Exploring Montenegro – Five Places to Visit
Nestled between the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and the rocky cliffs of the Balkans is a country like no other. It’s no wonder, Montenegro is the perfect spot for those looking for an all-in-one destination. And at a little under 14,000 square kilometers, this tiny country makes use of every little inch like. As such, it’s boasting a density of wonderful natural landscapes woven with historical vestiges, a reminder of its past. So don’t let the size fool you – Montenegro is the walking definition of small, but mighty.
And while everyone knows Kotor is the jewel in the crown, here are some other special places we love in Montenegro:
5. Sedlo Viewpoint – Durmitor National Park
The place where you can hit the reset button and breathe in the mountain air. The scenery will do the talking, with green valleys and tall peaks. The cherry on top is, of course, the saddle-shaped peak topping all else at 2,100 meters altitude. What makes it even special is that the only access is via a snaking road through the Sedlo Pass, only accessible for 6 months per year – premium viewing at its finest.
4. Our Lady of the Rocks Church – Perast
This little islet in the Bay of Kotor is a gem in its own right. The local seamen built the artificial island over the course of two centuries, rock by rock. Finalized in 1722, the church is an architectural and artistic marvel, with over 60 paintings and the intricate embroidery tapestry of the Holy Mary. As a bonus, against the mountain backdrop, the church makes for a picture-perfect view from the Perast shores.
3. Black Lake – Durmitor National Park
There is no shortage of breathtaking landscapes in Durmitor National Park. Home to eighteen glacial lakes surrounded by imposing peaks, it’s hard to argue otherwise. The Black Lake, the biggest of them all, can easily be mistaken for a fairytale setting. With emerald-green waters, pine forests all around and rocky peaks in the background, it is ever-inviting . You can either take the forested trails around and explore the nature up-close or hire a boat and contemplate in silence. Whatever you choose, prepare to be in awe.
2. Lovcen Mausoleum – Bay of Kotor
The journey to the Mausoleum is an adventure in itself. A rocky road with bends and twists, it will have your heart right into your throat. It’s all well worth it, as the steep drops also offer some spectacular views. Then, some 460 stairs later, you will arrive at the marble monument. The Mausoleum itself is the burial place of Petar Njegoš, Montenegro’s biggest poet and philosopher. From there, walk on the narrow pathway to the 360 degrees viewpoint. Here, you will be treated to delicious views over the sparkling waters of the Bay of Kotor, the coastline peppered with white-washed towns and rocky mountains. A delight.
1. Tara Canyon
A clear answer for the adrenaline seekers. The turquoise waters of the Tara River flow freely through the narrow canyon, being the perfect opportunity for an adrenaline-pumping White Water Rafting Experience. While this is easily the best way to witness the spectacular views of one of the deepest canyons in the world, those who are less adventure-inclined can still take in the views from a safe distance. The iconic Tara Bridge spans across the entire length of the canyon, an impressive feat of architecture. Initially built in 1940, it has been blown up a year later to protect the soldiers and civilians during the World War II. Luckily for us, it was rebuilt after the war, offering a bird’s eye view over the snaking Tara Canyon.
These are some of our favourite spots in Montenegro. Which ones do you want to see? Check out our Montenegro Experiences here and find your inspiration!
Written by Oana Moldovan, Untravelled Paths