Sophia Loren, after all, spent her summers vacationing on the beaches of this stunningly beautiful Balkan country…
Having explored the Western Mediterranean on board Azamara Quest last year, this year the floating boutique hotel will take us from beautiful Venice to the shimmering Adriatc Sea. On the programme: a visit to some ancient cliffside cities and a week of pure indulgence. It may have taken us a bit longer to get in the cruising…
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has announced this month the opening of two fully renovated hotels in Montenegro
Globetrotters are always looking for new, under-the-radar travel destinations that provide a chance to escape the crowds and sea of selfie sticks.
As summer kicks off, Business Insider asked friends, colleagues, and some of the world’s top travel experts for their favourite – and most overlooked – European destinations that can be seen in a long weekend.
From the mystical Arabic influence of Granada to the dilapidated charm of Porto and the gothic churches of Transylvania, here’s a selection of their top recommendations, along with some local tips.
Pretend you’re in a Bond film at the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
Montenegro provides a less obvious alternative to neighbouring Croatia, and it’s not hard to see the draw of the stunning setting of the Bay of Kotor, with its glistening Adriatic sea and mountainous backdrop. The bay is also home to the preserved medieval old city of Kotor which just so happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One TripAdvisor user from the UK called it “Europe’s best kept secret.”
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Hear about travel to Montenegro as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com about his recent trip to this beautiful mountainous country in the Balkans.
Gary says of Montenegro, “It’s a really interesting place. I recently spent 10 days there. I think it is going to be one of the next hot regions in Europe. I think the Balkans in general, is the next big thing because it’s very affordable, It’s opening up. Montenegro, in particular, of the non-EU Balkan countries has some of the best prospects.”
Montenegro is a small country. You can base yourself in one part of the country and visit the entire country with day trips.
The Bay of Kotor, including Budva, is the biggest tourist attraction in the country by far. “Kotor, if people aren’t aware of it, Is very similar to Dubrovnik. It’s on a natural day, probably the best bay in the Mediterranean. It’s a very popular cruise stop now. I went in February and it’s really the off season.”
Read more from source: Travel to Montenegro – Episode 604 – Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast
THE VERTIGINOUS HOUSES of Positano, the white settlements of Santorini and the poetic villages of Cinque Terre might still be some of the most beautiful coastal locations in Europe, but who wants to watch the sunset while being accidentally hit by someone else’s selfie stick?
For a holiday with a bit of surprise and originality here are some under the radar coastal towns of Europe which still have plenty of local character and culture to offer. These underrated towns boast festivals from wine to art to jazz, prehistoric caves, modern art museums, and everything you’d want from Europe without the crowds. At least, for now — there’s a big chance these towns will be blowing up in popularity soon, so get to them before the tour buses roll in.
1. Furore, Italy
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While The Balkans may bring to mind a region with a tumultuous past, the political unrest has long since subsided, and today, the area offers a wealth of fabulous travel destinations, with its diverse cultures, incredible scenery from jewel-like islands to soaring mountains.
The stunningly gorgeous country of Montenegro only became an independent nation in 2006, and the city of Kotor, set within a secluded tip of Boka Kotorsky Bay, offers extraordinary beauty few travelers get to experience, simply because they aren’t aware it exists. This coastal town on the Adriatic offers a true unspoiled retreat from the chaos of the modern world, with the entire old town area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Float through the sunlight-drenched fjords with mountains soaring overhead, dine on delectable Mediterranean cuisine and explore the medieval walled city with its many ancient structures, churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums, for a trip you won’t soon forget.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen.
Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It’s also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Đorđe, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church.
Located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, the city has a population of 13,510 and is the administrative center of Kotor Municipality.
The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon.
The Balkans, an area in southeastern Europe along the Adriatic Sea, have been the crossroads of East and West for centuries. Fallen empires such as the Ottomans, Habsburgs, and Socialist Yugoslavia once claimed sections of the peninsula, and as such, political upheaval and wars — including, more recently, the Croatian War of Independence, the Bosnian War, and the Kosovo War in the 1990s — have long defined the region. Scars from the region’s tumultuous past are still visible, but conflict has been quelled and all of the Balkan states are experiencing substantial progress, with many on their way to joining the European Union (Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Croatia have already been granted membership). Tourism greatly varies in the region, with yacht and resort destinations like Croatia and Montenegro rapidly growing, while some of the landlocked mountainous countries still remain under-the-radar for most travelers.
There’s a reason we named Montenegro one of the year’s emerging destinations. It takes up less space than Connecticut and has a lower population than Stockholm, but the tiny Balkan nation should not be overlooked—especially since it’s quieter and more untouched than neighbors Croatia and Greece. Here are 15 places that will convince you to visit: historic Old Towns, UNESCO-protected parks, lakes begging for a swim. Now start packing before everyone else starts to catch on.
This mausoleum, atop one of the highest peaks in Lovćen National Park, was completed in 1974 to house the remains of Montenegrin poet, philosopher, and icon Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Inside, visitors will find a 28-ton statue of Njegoš as well as his tomb; the site also has a 360-degree stone viewing circle from which you can see more than half of the entire country.