A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Montenegro
Refresh, rewind and recharge for another working week!
The constant occupation with technology and virtual lifestyle and lack of connection with nature has proven to work against our bodies and our minds which is not a good thing. No matter how busy our life is, we can always afford one day, which we will completely dedicate to ourselves. And the best choice would be, according to many doctors and specialists, spending as much time as possible in nature; reconnecting with it and using the benefits it provides us. It seems like we have neglected the fact that nature which gives us life is the one that can take it easy if we don’t pay enough care.
So every once in a while you can afford yourself a getaway weekend to relax, restore and recharge your batteries. And, as usual, we have a suggestion that might be the right cure for your body and soul inside our small Mediterranean country, with mountains so dense and glorious that it reserved itself the name of a Black Mountain or Montenegro.
“Bursting at the seams with majestic mountains, breath-taking beaches, and larger-than-life locals, minuscule Montenegro proves once and for all that good things do indeed come in small packages.” - Lonely Planet
- Weekend in the North -
Saturday is a day for action, so after a nice Friday evening and a good night sleep, we suggest you wake up early and use the day to the fullest. North is convenient to visit in every season; in the summers is the best escape from the hot and overcrowded cities; in the autumn it is delightful for many outdoor activities and stunning colours; in the winters it is the place for plenty of snow activities and enjoying the unique idyllic atmosphere; while you don’t want to miss the magic of the spring awakening in the mountainous regions of Montenegro and another palette of colours. There is a myriad of opportunities for groups and individuals, starting from hiking, mountaineering, climbing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, fly-fishing, zipline etc.
You can start your early morning with a hiking tour; most of the mountain peaks are higher than 2000 meters, so exploring them is a real adventure. The highest peak Zla Kolata is at the height of 2.534 meters in the National Park Prokletije, which is due to its yet undiscovered and unmarked terrain, best to explore with an experienced guide. The hiking paradise is for sure Durmitor Mountain, with 48 peaks above 2000 metres. Free climbing, rock climbing, base jump or for a more leisurely break, panoramic mountain walk or even herb harvesting are an available option. Durmitor is covered in snow for more than 120 days, so lovers of the winter sports can indulge roughly from December to April when ski-centres are open. You can get your own little Switzerland experience for 15 euros per day.
Inevitable Black Lake and Tara Canyon are also part of the UNESCO protected Durmitor region, so it is up to you whether or not to try the 152m-high zip-line across the Tara canyon and get lost in the majestic view. To continue the day in the same tempo, Montenegro has a multitude of well-marked walking and cycling routes, with options for all aptitudes. Especially circuits of the Biogradsko Lake, and Black Lake in Durmitor NP.
Biogradsko Lake is surrounded by centuries-old forest Biogradska Gora, which is why this nature reserve was declared a national park, thus being home for many endogenous species. In total five national parks are open to visitors, and each one of them has a unique experience to provide. At Ivanova Korita, a resort located 1270 meters above sea level in the middle of the National Park Lovćen, you can find recreational services and activities throughout the whole year. The parks are open 24 hours during the week, including the weekends, with the entrance ticket at the price of 2-3 euros.
On Sunday, after having a rich home-made breakfast, we suggest you relax in the middle of nowhere and spend some time reconnecting with nature! Just on the road in between NP Biogradska Gora and NP Durmitor, there is a protected forest Black Poda close to the Monastery Dobrilovina, consisted of endemic black pine sort. Remember, this is not a place for a picnic or any activity as it's strictly forbidden to harm the untouched nature in this area. Respect it and just inhale and exhale together with it, it would be enough!
Value every moment you spend amongst the trees, as this is what will fill your batteries for another working week and refresh you from inside. After these moments, take your time and sum up the impressions and get ready to go back to reality. In the evening, we recommend you to enjoy the night in a good company and even better food.
- Weekend in the south -
Your ideal Saturday morning, after waking up to the most amazing view over the Bay, can begin with a cycling tour of the Vrmac Ridge marked area, which will give you another unforgettable perspective of the Kotor Bay in the early morning. The Bay of Kotor has beautiful locations for kayaking and it’s not difficult to hire organised tours like Conte Day-Trips, which will guide you to interesting locations and tours around the area. Then you can go down to the small town of Perast, and complete your experience by tasting some of the most delicious seafood in the local restaurants Conte or Djardin.
If you prefer to stay on the coast, rather then taking a boat or kayak trip, you can explore the Bay of Kotor with HopOn-HopOff Kotor and elevate your adventure while riding on open-bus tours. Catch the sunset while walking by the seashore to end your Saturday perfectly! On Sunday morning, to finish this healing weekend, we highly recommend to visit Regent Spa and indulge in one of the magnificent massage packages on offer. If you don’t find it too exhausting, you can always decide to visit another of the nearby towns, which have magnificent historical sites ready to be explored.
The weekend lasts for 2 days only, but we hope our recommendations and suggestions will be enough to give you the energy to endure another working week until the weekend comes again.