Fun Facts of Montenegro
The second tallest people
Montenegrins are some of the tallest people in the world with an average male height of 1.83 cm.
They rank second to the Dutch (1.86 cm).
1. Montenegro has 117 beaches
Montenegro has 117 beaches along 293 kilometers of coastline. From sandy beaches to rocky ones and from tiny hidden ones to black ones. Some are clean, others a bit dirty, some very touristy and other ones only the locals go to.
2. The oldest olive tree in the world
Stara Maslina, in Montenegro’s southern town of Bar, is known as the oldest olive tree in the world. At over 2,000 years old, the tree is a magnificent attraction in an area known for its hectares of beautiful olive groves. In fact, there are over 100,000 olive trees in Bar that over 1,000 years old!
It costs money to visit so we just had a look and left.
3. The prince of Montenegro is a fake
Montenegro hasn’t had a royal family since 1918. However, his Imperial and Royal Highness Stefan Cernetic was attending gala dinners, giving out orders and mixing with celebrities as prince of Montenegro. However, when the prince sent a hotel bill to the Macedonian embassy in Rome, which of course they declined as they didn’t have a prince, much less share one with Montenegro, they were on to him. Interpol investigated and charged an Italian national with fraud and forgery.
4. Montenegro means ‘Black Mountain’
Montenegro got its name from the dark mountain forests that covers the land. The name breaks down into two words, ‘monte’ and ‘negro’ (black, mountain), and dates back to the 15th century.
5. The longest beach on the Adriatic Sea
Ulcinj is home to the longest beach on the Adriatic Sea. It is named Velika Plaza (‘Long Beach’), this 13 km long sandy beach also featured in the New York Times’ 2010 list of top travel destinations around the world.
6. One of the most visited shrines
The monastery of Ostrog, located above the Bjelopavlic valley, is one of the most visited shrines in the Christian world. It is carved in rocks and was founded in the 17th century by Saint Basil.
7. Home to the wettest place of Europe
The village of Crkvice on Mount Orjen in Montenegro is the wettest place in Europe with the highest total annual precipitation of 5,000mm.
Driving through Montenegro is amazing. The incredible scenery, the kindest of people, the beautiful towns and beaches and places. Such a wonderful country, we really loved it here and will return to see more of it.
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