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The “Top-3 Comic Book Festival” in the region

striphnToday, comics are a big part of the pop culture, and comic events are organized world wide in various capacities. If you enjoy TV, cinema and comic books, then a comic book festival has to be on your every year list to do because a good time is guaranteed.
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 Herceg Novi – Montenegro, is part of the world’s stage of comic festivals with its own annual festival of comics, which we follow every September. In Herceg Novi, for the past twelve years, since 2006 to be exact, HCF celebrates domestic and foreign cartoonists.
The very location of Herceg Novi Comic Festival is the center of this medieval, dreamy beach town, and the festival is characterized by workshops, exhibitions, exchange of comics, concerts and parties.
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 For more than a decade, the world’s biggest names in all fields of “ninth art” have been honored guests and participants of HSF. Just some of the names that elevated the festival to the international level and contributed to the quality of the festival are:
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* William Simpson, Ireland
* Rufus Daylo, UK
* Mike Collins, UK
* Guillermo Ortego,
*Moreno Buratini, Italy
*Esad Ribic, Croatia
* Fabio Celoni, Italy
* Paolo Motura, Italy
* Zoran Janjetov, Serbia
* Darko Macan, Croatia
* Branislav Bane Kerac, Serbia
*Milorad Vicanovic Maza, BH
* Aleksa Gajic, Serbia
 * Zoran Ðukanovic, Netherlands
 Thanks to the persistence and support of many, HSF status rightfully reached the “Top-3 Comic Book Festival” in the region, and this year we will gladly join the fun crew from 07.-12.09.2018.
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XIII Guitar Art Summer Fest – Magic of diversity

The thirteenth Guitar Art Summer Festival gathers all different tastes. The concert program is conceptually made in a way that everyone can choose his/her favorite concert.

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This music festival has become an irreplaceable part of the summer in Herceg Novi. It is therefore obligation and pleasure of the Festival, that by choosing a quality program every year the expectation of our wonderful traditional audience is justified, but also desire to gain new audience. And for the greatest music lovers a very tasteful program is prepared. With the magic of baroque and Vivaldi, the spirit of Vencie will fly over the Adriatic Sea on quitar and violin strings to the Old town of Herceg Novi and music square on the concert of Peter Giran and the Hungarian chamber orchestra Anima Musicae.

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Artists from far Korea for the first time participate, the mystique of Asia interpreted with jazz motifs is the basic part of the exotic program by Youn Woo Park Trio.

For the lovers of the eternal classical dialogue, the harmonies of the flute and guitar and concert of duo Linda Chatterton & Maja Radovanlija from the United States of America. Your regional tastes will be satisfied with the concert of the fabulous Georgios Georgopoulos quartet from Thessaloniki.

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Find a feather, make your hair, dig up and find your grandparent’s clothes and visit the biggest Gatsby Swing party of this summer at the Adriatic coast that will be happening at Kanli Kula with with SWINGROWERS ensemble from Italy. Bojan Ivanovski Jobby will show you the magic of fingerstyle mastership on the acoustic guitar and rock & roll. The festival will be closed with the performance of one of the greatest authors on acoustic guitar Dusan Bogdanovic at the concert of Guitar Integrations together with the most talented young guitarists from Montenegro.

It is up to you to enjoy each of the different flavors in each of these six festival evenings.

XIII Guitar Art Summer Fest

15 – 20. August 2018

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Concert program:

15. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00  Peter Giran & Anima Musicae kamerni orkestar

16. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00 Youn Woo Park Trio

17.08.2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

                     Herceg Novi Guitar Day

21:00 Linda Chatterton & Maja Radovanlija 

22.00  Dušan Bogdanović

18. 08. 2018. Kanli kula

21.00 SWINGROWERS ansambl

19. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21:00 Bojan Ivanovski

20. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00 Guitar Integration

21.45 Georgios Georgopulos quartet

 

Savina Winery Tour

The story of Savina winery is really a story of an estate, of a monastery and of our family. Many years ago we stumbled upon an old Venetian Land Register map dating from 1753 in the city museum. We discovered that our estate was called Villa di Meljine, with the entire stretch of Savina planted in vineyards, and we knew what we had to do.

DSC08975DSC08976DSC08979Our house, farm and winery are all located on the Savina hillside, above Savina Monastery in the town area of Meljine in Herceg Novi. The winery lies there, tucked away in lavish Mediterranean vegetation, in an idyllic coastal and woodland setting. Savina Monastery, some 200m away, dates all the way back to 1030, although the oldest records in which it is mentioned date back to 1648.

DSC08965DSC08973DSC08966As for our forage into winemaking, it started 17 years ago, as an extension of a great, sincere love of wine. After years of touring the best wineries in France, Italy and the region, my wife Gordana and I decided to do something for ourselves, our property and for the whole local area. Thus after returning from London to our hometown, we decided without much hesitation to plant vineyards on our estate. Today we have two hectares with international grape varietals (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay)  and one indigenous white varietal, Žižak (zhizhak), similar to Dubrovnik’s Malvasia (as opposed to the Istrian one). The vineyards are located in the best part of the estate, with southern exposition, with a spectacular view over the sea.

DSC08999DSC08985DSC08994Our wines appeared on the market only in 2014. Until that point, other winemakers envied us for not having to sell our wine – we made it for ourselves and our friends, in smaller quantities, simply because we really enjoyed it. We are now still not burdened with any great expectations: our goal is to stay small and make wines for the Bay of Kotor, the coast and only a little bit for our friends in Belgrade, a total of no more than 20,000 bottles.

DSC09018DSC09054DSC09033DSC09070DSC09037Our wines are characterized by a light and breezy, summer style. This is true for our Chardonnay and Rose, but even for our red wines. Our plan is to make one serious dessert wine from the local variety Žižak. We recognize that being in the vineyard and winemaking in general is a great privilege. But primarily we wish to revive our locality, to preserve it, to renew it. We have recently planted vineyards on the monastery grounds because we want to make wine for Savina Monastery. Through winemaking, we wish to give greater meaning to our stay at this, in many ways, special place.

– Zoran Obradovic the owner of  the Savina Winery.

To book Savina Winery Tour please contact us at info@montenegro.com .

Montenegro Dolphin Sailing Tour

On board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55, the Montenegro Dolphin Project will be guiding you in an adrenaline filled search and a lifetime opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures up close.

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Take part in something extraordinary – set sail on a 4-day eco-tourism voyage on board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55. Together with the Montenegro Dolphin Project Team you will have the opportunity to:

  • Traverse the exquisite Montenegrin coastline
  • Discover sailing techniques in the Bay of Kotor
  • Explore offshore waters in search of dolphins
  • Observe migratory bird species in Ulcinj Solana
  • Enjoy engaging with our marine biologists through on-board conservation and research activities

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While sailing the Adriatic Sea, the team of researchers will be introducing you to the wonder of dolphin’s lives, their main threats and the possible ways to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. The Ocean Going Sailing Yacht “Chance Discovery” will provide you with dolphin watching seats, a luxurious deck and saloon, refreshments and bathroom facilities.

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Montenegro’s first long-term cetacean research project

The Adriatic sea holds one of the richest cetacean habitats in the Mediterranean, but unfortunately these animals are classified as either at risk or data deficient and are subject to various anthropogenic threats such as habitat degradation, by-catch, marine traffic and pollution. Unlike many Adriatic countries, Montenegro lacks annual cetacean survey efforts. Dedicated and systematic research is needed to collect important data on cetacean species for their subsequent conservation. For these reasons we launched the very first annual study in Montenegrin coastal waters in order to investigate the cetaceans’ regional status and help support future conservation strategies. Further, the Montenegro Dolphin Project employes scientific outreach techniques to raise marine environmental awareness within the local community.

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For more information about 8 hours Sailing Tour with Wild Dolphins and Marine Wildlife Expedition please contact us on info@montenegro.com.

Thank you for your support!

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Montenegro Wine Tour

If you love wine and want a unique holiday then you should not miss going on one of the wine tours on offer in Montenegro.

It is not widely known that Montenegro, apart from its beautiful seaside and mountain villages, also boasts regions that are famed for producing exceptional and world-renowned wine varieties. France, Italy and Portugal have for many years been building credibility as top tourist destinations thanks to wine tourism. The many scenic regions of our country are perfect for enjoying this type of tourism. The mild Mediterranean climate, the composition of the soil and the favorable location provide ideal conditions for cultivating vineyards and growing grapes. The best-known grape-growing areas are Crmnica, Nahije, Komani, Bjelopavlici and other wine-producing villages around Lake Skadar. Montenegrin wines are produced from various types of grape, including Krstac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Vranac.

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In 2010 and 2011, signage was put up and the “Wine Roads” of Montenegro were fully marked out. A tourist map of the wine tours can be picked up in local tourist offices in any town in Montenegro, at hotel receptions and in travel agencies. If you like an active holiday, the Wine Roads offer you a chance to visit wine cellars, taste wines, walk through the vineyards and even take part in grape-picking. Wine can be tested, tried and purchased in wine cellars, while some wineries also offer accommodation, so visitors can get the complete experience, learn about the history of the winery, see wine being made and of course enjoy the finished product.

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Lago di Monte Resort

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The vision of the developer and architects was to create a contemporary eco-resort, developed by the principles of sustainability and environmental protection that at the same time offered a high level of luxury with breath-taking views of Durmitor peaks and green pine forest. The guests should enjoy a range of healthy lifestyle activities and programs irrespective of the season and climate conditions throughout the whole year. Lago di Monte is a perfect meditation spot surrounded by raw, untouched nature, offering complete silence and endless panoramic views of tall, snow-covered mountain peaks, grass fields and emerald forests.

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The potentials of the location itself represent an important catalyst of economic and social development of the entire area. Besides being a sustainable luxury destination, the project itself is designed to contribute to the local community by engaging 100% local resources. The sustainability concept behind the project entails a healthy lifestyle with local organic production sourced from the area. The entire program has been carefully planned according to the natural characteristics and potentials of the location.

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Therefore, new structures and their shapes are implemented in synchronicity with the existing terrain. The content positioning is done in accordance with natural and geographical features of the location, so the spatial experience mostly depends of the directed vistas and open spaces. Necessary contents imply accommodation capacities, hotels and villas, spa centre and congress centre, and some additional contents such as sport facilities, restaurant, equestrian club, playgrounds. Lago di Monte is a complete getaway, perfect for everything from romantic trips , to family vacations, adventurous voyages, corporate retreats and destination weddings.

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The micro-location chosen for a perfect getaway called Lago di Monte is set on the shore if a very small and famous lake called Poscensko jezoro at 1487m above the sea level. Its depth is maximum 3.6m, which the lake usually reaches during spring time, when the surrounding snow melts. The lake  is characterized by relatively low temperatures, sometimes reaching up to 20 degrees in the summer season. During the winter, the surface of the lake tends to freeze and the ice cover retains over 60 days which makes this place an idyllic and perfect winter setting. One of its characteristics is high level of water transparency. The resort has a tranquil backdrop of dark emerald pine forests radiating aromatic scents. Lago di Monte is a 6 acres estate with lake, forests and green grass fields perfect for all season relaxation and adventure. It has one of the best views if Durmitor’s highest peak – Bobotov Kuk, which is usually snow covered throughout the year.

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The resort has a good geographical position and sees plenty of sun due to its south-west orientation. All the main popular activities of Durmitor region are within an immediate reach – hiking, climbing, cycling, skiing, and other including touring of famous cultural heritage sites. The location is easily reached – only 8km away from Zabljak and just two-hour drive away from Montenegro’s capital – Podgorica.

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Based on the principles of sustainability and environment protection, Lago di Monte has been designed as a contemporary eco-resort with luxury eco villas and hotel, spa & conference centre. The project has been designed by DVARP from Podgorica based on several research studies done over couple of years. It is created with extremely low carbon print and with great consideration for the environment and vistas thus with very low visual impact, blending into surroundings. This resort is created for those who appreciate the magnificence of nature, adventurous hiking/biking vacations, skiing and snowboarding or just joy of simply letting go.

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There are 105 hotel units in a hotel and 8 villas with total of 300 beds. The spa centre, appropriate for the capacity, extends from the inside out, facing the forest. The conference centre offers space for events for about 300 people and the restaurant capacity with large outdoor terrace extends beyond that which makes it perfect for events – corporate of weddings.

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During the design process the imperative has been to create a unique destination, an unforgettable escape in the middle of pristine nature. This type of resort means not only well planned accommodation with suitable program, but also requires ecological and sustainable design in dialogue with the environment supported by high-ed technology. Except for the very low carbon footprint the resort is designed with a renewable energy system in place and highly controlled water usage and waste management.

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The lake, the nearby surroundings, and precious forest mad it an imperative to preserve and enhance the given natural resources. We have been inspired by the land, astonished by culture and gastronomy while revered by the Durmitor inhabitants of centuries past. We wish the same for our guests and investors.

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Lipska Cave, a Geological Masterpiece

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If you are interested in how caves come to be and develop, and if you love to have fun exploring, then a visit to the Lipska Cave is just the activity for you. The Lipska Cave is the only cave in Montenegro that has been evaluated by caving experts and made safe for visitors. It is located only 5km from Cetinje, and is a chance to enjoy an array of channels, and geological, structural and water features. The system of 2.5km of passages, halls and galleries of karst features is a geological masterpiece of nature. Due to the river that flows through the cave, the dripping of water and the deposition of CaCO3, this cave is rich in many different types of cave formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, which make for a visually impressive experience.

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The Lipska Cave was discovered before the time of Prince Njegos, and there is written documentation by well-known researchers and scientists from the 19th century of the cave’s decorations and motifs. Interestingly, the Lipska Cave is connected to two other caves: the Cetinjska Cave by the Cetinjska Monastery, and the Obodska Cave near Rijeka Crnojevica.

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There have also been wine tastings in the cave, and in October visitors can enjoy discounts. The paths through the cave and the tours are suitable for children as well. If you are the adventurous type, but not quite an Indiana Jones, don’t worry, there are tours suited to every type of visitor. The Lipska Cave and all of its treasures can be explored in the company of trained guides.

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The Peek into the Cave tour lasts 45 minutes, during which you will walk a 400 m route and have the opportunity to take a look at the cave’s passageways and channels. The tour also includes a train ride. The Peek into the Cave tour is recommended for first-time visitors to the cave, and this tour is the best way to experience the magic of fascinating underground features and enjoy a visit to the best-known cave halls and the cave’s main channel.
Cave Adventure is a tour for the most daring visitors, who want to investigate the cave’s most hidden corners. Experiencing this tour in smaller groups helps intensify the experience and enjoyment of the cave’s beauty. In any case the most surreal moment is when you step off the main path and into the deepest part of the cave, where the cave is completely dark, and only lamps illuminate your path. The Cave Adventure tour includes a train ride and lasts a total of 100 minutes. 

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Do you want to prove yourself as a true explorer? Are you the bold type, who loves physical activity? Then you have chosen the right tour for you. The Cave Expedition can be tailored to your wants and needs descend into the cave by rope from the ceiling like a true explorer, and, together with a professional guide, visit every corner and lake and investigate them thoroughly. Setting off in search of a hidden trove of gold coins in the heart of the Lipska Cave is a truly unique feeling. The Cave Expedition tour lasts 2-3 hours, and can be adapted to suit the needs of families with children.
Cave opening hours:
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

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Autumn and Montenegro Travel

Yellow, red and golden colors predominate in autumn, and why miss this magical time of year in Montenegro when it is perfect for experiencing adventure? The best time to travel is often said to be between September and November, and it is not different in Montenegro. The beautiful weather, the sunny days and the cool but still-mild evenings are perfect for 4×4 safaris, photo safaris, mountaineering or simply hiking the mountain trails, visiting cultural and historical sites with our tour guides or exploring bays and concealed beaches. Here you can bathe since the average temperature of the Adriatic Sea is still 23°C in October. For visitors who want to spend their days in complete relaxation of body and soul, we can recommend one of the spa and wellness hotels offering a variety of treatments, massages, saunas, refreshing pools or relaxation in a whirlpool bath in beautiful mountain or seaside surroundings.

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What are the advantages to traveling to Montenegro in autumn?Prices of flights and accommodation are lower.
Roads, cafes and restaurants are significantly less busy.
You can visit one of the numerous festivals and other cultural events in Montenegro.
You can tour several destinations, towns and visitor attractions when there are no crowds.
You can travel and spend time outside in light clothing, without the summer heat.
You can enjoy autumn foods and the fruits of the harvest.
You can best experience daily life and authentic local culture.

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Beautiful Night at Grandiose Mediterranean Villa Perast from the XV Century

1Renovated in 2016. Vila Perast is an exceptional 4-level house which is strikingly beautiful, absolutely charming and will tickle your fancy. The building’s original charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel’s sophisticated exterior design, and the Vila has preserved a characteristic in common with other houses in Perast: a broken base. The exterior walls are bonded exclusively with blunt and sharp corners because it is believed that this keeps evil spirits from entering. The contemporary and pleasant interior details of this Vila are a mix of stone and wood. It is a Mali hotel with the warmth and charm of a bed-and-breakfast. It is a heaven of tranquility caught somewhere between the sea and sky.

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3The ground floor is comprised of a magnificent entrance opening onto a spacious living area consisting of a contemporary kitchen fully equipped with modern appliances and a dining area spacious enough to fit a large dining table. Vila has a state-of-the-art entertainment system and this floor is also easily transformed into a beautiful, spacious entertainment room dedicated to art where you can find a trendy ambience and enjoy the special night. It is open to non-hotel guests as well. In front of the Vila there is a terrace, which has preserved the charm of the time period when it was originally built. It is suitable for a rest with a view of the bay shaded under an amazing Wisteria, which in Montenegro is often called “blue rain” – a grandiose climbing plant whose charm is difficult to resist. In front of this terrace you can enjoy a swim with Vila’s private access to the sea and move back to the terrace in the afternoon when swimming and the sun have drained your body of its endless reserves of pure pleasure.

4567The hotel has 19 different rooms, most of which have a sea view. As this bay enjoys more than 240 sunny days a year, you can enjoy the early sun’s warmth and how it angrily blisters the land as it rises from most of the rooms on the first and second floors in which ever season you choose to visit us. On the second floor there is also a shady, stone-clad terrace perfect for lounging during hot summer days. A few steps away there is a staircase leading one more floor up to the rooftop, where there are two hidden attics and a laundry room. Vila Perast allows you to feel the peace of this amazing, petite city, which excels in pride and dignity, and the architectural perfection of its Baroque palaces. It can allow you to feel its silence, calmness and simplicity. This is the perfect place where a caress of wind through the window, the smell of the sea and the sound of waves can awaken you. It may impress you so much that you forget about the hours, days, months, and other rags of time.

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Montenegro Dolphin Sailing Tour

On board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55, the Montenegro Dolphin Project will be guiding you in an adrenaline filled search and a lifetime opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures up close.

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Take part in something extraordinary – set sail on a 4-day eco-tourism voyage on board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55. Together with the Montenegro Dolphin Project Team you will have the opportunity to:

  • Traverse the exquisite Montenegrin coastline
  • Discover sailing techniques in the Bay of Kotor
  • Explore offshore waters in search of dolphins
  • Observe migratory bird species in Ulcinj Solana
  • Enjoy engaging with our marine biologists through on-board conservation and research activities

Dolphinwatch-1920x967While sailing the Adriatic Sea, the team of researchers will be introducing you to the wonder of dolphin’s lives, their main threats and the possible ways to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. The Ocean Going Sailing Yacht “Chance Discovery” will provide you with dolphin watching seats, a luxurious deck and saloon, refreshments and bathroom facilities.

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Montenegro’s first long-term cetacean research project

The Adriatic sea holds one of the richest cetacean habitats in the Mediterranean, but unfortunately these animals are classified as either at risk or data deficient and are subject to various anthropogenic threats such as habitat degradation, by-catch, marine traffic and pollution. Unlike many Adriatic countries, Montenegro lacks annual cetacean survey efforts. Dedicated and systematic research is needed to collect important data on cetacean species for their subsequent conservation. For these reasons we launched the very first annual study in Montenegrin coastal waters in order to investigate the cetaceans’ regional status and help support future conservation strategies. Further, the Montenegro Dolphin Project employes scientific outreach techniques to raise marine environmental awareness within the local community.

Delfine_im_Golf_von_Korinth,_GriechenlandFor more information about 8 hours Sailing Tour with Wild Dolphins and Marine Wildlife Expedition please contact us on info@montenegro.com.

Thank you for your support!