Montenegro is a country in southeastern Europe that lies on the Adriatic coast. It is bordered to the east and north with Serbia, in the west and northwest with Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the southeast with Albania. In the southwest the Adriatic Sea devides it from Italy. The main, and at the same time the largest city is Podgorica, while Cetinje has the status of the capital. The territory of Montenegro occupies approximately 13,812 km ² and the length of coastline is 293.5 km.
As a forerunner of today's Montenegro are considered medieval principality Duklja and Zeta. Montenegro during the Turkish rule had some sort of autonomy and
its independence of Turkey was confirmed by the Congress of Berlin in 1878. From 1918 it was part of all three of Yugoslavia. In a referendum held on 21st May
2006, the citizens of Montenegro voted for independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro
Montenegro has good conditions for development of all types of tourism, as it has magnificent beaches, the mountainous region in the north, rich cultural heritage
and well -preserved natural environment. Montenegro has been a famous tourist resort in the 1980s, but because of the wars in neighboring countries during the
1990s, its image as a tourist destination discredited. Montenegrin tourism has started to recover by the beginning of 2000 and since then the number of tourists
and overnight stays has significantly increased.
The culture of Montenegro was formed by diversity of influences throughout its history. The influence of Orthodoxy, Slavdom, Central Europe, Islam and the maritime
culture of the Mediterranean sea (from parts of Italy, such as the Venetian Republic) was present in the last few centuries. Montenegro has many significant cultural
and historical monuments, including monuments from pre-Roman, Gothic and Baroque periods. Montenegro's medieval monasteries contain thousands of square
meters of frescoes.
Montenegrin Olympic Committee in July 2007 was admitted to membership of the International Olympic Committee and Montenegro as an independent country had
its first appearance at the Olympics of 2008 in Beijing. Water polo is one of the most popular sports in the country. Montenegro won the European Championship of
2008 in Malaga in its first participation after separation of Serbia and Montenegro. Among other spots the popular ones are football, basketball and handball.
Montenegro is the first country that was declared as an ecological state when the Parliament of Montenegro on 20th September 1991 in Zabljak adopted the
"Declaration on Ecological State of Montenegro“. The item of Montenegro as an ecological state was entered in the Constitution of Montenegro in 1992. On the territory
of Montenegro there are four national parks: Durmitor, Biograd Forest, Lake Skadar and Lovćen.
State symbols and map of Montenegro
On pages "Boka" i "Bijela" you can find more information on locations of interest to visitors.
Our web site also provides photo galleries with descriptions of the most interesting locations for sightseeing in our environment: