Come live the experience of the world renowned Montenegrin wild nature and historical places. The nature of Montenegro is a nature lover's paradise.
A fore runner in the race to conserve the country's natural heritage the region will stun you with the sheer visual impact of its wild scenic beauty and fiery sunsets.
The region is a must-see and that is why it is on your itinerary. Here in Montenegro, you will find warm, generous hospitality unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
Durmitor National Park
Durmitor massif is a high plateau containing more than 30 peaks over 2,000 meters (the highest mountain is Mount Bobotov Cook 2522 meters high). To preserve the unique nature Durmitor and Tara canyon they are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Listand have a status of a National park.
Zabljak and Black Lake
The center of the Durmitor National Park is the Zabljak mountain resort (1465 meters above sea level). It is the highest town in the Balkans. Zabljak is interesting for tourists all over the seasons.
Black Lake is the premium tourist attraction of the Zabljak area. It is the largest and the best known of 18 glacial lakes on the mountain. The lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake (Veliko jezero) and Little Lake (Malo jezero). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water.
The lake is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance from the center of the town of Žabljak.
A 3.5 km walking path circles around entire lake, and it is a popular destination for recreation and hiking. Many mountain trails lead from it to other smaller lakes around Žabljak. The Katun restaurant is located on the shore of the lake and serves traditional Montenegrin dishes.
Tara River Canyon and Tara Bridge
Montenegrin Tara River Canyon (1300 meters deep and 82 km long) is the second largest canyon in the world after Colorado River Canyon in the United States and the largest in Europe. From time to time the canyon’s landscape changes and the depth reaches 1300 meters at the place called Churovets. The Tara River Canyon was included in UNESCO's program in 1977.
The Tara Canyon attracts tens of thousands of amateur and expert rafters from many countries. The Tara region will stun you with the sheer visual impact of its wild scenic beauty.
Cetinje - old capital of Montenegro and the Monastery in Cetinje
Cetinje is the historical and cultural capital of Montenegro and the residence of the Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro. Cetinje is located in a valley surrounded by mountains at the root of Mount Lovcen. The town was founded in 1482 by Prince Ivan Crnoevic and became the centre of Montenegrin culture and the Serbian Orthodox Church. Cetinje was nicknamed "Serbian Sparta" due to its heroic resistance from Ottoman Empire.
Monastery in Cetinje is Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church. Important holy relics keep in the monastery: the relic of St. Peter's Cetinski, the right hand of St.John the Baptist and a portion of the True Cross. The right hand of St.John the Baptist is one of the most revered shrines of the Christianity as by Bible Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Lovcen National Park and Negushi village
Mount Lovcen is a National park of Montenegro, it’s located near to Kotor and Tivat. This mountain plays a major role for Montenegrins. Lovcen is the symbol of the state and national ideology. On the top of Mount Lovcen there is the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Negos. Petar II Petrovic Negos was a poet, sage, philosopher and statesman of Montenegro. Lovcen abounds with heritage places and historic buildings, summer pastures and villages. One of the most valuable monuments of this region is Negushi village, from where the genealogy of Negosh family comes.
Ostrog Monastery - famous shrine of the Balkans
Ostrog Monastery is the greatest holiness of Montenegro. It stands high in mountains hidden in clouds. It was built in the 17th century and keeps the relics of St. Basil of Ostrog. Montenegrins are saying: "St.Basil is watching us all our lives and waiting when we get back to our roots."
The way from the Lower to the Upper Monastery have to be done on foot like humble pilgrims. Old monk will tell you about the history of the Monastery and about all the miracles that happen here. Poor, rich, Orthodox, Catholics and Muslims come here from all over the world to seek healing in body, mind and soul. Ostrog Monastery sure is a place where miracles do happen.
Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans. It has unique and rich flora and fauna. Skadar Lake is an important habitat for water birds. The curly pelican is a symbol of this National park. In some places the depth of the lake is 60 m. Skadar Lake has many cultural and historical monuments, which are occupying the large part of this national park.
Beogradska Mountain National Park
Beogradska Mountain National Park is the oldest reserve in Montenegro. In 1878 Prince Nikola appreciated the beauty and uniqueness of this place and ordered to protect it. Since Biogradska Mountain is a reserved area, and now it’s called Princely reserve. In the national park there is one of the few virgin forests remaining in Europe. The age of some trees is thousands years, the height is more then 45 m and 1,5 m around.
Biogradska Mountain is famous for its variety of flora and fauna: there are more than 2,000 kinds of plants and 200 species of birds.
The real treasure of the Beogradska Mountain National Park is Biogradsko Lake, the largest and most famous of glacial lakes of the national park. The clarity of the water is unusual: even at great depths you can see a lot of trouts. In the summer the water temperature is less than 20 degrees.
Kolasin is a small resort town surrounded by Tara and Moraca Rivers. Always there are a lot of tourists in Kolasin. In summer this town is a popular balneotherapeutic resort. Ski tours are popular in Kolasin during the cold season.
Moraca River Canyon
Morača is one of most beautiful river canyons in Montenegro which separate the Moracke mountain range from the Sinjajevina range.
Smaller than the Tara River Canyon but just as impressive, the Moraca River Canyon, a tributary of Lake Skadar, snakes over 98km and plunges to depths of 1 000m in Platije canyon. Paddlers should make the most of a break to admire the frescoes and iconostasis in Moraca Monastery.
The Morača River basin is oriented to the Adriatic Sea while the Tara River basin pertains to the drainage system flowing into the Black Sea.
In the mountains near to Kolasin there is one of the oldest monasteries in Europe. This is Moraca Monastery which is founded in 1252. Next to it there is one of the oldest Christian churches in this region. This is Holy Assumption Church, built in 1252. Holy Assumption Church is a significant Serbian Orthodox monument of the Middle Ages in the Balkans. The monastery is famous for its frescoes of the Holy Virgin, Christ and 11 scenes with illustrations of the Prophet Elijah’s life.
Piva Monastery and Piva Lake
Piva Monastery was built near to Piva Lake in XVI century. The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built thanks to efforts of the future Serbian Patriarch Savati Sokolovic. The Church was decorated by Greek painters between 1604 and 1606 and contains many frescoes. Later the Church was painted by masters of famous Bokelska (Kotor) school. Piva Monastery is only one Serbian monastery that was founded during the Turkish occupation.
There are many relics in the Monastery: the Relic of the Holy King Uros, parts of Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator and parts of Relics of St. Gregory the Theologian.
At the end of the XX century the Monastery had a unique story: in 1982, a new reservoir, created by the Piva Hydro Electric Project, required moving the monastery, so while the dam was built, the monastery was broken into pieces and moved to a higher ground, 3.5 km away. It was reconstructed in the original way.
The monastery contains archives, a library, and a treasury with 183 books and nearly 280 other items reported in 1991, including ritual objects, rare liturgical books, art and objects of precious metals. Also featured is a psalm from the Crnojevići printing press (1493–1496), which was the first printing press in the Balkans. It is dated to 1494 and was discovered by chance among other papers in the library of the monastery.
Boka Kotorska: Kotor
Kotor, first mentioned in 168 BC, was settled during Ancient Roman times, when it was known as Acruvium and was part of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during this Venetian period. In recent years, Kotor has seen a steady increase in tourists, many of them coming by cruise ship. Visitors are attracted both by the natural beauty of the Gulf of Kotorand by the Old Town of Kotor. Kotor is part of the World Heritage Site dubbed the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor.
Boka Kotorska: Perast
Perast lies beneath the hill of St. Elijah. Near Perast there are two islets: one is called Sveti Djordje (St. George) and the otherGospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), and each has a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic, with an area of 3,030 m² — it was built upon a rock (Škrpjel) after two Venetian sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary on it in 1452.
Throughout the centuries, many empires battled for control of the Perast. In the 10th century, it was an autonomous city of the Byzantine Empire. From 1186 to 1371, it was a free city of medieval Serbia. It was from 1420 and 1797 under Venetian Republic of Venice and Hungarian control for brief periods, but as an independent republic from 1395 to 1420, when then returned to Venetian control once again. French occupation from 1807 to 1914 was followed by Austrian rule until 1918, when Kotor finally became part of Yugoslavia.
Boka Kotorska: Risan
Risan is the oldest town of Boka Kotorska, it was founded in the 3rd century. Risan traces its origins to the ancient settlement of Rhizon (Rhizinium), the oldest settlement in the Bay of Kotor. In Roman times, Rhizinium is documented as an oppidum civium Romanorum, and the most prosperous time for Roman Rhizinium came during the 1st and 2nd centuries, when huge villas were made in the area and the city had 10,000 inhabitants. Five mosaics are the most valuable remains of that period - not only for Risan but also for Montenegro. Among them there is only mosaic of the Hypnos, God of Sleep, in the world.
Boka Kotorska: Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi was known as Castelnuovo ("New castle" in Italian) between 1420 and 1797 when it was part of the Albania Veneta of the Republic of Venice. Herceg Novi has had a turbulent past, despite being one of the youngest settlements on the Adriatic. A history of varied occupations has created a blend of diverse and picturesque architectural style in the city.
The most famous tourist attractions are: Sea Fortress (Forte Mare), Clock Tower , Bloody Tower (Turkish Kanli Kula), built during the Turkish occupation, and Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church on the Belavista Square, famous Savina Orthodox Monastery.
Boka Kotorska: Tivat
The origin of Tivat supposedly goes back to the 3rd century BC Documents prove as well that Tivat was an important religious centre in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel was the seat of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Zeta. Tivat, the youngest town in the Boka area was established on the spacious plateau at the bottom of Vrmac. According to the archives of Kotor, the following names were mentioned here in the 14th century: Teude, Theode, and Theudo who are related to the queen Teuta.
There were their big properties, castles, and chalets as well as the collective church of St. Anton dating from 1373. Part of this inheritance, which was the property of the wealth Buca family, is a marvelous chalet which today houses Tivat’s museums and galleries.
The residence of the metropolitan of the Zetan diocese was built from the 13th to the 15th century on Prevlaka Island. Tivat (called Teodo in Venetian language), was under the Republic of Venice as a part of Albania Veneta from 1420 to 1797. Tivat turned into a town by the end of 19th century when in 1889 the Naval arsenal was built by Austrians, and was later used as a military base of Army of Montenegro). Currently, a Canadian businessman Peter Munk is finalising the building of a vacation resort and mega-marina named “Porto Montenegro”.
The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.