Things to do in Montenegro
Lake Skadar comprises 400km² of paddling perfection. Imagine Como or Constance a century ago, and you pretty much have it. In fact, you do pretty much have it - to yourself, with a few traditional fishing boats, a nun going past on a motor boat, en route from one of the island convents which, with a guide, you can stop at to buy honey and other baked goodies, if you are in the know. Otherwise this is a lake where nothing much happens except bees buzzing, fish jumping, birds tweeting and everyone chilling. The water is usually so calm, it creates the perfect reflection for the Prokletije or ‘Cursed Mountains’ all around it. The sea kayaking on the Bay of Kotor is also a Montenegrin marvel, paddling along this this giant fjord like inlet which is 28km long from its opening into the Adriatic Sea to the harbour. There are also over 100km of shoreline, all enveloped by the Orjen Mountains to the west, and the Lovcen mountains to the east, keeping those winds at bay. Or not at bay, as the case might be.
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Leave room in your pannier for a picnic along the way. Everywhere you go there are cheese, ham, olive and wine producers
Montenegro’s coastline is something else, and cycling is one of the best things to do in Montenegro, with routes taking you along some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning coves and cliff top views. Including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bay of Kotor. It’s not all coastal cycling here though, with opportunities to bike around the shoreline of Lake Skadar, the biggest in the Balkans, or up into one of the five mountainous national parks for some challenging climbs.
Montenegro’s relief map looks like it was designed by children intent on creating a magical obstacle course. Where nothing is too far, the peaks are not so outrageous that they can’t be summited, and there is always water to jump into at regular intervals. However, even though there are five national parks in Montenegro, they are not up there with the likes of USA or France in terms of signage, so local knowledge is good. For pointing out the best farm to stop at for home produced wine and cheese en route. Or the best secret waterfall to seek out for a secret skinny dip. Whether you are trekking up with other pilgrims to the mausoleum on Mount Lovcen, along the undulating shores of Lake Skadar, or up among the heights of the Tara River Canyon, you will be stunned into silence by its beauty, and wonder how it has still managed to remain so elusive to other tourists.
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Lake Skadar is a wonderland, with waterfalls, wine tasting and wildlife. And for those who love wild swimming, there are only two words. Get in.
Montenegro is a like a play which has all its drama and excitement packed into one short act. It may be tiny but there is no shortage of adventurous things to do in Montenegro. Just pick ‘n mix. Go hiking in the mountains in the morning, swim in a coastal village in the afternoon, and still have time for a nap. Go white water rafting in Durmitor National Park’s Tara River one day and hiking around it’s Black Lake the next. It’s go go go in Montenegro.
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It’s a small country, and so if you want to choose the best time to go to Montenegro, particularly the coast, we would recommend outside the months of June and July.
It is amazing how little people know about Montengro. Which is all to Montenegro’s advantage. So don’t share this Montenegro travel guide with too many people or they will all want a piece.
When working out where to go in Montenegro, one of the best starting points is to map out their national parks. Stunning walks through time and villages where mountain culture still thrives. And all with a beach just over the peak.
Montenegro is a great location for sea kayaking with the sheltered shores around the Bay of Kotor creating an array of UNESCO-listed old towns and rugged mountain scenery.
With a set of wheels and a decent map, you can explore much of marvellous Montenegro in a week or two, which is why Montenegro self drive holidays are such an enjoyable option.
Our Montenegro walking map and highlights page reveals the best places to hike and explore, from national parks crisscrossed by trails, to mighty mountains that beckon the hardened trekker. Read advice and tips from our friends in Montenegro and travellers who have walked its trails already.
Dramatic peaks, glacial lakes, meadows and forests make up the unforgettably beautiful and rugged Durmitor National Park in northern Montenegro.
From rafting down the Tara River, to staying in a lakeside traditional house and starting off the day with a kayak and a dip in Lake Skadar or a hike to a mountain waterfall. It is all so accessible, which is why travelling in Montengro with kids is so blissfully easy.
Magnificent mountains filled with fast flowing rivers and gorgeous green lakes make Montenegro one of Europe’s hottest properties for family activity holidays.
Tip top tip is don’t think that Montenegro is all about the coast. It isn’t. It is a small country but with so much to discover, it’s almost tardis like. And so we advise you to base yourself in one or two places and just go exploring.
Wow, it is beautiful, it is still very undeveloped in terms of tourism, but boy it could go the wrong way, if it allows its beautiful national park filled landscapes or marine magnificence to go into cruise control, or indeed international hotel chain control.