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Montenegro (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 15 Mar 2008
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'The best book on the country.' The Times 'Gives plenty of background on culture, history and folklore.' The Daily Telegraph 'Brilliantly written, lovingly researched and very useful.' Conde Nast Traveller
From natural history and mountain walks to seaside breaks and hidden monasteries, the Bradt guide covers every aspect of Montenegro. The author also provides comprehensive coverage to help plan and prepare, as well as updated information on hotels, restaurants and how to get around.See all Product description
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The maps aren't all that great. We got AWFULLY lost in Niksic. According to the map we 'should' have parked in exactly the same place as we did on our way up to Zabljak, but clearly didn't and ended up wondering around in the dry heat having an argument on the neccesity of getting lunch and needing the loo. The book doesn't mention a bustling central street with outdoor cafes (OK, yes, mostly pizza and ice-cream, but still...) that we very fortunately stumbled across. I wish I could tell you where it was, but based on the map, I couldn't put the two together. That said, the maps are not terrible - generally you can get around, we used it in Cetinje and Podgorica without much problem (but didn't spend all that long there). If you have a smartphone, it's probably worth downloading a map - especially if you're driving round Montenegro and can't be bothered to pay for a satnav or the cost of downloading maps for satnavs.
She covers a lot of the country, even the tiny towns with about 3 houses along the main road get a half-page, but I would have liked a lot more detail on the main towns/cities. History from hundreds of years ago is covered well, but I struggled to find much mention of what happened with the break-up of Yugoslavia and then on. (If you're looking for a book that is easy to read and gives a good overview of what happened in the Balkans, try Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde).
We went to a few restaurants that she reccomended, and generally, they were all pretty good. Price ranges are also accurate.
In summary: useful to plan a holiday.
In Cetinje, "the best restaurant in town - Nationale" was closed. And in the monastery, when we inquired about the "tablija" where heads of Turks were displayed after war, we found out that, tablija was turned into a bell tower in the 20th century, so there hasn't been a tablija for the last century. In the introduction part of the book, giving women artificial sweetener was mentioned, as it was hard to find. But every market I have been to carried them; maybe that part belonged to an earlier time. It would be just stupid to gift someone sweeteners i would say.
My final impression is, the information can be a bit outdated and disorganised, but that is usually the case with many guides. But the punlisher should certainly invest in some better maps in the next editions, rather than the present ones, probably made using Paint MS.
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We planed our journeys the night before so it was really easy to find on the day.