The name Montenegro comes from the Venetian language and means 'black mountain'. The country owes this name to the dark colour of Mount Lovcen due to the many pine trees that grow there. Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers. The higher parts have a temperate maritime climate with milder summers. However, highs of up to 40 degrees are no exception.
The capital of Montenegro is Podgorica. About 180,000 people live here. The modern city of Podgorica is both the political and cultural capital of Montenegro.
In terms of nature, the country also has a lot to offer. The Biogradska Gora national park, one of the oldest protected natural areas in the world, contains the last patches of primeval forest in Europe. Montenegro has the longest beach in the entire Adriatic. The country also has several rivers, where you can go rafting, for instance. The Tara River has the longest and deepest gorge in Europe and, apart from the Grand Canyon, even the deepest in the world.
Montenegro has 2 airports: Golubovci near Podgorica and Tivat, on the coast near the beautiful town of Kotor. The country's roads are good, especially on the coast, and traveling in Montenegro is safe. Despite Montenegro not yet being a member of the European Union, its currency is the euro, and thus legal tender.