Montenegro and Northern Cyprus are countries that regain peace after decades of war. Their unique backgrounds arouse interests and turn them into alternative new spots for tourists. Although the two countries are small, their rich cultural and historical values, unique natural landscape and beautiful ports offer travelers peaceful and harmonious enjoyment.
歷史遺城 Historical Cities
Officially declared its independence in 2006, Montenegro is located in the southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the country, was constructed during Age of Romans in 168 BC. Ruled by the Venetians from the 15th to the 16th centuries,the old city retains its original medieval villages, especially the solid and complete 600-year-old ancient city wall. You can climb the stone steps of the ancient wall to enjoy the magnificent and postcard-like scenery of the blue bay and the continuous red tile buildings from the top. The Lovćen National Park is home to the mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, the Monetenegrin poet and a national hero. The observation deck outside the mausoleum with a 360-degree panoramic view showcases the breathtaking view of endless mountains and seas. Moreover, you should not miss the Durmitor National Park where you can enjoy some relaxing moments at the hill-surrounded crystal-clear lake or take a small wooden boat to experience the comfortable scenery around.
北塞浦路斯 Northern Cyprus
北塞浦路斯經歷多年內戰，1983年正式由塞浦路斯分裂出來，可惜至今只有土耳其認同其國家身分。北塞主要信奉伊斯蘭教，立國後政府把原有的基督教堂全改成清真寺，將兩種不同宗教、不同建築風格混合為一，而不少建築物外牆上密密麻麻的炮彈痕跡，更增添加一份昔日戰亂的哀愁。尼科西亞是全世界唯一分裂的首都，在城內不難碰到划分南北的綠色分界線。北塞浦路斯的其他主要景點包括擁有優美港口的凱里尼亞、金沙灘和有“ 鬼城”之稱的法馬古斯塔。凱里尼亞是當地主要的旅遊區，其中最值得參觀的古蹟非圣希拉里昂城堡莫屬。城堡於16世紀時依山而建，據說是華特．迪士尼當年創作“ 白雪公主” 城堡的靈感來源，您只要跟隨指示拾級而上，便可看到廚房、教堂、房間等生活空間，而城堡中有名的哥德式“ 女王之窗” ，坐落在西部城牆的高處，當時只有貴族才能到達，小小的窗口能俯瞰整個凱里尼亞的風景，一覽無遺。
Northern Cyprus has undergone many years of civil war and was officially split from Cyprus in 1983. Until now, only Turkey has recognized its national identity. As an Islamic country, after the founding of Northern Cyprus, the government transformed the original Christian churches into mosques, mixing the two religions and architectural styles together. The many bullet marks left on the exterior walls of the buildings add a splash of pass sorrow. Being the only divided capital city in the world, it is not difficult to encounter in Nicosia the green line separating north and south.Other major attractions include Kyrenia which is noted for its beautiful harbour, Rizokarpaso and the “ghost town” Famagusta. As the main tourist area in the Northern Cyprus, the most notable and worth-visiting monument in Kyrenia is the St. Hilarion Castle. Built along the hill in the 16th century, the castle is said to be the inspiration of Walt Disney’s great work “Snow White”. Following the instructions, you can see living spaces such as the kitchen, church and rooms,etc. You can overlook the panoramic views of Kyrenia through the small Gothic window at the highest point of the western castle wall, it is also dubbed the renowned “Queen’s Window” which was only accessible to nobles at the time.
唯美海灣 Spectacular Bays
黑山純天然且無污染的海島環境，成為遊客的度假天堂，其中以聖斯特凡島最聞名於世。雖然小島僅有一個足球場大，但島形猶如一片葉子浮在水面，故被譽為充滿夢幻感覺的“ 公主島”。中古世紀時，這裡只是個漁村小島，後來成為皇后的夏宮，雖然現被酒店集團收購，只供酒店住客前往，但島嶼附近的布德瓦區，同樣是度假的勝地，有“ 黑山邁阿密” 的美譽 。位於亞得里亞海畔，這座近2,500年歷史的布德瓦古城，擁有全國最好的度假村，古城前的廣場更不時舉行派對，甚受年青人歡迎。不過，要說到最受歡迎的海灣，一定是科托爾峽灣，每年的7至8月，當地都會泊滿不少遊艇，無非是想親身一睹峽灣之間的“ 水中教堂”。這個名為百拉斯特聖母科爾別耶拉天主教堂建於人工島上，您可坐船到島上參觀，教堂內有不少意大利藝術品，而且地理環境獨特，不少情侶都會選擇在這家水中教堂舉行婚禮。
Montenegro cultivates a natural and pollution-free environment and becomes a holiday paradise. For instance, the famous football-pitch-size Sveti Stefan is considered as the fancy “Princess Island” for its shape of a leaf floating on the water. In the Middle Ages, the island was just a fishing village and later became the summer residence of the Queen. Now it belongs to a luxury hotel group and only opens for resort guests. Bearing the reputation of “Montenegro Miami”, Budva is also a holiday destination near the island. The 2,500-year ancient city on the Adriatic Sea coast is favored by young people where parties are held frequently at the city square. While mentioning the most popular bay, it must be the Bay of Kotor. From July to August every year,innumerous yachts arrive at the bay for the “church in water”. This Catholic church named as Our Lady of the Rocks was built on the artificial island where many Italian art pieces are displayed. The unique geography with stunning waterfront views makes it a perfect choice for wedding ceremonies.
北塞浦路斯 Northern Cyprus
Kyrenia is a stunning port of Northern Cyprus which attracts tourists with colorful yachts, small fishing boats and sunset view. You can take the oneday yacht charter that provides Turkish barbecue lunch, and go swimming and snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea. For couples, it is absolutely romantic to enjoy the sunset and taste the top wine and local ice cream on the yacht.Furthermore, a candlelight dinner will be arranged at the high-end restaurant on the shore. Rizokarpaso is a small town situated in the northeastern Cyprus, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the entire coastline from different angles by standing at the edge of the reefs or paragliding. Under great conservation,Rizokarpaso is one of the largest turtle breeding grounds in the world where you can see the spectacular picture of thousands of small turtles crawling to the sea during the mating season in July and August.
With distinct historical backgrounds, local cuisines of Montenegro and Northern Cyprus differs greatly. For example, Burek from Montenegro has a crispy skin filled with cheese and mushrooms. Most of the local restaurants offer grilled seafood, roast beef patties, fried pork chop and so on. Don’t forget to enjoy a cup of local mellow red wine! Northern Cyprus is rich in lemon and orange, which dominate most of its dishes. Drinking juice is the best way to taste their freshness. In addition, the local cuisines are mainly Turkish and Greek due to geographical reasons, among which roast meat rolls are the most popular and others like cheese dumplings and scrambled eggs with cheese and tomatoes are also worth trying. What’s more, the price of wine is almost the cheapest in Europe thanks to the low duty on alcoholic beverages!
北塞浦路斯 Northern Cyprus
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