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Montenegro



For the romantic, exotic name hides Montenegro familiar Slavic soul - Montenegro. Small and friendly, this country is quite popular especially among fans of the budget and environmentally friendly holiday. But its similarity with the Crimea (though sometimes not the best side of the peninsula, for example - its base of hotel) and did make native Montenegro and cozy.

Montenegro chosen unpretentious tourists who value holiday at one with nature. Visit to the country will be satisfied lovers of peace and quiet, families with children and those who do not want to spend all their holiday savings: The prices in Montenegro is quite affordable. In addition, a truly warm welcome awaits in the country of nudists, for whom there are special beaches and coastal systems.

Regions and resorts in Montenegro

Montenegro is very compact - less than one day can be reached by car from one end of the country to another.

Budva Riviera - the tourist center of Montenegro with sandy beaches, impressive architecture and entertainment to suit all tastes. The main resort of the area - Budva, one of the most venerable cities on the Adriatic. Very popular in Becici, which is 3 km away from Budva. The city is known for its 2 km long beach of small pebbles. Petrovac - a place in the bay with krasnogalechnym beach and a whole collection of ancient monuments. Sveti Stefan - Montenegro's most prestigious resort, built up with luxurious hotels. In the 15th century there was built a fortress to protect the city from pirates. In the mid-20th century it became a chic city hotel, where they like to rest Hollywood stars.

Other resorts of Budva Riviera: Rafailovići, Milocer, Pržno, Bar, Sutomore.

Gertsegnovskaya Riviera is located on the north coast of the Adriatic Sea. The largest resort of the area of ​​Herceg Novi is ideal for a family holiday. Here, stunning nature and good pensions - many come in Herceg Novi to improve their health. Another popular resort Gergegovskoy Riviera - Tivat. With him for the majority of tourists and Montenegro begins - here it is one of the international airports. The town can boast of ancient architecture and rich history. Guests are attracted by the mild climate, good beaches and good infrastructure. In peak season Tivat is too crowded.

Ultsinskaya Riviera is famous for its good and at the same time very democratic hotels, always sunny weather and basalt beaches. There are 2 resort: the actual Ulcinj and picturesque island of Ada Bojana - one of the most famous holiday destinations naturists.

Two small ski resort of Montenegro: Zabljak and Kolasin. The resort Zabljak and in the summer will not be bored. Tourists are offered a full range of activities, from hiking tours and summer alloys to horseback riding and paragliding.

Full list of cities in the country you can find on the page Cities and resorts of Montenegro.

Difference in time

Climate

The climate in the country - is temperate continental, in the mountains - Alpine, on the Adriatic coast - Mediterranean. In the central regions of Montenegro is always somewhat cooler than on the coast, and notably the impact of subalpine factors. In the coastal area of ​​summer is usually a long, hot and dry enough, winter is short and wet.

The swimming season begins in late April and lasts until the end of October. The best time to visit the country - from May to October. See also the weather forecast for the major resorts and major cities of Montenegro in the coming days.

Visa and Customs

Montenegro visa is not necessary for Russian citizens. Read more about the features of entry into the country, see the article "Money" and "borderline" recommendations for Montenegro.

The country can be imported and exported from it an unlimited amount of foreign currency, but a large amount at the entrance, it is desirable to declare. It should be noted that border and customs procedures for Russian citizens as simple as possible.

In Montenegro, you can import duty free and take from it 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 1 liter of spirits and 2 liters of wine. No special permission is forbidden the export of objects and objects of historical and artistic value.

After the visit to Montenegro every tourist in the album certainly will photograph the island of St. Stephen (calling card of the country) and the monastery of Ostrog.

The country is part of the system of Tax free Shopping: tourists shopping in Montenegrin stores can reclaim VAT. While in other European countries, a return is made directly at the airport, everything is different. The scheme is, quite frankly, not too comfortable. At the time of purchase in addition to the payment of the check you will get a PDV-PP document in 2 copies. Each instance of the need to attach a copy of the first page of the passport and present the whole set of departure.

When making a PDV-PP in the store you will be asked a passport. Pre-put it in the bag, going for shopping.

The customs officer is satisfied that you have bought the goods are intended for personal use, register them in the register and put a stamp on the PDV-PP copies. Important Note: to purchase custom must "drive" in the original, and the whole package.

VAT in Montenegro is 19%. The purchase amount - EUR 100 and more. The system may not support all the shops, looking for a sign «TAX FREE».

Between the shopping and making purchases must be not more than 3 months. After receiving a stamp, you can go home. Tax refund is made later and only in the store where the purchase was made. That is, the money will be returned during the second visit to Montenegro. And come to the country should be no later than six months after shopping. Do not forget to bring a copy of the PDV-PP, stamped by customs.

Getting there

The country has two international airports in Podgorica and Tivat. In the capital of Montenegro, it's best to get a direct flight of the national carrier Montenegro Airlines - the company's planes regularly fly from Moscow. Tivat from the Russian capital can be reached directly with Ural Airlines, S7 or "Aeroflot". The ticket price - from 9000 RUB per one side. All summer on the routes Moscow - Tivat and Moscow - Podgorica fly dozens of charters. With a change in Montenegro take passengers "Austrian Airlines", but the cost of these flights sometimes rolls over. If we fly with a stop, then to Air Serbia: Serbian airfare from the airline significantly lower transplant - in Belgrade. Prices are listed on the page February 2016

It should be borne in mind that both small airport, duty-free there is certainly work, but that the choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as an abundance of all kinds of services and services not. What is the ATM, newspapers, rent-a-car office, a small duty-free in the departure lounge with perfumes, cosmetics and alcohol.

At the airport of Tivat, in the departure hall there is no cafe, so if you go early in the morning and did not have time to drink coffee in the hotel, it is better do it right after check-in, and before they pass inspection.

Internal railway traffic in Montenegro no. The only line runs through Podgorica and Biala-field and leads from Belgrade to Bar. This rail route is considered one of the most picturesque in the world, and trains from the Serbian capital in Montenegro go very colorful. There are 2 flights: morning - at 10:10 and evening - at 22:10. To go more efficiently in the night, but during the day you can nasnimat from the train window of incredible landscapes. With a good scenario, the road will take 8-10 hours, with poor - more than 20. The condition of tunnels and the railway line leaves much to be desired, so that the trains are regularly late and very long ride, but the scenery seems to be worth it - tickets are sold out very quickly. Price - from 25 EUR.

Between Italy and Montenegro ferries ply. Passengers carries the company Montenegro Lines. Flights take place on ships Sveti Stefan and Sveti Stefan II - both pretty mature, so do not expect stunning service. On the ferries 5 types of accommodation: apartments, outside cabins, cabin interior, chairs and "deck card" - a kind of a pass for a ship with them to sit wherever there is room. The journey will take about 10 hours. Price - from 44 EUR.

Transport

For movements of Montenegro best suited bus or car. The bus fleet has not been updated for a long time, often transport and late breaks along the way. And indeed on serpentines especially not overclocking - be prepared for the fact that the trip can take longer than you expected in the mountainous areas.

Along the coast buses run every 10-15 minutes, the first flight - at 6:00, the last one - around midnight. Spas equipped with a composter, "punching" tickets should be on their own. Reusable travel sold in tobacco shops. The cost of one trip - 1-1,5 EUR.

Coach Travel is better to buy at the kiosks at bus stops, the driver they are also sold, but twice as expensive.

In Cetinje, Podgorica and other cities outside the coast buses depart from the bus station. Price depends on the distance of travel. For example, a trip from Budva to Ulcinj will cost around 6 EUR.

Inside the cities (except, perhaps, Podgorica) buses run very often. You can stand at the bus stop about half an hour but still did not wait. Habitual us stop, by the way, is also in short supply. Usually, people are waiting for transport at the roadside and stopped buses waved.

Taxis in Montenegro are licensed and private. Private traders tend to go without meters. Make an amount of payment before boarding, the prices are usually highly overstated, bargaining is possible and even necessary. Licensed cars are equipped with meters. Landing - 2 EUR, every kilometer of the way - 1 EUR.

the so-called water taxis are common in Montenegro. Between the cities and towns, located on the coast, cruising ships and boats. Without privateers and then does not do: the owners of motor boats gladly take you anywhere and come back when you say. Motor boating is an average of 10-15 EUR.

Rent a Car

The cost of renting a car in Montenegro, starting at 30-40 EUR for a small car and ends up to 200 EUR per day for the 7-seater "Land Cruiser Prado".

The roads are all quite polite, so dashing characters, overtaking on narrow serpentine roads are rare. The permitted speed in the city about 50 km / h and beyond - 80 km / h, except for the areas where there are special characters. Many roads in the country are laid on very steep steep mountains, so you should be especially careful not to drive, before the sharp turns, if not seen walking in front of the road, it is better to slow down and apply a light sound that will alert oncoming car of your presence.

Problems with the ingredients will not be, they are fairly common, the cost of gasoline - about EUR 1.20-1.50 per liter. If you wish to create a panoramic picture can be a problem, since the concept of "roadside" in Montenegro clearly does not favor. However, in some places set up a special panoramic site, designated in advance sign.

Parking in the city for the most part free of charge, only in popular Tourist Center, such as Kotor, you can face the problem of lack of space. In this case, look for paid parking, there are sure to find a place.

Communication and Wi-Fi

In Montenegro, there are 3 mobile operators: T-Mobile, Promonte and M: Tel. Their representative offices in all major cities of the country. Sim card can be purchased at the kiosk and press, almost any souvenir or grocery store. After the purchase of the account will be credited with an amount equal to the cost of the card itself. Fund your account via credit card with a secret code, having made an immediate payment in the supermarket or through a payment terminal. The last option - the most convenient, many terminals "speak" in Russian.

All mobile operators in Montenegro work in 3G, so that access to the Internet - no problem. In the cities, the connection does not fail, in the mountains of the network may fail. Virtually all cafes, restaurants and hotels and tourist areas there are points of Wi-Fi-access. Speed ​​- excellent access for visitors and guests - free. Password is necessary to ask the members of the staff.

Provide yourself the Internet can be and with the help of USB-modem. They are on sale at the offices of mobile operators. For registration you will need a passport. Price plus modem SIM card - from 20 to 50 EUR.

Money

Monetary unit - the Euro (EUR), € 1 100 cents. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 72,62 RUB.

The National Bank is open Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 14:00, the commercial banks - from Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 15:00, on Fridays - from 8:00 to 13:00. On Saturdays, all the banks are closed. In the center of Podgorica, as well as in resort areas, many currency exchange offices are open on weekends.

Hotels and restaurants include a surcharge for service Bill. But still decided to give around 10% tip, or simply to round score. Leave the money on the table for tea, as a rule, only our tourists, the other is always given to them by hand, in return receiving a sincere smile, a request to go further, and even a glass of brandy as a gift.

Exchange transactions made outside the official institutions, are considered an administrative offense and is punishable by a fine. The course in different exchange points can vary significantly.

In Podgorica, in the big cities and resorts of Montenegro in the course of plastic cards. Most popular - VISA and Mastercard. ATMs are working around the clock, but they are not so many resorts. Going on vacation, try to find out how far away from your hotel is the nearest ATM.

Currency can be exchanged at the offices of banks, exchange offices in hotels (only official licensed) and the post office. The course, of course, all different. Cheaper and more reliable to change money at all Narodnom banke Montenegro.

How to avoid problems

Arriving in the country, you must register for a day at the nearest office of the regional tourism organization. In people, this procedure is called "white board". If you plan to live in a hotel, you must register the host. It is necessary to immediately remind her about this - Montenegrin hoteliers have long put off a visit to the inspector and, in the end, "forget" to register their guests. Tourist can expect a nasty surprise upon departure: EUR 200 fine for failing to register. And pay just will not work, I have to go to the nearest post, and then - to skip your flight.

As for security, then this in Montenegro all right. In crowded places, you can encounter, except that, with pickpockets and beggars.

If, during a walk or a trip you are planning to look into one of the many Orthodox churches, in advance take care of their appearance, it is not necessary to enter the place of worship in too revealing clothes.

Talking about the collapse of Yugoslavia and the subsequent conflicts in this soil is considered bad form. The inhabitants of Montenegro are friendly and very patient, no one will get into a fight, but to discuss this topic better not.

In 2004, a law was passed banning smoking. In theory, smokers will be fined - from 30 EUR. In practice - smoke is all this national habit of Montenegrins.

Photographing in the country can be almost everything. Near the strategically important objects are signs with a camera crossed.

With regard to natural hazards, in Montenegro should be afraid of jellyfish, sea urchins. Very rare viper. On mountain roads should drive with caution: first, serpentines has not been canceled, and secondly, in the mountain regions there is always the threat of rockfalls.

The Russian Embassy in Podgorica: ul. Velise Mugose, 1; tel .: 272-460; www.ambrus.me

Police: 92 Fire Brigade: 93 Ambulance: 94 help on the roads: 987

Beaches Montenegro

The total length of the beaches in Montenegro - 73 km. They are all very different: from the fine sand in the south to artificial concrete platforms in the north-west coast. Artificial beaches are mostly in Tivat, Herceg Novi, Igalo and Bar. Almost all the beaches are secluded, closed against the wind and waves bay between steep cliffs.

The country has a very crowded beaches and secluded, and for the "textile", and for a nudist, there is finally a free and paid beaches. Rental umbrellas and sunbeds will cost EUR 5-8 per day. Guests of four- and five-star hotels tend to use them for free.

Diving in Montenegro

Not to say that divers crowds stormed the Adriatic coast, but its fans at the underwater world of Montenegro is. In the water column of coastal waters, you can swim among the coral reefs, as well as to examine several interesting wrecks - are buried at the bottom of the destroyer of the Second World War and the Austrian warship during the First and two submarines, cargo and freight vessels. On the coast, scuba diving clubs, where you can get training, rent equipment and dive - in close proximity to the shore, and went out on a boat in the open sea.

Diving in Montenegro

Not to say that divers crowds stormed the Adriatic coast, but its fans at the underwater world of Montenegro is. In the water column of coastal waters, you can swim among the coral reefs, as well as to examine several interesting wrecks - are buried at the bottom of the destroyer of the Second World War and the Austrian warship during the First and two submarines, cargo and freight vessels. On the coast, scuba diving clubs, where you can get training, rent equipment and dive - in close proximity to the shore, and went out on a boat in the open sea.


Diving in Montenegro

What to bring

Supermarkets and other shops are open daily from 6:00 to 20:00, in the tourist centers - 23:00. Some points are open on Sundays, there are convenience stores everywhere.

As a souvenir from Montenegro you can sell t-shirts with symbols of the resort, dishes, crafts made of shells, a variety of woven products of the vine - korizny, chests and even furniture. However, many tourists prefer this conscious local alcoholic drinks: wine, 45 ° "vine" or "Krunak". The most popular wine in the country - "Vranac» (Vranac) - in the store - approximately EUR 8 per bottle. Excellent quality, tart, aromatic, an ideal souvenir. In addition, you can buy smoked ham prosciutto, olive oil, and oil icons from Cetinje Monastery and Ostrog, marine theme souvenirs (models of ships, mini-steering wheels and beacons).

As an original garment from Montenegro driven national caps "cap" with a black border and a red crown. In addition, you can find a large number of works of art of the Orthodox theme - icons, crosses, chalices, etc. It is worth paying attention to jewelery products: prices are low, and the design is remarkable - after all Italy at hand...

In Kotor, on the main market, there are antique shops, which sell fun trinkets.

Cuisine and restaurants

Montenegrin edalni safely can be divided into 2 categories: "local" tavern and tourist restaurants. In the first serves traditional Montenegrin food, tasty cooked and not greedy - serving in such institutions are enormous. Secondly smaller plates, the food is worse, but from the terrace offers a magnificent view. Needless to say that to get acquainted with the traditional cuisine of Montenegro is in the most basic of family inns. They are in a non-touristic places, away from the beach. The hosts usually prepare themselves and serve "chorba" the best in the area (the ear of several kinds of fish) and "interfere with meso" (cold cuts). Intimate dinner will cost around 30-40 EUR for two.

The beach establishments are usually good fish dishes and Italian food. In Montenegro, generally very popular Italian restaurant, pizza and they are usually not worse than in Italy itself. In addition to pizza, Chinese and Thai places are common.

Montenegrin wine, though little known in international markets, it is worthy of attention. Visiting the local wine card - tart Montenegrin "Vranac" and "Krstac" "Chardonnay" and "Sauvignon". The most high-quality strong drink - "Krunak" (grape brandy).

Entertainment, excursions and attractions of Montenegro

Attentive and inquisitive tourist can find in Montenegro a considerable amount of interesting sights. After the visit to Montenegro in each album certainly will photograph the island of St. Stephen (calling card of the country) and the monastery of Ostrog. Beautiful views and will of the Boka Bay, and from the observation deck of Kotor. Other ancient cities of Montenegro - Budva, Herceg Novi, Ulcinj and Cetinje, the former capital - too generous with ancient buildings, churches and monasteries.

Be sure to visit Lake Skadar, the largest in the Balkans and clean, with pelicans and rare fish Karan. On a small island complex of monasteries in 14-15 centuries - many of them - current and welcome guests. At the top of the mountain massif Lovcen is the Mausoleum of Peter Njegos, governor and educator Montenegro.

Herceg Novi - one of the most famous resorts in the country, located at the entrance to Boka Bay. The city was founded more than 1600 years ago, so there are numerous monuments of medieval architecture - the bastions Forte Mare Kanli Kula, Shpanola, fortress Mamula, Prevlaka, Arza, a famous Savina monastery (1030), as well as many picturesque old houses.

Which is located between the coast of Kotor Bay and mountain Lovcen. Due to the abundance of historical monuments and well-preserved medieval buildings it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are the most interesting Cathedral of St.. Tripun, numerous old fortifications, churches and palaces, as well as the Clock Tower (16th century).


Stunning Nature Montenegro

In Montenegro, many holy places for an Orthodox person. Especially revered shrine - Ostrog Monastery, where the relics of St. Basil of Ostrog.. By the relics of St. Tikhon can be put in Kotor, and Savina Monastery is a miraculous icon Savinskaya. On the way between Budva and Bar is located 21 monastery, most of them - acting.

Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, where the relics of St. Basil of Ostrog, located not far from Danilovgrad. Carved into the rock high in the hills (950 m above sea level), it was for Montenegro the same things and Meteora - Greece. From the side it seems that the monastery is literally hanging in the air. It is believed that for good absolution the last few hundred meters to the monastery need to climb on foot. Ostroh - the world's only Orthodox monastery, which, apart from the people of the Orthodox, Catholics also attend and Muslims. Near the monastery is located, and the source of holy water.

Montenegro chosen unpretentious tourists who value holiday at one with nature.

From natural wonders worth paying attention to the canyon of the river Tara, the second longest in the world. "Durmitor" Glacial lakes with clear water and snow-capped peaks can be seen in the national park. Here there is also the famous Black Lake. Read more about the natural beauty of the country described in the pages of the national parks of Montenegro.

Holidays & Events

Montenegrins - are big fans pofestivalit. So much so that with dances, songs and food mountain. In addition to traditional national and religious holidays such as Christmas and New Year (by the way, Old New Year is also celebrated magnificently) in different parts of the country are many large and small festivals. The main part of nationwide celebrations falls exactly on the summer tourist season.

At the end of July in the northeast of the country, swimming, blueberry festival begins and lasts for exactly one week. In Tivat in early August offers great Fair olives. At the end of the month in Petrovac overeat fish, drink wine and escorted summer. To the north of Petrovac, in Berane, in the meantime it passes the honey festival. And in the gastronomic village of Njegusi the end of August - the tasting of cheese, prosciutto and other delicacies.

Montenegro is proud of its carnivals. The largest held in February and August in Kotor. A little less - in April in Budva.

Almost every month is marked two-three cultural events in April in Herceg Novi attracts theater-goers. In Podgorica, around the same time held International Music Festival A Tempo. In May, the Bar will traditional TV Festival. Summer in Budva - international dance festival. Cetinje is famous for its 4-day summer festival of jazz. Every year in Herceg Novi Film Festival are big and hip hop festival. Both events are scheduled for August.

The largest sporting event - Podgorica marathon, which may participate in amateur athletes. In winter, several ski festivals held in Kolasin and Zabljak.

3 things you need to do in Montenegro Visit artificially created island Bogoroditsk-Shkrpela, where there is a unique church. Compare with domestic Mausoleum Mausoleum Montenegrin prince Peter Njegos, located on top of Mount Lovcen. Win once and for all the hunger in the gastronomic paradise of the village Njegusi, which is especially famous for its fragrant cheeses and smoked ham. Located near the Cetinje monastery gluttons town.

Hotels in Montenegro

More recently, the Montenegrin tourism industry began to develop after years of absolute stagnation. Today, one can find luxurious five-star hotel, and a decent "trehzvezdnik" modest guest house in the resort town of any country.

Luxury hotels mostly in Budva, Kotor, and, of course, in the resort of Sveti Stefan. Those who "Hollywood" level are not interested can easily find a simpler option: a good three-star hotels scattered across the country. Price - EUR 50 per day. In Ulcinj accommodation costs even lower.

Family or company can rent an apartment. Apart-hotels on the Montenegrin resorts no less than classic hotels. Price - from 40 EUR.

One of the most popular types of accommodation in Montenegro - the villa. The main drawback of such a choice -. The location of many villas are at a distance from the sea from 100 to 500 m is also near to your villa may not have shops and market.

You may also be interested in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia. See also: The beaches of Montenegro. The most popular towns and resorts of the country: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Podgorica, Petrovac.