Montenegro might be a small Balkan country, but it is diverse, whether culturally or even geographically. While there some unique things just to Montenegro like their indigenous wine or the very many bays and ports, it also has a very rich natural landscape and will blow your mid away. The hikes and walking routes in Montenegro is spread evenly across the country. The bounty of nature can be experienced best by trekking in Montenegro; so diverse and so unique that, at the end, it will leave you asking for more.
Best Hiking Destinations In Montenegro
The huge and small national parks clubbed with the rugged mountainous landscape of this small country has some breathtaking views and memorable hikes. Here is our pick of the best of the best.
1. Mount Durmitor
Mount Durmitor is the most famous mountain range in Montenegro. With more than 40 peaks and very many kilometres of mountain trails, it has something for the experienced and the beginners of hiking. Located above the town of Žabljak, there are so many things to do here at this National Park. If you are up for a bit of adventure, you could also hike up the highest peak of the country, Bobotov Kuk, which is at a staggering height of 2,523 metres. The climb is worth it, as the view from there is the best in the whole of Montenegro.
While you are on a hike here in this UNESCO-protected national park, there are so many things of interest you will come across, and also a lot many activities. For example, you could go rafting on the Tara River or look down from the Tara Canyon, replete with waterfall and stunning gorges. You might even pass through Dobrilovina, which is a Serbian Orthodox monastery, found on the edge of the park. But, the most popular among those is the Black Lake, where visitors can be found taking in the breath-taking views. On the hike, you will also find a lot of birds and animals, none very dangerous though. Yet another canyon is the Nevidio Canyon, which is a rather dangerous climb and only for the experienced.
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2. Lovćen National Park
Very close to the city of Kotor, this National Park is one of the best nature trails in the whole of Montenegro. With panormic views and abundant flora and fauna to keep you in awe all the time through this hike, it is a favourite among the travellers and locals alike. With beech forests and canopies all through the trail, it is one awesome hiking experience. You need to climb 400 odd steps to reach the top of this mausoleum, but it is worth it.
There is also a number of acrobatic trails for the kids. If you are one of those who like to travel the path unknown, there is a narrow road which leads to the Krstač pass above Kotor. Somewhere along this road, is a stone terrace, from which you get to see of the best views of the Kotor Bay. It is just stunning. There is a lot of unique food and drinks also available in Njeguši village and is a must-visit while you are in the National Park. Of course, with so many trail options available, you will need a place to stay. There are hotels within the park for a comfortable stay and continue your trail the next day.
3. Lake Skadar National Park
Lake Skadar is undoubtedly, one of Montenegro's best-kept secret. There are so many unique things to do here and while you are at it, you might come across animals like mongoose and foxes, or a tortoise might even cross your path. You know the one sure thing why you absolutely should go on a trail in this park is because of one activity - plucking wild fruits. The hikes here are guided by locals, who will take you to their villages and feed you local food too, which makes the whole experience even more special. The hike trails here are as diverse as the country itself. There are hidden rock pools and lush green forests. There are a number of villages, among which Rijeka Crnojevića is the most popular. It is said when the country was ruled from Cetinje, this is where the royals resided in the winter and that is why the house of Vladika Petar I Petrović still stands tall there.
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4. Biogradska Gora National Park
Located in the northern region of Montenegro, Biogradska Gora is one of the three remaining rainforests in the whole of Europe. The park offers one of the most stunning views and the trails here are one of the most organized ones in the country. The most popular spot in this national park is the lake of the same name. It is a glacial lake and has one of the most splendid views around this park. There are other glacial lakes too like Šiško and Mali. The National Park has the best-marked trails and offers the best of hiking and biking, among other things to do here. There are so many peaks and so much natural beauty to explore in this park. The reason we say that this park has one of the most organized trails is so many signage along the way, which informs you of the flora and fauna of that region. The Mojkovac trail is one of the most popular ones as it offers a spectacular view of the park. Also, there are separate trails for hiking and biking. You can rent out bikes and explore the natural beauty of this park. There are also restaurants, as well as camping and lodging facilities inside the park.
5. Mrtvica Canyon
This little known gem is located 40 kilometers north of Podgorica, Montenegro. One of the best trails in the country, it is also one of the lesser known ones. What is special about this place is that apart from the spectacular trails, there is also an open-air tunnel, which has been carved into the cliff and you will start witnessing that wonder, about 5 kilometers into the hike. Along the trail, you will find cottages where locals live and they are more than happy to share tales of this regions and also a cup of the local brew! The best part about this Canyon is that, unlike all the other canyons where you need ropes and other equipment, this one deos not. You can always keep a walking stick at hand though. That being said, it is not an easy hike either and you need to have enough stamina; some of them end up camping overnight at the village.
6. Prokletije National Park
The newest addition to the numerous national parks in Montenegro, this National Park is now home to the highest peak, Maja Kolata, beating Durmitor's Bobotov Kuk by just 5m. An intersting fact about the name of this park is that it means 'accursed mountains' and there is an interesting story behind that too. It is said that the range was let loose from hell by the Devil himself, but one look at the abundance of nature here and you will feel it was a cruel joke on the Devil himself. But, do not get fooled by the splendidness of this place because the hikes here are definitely not easy and the paths are not easy to tread. If possible and if you are not comfortable, find a guide; there are many in this region, who will take you to the right spots and you will get to chat up with them about the history of the place too. The bonus? There are some secret paths that you might discover along the trail and is exciting when you do so. There is Lake Plav close by to the Park, where you can enjoy a morning of kayaking or paddling too.
Trekking in Montenegro is a very special experience. With a number of National Parks and Canyons and the likes, there is no dearth for the adventure enthusiasts and the secret paths in most of these trails make the hike here even more amusing and exciting. So, plan your trip to Europe for a unique holiday experience like never before!
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