The country of Montenegro, which roughly translated means "Black Mountain", was formerly part of Yugoslavia. Smaller than Wales and with a similar circumference to Cyprus, it has its coastline on the Adriatic, with Serbia to the north, Albania to the south east and Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to the northwest. One third of Monetengro is covered by mountains - the most rugged terrain in Europe.
Although, for years, a favourite secret haunt for celebrities, Montenegro is now emerging as one of the world's newest tourist destinations.
Montenegro has been likened to New Zealand with its dramatically rugged coastline dotted and pretty little fishing villages, hidden coves and beaches, its spectacularly beautiful fjord (the only one in Southern Europe), and its wild, sparsely populated challenging interior.
Its high mountain range to the east has fast flowing crystal clear rivers, glacier lakes and winter ski resorts for both downhill and cross country skiing and a canyon only second in size to the Grand Canyon.
Both The Tara Canyon and Kotor Bay in the fjord have been designated as Heritage Sites and are protected by UNESCO!
Montenegro has four National Parks each abundant with flora and fauna and the diversity of the landscapes attract nature lovers and adventure seekers alike:
Montenegro is proud of its culture and history and there are many well preserved medieval towns - Kotor, closest to the apartment is a walled town with venetian influence and a labyrinth of cobbled streets. Budva is also a walled old town heading the coastal resorts of Montenegro. Herceg Novi nearest to Croatia has many fortresses and churches, Ulcinj is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast said to be more than 2.000 years old, and there is also the pretty garden town of Tivat with its lovely natural marina.
Durmitor National Park, with its magnificent mountains, alpine lakes and high pastures, is bordered by the Tara Canyon to the east and the Piva to the west.
Biogradska Gora National Park with a mountain range peaking at over 2,000 metres, has five glittering glacial lakes known as the Mountain Eyes,and waters so crystal clear they reflect the surrounding forest and mountains like a mirror.
Lake Skadar National Park, bordered on three sides by the Montenegrian Mountains, is one of the largest lakes in Europe with 40 different kinds of fish. It also famous for its flora and is one of the biggest bird reserves in Europe.
Mount Lovcen National Park is dominated by the twin peaks where on a clear day you can see all the way to Italy.