Those who come too late, are punished by life.
"Those who come too late, are punished by life." This famous quote by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev suits Montenegro to a tee. The land of the "black mountains" (Crna Gora) has much to offer adventurers and sun-worshippers alike; the country is currently going through a major upheaval. Montenegro is one of the world's fastest-growing travel destinations, and real estate investment along the Montenegrin coast is popular from Moscow to Los Angeles. The youngest European state, with only 600,000 inhabitants, is dependent on foreign currency, and the tourism and the real estate boom have already left their traces in Montenegrin society and landscape. However, the Bay of Kotor is largely untouched and remains one of the absolute highlights of the country. It consists of four sea gorges and is reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords. In contrast to Dubrovnik, which lies roughly 30 miles north, here one can still peacefully stroll through the Petrast, Rosen, or Kotor alleyways, where the houses are built almost entirely of stone. South of Kotor, the rocky coast is frequently interrupted by sandy beaches. In the summer, cities like Budva are crammed with tourists and accordingly noisy. It becomes quieter closer to the Albanian border, where tourists will find one of the country's four beautiful national parks, Skutari Lake (Skadarsko Jezero), with its sloping cliffs and offshore islands.