Trip to Montenegro
Montenegro - European country, territoryWhich belongs to the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula. Has a land border with Croatia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, the Republic of Kosovo. The name of the state resembles the dense "black forests" located along the circumference of the rocky peaks. Montenegro also wears another "Italianized" name - Montenegro. The capital is Podgorica, the language is Montenegrin, the currency is the euro.
The climate of Montenegro
The mountains are dominated by Alpine weather, andThe coast is a Mediterranean climate. In settlements, the habitat is characterized as moderately continental. In the central regions, the subalpine factor predominates, which is why it is somewhat cooler there than on the Adriatic coast. Summer in the coastal zone is hot and dry, often this weather continues until late autumn. Winter on the contrary is damp and fleeting. The swimming season opens in April and lasts until October. During this period, the temperature of the sea near the coastal zone varies between + 20 + 26 ° C.
Traditions and etiquette
The indigenous people are friendly andSense of humor. Their life is measured and unhurried, which is more typical for rural areas. The streets of the city are absolutely safe for tourists: they are well illuminated and are monitored by video cameras. Montenegrins are allowed to carry weapons for self-defense purposes, but it is strictly prohibited to use against the country's guests.
If you want to visit the temple, you shouldTo know: a woman is unacceptable to walk into the shrine with her head uncovered and in trousers. You will not see urns for donations, because money is accepted in an open place. There is a flexible restriction on photo and video shooting of strategically important objects. Often, such places can be recognized by the sign on the territory, where a crossed-out camera is shown.
Walking through the cities and going on excursions,Carry a few photocopies of a foreign passport with you, and hide them preferably in different places. It is accepted to shake hands with a handshake, only close people can hug and kiss each other. If you are going to visit, be sure to take a small gift or treat to the owners of the house.
In Montenegro, a large part of the population are smokers. It is allowed to smoke in public places and transport. At the same time to meet a drunken Montenegrin is a rarity. Stay in this country, adhere to the European style in clothes, be polite and vigilant, since in places of mass congestion of Albanians there is a risk of manifestation of extremism.
The overwhelming majority of inhabitants profess Orthodoxy, others are supporters of Catholicism and Islam.
There are no restrictions on import and export of currency, howeverIt is recommended to declare large sums. Such procedures are extremely simplified. For example, without paying a fee, you can carry 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes, 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of fortified beverages. Historical and national values can not be exported, except for a special permit.
Rent of transport
To rent a car you can only in thatIf you have at least two years of driving experience, an international certificate, 150-300 euros of collateral, and you are at least 21 years old. It is important to know: in populated areas the permissible speed is 40 km / h, on the highway - up to 70 km / h, on the highway - a maximum of 120 km / h.
The code of Montenegro and Serbia +381. You can call the police on a short number - 92, emergency assistance - 94, road inspection - 987, fire service - 93. Mobile communication functions in the GSM standard, which is convenient for using roaming. For the duration of stay in the country it is profitable to buy a temporary card of the local telecom operator, a card for replenishment of the account to which you can buy at any store.
The working time of food markets starts at 06.00 and ends at 21.00. Other trading floors start working at 09.00. In tourist places shops work longer.
The settlements are connected by bus. In the season of a high flow of tourists, the bus station is set up around the clock. Inside the cities there is no public transport, except for the capital. Local residents are accustomed to short distances on foot, and who needs to drive up - use the services of a cheap taxi.
St. Stephen's Island is perhaps the firstA tourist attraction, where tourists make a photo for memory if they are lucky enough to settle in a hotel. After all, only guests can get here. Isthmus from land to island is natural, which is a rare natural phenomenon. Also be sure to visit the Ostrog monastery. The facility is located in the mountains at an altitude of 900 m from the sea level. In the monastery are buried the relics of the miracle-worker Vasil Ostrozhsky.
Admire the delightful view from theBoka-Kotor Bay or observation platform. The bay is a river canyon, immersed in the sea. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the ancient cities of Montenegro: Herceg Novi, Cetinje, Budva, Ulcinj. The first lies at the foot of the top of the Orien and is called in the people "the city of 1000 steps" due to the hilly terrain. Also, be sure to visit the mausoleum of the Enlightener and the former ruler of the country, Petr Nyegos.
Souvenirs and shopping
The most common souvenir is kapa- Montenegrin headdress in the form of a round cap, the upper part of which is scarlet. Capa is a symbol of Montenegro. Black edging is grief for past greatness, golden stripes are yoke years, scarlet top is spilled blood. These headgear complement the coat of arms of an old or new model.
A cup, a plate or a decanter is a traditionalGift assortment of goods. Low cost and high functionality. These souvenirs are certainly supplemented with the inscription "Montenegro", which will constantly remind you of a wonderful trip to the country of Montenegro.
Montenegrins are deeply religious people. Orthodox shrines are everywhere. It is rumored that earlier somewhere in the outback of the country there was a village where the number of churches corresponded to the days in a year (!). In each of the churches there is a trading shop where you can buy written icons, crosses and other church-spiritual goods.
An excellent solution is to look into the bookshop andTo buy a gift illustrated edition of Montenegro. Fashionable women are lucky enough to find several original designer gizmos and accessories. Neighborhood with Italy presents an opportunity to buy exclusive jewelry at a bargain price. Also, as a souvenir from Montenegro, you can bring the wines "Vranac" and "Krstach", rakia. Before leaving home, be sure to take olive oil.
Kitchen and restaurants
The local cuisine is divided into 3 categories: Italian, local, fish. In the coastal areas, the culinary focus is on seafood. In the highlands prefer to cook meat and dairy products. In Montenegro, people like natural healthy food and more, so ordering something in the restaurant, remember, portions here are huge.
Enjoy the traditional hot national dishMontenegrin cuisine chorba - thick soup, more reminiscent of stew. The main ingredients for making this culinary masterpiece are noodles, fish, crawfish, meat and vegetables. It should be noted that chorba is of different composition and consistency. Do not deny yourself a meal of a young lamb cooked in milk. Stunning taste is due to the addition of potatoes and spices.
To save money, rent a house instead of a roomHotel. The cost is much lower, your location will have its own kitchen and bathroom. And about buying real estate you can read here. Save on transport by walking: you will get acquainted with the city and residents, buy souvenirs and taste the culinary delights of Montenegrin kharcheven. Concerning safety in nature: beware of rockfall in the mountains, encounter with sea urchins and poisonous vipers.