenegro. As most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, Podgorica comes across as a very modern capital, with its contemporary architecture and green spaces. Take a trip to the Center of Modern Arts, which is located in Petrović Palace, the former residence of the Petrović dynasty. The gallery hosts a combination of traditional and contemporary art, and the grounds of the building are home to many intriguing sculptures. If your Montenegro apartments are near the capital, be sure to head down to Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans. This is an ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors and natural beauty, with the opportunity to explore the lake's 400 square kilometres of national park, as well as get involved in water-based activities such as kayaking or swimming. If, however, you're after more of a city break, why not rent an apartment to Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro? Or if you'd like a trip to the beach, you could search for a holiday rental property in Budva or Sveti Stefan, both around the Adriatic Sea.
If you're looking for a villa in Montenegro within the vicinity of one the most beautiful bays in Europe, then head to Kotor in the Southwest. With its town walls and Romanesque architecture, the Old Town of Kotor is recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make a visit to the fortress of Sveti Ivan (St Ivan), from the top of which you can catch a stunning panorama of the Bay of Kotor, as well as of the Old Town. During your stay you should also take a trip to Perast, a small town brimming with history. Walk along the narrow streets and see many former palaces from the Renaissance and the Baroque period. With just one main street in this little town, its the perfect holiday destination for those looking for some peace and quiet.
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