A common theme running through this guide is the division between the coastal and mountain regions of Montenegro. Both areas are said to have their own distinct identity but that’s only really half the story: scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover a myriad of local, regional and religious identities present throughout the country as well. Somehow they all seem to fit together ensuring Montenegro may be a young independent country but it is a fiercely proud nation nonetheless.
The country’s coastline is known for its long sandy beaches to the south, its rocky coves in the centre and the mystical Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) to the north. Inland lie the capital city of Podgorica and the cultural centre of Cetinje, yet to really understand this place a visit to the Tara Canyon, Skadar Lake or Durmitor should also be firmly on your itinerary.
No matter where you travel within Montenegro’s borders you will never be far from a sublime natural backdrop, they come cheap in a land still largely untouched by the hand of heavy industry and globalization. The world may finally be waking up to this haven of ‘wild beauty’ but for now at least the ravages of modernity have yet to take hold here.