The Regeneration of Tourism in Montenegro – While this small country may have nearly 600 miles of beaches, it derives its name from Italian – Black Mountain. Clinging to the Adriatic on the southeastern edge of Europe, Montenegro is about the size of North Ireland, but its population is less than a third. Montenegro’s tourism history dates back to the 1300s when there was nothing but a tavern and a café, but the country’s status as a tourist destination didn’t really begin to explode until 2006 when Montenegro regained its independence. And like its counterpart, Northern Ireland, you can only drive so far before you’re either crossing a border or reaching the sea – but unlike Ireland’s north country, Montenegro sees about 250 sunshine-filled days per year.
The draw of Montenegro is varied. You’ll find nature, architecture, and adventure. Nature surrounds you, and where the natural settings end, architectural sites begin. There are five national parks and three UNESCO-recognized heritage sites. In Durmitor National Park, there are more than 40 miles of canyons, more than 20 peaks over 6,000-feet-tall, and 18 lakes. There are more than 150 different types of birds and 1,500 plant species.
The UNESCO site of Perast is referred to by many as Little Venice. One of the most iconic gems at Perast is the Bujovic Palace. It was created in 1694 for the Town Fleet’s commander, Vicko Bujovic. Perast reflects perfectly its history of nobility and seafaring families.
A newer development, Portonovi, is poised to expand within the site of Herceg Novi. Portonovi aims to illustrate everything that’s great about Montenegro in these set-aside 64 acres. A destination within the destination, Portonovi will be a waterslide park that aims to provide a microcosm of everything Montenegrin. The site was once a base for the military, and 90 of the buildings have since been demolished. One of the incredible buildings that were saved was a chapel from the 1500s decorated by frescoes from the 1700s. Careful restoration procedures are seeking to restore it to its original usage. The entire Portonovi is one of the most extravagant renovations and dedications undertaken in some time, as noted most precisely by the price tag attached – aside from the renovations at the UNESCO-recognized Azerbaijan site, Portonovi is the government’s largest investment is heritage protection at nearly €1 billion.