Top Places to Explore in the Montenegrin North
Mountains, Lakes, Katuns and many more
Hidden between the dense but the same time glorious mountains, this European gem has so many yet undiscovered but breath-taking places. For this reason, we have decided to take you to on a tour through the Montenegrin north, and show you why this region of our country should be on your bucket list.
Black Lake is an experience for itself, to describe it you need to experience it by yourself. Divided into two lakes, Veliko Jezero, and Malo Jezero and surrounded by dense forest, it is one of the best examples of the unspoilt nature in Montenegro. Durmitor is also known for herb harvesting. Some of the species found here can be used for the production of tea, skin care products or even food spices such as gentian, birch, hawthorn, valerian, rose hip, juniper, Spartium, nettle, ramsons, bearberry etc.
The rafting course covers around 18 km and you get about 3 hours rafting on a tour, but there are trips which take several days with a wide range of activities exploring Tara. Besides rafting, you can also opt out for activities like zip line over the Đurđevića Tara Bridge. Đurđevića Tara Bridge stands gloriously 172 meters above the river connecting its two sides, and tourists usually come to see the bridge and enjoy the view, but only the brave ones decide to go for the exciting zip line tour at the Tara Canyon Bridge. The zip line set 200 meters above the sparkling green river will for sure be one of the moments to remember on your trip to Montenegro.
Although it is thought that Bobotov Kuk is the highest mountain peak in Montenegro, it is actually Zla Kolata of Prokletije which takes the title with 2.534 metres above sea level. Due to its geographic location and inaccessible terrain, most of this area is yet unknown and undiscovered so it is not recommended to walk around unequipped and inexperienced or without a guide. But still, Prokletije has one of the most impressive hikes in the whole country. Glacial lakes, rivers, valleys, steep slopes, green fields, meadows and the cultural monuments in the nearby cities are the reasons why this northern gem should be on your must-visit list. A 20-minutes-drive from the town of Gusinje will lead you to the Grebaje Valley from where you will have access to the most impressive hikes in this mountain. Don’t forget to bring your camping equipment because you can also spend the night in this incredible scenery.
This lake is considered to be one of the largest drinking water reservoirs thanks to its crystal clear waters. It is also very suitable for fishing, fly fishing, and kayaking. It is part of the Nature Park Piva. Here you can taste a traditional Montenegrin breakfast: priganice with honey or homemade cheese and kačamak for lunch, all that in a picturesque landscape.
Unlike other similar dams around the world that were built to produce more electric power, this area kept its natural values and it is still one of the most attractive places for tourists who like to explore nature. The lake is surrounded by high mountains (as usual in Montenegro) and there are many hiking tours that you can take. We had time to remember when we were hiking to the Veliki Vitao peak in the Piva mountain range! Take a look here.
What catches the eye of the most visitors of this mountain is the Eco Katun Štavna located here. This eco katun is the first project in the field of sustainable tourism and ecology in order to valorise tourist potential and initiate the homemade production. Komovi Mountain fascinates not only with its diversity of natural attractions and rich flora and fauna but also with numerous cultural monuments, churches, and monasteries which can be found in the municipalities of Berane and Andrijevica, located in the foothill of Komovi.
As one of the last remaining virgin forests in Europe, NP Biogradska Gora has 80% of the wood-covered area, with some of them being more than 500 years old. This park represents a natural reserve with a unique geographical and biological structure, being an open lab for biologists and all nature lovers. In the springs and summers especially, Bjelasica becomes filled with people harvesting mushrooms and berries, which are later used for sale.
From Biograd Lake, you can do a hiking or even cycling tour to the katuns located in one of the Bjelasica peaks. Katun is a part-year settlement that is built by peasants who keep cattle. Katun is actually their summer home, once it gets too hot in the villages for livestock to bear. In recent years, katuns also include some accommodation units for travellers, so to make your Montenegro adventure even more interesting, you can come and decide to spend the night at the small wooden cottages located 2000 m above the sea level.
Sinjajevina is one of the last kept secrets and some inhabitants recently started a petition to make it a protected area. In case you are willing to sign, you can find the petition here. Sinjajevina is the most popular amongst cycling tourists as some of the Top Cycling Trails are marked across the slopes of Sinjajevina.
We hope that these reasons were enough for you to already start planning your next trip to the Montenegrin north. If you have visited some other exciting places in the northern parts, we would be more than happy to hear your experience!