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Black Mountain - Montenegro

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An April 2004 trip to Montenegro by SaraP

UNESCO city Dubrovnik  Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia More Photos
Quote: Whilst named after the black mountain in the interior of this small country, Montenegro seems destined for fame for the sapphire waters of its Adriatic coastline rather than rugged countryside . . . but you'll enjoy both.

Black Mountain - Montenegro

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Overview

Kotor bay fishing boat Photo, Montenegro, Europe
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A little of everything on the coast, Adriatic inlet and mountainous interior: Ø Kotor : a fairytale walled city on Europe's second deepest fjord; Ø Cetinje : founded 1300 years ago, the ancient capital with monastery, informative state museum and Prince Nicolas' former palace Ø Budva : another walled city, also the seaside resort where Russians and Serbs come to play; just down the coast is the island of Sveti Stafan, until recently a fishing village but transformed into an exclusive hotel; Ø the countryside itself is a true highlight -- en route from Herceg Novi, drive the breathtaking winding coast road through villages like Perast, off whose coast are two curiosities ...Read More

Fjord Hotel

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Hotel | "Fjord Hotel, Kotor"

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The Fjord Hotel takes its name from the magnificent view across Kotor Bay (make sure to ask for a room with a view - there appears to be no extra charge but, for some reason, reception can be quite diffident about letting you have one automatically). You can't miss it as you drive towards Kotor - a large flat white building at the southern point of the bay (and it's signposted from the main road). Its balconies look out to the walled city on the right and southern Europe’s deepest fjord straight ahead (and onto the black mountains which give the country its name). If for no other reason stay in Kotor for the early morning view. The hotel is obviously aimed at the package holiday market - out-of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Fjord Hotel

Kotor, Montenegro

A daytrip to Dubrovnik

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UNESCO city Dubrovnik  Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Only 40km from the Montenegrin border lies the 1300-year-old jewel of Dubrovnik, whose appeal rests in the "Stari Grad" or old town. Within city walls lies a pedestrianised haven of marble-paved (slippery in the rain!) squares, steep cobbled streets, monasteries and convents, churches, palaces, fountains and museums, which are all hewn from the same honey-coloured stone. Motorists, users of public transport and day-trippers all arrive at one of three car parks and enter through the city's old gates. Though heavily and pointlessly shelled in 1991, Dubrovnik has since benefited (and well used) UNESCO reconstruction aid money. The town is bisected by its main pedestrian promenade...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2004

Ancient capital -- Cetinje

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Cetinje ("set-in-ye") is the old royal capital of Montenegro, supplanted by Podgorica (then Titograd) in 1948. Set up in the hillllands of far from the coast, it's a change from the sandy beaches and foreign tourists -- most visitors to Cetinje are Montenegrins who've come to see the glories of the last of the ruling dynasty, Prince Nikola (the non-ruling heir is a Parisian architect, living in Danilo’s Blue Palace when in town). It's a slightly unprepossessing town at first glance -- the war that ended some years ago and of which there's little hint elsewhere in MN could almost still be raging here, such is the quantity and frequency of rubble, dilapidated buildings and broken windo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 13, 2004

Top spot -- charming Kotor

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Kotor, on the Boka Kotorska (meaning "inlet" -- whose length is 15 nautical miles/28km right round the stunning path) is at the very furthest recess of the Boka, at the foot of the Lovcen hills. Away from the more obvious charms of the Budva and the coastline, put on your climbing shoes. Beneath mighty 20km tall ramparts, which shield Kotor from the waterfront, the vegetable and fish markets bustle in the daytime; behind the walls is a labyrinth of pedestrianised passages and alleys in a medieval city deservedly listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 1,350 steps in all to 4.5km of walls (more than twice that of Dubrovnik) parts of which are frightening steep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2004

Disappointing Budva

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If beaches are your thing, Budva is likely to be your kind of place. It's the chosen resort for moneyed Russian and Serbian visitors and their families as well as Montengrin day-trippers. Consequently, be warned - prices are high and quality patchy and the locals will almost certainly have got there first anyway! The walled stari grad itself is undeniably fetching (though much of it was destroyed in the massive 1979 earthquake which rocked the whole area rebuilding has been going on ever since and the little church of St Trojica (Holy Trinity) is still padlocked and under scaffolding) and you can walk some distance along the C...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2004