SVETI STEFAN

In the 15th century, the fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic. Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families.
In the 1800s, a village came to be established on the island with a population of about 400 people. Villa Miločer was built between 1934 and 1936 and was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic of Serbia.
After the villagers had been moved to the mainland by the authorities, the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high-profile elites of the world.
The hotel on the island is now a 5-star franchise hotel of an international hotel group. Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.

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KOTOR

Located on a gorgeous bay on the coast of Montenegro, Kotor is a city rich with tradition and history. The old city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments. Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town and the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 km directly above the city. Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela islets off the coast of Perast are also among the more popular destinations in the vicinity of Kotor. Kotor also hosts several summer events, such as the Summer Carnival.

TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT MONTENEGRO

1. Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia in 2006.

2. Montenegro got its name from the dark mountain forests that cover the land. The name breaks down into two words, ‘monte’ and ‘negro’ (black, mountain)

3. In area, Montenegro is comparable to the size of Connecticut, and has 117 beaches along the Adriatic coast. Despite its small size, there are five airports in this world-famous tourist destination.

4. The legendary English romantic poet Lord Bryon once described Montenegro this way: ‘At the birth of the planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast’.

5. The Tara (Drina) River in Montenegro is known for its clean water. The river also forms the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina in several places.

6. Handmade carpets, wood carvings, tapestries, ceramics, filigree jewelry, ceramics, art and wine are some of the famous items from the region that you can buy while in Montenegro.

7. Sveti Stefan is certainly one of the tourist icons of Montenegro. It is located just 15 minutes from Budva, by car.

8. The monastery of Ostrog, located above the Bjelopavlic valley, is one of the most visited shrines in Christian world. It is carved in rocks and was founded in the 17th century by Saint Basil.

9. Montenegro is featured in the movie “Casino Royale,” released in 2006, staring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

10. The majority of the country’s population, almost 47%, is between the ages of 25 and 54. The country has a high literacy rate of almost 99%.

Did You Know These Facts About Morocco?

An Arabic name for Morocco, al-Magrib al-Aqsa, means “the extreme west” and attests to Morocco’s place as the westernmost country in the Arab world.

* In Morocco, it is considered impolite to handle food with the left hand and to say no to meat if it is offered at a meal.

* White is the color of mourning in Morocco. A Moroccan widow wears white for 40 days after the death of her husband to show she is in mourning.

* Moroccan Berber women still have tattoos in geometric designs on their faces, sometimes covering much of their forehead, cheeks, and necks. These are marks of tribal identification and date from a time when it was necessary to be able to spot women of one’s tribe who had been carried off in raids.

* In Morocco, it is estimated that there is one dentist for every 800,000 residents, and the standard treatment for a toothache is extraction. At country souks (markets), tooth-extraction specialists are identified by their set of pliers and small carpets littered with bloody molars.

* Moroccans jokingly call their tap water Sidi Robinet (Sir, or Lord, Tap), and it is drinkable in most parts of the country.

* The word kasbah probably derives from the Turkish kasaba, meaning small town. In contemporary Morocco and all of North Africa, it is generally used to refer to the fortified strong point in a city.

* Often called the “Red City,” Marrakech, Morocco, requires sun protection and headgear of some kind all year-round, even during winter.

* The English word “genie” comes directly from the Arabic word djinn, denoting a spiritual being that may play some part in human affairs if called upon. In Morocco, djinns are believed to frequent places associated with water: public baths, drains, sinks, and even pots and pans….


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