Few outside Montenegro know that there's a popular way to drink your coffee here called “dojč" (deutsch) – it's frothy, like a cappucino but without the cocoa and we just ordered a cup to celebrate the fact that our website is now available to read...in German! German tourists are among the most popular and numerous in Montenegro in normal years – pretty much every Montenegrin you speak to cites German guests as their favourites. They also have a long tradition of enjoying hiking, the outdoors and new adventures – so our activity holidays should be a match made in heaven! The German guests who have stumbled across us already have been delighted with what they have found - authentic, active, expertly guided trips which go deep into Montenegro's wildly beautiful national parks; a small friendly group for epic days hiking, kayaking, wild-swimming and meeting locals; a sustainable holiday supporting nature and local people. Undiscovered Montenegro even comes recommended by Geo Saison, Bild Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine! All this has inspired us to reach out to more German-speakers. Of course, it's much easier to search for and read about your perfect holiday in your own language, so we hired a very cheap translator – me! Not a lot of people know that I actually speak reasonable German (lived there as a child, and took a University degree in the language before going on to co-found Undiscovered Montenegro 12 years ago). We are are also expanding our team of guides to include fluent German speakers in preparation for our first 100% German-language tour. Click here to read our German pages – and if you spot any mistakes (and there will be plenty!), let me know. I'm a little rusty, and need plenty of practice! And I know you're dying to ask –
Few outside Montenegro know that there’s a popular way to drink your coffee here called “dojč” (deutsch) – it’s frothy, like a cappucino but without the cocoa and we just ordered a cup to celebrate the fact that our website is now available to read…in German! German tourists are among the most popular and numerous
There is a special place I like to take people who are in Montenegro's mountains for the first time . One girl told me it reminds her of the end of the world. Are you familiar with a feeling when you wake up from a deep dream, and find yourself back in "reality"? For a few moments your back doesn't hurt, you cannot remember that your to-do list exists, and part of you is still there, in the warmth of a dream. That dream-like sense follows me every time I climb my favourite hiking trail on the Prokletije (in English, translated as the 'Accursed Mountains'). On the border between three countries, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, lies a huge mountain with a scary name. She is open to those who follow her rules and those who are seeking freedom and silence. Many people approach her amazing valleys and enjoy views of big rocky summits, but her real beauty lies when you get a little higher - above morning fog and low clouds, face to face with rugged ridges and amphitheaters shaped by the forces of nature. Today Vlado is with me. This will be his first ever real hike. After my stories, he has high expectations. We had to start early, as we expect rain in the second part of the day. The only noise you can hear is that from light wind on the top of the trees, and a few shy birds letting other forest beings know that we are here. It is not uncommon to see a bear in these forests, but I don't want to scare Vlado, so I tell him that they are on the other side. As my friend slept just a few hours last night, he keeps asking me - how much
There is a special place I like to take people who are in Montenegro’s mountains for the first time . One girl told me it reminds her of the end of the world. Are you familiar with a feeling when you wake up from a deep dream, and find yourself back in “reality”? For a
With so many people working from home these days, we decided to create some special backgrounds for Zoom which you can download and use to maybe even fool your colleagues into thinking you're on holiday with us! After all, Montenegro's tight lockdown has ended and borders are rumoured to be opening in time for summer. Here's hoping! In the meantime, take a virtual holiday with these stunning backgrounds from our adventures at Lake Skadar and the mountains. You won't find an over-popular, top 10 must-visit sight for tourists among these locations, just pure untouched beauty! To download the backgrounds, just right click or hold on the pictures depending on whether you're using a PC, Mac or smartphone. You can find Zoom's instructions on how to set a virtual background here. Virtual backgrounds from our Lake Skadar holidays These stunning views were all snapped by me (our company co-founder Emma Heywood) and are waiting to wow you on the multi-active, all-kayaking and specialist adventures we host at Lake Skadar National Park. Did you know it's Southern Europe's largest wetland? With scenery like this, it must be the most beautiful one too! Virtual backgrounds from our Montenegro Mountains adventures Lose yourself in these jaw-dropping views from Montenegro's alpine mountains and lakes, photographed by our guides Vuk, Bojana and Radonja. They're the brother/sister/cousin team in charge of our all-walking, cross-border hiking and super-multi-active adventures and some of the best people you could ever hope to meet in Montenegro! Virtual backgrounds from Villa Miela Our favourite place to be when we're not out on our adventures hiking and kayaking! Our activity base, Villa Miela, is the perfect place to kick back and relax on our Lake Skadar multi-activity holidays and specialist weeks for yoga, painting and bird-watching... We hope you'll enjoy using these virtual
With so many people working from home these days, we decided to create some special backgrounds for Zoom which you can download and use to maybe even fool your colleagues into thinking you’re on holiday with us! After all, Montenegro’s tight lockdown has ended and borders are rumoured to be opening in time for summer.
In Montenegro we like to say we’re more resistant to living in crisis than the rest of the world – and I'm only half joking! For those of us who remember the 90s, this mess we're in regarding Covid-19 doesn't register on the same scale at all. There's no question, though, that social distancing has pushed us to change our routines and improvise to keep physically and mentally healthy - so to keep my spirits up I've been cycling some of Montenegro's least known trails! Being active for me is more than a desire – it's a need. Under lock-down all gyms, swimming pools and parks were closed - but people were allowed outside alone for personal exercise. So, to use an English expression, I got on my bike! After almost 50 days I've managed about 900 km and put almost 9000 metres of altitude in my legs. Not bad; it’s like I cycled Mount Everest! And yeah, I also lost 4 kilos, even though I really enjoyed delicacies from my mother’s kitchen (I also did cooking regularly!). I didn't want to be hugely visible when many people were suffering indoors in small apartments. I also wanted to respect the physical distancing required, so I chose to ride around the thinly populated hills near Podgorica (we are still limited to the municipality in which we live). I picked a route that goes very steeply up into the highlands above Bjelopavlici – less frequented, beautiful and most cyclists don’t go there because of its grade of difficulty. In total it’s not that long a route – about 50km [oh, is that all? - Ed], but there’s one segment which does test you – in 7km you climb about 680 metres. When you come to the foothills and see the pass above
In Montenegro we like to say we’re more resistant to living in crisis than the rest of the world – and I’m only half joking! For those of us who remember the 90s, this mess we’re in regarding Covid-19 doesn’t register on the same scale at all. There’s no question, though, that social distancing has
In the middle of giant Lake Skadar National Park sits the tiny fishing "town" of Virpazar, one of Montenegro's historic trading centres dating from medieval times and, for the last 10 years, our home and activity base. The clue is in its name - 'Vir', which means confluence of rivers and 'Pazar', the Turkish word for 'market'. It's a beguiling, sleepy kind of place and the start point for many of our hiking and kayaking trips. These spectacular images will make you wonder why you'd never heard of it until now! All photographs are by the snap-happy me (Emma Heywood - co-founder of Undiscovered Montenegro). 1) Virpazar as seen from the 14th Century Besac Fortress 2) Summer view looking out from the old bridge 3) The historic monument to freedom celebrating 13th July 1878 and 1941 4) A magical autumn view of Virpazar cloaked in fog 5) We chose our activity base for its amazing location set by mountains and lake 6) Next to the lakeside are some great places to eat, like Konoba Badanj on the right 7) Reasons to love Virpazar #1 - it's surrounded by the incredible Lake Skadar National Park with all its nature! 8) When Lake Skadar's waters rise high, the reflected beauty around here is out of this world 9) There are some amazing hiking trails near Virpazar, you just need to know where 10) Virpazar is right on the shores of Lake Skadar, the largest pool of freshwater in southern Europe 11) This view of Virpazar has our activity base Villa Miela sitting pretty above it 12) This tiny fishing town oozes with characterful charm 13) Virpazar has a centuries' old port - the main gateway to vast Lake Skadar and the place to grab a boat tour 14) Our favourite view of
In the middle of giant Lake Skadar National Park sits the tiny fishing “town” of Virpazar, one of Montenegro’s historic trading centres dating from medieval times and, for the last 10 years, our home and activity base. The clue is in its name – ‘Vir’, which means confluence of rivers and ‘Pazar’, the Turkish word
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