Looking for a relatively untouched destination to travel to this year? A destination that is not only astonishing beautiful, but also offers incredible range of activities to do and places to see? A country that is a lot cheaper compared to its neighboring counterparts, and is only 5-and-half hours (via flight) away from Dubai?
We are sure all that information has gotten you on the edge of your seat, but we haven’t told you the most interesting deal yet! If you are a UAE resident with a valid passport, you could travel to this gem of a country VISA FREE! Yes! you read it right!
And the country is… *Drum Rolls*
Flanked by mighty mountains and dotted with pretty villages, this Balkan country is steadily becoming a firm favourite amongst globetrotters. Read on to know why a visit to Montenegro in 2019 is a fantastic idea!
1. Montenegro is full of interesting places to visit
Marked by cobbled streets, Romanesque churches, and a medieval old town, Kotor is a charming fortified town sitting on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. Come here and check out landmarks like Kotor Cathedral, Sveti Marko Island, Lovćen Mountain etc.
Budva is where you get best the nightlife party scenes of Montenegro! This historic district of Montenegro is also known for its seaside citadel and religious sites like the Church of Santa Maria in Punta.
The largest and capital city of Montenegro, Podgorica has a lot to offer besides being the focal point of all connectivity. Right from Lake Skadar to Ostrog Monastery to Millennium Bridge, this place is literally flooded with exciting places to explore. It is also dotted with an array of hotels, inns, motels, and restaurants, making it extremely tourist-friendly.
Founded in 5th century B.C, Ulcinj is a town on the southern coast of Montenegro. This multi-ethical town of Montenegro is blessed with the most beautiful natural resources. Its deep blue sea, flawless beaches, healing natural springs, the green-eyed river Bojana, and other such magnificent places will keep you on your toes.
2. Montenegro is the new skiing destination
One of the country’s best kept secret is its ski fields in the mountainous northern regions of Zabljak or Kolasin. A welcome break from over-priced, over-hyped and super-crowded ski resorts across Europe, Montenegro offers some of the best value ski holidays. Tell us a better way of spending winter than skiing, hiking and snowboarding down the slopes of Zabljak or the Durmitor Mountain – the highest point of the Dinaric Alps! Skiing is one of the top 7 Reasons why Montenegro is the Hottest Destination to visit in 2019.
3. Montenegro has a humongous variety of things to do
Lovcen National Park
Situated in the rocky region of Dinara Alps, the Lovcen National Park is a perfect venue for a day trip from Montenegro. Come here and check the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, a beloved political and cultural leader, and of the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro. One needs to climb 400 steep steps to reach the mausoleum, but rest assured, the view from the top is breath-taking.
Durmitor National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site home to beautiful lakes, majestic mountains and canyons, and a plethora of flora and fauna, the Durmitor National Park is one of Montenegro’s masterpieces.
Make it a point to visit this Serbian Orthodox Monastery built in the 1600’s and carved entirely in a mountain cliff. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world flock this place, making it one of three most-visited Christian destinations on the planet.
One look at Gornja Lastva (a small settlement of the Mediterranean type in the hill of Vrmac, demarcating Tivat and Kotor bays), and you will fall head over heels in love with it! A hike uphill to the Vrmac mountain range is well-worth your time and energy.
4. Montenegro is blessed with jaw-dropping topography
Its clear lakes, towering cliffs, flawless beaches and a wide range of flora and fauna in a relatively small area, make Montenegro one of the most beautiful natural sites of the continent. A photographer’s delight and nature lovers’ haven, Montenegro’s topography and natural landscape is definitely its USP.
5. Montenegrin Cuisine will make you drool
People who are in a relationship with food will be delighted to know that Montenegro will take care of their ‘forever hungry’ tummy well! Heavily borrowing from Mediterranean, Italian, and Turkish cuisines, Montenegrin cuisine is a foodie’s delight.
A spread of Pamidora Salata (tomato salad), Brav u Mlijeku (lamb cooked in milk), Kuvana Krtola (boiled potato halves), Pastrovski makaruli (a type of homemade macaroni with olive oil and cheese), and Priganice (fritters or flat doughnuts served with honey, cheese, or jam), amidst the backdrop of gorgeous views, is bound to satiate your taste buds.
6. Montenegro is cheaper than Croatia
With all these stunning features, one may end up believing that making a trip to Montenegro requires breaking the bank. However, that’s far from the truth! When compared to Western European countries like France, Austria, Croatia, and Belgium etc., Montenegro is more affordable.
7. Relatively easy visa-formalities
Legal formalities, no matter how easy, can be a real pain. Montenegro is sorted in this sense – which means, if you are a resident of the United Arab Emirates holding a valid passport, you get ‘visa on arrival’. Just make sure your passport is valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Montenegro, and has blank visa pages (at least two). These two essentials in place, and you are good to go!