Montenegro

Quick Facts

Region: Europe

Population:
678,000

Religion: Montenegro is a multi-religious country. Although Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion, there are also some adherents of Islam and Catholic Christianity. The dominant Church is the Serbian Orthodox Church - although traces of a forming Montenegrin Orthodox Church are present.

Language: Montenegrin is the official name of the language. In fact it is extremely similar to Serbian. So close in fact that this is what many people still call it. It is also very close to Bosnian and Croatian.

Area (sq. km):
14,026 square meters

Time: GMT +1 ( GMT +2 from 29 March to 26 Sept)

When To Travel

Montenegro enjoys typical southern European weather, warm summers and mild winters. The mountainous interior is a lot cooler. The best months to visit are May, June, September and October when there is plenty of sunshine and temperatures are over 20 C.

In general, Montenegro has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and cool winters in the north and hot summers and mild winters in the south. The main tourist season runs from April to October, the busiest and hottest time is July and August.

Useful Travel Facts

Food: Montenegrin food is a result of Montenegro's long history. It's variation of Mediterranean and Oriental. The coastal area is traditionally a representative of Mediterranean cuisine, with seafood being a common dish, while the northern represents more the Oriental.

Shopping: Montenegro is famous for its local wines, vranac or krstac, as well as Rakija, which is considered to be the national drink among South Slavic and Albanian peoples. Common flavours are slivovica, produced from plums, Kajsijevaca, produced from apricots and lozovaca, made from grapes. Fruits less commonly used are peaches, apples, pears, cherry, figs, and quinces. Other Montenegrin souvenirs are filigree jewllery and embroidered folk costumes.

Visa: Not necessary for Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand or US passport holders, or most EU citizens.
Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.

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Further Reading

Life and Death in the Balkans: A Family Saga in a Century of Conflict by Bato Tomasevic (2008) Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro by Elizabeth Roberts (Hurst & Co, 2007) ISBN 978-1-85065-868-9 Montenegro: The Divided Land by Thomas Fleming (2002) ISBN 0-9619364-9-5 The Rough Guide to Montenegro by Norm Longley (2009) ISBN 978-1-85828-771-3 The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics Cornell University Press, by Ivo Banac (1984) ISBN 0-8014-9493-1