Montenegro

  Why Choose a Montenegro Walking Holiday? Our Montenegro walking holidays offer truly wonderful itineraries which include some of the best walks in Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking areas in Europe. The Pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways, is situated in the south of the Adriatic, in South-eastern Europe. Nowhere else can […]

Montenegro Walking Holidays

Our self guided Montenegro walking holidays include two distinct regions – the coastal area (South Montenegro) with some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery, where the Black Mountains meet the shores of the Adriatic Sea, and the northern region with its magnificent peaks, lakes and national parks.

Our itineraries on the Montenegrin coast include walks in Lovcen National Park and Vrmac Peninsula, with amazing views of the beautiful bay of Kotor and a chance to experience the tranquil old world charm of Perast.

Our North Montenegro walking itinerary covers the mountain regions of this truly breathtaking country and includes hiking in two of the most beautiful untouched natural environments in Europe, the serene natural beauty of Biogradska Gora, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and one of the last three primeval rainforests in Europe and Durmitor National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our Ultimate Montenegro Walking Holiday allows you to walk the length and breadth of Montenegro in a two-week scenic self guided walking tour, which takes in all the iconic sites of this beautiful country.

 

The Summits and Lakes of North Montenegro
Moderate

The Summits and Lakes of North Montenegro Walking Holiday features two of the most beautiful untouched natural environments in Europe, including the exquisite natural wonder of Biogradska Gora, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, one of the last three primeval rainforests in Europe and Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style
Moderate

Old Montenegro and Boka Kotorska Bay self-guided walking holiday offers a truly wonderful itinerary which includes some of the best walks in Southern Montenegro, considered to be one of the most breathtaking areas in the whole of Eastern Europe. Accommodation is 3 overnights at a 4*hotel in Lovcen National Park and a 4* seaside hotel for the 4 overnights in Perast.

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style
Easy

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style centre-based self guided walking holiday offers a truly wonderful itinerary which includes some of the best walks in South Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking areas in Europe. You will stay in two hand-picked four star hotels and these are both included along circular routes that give you the best scenery available of Lovcen National Park and Boka Kotorska Bay (UNESCO site).

 

Why Choose a Montenegro Walking Holiday?

Our Montenegro walking holidays offer truly wonderful itineraries which include some of the best walks in Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking areas in Europe.

The Pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways, is situated in the south of the Adriatic, in South-eastern Europe. Nowhere else can you find so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers, and gorgeous mountains in such a compact area as in Montenegro. In the morning you can wake up along the beautiful Adriatic coast, have lunch on the banks of Skadar Lake, and enjoy an evening walk in the Montenegrin mountains. Montenegro cannot leave you indifferent.

Montenegro (Montenegrin: Crna Gora/Црна Гора, meaning “Black Mountain”) has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the southwest and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Podgorica, while Cetinje is designated as the Old Royal Capital.

Montenegro ranges from high peaks along its borders with Serbia, Kosovo,[a] and Albania, a segment of the Karst of the western Balkan Peninsula, to a narrow coastal plain that is only 1.5 to 6 kilometres (1 to 4 miles) wide. The plain stops abruptly in the north, where Mount Lovćen and Mount Orjen plunge into the inlet of the Bay of Kotor.

Montenegro’s large Karst region lies generally at elevations of 1,000 metres above sea level; some parts, however, rise to 2,000 m (6,560 ft), such as Mount Orjen (1,894 m), the highest massif among the coastal limestone ranges. The Zeta River valley, at 500 m (1,600 ft), is the lowest segment.

The mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe, averaging more than 2,000 metres in elevation. One of the country’s notable peaks is Bobotov Kuk in the Durmitor mountains, which reaches a height of 2,522 m (8,274 ft). Owing to the hyper humid climate on their western sides, the Montenegrin mountain ranges were among the most ice-eroded parts of the Balkan Peninsula during the last glacial period.

The diversity of the geological base, landscape, climate, and soil, and the position of Montenegro on the Balkan Peninsula and Adriatic Sea, created the conditions for high biological diversity, putting Montenegro among the “hot-spots” of European and world biodiversity. The number of species per area unit index in Montenegro is 0.837, which is the highest index recorded in any European country.
 
Montenegro has five national parks which cover about 10 percent of the country’s territory. Four of them are included in our itineraries.

Durmitor

The Durmitor is a massif that gave its name to the national park in northwestern Montenegro. The highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, reaches a height of 2,523 meters. The massif is limited by the Tara River Canyon on the north, the Piva River Canyon on the west, and by the Komarnica River Canyon on the south. To the east, the Durmitor opens to a 1,500 m (4,921 ft) high plateau, called Jezerska Površ (Plateau of Lakes). The Sinjavina mountain is located to the east of Jezerska Površ plateau.

Biogradska Gora

Biogradska Gora is a forest and a national park in Montenegro within Kolašin municipality. It is the site of one of the last three large virgin forests in Europe. The landscape is one of mountain ridges, glacial lakes, and temperate forest. The National Park is 54 km² in area. Basic elements of the Park are: untouched forest, large mountain slopes and tops over 2,000 meters high, six glacial lakes, five at an altitude of 1,820 meters and one easy accessible low land lake at the very entrance to the park, Biogradsko Lake. Swift streams cut through scenery of Biogradska Gora, green pastures and clear lakes reflecting centennial forests. The Park is renowned as a unique geomorphological region and, as such, it is attractive for scientific research. The seat of the park is in Kolašin. The national park abounds in cultural and historic heritage consisting of sacral monuments national building and archeological localities. Numerous authentic buildings of traditional architecture are found throughout the pastures and villages next to the virgin forest reserve on the Bjelasica mountain range.

Lovćen

Mount Lovćen rises from the borders of the Adriatic basin, closing the long and twisting bays of Boka Kotorska and making the hinterland to the coastal town of Kotor. The mountain has two imposing peaks, Štirovnik (1,749 m) and Jezerski vrh (1,657 m). The mountain slopes are rocky, with numerous fissures, pits and deep depressions giving its scenery a specific look. Lovćen stands on the border between two completely different natural wholes, the sea and the mainland, and so it is under the influence of both climates. The specific connection of the life conditions has caused the development of the different biological systems. There are 1,158 plant species on Lovćen, four of which are endemic.

Lake Skadar

The Lake Skadar system is a well-known hotspot of freshwater biodiversity and harbors a highly diverse mollusc fauna. Lake Skadar is one of the largest bird reserves in Europe, having 270 bird species, among which are some of the last pelicans in Europe, and thus popular with birders. The lake also has habitats of seagulls and herons.

Highlights

(included in our Montenegro walking holidays)

Country Info

Timezone: GMT +1

Language: Montenegrin (a variety of Serbo-Croatian). In big cities many people speak English, but in remote areas this might not be the case. However most of the hotel staff where you stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two pin round plugs.

Currency: Euro. We strongly recommend taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and in big petrol station chains, but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Cost of living: it is cheaper than in the UK or Western Europe. Some sample prices follow:

  • Coffee/ Tea- 0.8 – 1.5€
  • Soft drink- 1-2€
  • Bottle of beer- 1-2€
  • Bottle of wine- 5-15€
  • Two course meal- 8-10€
  • Three course meal- 12-15€

Up-to-date travel advice on Montenegro is available here

Montenegro Walking Holidays: When to Go

Spring, the whole summer and autumn are beautiful in Montenegro, with colourful foliage in late spring, gorgeous sunsets in summer and warm panoramas in autumn.

Weather

Normally, you can expect nice weather in Montenegro from April to November. Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland. There is a chance of sporadic rain in spring and autumn, though generally this is in the form of short showers. In July and August it can become very hot and you must take enough water for your walks. You can expect cool nights in the Durmitor Mountain and on higher altitudes it is possible to have light snowing in April, May, October, November.

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