The sovereign state of Montenegro, located in southeastern Europe literally means ‘Black Mountain’. This is no surprise since the area around Montenegro is covered with tall, imposing mountain ranges like the Durmitor, the Dinaric Alps and the Prokletije that make up for most of the country’s border with the neighbouring Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania. The rocky land of Montenegro also shares a border with the Adriatic Sea in the southwest. Montenegro is known to have some of the most rugged terrain in the whole of Europe, including some of its tallest mountains and the deepest canyon. As a result, the country is listed as an ecological hotspot due to its unique geographical conditions, and is replete with indigenous flora, fauna that are well protected by National Parks and reserves.
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One of the most interesting villages in Montenegro is the tiny town of Pluzine. Officially the smallest town in Montenegro with a population of just over 1500, Pluzine is located in the northwestern part of the country, close to its border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pluzine is nestled within the great Durmitor massif, which is a part of the Dinaric Alps mountains. Pluzine is a quaint Alpine town that is ideal for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway and a quieter alternative to the nearby ski resort of Zabljak, which has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Montenegro. Pluzine is situated on the banks of the Piva lake, which acts as a reservoir of the Piva river that cuts through the gorges and canyons of the Durmitor ranges.
Pluzine witnesses subzero temperatures in the months of December and January, when the thermometer goes down to -2 degrees Celsius. The summer on the other hand lasts from May to September, when the temperature stays above a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius. There is constant light rain throughout the year, so it is a good idea to pack a rain jacket in your luggage. For rafting enthusiasts, the season officially begins in May when the snow melts and the rivers start gushing. For Alpine climbers and skiing enthusiasts, December, January and February are the best months to visit, as the Durmitor snow peaks are otherworldly at this time.
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There are five airports within driving distance of Pluzine and not all of them are located in Montenegro:
Nikola Tesla International Airport, Belgrade
~7 to 8 hours
Dubrovnik International Airport, Croatia
Sarajevo International Airport, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mother Teresa International Airport, Tirana, Albania
Podgorica Airport, Montenegro
Public transport like buses and trains to Pluzine are readily available from the airports. Most buses that go to the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica stop by Pluzine
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