5 OF MONTENEGRO'S “MUST SEE” DESTINATIONS
Montenegro might be tiny in size but it packs a lot of punch, with rugged mountain ranges, charming medieval villages and a sun-drenched strip of Adriatic coastline. It’s a destination where you can soak up the centuries of history at architectural wonders or hike through one of the world’s deepest gorges, all within a few hours drive of one another.
So to help inspire your getaway to the “Black Mountain”, here are five destinations not to miss in this fascinating Balkan country.
Centered around a beautifully preserved medieval old town, Kotor is deservedly one of Montenegro’s most visited destinations. It overlooks the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, offering that perfect combination of sun-drenched days by the beach and evenings spent dining alfresco under the watch of the town’s hilltop fortress. Admire the 12-century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and cruise to the island church of Our Lady of the Rocks, then wander through the charming streets of Perast, which is just a hop, skip and a jump to the north.
“The medieval streets of Kotor meet the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea”
Mount Lovcen National Park
Inspiring the name of Montenegro, Mount Lovcen is a symbol of national pride and rises spectacularly from the Adriatic Coast. It’s protected within a national park of extraordinary biodiversity, with more than 1,000 plant species and over 200 birds calling its slopes “home”. Visit the Njegoš Mausoleum where the poet who wrote Montenegro’s national poem “The Mountain Wreath” is laid to rest, then explore one of the numerous hiking trails while keeping your eyes peeled for peregrine falcons and imperial eagles.
“A lookout point atop Mount Lovcen”
Carved into the massive rock face of Ostroška Greda, the Ostrog Monastery was established in the 17th century as a refuge for monks during Ottoman rule. This architectural wonder has been an important pilgrimage site for Christians ever since, with a whitewashed facade and stunning frescoes painted directly onto the rock walls. Visit the Church of the Presentation to discover the legacy of Saint Basil of Ostrog who is buried here, then soak up the magnificent views of the Bjelopavli plain that sprawls below.
“The whitewashed facade of the Ostrog Monastery”
Serving as the old royal capital of Montenegro, Cetinje is a historic city that holds significant cultural importance and is a “must-see” destination for anyone interested in the country’s past. It’s clustered with 19th-century mansions and European embassies that date to the early 20th century, some of which have been converted into museums showcasing Montenegro’s history. Visit the Serbian Orthodox Cetinje Monastery where the right hand of John the Baptist is said to be housed and see where the current president resides at the aptly-named Blue Palace.
“Walking through the colourful streets of Cetinje”
Durmitor National Park
Carved by glaciers over millennia, Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonder in the spectacular Dinaric Alps. It’s a paradise for hikers, with numerous trails traversing what is the world’s second deepest gorge along the Tara River Canyon, as well as the soaring peaks of the Durmitor Massif. Take a dip in the crystal clear glacial lakes or get your adrenalin pumping on the Red Rock Zipline, with the landscape transforming for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.
“A dramatic landscape scene in Durmitor National Park”