The Adriatic Sea is home to a country of staggering beauty. Montenegro brags of soul-stirring mountains, awe-inspiring beaches and unforgettable architecture. It's a country synonymous with luxury and charm. But, if you take a glimpse behind the idyllic beauty, into Montenegro’s past, you’ll find a highly turbulent history. It's been under the rule of the Ancient Romans, the Ottomans and even socialist Yugoslavia, which means there’s plenty of outside influence on its day-to-day life. But, overtime they have carved out a culture that you’d be a fool not to visit and these are just a few things you should know to help on your next trip to Montenegro…

Montenegro: the basics

Basic phrases:

A new country comes with its own challenges and one of the biggest barriers many of us face, when going away, is language. We’ve all experienced that awkward moment of miming food with a confused local staring at you as if you’ve flown in from space, all to find the nearest restaurant. We have put together some helpful phrases to help you find your way around the country, without any of these awkward interactions.

Hello: Zdravo

Please: Molim

Thank you: Hvala

Yes: Da

No: Ne

My name is..: Moje ime je...

Do you speak English?: Dali pricate Engleski?

How do I get to..: kako da dođem do

How much is a ticket to..?: koliko kosta karta do...

One ticket to..., please: jednu kartu do..., molim

The bill, please: racun, molim

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Cultural highlights: 

It’s difficult to take a trip to Montenegro and not visit one of the many cultural sights littered throughout the country. Whether you stumble across them by chance on a lazy afternoon, or your aim of the holiday is specifically to find them, you won’t be disappointed.  There are just so many to see, why not take a trip to the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, a Roman Catholic church first consecrated in 1166. Maybe you’d want to indulge in Montenegro’s darker side with a visit to Mamula fortress, located on an uninhabited island and was once used as a prison, with no escape. There are many guided tours of the abandoned islands, organised in the nearby town of Luštica.

aerial view of Mamula island fort

Aerial view of Mamula island fort

Food and drink:

Many of the local restaurants and eateries in Monegro have been pushed aside for larger chains, but there are still traditional restaurants dotted across the country, known as Konoba. But, vegetarians be warned many classic Montenegrin dishes are brimming with meat. If this isn’t something that bothers you there’s a whole wealth of delicious and artery-clogging meals for you to enjoy including karađorđe vasnicla, a breaded veal cutlet roll stuffed with cheese and Sarma, cabbage leaves stuffed with mincemeat and you can wash these tasty dishes down with a cold Niksic beer or a glass of time-honoured wine, grown in the south and known as Vranac (black wine.)

Fresh vegetable salad with octopus.

Fresh vegetable salad with octopus. National cuisine of Montenegro

Shopping: 

Most people don’t associate Montenegro with prime shopping territory, but the country is home to some quaint boutiques and home-made trinkets to take home to your friends and family. Why not browse the shops in Budva, with many charming shops selling jewellery, perfume and books, or indulge your inner fashionista with a trip to Podgrica, a place renowned for its love of style and clothing.

The old town, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

The old town, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Do you have any handy tips for people taking a trip to Montenegro? If so then comment below. 

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