Starting from June 1, Montenegro has opened its borders to more than 100 countries around the world. The list of all states allowed to come and stay in Montenegro as of June 1 can be found on the website of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro: https://www.ijzcg.me/me/novosti/covid-19-popustanje-mjera-u-medunarodnom-saobracaju. There won’t be any special criteria for entering the country, but it will be necessary to observe the measures which have become an everyday thing – keeping distance in public places and wearing masks in enclosed public spaces. We’ve all missed traveling, and one of the destinations where you can safely spend summer vacation is Montenegro. A small Mediterranean country, known for an extraordinary beauty, can boast of great success – it’s become the first European #corona-free country! Yes, that means this summer, too, you can peacefully enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic and pristine nature! We recall, Montenegro had long resisted coronavirus and was one of the European countries which appeared last to have registered cases of the disease. And before the first case was registered, measures had already been taken. A small number of citizens and their responsibility facilitated the work for competent institutions. After two months, the last infected country of Europe has beat the virus, and it was the first to do so.
This won’t hinder vacation because life over here unfolds outside, accompanied by nature. That’s exactly what the campaign of the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro is about; it discovers incredible places where you won’t just relax but also connect with nature and its energy.
Almost the entire territory of Montenegro is a protected area, with five national parks on the area of 13.812 km². It acquired the status of ecological state as early as 1991. You can still find pristine nature over here and people living in harmony with it.
That’s why kitesurfers love Long Beach (Velika plaža) (13 km) which reminds of desert dunes. The energy of this place is incredible. People are relaxed, living in small wooden fishing huts on the river Bojana which flows into the sea. After visiting beaches such as Queen’s beach (Kraljičina plaža), Miločer beach, Jaz beach, make sure you visit Luštica peninsula – heaven for scuba diving fans, but also St. Nikola island whose beaches are among 10 most beautiful in Europe according to Forbs.
After the windy south and open sea, the picturesque Bay of Boka Kotorska awaits you. It was ruled by Venice for a long time, and it overflows with palaces and town – museums in the open. Everything is so peaceful and smells of the Mediterranean. For a breath of luxury, make sure you visit Porto Montenegro, Portonovi and Luštica Bay. Leading global hotel brands will satisfy those with the finest taste. These places are considered the most luxurious in this part of Europe.
A proper layout of beach furniture will provide social distance and safety for every guest on the beaches. There are also additional means for washing, wiping and disinfecting in order to maintain a high level of cleanliness. Every 10 days an additional monitoring of sea water quality will be carried out. Tourists will have the Montenegro Beaches iOS App at their disposal, a unique app in Europe. It has the base of the beaches, tourism structures categorized according to user’s geolocation, so everyone (even offline) will be able to find the nearest beach and how to get to it, water quality, as well as restaurants they can visit after swimming, for which there’s an option for booking on the app.
Besides the 293 km long beach, you’ll also be amazed by the national parks of Montenegro, among which are the Durmitor National Park under UNESCO protection, rainforest Biogradska gora, the biggest Balkan lake – Skadar, Lovćen, Prokletije, as well as the emerald color of Piva Lake, rich history of Old Royal Capital Cetinje… Try rafting or fly-fishing in the clearest European river Tara distinguished by an incredible bridge, swim in the “lake of happiness” and visit some of the most beautiful villages – Little Montenegro, Lubnice, Njeguši, Godinje… Time has stopped there, but the places still hide interesting legends.
Montenegrins will tell them to you, and they are very lyrical people, with a refined sense of humor, but above all, hospitable and good hosts.
Montenegro is proof that very little is needed for happiness. And that little is often there, at our fingertips. Let Montenegro be an inspiration for you this summer to reconnect with yourself, nature and a simpler way of life.
Ten reasons to visit Montenegro
Located on the Balkan Peninsula, Montenegro has a long history as a melting pot of cultures, civilisations and religions. The country’s colourful heritage and vast mountainous landscapes are framed by the Adriatic coast and the nation is home to five national parks. Here are 10 things a visitor shouldn’t miss:
1. One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic, Budva is famed as Montenegro’s capital of tourism. Its beautiful Old Town boasts a huge variety of restaurants and museums. During the summer, it is an epicentre for nightlife and hosts many open-air music festivals.
2. The historic town of Kotor, once the jewel of the Venetian Empire, is nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the same name. Anchored to the coast with impressive fortifications, Kotor’s Stari Grad (Old Town) and Trg od Oružja (Weapons Square) draw visitors from around the world with their medieval charms and bustling café culture, while the 500 metre climb up to St. John’s Hill is rewarded by panoramic views over The Bay of Kotor. This beautiful southernmost European fjord is one of Montenegro’s main icons. Kotor, Herceg Novi and Tivat are the most important cities, but the bay’s beautiful small villages are equally memorable.
3. Lake Skadar National Park, nestled between the sea and the mountains, is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. A bird lover’s paradise, it is home to over 280 species and is the only pelican habitat in the south of Europe.
4. Picture perfect Sveti Stefan, now home to a luxury five-star Aman Resort, was once a fortified fishing village and is only connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge.
5. At over 1,300 metres high, The Tara River Canyon is the deepest in Europe, and the second deepest in the world, after the famous Colorado. Its river, known as “The Teardrop of Europe”, is a favourite for white water rafting and is framed by forests, alpine fields and towering peaks.
6. UNESCO World Heritage Site Durmitor National Park is famed for its sky-scraping peaks, black pines and glacial lakes. Attracting visitors with its primeval wilderness, Durmitor is a favourite with walkers and hikers year-round, and is also renowned as a ski resort.
7. The Right Hand of St. John the Baptist, shards of the Holy Cross and the icon of Our Lady of Filermosa can all be found in the museums and monasteries of the historic town of Cetinje, Montenegro’s Historic Royal Capital.
8. Located near Nikšić, the Ostrog Monastery is built into a steep rockface overlooking the Bjelopavlicka Plain. Founded by the Herzeg Archbishop Vasilije in the 17th century, this monastery is the most famous pilgrimage site in Montenegro.
9. Over 2,500 years old, the Old Town of Ulcinj has played host to many different cultures and civilisations, all reflected in its architecture which includes Baroque and Renaissance styles.
10. The coastal city of Bar is famed for its 100,000 olive trees, many over 1,000 years old, the King Nikola Palace, built in 1885, and a picturesque Old Town dating back to Illyrian times.
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For more information contact the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro on: email@example.com or call +382 (0) 77 10 00 01