The 13 best places to visit in Montenegro

 

In 2014 in the completely ordinary town of Podgorica an environmental exhibition was set up, it included 7 different sculptures of Transformers made using scrap metal. The exhibit will be sent and displayed in various cities around eastern Europe before returning to Podgorica.

13. Transformers Defending Podgorica

 

On the southern coast on the Adriatic Sea is the town of Budva. The story is that a young girl from the town dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, though tragically died falling from the cliffs. The statue was built as her memorial at the point where she fell.

12. Budva Dancer

 

Completed in 1940, the Durdevica Tara Bridge stands 172 metres (564 ft) above the river below and is one of the largest concrete arched bridges in Europe. Coming from the west, the Narodnih Heroja P5 road winds it's way around the mountains before this bridge within a great valley becomes visible in the distance.

11. Durdevica Tara Bridge

 

Built in the 17th century, the Ostrog Monastery is situated on an almost vertical backdrop, high up on a cliff face. Impressive enough in itself, the views from the monastery overlooking the Zeta River Valley are probably even more of a spectacle.

10. Ostrog Monastery

 

The Lipa Cave is the largest and most popular in the country. It has a length of around 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) and an elevation difference between it's lowest and highest points of 300 metres (984 ft). The unfortunate thing about the cave is that you can only visit by being part of a tour with a trained guide.

9. Lipa Cave

 

On the Bay Of Kotor at the foot of Mount Orjen is the coastal town of Herceg Novi. An established tourist destination, attractions include the Forte Mare, the clock tower, the Kanli Tower and the old town gate.

Pictured is the view from behind the Savina Monastery looking out across the Bay of Kotor.

8. Herceg Novi

 

About an hours drive around the Bay of Kotor from Herceg Novi is the old town of Perast. Another cute little town with a pretty shoreline of shops and old buildings and a mountainous backdrop. The town is noted for it's proximity to the islands of St. George and Our Lady Of The Rocks, both of which are dominated by their chapels.

7. Perast

 

Far from the coastline is the Biogradska Gora National Park, home to one of the last three remaining rain forests in Europe. It is a protected landscape of untouched forest, mountain peaks over 2,000 metres (6,562 ft), fast moving rivers and glacial lakes.

Pictured is the Biogradsko Lake.

6. Biogradska Gora National Park

 

In the far south east of the country, Lake Skadar National Park is home to the largest lake in the Balkans and listed as a wetland of international importance. An area of beautiful nature, forests and small fjords, the park is actually very easy to hike around. A place in the park worthy of a mention is the Walnut Valley, where you'll find caves, springs, waterfalls and natural swimming pools.

5. Lake Skadar National Park

 

Surrounded by almost overhanging limestone cliffs in the picturesque Mediterranean landscape you'll find the city of Kotor. With one of the best preserved old towns on the Adriatic it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient walls of Kotor stretch for 4.5 kilometres (3 miles) along the steep cliffs above the city, allowing for some lovely views over the bay.

Pictured is the city of Kotor, the prominent Church of Our Lady of Health to the right, the bay with mountains in the background, taken from the location of the ancient wall.

4. Kotor

 

With it's rocky steep mountain slopes, fissures and deep depressions the Lovcen National Park offers incredible mountainous scenery. The highest peak in the park is Stirovnik, which stands at 1,749 metres (5,738 ft) above sea level offering one of the finest views over the Bay of Kotor.

3. Lovcen National Park

 

Prokletije translates as the 'Cursed Mountains', an enormous area known as the Albanian Alps. A vast rugged mountainous region, the Prokletije National Park is the name given to the part that falls within Montenegro and Serbia's Kosovo region, with Theth National Park and Valbone Valley National Park making up the Albanian side. One of the finest natural and untouched regions in all of Europe with it's steep high mountains, deep valleys, glaciers, forests and lakes.

Within the range is Zla Kolata, the countries highest peak standing at 2,534 metres (8,314 ft) above sea level. Though the park continues well beyond the countries border, what falls within Montenegro is some of the finest scenery in Europe.

2. Prokletije National Park

 

Firstly, a massif is a section of the planets crust that moves as a whole and creates something similar to a large group of mountains.

The Durmitor is a massif that gave it's name to this national park. This protected area of land has been designated an area of extreme natural importance, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are almost fifty peaks above 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) and eighteen glacial lakes scattered over the mountain and massif. One of the jewels of the park is the Tara River Canyon, at 80 kilometres (50 miles) long and 1,300 metres (4,265 ft) deep it is one of the largest canyons on Earth.

1. Durmitor National Park

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