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Literally meaning ‘Black Mountain’, Montenegro has only existed in its current form for 10 years, after seceding from Serbia in 2006. However, it has a rich and fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. Having been the home of the Illyrians in antiquity, the area has since seen Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and other empires come and go, leaving behind fascinating historical sites and beautiful coastal fortresses, that along with vast forests, sturdy mountain ranges, friendly faces and red-tiled houses make up a magnificent Montenegrin montage.
Lord Byron called the coastline of Montenegro the ‘most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea’, and visits to places like Budva and the UNESCO Heritage Site-listed town of Kotor definitely confirm this poetic perception.
Budva faces onto to azure Adriatic Sea and is one of the most beautiful and developed cities along the country’s coastline. Right by the beach you’ll find the city’s Stari Grad (or Old Town), where traditional limestone houses with their iconic red roofs complement the sea and the hills perfectly. Explore the winding streets and the friendly cafés, or lounge by the beach, where you can either enjoy the gentle waves and the soft sand, or take to the sea either by boat or jet-ski.
Further inland you will find the stunning city of Kotor. Situated on the edge of a clear-blue bay and embraced by white beaches and dark, towering cliffs, the city is a site like no other place. Explore the old sites of the city, such as the beautiful preserved citadel, the Byzantine Kampana Tower, as well as the charming old market squares and seafronts that over the summer months are filled with locals out for a traditional stroll through the narrow streets.
If you want to explore the more unfrequented sides of Montenegro, then head inland to the capital of Podgorica, with its charming blend of old Ottoman and Byzantine buildings, and architecturally modern shops and museums. If you’re seeking natural bliss and tranquillity then head completely off the proverbial beaten track and go for a long hike along the wide pastures, stunning peaks and calm lakes of the Durmitor National Park.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/