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Montenegro's coastal comeback
InEurope Luxury By Stephen Dowling
The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
The Bay of Kotor
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One of the smallest countries in Europe, nestled between Croatia's Dalmatian coast and Albania, Montenegro's lure has long been its 295km of coastline, home to quiet fishing villages, flashy resort towns, Unesco-recognised fjordscapes and the remains of grand Venetian fortresses.
The Montenegrin coast first came to international attention between 1945 and 1992, when the country was part of socialist Yugoslavia. Famous film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, and royalty such as Princess Margaret, the sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, flocked to the country's stunning shoreline. But tourism crashed during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s – when Montenegrins fought alongside Serbs against neighbouring Croatia – and the industry did not start recovering until 2006, when the country ended a short-lived union with Serbia and became independent.
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Today, the coastline is yet again the driving force behind the country's rapidly increasing tourist numbers. There were 9.1 million overnight stays in Montenegro in 2012, up 25% from 2007 when numbers totalled just 7.3 million. And the World Travel and Tourism Council predicts that tourist numbers are expected to rise 10% a year for the next 10 years. But the affordability of this European gem might be slipping away as increased visitor numbers prompt Montenegro to set its sights on wealthier travellers.
Attracting the well-heeled set
Painstakingly rebuilt after a massive 1979 earthquake shook its foundations to the ground, Budva is Montenegro's summer party town. Attracting mainly Russians, it resembles a kind of Russian Magaluf, a raucous slice of Slavic hedonism on the shores of the Adriatic, full of fancy boutiques, pricey cocktail bars and marinas packed with gleaming yachts. The sea-facing restaurants – the poshest of which is Jadran (Slovenska Obala 10; 33-45-10-28) – are quite happy to charge you upwards of 80 euros for a fish dish, but there are still a number of seafood restaurants that cater to more modest budgets if you know where to look. Nestled within the old city walls, Demizana (Slovenska obala 3; 33-45-50-28) and Konoba (Mitrov Ljubise, Stari Grad; 63-22-54-03) serve fresh seafood staples such as grilled squid and baked whole fish, plus a multitude of meat options.
There are also plenty of budget-friendly accommodations in Budva. Even in the high season, from June to September, a double room at places such as the friendly Hotel Admiral and the no-frills Apartments Butua is unlikely to cost much more than 50 euros a night.
But while Budva has pockets of affordability, other towns along the coast have moved firmly into the realm of luxury travel. Take the fishing village-turned-hotel Sveti Stefan, an islet of terracotta-roofed houses separated from the land by a narrow peninsula 9km southeast of Budva. After falling to disrepair during the Yugoslav Wars, the village was bought by the luxury Aman resort chain and is now off-limits anyone who is not a guest. One of the nearby beaches is also limited to guests, and the semi-public mainland beach on the other side of the causeway will cost you 50 euros just for the privilege of lying on a lounger.
One of the most ambitious tourism moves can be seen at Porto Montenegro, near the seaside town of Tivat on the Kotor Peninsula, 34km north of Sveti Stefan. A former shipyard used by the Yugoslavian Navy, the port started being redeveloped as a high-end resort in 2011, funded by Canadian billionaire Peter Munk. The marina currently has nearly 200 yacht berths and is expected to have close to 500 by the end of 2014.
The peninsula’s Bay of Kotor is one of the country's undeniable highlights: a natural harbour ringed by the towering, black-rocked heights that help give the country its name (Montenegro is French for "black mountain"). At the eastern end of the bay, set among the southernmost fjords in Europe, the town of Kotor's atmospheric streets are full of reminders of this coast's past as an outpost of the Venetian Empire from 1420 to 1792. Above the Unesco-recognised streets, vestiges of the old fortress walls remain, allowing a commanding view of the bay after a calf-stretching 5km climb. The winding road around the coast presents plenty of opportunities for a photo opportunity, framing Kotor's spires and battlements against the towering peaks. But the stunning scenery comes at a price: a week's stay in a rental property for a family of four during July or August can cost as much as 2,350 euros.
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It's one of Europe's smallest countries, but it packs in spectacular landscapes and glittering beach resorts, says Mick Webb.
taken from the Independent
The sun sets over the Bay of Kotor, turning the placid water from blue to gold and highlighting the cream stone of the villages against the granite grey of the high, surrounding cliffs. It is one of the natural splendours that have made tiny Montenegro (population 620,000) one of the most attractive Adriatic destinations. Thanks to improved flight links to Dubrovnik (whose airport is conveniently close to the north of Montenegro) and to the country itself, it is also easier than ever to reach.
Most visitors will be drawn to Kotor or the rest of the 300km of beguiling coastline. But since Montenegro is only half the size of Wales, exploring its crumpled interior, a patchwork of mountains and canyons, is not difficult. Don't expect motorways or high-speed rail links, though. Montenegro was one of the poorer relations of the former Yugoslavia and has been a nation only since 2006, when it declared independence from Serbia; service and infrastructure can be patchy, particularly away from the coast.
Montenegrin history has had as many twists and turns as its roads. For centuries it was a fluctuating East-West frontier between competing empires, ideologies and faiths. It was the occupying Venetians who christened the area Monte Negro (black mountain) which was to become the country's name, as well as the architecture of beautiful coastal towns such as Kotor and Perast. It was annexed by Yugoslavia in 1918 and the legacy of President Tito can be seen in the huge, state-run hotels, some of them quite astonishing in design: the "Mayan pyramid" look of the Hotel Zabljak in the mountain town of the same name is a case in point.
Although a new wave of modern hotels has made an appearance, rooms and apartments in private houses and self-contained villa accommodation are often a cheaper alternative. This year, the company Explore Montenegro (020-7118 1002; montenegro holidays.com) has begun offering a portfolio of rental properties in and around the coastal hot spots of Kotor Bay and Budva. A typical week's stay in July or August for two adults and two children, at an apartment with shared pool within walking distance of Kotor town, costs about £2,000 including car hire and return flights from Gatwick to Tivat. The tourist board (visit-montenegro.com) lists more accommodation options.
The inland capital, and by far the largest city, is Podgorica, formerly Titograd, on the country's only extensive area of flat ground in the south-east. It was flattened in the Second World War and is now a collection of brutalist buildings, leavened by a few remains from the centuries of Ottoman occupation, such as the clock tower. The main holiday centre, though, is the coastal town of Budva, whose atmospheric old quarter, carefully restored after a powerful earthquake in 1979, is surrounded by apartment blocks and a zone of large hotels. Thomson Holidays (0871 231 4691; thomson. co.uk) offers a week's half-board at the Queen of Montenegro Hotel in Becici, just south of Budva, from £766 per person, which includes flights from Gatwick and transfers from Dubrovnik.
In the Sixties and Seventies, this stretch of coastline was the St-Tropez of the Adriatic, where the likes of Sophia Loren, Princess Margaret, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor holidayed. Today, it has regained a flavour of the glamour of its heyday with the restoration of Sveti Stefan, a compact and picturesque group of red-roofed former fishermen's cottages on an isthmus south of Budva. It is now operated as a luxury hotel by Amanresorts (00 382 33 420 000; amanresorts.com), with rooms ranging from €750 to €3,000 per night. On the other side of the bay, Villa Milocer, once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, houses one of the restaurants and a lounge area.
Other companies providing coastal, hotel-based packages in Montenegro include Monarch (0871 423 8568; monarch.co.uk), Balkan Holidays (0845 130 1114; balkanholidays.co.uk) and Saga (0800 096 0074; travel.saga.co.uk; over 50s only).
Mick Webb travelled to Montenegro with Explore Montenegro
Around the Bay of Kotor
Towards the north of Montenegro's coast this unusually shaped body of water comprises an outer bay, which is connected to the twin-lobed inner bay by a narrow channel. Admire its beauty from the viewing platform at the top of Mount Lovcen.
If you needed proof that Montenegro is a destination on its way up, Purobeach (purobeach.com), which operates beach clubs in Palma de Mallorca, Marbella and Vilamoura, opens an outpost on Kotor Bay on 15 June with restaurants, bars and beach lounging. The location is Porto Montenegro (portomontenegro.com), a dazzling destination in the making on the eastern shore of the outer bay. Here, a former naval base is being transformed into a marina and village. Berths, residences, boutiques and restaurants have already been completed, with a Regent hotel opening in 2014 and long-term plans to develop further into the wooded hills.
The main existing towns on the outer bay are hilly Herceg Novi (the most popular summer spot in old Yugoslavia) and Tivat. This town, which also has the main coastal airport, is the gateway to the peaceful, unspoilt Lustica peninsula with its olive groves and beaches, best-known of which is Miriste.
The inner bay shelters the beautiful town of Kotor, a mini Dubrovnik. It was built in the main by the Venetians, with city walls that climb quite implausibly up the mountainside. Among its alleys and neat squares is a 12th-century Romanesque-Gothic Catholic cathedral, dedicated to St Tryphon. There's also one of the country's biggest clubs, Maximus (00 382 67 21 67 67; discomaximus.com), which fills the old town's summer nights with music ranging from dance to local folk. Perching at the top of the bay is the decorative Venetian town of Perast, which has an astonishing 16 churches and an equal number of gently decaying mansions.
The coastal strip
Budva is the most developed holiday town with an array of apartments and large hotels around its 17 beaches. The nicest are out of town at Przno and the public beach next to Sveti Stefan. Down the coast towards Albania, you'll find the quieter family resort of Petrovac. Further south, towards Bar, there are shingle beaches and clear water bays such as Maljevik that are good for snorkelling.
The longest beach on the eastern side of the Adriatic coast is the 12km of fine sand at Velika Plaza (Great Beach) in Ulcinj, near the Albanian border. The town is also an intriguing cultural mix reflecting its Albanian majority. Minarets and mosques outnumber churches.
Lake Skadar, a short drive inland from Bar, is a national park whose gateway town is Virpazar. Boat excursions, run by local fishermen, go to the heart of the lake; a one-hour trip costs from €10. Take the winding southern shore road to the forest-backed beach at Murici. Undiscovered Montenegro (020-3287 0015; undiscoveredmontenegro.com) has a week's self-catering with a choice of guided activities and some meals at Villa Miela, near Virpazar, from £380pp, excluding flights.
The beautiful north
Three national parks were created here 60 years ago. Durmitor, the largest, is about three hours by road from Tivat. At its heart is the mountain town of Zabljak, a winter ski centre, with hiking trails around its glacial lakes. A night at the Hotel Planinka, a Yugoslav-era dinosaur, costs just €22pp half board (00 382 69 456 772; cipa-booking.me).
North of Zabljak is the Tara Canyon, Europe's deepest, an awe-inspiring sight from the Durdevica Tara bridge. A day's rafting with Black Mountain (00 382 067 640 869; montenegroholidays.com) costs €75pp, including transfers from Kotor. Biogradska Gora was created as a national park 60 years ago and today remains a haven of forest and lakes. The most attractive is Biogradsko Jezero, which is signposted from the main road between Kolasin and Mojkovac. This is a starting point for a network of walks and bike trails, as well as the access point for Kolasin 1450 ski resort. It's the most modern of Montenegro's three resorts with snow-making equipment and a new high-speed six-man lift. It has a variety of runs (the longest is 4.5km) amid lovely birch forests. A day ski pass is €20 (kolasin1450.com).
Among the many attractive churches and remote monasteries, dedicated to Montenegro's majority Orthodox faith, the most inspiring is at Ostrog (pictured), a vertiginous 10km drive up a mountain road off the main highway between Podgorica and Niksic. The startlingly white monastery is hewn from the rock face, and there is usually a queue of pilgrims waiting to see the cloth-covered remains of the miracle-giving Saint Basil in one of two little cave chapels.
The main secular highlights outside the old Venetian coast towns are found in the small, pretty former royal capital at Cetinje. It's half an hour's drive inland from Budva, in an imposing mountain setting, and has a few grand and faded mansions, once the residences of ambassadors. Its pedestrianised main street, Njegoseva, is lined with pretty, pastel-coloured shops and cafés, ideal for an al fresco coffee.
Cetinje is also the home of the National Museum of Montenegro, which is in fact four separate museums in historic buildings in, or near, Kralja Nikole Square. The Art Museum (00 382 41 230 555; mnmuseum.org; 9am-5pm daily; €4) has a good collection of Montenegrin paintings but be prepared to be "escorted" around.
Food and drink
Away from the main tourist spots, one euro will buy you a cup of tea, a coffee or a bottle of refreshing Niksic beer. Specialities worth trying include hams and cheese; those of Njegusi are particularly prized. Among the best fast foods are the Balkan favourites, the burek (a filo-pastry pasty) and cevapi (kebabs).
Restaurant food ranges from the functional to the delicious, but is typically served in huge portions. The fresh fish and seafood are excellent, usually grilled and accompanied by the ubiquitous but tasty blitva (chard and potato). An atmospheric place to try it is Stari Mlini (00 382 32 333 555; starimlini.com), an ancient lakeside flour mill at Ljuta on the road between Kotor and Perast (mains from €15). A favoured mountain meat dish is lamb cooked under a metal lid, jagnjetina ispod saca, which is then covered in hot coals. The best Montenegrin wines come from near Lake Skadar; Vranac is a robust red and Krstac a decent white.
Homemade rakija – brandy made from plums, grapes and many other things – tends to be offered in the same welcoming way as a cup of tea. You have been warned.
Getting there and getting around
The only direct flights from the UK are with Montenegro Airlines (020-7864 4031; www.montenegroairlines.com), which has two flights a week from Gatwick to Tivat (close to Kotor and Budva) and one to the capital, Podgorica, near Lake Skadar. The alternative is via Dubrovnik, over the border in Croatia and a couple of hours' drive from Tivat. You can fly to Dubrovnik (pictured) with British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch and Thomson. Buses from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi are operated by Libertas Dubrovnik (libertas dubrovnik.com).
Buses connect the major Montenegrin towns. Autoboka (autoboka.com) runs three services every hour between Kotor and Budva. The 24km journey costs just €3.
Although there is only one passenger-carrying railway line, it follows a spectacular route between the port of Bar and Bijelo Polje on the border with Serbia (en route for Belgrade).
Two trains per day stop at Virpazar (for Lake Skadar), Podgorica and Mojkovac, for the Biogradska Gora park (zpcg.me).
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Israeli arrive at Podgorica
Group of Israeli, 116 of them, comprising representatives of tour operators, owners and managers of Israel's largest travel agencies, on Sunday, coming to Montenegro.
From Budva's tourist agencies "Adria travel," it was announced that they are working on the Montenegrin promotion and booking, a plan to visit: the Bay of Kotor, Zabljak, Cetinje, Njegusi, Lake Skadar, and hotels "Splendid", "Sometimes" and "Mistral".
Israel, as stated, they plan to open in early June, charter service between Tel Aviv and Podgorica, once a week during July and August, twice, until the end of October.
From the "Adria travel" are reminded that in October last year there were 40 Israelis who know Montenegro and were delighted.
Guests will be accommodated in hotel "Splendid" in Budva to 14 of April.
Text taken from NTO website
Izrealski turoperatori stižu u Podgoricu
Grupa Izraelaca, njih 116, koju čine predstavnici touroperatora, vlasnika i direktora najvećih izraelskih turističkih agencija, u nedjelju dolazi u Crnu Goru.
Iz budvanske turističke agencije "Adria travel" saopšteno je da će oni oni raditi na crnogorskoj promociji i bukingu, a plan je da obiđu: Bokokotorski zaliv, Žabljak, Cetinje, Njeguše, Skadarsko jezero, kao i hotele: "Splendid", "Avalu" i "Maestral".
Izraelci, kako je navedeno, planiraju i da početkom juna otvore čarter liniju između Tel Aviva i Podgorice, jednom sedmično, a tokom jula i avgusta dva puta, sve do kraja oktobra.
Iz "Adria travel"-a su podsjetili da je u oktobru prošle godine bilo 40 Izraelaca koji su upoznali Crnu Goru i bili oduševljeni.
Gosti će biti smješteni u hotelu "Splendid" u Budvi do 14. aprila.
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Compering to some other european countries Montenegro real estate market is still somewhat undeveloped. in 2006 Montenegro got its name into most desirable property markets in Europe.
For a foreign to successfully aquire montenegro property their country of origin must have reciprocal agreement with Montenegro. Luckily most of european countries do have such an agreement with Montenegro including UK, Ireland and Russia. Foreigners are allowed to buy and own the property registeded on their name, just like Montenegrin citizens, there are no differences. The only legal restriction forbids foreign citizens to own a bare land, however by registering a limited company in Montenegro it is completly possible to own a plain land as well. This law is going to change soon and there will be absolutely no differences between Montenegrin and foreign citizen when purchasing property is concerned.
The actual process of buying a Montenegro property is very easy. Two main conditions has to be fulfilled: legal entitlement to the property and the registration of the property with the official Property Registry. A contract has to be signed between property owner and buyer and the signed contract has to be verified by a court.
After the court verify the document (contract) a legal basis of ownership is established. Purchase Tax is 2% of the property valuation which is given by the nland Revenue Office. Last thing after the payment has been made, the contract has to be given to the Local Property Registy as en evidence. Than a property will finaly be registered to new owners name.
What to be careful about
You should double check who the property belongs to. Properties in Montenegro can be split amongst several owners. For the decades people really didn't care much about the actuall ownership structure for their properties and once when they decide to sell a property their close relatives may claim the rights on the property. The best thing to do is use a service of a registered real estate agency which will provide you with a lawyer to check the cadastre documentation and prevent possible problems. Most Montenegro real estate agencies do not have their own lawyer but instead use a servise of indipendent lawyer. It doesen't really matter, as long you got a lawyer service. Better not try to find owners and negotiate the price - the prices can suddenly skyrocket when they see you are a foreigner. If you stay in Montenegro for few days you will likely meet people offering you all kind of properties even having big property listings to carry around. Those people are not professional real estate agents. There are many, many people in Montenegro who do an "intermediary" work for agencies as an additional income. . For you that only means more expensive properties.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
House in Montenegro - buy or rent?
Continuous talk about how cheap real estate in Montenegro, the cause of many a strong desire to buy a house by the sea: to spend on it the last savings, borrow money, but to buy! Is it really so profitable or more reasonable to rent a villa for a vacation? Property prices in Montenegro from just 30,000 euros - a very small apartment in the 300-400 meters from the sea or a nice house on the mainland - to 600-800 000 euros for a fashionable villa in Budva coast. And if the price is 000 euros in the 30-50 pleasantly pleased to give something transcendental worth of real estate in Montenegro does not want. Suppose you decided to buy a cheap apartment in an old house that cheap summer holiday on the Adriatic Sea. In this case, you should understand that a few years later, these square meters will fall in price: low price initially said that the apartment is not in the best condition, and over the years it can come into complete disrepair. That is, such a property in Montenegro you can only buy "for their own needs: it is doubtful that it will turn profitable to rent out or sell later. With the future in a better buy expensive real estate in Montenegro. A fully equipped cottage on the beach is unlikely to lose in the price: the country's infrastructure is developing, free sites on the coast, there are fewer, and this means that in 5-10 years, these units will be in demand even more than today. In addition, well-organized real estate in Montenegro can be leased. If you're not going to spend all summer, then surely there are willing to rest there for a large sum, when the house is free. On the other hand, if you are far from business related to real estate, the home buying process, and then putting it hired may seem too complicated and tedious. Then buy a property in Montenegro is meaningless - it will bring more trouble than pleasure. The same can be said about when a country the Black Mountains, for you it's just one of the states on the beach, but no love for life. After all, buying property in Montenegro, it would be logical to hold there every summer: why go somewhere else where there is a cottage by the water's edge? And then the much more logical to look Rentals: wanted - went to Montenegro, removing the apartment or a house there on vacation, wanted to - went to any other country. Property in Montenegro - the perfect option for those who love this country and has a sufficient sum of money to buy housing in the property. It is also a wonderful offer for all who are willing to engage in rental housing - in summer cottages and apartments are always in demand. For the rest, perhaps, be more convenient to rest in a rented house. Links: In Montenegro, fewer tourists by 12% over six months traveling in a taxi in Montenegro went up twice on the train to Montenegro? It's easy! On the way to Montenegro, drunken Russians staged a brawl on the plane Permits to Montenegro this year will be cheaper by 10-35% of Russians will travel to Montenegro without a visa demand for Montenegro fell by 20% of Montenegro and Russia agree on visa-free regime Montenegro and Slovenia - a place of tourist boom ! Montenegro has left Croatia with no tourists Montenegro - the future leader of sustainable tourism?
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Growing tired of touristy Italy? Loved your Croat adventure, but tempted to try another pioneering jaunt? Well, spend your next holidays in Montenegro – the newest country in the world.
Although technically a new country, a holiday to Montenegro is a journey back in time. This little land has a rich and colourful past, reflected in the influence of Orthodox South Slavic, Central European and Adriatic countries. From the architecture to the cuisine, a Montenegro holiday is a heady mix of styles.
You can look forward to a welcome as hearty as the food and wine. As you may expect, the majority of tourism takes place along the breathtakingly beautiful and rugged coast. You'll find countless beaches, luring everyone who sets eyes on them to come, relax and enjoy the hot sun and sparkling Adriatic Sea.
One of the best beaches you'll find on a Montenegro holiday is the golden swathe at Becici. There are loads of watersports and the historic town of Budva is an easy stroll along the promenade or a fun ride on the small train. Founded in the 9th century, this charming town is filled with shops, restaurants and bars.
Or select beautiful Milocer further along the coast. Set in twenty-five acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, it's the summer residence of the country's President. And with stunning views of the enchanting island of Sveti Stefan, you can see why he's chosen it.
It's all yours to enjoy with our great bargain holidays to Montenegro. So book now for a bewitching break to this glittering jewel of the Adriatic.
Taken from Thomson Holidays site
visit North Montenegro, enjoy a air spa and Ski ceter Kolasin, come and stay at Log House TARA, Kolasin. More info on our site: http://www.loghousetara.webs.com/
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Visas and passports are required by all foreign nationals except EU nationals who have a valid identity card. Visas are not required by British, Canadian, Australian, and American nationals who are visiting the country to sight see. People of these nationalities also do not require a return ticket upon arrival. However, if they plan to stay more than 90 days they need to apply for temporary residence permit a week before the 90-day deadline expires.
People from other nations are advised to contact their embassy to check on visa requirements. Visitors to Montenegro who are not staying at hotels are also required to contact and register with the police within 24 hours of arrival.
You can check information about visas at: www.mip.gov.me/en/index.php/Visas-for-Foreign-Citizens/
Note: It is recommended that you check the latest visa and passport requirements with your embassy before planning a trip to Montenegro. These rules are subject to changes very often.
US citizens that need to renew, add pages, change name, or just get a new US passport, can Apply for a New US Passport here.
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Montenegro - Dare not to come!