Travel Critic: Tiny na­tion of­fers big ad­ven­tures

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - Kyiv Post staff writer Yuriy Onyshkiv can be reached at [email protected] com.

which can be crossed by bus from the east to the west in three or four hours, along with well de­vel­oped and af­ford­able bus routes, makes trav­el­ing easy.

In the mid­dle of the coun­try you can stum­ble upon a nearly 400-year-old Ostrog monastery, the coun­try’s top Ortho­dox holy site, and lo­cated high up in the moun­tains. It of­fers a splen­did view, over­look­ing lo­cal vil­lages. A paved nar­row wind­ing moun­tain path, on which cars can of­ten not pass one an­other, runs up to the monastery. Sur­pris­ingly, there have never been any traf­fic ac­ci­dents there.

Fur­ther north­east lies the Tara River Canyon, the deep­est in Europe. Be­sides the breath­tak­ing height of the bridge which stands some 170 me­ters above the river, the place is a great lo­ca­tion for raft­ing. The best for this, how­ever, is May or June, when the river swells af­ter the win­ter snow­falls, com­pared to a much drier July-Septem­ber sea­son.

Half an hour fur­ther north you find Dur­mi­tor Na­tional Park, which houses moun­tain-bound lakes and peaks reach­ing some 2,500 me­ters above sea level. In re­al­ity it’s not so much the beauty of the lo­cal na­ture but rather the tran­quil­ity of the place that make it so spe­cial and worth vis­it­ing. Dur­de­vica Tara Bridge across the Tara River in Mon­tene­gro. The bridge is some 170 me­ters above the river. The Tara River Canyon is con­sid­ered the deep­est canyon in Europe. (Yuriy Onyshkiv)

The islet of Sveti Ste­fan lo­cated on Mon­tenergo’s Adri­atic Coast is now pri­mar­ily a lux­ury ho­tel re­sort with sev­eral sur­round­ing beaches. This up­scale re­sort has some 50 rooms and is pop­u­lar among Europe’s rich and fa­mous. (Cour­tesy)

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