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Magic Mountains of Montenegro

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Photo: Frescos in Moraca Monastery

The feeling one gets when crossing the border into Montenegro is that this is the last wild place in Europe. Lack of development has helped keep Montenegro’s natural beauty mostly untouched, its tradition of friendliness toward visitors uncorrupted, and the culture of its ancient civilization intact. At the southern end of the former Yugoslavia, this compact and newly sovereign state (it became independent from Serbia in 2006) makes for a thrill-a-minute, two- to three-day drive. It’s certainly not hard to reach: Do as many visitors do and fly into neighboring Croatia; turn left out of the Dubrovnik airport and a half hour later you’re at the border.

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Destinations: Croatia · Montenegro

Inspired by: Magic Mountains of Montenegro — by Charles Maclean, Published Mar. 2008

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    Catovica Mlini

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    Belveder

    The terrace of the Belveder restaurant, a mile and a half outside of Cetinge, has a stage-set view of the mountains that once made it a favorite pi

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    State Museum

    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 o

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    Square of Weapons

    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

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    Ostrog

    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 inten

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    Cathedral of St. Tryphon

    A twin-towered Romanesque beauty consecrated in 1166.

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    Biljarda

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

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