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From Peaks to Valleys: An All-In-One Guide to Montenegro National Parks

Montenegro National Parks stand as a testament to the country’s unparalleled natural beauty, showcasing a diverse array of landscapes, from soaring peaks and deep canyons to serene lakes and dense forests. As one delves into the heart of Montenegro, they are greeted by the majesty of five distinct parks, each offering a unique window into the country’s ecology. These verdant sanctuaries, though varying in terrain and experiences, collectively paint a picture of Montenegro’s commitment to preserving its natural treasures for generations to come. Join CUE Podgorica as we delve into these marvels of nature.

Montenegro National Parks: The Legacy of Lovćen Mountain

Nestled within an expansive 6,220 hectares, the park boasts a diverse elevation that ranges from a modest 939 meters to the soaring heights of 1,749 meters above sea level. Dominating landscapes are the majestic peaks of Štirovnik, which proudly stands at 1,749 meters, and Jezerski vrh, with its impressive altitude of 1,657 meters. Since 1952, Lovćen has been honored with the prestigious title of a National Park, a testament to its unparalleled natural beauty and significance.

Places to visit near the Heart of Lovćen

The journey to Lovćen is incomplete without visiting Cetinje, Montenegro’s historic capital. Nestled on the slopes of the majestic Lovćen mountain, Cetinje shows Montenegrin culture and history. Often referred to as the “Capital of Culture”, it offers travelers a glimpse into Montenegro’s soul with its plethora of museums.

Ivanova Korita, a picturesque settlement, is perfect for a family day out with activities that cater both young and old.

Areal view of the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš on Lovćen Mountain in Montenegro.

The Crown Jewel: Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš

By visiting Jezerski Vrh you will be met with Montenegro’s pride – the mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš. An ascent of 461 steps will lead you to panoramic views that are simply unparalleled. From this vantage point, one can gaze upon the Bay of Kotor, Skadar Lake, and on clear days, the distant Adriatic Sea. In front of the mausoleum, the sculptures by renowned artist Ivan Meštrović, depicting the strong Montenegrin women stand tall. Inside, the mausoleum features a vault adorned with a mosaic of 200,000 gilded tiles.

Lovćen, with its breathtaking vistas and profound history stands as a beacon of Montenegrin pride. As you leave, the spirit of Lovćen will linger, prompting a promise of return.

Lake Skadar, one of Montenegro National parks.

Montenegro National Parks: Skadar Lake

Nestled between Montenegro and Albania, Skadar is the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula and a hub of biodiversity and cultural richness.

With a seasonal expanse ranging from 370 km² in the summer to a sprawling 540 km² in the winter, the lake is ever-changing and ever-mesmerizing.

Activities on the lake

Montenegro National Parks offer a plethora of activities, and Lake Skadar is no exception. Start your morning witnessing the tranquil dance of green water lilies. Then, if you’re feeling adventurous, in the heart of Montenegro’s national parks, glide across pristine waters with stand-up paddleboarding or embark on enchanting boat trips to historical islands, where ancient monasteries and fortresses await, including the captivating former Turkish prison castle Grmožur.

For those who prefer land-based adventures, the park offers great terrains for hiking and trekking. Moreover, with its 280 bird species, including the rare Dalmatian pelican, Skadar is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, especially during the prime bird-watching seasons of autumn and winter.

A Dip into Culture and History

Lake Skadar isn’t just about nature. It’s a custodian of Montenegrin culture and history.

Rijeka Crnojevića is perfect place to visit when near Lake Skadar. You’re sure to stumble upon remnants of a time gone by. After a long day, indulge your taste buds. Local taverns welcome you with dried carp, smoked bleak fish, and glasses of local wine. The pan-seared carp with prunes and apples, is a must-try!

Conservation of Montenegro National Parks

Skadar Lake National Park holds immense ecological significance. Designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 1989, it was also enlisted in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance in 1995. As part of Montenegro National Parks, it stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage.

As you embark on your journey exploring Montenegro National Parks, let Skadar enchant you with its tales and landscapes.

Montenegro National Parks: Biogradska Gora

Nestled between the flowing Tara and Lim rivers, Biogradska Gora National Park stands as an example to nature’s splendor in the heart of Montenegro’s mountainous Bjelasica region. With an expanse of over 54 square kilometers, it holds the distinguished title of being one of Europe’s last three primeval forests. A sanctuary that is both ancient and awe-inspiring, it offers visitors a glimpse into a world untouched by time.

Emerald Waters and Verdant Forests

Spanning 5,650 ha (13,961 Acres), Biogradska Gora is the smallest national park in Montenegro, yet its significance is monumental. The primeval forest reserve here stands as a living museum, with trees that have witnessed half a millennium. The park’s dedication to preservation is evident in its history, with protections dating back to 1878 when King Nikola prohibited commercial exploitation of its precious forest.

One of the significant attractions of this Montenegro national park is Lake Biograd. As the largest of the park’s six glacial lakes, its serene waters mirror the dense forests and mountain peaks which are surrounding it. The shores of Lake Biograd provide either adventure or relaxation to seasoned hikers or those looking for a tranquil retreat.

Lake biograd in Montenegro national park Biogradska Gora.

Activities in the park

While many Montenegro national parks offer an array of activities, Biogradska Gora stands out for its diversity. Here you can try anything ranging from mountain biking and hiking, to water activities on the the shores of Lake Biograd, such as kayaking and boating.

For those eager to experience the national food of the region, nearby eco katuns serve traditional dishes like “kačamak” paired with homemade sour milk, providing an authentic Montenegrin experience.

Biogradska Gora National Park is an experience that encapsulates the heart and soul of Montenegro national parks. Rich in history, biodiversity, and natural beauty, it beckons travelers to enjoy its timeless charm. Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquility, or a bit of both, this park promises a journey you won’t soon forget.

Mountain lake at Durmitor national park in Montenegro.

Montenegro National Parks: Durmitor

Situated in the heart of the Dinaric Alps, the Durmitor National Park is one of Montenegro’s most beautiful natural splendors. Home to the majestic mountain of Durmitor with over fifty peaks casting shadows over the land, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers an array of experiences.

The Mesmerizing Landscape

From the towering peak of Bobotov Kuk, standing tall at 2,523 meters, to the mesmerizing depths of the Tara River Gorge, Europe’s deepest gorge, Durmitor unfolds as a canvas of contrasts. The region’s 18 glacial lakes, often termed as “mountain eyes,” sparkle with pristine clarity, offering tranquil spots for reflection and relaxation.

Adventures in the park

Adventure enthusiasts are spoiled for choice here. Whether it’s rafting along the Tara River, exploring the mysteries hidden within the Ice Cave, or canyoning through canyon, Nevidio, Durmitor promises an adrenaline rush at every turn.

Beyond the natural wonders, Durmitor is also a land steeped in history and myth. The ancient medieval tombstones whisper tales from the past, while legends speak of the healing properties of the Savina Water Spring.

The heart-throbbing zipline across the Tara Canyon and the scenic cable car ride to Savin Kuk add another layer of excitement to this multifaceted national park.

A Haven for Flora and Fauna

While Durmitor’s landscapes captivate the eyes, its biodiversity engages the heart. The park is home to a myriad of species, including the endangered Danube Salmon. And with its unique blend of Mediterranean and alpine microclimates, it’s no wonder that Durmitor was honored with the UNESCO World Heritage status.

Truly, amidst all the activities and adventures, take a moment to just breathe in the fresh mountain air and let the beauty of Durmitor National Park sink in, this gem of Montenegro National Parks is not just a destination; it’s an experience waiting to be lived.

Montenegro National Parks: Prokletije

Deceptively named as “The Damned,” Prokletije National Park stands in stark contrast to its nomenclature. Tucked away in Montenegro’s northeastern corner, this park reveals itself as a paradise for unparalleled adventure. Dubbed the “Alps of the South of Europe,” it remains one of the most untapped wonders within Montenegro national parks.

Covering an area of 1,660 hectares, Prokletije showcases the zenith of Montenegro’s natural grandeur. It’s where the country’s highest peak, Zla Kolata, stands mightily at 2,534 meters above sea level, challenging mountaineers with its altitude.

View of Prokletije Mountains in Montenegro.

Activities on the mountain

With over 20 peaks surpassing 2,500 meters, and adding the Grlja River’s canyon to the mix the park offers a thrilling arena for those daring enough to navigate its terrain.

Beyond its imposing peaks and gorges, Prokletije National Park boasts tranquil spots, epitomized by the Lake Hrid or the Lake of Happiness. This heart-shaped lake, besides being a natural wonder, is also home to legends of forest fairies. Legend has it that this lake is imbued with a magical charm that grants wishes.

The tales of romantic proposals near the Ali Pasha’s springs and the binding power of a “yes” uttered there only add to the park’s enchantment.

As the youngest national park in Montenegro, Prokletije has over 1,700 plant species making it heaven for anyone interested in botany.

Diving deep into the heart of the Balkans, the Montenegro National Parks reveal many wonders which few corners of the world can rival with. Each park shows Montenegro’s raw and untamed beauty in a different way. Our nation’s soul rests in these sanctuaries, with every glacial lake and soaring peak singing a song of ancient traditions and landscapes. So what are you waiting for, book a stay at CUE Podgorica and start planning a thrilling adventure.

Annual ticket for all five National Parks is 13.50 euros and you can buy it here.

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Exploring the Mountains of Montenegro

The Mountains of Montenegro, with their towering peaks and expansive plateaus, embody the heart and soul of a nation steeped in history and resplendent natural beauty. As we journey through this guide, you’ll get to take a look at these majestic landscapes, uncovering their secrets and the myriad of adventures they offer. Situated in the center of Montenegro, CUE Podgorica is an excellent starting point for your adventure.

Mount Lovćen: The Sentinel of Montenegro

Emerging prominently from Montenegro’s coastal region, Mount Lovćen is not only a geographical wonder but also a symbol of Montenegrin heritage and spirit. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea and valleys below, its peak hosts the revered Njegoš Mausoleum, a tribute to the nation’s celebrated poet and philosopher, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

Mount Lovćen’s slopes are draped in a rich tapestry of Mediterranean flora, where holm oak and black pine forests whisper tales of ancient times. These woodlands teem with birdlife, where keen-eyed visitors might spot the majestic flight of the golden eagle or the swift dive of the peregrine falcon.

While its summit offers unparalleled views, the trails that wind through Mount Lovćen promise their own charm. From gentle paths to challenging ascents, each journey unveils a new facet of the mountain’s beauty. The idyllic village of Njeguši at the mountain’s base, serves not just as a gateway for trekkers but also as a testament to Montenegro’s culinary traditions, with its famed smoked ham and cheese delighting many.

Strategically positioned, Mount Lovćen provides the best of both worlds. Its proximity to the bustling coastal towns of Kotor and Budva ensures that after a day of mountain exploration, the soothing waves of the Adriatic are just a drive away. In its grandeur, Mount Lovćen is a symbol of Montenegro’s resilient spirit and rich legacy.

The prominent Njegoš Mausoleum perched atop Mount Lovćen, offering a panoramic vista of Montenegro's diverse landscape.
The impressive peak of Bobotov Kuk standing tall amidst the Dinaric Alps.

Durmitor - Bobotov Kuk: The Majestic Summit of Montenegro

Bobotov Kuk, at a staggering 2,523 meters, reigns as one of the highest point in Montenegro, offering views that will leave you spellbound. Located within Durmitor National Park and a part of the magnificent Dinaric Alps, this mountain is a symbol of Montenegro’s natural beauty.

Along the trail, hikers pass through thick pine forests, which gradually give way to alpine meadows adorned with rare flowers.

Base camps nestled at the foothills of Bobotov Kuk provide serene havens, allowing visitors to enjoy themselves in the natural beauty. As you wander its surroundings, the calming atmosphere and thinner air give a sense of elevation. Whether draped in winter’s white embrace or painted with the vibrant greens of summer, Bobotov Kuk stands as a captivating peak, inviting all to witness it.

Mount Sinjajevina: The Balkan's Serene Oasis

Cradled between the Durmitor National Park and the Bjelasica Mountains, Mount Sinjajevina rises as the Balkans’ most expansive plateau. This sprawling landscape boasts undulating meadows, punctuated with clusters of conifers, painting a picture distinct from the usual Montenegrin mountain vistas.

Mount Sinjajevina has become a haven for equestrian enthusiasts. Its gentle slopes and vast grasslands are perfect for horseback riding, with several establishments offering guided excursions that allow riders to fully enjoy the serene environment.

Rare sightings of the lesser kestrel or the vibrant Eurasian hoopoe can turn any hike into an ornithological adventure. Moreover, interspersed across the plateau are traditional katuns – seasonal hamlets that stand as windows into Montenegro’s pastoral heritage. A visit to these villages offers a glimpse of time-honored practices, where warm-hearted locals share stories and flavors from their bountiful dairy produce.

: A quaint settlement nestled at the base of the expansive Mount Sinjajevina.
Skiers carving down the snowy slopes of Bjelasica Mountain in Montenegro.

Bjelasica Mountain: Montenegro's Winter Wonderland

Tucked away in Montenegro’s central region, the majestic Bjelasica Mountain emerges as a beacon for winter sports enthusiasts. Overlooking the quaint town of Kolašin and adjacent to the Biogradska Gora National Park, Bjelasica is the backdrop for the renowned ski resorts of Kolašin 1450 and Kolašin 1600.

Bjelasica’s unique terrain is characterized by gentle slopes on one side and challenging descents on the other. This diverse landscape makes it an ideal destination for both novice skiers and seasoned ones alike. Dense, ancient forests cloak its base, adding to the area’s beauty and offering shelter to an array of wildlife.

The lower reaches of Bjelasica house Kolašin 1450, an enclave where beginners can find their footing and intermediate skiers can hone their skills. The higher altitudes proudly present Kolašin 1600, a haven for thrill-seekers eager to tackle steeper paths and explore untouched off-piste territories.

Besides skiing and snowboarding, Bjelasica invites visitors to embark on snowshoeing expeditions, cross-country skiing trails, or simply relish in the tranquility of its snow-capped beauty. Regardless of the season, Bjelasica Mountain stands as a testament to Montenegro’s diverse landscapes, beckoning adventurers to explore its many facets.

Prokletije Range: The Dramatic Pinnacles of Montenegro

Situated in the eastern stretches of Montenegro and spilling over into Albania and Kosovo, the Prokletije Range, also known as the Accursed Mountains, stands as a testament to nature’s raw power. This formidable mountain range is made of jagged limestone spires, deep ravines, and serene glacial tarns.

The Prokletije Mountains, though foreboding in name, are a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The range’s distinct topography, forged by ancient geological processes, has crafted an environment unlike any other in the Balkans. Here, rain nurtures the dense undergrowth, bringing forth cascading waterfalls and pristine streams that flow through its valleys.

As one treks higher, the scenery morphs from forests to meadows dotted with unique flora. The Peaks of the Balkans trail is a standout, guiding adventurers through a 192-km journey that showcases the very best of the Prokletije’s landscapes.

In its majesty and might, the Prokletije Range invites all to unravel the mysteries it holds, promising an experience filled with wonder and discovery.

The peaks of Prokletije Range in Montenegro.
: The sparkling Adriatic Sea and quaint Herceg Novi town cradled at the foot of the towering Mount Orjen.

Mount Orjen: Montenegro's Hidden Gem

Standing tall near the Boka Bay, Mount Orjen emerges as an under-the-radar marvel amidst Montenegro’s famed landscapes. Though it might not have the widespread recognition of its counterparts, it captivates with its pristine beauty and sweeping panoramas. From its highest vantage point, one can witness the Adriatic’s azure waters.

Mount Orjen’s unique geographical location results in a blend of coastal breezes and mountainous freshness, fostering many plants and unique animal life. As you tread its lower regions, you’re greeted by dense woods that give way to rocky landscapes and karst formations as you ascend. A network of trails crisscrosses Mount Orjen, catering to everyone from casual hikers to avid ones.

In its quiet majesty, Mount Orjen stands as a testament to the undiscovered wonders of Montenegro, awaiting those eager to tread off the beaten path.

Our exploration of the breathtaking landscapes and vistas brings us to a close, yet the allure of the Mountains of Montenegro remains endless. These towering peaks and valleys will always beckon with new mysteries to unravel and memories to create. Safe travels and may your heart always find its way back to these majestic terrains.

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In Montenegro, the tales of the Balkans come alive. Between our mountains and the calm stretch of the Adriatic, our traditions speak. Though our land may seem small, our culture spans wide and deep. Here, each corner has its narrative, each custom its legacy. From the influences of Ancient Greece to the Republic of Venice, and the Austro-Hungarian reign, the nation’s traditions are fascinating, and they continue to draw visitors from all corners of the world. The warm embrace of Montenegro’s legendary hospitality, perfectly reflected by CUE Podgorica, and the vivid colors of its festivals beckon visitors with a promise of unforgettable experiences. Dive in, as we unravel some of the most captivating customs and traditions that this enchanting land has to offer.

1. Montenegrin Hospitality: A Warm Welcome

Waiter welcoming guests at a dinner table.

Montenegro, a gem nestled in the Balkans, is renowned not just for its breathtaking landscapes but also for its heartwarming hospitality. Steeped in rich tradition and cultural etiquette, the Montenegrin way of welcoming guests is legendary. Step into any household, and regardless of your familiarity or relationship with the host, you’re immediately treated with reverence. Every visitor is met with a spread of food and drinks, often featuring homemade delicacies and refreshments.

But this gesture goes far beyond mere formalities. It embodies the Montenegrin spirit of generosity and friendship. In extending such hospitality, Montenegrins aren’t just sharing their food and drink; they are sharing their home, their stories, and a piece of their heritage. This practice is an unspoken testament to trust, respect, and a deep-rooted belief in human connection.

2. The Joys of Celebrations: Embracing Life’s Highs and Lows

Friends celebrating a joyous occasion at CUE Podgorica.

In Montenegro, celebrations are an expression of life itself. Montenegrins approach every significant occasion, whether joyous or somber, with unmatched passion and enthusiasm.

Be it the radiant glow of a wedding, the jubilance of a graduation, or the innocence of a christening, each event unfolds as a grand spectacle, filled with music, dance, and laughter. And in these moments of joy, rakija, the cherished fruit brandy, is ever-present, warming hearts and forging bonds.

Montenegrin celebrations are not limited to happy occasions alone. Even in moments of grief, as in funerals, the community unites. Here, amidst the melancholy, there’s a poignant beauty as people come together, reminiscing and sharing tales of the departed, seeking solace in shared memories. The generous spread of food and drink during these times is a reflection of the Montenegrin ethos of finding strength in unity and sharing in both joy and sorrow.

3. Montenegro's Legacy Woven into Fabric: The National Costume

Montenegro’s national costume shows its vibrant history and culture. Meticulously crafted from the most exquisite materials, each piece tells a tale of eras gone by. The radiant hues, often accentuated by intricate designs in silk and golden threads, reflect the nation’s traditions and values. These costumes, worn with pride during special occasions and festivals, stand as silent yet eloquent testimonies to Montenegro’s storied past. As they shimmer in the Balkan sunlight, they encapsulate the spirit, resilience, and elegance of the Montenegrin people.

4. The Rhythms and Movements: Celebrating Montenegro through Dance

Montenegro’s dance traditions are a vibrant testament to its cultural depth. The traditional dance – “kolo” is a communal circle dance that thrives in many Balkan regions. Yet, in Montenegro, it takes on a unique form called the Oro or the “Eagle dance”. This dance, inspired by the eagle’s majestic flight, beautifully captures the spirit of community, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.

Additionally, folklore evenings provide an immersive experience for anyone eager to engage with Montenegro’s dance heritage. The highlight being the Crnogorsko Oro, where dancers in splendid national costumes mimic the elegant flight of the eagle.

5. Songs of the Land: Gusle, Epics, and Montenegrin Music

Gusle, Montenegro’s traditional one-stringed instrument.

Music and oral traditions form the very heartbeat of Montenegrin culture. The nation’s epic poetry, rich with tales of valiant heroes and monumental battles, finds its voice through the gusle, a one-stringed instrument.

More than mere entertainment, these songs bear witness to Montenegro’s enduring spirit and its history marked by struggles and triumphs. While Montenegro’s music offers a medley of traditional sounds blended with Western influences, it’s perhaps its underappreciated realm.

From the soulful religious chants echoing the ancient times to the Venetian-inspired melodies along the coast, the country’s musical heritage, though evolving, continues to resonate with its rooted traditions.

6. A Revelry of Tradition: Montenegro's Festivals and Carnivals

Woman holding a bouquet of Mimosa flowers.

Montenegro is a land that knows how to celebrate. Each festival and carnival, rich in tradition and infused with local flavor, paints a vibrant picture of the country’s cultural landscape.

Kotor, a jewel of the Adriatic, comes alive with a riveting parade. Boats, bedecked in an array of colors and designs, vie for attention, their crews hopeful for the coveted honor of being the most spectacular vessel of the lot. And as the cold winds of winter sweep through, Kotor bursts into a celebratory fervor once again. The winter carnival, a vibrant blend of music, dance, and jubilation, reaches its crescendo with the ceremonial burning of a large doll. This symbolic act, a fiery farewell to the past year’s tribulations and adversities, holds a promise – a promise of hope, renewal, and unyielding spirit.

In honor of the vibrant mimosa flower, Herceg Novi hosts the cherished Mimosa Festival every February, a month-long celebration full of fun, cultural, and sporting events. Among these, one of the most celebrated events is the “Fešta od mimoze, ribe i vina” or “Festival of Mimosa, Fish, and Wine,” which takes place across the settlements of Kumbor, Đenovići, and Baošići. Every first Saturday of February, attendees indulge in fish and wine, all while enjoying the parade of majorettes and city music. From the Fish Dinner to the Majorette Parade, the Mimosa Festival ensures a blend of tradition and contemporary performances, including various plays, exhibitions, concerts, and more.

Through these festivals and carnivals, Montenegro showcases not just its rich traditions, but its enduring zest for life.

In conclusion, Montenegro is a land where traditions are cherished, where the past intermingles with the present, and where every visitor is welcomed with open arms. The nation’s customs and practices are a testament to its resilient spirit and rich heritage, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience authentic Balkan culture. Let CUE Podgorica be your starting point, book a stay today!

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LAKE SKADAR: A Natural Wonder in Montenegro

Discover the wonders of Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe, beautifully positioned on the border of Montenegro and Albania. This natural haven boasts a diverse ecosystem, an interesting history, and a beautiful landscape that never fails to impress visitors and is just a short drive away from our CUE Podgorica. 

Geography and Formation

Lake Skadar, situated in the heart of the western Balkan region, stands as one of Europe’s most remarkable and largest freshwater lakes. It is also a crypto depression, which means that some parts of its bottom are below sea level. Depending on the season, its expansive water surface oscillates between a considerable 370 km2 to an even more impressive 530 km2. Predominantly nestled within the borders of Montenegro, the lake acts as a natural mirror reflecting the country’s diverse landscapes. The topography around and within the lake is as varied as the legends that surround it; from rocky outcrops that jut out defiantly from the waters to the extensive and serene inundated areas that become a haven for myriad bird species and aquatic life. 

One of the lake’s most fascinating aspects is its lifeline – the Bojana river which forms a crucial conduit, creating a natural passage that eventually links the lake to the glistening Adriatic Sea.  The origins of Lake Skadar are steeped in wonder. It is believed to have emerged as an ancient lake, its birth dating back millions of years. Scientists concluded that the formation of this captivating lake can be traced back to intricate tectonic activities that occurred primarily during the Cenozoic era. These seismic movements and shifts beneath the Earth’s crust led to the creation of basins which, over time, filled with water, giving rise to the majestic Skadar we know today.  

Areal view of Lake Skadar
Grmožur, 'Montenegrin Alcatraz'

Historical Footprint

Austro-Hungarian forts serve as a tangible reminder of the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. The forts played an essential role in the defense of Montenegro during the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were critical in shaping the country’s past. Today, they stand as a testament to Montenegro’s resilience and determination to protect its people and land. Exploring these forts not only provides an opportunity to connect with the past but also allows visitors to immerse themselves in the outstanding natural beauty of Montenegro’s landscapes. The combination of history and nature makes hiking in Montenegro a remarkable experience. 

Biodiversity Bliss

Lake Skadar, often hailed as a living repository of nature’s treasures, stands out as an irreplaceable hub of freshwater biodiversity in Europe. A veritable paradise for ornithologists, this expansive water body is recognized as one of the continent’s largest bird reserves. Migratory patterns lead myriad bird species to its shores, making it a vital resting and breeding ground. Moreover, Skadar Lake has a diverse fish population, many of which can be found nowhere else on the planet. Among the varied aquatic life, a staggering 31% of freshwater snails in the lake are endemics, a statistic that speaks volumes about Skadar Lake and its unparalleled significance in the broader context of global biodiversity. 

Montenegrin Treasures

The Montenegrin expanse of Lake Skadar unravels like a tapestry of nature’s marvels and historic relics. Distinguished as a national park, this area is not just a refuge for diverse species but also a sentinel that preserves the fragile ecosystems that thrive there. Journeying through the lake, one can’t miss the imposing Fortress Grmožur, or the picturesque horseshoe bend near Rijeka Crnojevića, a natural wonder that perfectly encapsulates the enchanting Montenegrin landscape. Beyond the scenic vistas and historic landmarks, the Montenegrin side of the lake is a living museum where the pulse of Montenegro’s culture, history, and nature beats in perfect harmony. 

Countless lotuses on the pristine surface of Skadar Lake
Fishing boats at lake Skadar

Human Impact and Conservation

In the heart of the western Balkan region, Skadar Lake, with its shimmering waters and diverse ecosystems, has been a sanctuary for countless species for millennia. However, like many of Earth’s pristine havens, it finds itself on the frontline against the escalating pressures of human intervention. The subtle equilibrium of its ecosystems, which took nature centuries to cultivate, is being rapidly destabilized. Pollution from both domestic and industrial sources has tainted its purity, endangering the lifeforms that call it home. 

Further exacerbating its vulnerability is the aggressive extraction of sand and gravel, which threatens not only its coastal integrity but also disrupts habitats for myriad aquatic species. Such activities, unchecked, could spell an ecological disaster, pushing the lake’s unique ecosystems to the point of no return. 

Yet, in this narrative of encroachment and environmental degradation, rays of hope shine through. Recognizing the ecological and cultural treasure that is Lake Skadar, initiatives have been taken at multiple levels to ensure its conservation. Nationally, Montenegro’s decision to bestow upon it the status of a national park exemplifies the country’s commitment to preserving this natural wonder. This designation brings with it increased resources, and protective measures, ensuring that the lake’s ecological integrity remains intact for generations to come.

On the broader international canvas, Lake Skadar’s recognition as a Ramsar site – a wetland of international importance – amplifies its significance on the global environmental stage. Such an acknowledgment is not merely symbolic; it fosters international collaboration and resources, directing them towards the lake’s preservation. Skadar Lake stands as a beacon of natural beauty and biodiversity, it also embodies a universal message: the pressing need for collective responsibility.  

Lake Skadar stands as a testament to nature’s marvels. This gem is not just a lake but a living repository of history, culture, and biodiversity. As we enjoy its beauty, let’s also remember our duty to conserve and protect this wonder. Book a stay with CUE Podgorica today and Lake Skadar is just a hop away.

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Experiencing the Thrilling Montenegro Nightlife in its Capital city of Podgorica

Montenegro nightlife shines through the streets of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, offering a myriad of things to do and places to explore. Podgorica embraces a remarkable mix of Ottoman culture, socialist-era architecture, as well as many modern style high-rise buildings. It turns into a vibrant night scene as the sun sets. 

The Millennium Bridge in Podgorica at night.

Exploring the Nightlife in Podgorica and visiting its Hotspots

If there’s one thing Podgorica is known for, it’s the city’s vibrant nightlife. As the sun sets, the cityscape transforms, revealing an energetic ambiance that lasts until the wee hours. At the heart of this nightlife scene are several iconic spots that have captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike. 

Let’s start at the heart of Podgorica, The Capital Plaza Center. The Center is home to our stylish CUE Hotel Podgorica, a modern establishment that perfectly blends comfort with luxury. The hotel’s restaurants are well-known spots for those seeking to unwind after a day of sightseeing or work. The contemporary decor, the wide range of drinks and tasty dishes, and the friendly staff all contribute to a calming and inviting atmosphere. The Living Room is especially inviting and a must-visit. 

It’s here where one of the city’s most anticipated summer events takes place: the Summer Jam by Somersby. For two months during July and August, Hotel CUE Podgorica orchestrates a vibrant series of concerts at The Capital Plaza Center’s atrium. The festival offers 16 concerts, providing twice-weekly entertainment and solidifying the area as a prime summer hotspot. 

Tuesdays are dedicated to regional pop singers and bands, with Thursday evenings bringing to stage a popular local duo, Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić.  

The program started on July 4th at 9 p.m, featuring the renowned Željko Samardžić, who mesmerized the crowd in the previous year. Following his performance, Tijana Bogićević, Lexington band, and Marija Mikić as well, August will feature performances by Emina Jahović, Džejla Ramović, Peđa Jovanović, and Nataša Bekvalac. Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić will entertain guests on Thursdays.  

The Summer Jam by Somersby, now in its seventh year, has become a cherished tradition, contributing significantly to the cultural scene of Podgorica. 

Željko Samardžić at Summer Jam by Somersby
Group of friends at an outdoor part of a bar in Bokeška Street.

Another nightlife hotspot in Podgorica is the bustling Bokeška Street. This charming avenue offers a delightful juxtaposition of a relaxed setting with the hum of lively conversation and laughter. The street is lined with an array of cafes and bars, each boasting their unique flair. Locals and tourists alike gravitate towards Bokeška Street to enjoy its pleasant terraces and beautiful greenery while sipping their favorite drinks. The street comes alive at night, illuminated by soft, warm lights, creating a picturesque setting. A leisurely stroll down Bokeška Street offers an intimate glimpse into the city’s spirited nightlife, with something interesting at every corner. 

In close vicinity to The Capital Plaza, City Kvart is buzzing with an energetic nightlife scene. This trendy neighborhood is brimming with a diverse selection of clubs and bars, each pulsating with music, chatter, and clinking glasses. Whether you prefer a quiet bar to unwind or a vibrant club to dance the night away, City Kvart has it all. The lively music emanating from these venues fills the streets, guiding the night owls towards them. 

From the charming cafes on Bokeška Street to the eclectic mix of bars in City Kvart, Montenegro nightlife offers a variety of experiences. The city is filled with late-night adventures, waiting for you to discover. In Podgorica, every night is a celebration, and everyone’s invited. 

Exploring the Nightlife in Podgorica and visiting its Hotspots

When it comes to Podgorica nightlife, the city’s malls hold their unique allure. These modern shopping centers not only house an array of retail and dining outlets, but they also become vibrant social hubs as the night falls, contributing to the city’s lively after-dark scene. 

A nice idea for nightlife in Podgorica is the Big Fashion Mall that introduces a unique element to the nightlife scene: late-night cinema showings. This modern and lively mall features a state-of-the-art cinema, which operates into the late hours of the night. Picture this: ending your day by sinking into a plush cinema seat, popcorn in hand, ready to lose yourself in the world of film. 

The Big Fashion Mall doesn’t stop there. With a wide array of shops showcasing world-famous and local brands, as well as numerous dining options, it caters to every whim and fancy. The mall’s buzzing atmosphere aligns perfectly with the lively spirit of Podgorica’s nightlife. 

Just a short distance away is the City Mall. This expansive shopping complex does not limit itself to being a retail paradise; it serves as a versatile venue offering a wholesome evening experience. As you wind through the mall, you’ll find everything from international retail outlets to local boutiques, ensuring a diverse shopping experience. 

The City Mall’s true charm, however, reveals itself on the rooftop. Here, a popular bar is nestled, offering panoramic views of Podgorica’s nighttime cityscape. It’s an ideal setting to unwind, with the city’s twinkling lights spread out before you like a celestial map. With a refreshing drink in hand, the rooftop bar serves as a tranquil retreat from the buzzing streets below. 

The magic of Montenegro nightlife isn’t confined to the city streets; it extends into these vibrant malls. With their unique blend of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, City Mall and Big Fashion Mall have successfully redefined the city’s nightlife scene. Whether you’re enjoying the breathtaking view from the rooftop bar or catching a late-night movie, these malls ensure your night in Podgorica is nothing short of extraordinary. 

An Excursion into the Rich Cultural Scene

Ottoman clock tower in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Though it’s renowned for its thriving nightlife, Podgorica is also a treasure trove of history and culture. The Clock Tower is also worth visiting, adding an enriching dimension to your night out in the city. 

As night descends, the city transforms into a haven for nocturnal revelers, offering an impressive array of cafes, pubs, and discos. Podgorica nightlife is decidedly low cost, yet high on enjoyment. So whether you’re a local or a tourist, it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss. 

In the heart of Montenegro, Podgorica’s thriving nightlife scene beckons, promising a truly memorable evening. This dynamic city, brimming with a mix of culture, shopping, and Montenegro nightlife, offers an array of exciting activities that keep the city awake until late into the night. From the electrifying atmosphere in Bokeška Street to the captivating late-night movie showings at the Big Fashion Mall, Podgorica is a city that truly comes alive at night. CUE Podgorica is in the perfect location close to all these attractions, so do not wait, get in contact with our team and book your stay today. 

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Summer Jam by Somersby in July and August

Hotel CUE Podgorica, The Living Room and restaurant Elit are organizing Summer Jam by Somersby in the atrium of The Capital Plaza center. For two months, Podgorica will have 16 concerts, in July and August, twice a week, and thus a good time is guaranteed.

Tuesday is reserved for regional pop singers and bands, and Thursday for a local duo. The program begins on July 4 at 21 p.m, with the performance of Željko Samardžić, who made it a memorable evening last year. After him, Tijana Bogićević, Lexington band, Marija Mikić, Emina Jahović, Džejla Ramović, Peđa Jovanović and Nataša Bekvalac will perform on Tuesdays until the end of August. Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić will entertain guests on Thursdays.

The festival is slowly taking on a traditional character, as it is being held for the seventh year in a row. On this way, we make a great contribution to the cultural events of the Capital City.

We remind you that last year’s Somersby Summer Jam exceeded all expectations, when, among others, Nina Badrić, Aleksandra Radović, Marko Luis, Željko Vasić, Galija, Željko Samardžić performed.

The general sponsor of the festival is Somersby (Carlsberg Montenegro), while the other sponsors are Adriatic bank, Plantaže and The Capital Plaza centar. The media partners of this year’s edition of “Summer Jam by Somersby” are RTCG, Prva TV, Gradska TV, TV E, Drugačija Radio Stanica and Play radio.



4.7. Željko Samardžić – ticket price – €20

6.7. Milica & Danijel


11.7. Tijana Bogićević – ticket price €10

13.7. Milica & Danijel


18.7. Lexington Bend – ticket price €10

20.7. Milica & Danijel


25.7. Marija Mikić – ticket price €10

27.7. Milica & Danijel


1.8. Emina Jahović – ticket price €20

03.8. Milica & Danijel


8.8. Dzejla Ramović – ticket price €10

10.8. Milica & Danijel


15.8. Peđa Jovanović – ticket price €15

17.8. Milica & Danijel


22.8. Nataša Bekvalac – ticket price €15

24.8. Milica & Danijel


For reservations, call:

The Living Room +382 68 800 251

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Extraordinary July Concerts at Summer Jam by Somersby Festival

July 2023 in Podgorica will be remembered for the outstanding concerts which brought together nearly 1500 guests at the Summer Jam by Somersby Festival, organized by CUE Podgorica Hotel, The Living Room, and Elit Restaurant. We are proud of the successful concerts featuring performances by Željko Samardžić, Tijana Bogićević, Lexington band, Marija Mikić, as well as Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić.

Summer Jam by Somersby was opened on July 4th by regional star of pop music, Željko Samardžić. It was a two-hour musical spectacle. Željko, with his charisma and exceptional vocal abilities, along with the fantastic band, delighted the audience. The crowd sang along with him, creating an atmosphere filled with love and positive energy.

Željko Samardžić at Summer Jam by Somersby

The spectacular performances continued the following Tuesday with Tijana Bogićević, one of the most talented vocalists. The charisma of the “queen of emotions” and her powerful interpretation of songs left us breathless, and songs like “Blizu” and “Bezuslovno” further solidified her place in our hearts.

The excitement reached its peak at the concert of the Lexington band, a popular group whose hits have become anthems for generations. The great ambiance led the band to extend the concert past midnight, where they once again showed their musical virtuosity and talent, transmitting incredible energy to the audience.

After these exceptional performances, another thrilling evening that broke all records was marked by Marija Mikić, a talented pop singer whose rendition of recognizable songs captured the hearts of the audience. Her voice, brilliance, and interaction with the crowd created an unforgettable atmosphere and left an indelible impression on all of us.

Everything was given an extra spice by Milica and Danijel, who made CUE Podgorica Hotel and Elit Restaurant an essential destination every Thursday.

We thank everyone who was part of these special moments, as well as everyone for their support throughout this musical adventure.

Stay tuned because in August we will have concerts of Emina Jahović, Džejla Ramović, Peđa Jovanović, and Nataša Bekvalac. Also, every Thursday, Milica Đurović and Danijel Đukić will ensure an unforgettable experience.


Special thanks go to our sponsors, Somersby (Carlsberg Montenegro), Adriatic Bank, Plantaže, Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism and The Capital Plaza, who made this year’s festival an unforgettable event. Also, a big thank you to our media partners (Prva TV, Gradska Televizija, TV E, Radio Televizija Crne Gore, DRS, and Play Radio) who supported us and helped our music to reach everyone.

Keep following our website and social media channels to stay updated on all upcoming events and happenings at CUE Hotel and Elit Restaurant. See you at the next concert!

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Treasures of Montenegro: Top 5 Culinary Delights and Artisanal Crafts

We Montenegrins take immense pride in the unique flavors of our cuisine and the delicate craftsmanship that goes into our traditional artisanal works. When you visit CUE Podgorica you’re becoming a part of our vibrant tapestry, where our traditional fare and crafts interweave to form an authentic Montenegrin experience. Allow us to take you on a journey that goes beyond the usual tourist trails, into the flavors of our cuisine, the warmth of our woolen crafts and the artistry of our woodwork. These are the tastes, textures, and tales that have echoed through our homes and hearts for generations and are a key part of our renowned The Living Room. This guide shares some of those cherished local treasures. 

The Njeguši Signature: Njeguški Prosciutto and Cheese

Your exploration of Montenegro must begin with the signature delicacies of the quaint village of Njeguši: Njeguški Prosciutto and Cheese. These two traditional delicacies showcase Montenegro’s rich culinary heritage. 

The star of this iconic duo is Njeguški Prosciutto, a dry-cured ham similar to Italian prosciutto but enhanced by a unique Montenegrin flair. This ham is prepared using a blend of sea salt and the region’s distinctive air, fostering its unique flavor during the curing process. A cornerstone of Montenegrin cuisine, this delicacy is a testament to Njeguši’s age-old food traditions and is guaranteed to leave you asking for seconds. 

Accompanying Njeguški Prosciutto is the equally loved Cheese of Njeguši. This traditional semi-hard cheese, made from local cow’s or sheep’s milk, enjoys a favored status among the multitude of Montenegrin cheeses. Its flavor perfectly complements the refined taste of Njeguški Prosciutto. 

Both these culinary masterpieces, often enjoyed together, encapsulate the Montenegrin way of life and the locals’ deep respect for quality and tradition. When in Montenegro, do as the Montenegrins do – savor the exquisite pairing of Njeguški Prosciutto and Cheese. 

Montenegrin Honey Delights

These natural delights are sure to leave a lasting impression on you, offering an authentic taste of Montenegro’s unique flora. 

Montenegro’s honey, known for its exceptional quality and sweetness, is a gastronomic gem in its own right. The country’s diverse ecosystem of rich flora lends a unique depth and complexity to its honey, with each variety having its distinctive taste and health benefits. 

Different types of honey offer various health benefits. Acacia honey, with its pleasant and comforting scent, is especially effective for insomnia and calming an overactive nervous system. Pair it with chamomile tea, and you’ll amplify the beneficial effects of both the tea and the honey, helping to alleviate stress. 

Sage honey, with its distinct scent, is excellent for colds and diseases accompanied by a dry cough.  

Meadow honey, with its rich and pleasant taste, is particularly recommended for people with pollen allergies. Regular consumption can help prepare the body for the spring, when the air is full of pollen. 

Adding a twist to this honeyed goodness are the nuts in honey. This delightful combination of sweetness and crunch creates a treat that is as healthy as it is delicious. Offering an exquisite balance of flavors, the nuts in honey make for an excellent souvenir or gift. They serve as a palatable reminder of your trip, offering a small taste of Montenegro wherever you are. 

So, when in Montenegro, make sure to indulge in the various kinds of honey and their unique benefits.  

Olive Oil: The Liquid Gold of Montenegro

Bottles of olive oil and olives.

Montenegro is a paradise for olive growers, boasting an abundance of olive groves that yield some of the finest olive oils in the Balkan region.  

To fully appreciate Montenegro’s liquid gold, purchasing it directly from a local producer is highly recommended. Although the annual production is not vast, the domestic Montenegrin market offers an impressive array of quality olive oils that improve year by year. This high-quality olive oil is also sold to tourists at very reasonable prices, as an authentic local food product. 

But the olive oil culture of Montenegro isn’t solely about production and consumption. It also weaves itself into the vibrant tapestry of tourism, through initiatives such as organized tours of thousand-year-old olive groves, olive oil tasting events, and even relaxation among the olive trees. As a visitor, you can bask in the glory of these ancient trees—some over a thousand years old, some even older than two thousand years—that still bear the fruit for this exquisite oil. 

The Montenegrin olive oil stands out for its excellent quality earning medals in New York and Croatia. The olive trees thrive on pristine, unpolluted soil, surrounded by pure coastal air, ensuring a high-quality yield. This exceptional oil, coupled with the compelling narrative of the ancient trees, adds a captivating dimension to the overall experience. 

Montenegrin olive oil shows to tourists an insight to the country’s history, its dedication to tradition, and its respect for the land. 

Wines of Montenegro

Your Montenegrin culinary adventure is incomplete without trying its world-renowned wines. Winemaking has been deeply rooted in Montenegro’s history, and the variety of its wines mirrors the country’s rich and varied topography. The country’s vineyards are located in different regions, each with its unique climate and soil conditions. Local wines are a true delight for wine lovers and a popular choice to take home.  Also, don’t forget to sample Rakija, a fruit-fermented brandy. This potent spirit is available in many places, but true homemade Rakija offers an unmatched taste experience. 

Montenegrin Artisan Treasures: Seashells, Wood Crafts, and Woolen Products

Seashell crafts displayed for sale as souvenirs.

Veering away from the gastronomical delights of Montenegro, the fifth entry on our list presents a feast for the eyes in the form of local artisanal crafts. Montenegro’s rich cultural and natural heritage is embodied in its handcrafted items, ranging from seashell art, exquisite woodcrafts, to cozy woolen products. Each piece tells a story of the land’s abundant resources and the local artisans’ unparalleled craftsmanship. 

Seashell art in Montenegro shows the country’s intimate connection with the Adriatic Sea. Using the delicate beauty of seashells, local artisans create stunning pieces that capture the spirit of the Montenegrin coast. From intricate seashell mosaics to unique jewelry, these coastal creations make for exquisite keepsakes that evoke memories of the serene Montenegrin seaside. 

Montenegro’s woodcraft tradition is equally compelling. Artisans skillfully transform humble pieces of wood into remarkable works of art that serve as both functional items and decorative pieces. The range of wood crafts includes carved clocks, ornate shelves, and other wooden furniture. Each piece reveals the Montenegrin reverence for nature, transformed into objects of beauty and utility.  

Last but not least, Montenegro’s woolen products offer warmth and comfort with a touch of traditional charm. These include handmade woolen socks, crafted with time-honored techniques and designed with traditional patterns that tell tales of Montenegro’s past. Apart from being practical for Montenegro’s cooler months, these woolen creations serve as a cozy memento of your visit. 

Seashells, wood crafts, and woolen products are not just souvenirs; they are tangible narratives of Montenegro’s vibrant culture and rich natural bounty. So, as you enjoy the country’s food and drink, don’t forget to explore the local crafts. They offer an equally delightful and authentic taste of Montenegrin life. 

The treasures of Montenegro are manifold, and your journey here will be an engagement with the nation’s soul, woven with narratives of its past, and imprinted with the flavors, textures, and tales that are unique to it. So, remember to savor, experience, and bring back a piece of Montenegro with you, be it in the form of taste, or artisanal craft, each holding a piece of this land’s story. 


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World famous jazz and regional rock stars at CUE Podgorica

Hotel CUE Podgorica at the end of June was home to musicians who performed at the “Made In New York Jazz Festival 2023”. Thus, our guests were three-time winner of the Grammy Award, Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz and pop artist from Belgrade Bisera Veletanlić, legendary drummer and member of the “Drum Hall of Fame” Dennis Chambers, prominent jazz vocalist from New York Ashley Pezzotti, pianist Aaron Goldberg , jazz bassist Santi Debriano, saxophonist Yaacov Maiman, Alexis Baro (trumpet), jazz pianist and composer Vasil Hadžimanov and guitarist Goran Potić.

Hotel CUE Podgorica at the end of June was home to musicians who performed at the “Made In New York Jazz Festival 2023”. Thus, our guests were three-time winner of the Grammy Award, Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz and pop artist from Belgrade Bisera Veletanlić, legendary drummer and member of the “Drum Hall of Fame” Dennis Chambers, prominent jazz vocalist from New York Ashley Pezzotti, pianist Aaron Goldberg , jazz bassist Santi Debriano, saxophonist Yaacov Maiman, Alexis Baro (trumpet), jazz pianist and composer Vasil Hadžimanov and guitarist Goran Potić.

The festival which starting this year has been officially recognized as a festival of special importance for the culture of Montenegro, we can say with certainty that it is one of the most significant events in the country.

Furthermore, the CUE Podgorica hotel hosted regional rock stars at the second Zabjelo Culture Festival which took place on June 9th and 10th, 2023 at the Zabjelo “Nikola Šćepović” football club stadium.

A lot of good vibes were brought by six regional stars from the former republic of Jugoslavija as well as two representatives of the Montenegrin music scene. Good vibes were also transferred to the hotel, where we hosted the members of the cult rock and punk band Zabranjeno fušenje, the heroes of the regional alter rock scene Kanda, Kodža and Nebojša, the favorites of the Montenegrin audience, the band Zoster from Mostar, the fantastic IDA PRESTER and Lollobrigida. The region’s leading alter pop name Letu Štuke, the Belgrade rapcore-crossover band Sunshine, as well as the dear rap-rock band TBF from Split.

“Made In New York Jazz Festival 2023” was particularly significant because part of the money from each sold ticket has been diverted for humanitarian purposes to the “Ognjen Rakočević” foundation.

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Thrilling Hiking in Montenegro

Hiking in Montenegro will provide you with valuable experience bursting with spectacular natural landscapes. From the rugged peaks of Durmitor National Park to the stunning coastline of the Adriatic Sea there is no shortage of awe-inspiring trails to explore.   

Our exclusive list of Montenegro’s top hiking destinations is designed to help you make the most of your trip and create lasting memories. CUE Podgorica is centrally located in the capital, and is the perfect starting point for your hiking adventures, no matter if you prefer the warm south, or the cool north. 

Hiking in Prokletije

Hiking in Prokletije is an adventure that you won’t want to miss! Known as the “the Balkan Alps”, this exquisite mountain range in Montenegro offers an abundance of benefits for hikers. 

Firstly, the breathtaking views of the rugged peaks and deep valleys make Prokletije a hiker’s paradise. The scenery is simply majestic and will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired. With famous peaks such as Maja Jezerce, Maja e Roshit, Maja Kolata, Popadija, Talijanka and Volusnica, there is always a new summit to conquer. Additionally, Prokletije is home to a range of exciting events and festivals that take place throughout the summer. 

Hrid lake - the lake which fulfills wishes

According to the legend, Hrid Lake was created by God. It was a secret spot where fairies could rinse themselves off in solitude, out of view from mortals. Swimming in this icy lake can give you health and happiness in your marriage. Toss a coin or a piece of jewelry into the lake and make a wish.  

Whether or not you believe in the legend, the serene beauty of the lake is sure to enchant you. With crystal clear water and marvelous mountain views, Hrid Lake is a must-visit destination for anyone hiking in Montenegro. 


Hiking in Durmitor, Montenegro’s largest national park, is an experience that offers a plethora of benefits for outdoor enthusiasts. The park can boast with impressive 18 glacial lakes, including the beautiful Black Lake, making it a paradise for hikers seeking impressive scenery. With peaks reaching over 2,500 meters, including Bobotov Kuk, Durmitor is also home to some of the most famous peaks in Montenegro. The park’s unique flora and fauna, including its rare endemic species, are a sight to behold for nature lovers.  

Additionally, visitors can enjoy canoeing on the crystalline waters of the park’s rivers and exploring the Tara River Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe. The canyon is a crucial part of Montenegro’s ecological heritage, as it is home to a wide array of plant and animal species that are endemic for the region. Tara River Canyon is more than just a spectacular sight to behold – it’s a UNESCO protected heritage site, recognized for its natural and cultural significance and an untouched gorge that has captured the hearts of countless nature enthusiasts. 

Hiking in such a region can be especially exhilarating, as the stunning views and challenging terrain will push even the most experienced hikers to their limits. 


Hiking in Kotor is an incredible experience that offers numerous perks for the mind, body and soul. 

First and foremost, the exquisite views of the impressive Boka Bay make the trek well worth the effort. Along the way, hikers have the opportunity to visit the stunning Kotor Cathedral, a UNESCO-protected site that boasts with splendid architecture and historical significance.  

Hiking in Kotor provides an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the stresses of daily life and immerse yourself in nature. It is a fantastic way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and promote mental wellbeing. The incredible vistas, cultural landmarks and outdoor adventure make Kotor a must-do activity for any visitor to Montenegro. For those who want to end their day in the most spectacular way, watching the sunset from St. John’s fortress above the town is an absolute must.  

Austro-Hungarian forts serve as a tangible reminder of the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. The forts played an essential role in the defense of Montenegro during the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were critical in shaping the country’s past. Today, they stand as a testament to Montenegro’s resilience and determination to protect its people and land. Exploring these forts not only provides an opportunity to connect with the past but also allows visitors to immerse themselves in the outstanding natural beauty of Montenegro’s landscapes. The combination of history and nature makes hiking in Montenegro a remarkable experience. 

Skadar Lake

At the very end, you should visit Skadar Lake as icing on the cake during hiking in Montenegro. Located in the heart of the country, Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans, with a surface area of approximately 370 square kilometers. The lake is surrounded by impressive mountains, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. It is also known for its unique flora and fauna, which can be explored on one of the many hiking trails in the area.  

As a national park, Skadar Lake is of great importance for the preservation of its rich biodiversity. The lake is home to over 270 species of birds, including rare and endangered species such as the Dalmatian pelican and the pygmy cormorant. In addition to its natural beauty, Skadar Lake is also steeped in history and culture, with many small towns and villages scattered throughout the area. Hikers can take a break from their trek and explore these charming towns, sampling local cuisine and experiencing the unique traditions and way of life of the locals. 

Hiking in Montenegro allows you to explore some of the most fabulous and untouched landscapes in Europe, with a variety of trails suitable for all ages and abilities. With its warm and welcoming culture, charming vistas and abundant wildlife, Montenegro is truly a hiker’s paradise. Take a break from the city and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Let’s hit the trails together!