This patchwork legacy has left a land medalled with beautiful architecture - Roman mosaics, Christian churches, Turkish spas, Venetian palaces. Its old royal capital of Cetinje is overflowing with such treasures. Often called ‘city-museum’, it has five museums and innumerable archaeological artefacts and historical monuments.
Montenegro’s enchanting blend of history is well preserved in the ancient town of Kotor, a UNESCO heritage site. Pastel buildings, red roofs and Venetian fortifications jostle side by side in a town of alluring, labyrinth streets, alleyways and piazzas. For breathtaking views be one of many to scale the 1350 steps up the steep rear walls to the Fortress of St Ivan. From the top, breathtaking views overwhelm even those who make it a weekly habit to climb these special steps to the sky.
Montenegro’s cuisine reflects its past, boasting Italian, Hungarian and Turkish influences. With an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients, traditionally prepared, eating is a national pastime. Specialities include smoked ham, goats cheese and coffee from the many bustling coffee shops. Peppered with olive groves, Montenegro is proud to produce many wines, especially rich reds. The infamous, dark-blooded wine made from the ancient Vranac grape is unmissable.