02 February 2019 - What could be more romantic than the small, pugnacious kingdom of fierce fighters, with its ancient temperate rainforests, bleakly beautiful mountains and fjord-like coastline of bays, inlets and emerald waters?
It’s an epic landscape accompanied by more history than any country the size of Montenegro has a right to. For centuries, it was the only Balkan state to hold out against the mighty Ottoman Empire, and although its historic capital Cetinje was sacked by Ottomans three times (in 1623, 1687 and 1712), Montenegro was never ruled by them.
Archaeologists have found evidence of agriculture, pottery, and copper smelting dating back to 7000 BM and by 4000 BC trade links with Europe had been established. These first Illyrian or early Balkan tribes were joined by Celts and later Romans, who conquered the region in 9 AD. After the fall of Rome, Montenegro became part of the Byzantine Empire, and Slavs from Poland and the Baltic joined its original inhabitants.
In 1041, the Serbian warlord Stefan Vojislav became King Vojislav after he won independence from Byzantium at the Battle of Bar. His kingdom of Duklja, which included most of Montenegro, was superseded by that of Stefan Prvovjenčani, the founder of a Serb dynasty which by 1355 ruled over a territory that included the majority of the modern Balkans.
By 1483, the Ottomans had conquered all of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Montenegro’s ruling Crnojević dynasty decided to move their capital to the more easily defended mountain fastness of Cetinje, having agreed a defensive alliance with Venice in 1455.
Fascinatingly, from 1516, for the next 355 years, Montenegro was ruled by celibate prince-bishops called “vladika”. The last of the Crnojevićs married a Venetian and entrusted the defence of Montenegro to the first of them, Cetinje’s Orthodox bishop. After that, succession passed from uncle to nephew, with Montenegro’s warrior-priests fighting a guerrilla war against the Ottomans and winning formal independence in 1799. The greatest of them, and the father of modern Montenegro was Petar II Petrović Njegoš, who created a central government, judiciary and police force and still found time to compose an epic poem, The Mountain Wreath, celebrating Montenegrin culture and values.
After Petar’s nephew was assassinated, he was eventually succeeded by Prince Nikola Petrović, or Nicholas I. In portraits, he appears in a national costume of richly coloured sash, coat of duck-egg blue, and black cap adorned with the Montenegrin crest; armed with a sword and laden with medals, he looks part paterfamilias, part Balkan chieftain. His wife Milena gave birth to three sons and nine daughters, five of whom married into Russian, Serbian and Italian royal families, earning him the nickname “the father-in-law of Europe”.
This canter through Montenegrin history can’t possibly do justice to its complexity. We hardly mentioned the famous defeat of Napoleon in Kotor, let alone the birth of modern Yugoslavia, and much more. But without a sense of Montenegro’s rich past, anyone’s sightseeing would be a much poorer experience.
Source: Luštica Magazine
01 February 2019 - The diverse tourist offer of Montenegrin national parks attracted the attention of many visitors during the 30th Alpe-Adria – International Fair for Green Active Tourism, Camping, and Caravanning.
Tourists from Slovenia are known for their love for nature, undiscovered areas, hiking and other experiences in the field of active green tourism, which are included in the offer of national parks in Montenegro. This is especially important because many tourists who want to visit Montenegro always have the feeling that Montenegro can offer just the sea and the sun. The Alpe-Adria Fair was an excellent opportunity for the organisation National Parks of Montenegro to present a different, much more exciting and diverse tourist offer of Montenegro.
Alpe-Adria – International Fair for Green Active Tourism, Camping and Caravanning is a show for travellers, athletes, alpinists, hikers, active recreational participants, joggers, cyclists, nature adrenaline sports fans and similar. This year, as a novelty, the fair also included contents for camping and caravanning enthusiasts.
Tourists from Slovenia have an excellent opportunity to use weekend arrangements in Montenegro. There is a direct airline between Podgorica and Ljubljana on a daily basis. The flight is not long and the embassy of Montenegro to Slovenia is putting considerable effort into reducing the cost of airline tickets. “The negotiating process with tourist agencies from Slovenia which are working on many different arrangements is currently in process, "said the Ambassador of Montenegro to Slovenia, Vujica Lazović.
The organisation, National Parks of Montenegro, had a unique opportunity to present virtual walks through Montenegrin national parks, which allow visitors to the Visitor Centres to experience some of the beauty and activities in nature and learn about the many values of protected areas and tourist offer. This opportunity, which is granted before actually visiting and experiencing the parks in person, is very valuable. During the Fair, travel agencies and tour operators were most interested in rafting, kayaking, biking and hiking. Regarding individual fair visitors, they were mainly interested in mountain tourism; Montenegrin coast and the possibility of an active holiday where biking, hiking, hiking and camping prevail.
"Aside from the promotion of active tourism and tourist offer of National Parks of Montenegro, the fair appearance in Slovenia was also a good opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas, and to establish cooperation with tour operators from the Alpine-Adriatic region," concluded the director of the public enterprise NPM, Elvir Klica.
31 January 2019 - The sixth winter edition of the "Best of Montenegro" fair will be held on February 9 and 10 at the Delta City Mall in Podgorica.
The traditional agricultural event "Best from Montenegro" will be attended by producers of wine, olives and olive oil, honey, prosciutto, milk and dairy products, medicinal herbs and various types of other organic products.
The fair gathers producers from all over Montenegro in one place, and it is an ideal opportunity to point to the problems that they encounter in the production and distribution of their products.
This fair aims to influence the awareness of consumers to buy as many homemade products as possible, and that Montenegrin food products become national brands which should be present in every consumer basket.
During the two-day event, visitors will be able to directly purchase products from Montenegrin manufacturers, and get acquainted with the production process.
Organizers highlight that the point of gathering producers in one place is to motivate as many people as possible to produce homemade agricultural products, but also to emphasize the obstacles and problems related to production to resolve the main issues. By making changes in the production process and providing help to the producers within the agriculture field, it should become apparent that agriculture deserves to be the second most perspective branch of the economy in Montenegro (after tourism).
With the help of this fair, which is trusted by many residents of Montenegro, the products of local producers, especially small farms, will be able to find a more accessible path to the Montenegrin market. Just how successful the project "Best of Montenegro", is seen by the fact that each time the event is visited by about 20 000 visitors. It is expected that the best from Montenegro 2019 will fully meet the expectations of both organizers and producers and consumers.
31 January 2019 - During the first seven days of the Jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival, the ancient fortresses of Herceg Novi, run by Public Cultural Institution Herceg Fest, will be open to visitors. From February 1 to 7, Kanli Kula Fortress and Forte Mare will be open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, and the entrance is free!
The Municipality of Herceg Novi, through the National Commission for UNESCO, has nominated Forte Mare Fortress for inscription on the World Heritage List. The candidacy was sent within the already existing nomination "Venetian fortifications of the 16th and 17th centuries." Last year, the candidacy passed the relevant institutions and entered the list as a transnational nomination of Montenegro, Italy and Croatia.
Forte Mare Fortress (The Sea Fortress) is located on the coast. It was built between the 14th and 17th century, restored in 1833 and from 1952 was reconstructed in the summer cinema. The fortress was built on solid rock, above the promenade, and within the walls, there is a passage from the seashore to the top of the fortress. On the upper side, there is “SEA GATE ( Porta di Mare) with preserved fortification elements of Bosnian period. Forte Mare certainly among the most beautiful examples of fortification architecture and quite realistic assumptions are that there was a nucleus of the Old Town.
Kanli Kula Fortress (Bloody Tower), a monumental fortress in the Old Town, was built by the Turks after 1539. It was built on the site and foundations of an earlier fortress. In the present size, the work of the Turkish builders has preserved, in the most part, the authentic architecture of that time. Raised at an altitude of 85m, on the north side of the city, and with its position and ramparts, the complex fortification system of the Old Town is rounded up. Dimensions of the fortress 60x70m, with corner towers of coarse domestic stone, make a monumental impression. Some parts of the western wall belong to the period of early use of firearms. The Turks gave it a final appearance, while the Venetians made certain repairs and attachments after significant damage, especially in 1687, when the Herceg Novi was conquered after a two-year Turkish rule.
When it comes to Kanli Kula Fortress, this building is awaiting the rehabilitation of the landslide of a wider area, as this is only the first step in a major project of rehabilitation of the fortress itself. According to the tender of the Government of Montenegro - Directorate of Public Works, the site will be repaired by the Institute for Construction DOO from Podgorica.
29 January 2019 - Amendments to the Law on Road Transport of Montenegro envisage the introduction of Limousine services (rent-a-car with a driver), which will be recognized as a special type of transport which did not exist within the country so far. This announcement was published after the meeting of the Working Group that will work on with amendments to that law, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs of Montenegro announced.
The concept of a limousine service involves the rental of limousines (limo) with the driver, and such service does not imply a pre-prepared route and departure time. The buyer of the services determines the time and place of departure, the period of use of the service, the destination and other conditions. The service provider offers a pre-determined price per hour, day or mileage.
The primary goal of the amendment to the Law on Transport in Road Traffic and its by-laws is to find new solutions that will have the strong effect on the reduction of the grey economy in the domain of public transport of passengers in road traffic. "Amendments to the laws which we are working on and announce today, will include precisely prescribed conditions for the provision of the Limousine service, as well as the conditions for the inspection bodies, which have not been defined so far", the CdM News Agency was informed by the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs .
The representatives of the Ministry of Transport also explain that taxi services which are provided by individuals (entrepreneurs) or legal entities are conditioned by the employment of the driver, i.e. by the establishment of a working relationship between the driver who operates a taxi and a specific employer. However, in the case of Limousine service, this requirement was not included in the previous Law on Tourism, which initiated the so-called “undeclared work”. Renting a vehicle with a driver was possible only by finding retired pensioners, as well as employees in other workplaces who supplemented the family budget with the extra work.
"Thanks to the convenience afforded by the previous Law on Tourism, the provision of rent-a-car services which included renting vehicles and a driver (Limousine service) was expanding rapidly, creating unfair competition and damaging licensed taxi drivers and carriers, and domestic and international transport, which has already reflected in the reduction in the number of passengers transported in road traffic in the previous period, "it is noted in the Information by the Ministry.
The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs has been given the deadline – first quarter of 2019 – to prepare the proposal of the Amendments to Law on Road Transport.
Source: CdM News Agency
30 January 2019 - The cruising season in Bar, Montenegro will be officially open on February 20 and will last until the second half of October. Judging by the estimated number of cruisers and tourists, cruising season 2019 will be record-breaking.
During the eight months of the cruising season in 2019, 27 cruisers will sail into the Port of Bar, which will, according to announcements, bring over 26.000 tourists to Montenegro.
For the first time ever, the first cruiser that will sail into the Port of Bar, La Belle de l'Adriatique of the French company Croisieurope, will arrive in the winter of February 20. The length of the ship is 111 metres; it can accommodate about 200 passengers and has about 50 crew members.
As the CEO of the Company, Barska plovidba Tihomir Mirković told the Jedro News Agency, during February, March and April, the cruise ships La Belle de l'Adriatique will sail on the Gat 5. "This year, the cooperation between the companies Barska Plovidba from Montenegro and Atlantagent from Dubrovnik, Croatia, continues by sub-contractors, but also on the work related to receiving shipments and boat deployment as well as logistical operations at the Port of Bar," Mirković added. La Belle de l'Adriatique will sail into the Port of Bar twice in February, and four arrivals of this passenger ship were announced during March. In April, La Belle de l'Adriatique will sail to Bar twice, as will the cruiser Artania of the German company Phoenix Reisen, which will sail on the gat of the company Port of Adria.
Coordinator of cruising activities for the Company Port of Adria, Tanja Novović, said that the companies that send their cruisers to Bar are satisfied, primarily because of safety and security in the port, harbour capacities, infrastructure and service. They also enjoy visiting Montenegro as a tourist destination, which offers the possibility of various excursion tours. "We are pleased to contribute and work on expanding opportunities for both tourists and the whole economy with the support of our majority owner, Global Ports Holding," Novović added.
Cruising tourism began to develop in Bar with the arrival of the Turkish company Global Ports Holding and with the efforts of the Allegra Agency from Bar. Last year, from the beginning of June to the second half of November, the enterprise Port of Adria accepted 16 cruisers with over 22.000 tourists coming to Bar.
Last year's cruising season was closed with the departure of the aforementioned passenger ship Artania. It sailed into Bar on November 18 and brought 1.054 tourists and 527 crew members. Agency activities for this passenger ship were done by Boka Adriatic from Kotor.
Although Bar has received fewer cruisers compared to Kotor, last year, on July 27, Bar marked down an important event in the city’s cruising history: there were two cruisers standing side-by side that sailed into the Port of Bar on the gats owned by Port of Adria.
Statistics show that cruising tourism development in Bar registers a steady increase. According to data from AD Port of Adria, in 2016, they accepted seven cruise ships and 8.660 passengers, in 2017, there were nine cruisers, through which about 11.550 passengers arrived in Bar and Montenegro. During 2018, 16 cruisers and around 22.000 tourists visited Bar. The guests had organized and individual excursions to visit Old city of Bar, Skadar Lake, Sveti Stefan, Budva, Kotor and Ulcinj.
Source: Jedro News Agency
January 30, 2019 - Dobrota is a small town on the shore of Kotor Bay, just next to the Old town of Kotor stretching for several kilometres along the picturesque coastline to the village of Ljuta. Once the famous naval settlement, Dobrota was one of the most beautiful areas of Boka Bay. Unfortunately, its unique cultural landscape was recently almost destroyed by inadequate and massive urbanisation. Ancient palaces of Dobrota’s captains are more and more challenging to discover between concrete buildings, growing from the sea to the slopes of mountains hanging the settlement from the north-east. But still, there are a lot of reasons to visit Dobrota and discover its ancient buildings, beautiful churches and hospitable people. Let us propose some of those.
28 January 2019 - Under the Program of Incentive Measures in the Field of Tourism for 2018/2019, implemented by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, Hotel Fobra is the winner of the European Union’s ecological certificate - EU Ecolabel, as the first accommodation facility in the Capital of Montenegro which received this significant recognition for sustainable business.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary ecolabelling scheme established in 1992 and a component of the European Commission’s action plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy. It encourages manufacturers to produce goods and services that are more environmentally friendly. Any good or service that has been awarded the EU Ecolabel meets a set of high environmental and performance standards.
An increase in the number of certified accommodation units is important for positioning in the markets of Western and Northern Europe, as well as for distant destinations, as tourists coming from these countries expect high quality services, a full experience of the destination and are ready to dedicate more money to stay in a certified accommodation.
The National Tourism Organization and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro are currently providing financial resources for the introduction of ecological certificates "ISO 9001", "Travellife" and "EU Ecolabel" as part of the project "Development of Low Carbon Tourism". This project is being implemented in partnership with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that provide technical support in order to fulfil the necessary criteria for certification.
Over the past two years, 20 hotels and apartments on the Montenegrin coast have received certificates of sustainability, thus showing willingness to affirm the concept of green tourism and to respect the principles of rational use of resources.
Certified hotels are recognized for their economic business, which makes them significant partners in nature conservation and the fight against climate change. The certificate of sustainability is a confirmation that hotels save energy and water, use less harmful chemicals, work on the promotion of sustainable transport and waste reduction. Employees in these facilities intensively cooperate with guests in terms of developing environmental awareness.
Fobra Hotel, located in Podgorica, was built on the bank of the river Ribnica and it offers a unique location with peace and tranquillity for all guests. The hotel is located in the central part of the city, and its great advantage is the proximity of all administrative, business and sports centres in the city. Get more information about Fobra Hotel at their official website.
All interested hotel owners can apply for the Program of Incentive Measures in the Field of Tourism, Measure I B - Improvement of Quality of Services, via web site: www.mrt.gov.me and www.montenegro.travel.
27 January 2019 - Montenegro has a large number of museums and galleries, all dotted around the country. This charming country has a rich history, so every region within the Montenegrin border has a museum with fascinating historical artefacts specific to the area.
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.
The central “theme” within the National Museum is the material and spiritual history of the territory now known as Montenegro and the people that have lived there. This museum records the history of Montenegro chronologically starting with ancient ruins and findings and continuing through to the 18th century. Everything from war relics to furniture, artworks and historical documents are on display in the museums.
Located in Cetinje, Montenegrin Old Royal Capital, the National Museum is composed of four museums: Museum of History (composed of the King Nikola Museum, Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, Njegoš`s birthhouse, Njegoš`s Mausoleum on Lovćen, the court church Cipur, the Mausoleum of Bishop Danilo on Orlov krš and the the Raised-relief Map Pavillon), the Art Museum with the Modern art gallery Dado Đurić, the Ethnographic Museum and the newly founded Archaeological Museum with Lapidarium.
The buildings which represent segments of the National Museum are all located in central Cetinje, with the exception of Njegoš's house of birth, which is in the village of Njeguši towards Lovćen National Park.
National Museum of Montenegro performs various professional services (such as conservation, documentation, information collection and others) and it contains archival and library departments with approximately 50.000 bibliographical and 100.000 archival units.
Collection of museum exhibits on the territory of present-day Montenegro can be traced back to the ancient past. In a modern sense, however, it is possible to record the traces as of late fifteenth century, the time when Cetinje was established as a political and spiritual centre of Montenegro. The exhibition items include book collections, written and printed documents, issues related to church history - holy paintings - icons, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, installations; war relics, flags, weaponry, furniture and various types of ethnographic items covering the entire ethnographic subject matter of present-day Montenegro.
The museum departments dedicated to particular individuals that have left their marks within the history of Montenegro – Prince-Bishop and writer Petar II Petrovic Njegoš and the last Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrovic Njegoš - have special appeal to all visitors, local and foreign.
The tour to the National Museum of Montenegro often includes a brief history on Cetinje, Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, which is a wonderful testimony to the past times, the foundation of Montenegrin identity and spirituality. Cetinje is perhaps the smallest European capital, but it is the city of the great history and charm, which will certainly attract you.
If you are interested in learning about Montenegrin history, or want to find out more about Montenegrin artists, be sure to explore the country's cultural capital, and set aside part of your time for the National Museum complex.
Source: National Museum of Montenegro Official Website
25 January 2019 - Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro has recently claimed the Best Conference and Meeting Resort Hotel Award at the Conventa 2019 in Slovenia.
The 11th Conventa (2019), an international conference dedicated to the future of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and travel marketing, took place on the 23 and 24 of January at the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Conventa has become the leading marketplace for the meeting industry of South East and New Europe. The trade show facilitates personal contacts between an international hosted buyer community and the wide choice of meetings supplier businesses from South East Europe.
This year, the conference included more than 400 people holding more than 3300 meetings! Exhibitors came from 15 different countries, while hosted buyers from 44. The meetings were held in Marmorna Hall of the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Every year, Conventa rewards extraordinary achievements in the “meetings industry”. Thus, aside from the meetings, Conventa 2019 included the Meetings Star Award Ceremony, where the winners and finalists among the best meeting destinations, hotels, and convention centres were announced. Since its inception, the Meetings Star Award has become known among the circle of event organisers and in the profession as one of the few that is awarded by established standards and criteria. Kongress magazine and Conventa confers the awards for the best congress destinations, hotels, congress centres and events in New Europe.
The Best Conference and Meeting Resort Hotel Award went to Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel in Tivat. The Regent Porto Montenegro was awarded by the jury that visited the hotel in 2018 without prior notice.
In the overall score system, the Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro was awarded a rating of 4,96 out of 5 points. The sales director of the hotel Regent Porto Montenegro, Ivan Gajić, received the award on behalf of the hotel.
Regent Porto Montenegro is a beautiful luxury hotel with personal service on the waterfront of the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor in the heart of Porto Montenegro Village, the glittering residential and glamorous superyacht homeport. The hotel offers a superb choice of event venues. The 250 square meters of function facilities are ideal for events ranging from intimate private dinners to business conferences and weddings. The professional team of the hotel dedicates its attention to every single detail offering impeccable service according to the customers’ needs. Providing a perfect meeting spot with special conference packages prepared in advance, full conference and banqueting equipment and sophisticated luxury setting, Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro has proudly claimed its Best Conference and Meeting Resort Hotel Award.
24 January 2019 - The fifth Small Orange Festival will be held in Herceg Novi on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am to 2 pm at the pedestrian zone of Njegoševa street, with numerous exhibitors, a donor's table, an orange meal workshop, and a rich musical program. The organiser of the festival is NGO Ruke.
"A lot of exhibitors and guests have already shown great interest for the fifth Small Orange Festival. A total of 35 exhibitors have applied, who will present products and delicacies made out of bitter and sweet oranges. There is a lot of interest for the donors’ tables as well, and the funds that will be collected will be sent to children with special needs," Milina Kovačević from the NGO Ruke said for News Agency Boka News.
This unique festival that people from Herceg Novi can’t help but adore has been giving a new dimension to the promotion of creativity, handmade products, and good vibes for years and thus it became a traditional event.
In addition to 35 exhibitors, many participants will present their offer at the donor tables, such as restaurants, various associations, bakers, florists, and many others.
The visitors of this lovely small festival will be able to taste orange flavoured salty and sweet delicacies, but also to buy delicious food products, jams, cakes, cookies, as well as various handicrafts, souvenirs, jewellery etc.
This is the fifteenth festival organised by NGO Ruke and successfully managed by Maja Erenji Hare Braun and Milina Kovačević. The result of their long-standing persevering engagement of all members of the association to promote healthy lifestyles as well as creativity and entrepreneurship is branding products such as orange jam, fig jam and ginger jam, as well as and pomegranate juice. These products are often ordered as "edible souvenirs" from other cities, not only from Herceg Novi.
The Small Orange Festival is a beautiful and dreamy story of Herceg Novi that you just don’t want to miss! You can find more information on how Orange Flavour Will Spice Up the Jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival at TMN’s dedicated page.