Things to do in Montenegro

You'll never lack for things to do in Montenegro, especially if you are willing to visit all four major regions. When you visit the north coast region, you'll have the chance to explore an an-cient town and visit the old towns of Kotor, Herceg Novi, and Budva. Travel to the south coast region to visit Skadar Lake, which has a wildlife reserve, beaches, and a fortress. Visit the famed pebble beach at Valdanos or dine at one of the many riverside restaurants in Ada Bojana. If you somehow run out of things to do in Montenegro, continue on to the northern and central regions of the country.

The northern region is the place to go if you are interested in skiing and enjoying Montenegro's natural beauty. Popular destinations in this area include Kolasin, Tara River Gorge, and Biograd-sko Lake. If you are thinking about what to do in Montenegro, don't forget about the country's many beaches. Sunbathe or stroll along the beach at Bar, Tivat, Ulcinj, Budva, or Kotor. Don’t miss the country’s wine region, either, which produces fine Cabernets. Small-batch vintages are paired with local specialties like mussels, lobster, and vegetables at a growing list of top-shelf restaurants.

The central region of Montenegro has a famous monastery, the country's capital, and archeologi-cal remains from Roman times. If you're still having trouble finding out what to do in Montene-gro, ask the locals for some recommendations. They’re very friendly!

Our Lady of the Rocks (Godpa od _krpjela) is a man-made reef of sunken ships on which locals built a votive chapel and a blue-domed church to the Virgin Mary, all of which seems to float magically on the calm waters of the gulf.

The atmosphere at Ostrog, a vertical complex of cave-churches and monasteries carved out of the face of a cliff high above the River Zeta, is intense. Pilgrims comes from all over the world to this spectacular shrine, which has a reputation for miraculous cures.

A twin-towered Romanesque beauty consecrated in 1166.

Built in 1838, the palace was the residence of the prince-bishop Petar II Petrovic Njego_ and named affectionately after the billiard table he imported from Italy.

The tidy whitewashed enclave with its orchards and beehives and rose-covered cloisters, bears witness to a private peace, despite the many visitors to this active monastery.

Grab a guide and spend a day whitewater rafting on the Tara River. When you enter a peaceful stretch, take the time to look up the soaring sides of Tara Canyon - the deepest in Europe - to a narrow strip of blue sky above. Amble by a solitary monastery or pause to rest on a sandy spit.

Some of Europe's best white-water rafting is at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

The museum is located in the former palace of King Nicholas I, the last sovereign of Montenegro, who died in 1921. The modest, suffocating salons of his palace recall the comic-opera atmosphere of The Merry Widow.

Around the Square of Weapons (Trg od Oruzja), there are cafés, discos, and restaurants, even an Irish-themed pub; designer stores sit next to real estate offices, and boutique hotels are being fixed up for the discerning.