Places to visit
Monastery Ostrog is the biggest and most significant Montenegrin sanctuary. This magnificent Orthodox monastery attracts believers of all denominations and countries for decades now, and all those who wish to find hope, faith and salvage in their pure hearts at this place.
Monastery Ostrog was founded by Archbishop Vasilije in 17. century. It is located high above Bjelopavlići plain, engraved into rocks and mere look at it causes awe and admiration.
This sanctuary is one of the most visited in Christian world.
Boka bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Mountains reflected in dark blue water of Adriatic Sea surround it. Entrance to Bokokotorski bay often provokes thrill among tourists of numerous ships from around the world – cruisers that enter Kotor, a city whose cultural heritage is under UNESCO protection.
Around Boka bay there is quite a number of small cities and places, different and particular, but unique in recognizable Mediterranean architecture and vegetation.
Lovćen is not the highest, but is certainly the most significant Montenegrin Mountain, due to its important role in the history of Montenegrin nation. At the summit of a mountain that rises above Kotor from one side, and above Cetinje from the other, at almost 1.700m of altitude, a Museum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš is placed, Montenegrin bishop and most significant poet. Museum is unavoidable excursion site for all tourists who visit Montenegro, together with friendly settlement Njeguši where the writer of “The Mountain Wreath” was born.
Mountain Lovćen is proclaimed a national park which encompasses the highest and central part of Lovćen range.
The most popular river island in Montenegro – Ada Bojana is placed a couple of kilometres from Ulcinj, southernmost Montenegrin municipality, at the meeting point of river Bojana and Adriatic Sea. It was made artificially, and occupies 4,9 km. Ada features famous tourist and natural (nudist) camp.
Banks of river Bojana are famous per fisherman stilt houses, from which inhabitants angle in a traditional manner and fish caught there can be served in numerous nearby restaurants.
This place, notable for flora and fauna unique in Europe is also a prestigious location for kite surfing or sailing.
Skadar Lake is the largest lake in Balkans. It mostly belongs to Montenegro, and its minor part belongs to neighbouring Albania. Peculiarity and beauty of the lake which connects municipalities Bar and Podgorica is in abundance of its flora and fauna. This is the only habitat of pelican birds in southern Europe, and trademark of the lake, which is also a national park, is rare Dalmatian pelican.
After Ramsar convention in1996. Skadar Lake is listed in World register of wetlands and given international importance.
Lake also plays important role in Montenegrin history, given that remnants of forts and fortifications confirm that Old Royal Capital of former state Zeta was located precisely at that place.
At the shore of Skadar Lake there is a small town – Rijeka Crnojevića, with nearby remains of Obod settlement, where in year 1494. the first book in this part of Europe was printed.
Durmitor is utterly important and authentic masterpiece of nature. This mountain is proclaimed national park in 1952. Located at northwest of Montenegro, at area of app. 40.000 ha. Highest point is Bobotov kuk – 2.523m.
Special charm of this range is 18 glacial lakes, known as “mountain eyes”, at altitudes above 1500m. The largest and most attractive is Black lake, 2 km away from mountain town Žabljak, Montenegrin winter tourist centre.
Fast and clean rivers endowed Durmitor with magnificent canyons, Tara canyon being one of them, known as one of the most beautiful in the world. Diversified flora and fauna of Durmitor attract many enthusiasts.
Durmitor is listed as World Natural Heritage.
Tara – river and canyon
Canyon of wild and unrestrained Montenegrin beauty, river Tara, is second largest in the world, right behind Colorado. For centuries this "Pearl of Europe" carved this priceless masterpiece, thus creating numerous breathtaking straits and abysses. Cascades and certain tranquil parts of river Tara, leave impression of fairy tale surrounding. Shores are well covered with dense vegetation, especially with black pines forest with trees up to 400 years of age. This untamed river invites tourists with adventurous spirit to let go and spend unforgettable moments while rafting down its restless course. River Tara and Tara canyon are listed as World Natural Heritage.
National park Biogradska gora is situated between rivers Tara and Lim, in the midst of mountain Bjelasica. Landscape of Biogradska gora is rugged due to fast streams; green meadows and bright lakes mirroring forests aged hundreds of years. What makes Biogradska gora unique is its rain forest, last one remaining in Europe with Biogradsko lake in its heart, the largest glacial lake in this national park.
Biogradska gora is prolific in cultural historical heritage consisting of sacred monuments, populist architecture and archaeological sites. Various authentic objects of traditional architecture in resorts and villages are scattered around perimeter of rain forest nature reserve of mountain Bjelasica.