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The easiest way to visit any national park is by renting a car. This way, you will be independent and able to perfectly plan your trip.

Entrance Fees and Annual Pass

Each national park in Montenegro has an entrance fee that visitors must pay upon arrival. Additionally, some parks may charge for parking, in addition to admission tickets. The prices for entrance tickets vary from park to park. For example, entrance to Durmitor, Biogradska Gora, and Lovćen National Parks typically costs around 3 euros per person, while Skadar Lake National Park charges approximately 5 euros per person. Prokletije National Park usually charges 3 euros per person for admission.

Moreover, visitors have the option to purchase an annual ticket, which grants access to all national parks in Montenegro for a specified period, offering convenience and savings for frequent explorers of the country’s natural wonders. The cost of an annual ticket is approximately 13, 5 euros per person, providing unlimited visits throughout the calendar year. Additionally, the annual ticket is personalized, bearing the visitor’s name for identification purposes.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park is famous for its stunning natural beauty.  With its rugged mountains, deep canyons, and pristine lakes, it’s a paradise for outdoor lovers.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Durmitor National Park in northwest Montenegro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its rugged mountain scenery and pristine wilderness. Home to peaks reaching over 2,500 meters and stunning glacial lakes like Black Lake (Crno Jezero), it offers leisurely lakeside walks and challenging hikes to Bobotov Kuk, the highest peak. The Tara River Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe, ” provides thrilling white-water rafting. Hosting diverse flora and fauna, including brown bears and golden eagles, the park also boasts cultural significance with traditional mountain villages.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

What To Do in Durmitor National Park? Key Attractions

Black Lake (Crno Jezero)

A stunning glacial lake ensconced within dense forests, perfect for peaceful walks and picnics. Visitors have the option to rent rowboats for a serene exploration of the lake or embark on a leisurely hike around its perimeter, which typically takes around two hours. Please note that during spring, this option may be unavailable due to the presence of a waterfall.

📍 Google Maps Location Black Lake

Bobotov Kuk

At 2,523 meters above sea level, Bobotov Kuk is the highest peak in the Durmitor Range. Adventurous hikers can tackle the challenging ascent for awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. For an enriching and safe experience, it is recommended to explore the park with a knowledgeable guide rather than independently, particularly when hiking to Bobotov Kuk, the park’s highest peak, for panoramic views and challenging trails.

📍 Google Maps Location Bobotov Kuk

Tara River Canyon

Known as the world’s second-deepest canyon and Europe’s most profound, the Tara River Canyon boasts the iconic Đurđevića Tara Bridge. Visitors can enjoy thrilling rafting adventures along the Tara River or experience the adrenaline rush of traversing the canyon via a zip line from the Đurđevića Tara Bridge.

📍 Google Maps Location Đurđevića Tara Bridge

Sedlo Pass and Piva Lake

Providing breathtaking vistas, Sedlo Pass offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Access may be limited in winter and early spring due to snow. Exiting through tunnels, visitors will encounter the picturesque Piva Lake, another stunning destination known for its tranquil beauty.

📍 Google Maps Location Sedlo Pass

Ski Lift

While ski slopes may not be accessible in the summer months, visitors can still appreciate the park’s panoramic views from the heights of Savin Kuk, courtesy of the operational ski lift.

📍 Google Maps Location Sky Lift

Mushrooms, Berries, and Wildlife

While exploring the park, keep an eye out for a variety of mushrooms and berries that grow in the area. Be cautious and knowledgeable about which ones are safe to eat. Additionally, watch for wildlife encounters, including snakes, bears, wild boars, and foxes.

Regional Cuisine

Experience the unique flavors of northern Montenegro by sampling its distinctive cuisine. Indulge in traditional dishes like kačamak (cornmeal porridge) or cicvara (cornmeal with cheese).

Outdoor Activities

Dive into a plethora of outdoor adventures, including horseback riding, quad biking, cycling, and an abundance of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

How to get and where to stay?

The time needed to visit Durmitor depends on your plans and preferences. On average, it’s recommended to allocate 2-3 days to explore the park’s main attractions.

To reach the park, it’s best to travel by car or join a guided tour. The nearest airport is in Podgorica, from where you can rent a car or book a guided excursion to Durmitor National Park.

In Durmitor, there are various accommodation options including guesthouses, hotels, and campsites. When choosing accommodation, it’s advisable to book in advance, especially during the summer season or holidays.

📍Durmitor National Park on Google Maps


Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Biogradska Gora National Park

Biogradska Gora National Park, nestled in Montenegro’s heart, boasts rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Its dense forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains, including Biogradsko Lake, offer opportunities for hiking, boating, and wildlife viewing. With its rich cultural heritage and UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the park attracts visitors seeking to explore its natural wonders. 

What to do in Biogradska Gora?

Walk Around Biogradsko Lake

Enjoy a scenic stroll around Biogradsko Lake, the largest and most accessible of the park’s six glacier lakes. The easy trail around the lake offers ample opportunities for exploration and photography, with informative signposts along the way.

Rent a Boat on Biogradsko Lake

Experience the tranquility of Biogradsko Lake from the water by renting a small wooden boat. Glide across the serene waters and soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Hiking Adventures

Embark on hiking trails that lead to mountain peaks and glacier lakes. Choose from six well-marked trekking routes, each offering a unique perspective of the park’s natural wonders.

Have a Picnic or Sample National Cuisine

Enjoy a relaxing outdoor experience by having a picnic at one of the park’s many benches with picturesque views. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the flavors of the local cuisine by dining at a restaurant that serves traditional regional dishes.

*In spring, typically in May or early June depending on the warmth of the season, the entire forest floor is blanketed with blooming wild garlic, known as 'chremsha'. The scent permeating the woods is quite remarkable, akin to a heady fragrance that may leave you a bit lightheaded by the end of your stroll.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

How to get and accomodation

For transportation to the park, visitors can opt for car rentals. Accommodation options range from cozy guesthouses and lodges nestled in the heart of the park to hotels and resorts located in nearby towns such as Mojkovac and Kolašin.

📍Biogradska Gora National Park Google Maps Location

Prokletije National Park

Prokletije National Park, spanning Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo, is celebrated for its rugged mountain scenery, including towering peaks and deep valleys. 

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Part of the “Expanding Dinarides East and West — New Nature Corridor” initiative supported by UNESCO, Prokletije underscores its international significance. Prokletije is famed for its unique ecosystems and rare plant and animal species, such as bears and eagles. Historical landmarks and cultural heritage associated with ancient civilizations of the Balkan Peninsula can also be found here.

What to do in Prokletije National Park?

Stroll to Grebaje Valley

Enjoy a leisurely walk from Gusinje town to Grebaje Valley, offering picturesque views of lush landscapes and towering peaks. The stroll takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, suitable for visitors of all fitness levels, with flat terrain and no significant elevation gains. Highlights include scenic views of mountains, valleys, and forests, opportunities for wildlife spotting, and stunning vistas of Grebaje Valley upon arrival. Tips include wearing comfortable walking shoes, bringing sunscreen and water, considering packing a picnic lunch, and not forgetting your camera to capture the beauty along the way.

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Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Volušnica TalIjanka Popadija Trail

Embark on a moderate hike starting from Grebaje Valley, leading to the dramatic Karanfili peaks, and offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The hike takes 5 to 7 hours for the full loop, covering approximately 11.5 kilometers. It’s moderate in difficulty, with some steep sections and an elevation gain of 978 meters. Highlights include spectacular views of Karanfili peaks, waterfalls along the trail, Talijanka and Popadija summits straddling Montenegro and Albania, and diverse flora and fauna. Tips include starting early to avoid crowds, wearing sturdy hiking boots, dressing in layers, bringing snacks and sufficient water, and being prepared for changing weather conditions.

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Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Oko Skakavice (The Blue Eye) & Ropojane Valley

Visit turquoise Blue Eye lake in Ropojane Valley. Duration: flexible. Highlights: stunning lake views, tranquil setting, photography opportunities.

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Grlja Waterfall

Witness 12-meter cascade near Ropojana Valley entrance. Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour. Highlights: impressive waterfall, lush vegetation, photography opportunities.

📍Google Maps Location

Kusije Waterfall

Explore secluded waterfall 1.8km from Grlja Waterfall. Duration: 1-2 hours round trip. Highlights: serene forest setting, secluded waterfall, birdwatching opportunities.

📍Google Maps Location

Ali Pasha’s Springs

Experience mineral-rich springs near Gusinje town. Duration: flexible. Highlights: therapeutic properties, panoramic mountain views, peaceful atmosphere. Tips: bring swimwear and towel, respect local customs.

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How to get and where to stay? 

To get to Prokletije National Park, renting a car is highly recommended for convenience and flexibility. If you don’t have a car, you can use the Rent-a-Car service or opt for regular bus lines. Travel agencies also offer tours to the park.

When it comes to accommodation, the nearby towns of Plav or Gusinje offer budget options with various restaurants and stores. Staying in Gusinje provides easy access to trailheads with a rental car. For those without a car, staying close to the mountains and trails in Vusanje or Grebaje Valley is advisable. Booking accommodations early is recommended as places closer to the mountains tend to fill up quickly. Some recommended options include Hotel Rosi in Gusinje, Eko Katun ROSI — Old Tower between Gusinje and Vusanje, Guest House Kollata near Grlja Waterfall, and Bungalows Katun Maja Karanfil near the Volušnica trail in Grebaje Valley.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Skadar Lake National Park

Skadar Lake, spanning the border between Montenegro and Albania, is known as the largest lake in Europe

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Skadar Lake, with its intricate network of channels, marshes, and islands, is a haven for diverse flora and fauna. The landscape features serene waters, lush wetlands, and rugged mountains, providing a picturesque setting for exploration.

Rich in biodiversity, the park supports numerous bird species, including rare and endangered ones, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. 

The region’s cultural heritage is also noteworthy, with historic villages, monasteries, and archaeological sites scattered throughout the park, offering glimpses into Montenegro’s rich history. Whether cruising along tranquil waters, hiking through pristine wilderness, or immersing oneself in local culture, Skadar Lake National Park promises an unforgettable experience for nature and history enthusiasts alike.

Start your adventure from one of these spots

📍 Virpazar

📍Rjeka Crnojevica

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Boat Tours on Skadar Lake

Explore the lake’s channels, islands, and marshes on a relaxing boat tour from either Virpazar or Rijeka Crnojevica. Options include 1-2h rides to see landmarks like Grmožur Island or longer cruises to visit island monasteries and enjoy lunch in lakeside villages. Group excursions: €15 for 2h + €5 for park entry. Annual pass: €13.5 for unlimited visiting all Montenegro’s national parks.

Kayaking or SUP-boarding

Rent a kayak from Virpazar or Rijeka Crnojevica and paddle along the shallow, lilypad-lined waterways, getting up close to wildlife and enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

*Kayaking is advisable due to the presence of many boats on the lake

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Winery and Gastronomy Tours

Discover the area’s wine-producing region with visits to family-owned wineries around Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevica for tastings of local wines and rakija (grape brandy), accompanied by traditional cuisine.

📍Garnet winery tour (book ahead)

Cycling

Explore the scenic trails around the lake on bike, and stopping to admire old fortresses and lake villages along the way.

Beach Relaxation

Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake’s freshwater beaches near Virpazar, such as Pješačac Beach and Murići Beach, surrounded by olive groves and overlooking picturesque islands.

Enjoy Lake Views

Visit one of viewpoints to see the panorama of Skadar Lake, for example, Pavlova Strana or Mirador

📍Pavlova Strana

📍Mirador

Fortress Exploration

Visit historical sites like Besac Fortress and Lesendro Fortress near Virpazar, or explore the ruins of fortresses overlooking Rijeka Crnojevica, for panoramic views of the area and insights into the region’s rich history.

📍 Besac Fortress and restaurant

Monastery Visits

Explore ancient monasteries like Kom Monastery and Beška Monastery, nestled on scenic islands and offering glimpses into centuries-old religious traditions.

📍Kom Monastery

📍Beška Monastery

Cultural Events

Attend festivals like the Wine and Bleak Festival in Virpazar, where you can sample local delicacies, enjoy live music, and experience the vibrant local culture.

Birdwatching

Take advantage of the lake’s status as a bird reserve and join guided boat tours for exceptional birdwatching opportunities, including sightings of rare species like the Dalmatian Pelican.

Hotel De’Andros Virpazar

Indulge in luxury and relaxation at the newly opened Hotel De’Andros Virpazar, featuring a spa with great ratings, a restaurant serving delicious cuisine, and breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

How to get there and where to stay

Car Rental: Rent a car from major cities like Podgorica, Kotor, or Budva. Drive to Virpazar and explore the lake at your own pace. Kayak advisable due to boat traffic.

Group Tours: Join organized tours from nearby cities. These tours include transport and activities like boat cruises or wine tastings.

Accommodation:

  1. Hotel De’Andros Virpazar: Newly opened spa hotel with great ratings, a restaurant, and stunning views of Skadar Lake.
  2. Vida’s House: New apartment overlooking the lake in Virpazar.
  3. Eco Resort Cermeniza: Stone cottages with a winery, offering food and wine.
  4. Hotel Vir: Vintage Yugoslav-style hotel in Virpazar.

Lovćen National Park

Lovćen National Park in Montenegro offers stunning mountain landscapes, dense forests, and cultural landmarks like the mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš atop Mount Lovćen. Hiking trails provide breathtaking views of the Bay of Kotor. It’s a serene escape rich in both natural beauty and history.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

What to do in Lovćen National Park?

Scenic Hiking Trails

 Explore the park’s extensive network of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Don’t miss the hike to the summit of Mount Lovćen for panoramic vistas.

Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš

Visit the mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, a prominent Montenegrin leader and poet, located atop Mount Lovćen. Marvel at the stunning architecture and learn about Montenegro’s history and heritage.

Picnicking

Enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst the park’s scenic beauty. Several designated picnic areas provide a perfect spot to relax and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty
Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

Cable Car Ride

Experience a thrilling cable car ride from Kotor to the summit of Mount Lovćen, offering spectacular aerial views of the surrounding mountains and coastline. This scenic journey provides a unique perspective of the park’s natural wonders.

Adventure Park

Embark on an exhilarating adventure at the park’s adventure park, featuring ziplines, rope courses, and other outdoor activities suitable for all ages. Test your agility and conquer obstacles amidst the stunning natural setting.

Waterfalls Exploration

Discover hidden waterfalls: Lisine Waterfall or Kaluđerski Skok Waterfall. Trek along picturesque trails to reach these cascading wonders, where you can cool off with a refreshing dip in crystal-clear waters.

Montenegro’s five national parks offer diverse landscapes and rich heritage. From Durmitor’s peaks to Skadar Lake’s tranquility, they provide endless adventure. By embracing sustainable tourism, we preserve these treasures for future generations. Explore Montenegro’s natural wonders and experience the magic firsthand.

Montenegro’s National Parks: Explore Natural Beauty

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