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Here are a few interesting facts about Montenegro to get you excited for your trip.

Montenegro got its name meaning 'Black Mountain' from the dark mountain forests that cover the land. The name dates back to the era of Venetian hegemony over the area in the Middle Ages. Other languages belonging to nearby countries also used their own language to describe Montenegro as the Black Mountain

Montenegro is home to 117 stunning beaches. Some are very popular town beaches attracting hundreds of locals and visitors. Other beaches in Montenegro need a bit more exploring to find. Talk to locals to find some of the country's best kept secret beaches, or check out our Best Beaches here.

The Boka Bay is the southernmost fjord in the entire world. It is located in southwest Montenegro and is a winding bay on the Adriatic Sea. The fjord used to run from high up in the mountain plateaus of Mt Orjen. The bay has been inhabited for many years and has amazing Medieval towns to explore. The picturesque towns of Kotor, Risan, Tivat, Perast, Prčanj and Herceg Novi, along with their natural surroundings, are great places to visit along the bay.

Tara Canyon is the deepest canyon in Europe. The canyon is 82 kilometres long and at its deepest it is 4,265ft. It is protected as part of Durmitor National Park and is said to be a future UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the best ways to see the canyon is to do a river rafting trip. The 11 mile trip takes two-three hours, and passes through 21 rapid sections. The adrenaline fuelled trip is said to be one of the best due to its drop in elevation in such a short distance.  Hold on to your tummies!

The Ostrog monastery is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world.  It is visited by people of all religions.  The Ostrog monastery is one of the most visited shrines in the Christian world. The amazing structure was carved in rocks on the side of a mountain in the 17th century.

The oldest tree in Europe lives in Bar: The Old Olive Tree is over 2,000 years old, and more than 100,000 olive trees in municipality of Bar are more than 1,000 years old. Its volume is about 10m.  The tree is a traditional trademark for the area and is said to have many legends attached to it: one of them being that at one time families would visit the tree to make peace during a dispute. 

Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans. The lake lies on the border between Montenegro and Albania and is named after the north Albanian city Shkodra. The lakes surface is six metres above sea level and varies between 370 and 530 square kilometres, two thirds of it being in Montenegro. This section of the lake is surrounded by a beautiful national park which is home to some of the last remaining pelicans in Europe. 

There are five National Parks in Montenegro covering 7% of its land mass.
 
The National Park Lovcen on the Lovcen Mountain - on the border of two completely different natural climates and experiences the influence of both. Close to the Adriatic cooast it covers an area of 6400 ha. The National Park Durmitor with 39,000 ha of surface area protected by UNESCO, it includes the entire Durmitor massif, with an average altitude of 1,500 meters and including 48 mountain peaks over 2,000 metres high. The National Park Biogradska Gora between the rivers Tara and Lim, has beautiful glacial lakes that cover 5,400 ha of space. The National Park Skadar Lake belongs 2/3 to Montenegro, and 1/3 to Albania. This is a great spot for birdwatchers, explorers, wine lovers etc. Finally, the youngest National Park Prokletije was established in 2009. It is located on the border between three countries: Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. Magnificent massif will take your breath away!