Fun Facts About Montenegro
Montenegro is a Balkan country known for its rugged mountains, medieval villages, and narrow beaches along the Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, which looks like a fjord, is filled with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, comprises limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and the 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.
But here are some more facts you may find interesting
1. Newest Countries
Montenegro, a small but fascinating country, has experienced much turmoil in its history. However, instead of hiding its scars, it proudly displays them like medals earned in battle. As noted by Rodney Bolt, a travel expert for the Telegraph, Montenegro’s past is evident in the many remnants left behind by its past occupiers and invaders. From ancient ruins to medieval fortresses and Ottoman-era architecture, the country is a treasure trove of fascinating historical sites that glimpse its tumultuous past.
2. Giant Canyons
Europe’s largest canyon in terms of volume is the Tara River Canyon, between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most breathtaking canyon section is a deep inverted triangle surrounded by mountains, which can only be accessed by rafters, who consider this place heaven. For those who prefer staying dry, discovering the best viewpoints requires some exploration, but crossing the bridge 500ft above the foaming water can be worth it.
3. People in Montenegro are very tall
The average adult man’s height is 1.832 meters, equivalent to approximately 6 feet. This height can vary depending on genetics, ethnicity, and nutrition.
4. Happy To See Travellers
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Montenegro dramatically depends on foreign travellers contributing to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A significant proportion of the country’s GDP is generated through the tourism industry, which international visitors primarily drive.
5. Sunniest Capital
The charming city of Podgorica, nestled in the heart of Montenegro, is blessed with abundant sunshine throughout the year. On average, the city basks in 2,480 hours of glorious sunshine annually, making it an ideal destination for those who seek a warm and sunny climate. Whether strolling through the city’s picturesque streets or enjoying coffee at a local cafe, you will indeed be greeted by the sun’s warmth in Podgorica.
6. National Parks
Nestled in the heart of the country lies the breathtaking Durmitor National Park. This natural wonder has towering mountain peaks, glistening glacial lakes, and lush forests. However, despite its undeniable allure, the park sees a mere 130,000 visitors each year. It’s a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those seeking an awe-inspiring outdoor adventure.
7. Montenegrin beaches
One hundred seventeen beautiful and fascinating places remain undiscovered and need more visitors to appreciate their wonders. These hidden gems are waiting to be explored and offer a unique travel experience. From stunning natural landscapes to historic landmarks, there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
8. You can sleep in a former ghost town
The stunning fortified island of Sveti Stefan, located a few miles south of Budva, was once inhabited by approximately 400 people. However, emigration during the first half of the 20th century decreased the population to just 20 by 1954. Subsequently, the island was converted into a luxurious hotel by communist authorities. In the 1970s, it became a popular destination for the rich and famous, with notable guests such as Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Margaret. Unfortunately, the Yugoslav Wars caused it to lose its popularity. Still, in 2007, the upscale Aman Resorts chain purchased the hotel and restored it to its former glory, welcoming distinguished guests again.
9. World Heritage Sites
Montenegro is a treasure trove of cultural and natural heritage unparalleled in its relatively small area of 13,812 km². The country boasts four world-renowned World Heritage sites that testify to the region’s rich history and natural beauty. These include the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor, a picturesque coastal town steeped in history and culture. Durmitor National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder that allows visitors to explore the stunning mountain ranges, deep canyons, and glacial lakes. The Stećak – medieval cemeteries are a unique feature of the country’s cultural heritage, and the three sites within the multinational nomination (Greek Cemetery and Bare Žugića in Žabljak, and the Greek Cemetery in Plužine) are an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Finally, the Venetian fortifications from the 16th to the 17th century (Kotor fortress within the multinational nomination) are a testament to the country’s rich history and the influence of Italian culture in the region.
10. Glorius Lakes
Nestled amidst the stunning mountainous landscape of Montenegro lies the serene and captivating Lake Skadar. From its tranquil waters that stretch into Albania to the rugged wilderness surrounding it, this natural wonder offers a glimpse of the country’s pristine beauty and untouched nature. With its breathtaking views and pristine waters, Lake Skadar is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
11. Fastest Domain
In the wake of Montenegro’s independence, the country also acquired the “.me” domain, quickly embraced by the self-centred social media generation. This top-level domain offered an irresistible opportunity to personalize online identities, and it quickly became a sensation. Between 2008 and 2010, a staggering 320,000 names were registered, with an astonishing 50,000 registrations on the first day. This record-breaking performance cemented the “.me” domain’s status as the fastest-selling top-level domain ever.
“When the Mala Rijeka viaduct was constructed in the 1970s, it was celebrated as the tallest one in Europe. This viaduct was one of the many highlights of a railway track that connected the Montenegrin port of Bar with Belgrade,” explains Adrian Bridge. “The railway line is an extraordinary engineering feat, featuring 435 bridges and 254 tunnels. Passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of gorges, caverns and stunning peaks. In the past, Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia, travelled to Bar in his own private Blue Train, which he often used to host foreign dignitaries and heads of state, including The Queen. Although not as grand, public trains still travel along this scenic route.”
13. Many Attractions
Suppose you’re not interested in cruising around the Bay of Kotor, hiking up mountains, or relaxing on an Adriatic beach. In that case, you might consider visiting some of Montenegro’s unique and fascinating attractions.
Stara Maslina, located in Bar, is one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful olive trees, stretching back thousands of years. The Ostrog Monastery, carved into the side of a cliff, is an awe-inspiring feat of engineering and architecture and has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries.
If you’re a cat lover, you won’t want to miss the Cats Museum of Kotor. This museum is packed with art, artifacts, and memorabilia related to felines. This museum has something for every cat enthusiast, from ancient Egyptian statues to modern cat-themed paintings.
Although we are currently experiencing unusual times, we can use this opportunity to spend quality time with family and learn more about our country by exploring its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Reading blogs like this is a great way to discover new and exciting places to visit in Montenegro.