Montenegro’s fourth-largest city, Bijelo Polje (Бијело Поље; pronounced ‘bi-ye-lo po-lye’) was once part of the evocatively named Sandžak of Novi Pazar, the Ottoman-controlled region that separated Montenegro from Serbia until 1912. Today almost 54% of the town’s population identify as Orthodox and 45% as Muslim, with mosque minarets and church bell towers sprouting in nearly equal profusion. It’s one of the most diverse cities of Montenegro.
'Bijelo Polje' means 'white field', a reference to centuries past when the area was supposedly covered in white flowers. Alas, it's not quite as picturesque today, but still, it's far from being derelict. The broad Lim River skirts the town centre, where you’ll find lots of cafe-bars, pizzerias, banks and the post office.