Self guided walking holiday in Montenegro
Description of Self guided walking holiday in Montenegro
This self guided week of walking in southern Montenegro and around the Bay of Kotor opens up one of Europe’s most scenic stretches of coastline with some fab trails, created for fair to active walkers, to be undertaken direct from your doorstep or after a short scenic drive or boat trip.
A choice of daily distances, ranging from 10kms – 17kms, provide more than enough exercise to work up an appetite for seafood suppers, with abandoned military mule tracks and alpine trails in Lovcen National Park providing ample opportunities for picnics from where to soak up the views.
Switching accommodation from Lovcen National Park to Perast, close to Kotor, mid-way through the holiday gives you a great chance to appreciate Montenegro from a whole new angle with visits to Cetinje, Kotor and Perast allowing for cultural interludes in between time well spent walking outdoors.
Tackle the summit of Mount Lov?en; navigate the path to the tomb of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos; and journey by boat to Our Lady of the Rocks; whatever you do, don't miss out on this marvelously moderate walking holiday in Montenegro.
1 Reviews of Self guided walking holiday in Montenegro
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2018 by Veronica Warner
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Stunning views and dramatic scenery each day; the most memorable was probably walking down the hillside near Kotor with the backdrop of the mountains and the bay in front.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Try to arrive early on the day of travel to orientate and do the first walk.
Be self-sufficient - we did not see any other walkers one day and only 2 another and a similar number of cafes! Carry LOTS of water - we ran out when one descent took much longer than expected.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Clearly a benefit to the local people who acted as our chauffeurs, and to the guesthouse we stayed in. Montenegro has a modest economy so we contributed by going there and spending money on food accommodation and travel. Not sure how far we contributed to environmental impacts - we were walking but were chauffeured in some cases to/ from the walk and our bags were transported.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We had a very good time, it was quite demanding walking , with some of the paths giving out so that added some excitement. Excellent instructions and photos which were helpful and reassuring. We were very lucky with the weather and did not get wet. It wouldn't have been such fun if we had been drenched part way.
PlanetTo minimize the environmental footprint, we limit the size of our walking parties. Our detailed tour information packs include a section on environmental responsibility and detailed instructions related to the ‘leave no trace’ policy, protected animals and plants in the area, etc. We encourage our clients to use the info packs and maps in electronic format.
Through our local office in Montenegro we are supporting the annual Volunteer Spring Camp, a 10-day event dedicated to the maintenance of the hiking trails in the area where this walking holiday takes place.
It intends to maintain and clean the trails first place, but also to promote sustainable tourism in Montenegro and to improve environmental awareness among the locals. In 2017 (the third “Spring Camp”), volunteers who worked on cleaning up the trails were from Australia, UK, Montenegro, Serbia, Poland and Belgium.
The trails that are maintained during the camp are the same trails that we use during this walking holiday; they are among the most picturesque coastal trails in Europe and preserving them and the Kotor Fjiord clean is very important to us as part of the preservation of the natural heritage of Montenegro for future generations. During the camp, all participants – foreign volunteers and also local people - are given instruction and classes in different areas like Leave No Trace policies and many others.
PeopleThrough the annual Volunteer Spring Camp, our local team is promoting Montenegro as a hiking destination and the Kotor Bay area in particular. This contributes to bringing more – and more responsible – tourists to the area and increasing the revenues from sustainable tourism to the poor local village communities, rather than the big seaside hotels in the touristy areas of Montenegro. The participants in the Spring Camp turn into real international ambassadors of Montenegro and the Kotor Fjord area as responsible tourism destinations.
Apart from the camp, our local team is also actively involved in the development of new hiking trails which are built around the responsible travel concept, including the Peaks of the Balkans trail and the Mountaineering Coastal Transversal of Montenegro. We had supported and contributed to several local initiatives aiming to upgrade the lodging network for outdoor lovers/visitors, one of the projects realized in the recent 3 years with a local family – the eco-friendly Olive Garden camping ground, created for hikers and bringing much needed extra revenues to families in this remote mountain area.