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The use of the name Montenegro began in the 15th century when the Crnojevic dynasty began to rule the Serbian principality of Zeta; over subsequent centuries Montenegro was able to maintain its independence from the Ottoman Empire. From the 16th to 19th centuries, Montenegro became a theocracy ruled by a series of bishop princes; in 1852, it was transformed into a secular principality. After World War I, Montenegro was absorbed by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929; at the conclusion of World War II, it became a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. When the latter dissolved in 1992, Montenegro federated with Serbia, first as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and, after 2003, in a looser union of Serbia and Montenegro. In May 2006, Montenegro invoked its right under the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro to hold a referendum on independence from the state union. The vote for severing ties with Serbia exceeded 55% - the threshold set by the EU - allowing Montenegro to formally declare its independence on 3 June 2006.


Montenegro (Montenegrin: Crna Gora, Црна Гора) is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south. To the west of Montenegro is the Adriatic Sea.

Montenegro's tourism suffered greatly from Yugoslavia's tragic civil war in the 1990s. In recent years, along with the stabilized situation in the region, tourism in Montenegro has begun to recover, and Montenegro is being re-discovered by tourists from around the globe.

In 2007, the country received peak level of tourism which almost reached pre-war volumes. As a result, many roads have been renovated (reducing driving time) and many hotels have been constructed or renovated.

Read more about Montenegro in our Montenegro travel guide »

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MontenegroHotel Splendid Conference and Spa Resort 

Becici 2
Becici 85310

Price (US$): $269 - $319 / night

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Location. Hotel Splendid Conference and Spa Resort is located on the beach in Becici, close to Becici Beach, Slovenska Beach, and Sveti Nikola Island. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Kraljinica Beach and Mogren Beach. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Hotel Splendid Conference and Spa Resort offers 3 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli. 3 bars/lounges, a beach bar, a swim up bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24… more »

MontenegroAman Sveti Stefan 

Sveti Stefan
Montenegro 85315

Price (US$): $1215 - $1349 / night

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Aman Sveti Stefan is set on two kilometres of coastline including the sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and the famous QueenÂ’s Beach. The resort enjoys breathtaking views out to sea, across the bay and along MontenegroÂ’s most renowned stretch of coastline. It offers a total of 58 guest accommodations including cottages and suites. All accommodations are decorated in a subtly elegant fashion, providing every modern comfort whilst retaining the historic air and ambience… more »

MontenegroRamada Podgorica 

Blv Save Kovacevica 74
Podgorica 81 000

Price (US$): $134 - $289 / night

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Location. Ramada Podgorica is located in Podgorica, close to Millenium Bridge, Delta City, and Trg Republike. Nearby points of interest also include Podgorica City Stadium and University of Montenegro. Hotel Features. Ramada Podgorica features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 4 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services and audiovisual equipment. Additional property amenities include a… more »

MontenegroMaestral Resort & Casino 

Milocer 85315

Price (US$): $95 - $96 / night

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Location. Maestral Resort & Casino is located on the beach in Milocer, close to Kraljinica Beach, Sveti Stefan Beach, and Becici Beach. Other points of interest near this spa hotel include Sveti Nikola Island and Slovenska Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Maestral Resort & Casino include 2 restaurants. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool,… more »

MontenegroHotel Lipka 

Mojkovacka 20
Kolasin 81210

Price (US$): $96 - $133 / night

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Location. Hotel Lipka is located in Kolasin and attractions in the region include Biogradska Gora National Park. Hotel Features. Hotel Lipka features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include a spa tub, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. Complimentary wireless Internet access… more »

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Full name
Republic of Montenegro

Southeastern Europe, between the Adriatic Sea and Serbia

Geographic coordinates

42 30 N, 19 18 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Connecticut

Border countries

Albania 172 km, Bosnia and Herzegovina 225 km, Croatia 25 km, Kosovo 79 km, Serbia 124 km


293.5 km


Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfalls inland


highly indented coastline with narrow coastal plain backed by rugged high limestone mountains and plateaus

Lowest point

Adriatic Sea 0 m

Highest point

Bobotov Kuk 2,522 m

Natural resources

bauxite, hydroelectricity


666,730 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Montenegrin 43%, Serbian 32%, Bosniak 8%, Albanian 5%, other (Muslims, Croats, Roma (Gypsy)) 12% (2003 census)


Orthodox 74.2%, Muslim 17.7%, Catholic 3.5%, other 0.6%, unspecified 3%, atheist 1% (2003 census)


Serbian 63.6%, Montenegrin (official) 22%, Bosnian 5.5%, Albanian 5.3%, unspecified 3.7% (2003 census)

Government type



3 June 2006 (from Serbia and Montenegro)

National holiday

National Day, 13 July (1878)

Chief of state

President Filip VUJANOVIC (since 6 April 2008)

Head of government

Prime Minister Igor LUKSIC (since 29 December 2010)

Internet country code


Internet users

280,000 (2009)


5 (2010)

Ports and terminals


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