Travel Critic: Tiny nation offers big adventures
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)