27 November 2018 - Tourist organization Kotor, accompanied by the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, local tourism organizations and representatives of the tourist industry, participated at the tourism fair "TT Warsaw", which took place from November 22 to 24 in Warsaw, Poland. International Tourism Fair TT Warsaw was held for the 26th time, and it is one of the most important international events of the tourism industry in Poland. In addition to TO Kotor, the local tourist organizations of Ulcinj, Bar, Budva, Cetinje, Tivat, and Podgorica, as well as HG "Budva Riviera", "Montenegro Stars Hotel Group", HTP "Trend Korali" and "Karisma hotels Adriatic Montenegro" also participated.
The first day of the fair, the Montenegrin Stand was visited by Robert Markić, Counselor at the Embassy of Montenegro in Warsaw. At the same time, meetings were held with some of the most important Polish tour operators such as Itaka and Neckerman, as well as interviews with Polish media. During the fair, the organization "Montenegrin Evenings" in Warsaw was held - B2B / media gathering with representatives of the NTO Montenegro, the Montenegrin tourism industry and local tourist organizations. Poland's market for Montenegro is significant considering that according to the number of tourists that visited Montenegro, it is among the most present when it comes to European countries.
In the previous period, there was a steady increase in tourist traffic from this market. Compared to 2010, the number of Polish tourists in Montenegro almost tripled in 2017. Among the Polish tour operators who have represented Montenegro, the most important ones are Itaka, Rainbow tours, TUI, Neckermann, and others.
Also, specialized tour operators from this market have a package of arrangements for Montenegro, which means staying in Montenegro within the framework of the visit to the region. In the upcoming period, an increase in the number of tourists from the Polish market is expected, according to the announced flights and a more extended period of realization.
The national Polish airline LOT will carry out flights between Warsaw-Podgorica-Warsaw during the winter season with four rotations per week.
26 November 2018 - Skadar Lake is the largest freshwater lake on the Balkan Peninsula and is located in the western Balkans, on the border between Montenegro and Albania, south of the Dinaric Alps. It is very specific, not only for its landscapes but also for its rich and dynamic history which created a special spirit of the people living along its shores.
The gastronomy of this area is largely identified with the Mediterranean gastronomy. However, the local products and cuisine are known for their simplicity and clear territorial identity which are common to both northern Albania and south of Montenegro. The mixture of high quality meat, especially veal and lamb; lake fish such as carp, eels, bleak and grey mullet; humble and yet fresh dairy products such as goat, cow and sheep cheese and yoghurt; delicious fruit and vegetables grown in this territory such as okra, aubergines, onion, tomatoes and figs, pomegranates, grapes and alike provide something for travellers to look forward to discovering! Here are the recommendations of places you should not miss this winter within the Skadar Lake Region (Montenegro), provided by the Ethno-gastronomic Route.
Guests of the hotel and restaurant Pelikan can enjoy excellent service, comfortable accommodation, and a typical lake menu. This hotel/restaurant is located in the main square of the old town of Virpazar at Skadar Lake. The pleasant owners of Pelikan, Zorka and Toman are especially proud of a traditional room called “odžaklija” which is filled with many old and traditional items for guests to see. Hotel services include comfortable accommodation - double and triple rooms – featuring all the essential amenities such as modern bathing and shower facilities, air conditioning, and TV. The hotel and restaurant are open all year round, and there is plenty of parking available nearby.
Restaurant Posljednja Luka is located in the beautiful town of Rijeka Crnojevića. Guests can enjoy lake fish specialties prepared by the pleasant host Dragan and his mother. The design of this restaurant is of the fishermen’s motif. There is a balcony with superb views of the vicinity. This restaurant located at Skadar Lake offers interesting lake excursions and fishing trips. This restaurant is open all year, every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and can accommodate around 60 guests. Parking is available.
Restaurant Stari Most is located in a beautiful setting in the small town of Rijeka Crnojevića, near the old historic bridge. Visitors will enjoy the ambience within the restaurant which combines traditional Montenegrin features with modern design elements. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 guests and includes a section dedicated to wines from both the region and abroad. A group lunch can be arranged upon request. This restaurant is famous for its fish specialties. Restaurant Stari Most is open every day throughout the year from noon to 10 p.m. Parking is available.
Nikola Ujkić is the owner of the unique restaurant Niagara, located near natural waterfalls on the shore of the river Cijevna. Guests can enjoy the inviting ambiance of this restaurant while tasting local Montenegrin specialties. This kind host is a livestock farmer, so all of the meat and dairy products used in the restaurant kitchen come from his large farm nearby. Nikola is also a producer of wine and brandy so that guests may enjoy a glass of these domestically prepared beverages as well. This restaurant is open all year round. Plenty of parking is available on the premises.
Votra is a beautiful tavern located in the center of Ostros. Visitors can dine on delicious regional dishes prepared by hosts Bejto and his son Miljaim. The tavern is decorated using rustic, ethno style design elements, and includes a display of many valuable ethnographic items from the region. The menu is mostly meat and fish based, along with chestnut desserts and other sweets typical for this area. The hosts can arrange a hiking tour on Mt. Rumija and a visit to some nearby historical sites. Tavern Votra is open all year – daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Parking space is available.
Tavern Badanj is located on the shore of Shkodër / Skadar Lake, just a few meters from the water, near an old bridge in the beautiful historic town of Virpazar. This tavern includes two summer garden dining areas and two interior dining rooms. Owner Nenad Petranović has a clear grasp on local traditions. The tavern provides a welcoming dining experience, a cozy atmosphere, the sounds of old traditional music, and a menu with mouthwatering dishes, local homemade wine, and brandy. The tavern is open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There are plenty of parking spots available.
Jovan Dabović is the owner of TerryDab tourist agency and the tavern Crmnički Vinotok in Virpazar. One area of the restaurant/tavern is a dining room which seats 16 persons and is decorated with antique furnishings; its walls are adorned with about 150 bottles of premium wine from producers in the Crmnica region. The second section of the tavern is a dining room which can seat 44 guests. The tavern provides delicious, homemade fish specialties. Mr. Dabović’s offer also includes accommodation services in the apartments located near this tavern. Tavern Crmnički Vinotok and the tourist agency TerryDab are open daily throughout the year. Parking is available.
26 November 2018 - Breakfast – “the most important meal of the day,” is that one meal that you start your day with that gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus and be more productive. Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, improved attainment and behaviour and improved productivity. During a busy morning, it is easy to let breakfast fall low in your list of priorities, so if you do not have time to prepare your breakfast while in Kotor, here are some of the best breakfast restaurants you should not miss!
Astoria is an excellent restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, good service, and great food! This place is upscale cooking will definitely leave an impression on you, and you can dine while enjoying the fantastic view over the sea. The prices are reasonable, and the food is carefully prepared and decorated for your enjoyment and stay in Kotor. Astoria serves mostly Mediterranean cuisine, with vegan and gluten-free options. Our breakfast recommendations include Egg benedict breakfast, American pancakes, and their delicious pies!
The delicious menu at Gastro Pub 702 will most certainly have you craving for food at any time of the day, not just the morning! The Pub is famous for its welcoming ambience, helpful staff, and delicious food. Locals and foreigners are usually surprised by the size of the portions, even though Montenegro is famous for its “food plate generosity.” Club sandwich in the morning will make sure you have the energy to stroll through the streets of Kotor in no time!
Open all year round, Mademoiselle Dine & Wine Lounge is a perfect place to enjoy your meal. With delicious food and fantastic ambiance and location, you will not be disappointed. The staff is friendly, and they give great recommendations on the menu choices and the local landmarks. If it’s not too early to get a cheese board in the morning, that would be our first recommendation. The Lounge is also recognisable by delicious desserts – not something you want to miss on!
Đardin offers a gorgeous view over the bay and delicious food. The waiters are attentive and kind, and the prices are reasonable. They offer a lot of options for vegetarians and vegans, which is not very common with restaurants offering Italian, seafood and European cuisine. The restaurant is famous for its homemade traditional cake “Peraska cake”, so if you enjoy sweets in the morning, have the tastiest bite right next to the shore!
If you’re looking for a beautiful setting, high-class meal and professional service, visiting Conte Restaurant is a must! With a beautiful ocean-side view, you will be pampered by the attentive staff. Relaxing atmosphere is just what you need in the morning, as you enjoy a tasty meal prepared with fresh ingredients. Our breakfast recommendation would be a colorful Greek salad!
25 November 2018 - Herceg Novi is a gorgeous coastal town in Montenegro located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and at the foot of Mount Orjen. Known as “The City of Sun” for its numerous sunny days all year round, Herceg Novi is often recognizable by beautiful mimosa flowers that bloom throughout the city towards the end of January. This enchanting and picturesque town offers exciting trips, tours and entertainment for tourist, and here are our top 5 things and recommendations for this winter!
Old Town Herceg Novi is the centre of the city and a charming district surrounded by limestone walls. Even though you have to walk the stairs to get to get the full impression of the tall stone buildings, the fortress, town square, city museum and a lot of family-run shops and small cafes, it will be worth your effort! In winter, which can be characterised as mild in Herceg Novi, the Old Town turns from busy to a quiet place, and you can explore it in a whole new manner. You definitely shouldn’t miss exploring the Citadel, Forte Mare, Tower of St. Jerome, Nikole Đurkovića Square, Belavista Square, the Clock Tower, Kanli Kula, and the Fort Španjola!
At the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, by the Savina Monastery, sun-soaked vineyards throughout the year are still bearing fruit like they did back in the 18th century. This family-run winery has carefully picked the finest grapes from their vineyard and has nurtured the wine in french oak barrels in their gorgeous estate cellar. Savina Winery has two hectares with international grape varietals (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay) and one indigenous white varietal, Žižak (zhizhak). The vineyards are located in the best part of the estate, with southern exposition and with a spectacular view over the sea. Their wines are characterized as light and breezy, with a summer style. If you want a glimpse of the vinyard and the cellar, you can book a private tour accompanied by wine tasting and matching local bites and have a splendid experience!
Ethno house "Old Wine House Montenegro" is situated in a gorgeous rural setting of Sasovići, above Zelenika, in an old house dating from 1689, owned by Šimrak family. The ethno house has kept the tradition of producing wine, juice, olive oil, bread, vegetables, fruits and all other necessary food for the household and the restaurant. It offers traditional cuisine and dishes prepared in an old-fashioned way also known as "under the sač.” As the ethno house is family-owned, the owners kept the traditional recipes and hospitality of their ancestors, as they provide an authentic atmosphere accompanied by urban traditional folk music.
Prostorija is a great place to visit if youre looking for a night on the town. Opened on the stairs to the marine, a decade long place of alternative culture, Prostorija has a concept which is proven as one of the critical toponyms of Herceg Novi's independent art scene, but also the culture of urban life. In the bar, the sound and program are based on several musical styles, among which are African, Latin jazz and funky house.
Dr Simo Milošević is primarily an institute for physical medicine, rehabilitatiton, and rheumatology. It is one of the largest and the most famous institutions for a multidisciplinary spa treatment in the Balkans. It is a pioneer of the modern physical and preventive medicine, rehabilitation, talasotherapy, and wellness, and it became one of the leading international centers for rehabilatation of children, adults, and seniors. Besides the prevention program and health rehabilitation, Institute Igalo also offers wellness and recreational programs, which primarily rely on modern medical principals. These programs are devoted to the promotion of a healthy way of living, correction of bad living habits, and just enjoying the benefits of aromatherapies, massages and face, body and soul pampering treatments.
24 November 2018 - The Agency for the Development and Protection of Orjen at the exhibition "Nature Connects Us - Parks Dinarides" in Slovenia, presented the most beautiful landscapes from Nature Park "Orjen" in Herceg Novi. The exhibition was set up in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park on Plečnik's promenade in an attractive open space.
"Photographs of protected areas, members of the Association of Parks of Dinarides, as well as photographs of the members of the Community Parks Park were presented. The photographs show the natural and cultural sights of the area and the advantages of protecting these areas for the local and regional population. Nature park "Orjen" has a task of protection, but also valorization of this mountainous area in the immediate hinterland of the Adriatic Sea. The park is famous for the forests of the endemic species of Pinus heldreichii, an unusual and rough karst relief, as well as a cultural landscape based on centuries-old efforts to gather stone from the earth," as stated in the announcement of the Agency for the Development and Protection of Orjen.
The Agency also added that the park is gravitated by the inhabitants of Bay of Kotor: Herceg Novi, Tivat, and Kotor, as well as residents of Dubrovnik and Trebinje. Since this area is at the triple country-border, it is also a significant tourist area. Park will play an essential role as a destination for excursions to the hinterland.
The partners of the Tivoli Park and Parks Dinarides in the organization of the exhibition were the City of Ljubljana, Public Power Company which manages the Nature Park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šešenski hrib and WWF Adria.
23 November 2018 - Kolašin will welcome the forthcoming winter tourism season and holidays fully ready. Almost all accommodation facilities of famous hotels have been sold.
Ski Center Kolašin 1450, regardless of the snow cover, is ready to welcome the winter and the ski center will officially be open in the middle of December.
This season as well, guests from Albania will be the majority in the town on Tara. The only thing they are waiting for now is the snow. According to the forecast, it is expected at the end of December.
Director of the Tourist Organization Kolašin, Aleksandar Vlahović, says that the preparation of winter tourism season is in full swing. Promotion of the tourism offer of Kolašin will take place in the region, primarily in Tirana and Dubrovnik.
“Also, after a several years break, the bus line from the town center to the ski center is about to be open. We are also working on the creation of new website and profiles on social networks,” said Vlahović.
Vlahović expects great occupancy in the rest of winter season.
While you are staying in Kolašin, make sure to check the best restaurants in the town.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
23 November 2018 - On November 23, Prime Minister Duško Marković hosted the representatives of Qatari Diar, led by Executive Director Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah and during this occasion, officials discussed the exclusive five star hotel complex in Pržno.
Qatari Diar is a real estate company established by the Qatar Investment Authority in 2005 with headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The firm engages in investment and development of real estate including housing schemes, resorts, towers, etc. and it invests in the real estate market of Qatar.
The company is part of the Qatar State Investment Fund and with its three subsidiaries deployed on three continents, currently runs 60 development projects worth over 35 billion USD in 24 countries around the world. Qatari Diar has established itself as one of the world’s most trusted and respected real estate companies because of its commitment to quality, local community, partnership and sustainability.
Since 2010, the owners of Qatari Diar have 270,000 square meters of land in the hinterland of Pržno Bay in Krtoli near Tivat, where they intend to build an exclusive tourist complex worth 270 million EUR. The representatives of the company emphasized their commitment to the realization of this investment, for which the already-proven interest of the hotel chain Four Seasons, as the operator of the future portfolio, already exists.
As Total Montenegro News previously reported, earlier this year, the Ministry for Sustainable Development of Montenegro has issued five construction permits to the Tivat company QD Hotel and Property Investment Montenegro, founded by Qatari Diar, to construct a five-star hotel complex with a gross surface area of 33,5 thousand square meters, nine residential villas with a total surface of 8,3 thousand square meters, underground garages with a gross surface of 4,5 thousand square meters, support buildings, roadways and relevant infrastructure. Set up in Plavi Horizonti, on the Luštica Peninsula, this project will represent one of the most exclusive projects in the whole of Europe, considering the green surroundings on one side and clear blue water on the other side of the plot. Following projects from Seychelles all the way to Cuba and Tajikistan, company Qatari Diar has recognized Montenegrin potential and decided that their next project should be right on the Montenegrin coast of the Adriatic Sea.
During the meeting with Qatari Diar representatives, Prime Minister informed the interlocutors that the development projects worth over 4 billion EUR are currently being implemented in Montenegro, and that one of the Government's strategic policies is further improvement of the investment environment. He pointed out that the door is open to credible investors, from whom the country’s representatives expect not only money, but also transfer of business and management experience to Montenegro. Marković expressed satisfaction with the announcement of the start of this development project and assured that such projects will always enjoy full support from the state.
Read more information about the Qatari Diar project in Montenegro here.
21 November 2018 - According to AserNews reports, Portonovi Montenegro will feature as one of the leading exhibitors at the 4th International Real Estate & Investment Exhibition Rec Expo Real Estate held on November 22-24 at Baku Expo Centre.
Located at one of the most beautiful spots on the Mediterranean coast, this exquisite multi-use resort in Montenegro will open its doors to first residents in 2019.
Boasting its luxurious residential area with magnificent gardens, a D-Marin Portonovi Marina for boats and superyachts, the first One&Only resort in Europe with Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa, Portonovi is set to be the most exclusive real estate project in this part of Europe.
On a perfect position between Italy, Greece and Balkan Peninsula, Montenegro is famous for magnificent nature, centuries-long history, rich cultural life, and soothing climate. Having more than 250 sunny days in a year, Portonovi is the perfect European home on a picturesque Mediterranean coast. Symbolizing the country’s outstanding beauty and exceptional lifestyle, the resort spreads on 26 hectares of land with more than 200 apartment residences and over 50 luxurious villas with gardens, amenities and branded interior design options. A mixture of restaurants, bars and high-end shops and galleries are designed for the citizens of the world who appreciates authenticity, culture and history of civilizations. This elegant neighborhood is set to be one of the most sought-after residential and leisure destinations in the Mediterranean.
On top of this, Montenegro as a European country has one of the most favorable legal, financial and tax systems for business investment. Increasing number of airlines from global destinations is definitely a great advantage. Also, open visa policy for many world countries is a sign of political stability and good cooperation on an international level.
Azmont Investments, the main developer, will feature this world-class resort at Real Estate & Investment Exhibition Rec Expo Real Estate from 22nd to 24th November at Baku Expo Centre.