Tourism in Montenegro
The Republic of Montenegro is situated in the Balkans. On one side it exits to the Adriatic-Mediterranean region, and on the other, through the Pannonian basin, it is connected with the Central Europe and further to the world's economy/markets.
Montenegro is small in area, but its comparative natural advantages, its richness in cultural and historical sights and others features, make it one of the most attractive receptive tourist destinations.
The tourist accommodation capacities are 150,000 beds, of which 37,000 are in the basic-type facilities (hotels, motels, pensions, tourist villages). A marked disproportion in the physical distribution of the accommodation results in that numerous, highly attractive, ecologically appealing and very demanded tourist potentials be on the margins of development and present a good ground for international investments. The most developed are "swimming" (summer) and "skiing" (winter) forms of tourism.
On the Montenegrin Seaside (the coastline of 293 km) there are numerous sand and pebble beaches - 117 in total, 73 km in length of which sand beaches make 33 km. The capacity of the beaches is 230,000 bathers. The fact that the air temperature over six months of the year is higher than 18oC, together with the adequate water temperature and increased insulation, make the Montenegrin Seaside one of the warmest and sunniest tourist regions in Europe.
Although classified as a Mediterranean country, Montenegro is a typical mountainous region in which the zones of over 1,000 m comprise 60.5% of its territory. The Montenegrin mountain ranges extending from Maglic, Volujak and Bioce in the west, to Prokletije in the east, are intersected by magnificent canyons of the Piva, the Komarnica, the Susica, the Tara and the Moraca. Adorned with more than 35 picturesque lakes, it presents one of the most attractive and ecologically best preserved mountainous regions of Yugoslavia and Europe. Besides, the winter mountain tourism is provided for, adhering to the requirement of a minimum of 60 m2 of track per skier. Thus, the total capacity is around 200,000 accommodation units (2,800 beds).
The old town of Kotor and the Tara canyon are of particular value and under the protection of UNESCO. There are four national parks, which are the most attractive and ecologically best preserved nature reserves (Durmitor, Biogradska gora, Lake Skadar, and Lovcen). The intentions are to establish two more (Orjen and Prokletije).
Montenegro is the sea foam but also the snow dust. In November or in May, a tourist can swim in the clean sea, and on the same day, after only two-hour drive, they can ski on the Bjelasica or Durmitor mountains.
The most complete and reliable information about tourism offer of Montenegro can be found on the official site of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, on the following address: www.visit-montenegro.org .