Lipa cave was valorized in the year 2015. First organized tour was done that summer, on July 13th. For the past five years of doing business, our satisfied visitors have been recommending Lipa cave to their friends and families. Many of them have shared their experience online via social media and various outlets, and we’ve regularly been published in news articles and blogs. Thanks to all our friends who’ve been with us from the very moment they entered magic halls and galleries of Lipa cave. Though we’re a small company, some of world’s greatest news media have reported on Lipa cave.
Last year, CNN wrote about us. Most of their reporting can be read in the following article. We extend our gratitude to the journalist who wrote it. We also wish to thank all our visitors and media without whose help none of this would be possible.
(CNN) — Heroic-looking highlands, pretty blonde bays overlooking the royal blue Adriatic Sea, antique Venetian villages and UNESCO walled cities.
Montenegro might be small, but this gorgeous nation has a huge array of natural and man-made wonders.
This is exactly how CNN travel describes Montenegro while listing the 20 best things to see:
Beaches, glitz and history blend in equal measure in the most-visited destination in Montenegro. Budva Riviera is a playground of shiny super-yachts and pulsating nightlife. Ancient history is there in the waterfront stone old town, Stari Grad, where marble streets and Venetian walls jut out of crystalline waters. Views from the Citadela are unparalleled, by day or while dancing the night away.
2. Herceg Novi
The fortified city acts as gatekeeper to the UNESCO Bay of Kotor, Montenegro’s crowning glory. Stari Grad’s soul-stirring feat of enchanting churches and centuries-aged fortresses is given new lease of life by buzzing cafes, restaurants and bars.
3. Lake Skadar
The largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, straddling Montenegro and Albania. The former summer residence of the Montenegrin royal family is a wildlife wilderness and birder’s paradise, comprising rolling green Karst mountains, floral fields and lily-strewn lakeshores.
4. Tara Canyon
A 150 meter-high bridge on the Tara River is widely known as one of the most beautiful in the world. Clad in dense pine forests and clear lakes, the 82-kilometer canyon is one of the world’s deepest and largest, splicing the mountains of Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrated whitewater rafting, jeep safaris, canyoning and zip-lining satisfy the adrenaline junkies, but for those wanting a bird’s eye view, head up Mount Ćurevac.
Created by glaciers and crisscrossed by underground streams and rivers, the Durmitor National Park limestone massif spans 39,000 acres across north-western Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Switchbacks and hairpin bends make an exhilarating drive, past glacial lakes and rocky outcrops, including the tallest peak in Montenegro, Bobotov Kuk at 2,523 meters. This segment of the Dinaric Alps is embodied by captivating peaks, protected forests sheltering bears and glacial lakes embedded in the Tara River Basin Biosphere Reserve.
Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a living breathing museum. The rabbit warren Old Town is a showcase of crumbling churches, Venetian-inspired architecture where the palazzo of wealthy seamen dot the shores.
7. Njegos Mausoleum
Extreme altitudes and two distinct climatic zones, Mediterranean and Continental, make Lovćen National Park a rugged and craggy landscape. Located in the rocky Dinara Alps, on the second highest peak 1,675 meters above sea level, the park is home to the mausoleum of former Montenegrin ruler Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Housed in a marble chapel, up 461 steps, is a winged granite eagle bearing his remains. Above it, 200,000 gilded tiles create a dazzling gold ceiling. Views from here are dazzling and dizzying. Tip: Nearby Njeguši village, birthplace of the Petrovic dynasty, is the place to indulge in divine home-made cheese and prosciutto smoked hams, made the local way.
8. Ostrog Monastery
Carved into a sheer vertical cliff, the piercing white Ostrog Monastery is a sacred pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians and entire gamut of religions. The incredulous feat of architecture is surrounded by bountiful scenery of the rolling Zeta valley. Tip: The lower monastery has bunks, mats and blankets for summer visitors wanting to spend the night.
9. Sveti Stefan
Formerly a fishing village jutting out on a peninsula, the walled island was a haven for families needing protection from invading Turks and pirates in the 1400s. Churches and ancient inscriptions are peppered throughout.
This eye-catching stone town of Perast is a photogenic marvel of palazzos, exquisite from every angle. Tip: Feast at Hotel Conte, a beautifully appointed and authentic waterfront property with residences on the Bay of Kotor. The seafront terrace serves extravagant seafood platters, fresh from the Adriatic.
The southernmost town of Ulcinj, near the Albanian border, offers a unique Eastern feel owing to its former Ottoman control. At the fall of the Ottoman navy, Ulcinj became a notorious pirate lair. Today, the town is a curious mix of mosques, minarets and prominent nudist beach.
Stari Bar makes a fascinating stroll past Arabic inscriptions, Turkish baths and clock tower confirming the comingling of East and West. A purportedly 2,000-year-old olive tree stands testament to the evocative evolution of Ulcinj.
12. Biogradska Gora
While the coastline sees much of Montenegro’s action, Biogradska Gora, the smallest of the National Parks, is one of only a handful of primeval forests left in Europe.
The honorary capital of Montenegro is charming in its authenticity. It’s a short drive in from the coast at Budva to the 15th century former royal capital and cradle of Montenegrin culture.
Oozing heritage reminiscent of its heyday, Cetinje is historically glorious without the flash. A walking tour is the best way to explore sights in this compact center. The monastery houses relics of St Peter of Cetinje, a bishop credited with defending the country against enemies. Not to be missed are the museums such as the sprawling National Museum, Blue Palace and current home to the President, stone Vlach church, royal theater and notable foreign embassies. Tip: Four kilometers from Cetinje, Lipa Cave is a sprawling underground lair of passages, pillars and spikes. Options to explore include everything from a brief and easy visit to an adventurous arduous day reserved for the fit.
14. Lustica Bay
A brand new town has being built on the coast of Montenegro. Situated on Luštica peninsula in the northwestern bay of Trašte, it’s a show of emerald Adriatic seas backed by jade mountains.
The town will feature more than a thousand homes, villas and townhouses, two marinas, seven hotels, championship golf course and a host of recreational and medical facilities.
This ancient city oversees the confluence of rivers Morača and Ribnica. The capital city of Montenegro is a jumble of architecture and unsubtle buildings, from glitzy new shopping centers to Ottoman curios. Stara Varos is the Ottoman Turkish heart, with hints at it’s buzzing past. Mosques stand today. The striking new Orthodox cathedral features a large dome and tall gold crosses, shooting into the skyline. Controversial frescoes are worth a marvel.
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