10 February 2019 - In the last article "Meet the Montenegrin Museums", we presented the National Museum of Montenegro and its material and spiritual history. The National Museum of Montenegro is a complex cultural institution which consists of different museums and many buildings, churches, and houses that comprise each museum, all of which are housed in buildings of utmost historical and cultural importance. This institution was officially founded in 1896, the year of enacting the Law on Royal Montenegrin Library and Museum. On this occasion, we are presenting you with the Heritage Museum Pljevlja, located in the Northern Montenegro, in the city of Pljevlja. Even though this city is located in Northern Montenegro, its approximate altitude is 770 m (2,530 ft).
In the Middle Ages, Pljevlja had been a crossroad of the important commercial roads and cultural streams, with important roads connecting the littoral with the Balkan interior. In 2011, the municipality of Pljevlja had a population of 30,786, while the city itself had a population of about 19,489. The municipality borders municipalities of Žabljak, Bijelo Polje and Mojkovac in Montenegro, as well as the republics of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a total area of 1,346 km2 (520 sq mi), it is the third largest municipality in Montenegro.
Culture and education are all present throughout the history of Pljevlja and its region. The Holy Trinity Monastery is the richest treasury of cultural and spiritual life of the Orthodox Serbs from the Middle Ages to the present times. The school in the Holy Trinity Monastery has been working continuously since the 16th century. In 1823, a primary school in Pljevlja started working. The school in Dovolja monastery worked since the 18th century. The significant date in the history of education in Pljevlja is the opening of the Pljevaljska Gymnasium in 1901., while The Heritage Museum Pljevlja is a treasure trove of the rich historical and cultural heritage of the city and region.
The Heritage Museum Pljevlja collection begins with works of prehistoric art from the 1st to the 4th centuries BC. This museum stands for one of the largest museums in Montenegro, and it was founded in 1952. Its holdings amount to over 5,000 items, of which only a small number are on permanent display, including the Pljevlja diatreta or cage cup.
The Pljevlja diatreta is a well-preserved cage cup from the 4th century AD and it is made of transparent colourless glass with a cobalt blue web. The inscription, also in cobalt blue, reads "VIVAS PANELLENI BONA" (eng. "For good life of Panelleni"). It is said that the inscription is missing the letter M, so the full sentence should be "VIVAS PANELLENI BONAM". The cup is also a very rare example of a complete Roman cage cup , or diatretum and its roots lead back to a famous workshop in Cologne. The cup is not on display but can be looked at a scheduled appointment with the museum administration.
The Museum also holds, collects, processes and presents museum items from the area of Pljevlja. The holdings have been classified into several collections: archaeological, ethnographic, historical, numismatic and artistic.
Valuable items from the archaeological collection illustrate the significance of archaeological sites in the area. The items found at the site of Medena stijena (rocks in the Ćehotina River Canyon) are of particular importance. The items found in this site belong to the cultures of early Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Copper and Bronze Age. The stone tools from the oldest layers of Medena stijena show certain similarities with the excavations at Franchti Cave in Argolid Gulf in Greece. The items from Medena stijena and several more natural shelters in the Canyon of Ćehotina River prove that this area of Montenegro was intensively inhabited during late Pleistocene. There are also remnants of an ancient town known among scientists as the "Municipium S".
Based on the displayed epigraphic monuments, it may be presumed that this town existed in 150 BC. The monuments from this site are particularly interesting and significant for comprehending the development of the Roman art, here intermingled with the local, Illyrian-Celtic tradition.
If you are interested in learning about Montenegrin history or want to find out more about city of Pljevlja, be sure to check out Facebook Page of Heritage Museum Pljevlja.
10 February 2019 - Lipa Cave, the first cave adventure in Montenegro offering a charming diversity of karstic features to provide visitors with a unique experience of the underground world, will open for visitors from April 1.
Located near Cetinje and visited by more than 20 thousand people per year, the cave will traditionally open its beautiful and wild system of 2.5 km of passages and halls for visitors in April.
The representatives of the tourist company Lipa Cave recently stated for Mina-business News Agency that they were delighted with last year's season. "As each year we noted the growth in the number of visitors, so we expect this trend to continue in the future," said the company's PR.
"We invite all readers to be informed about further activities and news on our website www.lipa-cave.me and social networks," the company said.
Ticket prices will, as they say, remain the same as last year. The ticket price for adults is 10.9 EUR, for children up to five years 1 EUR, and for children from 5-15 years old 6.9 EUR. The family package costs 29.9 EUR and includes two adults and two or three children up to 15 years of age. The price includes parking, a train drive to the cave and back, a tour of the cave, a guide and insurance.
As explained by the tourist organisation Lipa Cave, the cave was open for tours since 2015. All visitors of the cave are accompanied by local guides who are kind, helpful, and well-trained. Cave tours are easily accessible as Lipa Cave is located only 33 km from Budva, 35 km from Podgorica, and 5 km from Cetinje. Its built-in trails and modern lighting make it even more attractive and perfectly safe. The cave is preserved in line with high environmental conservation standards. Only a year later from its opening websites like Montenegro Travel, Trip Advisor, as well as many others recommended Lipa Cave as one of the best places to visit in Montenegro. All the efforts of the TO are focused on providing an unforgettable cave adventure to the cave’s visitors, which has placed it on the list of the attractions you must see in Cetinje.
09 February 2019 - The Office of the Prime Minister, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, will provide the necessary support to developing planning documentation, which is the basis for the implementation of development projects in Northern Montenegro. This was concluded at a meeting with the representatives of the municipalities of the Northern Montenegro and the Directorate of Public Works, sponsored by the Office of the Prime Minister Duško Marković.
Putting the focus on timely adoption of planning documentation, as a condition for successful implementation of development policies, is a confirmation that the Government understands the needs of cities and local communities from the Northern Montenegro, the meeting highlighted.
There have never been more funds for the infrastructure development of the Northern Montenegro and the country as a whole. Therefore, it is necessary for municipalities to contribute to the realisation of the Government's development policies.
With our support, the municipalities facing the challenges of adopting plans will in the coming period incorporate planning documentation into a valid normative framework, the Office of the Prime Minister stressed.
The Office of the Prime Minister will directly monitor the process of harmonising the missing planning documentation together with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. The lack of planning documentation should not be a restriction for the development of the North Montenegro, the meeting concluded.
The meeting was attended by presidents or representatives of the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Gusinje, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Petnjica, Plav, Plužine, Pljevlja, Rožaje, Šavnik and žabljak, as well as the Head of the Directorate of Public Works.
09 February 2019 - Take a look at the programme within the Public institution Museums and Galleries of Budva during February. In addition to the permanent settings in the Museum of the City of Budva, the Memorial House "Red Commune" and the Memorial House "Reževići", there are three exhibitions available in February:
The documentary exhibition "The First Discovery of the Ancient Necropolises in Budva" chronologically and thematically shapes details related to the accidental, but sensational discoveries of ancient necropolises that came to light at the end of the 1930s during the construction of the Avala Hotel. The exhibition was created with the cooperation of colleagues from the museums in Split, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Boston, where the material discovered in Budva is kept. PI Museums and galleries Budva organized this exhibition on the occasion of two important jubilees - 80 years since the discovery of ancient necropolises and 15 years since the founding of the Museum of Budva.
The authors of the exhibition are Lucije Đurašković, Jovo Đurović and Dušan Medin. The exhibition will be open until the end of February at the Modern Gallery "Jovo Ivanović" (Cara Dušana 19, Old Town Budva). The gallery invites all interested to come and learn more about the discovery of ancient necropolises in Budva, as well as about the ancient past of this city.
The documentary exhibition "Ljubiša in the Coastal newspapers" is an expression of the need to emphasize the excellence of Stefan Mitrović Ljubiša (1822-1878) and the role of the local community in protecting his character and works by recalling the existence of "Coastal newspapers" (Montenegrin: Primorske novine) and their significance for Budva. "Primorske novine" was a local paper and was published from 1972 to 2003. The authors of the exhibition are Marijana Martinović and Đorđije Bato Boljević. All interested visitors can views the exhibition at the Memorial House "Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša" (Cara Dušana 13, Old Town, Budva) by the middle of February.
The documentary exhibition "Budva Region in the First World War (1914-1918)" will be set up in the Memorial House "Red Commune" (Obala 111, Petrovac) during February 2019. The authors of the exhibition are Marko Janketić and Goran Bubanja.
February 8, 2019 - Winter Carnival Festivities in Kotor begin on Saturday, 23 February, and last until Sunday, 3 March, including a large number of events.
05 February 2019 - Podgorica Tourist Organization (TOP) will present the project “Podgorica Wine Road” at the European House in Zagreb. The presentation is organised within the manifestation Days of Montenegro in Zagreb - Creative Montenegro.
The spokesperson for the Podgorica Tourist Organization announced that the representatives of the tourism industry in Croatia would be able to get acquainted with the rich wine and gastronomic offer of the Podgorica region, as well as with the potentials for the development of this form of tourism.
The project "Wine Road of Podgorica" has consolidated registered private wineries from all parts of the capital of Montenegro. The current catalogue of the wineries is not the final catalogue of this project, because its expansion is planned. For the time being, the wineries catalogue has been printed in the Serbian language, and the plan is to publish editions in English and Russian as well. The Wine Road of Podgorica is just the beginning of a story that the representatives of Podgorica will complete with organized tours to the wineries so that on-site tourists can get acquainted with the way and quality of wine production, and the hosts are to intrigue them to return.
"The promotion of the tourist offer in Zagreb will continue in the following days at Ban Josip Jelačić Square and the European House in Zagreb," the TO Podgorica statement said.
Visitors will be offered promotional material on Montenegro's tourist offer on Saturday, and will also be able to taste traditional gastronomic products. The stand of Montenegro will also be visited by the mayors of Podgorica and Zagreb, Ivan Vuković and Milan Bandić.
TO Podgorica will participate in the joint presentation of the National Tourist Organization (NTO) on Monday, where they will present the tourist and gastro offer of Podgorica.
The host of the event Days of Montenegro in Zagreb - Creative Montenegro is the European Home in Zagreb, and the organizers are the countries’ ministries of foreign affairs, culture and sustainable development and tourism, the Capital City of Podgorica, the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and the NTO in cooperation with the Embassy of Montenegro in Zagreb.
06 February 2019 - Everyone loves budget-friendly experiences, especially if you’re travelling and you don’t want to spend too much money on unnecessary things. The capital of Montenegro is generally an inexpensive place to visit by European standards, so you don’t have to break the bank to get a grand tour and you can have some fun at the same time! Still, if you’re looking for freebies, luckily for you, there’s always something to do, to visit, or to see when you come to a new city, you just have to take the time and discover everything. If you plan on travelling to Podgorica, we compiled a list of free things to do in Montenegro’s capital city.
There are several galleries in Podgorica that host various exhibitions, such as Centar Savremene Umjetnosti Crne Gore (The Centre of Contemporary Art of Montenegro), Art Gallery, Gallery Pizana, Art Pavilion, Al Gallery, Modern Gallery, Venera-Art Gallery, Gallery Gayo and Gallery Most (Gallery The Bridge). The entrance to the exhibitions is often free. Therefore, you should definitely check the schedules of the galleries you would like to visit, and you can plan on going on the days when they offer free admissions.
As the leading social and cultural centre of Montenegro, the local government is committed to organising lots of cultural events, such as Winter Book Salon (January/March), Francophonie Days (March), Jazz Month (April), A Tempo (April), Folklore Festival (April), FIAT (May/September), International Book Fair (May), Alternative Video Expression Festival AviFest (May/June), International Film Festival Underhillfest (June) and many others. Within each of these manifestations, there are lots of free exhibitions, gigs, theatre plays and film premieres that you can enjoy and be a part of. Just plan your trip ahead and don’t miss all the fun!
Gorica is the biggest hill in Podgorica and, at the same time, the city got its name from it. Podgorica literally means “under Gorica”. You can always see people walking, jogging, cycling or just chilling out and breathing in some fresh air. Located in the city centre, you cannot miss this green oasis. This place also has a small adventure park that might be interesting for children. You can get some popcorn from the local selling them right at the entrance and after you’re done with the tour, get some coffee at the coffee shop Klub Boćara.
The left tributary of Morača is the favorite place of locals from Podgorica in the hot summer days. A clean river and a beautiful canyon, sometimes so narrow that you can actually jump right across it, are located only four kilometers from the city centre. The waterfall at House Rakića (famous Niagara Falls), is about ten meters high. The water flow is weak in summer, and the locals often swim just two to three meters from it. If you want to stay longer, there is a restaurant right by the waterfalls.
If the answer is yes, then you should check out Morača Sports Centre. It is a multi-sports venue that is located in the new part of Podgorica, on the right bank of Morača River, after which it got its name. The sports complex's main indoor hall serves as the primary multi-purpose indoor arena in Podgorica. It is best known as the home arena of SD Budućnost Podgorica's basketball, volleyball and handball teams. You should definitely check the schedules of the games you would like to see and witness how the locals support their sports teams!
Petrović Castle was built in 1891, and it is the former residence of the dynasty Petrović. The castle is located in Kruševac, the most beautiful part of Podgorica, and the largest public park in the city. In 1984, King Nikola’s castle chapel and the surrounding buildings were converted into an art gallery, which is now part of the Centre for Contemporary Art of Montenegro. The centre’s permanent collection includes a unique and international selection of over 1,000 artworks from 60 different countries!
The monument to Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalia Goncharova is one of the most captivating statues in Podgorica. You can take a seat on the bench between them and imagine having a conversation with one of the greatest Russian poets! Podgorica also has many other monuments worth visiting, such as Monument to Vladimir Vysotsky, Monument to St. Petar of Cetinje, Monument to King Nikola and Monument to Josip Broz Tito.
We highlighted just some of the free things you can do in Podgorica, but there are many other interesting activities and experiences you can enjoy, while spending little or no money at all. This is a great way to travel on a budget, especially if you decide to extend your trip to Montenegro.
Feburary 6, 2019 - When someone tells me that they want to travel to Montenegro, I immediately get a feeling of excitement and happiness rushing through me. Today it's easier and cheaper than ever to get to this side of Europe, and I'm thrilled that more and more people are taking the opportunity to discover this beautiful country. However, easy and cheap often means that the environment pays the bigger price. Once we get to our dream destinations, we forget what impacts our holidays have on them. We often neglect the fact that we leave a huge footprint behind which endangers the environment. This guide shows you easy ways to travel to and through Montenegro responsibly and sustainably.
1. Choose an alternative way of getting here.
We are so used to Ryanair & co. that we usually don't think of alternative ways to travel from A to B. We need to ask ourselves whether it really always has to be the quickest way. Why not rent a car and do a road trip to Montenegro? This way you are flexible and you can have small stopovers at other destinations on your way here. Or you could take a bus. Many places in Europe offer bus trips to Montenegro and its neighbouring countries. Have a look at Rome2rio for bus and train routes.
2. Stay with locals.
It doesn't always have to be a luxury hotel chain to enjoy your stay in a foreign country. Why not choose to stay with locals to experience the domestic culture firsthand? Montenegrins are extremely hospitable people and they will give you insider tips on where to go, what to eat and they will most likely treat you to a shot of homemade Rakija (the local spirit). There is no better way to experience a city than by staying with locals who know every corner of it. Check out portals such as Couchsurfing for a unique experience.
3. Travel by bus and train.
Montenegro is such a small country that you can easily get to the beach and the mountains in the same day. Every city is reachable by either bus or train and the tickets are relatively cheap. A return ticket is usually cheaper than buying the tickets seperately. If you are a student you will also get a discount. This way you don't have to rent a car and are still very flexible as busses and trains run frequently.
4. Discover places by foot.
Instead of taking a taxi (these are very cheap in Montenegro) or taking public transport you should choose to walk through each city you visit. You won't find yourself in a place where it's impossible to reach everything by foot.
5. Collect your rubbish.
This especially applies for summer holidays at Montenegro's beautiful beaches. Always collect your rubbish and put it in the closest bin, do not throw it in the streets or leave it at the beaches. Unfortunately, Montenegro has a big problem with plastic pollution and waste management so it is important that tourists don't add to this problem.
6. Choose eco-friendly actvities.
Montenegro offers a range of fun activities such as hiking, rafting and skiing, always depending on the time of year you come here. Choose these eco-friendly nature adventures or book a walking tour with a local guide.
7. Support the local community.
Instead of eating at a restaurant chain why not try a local one which in many cases will be family run. Ask locals for recommendations on where and what to eat and buy locally made souvenirs.
8. Fill up your water bottle.
Tap water in Montenegro is of very high quality which means that you don't have to buy plastic bottles in the supermarket. This way you save money and avoid more plastic pollution.
9. Bring your own shopping bag.
You will soon discover that you always get a free plastic bag when shopping in Montenegro. An easy way to avoid this is to bring your own bag or carry small things such as chewing gum or cigarettes (yes, you also get a plastic bag for small items like these) in your pockets.
10. Offset your holiday travel.
Even with all these things in mind, it is sometimes difficult to avoid some unsustainable behaviour. If you can't avoid flying or other critical activities during your stay in Montenegro, make sure to offset them. This way you will make a good impact by supporting climate protection projects. This should always be the last solution though.
If you follow these easy tips you will be able to experience Montenegro in a sustainable and guilt-free way.
04 February 2019 - The rich entertaining program of the Jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival will be continued with a two-day event, Days of Polish Culture, which will begin on Wednesday, February 6. The locals from Herceg Novi and guests will have the opportunity to meet the young instrumentalists of the orchestra in Lobez, as well as the delicious Polish cuisine.
The manifestation will officially start on February 6 at 11 am at the centre of Herceg Novi, and meanwhile, the program in Igalo will begin at 6 pm. The Youth Orchestra of the Culture Centre in Łobez (Młodzieżowa Orkiestra Dęta Łobeskiego Domun Kultury), under the guidance of Dariusz Ledzion, will have the opportunity to impress the audience in Novi.
On the following night, February 7, the City Tavern will host a “Gastro Evening”, which starts at 8 pm. On this occasion, the guests can taste some of the most delicious were specialties of Polish cuisine!
Among many dishes, there will be a tasting of sour flour soup, sour beetroot soup, pierogies - similar to ravioli with cheese and potatoes, potato pancakes, bigos - cabbage with meat, bread with pork fat and sour cucumbers.
Polish cuisine has many delicacies you do not want to miss, the dishes are cheerful, dynamic and have a taste like they are carefully home-made. The Poles use a lot of sour cream and eggs in their recipes. Traditional dishes often require a lot of time and effort to prepare. Many Poles spend a lot of time preparing, serving and enjoying festive meals, especially for preparing dinner before Christmas or Easter breakfast.
Polish national dishes are bigos, pirogues, sausages, chops, golobki (cabbage roll type), zrazi (type of rolls), roasted meat, sour cucumber soup, mushroom soup, tomato soup, rosul (various kinds of meat-based dishes) and žurek (type of sour wheat soup).
"I hope that the guests in Herceg Novi will feel like they are at home among friends and brothers for the next 50 days. Herceg Novi has always been known to welcome all visitors and to give you everything that a local knows and everything that we traditionally did all these five decades. On this occasion, I thank all the people who participated in the organization of the Festival. I wish everyone good health to enjoy Herceg Novi for the next 50 days as much as possible", said the President of the Herceg Novi Municipality, Stevan Katić.
03 February 2019 - The brand new gem of Montenegro ski resorts - Kolašin 1600, located in the southern part of the Bjelasica Mountain, will be officially opened on February 16, said the director of the resort, Saša Jeknić.
With an area of about 27,19 hectares, the new resort base village consists of the central zone with hotels, apartments, reception and public facilities and all the usual ski resort content. Situated, as the name suggests, 1.600 meters above sea level, the 50 million EUR project features 4,6 kilometres of ski slopes.
According to the developers, Kolašin 1600 will operate one 400 seat restaurant for this inaugural season, along with a planned ski school. The 1600 resort will supposedly operate a six-seat lift with a total capacity of 2.800 skiers per hour to deliver skiers from the base lodge to 2.070 meters of altitude.
"What we can safely say now is that the ski centre will officially be opened on February 16. From the moment we open the ski centre, the entire resort will be operational. For now, there is a child ski lift, ski rental, ski school and the restaurant Troglav, "Jeknić told the Mina-business agency.
He said that they are currently in the process of testing a six-seat cable car and that a final test is scheduled for Tuesday. "The necessary documentation and paperwork still awaits the final approval, so we hope that by the end of the next week, it is possible to put the wire in function," Jeknić added.
He reminded that the Kolašin 1600 ski resort started operating on December 29th and that total investment so far amount to 16 million EUR.
02 February 2019 - Despite its small size and sparse population (less than 700,000 inhabitants), Montenegro offers incredible diversity in its topography. Thanks to the possibility of a stunning adventure - the transition from the Adriatic coast to the mountainous region, Montenegro has recently gained the title of a tourist destination that offers a “two-for-one” trip experience.
Christina Webb, a writer for Lonely Planet – renowned travel guide book publisher, recently wrote an article on “Two-for-one trips: destinations that offer double the fun” and Montenegro has proudly taken the second place on the list! The article provides advice for all tourists who can’t decide whether to spend their holiday on a sunny beach or is their main goal to kick back and relax in the mountains. To help them with their decision, Lonely Planet writer decided to list all destinations that offer plenty of sun, picturesque coastline cities and breath-taking beaches, but at the same time, there are options for mountain lovers, like hiking, cycling, kayaking and many more – all in one country!
“Say goodbye to indecision," says Christina. “If you’re stuck between travel daydreams of markets or mountainscapes, spine-tingling safaris or the siren song of the sea, don’t fear. Fitting two types of trips into one might seem arduous to organise, but with the right timing, transport, and planning, it’s easily achievable,” Lonely Planet writer reports. Now it is possible to “pack diverse experiences into a region that can be explored in a typical vacation period”, you just need to choose carefully and organise ahead.
The article presents Montenegro as a country ideal for a vacation that includes rafting amid the mountains of the north and seafood and Med climes in the southern area! Follow the advice of the travel guide writer, Christina Webb, and get a holiday of a lifetime! As explained within the Lonely Planet article, “in Montenegro, rafting is synonymous with the turquoise Tara River. Arrive at Durmitor National Park and glimpse the winding river through the mountains and you’ll see why. The Black Lake by Žabljak is both dramatic and serene, as are the forests of Biogradska Gora National Park near Kolašin. Exploring both the towns and national parks over a few days is all you need before taking to the water. Most rafting takes place in Durmitor, and you’ll get the most dramatic view of the Tara Canyon’s imposing 1300m high walls from your raft.”
“Then, make your way down the country over a few hours; the best way to experience the changing scenery is to hire a car, but it can also be done by bus. Along the way, you’ll notice how the patterns of snow, A-framed farmhouses, and green hills will disappear as terracotta-tiled stone buildings and shimmering deep-blue water come into view. Spend a couple of nights in Kotor’s Old Town. Climb the 1300-plus steps to the top of the fortifications, meet the town’s feline population and sample grilled squid, seafood risotto and other Mediterranean culinary delights. You’ll easily be able to fit in exploring the charming villages dotted along the Bay of Kotor, Perast, Prčanj and the outskirts of Dobrota,” says Christina from Lonely Planet.