Bar Cruise

Lake Skadar and its natural park
The Palace of King Nicholas in the old town of Bar
The petite jewel of Budva

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Bar

An unexpected little paradise

On an MSC Cruise, you will discover Bar, the largest of the ports contained in the Balkan treasure chest. You will enter the heart of one of the smallest European countries, ready to offer you an enjoyable adventure beyond all expectations.
 
Your MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to a beautiful coastline with long sandy beaches and crystalline waters, counterbalancing the rugged inland mountainous area, with majestic mountains more than 2,000 metres high, such as the imposing Mount Rumija. The multifaceted beauty of this territory has inspired the many ethnic groups who live there to find the key to peaceful coexistence. 
 
Visiting Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, during an MSC Excursion, will enchant you with its magical atmosphere, full of ancient myths and legends and its colours that change with the passing of the seasons. The beautiful natural park gathers traditional villages, including Vranjina, a tiny "Montenegrin Venice", rivers and fortresses, one of which is located right in its centre. Lake Skadar represents a splendid habitat for several species of birds and fish.
 
Another MSC Excursion will take you to the ancient city of Bar, Antibereos for the Greeks, and located further up the hill than the present-day inhabited centre. This "Pompeii of Montenegro" preserves remains of defensive walls, palaces, churches and mosques. You can also admire the Palace of King Nicholas, in typical local style, but with the addition of neoclassical elements. Currently home to the National Museum, it houses collections of firearms, jewellery and furniture from the Petrović-Njegoš family.
 
Not far from Bar, lies Budva, which you can discover thanks to one of the MSC Excursions. This town stands on a charming islet connected to the mainland by a strip of sand. It will be an architectural and urban jewel to see, especially when you visit the old town with its narrow winding streets, half-hidden squares, churches and fortresses. Strolling through Budva, you can dive into a millenary history that begins with the Greeks and continues to the present day.

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    Montenegro

    An unexpected jewel
    An unexpected jewel

    The tiny state of Crna Gora is better known under its Italian name, Montenegro. The English translation – “Black Mountain” – may sound a little bleak, but it’s a land exploding with colour.

    Carpeted with flowers for much of the year, the country’s muscular peaks are dappled with the dark greens of pine, beech and birch from which turquoise streams rush down to a tantalizingly azure blue sea. Its Mediterranean coastline is dotted from border to border with beaches of yellow and volcanic grey, and huddles of picturesque, orange-roofed houses – a postcard come to life to admire during your holiday to Montenegro.

    While the coastline is most appealing for the traveller, Montenegro’s most precious jewel – phenomenally photogenic Kotor – sits just a little inland at the end of a fjord-like bay. The beach town of Budva is the other real highlight, but you should also try to make time for the ruins of Stari Bar.

    Away from the coast, the country’s pleasures are mainly confined to the mountains, particularly the spectacular national park of Durmitor, while the old Montenegrin capital of Cetinje is also well worth a visit; the present-day capital, Podgorica, gets few visitors but certainly has its charms.