Regions & Towns

Montenegro can be divided into three regions: Northern, Central and Southern, according to different geographical characteristics, climate and of course the tourist products it offers, and all three are very worth seeing with their 21 lovely towns! In this small land there are four national parks in the three regions, two in Northern Montenegro, of which one is a world heritage UNESCO site, and two in Central and Southern Montenegro.

But besides the wild beauty, it is in the people that are worth getting to know! The people of Montenegro number only about 622,000 but they have an enviable tradition of hospitality and tolerance. This corner of the Balkans has always been the land of apparently irreconcilable opposites. A territory of very small size holds wildly different climates, mountains and sea, black pine and palm trees, different ethnic groups and three faiths - Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Islam. Although modern times are changing the situation and the social tissue, in an ideal voyage to discover the true nature of the land, you will be able to meet the last descendants of the proud captains of the Boka Kotorska, of the noble Venetian families, of the Ulcinj pirates, as well as the indomitable Montenegrins with a spirit as free as a hawk's. And it is this spirit of Montenegro and its people that is sure to capture your heart!

Southern (Coastal) Region – Where the Sea Air Smells Sweet
Ulcinj Old Town by Slavica Vukcevic

Many attractive tourist resorts are spread along the coastal part of the Adriatic Sea that belongs to the Republic of Montenegro: Herceg Novi, Igalo, Kotor, Budva, Sveti Stefan, Petrovac, Bar, Ulcinj... You will be astonished by the extraordinary beauty of the Adriatic fiord right at the foothill of Mt Orjen. As you walk through the streets and squares of the old medieval coastal towns, apart from noticing the amazing beauty, you will be strolling through the history of the Mediterranean - the Greeks, Romans, Illyrians, and the powerful Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires have left their traces. You will be gracefully welcomed by the inhabitants of this region, for centuries involved in fishing, sailing, olive growing, wine making...

Central (Continental) Region – Where it is Possible to Touch Time
Millenium Bridge in Podgorica by Dragan Bosnic

The continental part of Montenegro is a densely populated, urban and economically developed region. The largest cities are located in this region: The capital of Montenegro - Podgorica with its suburbs, Cetinje - the historic capital, and Danilovgrad and Niksic. Apart from larger cities, going down to the coast or going up to the north, this region contains numerous smaller settlements. It is a kingdom of grass lands, lucid and vivid rivers, streams and secret streamlets. Two National Parks fulfill the value of this region: Lovcen National Park in a relatively narrow area varies with diverse relief and cultural historical heritage, monasteries and fortifications, and Lake Skadar National Park with its ragged shores, rich with basins, peninsulas, and callow capes overgrown with reeds and known by rich and diverse fauna.

Northern (Mountainous) Region – Where the Echoes are Strong
A Village on Mt Durmitor by Amer Kapetanovic

To travel to Northern Montenegro is to travel back in time. With little industry, the people in the rural north deal primarily with farming, wood industries and agriculture. Aside from three small cities, the north consists of small towns and villages, with authentic stone and wood houses, scattered throughout the region. The farmers plough their small fields with horses or mules, while the women make homemade bread and their special cheeses, such as "kajmak" (a type of soft, buttery cheese). The rugged mountain tops and steep canyons covering the north are sparsely inhabited and relatively unexplored.  A picture of northern Montenegro, from any vantage point, is one of rocky, snow-capped mountains, lush verdant valleys and solitude... more