BASIC INFO OF MONTENEGRO
Area: 13,812 m²
Length limit: 614 km
Capital: Podgorica (173,000 inhabitants-administrative and economic center)
Royal Capital: Cetinje-historical and cultural center
Coastline: 293 km
Number of beaches: 117
Length of beach: 73 km
Longest beach: Velika Plaza Ulcinj -13 km
Highest point: Bobotov kuk, Mount Durmitor - 2522 m
The largest lake: Skadar - 391 km ²
The deepest canyon: River Tara - 1,300 m
National Parks: Durmitor 39,000 ha; Biogradska gora 5400 ha; Lovćen 6400 ha, 40,000 ha Lake Skadar
The largest bay: Bay of Kotor
Time Zone: GTM +1
Electrical system: 220V/50Hz
Average temp: Summer 27.4 º C
Max. temp. Sea: 27.1 º C
Average number of sunny days a year: 240 days
Swimming season: 180 days
Color of the sea: dark blue
Transparency of the sea: 38 to 56 m
Country code for Montenegro: +382
If calling from Montenegro, is necessary before the call number of the selected countries to turn 00!
Calling a Mobile in Montenegro: Mobile numbers are 6 digits and begin with either 067 (T-mobile), 068 ( M-Tel), 069 (Telenor)
In May 2006, after 88 years as the part of Yugoslavia, Montenegro reappeared on the map of Europe, in the club of independent nations which it joined for the first time 1878. Although national and tourist promotion portrays it as a Mediterranean land, the landscape resembles much more the etymology of its name: Crna Gora (in Italian Montenegro) translated in English as the “Black Mountain” and indeed it is high mountains that occupy more than three quarters of territory. Until a few years ago the country’s beautiful Adriatic coast was the hidden gem of Mediterranean but its sandy coves and pretty fishing villages are becoming once again the playground for the tourists from all around the world. The rugged scenery of the interior, the craggy peaks of Dinaric Alps and the deep canyons and broad plateaus between them are a delight for adventures ready to explore some of the last known, yet most beautiful corners of Europe.
Although counted amongst one of the smallest countries in Europe, Montenegro displays a remarkable geographic diversity. Beguiling seascapes with tall mountains looming over the gentile beaches characterize most of the coastland, but it is Boka Kotorska-the Gulf of Kotor-with its fjord- like appearance and medieval township that represents its most distinguishing feature. In the central region mountains for a moment yield to the flat and fertile plain in which lies the nation’s capital Podgorica and the nearby Skadarsko Lake, a marshy bird sanctuary with villages of stone houses scattered along its coast. The north and the east seem lost in the endless lines of mountains, carved with deep canyons, amongst them that of the River Tara, the second deepest in the world.
Montenegro is changing rapidly and the contrasts of old and new will all the times bewilder the visitors. In the backwater rural communities far from major roads, people stick to the traditional sheep and cattle breading as well as the notions of the stoic bravery forged by the centuries-long resistance of the Turks. On the other hand, fashionable coast resorts such as Sveti Stefan, the raving Budva or the posh restaurants in Podgorica embody the other face of this fast-changing nation.
Montenegro Hostel Team