|National Parks 🏞️🌲🌳🌿🦅🦫|
|Durmitor / Tara Canyon / Tara Bridge / Sedlo Pass / Savin Kuk|
|Lovćen / Njegos Mausoleum|
|Skadarsko Jezero / Dodosi / Rijeka Crnojevica / Rijeka Crnojevica Boattour / Waterlillies of Skadar / Karuc|
|Kotor – Kotor Cat stroll / Budva / Cetinje / Petrovac / Podgorica / Ulcinj / Niksic / Herceg Novi /|
|Villages / Small town’s 🌱🌲🌳🏡👩🌾🌾|
|Perast / Gornji Stoliv / Donji Stoliv / Prcanj / Rose /||Njegusi / Njegusi Fog / Mali Zalazi / Veliki Zalazi / Ceklici /Majstori / Karuc||Mala Crna Gora /|
|Durmitor / Prokletije / Lovćen / Komovi / Moračke Planine / Orjen / Sinjajevina / Kucka Krajina / Bjelasica|
|Tara Canyon / Morača Canyon / Mrtvica Canyon / Piva Canyon / Nevidio Canyon / Škurda canyon|
|Kapetanovo Jezero / Krupac Jezero / Slansko Jezero / Skadarsko Jezero / Visitorsko Jezero|
|Village Life 🐄🌽🚜👨🌾🌾|
|Village Life I / Village Life II / Village Life III / Village Life IIII / Village Life V|
Durmitor is a mountain and the name of a national park in Montenegro. It reaches a height of 2,522 meters with the mountain of Bobotov Kuk. The name Durmitor is probably derived from Balkan Romance, and it means “sleeping” (cognate with English dormitory). There are similarly named mountains such as Visitor (visator, “dreaming”) and Cipitor ( atipitor, “sleeping”) across ex-Yugoslavia. Another etymology could be from Celtic meaning “mountain with water”.
Prevoj Sedlo or Sedlo Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.907 meter above the sea level, located in the Durmitor national park. The road over the pass links the municipalities of Žabljak and Plužine. It’s one of the most spectacular roads in Montenegro. On the summit there are fantastic views on both sides, with a nice panorama of the Valovito Jezero lake and the sharp rock of Stožina (1,905 meter). The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle and unprotected by guardrails. It’s the highest paved mountain pass in the country.
The Tara canyon, also known as the Tara river gorge, is the longest canyon in Montenegro. It is 82 kilometers long and is 1,300 meters at it’s deepest, making it the deepest river canyon in Europe. The canyon is protected as a part of the Durmitor national park and is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tara river cuts through the canyon. The Tara river, at its end making confluence with piva, becomes the Drina, and is some hundred and fifty kilometers long. In its passage through the Durmitor national park, the river has a mean fall of 3.6 meters per kilometer, making a host of waterfalls and cascades possible, thus creating with its uniqueness, and is often referred too as “The teardrop of Europe”.
Đjurđevića bridge is a concrete arch bridge over the Tara river in northern Montenegro. Đjurđevića bridge, which was designed by Mijat Trojanović, was built between 1937 and 1940 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The project’s Chief Engineer was Isaac Russo. The 365 meters (1,198 ft) long bridge has five arches; the largest span is 116 meters (381 ft). The roadway stands 172 meters (564 ft) above the Tara River. At the time of its completion, it was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe.
Savin Kuk (2313 meter) is one of the most beautiful, most recognised, most photographed and most visited peaks of the Durmitor mountain range. Savin Kuk is an unfailing part of famous and incredible panorama view above Crno Jezero (1416 meter), which contain also a view of the Medjed (2287 meter) peak. It’s beautiful triangle shaped peak on the left from Medjed peak, dominates above amazing beauty of Crno Jezero, which is surrounded with beautifully black pine trees forest.
Adjacent to Cetinje is Lovćen national park, normally approached by car, but accessible on foot. Covering 6.400 ha, the national park is dominated by Mount Lovćen and the Njegos Mausoleum, descending to the marshes of Skadarsko Jezero.
The mausoleum of Petar Petrovic Njegos built of limestone and granite can be found on top of Mount Lovćen. It was Njegos’s last wish, the greatest ruler of the Montenegrin’s who was a bishop and a poet at the same time to be buried there. The big statue in the mausoleum was sculpted by Mestrovic. The statue was getting dusty for a long time in a store-room but later it was carried up to the peak with the help of big haulers and winches.
Sunset scenery of the Njegos Mausoleum, with clouds incoming from the Boka Kotorska bay. The mausoleum of Petar Petrovic Njegos built of limestone and granite can be found on top of Mount Lovćen. It was Njegos’s last wish, the greatest ruler of the Montenegrin’s who was a bishop and a poet at the same time to be buried there.
Named after the city of Shkodra in northern Albania, Skadarsko Jezero also known as Lake Skadar is the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula and with its surrounding wetlands it encompasses one of the most important bird and fish habitats in the Mediterranean region. About 62 percent of the lake lies in Montenegro and the rest in Albania. Home to several species of fish and birds, Skadarsko Jezero is a critical wintering and staging site for migratory birds and European waterfowl and the western most nesting site for the rare and elegant curly or Dalmatian pelican; in all, more than 280 species of birds have been recorded here, as well as 50 species of fish. Skadarsko Jezero is largely fed by rivers, springs and underground watercourses and is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the River Bojana.
Dodoši is a charming village located at the shores of Skadarsko Jezero, which is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and peaceful environment. During the summer time village Dodoši is surrounded with green fields but during the autumn it becomes peninsula. Although some of the old stone houses date from the 16th century, the main reason to visit this tucked away village is for a dip in the river alongside or take an hike through the endless fields to admire the countless water lilies.
Rijeka Crnojevica boat tour
Rijeka Crnojevica flows from cave Obod with it’s short 13 kilometer long course it passes through beautiful regions of old Montenegro though the Skadarsko Jezero. That view off the Rijeka Crnojevica river from the famous view called Pavlova Strana is one of the most spectacular scenery in Montenegro. Rijeka Crnojevića the settlement is mainly known as the starting point of the boat trips over the river Rijeka Crnojevića, going over the idyllic water lily rich river with the famous river bend, which can be found on many postcards, and eventually flowing into the Skadarsko Jezero lake.
Water Lillies of Skadar
The biggest lake in the Balkans and also the only National park in which water and swampy ecosystems dominate. The northern swampy coast (20 000 ha) gives ideal conditions for development of wildlife, especially birds. There are also 50 species of mammals (the only water representative is otter), numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects. There is a very diverse vegetation in the lake as well as in its surroundings. During summer water lily and water heath pea (Trupa Longicurpa) meadows can stretch for kilometres.
Rijeka Crnojevića is a small hamlet a few kilometers from the historical capital of Cetinje in Montenegro. The village is along the Rijeka Crnojevica river, which empties into nearby Skadarsko Jezero. Important in Montenegro’s history, the village was the capital of the Crnojevic state until 1478.
Although it is the smallest of four National Parks in Montenegro, Biogradska Gora National Park contains great diversity of flora and fauna. There are 26 different habitats of plants with 220 different plants, 150 kinds of birds, and 10 kinds of mammals live in this Park and in its forest, there are 86 kinds of trees and shrubs. In the waters of the park exist three kinds of trout and 350 kinds of insects. The thing that makes the national park unique is its virgin forest, Biogradska Gora (16 km²) with trees over five hundred years old. In the very heart of Biogradska’s virgin forest is the Biogradsko Jezero, the largest glacier lake in this National park.
The Prokletije mountains are one of the highest and without doubt most hyperkarstic mountain ranges of the Balkan Peninsula whose white naked karstic and jagged ridges and peaks, build form limestone and dolomite show many cirques that create an imposing wild image which sends shivers and fear to visitors as geographer Jovan Cvijic said in 1913. Because of it’s impressive and amazing beauty, Prokletije mountain range is also known as the “Southern Alps of Europe”.
Herceg Novi is a coastal town located at the entrance to the Boka Kotorska and at the foot of Mount Orjen. It has around 17,000 inhabitants, and is the administrative centre of the Herceg Novi municipality. Although it is one of the youngest settlements on the Adriatic, it had a very turbulent history, and every one of the numerous conquerors had left a mark on the city’s face, making it one of the most picturesque towns on the Montenegrin coast.
Kotor is located in the most secluded part of the Boka Kotorska. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by House of Nemanjic, is very well preserved and protected by UNESCO. Kotor, first mentioned in 168 BC, was settled during Ancient Roman times, when it was known as Acruvium, Ascrivium, or Ascruvium and was part of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
Kotor Cat’s stroll
The cats live in Kotor for centuries and protect the town from the rats, mice and snakes. Nowadays the cats have become a kind of symbol both of good luck and prosperity, and of the old town which survived despite the wars, sieges and earthquakes.
The wider area of Ulcinj has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Illyrian tombs (tumuli), found in the village of Zogaj, in the vicinity of Ulcinj, date back to the Bronze Age. The town is believed to be founded in the 5th century BC colonists from Colchis. The Colchian colonization is mentioned in the 3rd century BC, in a poem by Apollonius of Rhodos. Illyrians lived in the region at the time, and under Greek influence built immense so-called Cyclopean Walls. In 163 BC, the Romans capture Colchinium from the Illyrian tribe of Olciniatas and renamed the town Olcinium (aka Ulcinium) after the tribe. Under Roman rule, the town receives the status of Opida Civium Romanoruma (Town with Special Privileges), only to be granted Municipium (Independent Town) status. When the Roman Empire was split in two, Olcinium became a part of the Eastern Roman Empire. Before the medieval period, Ulcinj was known as one of the pirate capitals of the Adriatic Sea.
The coastal area around Budva, called Budvanska rivijera, is the center of Montenegro ‘s tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and beautiful examples of Mediterranean architecture. Budva is 2,500 years old, that makes it one of the oldest settlements on the coast of the Adriatic sea.
The history of Petrovac began in Roman times, when a few villas were built on the karst plateaus of Medinski. A 4th-century mosaic floor, remains of a villa and baths are found behind the Sveti Ilija church. Later there was a small slavic village. The village was mentioned for the first time in the chronicles of the priest of Duklja. A 16th-century Venetian fortress, Kastel Lastva, was built on the north side of the bay to discourage pirates. The name, Petrovac, was given at the beginning of the 20th century in honor of King Peter I Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia. Before, the name was Lastva.
Cetinje, is a city and old royal capital of Montenegro. It is also the historic and the secondary capital of Montenegro, where the official residence of the President of Montenegro is located. The city rests on a small karst plain surrounded by limestone mountains, including Mt. Lovćen, one of the country’s landmarks.
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. It is located 44 meter above sea level. The city’s population is at 185.937. The favourable geographical position of Podgorica, at the confluence of the Ribnica and Moraca rivers, on the meeting point of fertile Zeta plain and Bjelopavlici Valley has made the city an attractive location for settlement. Podgorica is located at the crossroads of several important routes that lead down to the city along the valleys of the rivers Zeta, Moraca, Cijevna, Ribnica, and Sitnica, in the ravine of Skadarsko Jezero and in the vicinity of the Adriatic Sea, in the fertile lowland with favourable climate conditions. The area has been suitable for human habitation since ancient times, with the earliest human settlements being founded in prehistory. The oldest remains of material culture on this area belong to the late Stone Age.
Nikšic is located in Nikšic plain, at the foot of mount Trebjesa. It is the center of Nikšic municipality, which is the largest municipality in Montenegro by area. Nikšic is the second largest city in Montenegro, after Podgorica, and is an important industrial, cultural, and educational center. The first settlement in the area of modern-day Nikšić is thought to be formed in the 4th century, as a Roman military camp. The camp was probably founded on the site of the previous Illyrian tribal settlement.
People of Montenegro
Slavs settled in the Balkans during the 6th and 7th centuries. According to De Administrando Imperio, there existed three Slavic polities on the territory of Montenegro: Duklja, roughly corresponding to the southern half; Travunia, the west; and Serbia (or Rascia), the north. Duklja emerged as an independent state during the 11th century, initially held by the Vojislavljević dynasty, later to be incorporated into the state of the Nemanjić dynasty.
Fishermen of the Bay of Kotor
Early morning scenes in the Boka Kotorska or Bay of Kotor, the home for fishermen for centuries.
Villages / Small town’s coast
A small, peaceful place in the Boka Kotorska bay famous for its interference of mountain and sea winds mixed with 548 types of herbs that are suitable for lung diseases, particularly in the late spring and early autumn.
Small fisherman’s settlement from XIV century remained preserved over the centuries. Donji Stoliv is located at the very sea shore. The pebble road will take you to Gornji Stoliv through the woods and olive groves. A fantastic view over the entire Boka Kotorska will burst before you up there. Gornji and Donji Stoliv have around 500 inhabitants. The first camellia from Japan was brought by the Stoliv seamen in XVIII century. “Days of Cammellia” have been organized in the springtime ever since.
Rose is a fishermen’s village situated right next to the sea, cuddled by mountains and Mediterranean forests, on the edge of the Lustica Peninsula, facing Igalo. The houses of Rose are lined up on the front of the quay well protected from the winds. This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Riviera. It’s background is a forest with extraordinary samples of Mediterranean horticulture.
Perast lies beneath the hill of St. Elijah, on a cape that separates the bay of Risan from the bay of Kotor, two smaller bays within the Boka Kotorska and overlooks the Verige strait, the narrowest part of the Boka Kotorska. Near Perast there are two small islands: one is called Sveti Djordje, and the other called Gospa od Škrpjela, and each of them has a picturesque chapel.
Prčanj is a small town in the Boka Kotorska. It is located 5 kilometer west of Kotor, opposite Dobrota and between the settlements of Muo and Stoliv. All it’s history has been written at sea. It was one of the most important maritime centers on southern Adriatic. Since the fall of the Roman Empire the small village of Perzagno was populated by Dalmatian Italians and was closely related tho the nearby Cattaro nowadays called Kotor.
Njeguši is a village in southern Montenegro, within Cetinje municipality. It is located on the slopes of Mount Lovćen, within Lovćen national park at 1,111 meter above sea level. This village is best known as birthplace of Montenegro’s royal dynasty of Petrović, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918, as well as everyday office supreme temporal power in Montenegro, Gubernadur, from one of the oldest families in Njeguši-Radonjić, which ruled from Montenegro, first to the Supreme serdar Stano of 1520 and even earlier (the days of the family Crnojevic), as of a later gubernadurs from 1756 to 1832. The village is also significant for its well-preserved traditional folk architecture.
The forgotten village of Mali Zalazi, located at an elevation of 822 meter. This old settlement is one of the last remains of the once important passage village too Kotor and the hinterlands. Together with the neighbouring village of Veliki Zalazi it’s nowadays one of the more scenic coastal hikes in Montenegro.
The forgotten village of Veliki Zalazi. Dating back too before 1898, the church is one of the last remains of the once important passage village too Kotor.
Ceklici is an old Montenegrin tribe located in Katunska nahija region and made up of 9 villages. The entire area inhabited by the Ćeklići is protected by high mountains, which favoured the maintenance and creation of a tribal community, as well as internal mutual connections. The main tribal center was the village of Kućišta, where the tribe gathered (Zborna Glavica). The other villages are: Vuči Do, Krajni-Do, Petrov-Do, Ubao, Dragomi-Do and the last small ‘settlement’ Jezer. All these clans of the Ćeklić tribe, as with other Montenegrin tribes, are divided into several families. The villages of Ćeklića are usually located along valleys, after which they get their names. Livestock breeding and farming are still too this day their main preoccupations.
The rural isolated village Majstori in a broader sense covers an area 3 km in diameter located between the mid-height peaks of Djurđevac (1465 meter) in the north, Osmogrka (1327 meter) and Hum (1415 meter) in the east, and Rujiški vrh (1403 meter) and Murakovac (1275 meter) in the south in the Lovcen national park.
Karuč is a small fishing village on the shore of Lake Skadar. In the past, Karuč had the character of a temporary settlement because the inhabitants of the surrounding villages left fishing equipment there. The Karučko “eye” – the source was known for its large fish catch, so over time a temporary settlement became a permanent fishing village. The catch of common bleak, for which Karučka “eye” was known, amounted to dozens of wagons a year.
Mountain villages / small towns
Mala Crna Gora
Mala Crna Gora is a small village situated around 25 kilometer from Žabljak at an altitude of 1,800 meters. The inhabitants practice sheep and cow farming, as the mountain plateau mainly consists of pastures surrounded by beech and pine forests.
Churches – Monasteries – Cathedral’s
The monastery of Ostrog is situated against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroška Greda. It is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), who was buried here. From the monastery, a superb view of the Bjelopavlići plain can be seen. The Orthodox monastery of Ostrog is one of the most frequently visited on the Balkans. It attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. 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.
The Moraca Monastery is one of the most monumental medieval monuments of Montenegro. It was built in 1252 by Stefan, son of King Vukan and Nemanja’s grand son. It is situated in an extended part of picturesque canyon of the Moraca river. The churchyard of the monastery is enclosed by a high wall with two gates. In addition to architecture, its frescoes represent a special significance of the Moraca Monastery.
Cathedral Church of St. Basil of Ostrog
The beautiful Orthodox cathedral, near the King Nikola Palace, is located at Petrova Glavica. It is dedicated to the fallen Montenegrin and Herzegovinian warriors in the liberation wars against the Ottomans, and their names can be seen on memorial plaques in the interior, which was not painted with icons.
Established in 1897, Dajbabe houses a remarkable Orthodox church inside a cave, where the low bumpy and buckling walls are slathered with religious paintings. The monk who set up the monastery worked on the artwork until his death in 1941.
Katic i Sveta Nedelja islands
Sveta Neđelja is an islet on the Adriatic Sea, in Montenegrin municipality of Budva. It is located opposite the town of Petrovac. It has a small church of the same name built upon it. Coupled with the other islet, Katič, it makes an attraction for diving enthusiasts. As the legend has it, it was built by a seafarer who was saved from a shipwreck on this island.
At the foot of the Lovcen mountain ridge, in one of the most exotic encounters of land and sea, stands the island of Sveti Stefan. As legend has it, a fort was built on the island in 1442 when it was first settled. The island was fortified by walls so families from the surrounding villages could find shelter from Turkish and pirate attacks.
The monument on Trebjesa, built on the outskirts of the town of Nikšić, commemorates partisan fighters who died in the fight against the occupiers of the Axis Powers during the People’s Liberation Movement (World War II). It is also a place where tribute is paid to 32 partisan soldiers and anti-fascist fighters who were executed in Trebjesa, where the Monument is located.
At Orlov Krš (Eagles rock), the hill rising and dominating over the southwestern part of the field of Cetinje is the Mausoleum of ruler Danilo, the founder of the Petrovic-Njegos dynasty. The mausoleum was built in 1896 by the idea and the sketch of Princess Elena with a help of the French architect Fruse and the sculptor Voutier.
Jadran sailing ship
Jadran is a training ship powered both by sail and internal combustion built for the navy of Yugoslavia and now owned by the navy of Montenegro. It was built in Hamburg, in the HC Stülcken & Sohn shipyard, and launched on June 25, 1931.
Austro Hungarian Water Well
One of the empires that left it’s biggest mark in Montenegro is the Austro-Hungarian. The Austro-Hungarian Empire ruled mostly the Bay of Kotor since 1797 until 1918 when the empire collapsed and the coastal strip of Montenegro was united with the post-World War One Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Austro Hungarian structures in Montenegro – the forgotten architectural heritage can be found mainly in the bay of Kotor and it’s surroundings.
Rose shipwreck Bokelj
The sunken ship “Bokelj” is located in the Boka Kotorska near the small tourist town of Rose in Montenegro. This ship, which was in private ownership, sank in 2019 and parts of its hull are still visible above the water. Diving enthusiasts can explore the wreckage of the ship, which is now home to various marine life.
Mausoleum to the Partisan Fighter
The Mausoleum to the Partisan Fighter on the Gorica hill is the final resting place for two revolutionaries and sixty-six national heroes of the People’s Liberation War (Montenegrin NOR), but also a central memorial site dedicated to all the World War II victims from the territory of Montenegro.
At the extreme north-western part of Zeta valley, at the confluence of the rivers Zeta, Morača and the Širalija stream, woven into the urban tissue of the contemporary Podgorica, there are the remains of the classical architecture of Duklja or Doclea and an edifice from the Early Christian and medieval period.
Stećci are medieval tombstones that are only found in certain parts of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. The word stećak (the singular of stećci) literally translates as ‘standing tombstone’. Stećci date back to the 12th to 16th centuries and even though they’re being studied, there are still a lot of mysteries surrounding stećci.
Fort Gorazda is a fortification built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire near Kotor in Montenegro. The current fort was built between 1884–86 and replaced an earlier structure on the same site; it’s most notable feature is a 100-ton Gruson rotating turret on its roof, the last remaining example of its type. The fort was used by the Austrians in artillery duels against Montenegrin batteries stationed on Mount Lovćen during the First World War.
Memorial to the Fallen of the Lješanska Nahija
The post-World War II period was the motivation for many architects in the design of monuments throughout Yugoslavia, and in that wave, Svetlana Kana Radevic, the first architect in Montenegro born in 1937, designed the Monument to the Fallen Fighters of Lješanska Nahija in two Balkan and two World Wars. The 12 meter high monument was built in 1980, and its work lasted five years.
Mamula is located on the entrance to the Boka Kotorska bay, built by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula in mid 19th century. During the World War II, the fort was used as a prison by Italians, from May 30, 1942 on wards. The prison is known for the torture and cruelty the prisoners withstood.
The Mratinje Dam is a concrete arch dam in the canyon of the Piva river in Montenegro. The dam was completed in 1975 with designs by Energoprojekt. It’s construction resulted in the flooding of the Piva canyon and the creation of Lake Piva, which, with its 12.5 km², is the second largest lake in Montenegro.
Žabljak Crnojevića is an abandoned medieval fortified town in Montenegro. The fortress itself is located on the confluence of the Morača river in the Skadarsko Jezero. It is believed that this fortress was founded in the tenth century during the reign of the Vojislavljević dynasty in then-known Duklja, whereas the first known written testimony of the fortress originate from mid-fifteenth century. The fortress served as the capital of Zeta under the Crnojević dynasty from 1466 till 1478, being the seat of Stefan and Ivan Crnojević.
Any visitor to the long-since dilapidated ruins of Stari Bar, one of the world’s largest fortified archaeological sites, will be impressed by the beauty of the natural surroundings into which it blends, dignifying the majestic Mount Rumija which towers above it. This contrast of nature and Mediterranean heritage represents one of the most important cultural and historical sites in Montenegro.
Mala Rijeka Viaduct
The Mala Rijeka Bridge is 498.8 meter long and at its highest is 200 meter above the Mala Rijeka river meaning literally Little river. When constructed it was the highest railway bridge in the world surpassing the record height previously held by the Fades viaduct in France.
Kotor Bay sunset
Boka Kotorska Sunset
Together with Durmitor range and Prokletije range, Komovi range belong to the group of the three most impressive and most magnificent mountain ranges of Montenegro and also of Dinarci Alps. Komovi range is situated in the eastern part of Montenegro and it stretches between the farthest upstream parts of the Lim river to the east and the Tara river on the west, to Drcka river to the north and Prokletije with mount Planica to the south.
Moračke Planine mountain range is located in the central part of Montenegro. This range is limestone in composition. In geographical literature some geographers ascribe the Moraca Mountains to the Sinjajevina range. The Moračke planine are topographically and climatically attractive.
Orjen is a Dinaric Mediterranean limestone mountain range in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At 1894 meter, Zubački kabao is the highest peak in the subadriatic Dinarides. The massif of Orjen lies to the northwest of Risan in the Boka Kotorska. From the town of Risan, situated at the innermost protected part of the bay, a well-engineered road, at first metaled, with many hairpin bends climbs to about 1600 meter, over to the interior.
Some geographers classify mount Sinjajevina a mountain plateau, but it also holds the largest pasture range in Montenegro. The direction of Sinjajevina follows the rest of the Dinaric ranges, from east to west. Mt Sinjajevina’s relief is rolling due to glacial activity.
It is almost untouched, pristine, remote and quiet. Region called Kučka Krajina or sometimes Žijovo, situated north-east of Podgorica the capital of Montenegro, next to the Albanian border, is one of not so known gems of the Montenegrin Dinarids. In fact this is a vast karstic plateau (povrs) from which more groups of summits, single mountain-like summits and mountains rise.
Bjelasica belongs to the central continental region of Montenegro. Bjelasica is placed on the east from the Moraca and Sinjajevina mountain ranges, on the north from Prokletije, Komovi, Kucka Krajina ranges and on the northwest of Durmitor. It’s geological features are of volcanic origins, with smooth round shapes, differing from most of Montenegro’s other mountains of calcareous composition abounding in karst forms, with numerous crevasses and crevices.
Morača is one of most beautiful river canyons in Montenegro which separate the Moracke mountain range from the Sinjajevina range. It originates in northern Montenegro, under the Rzača mountain. It generally flows southwards for some 113 kilometer, before emptying into the Skadarsko Jezero. In its northern part, the Morača is a fast mountain river, and has cut a canyon north of Podgorica.
“Treasury of Nature” title is without doubt the right tributary of the Mrtvica Canyon. The canyon of the river Mrtvica seems astonishing, almost terrifying in its wild beauty. It is unexplored and unknown partly, for those who enjoy in nature there is marked way. It abounds in vegetation, typical for deep canyon there are remains of ecosystems of the rainforest.
The beautiful canyon is cut between the mountains of Bioč, Volujak, Maglić and Pivska planina, it’s 33 kilometer long, deep up to 1.200 meter and the river generates immense power used for the power station of Mratinje which dammed the canyon in 1975. The dam is 220 meter high, one of the highest in Europe and creates the Pivsko Jezero lake, the third largest in Serbia and Montenegro, which flooded the old location of the monastery of Piva from the 16th century, so the monastery was moved to a new location.
The canyon Nevidio is considered as one of the most impassable canyons in Europe. It was completely impassable except for professionals with alpinist and diving skills, but today Nevidio is available for enthusiasts and tourists willing to take challenging adventure. Until 1965 when the canyon was officially proclaimed, man’s foot had never taken a step in its terrible depth. Locals called it “unseen miracle” and pronounce its name with awe. The canyon is about 3.8 kilometer long and it takes almost the entire day for passing.
The Škurda canyon is located above Kotor and starts from the Austro-Hungarian dam.
The canyon of the river Cijevna is sited on the fifth kilometer from Podgorica towards the Albanian border. This is a very attractive location, favorite bathing beach of Podgorica residents, offering perfectly clean water. The river Cijevna has a specific character of the mountain stream with very expressed fluctuations in the water level.
Kapetanovo Jezero or Captain’s Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.678 meters above the sea level located in the west of Montenegro, between Nikšić and Kolašin on Mount Lukavica part of the Moracke planine mountain range.
Krupačko Jezero is a artificial lake with an estimate terrain elevation above sea level of 614 metres. Located only five kilometres from the center of Nikšić, Lake Krupac has long been a favourite destination of the people of Nikšić, who are happy to find escape from the summer heat at the largest swimming pool in the continental part of the country.
Visitorsko Jezero is a lake in the Plav Municipality. It is a mountain lake, noted for its floating island.
Slansko Jezero means “Salt lake”. It is a karstic lake that lies not far from Nikšić, on the road to Dubrovnik. The lake is 617 meters above sea level. It is shallow and has a very indented form with a great many small islands. It makes a very scenery landscapes.
If we say for Montenegro that it is picturesque as an artwork, for Luštica Bay we can say it is a masterpiece in the making. The nautical settlement is located on the idyllic peninsula of Luštica in Tivat and represents a residential tourist destination of Montenegro.
Village Life I
Village Life II
Village Life III
Village Life IIII
Village Life IIII
Ladder of Kotor
This hiking trail is what remains from the legendary route that connected Kotor with Njegusi village and Cetinje. For centuries, this was the only path connecting Kotor and Cetinje. From Kotor, the trail climbs up the mountains to Krstac Pass. Those who climb all of the way to the top (940 meters) will be rewarded by phenomenal views of the Bay of Kotor and beyond.
The iconic rock viewpoint of Pestingrad located on the top just above Kotor, an ideal viewing point too witness the enchanting view of Kotor and the Boka Kotorska bay.
One of the 6 Zip-lines that can be founded in Montenegro. Zipline Njeguši is located at the entrance of village of Njeguši and the Lovćen national park. And offers Ziplining with the scenic backdrop of the Boka Kotorska bay.
Paragliding in Montenegro is a truly once in a lifetime experience providing a unique view of the country’s breath-taking landscape.
Natural Reserves ~ Regions
The saltpan Ulcinj Salina on the Adriatic is one of the most important areas in Europe for birds to breed, overwinter or rest on migration. More than 250 species of bird have already been recorded here. After salt production was halted in 2013, the unique character of the habitat became threatened by fresh water infiltrating the saltpans. Its designation as a Ramsar site will increase the pressure on the authorities to restore the site to its former state by carrying out practical measures such as repair of the dam walls.
Montenegro “Land of Mist’s”
Beautiful fog images in Montenegro, taking you to the sea, the valleys, the vast forests and the high peaks.