Photo courtesy of Amanresorts

Many people were hitting Google this weekend in order to figure out where in the world Montenegro is when the US men’s water polo team played the Montenegro team on Sunday. Of course, we’re here to enlighten you, since Montenegro is a country you should know about — at least for planning your next getaway.

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the seaside country of Montenegro was once part of Yugoslavia. Montenegro sits on the azure Adriatic Sea, and is often referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean, with its beach towns and luxurious, relaxed culture. One of these beach towns is Kotor, home to the palatial estate Villa Duomo, which was converted into 13 luxury apartments for summer visitors. Relax on the stony beaches and learn what peace and quiet is really all about.

Another beach town is Budva, with 17 beaches spread out across only 13 miles. Make a stop at Slovenska Beach where you can try paragliding, waterskiing and even bungee jumping from a 130-foot-high platform. If you’re looking for a little more luxury, visit the stone resort Sveti Stefan, the most exclusive spot in the area. It was once a haven for the likes of Sophia Loren and other rich and famous socialites of the 1970s. Visit one of the resort’s 6 spa cottages scattered over the island before enjoying al fresco tapas at the seaside café Enoteca or pastoral Mediterranean cuisine at The Taverna. At the Aman Sveti Stefan’s Villa Milo’er, a collection of 8 posh suites, relax on the private pink-sand beach, surrounded by the clear Adriatic, rugged snow-capped mountains and lush forest of olive trees.

Take in all the luxury of this coastal country among some of the most unique and flourishing biodiversity in Europe — 40,742 marine fish species have been found in Montenegro, representing 70% of the species registered in the Mediterranean. If you can tear your eyes from the crystal blue sea, you might find more than a few feathered friends. In addition to the fish, 333 out of 526 European bird species are regularly present in Montenegro with 204 of those species nesting in the country.

Learn even more about Eastern Mediterranean Beaches here!

Are there any other countries you’re discovering because of the Olympics? Let us know in the comments and maybe we’ll give you a glimpse of the culture!

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Amanda DiGiondomenicoAmanda is an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com and considers herself a resident of both Baltimore and Washington, DC. She loves taking road trips up and down the East Coast, but...

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