This article is dedicated to all the people around the globe who never visited Montenegro, never felt the hospitality and warm nature of the people living here and who never had the joy to see the wast natural wealth, the countless monuments, natural and man built, as well as for all those who have already been touched by the beauty of Montenegro.
With the best intention at heart, to bring the beauties of Montenegro closer to you, we feel stuck trying to decide whether to start from the wild and unseen mountain regions or the gentle and warm coastal regions full of life. Considering the fact that many people think that Montenegro consists of a a few coastal towns, couple of beaches and a little ocean we decided to start with the breath taking mountain regions of Montenegro. We hope that this article and the photos will inspire you to see Montenegro with your own eyes and experience it in your own way.
National Park Durmitor
Among the most beautiful ornaments of the park, are the clear gushing rivers which gave this area astonishing canyon valleys. Particularly astonishing is the Tara river flowing through the depth of the canyon landscape, making it one of the most beautiful in the world.
Because of the vast richness of flora and fauna, its ecosystem with more than 1300 species of vascular plants, Durmitor represents the magnificent natural value and lasting inspiration for scientists and nature lovers.
Durmitor National Park has a significant number of cultural monuments dating from ancient times to the present. The most characteristic are medieval monuments: the ruins of cities and forts, bridges and watchtower, the necropolis and monastery complexes in the valley of the river Tara. Durmitor is only 2 km away from the mountain town of Zabljak, the winter tourist center of Montenegro.More about Durmitor
Prokletije National Park
A mountaineer’s paradise
The Prokletije itself are made up of many large sections or mountain massifs/groups, all of which are connected to one another. These massifs include the Popluks group with a height of 2,694 m, the Shkurt group at 2,554 m, the Radohimës group at 2,570 m, the Zaborës e Krasniçës at 2,625 m, the Bjelic group at 2,556 m, the Karanfili-Brada group at 2,554 m, the Rabës group at 2,232 m, the Ershellit group at 2,06 6m, the Kakinjes group at 2,359 m, the Shkëlzen group at 2,407 m, the Bogićevica group at 2,533 m, the Horolac group at 2,199 m, the Kershi Kocaj group at 2,399 m, the Maja e Zezë group at 2,400 m, the Lumbardhit group at 2,52 2m, the Kopranik group at 2,460 m, the Strellc group at 2,377 m, the Đeravica group at 2,656 m, the Junik group at 2,296 m, the Starac-Qokorr group 2,426 m, the Hajla group at 2,403 m, the Stedim-Ahmica group at 2,272 m, the Zleb-Rusulija group at 2,382 m, the Mokna group at 2,155 m and the Suva Planina group at 1,750 m.More about Prokletije
The Virgin Forests
Although it is the smallest of the five national parks in Montenegro, Biogradska Gora National Park has a great diversity of flora and fauna. There are 26 different habitats of plants with 220 different species, around 150 bird species, 10 species of mammals live in this national park, and last but not least there are 86 kinds of trees and shrubs. The lake is inhabited by three types of trout and 350 different insects. What makes this national park unique and even more beautiful is its virgin forest, with trees that are more than five hundred years old. The most common tree species around the lake are European beech, sycamore maple and European ash, and on the slopes beech and silver fir. In the very heart of Biogradska’s virgin forest is Biogradsko Lake, the largest glacier lake in this National park. When the sun is up and the sky is clear this lake as a sparkling emerald color. Rainfall is extremely high in the area, averaging up to 100 inches per year, and allows the growth of temperate rainforest. More about Biogradsga gora
The beauty and the Beast
The Tara river flows through one of the most spectacular and deepest canyon gorges in the world. This gorge is 78 km long and more than 1300 meters high, which makes Tara River Canyon the deepest river canyon in Europe ! Protected by UNESCO since 1977, Tara River Canyon is one of the top 25 recognized world nature heritage sites, frequented and accessible to hikers and bikers. The water of Tara river is so clean that you can drink from it. Along its 144 km course, the Tara River gets large quantities of water from different sources forming breathtaking waterfalls and scenic cascades, whose roar is heard on the very peaks of the canyon. Are you excited yet? If not, you should be. White water rafting from May to October on the Tara River is a premium experience for the fans of extreme sports and the more adventurous who enjoy exciting trips. Since the Tara River flows through the Tara canyon you will see breat taking scenery on your rafting route. The rafting route from Brstanovici to Sćepan Polje is 18 km long and it lasts 2 to 3 hours. This part of the Tara River Canyon is the most exciting because the river here has the steepest drop in elevation on a short length. There are 21 out of 50 rapids in this part of the Tara River.
Lovćen National Park
Lovcen National Park is known for its natural, cultural and historical characteristics. The location of the park between two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and continental, caused the development of a rich flora and fauna with many endemic species. Among the 1,300 plant species, which make 1/3 of the total Montenegrin flora, there are many endemic, rare, medicinal, and aromatic species. The area of the park is a habitat for many animal species, with numerous endemic and relict forms. In addition to mammals (wolf, bear, wild boar, fox, deer, rabbit, hedgehogs, silverchest Montenegrin wolves, etc.), Here are many other animal groups, around 200 species of birds, 11 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians, 85 species of butterflies 100 species of ants, 45 species of flower flies, 10 species of bark beetles and others. What’s interesting about Lovcen is that on a clear morning you can see part of Italy in the distance. More abbout Lovcen
Monastery of miracles
The Orthodox monastery of Ostrog is one of the most frequently visited on the Balkans. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.More about Ostrog
The blue cave is a small cave in the Luštica peninsula, in Montenegro. The special charm of this cave is that its blue inside. The ocean water, and the light illuminating the cave turns the botom of the cave into an incredible shade of blue like no where else on the planet. The water depth inside the varies from seven to nine meters but the clarity of the water makes it possible to count each stone at the bottom More about Blue Cave
Miriste beach is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Montenegro. The surroundings will leave you speechless, the crystal clear water and the ocean air will infuse new energy in you. The beautiful mixture of the rocky and floral environment makes Mirište more than favorable for exploring, camping and relaxing. Not far away from the beach Mirište is Forte Arza which is a marvel of architecture also available for sightseeing and to enjoy some of the most romantic sunsets in the world. More about Miriste
The creepy island
Mamula (also known as Lastavica, eng: Swallow) is an uninhabited islet in the Adriatic Sea, within the southwestern Montenegrin municipality of Herceg Novi. It was built in 1853 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula.
Mamula is located between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas at the entrance to the Boka Kotorska bay. This small islet is of circular shape, and has 200m in diameter. It is 3.4 nautical miles (6.3 km) away from Herceg Novi. The islet resembles Alcatraz in San Francisco (USA) and the it very much had the same role in the past. The beauty of the island is intoxicating, yet there is a certain negative energy surrounding the island and from the moment you set foot on the island you can feel it. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it was a prison and there are stories about unimaginable terror in fort Mamula. On the outside of the fort the warm air, the clear waters surrounding the islet and the relievo under the water surface and the structure of the Fort on Mamula make this islet a must see for every visitor of Montenegro. More about Mamula
Our Lady of the Rocks
The pearl of Kotor Bay
The Lady of the rocks is located just outside Perast, in the middle of the Kotor bay, surrounded with mountains, the cristal clear ocean and perfectly clean nature. Visitors can only reach the Lady of the rocks via boat, and once you see this marvelous wonder you will always gladly return again. According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on the 22. July 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea.The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called fašinada, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place. More about Lady of the rocks
As the home to some of the most celebrated panoramas in Montenegro and famous for its wild, natural beauty, Skadar Lake was named national park in 1983, was added to the list of wetlands of international importance in 1996 and at the end of 2011 it was nominated for the UNESCO world heritage status. As the former capital of Zeta, Skadar has a proud and rich history. It was in the territory of Skadar that the royal family would summer, the Turkish invaders sought to conquer and where the best organic food and the best wines are made by local producers of Crmnica and Godinje valleys. More about Lake Skadar
Eye capturing 177 beaches
From soft and sandy beaches, to private and secluded beaches that can only be reached by boat. Montenegro has it all. Even though some of the beaches are not in top shape we can hardly say there is nothing Montenegro has to offer its visitors when clearly the photographs show there are plenty of amazing beaches in Montenegro
Adventure and Excitement
Bored in Montenegro? NEVER! Experience the exciting and adrenaline waking activities we have prepared for you and experience Montenegro in a whole new and EXCITING way. From easy paced but fun adventure parks in Lovcen, the breath taking diving sites, the seventh highest bungee jump in the world from the Djurevica Tara bridge, to the adrenaline kicking rafting on the Tara river, through the second deepest canyon in the world – Tara canyon. Our activities will leave the most exciting and sweet memories of Montenegro. Take me to my adventure
In the end..
a brilliant video production by Matúš Lašan, from MLandscapes showing some of the most attractive landscapes of this heartfelt country. The locations in the video are as listed:
0:16 – Boka Kotorska
00:35 – Sveti Stefan
00:39 – Petrovac
00:46 – Podgorica
00:53 – Nijagara waterfall near Podgorica
1:02 – Ostrog
1:05 – Rijeka Crnojevica
1:13 – Karuč
1:18 – Canyon Cijevna
1:25 – Stari Bar
1:30 – Stari Bar
1:34 – Perast
1:40 – Velika Plaža
1:44 – Crno jezero
1:49 – Durmitor
1:58 – Ulcinj
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