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Nine reasons to visit Montenegro now – Vogue in 2017

Travel stylist Maria Paradisis of Where In The World Is Paradise? tells us why this tiny Balkan paradise should be firmly on our travel hit list.

Perast

The enchanting village of Perast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must. Start with a lazy lunch at Conte followed by a visit to Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend has it that in 1452, two brothers were fishing and found a picture of the Virgin Mary at sea, which miraculously healed one’s sickness.

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In gratitude, they vowed to build a church and dropped stones where the icon was found. This created an artificial island and a small chapel was eventually built. A tradition began for sailors to throw rocks around the chapel before a voyage to ask the Virgin Mary for a safe return.

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aman sveti stefan

Aman Sveti Stefan

Connected to the mainland by a narrow walkway, Aman Sveti Stefan was on my radar for some time. The island dates back to the 15th century and was once a small fishing village.

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Reminiscent of a fairytale, it has since been converted into a luxury hotel. The 600-year-old tiled roofs are in stark contrast to the Adriatic Sea. Hotel bucket list moment for sure!

kotor old town

Kotor 

A UNESCO-protected, walled town that sits along the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), medieval Kotor was built during the Byzantine Empire and features a strong Venetian influence.

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Here you’ll find cobblestone streets lined with cafes, churches and museums. If you’re feeling fit and adventurous, a 1300-step climb will take you St John Fortress where you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over Kotor.

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black lake durmitor

Durmitor National Park

This breathtaking park is popular for recreation- take your pick from rafting, biking, fishing, hiking and skiing.

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tara kanyon

Don’t miss Tara River Canyon; at 82km and surrounded by 1,300-metre cliffs, it is the deepest canyon in Europe.

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Porto Montenegro

Have yacht, will travel! The largest superyacht berth in the world (at 250 metres) can be found at Porto Montenegro.

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This luxury marina project features a hotel and residential village, with Lord Jacob Rothschild and LVMH founder Bernard Arnault among its investors.

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road kotor lovcen

 The scenic drive from Kotor to Mt Lovćen

Outside Kotor, a steep, winding route known as the serpentine road consists of 25 hairpin turns. Views to Bay of Kotor will find you stopping frequently for photos.

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The mausoleum of Njegos Lovcen

The mausoleum of Njegos located on the top of the Lovcen Mountain, Montenegro.

Mt Lovćen is the black mountain that gave Montenegro its name (monte meaning ‘mountain’ & negro meaning ‘black’).

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njeguski cheese and ham

Njeguši smoked ham & cheese

Along the scenic drive from Kotor to Lovcen, you will pass Njeguši, a quaint village located within the Lovćen National Park. Njeguši is famous for its smoked ham (Njeguški pršut), and local cheese (Njeguški sir) – you’ll find it on the menu at most restaurants in Montenegro.

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cetinje bitrhplace

It is also the birthplace of the Petrović Dynasty, who ruled Montenegro from 1696 – 1918.

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herceg novi panoramic

Herceg Novi

Located at the entrance to Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) at the foot of Mount Orjen, the Herceg Novi waterfront’s many cafes and restaurants are the perfect place to spend the hot summer months.

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Savina Monastery Herceg Novi

Wander through the old town and head to nearby Orthodox Savina Monastery for amazing coastal views.

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Jaz Beach 

Jaz is not only one of the best beaches in Montenegro; it’s my preferred one.

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Located close to Budva, this long stretch of sand hosts an impressive line-up of live music in the summer – Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Jamiroquai have all played here.

The original text was published in prestigious Vogue Magazine in 2017.

(Vogue)

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