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Welcome to Montenegro

Image Until recently being recognized as an independent Mediterranean country in it’s own right, Montenegro has slept for decades in the minds of many knowledgeable travelers who ultimately, didn’t want to see this rich and beautiful country on the shores of the Adriatic sea turn into another Venice, Rome, or St. Tropez.
Montenegro enjoys more sunny days per year than nearly any other country in Europe.  The country also hosts a wide range of natural settings, from ancient stone cities built on the shores of Kotor Bay and the Adriatic sea where travelers can swim in the clear warm waters and enjoy wonderful sandy beaches, to the mountains and karst plains of the interior where some of Europe’s best white-water rafting, mountain climbing and hiking can be enjoyed. In Montenegro you forget the smog, pollution and the constant rush you may be accustomed to in your city and in many “modern” tourism destinations. Would you like to get away from it all?  Exotic surroundings with a familiar hint of European old-world charm await you in Montenegro, the heart of the Mediterranean.

Montenegro belongs geographically to the central Mediterranean and is located a mere one-hour's flight from Rome or Budapest, and only a hour and a half from Zurich. Montenegro shares a southern sea border with Italy, to the east and north it borders on Serbia and Albania, and to the west on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Apart from the international airports in the capital city, Podgorica and also in the city of Tivat, you can reach Montenegro by air via Dubrovnik's Cilipi Airport, which is 22 kilometers from Herceg Novi. That means that if you travel to Dubrovnik, Montenegro is just a short trip away. 

The national airline carrier, Montrenegro Airlines (http://www.montenegro-airlines.cg.yu/) has regular flights from Tivat and Podgorica airports, flying to Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana and Rome.

Travel times for flights from Podgorica to:
•    Belgrade every day at 7:50 and 17:30
•    Zurich  connections leave on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:50.
•    Flights to Frankfurt on Wednesdays at 11:35, Fridays at 15:30 and Sundays at 10:45.
•    Flights to Budapest leave on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30.
•    Ljubljana flights leave on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:20; and finally…
•    Flights leave for Rome on Mondays and Fridays at 10:20. 

•    From Tivat Airport to Belgrade, flights leave every day at 8:30 and 16:30.

•    Please refer to the official schedule at the Montenegro Airlines web site.



Golubovci Airport (Podgorica) - is 12 km from Podgorica, 80 Kms from Kolasin, 170 kms from Zabljak, 62 kms from Budva, 65 kms from Bar. Information: +381 81 243 007; 244 916 Tivat Airport is 3 kms from Tivat, 20 kms from Budva, 20 kms from Herceg Novi, 4 kms from Kotor, 60 kms from Bar, 84 kms from Bar. Information: +381 82 671 337; 671 894

If you prefer to travel by car, there are road crossings into Montenegro from Croatia at Debeli Brijeg, from Bosnia and Herzegovina at Sitnica, Vilusi, Vracenovici, Sepan Polje and Metaljka, and from Albania at Bozaj and Sukobin. Countries that have special agreements with Montenegro have exemptions from border insurance for motor vehicles, so that green cards are valid for: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Morocco, Malta, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldavia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Great Britain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Israel i Iran.

Would you like to arrive to Montenegro by sea? There are border crossings in the ports of Bar, Budva, Kotor and Herceg Novi which have sea links with Italy and other countries. There is a regular passenger and cargo traffic on the routes leading from Bar to Bari and Bar to Ancona, Italy. It is also possible to come by sea via Dubrovnik whose port is some fifty kilometers from Herceg Novi.

•    The ferry belonging to »Prekookeanska plovidba Bar« HORNBEAM, ALBA and SVETI STEFAN departs from Bari (Italy) for Bar every day except on Sundays with departures at 21:00 and 22:00, and leaves from Bar to Bari (Italy) on the same ships, every day except Saturday, departing at 21:00 and 22:00. The Italian ferry company VENEZIA departs from Ancona (Italy) for Bar on Wednesdays at 18:00, and returns from Bar to Ancona (Italy) on Thursdays at 18:00. Please check the official schedule before planning your trip.

Citizens of the following countries may enter Montenegro without a visa, and only need a valid passport: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Monaco, Malta, Macedonia, Moldavia, Germany, Norway, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Iceland, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, San Marino, Vatican, Andorra, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, USA, New Zealand, Japan and Israel.

•    Citizens of other countries require a visa for entry into Montenegro.

•    The official currency of Montenegro is the euro (EUR) - the common European currency. Foreign currency can be changed in the exchange offices of commercial banks throughout Montenegro. There is no limit to the amount of currency that foreigners may bring into Montenegro, but they may not take out more than 500 Euros if they have not declared a specific sum on entry.

Tourism is the most promising and probably the most profitable enterprise for the economy of Montenegro, and takes many exciting forms, ranging from nautical tourism (luxury yachts), mountaineering, hiking, hunting, to “wellbeing tourism” in which the <a href="http://www.igalospa.com">Mediterranean Health Center</a> has been the leader . The United Nations recently recognized Montenegro as the first “ecological” country, and that adds to the  attractiveness of Montenegro as a touristic location.

National Parks:

The mosaic of the country is made up of four national parks: DURMITOR (the nation’s first and largest park), BIOGRADSKA GORA, LAKE SKADAR, and MOUNT LOVCEN.

In 2003 there where 599’430 visitors to Montenegro (10’7% more than in 2002, of whom 141’787 were foreign tourists. 3’976’266 hotel nights were booked (7’8% more than in 2002) of which foreign visitors accounted for and astounding 915’738.

Seaside resorts include: Ulcinj (Long Beach, Ada Bojana), Bar (Sutomore, Canj), Budva (Petrovac, Milocer, Sveti Stefan, Becici), Tivat (Donja Lastva, Radovici), Kotor (Risan, Perast, Prcanj) i Herceg-Novi (Bijela, Igalo). Mountain resorts: Zabljak (Durmitor), Kolasin (Bjelasica), Berane (Lokve), Rozaje (Turjak).

Health tourism: Mediterranean Health center - Igalo, Dr. Simo Milosevic Centre for rehabilitation in Vrmac.

Hunting tourism: Hunting grounds: Lake Skadar, Durmitor, Bjelopavlicka ravnica, Crmnica.

[[Information kindly provided by the Tourist Organization of Montenegro.]]
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