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11 Interesting Facts About Montenegro
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These lesser-known facts about one of the world’s most intriguing destinations
Montenegro is a mixture of nice towns, VIP locations, amazing beaches and lots of culture.
Amongst the beautiful beaches and opportunities for great gulet cruise, where you can include the best of Croatia (Dubrovnik, Korčula, Mljet…).
If you’re still undecided here are 11 interesting, unique facts about the country that will inspire you.
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1. Montenegro got its name meaning ‘Black Mountain’ from the dark forest that covers the land. the name dates back to era of Venetian hegemony over the area in the Middle Ages.
Other Languages belonging to nearby countries also used their own languages to describe Montenegro as the Black Mountain.
2. The Boka Bay is the southernmost fjord in the world. It certainly looks like one, with towering peaks surrounding a rocky coastline dotted with pretty waterside towns. Add in a few cruise ships in the bright blue waters and you could almost be in Norway.
3. There are over 290 km of unspoilt coastline. Montenegro also offers great weather condition for cruising, more than 250 days under the sun a year and typical Mediterranean wind conditions.
4. Canyon of the river Tara (82 kilometre long) is the deepest canyon in Europe with it’s 1300 meters. The canyon stretch within Montenegro is protected as a part of Durmitor National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. Cathedral of Saint Tripuna is 69 years older form cathedral Notre Dame in Paris.
6. Montenegro was, in 1992, the first country in the world to have written in its constitution a text about the environmental protection. The Montenegrin constitution defines the country as a “Democratic, social and Ecological” nation.
7. In the village of Mitrovica has the oldest olive tree in the world. It’s over 2000 years old! More than 100,000 olive trees in municipality of Bar are more than 1,000 years old. s.
8. Skadar Lake is home to a tiny rocky island called Grmožur. Known to the locals as the Montenegrin Alcatraz, it’s a fortress that once served as a prison during King Nikola’s rule. Surface of Skadar Lake varies from 400 to 525 square kilometres which is the largest lakes in Europe
9. Velika plaža in Ulcinj (12.5 km) is one of the longest sand beaches in Europe. This place is not only for swimming, also you can enjoy horseback riding, kite surfing, beach soccer and volleyball.
10. Brad Pitt’s first lead movie role was filmed in Montenegro named Dark Of the sun in 1987.
Montenegro’s dramatic, cinematic landscape has also lent itself well to the big screen; Brothers Bloom, November Man and Casino Royale which all were partly filmed there
11. Montenegro prides itself on storming traditional cuisine combined from Itaila, Turkish, Greek cuisine and even familiar to us all, hamburgers.Like all good countries in the Med, fish is a major player in the cuisine.
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