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Tara River Canyon

Tara Canyon is a wonder of nature that captivates visitors with its breathtaking landscapes. When exploring Montenegro, don’t miss out on the exhilarating experience of white-water rafting through its swift currents. For your stay, CUE Podgorica is the top hotel recommendation. 

Kanjon rijeke Tare

Geography and Natural Splendour

Tara Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is the deepest river canyon in Europe and the second deepest in the world after the Grand Canyon. It stretches 82 kilometres and is part of the Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canyon is formed by the Tara River, known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant ecosystem. The dramatic cliffs, some reaching heights of over 1,300 meters, offer stunning panoramic views and form a remarkable natural landscape. 

A Haven for Adventure Seekers

Flowing through this canyon is the Tara River, the longest river in Montenegro (144 km), known for its vibrant ecosystem and pristine waters. The river transforms into the Drina River after joining the Piva near Hum. It’s characterized by a significant drop and numerous cascades, creating ideal conditions for white-water rafting, making it a paradise for adventure lovers. The rapids range from calm waters to challenging class III and IV rapids, providing an exhilarating experience for both beginners and experienced rafters. Apart from rafting, the area is ideal for hiking, mountaineering, and fishing. The well-marked trails lead adventurers through lush forests, serene meadows, and hidden waterfalls, showcasing the area’s natural beauty. 

Whitewater Rafting on the Tara River, Montenegro

Conservation and Environmental Significance

The Tara Canyon is not just a natural wonder but also an ecological treasure. Its diverse flora and fauna include several endemic species. The region’s pristine nature is a result of stringent conservation efforts. The Montenegrin government, along with international organizations, works tirelessly to protect this unique ecosystem from the threats of development and pollution. This commitment to preservation ensures that Tara Canyon remains a sanctuary for wildlife and a testament to the beauty of unspoiled nature. 

Djurdjevića Tara Bridge

Cultural and Historical Insights

Beyond its natural allure, the gorge is steeped in history and culture. The region is dotted with traditional Montenegrin villages. Visitors can explore ancient monasteries, historic bridges like the Djurdjevića Tara Bridge, and remnants of old fortresses. These cultural landmarks, coupled with the warm hospitality of the local people, offer a glimpse into the rich heritage and traditions of Montenegro. 

If you want an experience that combines adventure, natural beauty, and cultural richness then you are at the right place. From navigating its white-water rapids, and trekking along picturesque trails, to immersing yourself in the rich local traditions, this canyon is a gateway to the untamed beauty of Montenegro’s wilderness. A symbol of nature’s magnificent force and splendour, Tara Canyon is an essential destination for anyone visiting Montenegro. Here, you will find not just excitement and serenity, but also an enriching cultural experience. Enhance your journey by staying at the CUE Podgorica, where comfort meets elegance, providing the perfect base for your Tara Canyon adventure. 


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Savoring Tradition: Announcement of the Third RAKIJA Fest at Hotel CUE Podgorica!

An exciting December for all rakija enthusiasts is coming with the third Rakija Fest, set to take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, in the Grand Room of Hotel CUE Podgorica. 

The unique event organized by Hotel CUE Podgorica promises to captivate visitors from 12 PM to 8 PM. Exhibitors from Montenegro and the region will showcase an impressive array of 120 rakija varieties, some with decades-long traditions. 

This is your opportunity to save the date and join us as we collectively relish products worthy of national acclaim. Tickets for this unforgettable event are available for only 10 euros at The Living Room Lounge & Dining bar. 

Join us at Rakija Fest and explore the richness of flavors and heritage that these traditional beverages carry.  

Hotel CUE Podgorica organizes Rakija Fest with the support of TO Podgorica, Aqua Bianca company and The Capital Plaza center. 

See you in the Grand Room of Hotel CUE Podgorica!  

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Portraits of renowned artists at CUE Podgorica Hotel

The photo exhibition ‘Behind the Face’ by the acclaimed artist Nebojša Babić from Serbia was opened last night at the CUE Podgorica Hotel gallery. Babić presents a wide spectrum of personalities, from actors, artists, musicians to athletes and writers, including Anica Dobra, Voja Brajović, Mirjana Karanović, Sonja Savić, Novak Đoković, Josipa Lisac, Jagoš Marković, Zubin Mehta, Aleksandar Kelić, and many others. 

The exhibition, consisting of 54 photographs, was opened by Dejan Kalezić, founder of the F64 Gallery, the only photo gallery in Montenegro.  

“I wouldn’t speak much about Nebojša’s work because the portraits speak for themselves. What impressed me the most is the individual approach to each portrayed person. Together, we strive to elevate photographic culture to a higher level,” concluded Kalezić. 

Babić’s portraits are special because they reveal the characteristics of each person and depict them in a way that unveils their essence, authenticity, and depth. Each portrait is carefully composed, with a keen focus on light and background. 

“I am happy to have the opportunity to exhibit my photos in Podgorica. Here, I’ve met many wonderful people and colleagues, experiencing the warmth and hospitality. It’s important that these things happen in Montenegro, throughout the region—for us photographers and the art of photography,” emphasized Babić. 

More than half of Babić’s photos that are in CUE Podgorica, this summer were exhibited at the F64 gallery, marking his first solo exhibition in Podgorica. 

We invite all interested people to immerse themselves in Nebojša Babić’s world of portrait art until the end of November at CUE Podgorica Hotel and enjoy the fantastic exhibition, which includes motivational messages and statements from the portrayed personalities. 

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Walking the Winding Streets of Old Town Kotor

The Old Town of Kotor has always been a remarkable destination, with a history stretching back over two millennia, showing a civilization’s march through time. No visit to Montenegro should go without a visit to Kotor. CUE Podgorica remains the best hotel, haven from which to visit this beautiful country. 

The Genesis of Kotor

Kotor’s name finds its roots in the ancient Greek word “Dekatera,” hinting at the notion of “hot.” Early mentions highlight an “Upper town” and “Lower town”. The former refers to the ancient part perched atop hill St. Ivan, while the latter embodies what we recognize today as Old Town Kotor. 

Dominions and Dynasties: Who Ruled Kotor?

Kotor has borne witness to many hands of power. From the Illyrians, Venetians, Austrians to the French, the influence of these rulers is palpable in its culture and architecture. 

The first torchbearers were the Illyrians around the III and II centuries B.C. However, the Romans left a more indelible mark, establishing their dominance from 168 B.C. to 476 A.D, referring to the town as Akruvijum. The Byzantines then took the baton, renaming the city as Dekaderon till 1185. 

The medieval era ushered in a prosperous phase under the Nemanjić dynasty, turning Kotor into a bustling seaport and bridging connections with the West.  

Kotor, valuing its independence, became a republic from 1391 to 1420. However, fearing Turkish conquest, the Big council of Kotor handed over the reigns to the Venetian Republic. This Venetian era, up until 1797, was tumultuous, marking one of Kotor’s most dramatic chapters. 

Kotor, Montenegro

The 19th century was no less eventful. Austrians and French had their moments of ascendancy. It was the Montenegrin ruler, Petar I Petrović, who in collaboration with the locals, rebelled against the French in 1813, briefly uniting Kotor and Montenegro. However, the union was short-lived, and Austria stamped its authority till 1918. Their century-long reign was fraught with uprisings from the locals. 

Kotorske zidine Starog grada tokom noći

Diverse Historical Attractions of Old town Kotor

Delving into its heart, old town Kotor captivates visitors with its cobblestoned streets. Surrounding the city, ancient walls extend for an impressive 4.5 km, tracing the contours of the town and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Adriatic below.

1. The Grand Entrances 

Old Town Kotor boasts three majestic gates that welcome visitors. The Sea Gate, reflecting Renaissance-Baroque splendor, stands as a testament to the Venetian reign. While the South Gate, or the Gurdic gate, is the oldest, the north gate immortalizes Kotor’s victory over the renowned Turkish admiral, Barbarosa. 

2. Exploring The Arms Square  

Sat Kula u Starom gradu u Kotoru, Crna Gora

Upon entering through the Sea Gate, visitors are greeted by the expansive Arms Square (Trg od oružja). Once a storehouse for Venetian weaponry, this square now houses prominent structures like the Clock Tower and the Prince’s Palace.  

3. Saint Tryphon Cathedral  

Katedrala Svetog Tripuna u Starom gradu Kotor, Crna Gora

Towering over Saint Tryphon’s Square, this cathedral is a work of art, with frescoes painted by Greek masters. Earthquakes have changed its visage, but it remains a beautiful mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque elements. 

4. Squares That Speak History 

From the Square of Salad, echoing with stories of vegetable trade, to the Boka Naval Square, home to the Maritime Museum nestled within the baroque Grgurina Palace, Kotor’s squares are all uniquely interesting. The Milk Square and the Square of Saint Luka, with its charming Church of Saint Luka, offer serene retreats. 

5. San Giovanni’s fortress, a Stone Sentinel

Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Kotor, the San Giovanni Fortress offers beautiful views of the Adriatic. Stretching over 4.5 kilometers, this fortress serves as a historic sentinel. Don’t miss the church of Our Lady of Health on your climb to the top.

6. Islets of the Adriatic: Kotor’s Day-Trip Destinations 

Ostrva Sveti Đorđe i Gospa od Škrpjela

In the serene waters near Kotor, one finds the enchanting islets of Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela off the coast of Perast. Rich in legends, history, and unparalleled scenic beauty, these islets beckon travelers seeking a deeper connection with the region’s maritime legacy. 

Dvije mačke u Starom gradu u Kotoru.

7. Cats: The Whiskered Ambassadors of Kotor
As you meander through these historic sites, don’t be surprised if you’re joined by some adorable local guides. Almost as photogenic as the landmarks themselves, Kotor’s resident cats are an integral part of the town’s charm. Their presence not only adds a touch of whimsy but underscores the town’s unique character, making them just as worthy of your camera’s attention. 

Wander through the town’s cobbled alleys and squares, and you’re greeted by “The Cats’ Square” (Trg od mačaka), boutique cat stores, and even a museum dedicated to these whiskered denizens. 

The community’s fondness for these cats is palpable. Across the city, one would find food and water laid out for them, and makeshift cardboard abodes ensuring they have a cozy nook to curl up in.  

Charities like Kotor Kitties have sprung up, dedicating themselves to alleviating the hardships faced by these cats. Their initiatives, particularly focusing on spaying and neutering, aim to create a more humane environment for the city’s feline ambassadors. 

Navigating Your Way to Kotor 

Reaching Kotor, the gem of the Adriatic, is a fairly straightforward affair. Situated strategically, the town is linked to the Adriatic Highway, which further connects to both the coastline and the inner territories of Montenegro via the Vrmac Tunnel. If you’re traveling from the inland, you can take a detour from the Adriatic highway at locales like Budva or Sutomore, the latter taking you through the Sozina tunnel. For those keen on scenic routes, there’s an old-world road linking Kotor and Cetinje, offering panoramic views of the Kotor bay. 

Turista pronalazi put do Kotora.


The Old Town Kotor, with its maze of historical landmarks, offers an insight into Montenegro’s past. For history buffs, architectural enthusiasts, or travelers seeking a beautiful European destination, Kotor promises an unforgettable experience. Book a Stay at CUE Podgorica today and visit this marvel at first chance. 

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Extraordinary July Concerts at Summer Jam by Somersby Festival

July 2023 in Podgorica will be remembered for the outstanding concerts which brought together nearly 1500 guests at the Summer Jam by Somersby Festival, organized by CUE Podgorica Hotel, The Living Room, and Elit Restaurant. We are proud of the successful concerts featuring performances by Željko Samardžić, Tijana Bogićević, Lexington band, Marija Mikić, as well as Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić.

Summer Jam by Somersby was opened on July 4th by regional star of pop music, Željko Samardžić. It was a two-hour musical spectacle. Željko, with his charisma and exceptional vocal abilities, along with the fantastic band, delighted the audience. The crowd sang along with him, creating an atmosphere filled with love and positive energy.

Željko Samardžić at Summer Jam by Somersby

The spectacular performances continued the following Tuesday with Tijana Bogićević, one of the most talented vocalists. The charisma of the “queen of emotions” and her powerful interpretation of songs left us breathless, and songs like “Blizu” and “Bezuslovno” further solidified her place in our hearts.

The excitement reached its peak at the concert of the Lexington band, a popular group whose hits have become anthems for generations. The great ambiance led the band to extend the concert past midnight, where they once again showed their musical virtuosity and talent, transmitting incredible energy to the audience.

After these exceptional performances, another thrilling evening that broke all records was marked by Marija Mikić, a talented pop singer whose rendition of recognizable songs captured the hearts of the audience. Her voice, brilliance, and interaction with the crowd created an unforgettable atmosphere and left an indelible impression on all of us.

Everything was given an extra spice by Milica and Danijel, who made CUE Podgorica Hotel and Elit Restaurant an essential destination every Thursday.

We thank everyone who was part of these special moments, as well as everyone for their support throughout this musical adventure.

Stay tuned because in August we will have concerts of Emina Jahović, Džejla Ramović, Peđa Jovanović, and Nataša Bekvalac. Also, every Thursday, Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić will ensure an unforgettable experience.


Special thanks go to our sponsors, Somersby (Carlsberg Montenegro), Adriatic Bank, Plantaže, Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism and The Capital Plaza, who made this year’s festival an unforgettable event. Also, a big thank you to our media partners (Prva TV, Gradska Televizija, TV E, Radio Televizija Crne Gore, DRS, and Play Radio) who supported us and helped our music to reach everyone.

Keep following our website and social media channels to stay updated on all upcoming events and happenings at CUE Hotel and Elit Restaurant. See you at the next concert!

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Summer Jam by Somersby in July and August

Hotel CUE Podgorica, The Living Room and restaurant Elit are organizing Summer Jam by Somersby in the atrium of The Capital Plaza center. For two months, Podgorica will have 16 concerts, in July and August, twice a week, and thus a good time is guaranteed.

Tuesday is reserved for regional pop singers and bands, and Thursday for a local duo. The program begins on July 4 at 21 p.m, with the performance of Željko Samardžić, who made it a memorable evening last year. After him, Tijana Bogićević, Lexington band, Marija Mikić, Emina Jahović, Džejla Ramović, Peđa Jovanović and Nataša Bekvalac will perform on Tuesdays until the end of August. Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić will entertain guests on Thursdays.

The festival is slowly taking on a traditional character, as it is being held for the seventh year in a row. On this way, we make a great contribution to the cultural events of the Capital City.

We remind you that last year’s Somersby Summer Jam exceeded all expectations, when, among others, Nina Badrić, Aleksandra Radović, Marko Luis, Željko Vasić, Galija, Željko Samardžić performed.

The general sponsor of the festival is Somersby (Carlsberg Montenegro), while the other sponsors are Adriatic bank, Plantaže and The Capital Plaza centar. The media partners of this year’s edition of “Summer Jam by Somersby” are RTCG, Prva TV, Gradska TV, TV E, Drugačija Radio Stanica and Play radio.



4.7. Željko Samardžić – ticket price – €20

6.7. Milica & Danijel


11.7. Tijana Bogićević – ticket price €10

13.7. Milica & Danijel


18.7. Lexington Bend – ticket price €10

20.7. Milica & Danijel


25.7. Marija Mikić – ticket price €10

27.7. Milica & Danijel


1.8. Emina Jahović – ticket price €20

03.8. Milica & Danijel


8.8. Dzejla Ramović – ticket price €10

10.8. Milica & Danijel


15.8. Peđa Jovanović – ticket price €15

17.8. Milica & Danijel


22.8. Nataša Bekvalac – ticket price €15

24.8. Milica & Danijel


For reservations, call:

The Living Room +382 68 800 251

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Welcome to our blog about top 10 things to do in Montenegro, a hidden gem in the Balkans! This small country located in Southeastern Europe offers breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and unique cultural experiences. If you’re planning a trip to Montenegro, here are some must-do activities to add to your itinerary.

1.     Explore the Bay of Kotor


The Bay of Kotor, often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, is a stunning natural wonder that should not be missed. The bay is surrounded by steep mountains and dotted with picturesque medieval towns, such as Kotor and Perast. Take a boat cruise or rent a kayak to explore the bay’s rugged coastline, visit the idyllic islands of Our Lady of the Rocks and Sveti Đorđe, or simply wander through the narrow streets of the old towns and soak in the history and charm.

2.     Discover Montenegrin Cuisine


Montenegrin cuisine is a delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Balkan flavors, influenced by its rich history and cultural diversity. Sample local specialties such as Njeguški pršut (cured ham), Kačamak (a hearty cornmeal dish), and Ćevapi (grilled sausages), as well as fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea. Montenegro is also known for its local wines, particularly Vranac, a red wine that is a must-try for wine enthusiasts. Don’t forget to indulge in Priganice, delightful deep-fried dough balls served with powdered sugar or honey, often enjoyed as a sweet treat or a satisfying breakfast option.

3.     Go hiking in the National Parks


Montenegro is blessed with pristine wilderness and stunning national parks offer excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. Durmitor National Park, located in the north, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a haven for hikers and nature lovers. Explore its rugged peaks, glacial lakes, and dense forests on hiking trails that cater to different skill levels. Tara River Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” offers thrilling white-water rafting experiences, while Biogradska Gora National Park is famous for its ancient rainforest and picturesque Biogradsko Lake.

4.     Experience Montenegrin Hospitality


One of the highlights of visiting Montenegro is experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals. Montenegrins are known for their friendliness, warmth, and welcoming nature. Interact with the locals, immerse yourself in the local culture, and learn about their traditions and way of life. Visit traditional villages, join a local festival, or simply strike up a conversation with the friendly Montenegrins you meet along your travels. You may be invited to try some homemade rakija (local brandy), or be treated to a traditional Montenegrin meal by a local family. Embrace the opportunity to connect with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions, as it will undoubtedly enhance your overall experience in Montenegro.

5.     Take a scenic drive along the Montenegrin countryside


Montenegro’s diverse landscapes offer stunning vistas at every turn, making it perfect for a scenic drive. Rent a car or hire a driver and embark on a road trip through Montenegro’s countryside. Drive along the winding roads of Lovćen National Park and enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor from the famous Njegoš Mausoleum. Embark on a scenic journey along the winding roads of Piva Canyon and be captivated by the awe-inspiring cliffs and the enchanting turquoise waters of the Piva River. A road trip through Montenegro is a fantastic way to appreciate the country’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes.

6.     Go on an adventure in Tara River Canyon


For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, a visit to Tara River Canyon is a must. This UNESCO-protected site is home to Europe’s deepest canyon, and it offers an array of thrilling adventures. Embark on a thrilling white-water rafting trip down the Tara River, navigating through the canyon’s rapids and enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. If you prefer a more daring experience, you can try canyoning, which involves rappelling down waterfalls, jumping into crystal-clear pools, and traversing narrow canyons. Tara River Canyon is a playground for adventure enthusiasts, and it’s an unforgettable experience that will get your heart pumping.

7.     Take a leisurely boat trip on Skadar Lake


Skadar Lake, located in the southeastern part of Montenegro, is the largest lake in the Balkans and a paradise for nature lovers. One of the best ways to explore the lake is by taking a leisurely boat trip. Cruise through the tranquil waters, surrounded by lush vegetation, rocky cliffs, and picturesque villages. Keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife that calls Skadar Lake home, including pelicans, cormorants, herons, and many more. Visit the small island of Grmožur, which is home to a 14th-century monastery, and learn about the history and legends of the lake from your knowledgeable local guide. A boat trip on Skadar Lake is a peaceful and serene experience that allows you to appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of Montenegro.

8.     Experience the Unspoiled Charm of Ada Bojana, Montenegro


Ada Bojana, located at the mouth of the Bojana River in Montenegro, is an island known for its triangle-shaped beaches. Lapped by the mild Adriatic Sea, it’s a great spot for relaxation. The island is also popular among water sports enthusiasts, with ideal conditions for wind and kite surfing. For the food lovers, Ada Bojana offers an array of riverside restaurants where one can savor fresh seafood, a specialty of the region. Additionally, the island is also well-suited for those who enjoy horseback riding, with beachside trails that provide an interesting way to explore. Ada Bojana stands as a unique destination that showcases the serene beauty and outdoor activities that Montenegro has to offer.

9.     Rejuvenate your senses while basking on the pristine beaches of the Adriatic Sea


Montenegro boasts a coastline along the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, with numerous picturesque beaches to choose from. From sandy beaches to pebbled coves, there is a beach for everyone’s preference. Visit the popular beach towns of Budva, Sveti Stefan, and Petrovac, known for their beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. Or head to the secluded beaches of the Luštica Peninsula or the Luštica Bay, where you can enjoy some peaceful and tranquil moments surrounded by untouched nature. Take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, soak up the sun, and unwind on the pristine beaches of Montenegro, making the most of the country’s coastal charm.

10.     The Cultural and Historical Heartbeat of Montenegro


Immerse yourself in Montenegro’s rich culture and history at Cetinje, the country’s former royal capital. Walking through the charming streets of this historical city feels like stepping back in time, as every corner whispers tales of a bygone era. Home to several museums and ancient monasteries, Cetinje acts as the cultural heartbeat of Montenegro. The National Museum, with its extensive collections, provides glimpses into the country’s fascinating past, while the Orthodox Monastery of Cetinje is a must-see for its architectural and spiritual significance. Beyond these iconic landmarks, Cetinje’s local arts scene flourishes, offering visitors a chance to engage with contemporary Montenegrin culture. Lying at the foot of the Lovćen mountain, the city also offers scenic natural beauty to complement its cultural treasures. In essence, Cetinje is a fascinating junction where history, culture, and nature meet, creating an enriching and captivating experience for visitors.

In conclusion, top 10 things to do in Montenegro barely scratches the surface as our beautiful country offers a plethora of activities and experiences that cater to different interests and preferences. From exploring historic towns and ancient ruins to enjoying the pristine beaches and hiking in national parks, Montenegro has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the country’s rich cultural heritage, indulge in local cuisine, connect with the friendly locals, and explore the breathtaking landscapes that make Montenegro a truly unique and captivating destination. So, add Montenegro to your bucket list and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in this undiscovered treasure of the Balkans!