The Most Beautiful Rivers in Montenegro
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Book Top Experiences and Tours in Montenegro:If youʻre booking your trip to Montenegro last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours and experiences!
- Kotor: Blue Cave, Our Lady of the Rocks and Mamula Boat Tour
- Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip
- From Kotor, Budva, Tivat or Herceg Novi: Boka Bay Day Cruise
- Great Montenegro tour Kotor & Budva Old Towns & Skadar Lake
- Lake Skadar: Guided Panoramic Boat Tour to Kom Monastery
The rivers of Montenegro are characteristic by their naturally clear and unpolluted waters. Another characteristic is the large volume of water resulting from the high precipitation. This makes them preferable for water sports like rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing, etc. Most of the rivers in Montenegro form breath-taking canyons, thanks to the geographic position of the country.
Tara Canyon Rafting
Together with Piva, Tara creates the river Drina on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Piva springs under the mountain Golija, near the Piva Monastery. This majestic river continues its flow through the mountains, creating a spectacular canyon whose cliffs reach up to 1000 meters in height. The river is incredibly clean and the water is drinkable through its entire flow. Between 1967 and 1975, the Mratinje Hydroelectric Power Plant and a 220-meter high dam were built 10 km upstream of Šćepan Polje, where the magnificent 45km long and 180metres deep Piva Lake was created by flooding the rivers of Komarnica and Piva and its canyons. This is the biggest artificial lake in Montenegro, at the same time is the biggest lake with drinkable water in the Balkans. What stands out to Piva is the untouched nature! This is especially noticeable in the area around the river, which is densely forested. People are using this untouched nature for many activities including recreational vacations etc.
River Lim is an international river that flows through Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina for 220 km and flows into the Drina river. The river Lim is formed at an altitude of 909 meters above sea level, extending from the Piva Lake, and it is considered to be the best river by the potential for kayaking in Southeast Europe. Throughout its course, Lim flows through gorges and valleys, depending on the composition of the terrain. Lim River is characterised by light green clear water, the richness of fish, and rafting and kayaking opportunities. It forms a composite valley in which beautiful gorges and valleys alternate and the fertile area around it is called Polimlje, which is known for its cultural and historical monuments.
Lim River by putokaz.me
Morača River is one of the symbols of the capital city of Podgorica. It is the longest river that flows through the city with a longitude of 113 km. Morača is a fast mountain river; it receives a large number of small and fast mountain rivers and springs and has a large hydroelectric potential, but also clean and high-quality water. The Morača Canyon area is characterised by steep slopes of terrain, intersected by deep gorges and canyons. In the middle part of the valley, the river narrows into an imposing, 38 km long and up to 1000 metres deep canyon of Platije located about 30 minutes drive from Podgorica. Its exceptionally clear waters are home to many species of fish, so fishing is a regular type of activity on the shores of the river. This river is the biggest tributary of the Skadar Lake; after merging with its largest tributary river Zeta, Moraca enters the Zeta Valley. It flows through the Zeta plain, one of the rares in Montenegro until it flows into Skadar Lake. Read more about other rivers around Podgorica here.
Moraca flowing through the Capital of Podgorica
Zeta is an 86 km long-river whose waters are well utilised in three hydropower plants. The river has two streams, the upper and the lower stream. The lower stream is longer and richer in water, but also hydrologically and in beauty. Coasts of the river are fertile, as the river flows towards the Skadar Lake, making it a suitable place for plant growth and agriculture.
Zeta River by Montenegro-for.me
River Cijevna and its canyon are one of the largest botanical sites in Europe. The river is 56 km long, and it flows through Montenegro (33 km) and Albania. It flows through a deep gorge, which gradually decreases and expands, creating numerous opportunities for lovers of rafting, canoeing, kayaking, alpinism and fishing. The canyon of Cijevna, often known as Montenegrin Colorado, has fast and ice-cold water which is mainly drinkable. The additional attributes of this river are numerous beaches, whirlpools and the beautiful waterfalls of Niagara, where the citizens of Podgorica prefer to escape during the hot, summer days. The hinterlands of this canyon in Montenegro offer an amazing hiking route called the Korita Circuit and you can see the day-trip experience of our team here.
Niagara Falls on Cijevna River
River Bojana surfaces from the Skadar Lake. It flows out of the Lake and flows into the Adriatic Sea. It’s 41 km long and is considered as a miracle of nature for a couple of reasons. One of them is that the bottom of its riverbed is 36 km under the sea level but in its upper part! Although it has got that big flow, seawater rushes deeply upwards through its riverbed meaning the river flows both upstream and downstream. Also, in its riverbed, there are both - salty seawater and clear river water, which creates a diverse ecosystem, a habitat for around 140 fish and 300 bird species. At the estuary of the Adriatic Sea, it forms a large river island called Ada Bojana. This island is a famous tourist spot for campers. Some of the most popular activities here are paragliding, windsurfing, horseback riding at sunset etc.
Bojana flows into the Adriatic by Ulcinj Travel
Ljuta is a small river flowing through the same-name neighbourhood/village near Dobrota, Kotor, in the Bay of Kotor. This river is one of the shortest submersible rivers in Europe, which in the winters after heavy rainfalls carries a large amount of water that flows into the sea. In the summertime, this small village becomes extremely crowded and popular thanks to its picturesque landscapes and unique medieval attractions that preserve the history of this unique place.
Ljuta flows into the Adriatic
Another small river flowing through Kotor, and separating it from the Old Town of Kotor, is Škudra. This is one of its specificities, unlike other canyon rivers, it is accessible – flowing through the city. On its short and steep course, Škurda has carved a mountain riverbed with many waterfalls making it ideal for canoeing activities, but one of the most popular activities on this river is canyoning. There are 26 waterfalls in the canyon from 3 to 42 meters long.
Skurda River surrounding the Old Town of Kotor
If you fancy an extreme adventure or adrenaline fun while in Montenegro, we hope this text will inspire you to explore Montenegrin rivers.