Exploring the Natural Beauty of Montenegro’s National Parks: An Ultimate Guide


In this new blog post, we embark on an exciting journey through Montenegro’s breathtaking national parks. Nestled in the heart of the Balkans, Montenegro is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its stunning natural landscapes and diverse ecosystems. From rugged mountains to crystal-clear lakes, this small but remarkable country boasts a wealth of natural wonders that will leave you awe-inspired. In this article, we will delve into the wonders of Montenegro’s national parks, explore the extensive network of hiking trails, and discover the abundant beauty of nature that awaits in these protected areas. Join us as we unravel the secrets of Montenegro’s national parks and immerse ourselves in the captivating allure of its untouched wilderness.

Introduction: Exploring the wonders of Montenegro and its national parks

Montenegro is home to five national parks that showcase the country’s remarkable biodiversity and natural splendor. These protected areas are a haven for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone who craves a dose of tranquility amidst stunning surroundings.

The National Parks of Montenegro are members of the Europark Federation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Thanks to their values, these national parks have not only national but also international importance. Thus, the Durmitor National Park with the canyon of the Tara River has been on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List since 1980. The Tara River has had the status of Biosphere Reserve (MAB) since 1977. Skadar Lake National Park has had the status of Important Ornithological Area (IBA) since 1989, and in 1995. has been entered on the World List of Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR).

Hiking enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise, as Montenegro’s national parks offer a myriad of hiking trails that meander through awe-inspiring terrains. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there is a trail to suit your preferences and skill level. From challenging mountain summits to gentle strolls along picturesque lakeshores, Montenegro has it all.

From the majestic Durmitor National Park with its towering mountains and deep canyons, to the tranquil Lovćen National Park, home to the iconic mausoleum of Montenegro’s beloved poet, these protected areas provide a sanctuary for both wildlife and visitors alike. You can hike through dense forests, marvel at cascading waterfalls, or simply revel in the peace and tranquility of Montenegro’s unspoiled wilderness.

Embark on a challenging ascent to the summit of Bobotov Kuk in Durmitor National Park, or opt for a leisurely stroll along the shores of Skadar Lake National Park, where you’ll be treated with stunning views and an abundance of birdlife. 

Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the rich diversity of flora and fauna that thrive within Montenegro’s national parks. Birdwatchers will find joy in observing the numerous species that inhabit the wetlands of Lake Skadar National Park, while botany enthusiasts will be enthralled by the vibrant wildflowers that carpet the meadows of Biogradska Gora National Park.

Montenegro’s national parks are a heaven for eco-tourism, promoting sustainable practices and conservation efforts. Visitors have the opportunity to support local communities and contribute to the preservation of these pristine natural habitats. Whether you’re interested in camping, wildlife spotting, or simply reconnecting with nature, Montenegro’s national parks offer an unforgettable experience.

Credit: https://www.mojacrnagora.rs/nacionalni-parkovi-crne-gore/

Getting to know Montenegro's national parks - a breakdown of each park

Durmitor National Park

View from Bobotov Kuk, Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park, located near the charming town of Žabljak, is renowned for its rugged beauty and diverse landscapes. It is proclaimed as a national park in 1952. and its area is part of five municipalities: Žabljak, Šavnik, Plužine, Pljevlja and Mojkovac.

This beautiful mountain range has 48 peaks over 2000 meters above sea level. The park boasts an impressive collection of peaks, including the mighty Bobotov Kuk, which stands at an impressive 2,523 meters (8,278 feet) above sea level. Hiking enthusiasts will be thrilled by the challenging trails that lead to the summit, rewarding them with panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Cradled within the mountains, the emerald waters of Black Lake and the enchanting Zminje (Snake) Lake provide a serene atmosphere for picnicking, fishing, or simply immersing yourself in the peaceful surroundings. In total, there are 18 glacial lakes called “gorske oči” (mountain eyes).

Wildlife enthusiasts will also be delighted by the abundance of fauna that calls Durmitor National Park its home. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Balkan chamois, brown bears, and a variety of bird species that inhabit the park’s diverse ecosystems.

Special protection zones (reserves): Mlinski potok, Škrčka lakes with the narrow canyon valley of Sušica, Crna Poda, Barno lake with its narrowest surroundings, Zabojsko lake and Tara river canyon.

There are two visitor centers close to Black Lake, working time: 09:00-17:00 (07:00-15:00 during off- season).


How to reach Durmitor National Park?

You can reach Žabljak by regular bus lines from Podgorica, Nikšić or Pljevlja.

(Podgorica bus station contact: +382 20 620 430/ Žabljak bus station contact: + 382 52 361 318)

Distance from other cities:  Podgorica 123.6 km – Kotor 163.5 km – Nikšić  72.2 km – Bar  175 km.

Durmitor National Park pricelist 2023.

Entrance fee (including a visit to the visitor center and educational trails, except for children up to 7 years old) €5.00
Boat rental on the Black Lake €8.00 / 1h
Bicycle rental €3.00 / h
Walking stick rental €3.00 / day
Tent rental €8.00 / day
Local guide €60.00 / 4h

Parking lot:
– Motorcycle €0.50 / day
– Passenger vehicle €2.00 / day
– All-terrain vehicle €3.00 / day

– Use of space for pitching a tent €3.00 / day
– Camping trailer €3.00 / day

– Use of organized campsites €10.00 / day

Skadar Lake National Park

Skadar lake
Skadar Lake National Park

With an area of 370 to 530 km2, depending on the water level, Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans. 2/3 of the lake belong to Montenegro, while 1/3 is on the territory of Albania. The Montenegrin part of the lake with its shoreline, with an area of 40,000 ha, was declared a national park in 1983.

Lake Skadar stands out from other national parks as an area with distinct limnological characteristics, an extraordinary richness of ornithofauna and ichthyofauna, and lush vegetation of the swamp type. It represents a unique biotope of this area.

281 species of birds live, nest, winter or migrate on the lake as well as 48 species of fish, 50 species of mammals (the only aquatic representative is the otter), numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects call this lake their home.

Numerous cultural and historical monuments: archaeological sites, monastery complexes (Kom monastery) and fortifications (Besac, Lesendro), scattered in a wide array in the Skadar Lake basin, show that this area was an important cultural center as early as the 14th and 15th centuries.

An exceptional group of cultural heritage consists of traditional folk architecture, old uninhabited and neglected fishing settlements, located on the very shore of Jezera, Raduš, Krnjica, Poseljani, Karuč, where people once lived from fishing.


How to reach Skadar Lake National Park?

Your main point of interest should be Virpazar – the center of Skadar Lake National Park. Virpazar is the starting point of all tours and activities and the place where you can buy entrance tickets, get some food or find parking.

It is pretty easy to reach the lake by road or train, since it is located on the main road Podgorica – Petrovac and Podgorica – Bar railway. Both roads pass over the lake through the village of Virpazar. The train station “Virpazar” is located 800m from the center of this small town. Local trains stop at this station. 
The center for visitors is in Vranjina. (E-mail: np-skadarlake@t-com.me or phone: + 382 020 879 100, 879 103, 879 097)

Visit our blog post Skadar Lake – all you need to know for all detailed information about the best way to arrive to Virpazar and where to park if you have a vehicle. The distance from Podgorica and Bar is less than 30 km which makes it the perfect option for your day trip.

Distance from other cities: Podgorica 29 km – Kotor 64.8 km – Nikšić 81.4 km – Bar 23 km.

Skadar Lake National Park pricelist 2023.

Entrance fee (including visitor center in Vranjina and Virpazar, themed center in Rijeka Crnojevića, educational trails, as well as the use of platforms for bird watching, except for children up to 7 years) €5.00
Using the services of a guide  €60.00 / 4h

– Use of space for pitching a tent €3.00 / day
– Camping trailer €3.00 / day


There is a free parking lot on the opposite side of the entrance ramp to Virpazar.

Lovćen National Park

Njegoš Mausoleum

Located on the border of two completely different natural entities, the sea and the continent, Lovćen was declared a national park in 1952.

It is located at the junction of two climatic zones, mediterranean and continental, which has caused the development of a rich living world with numerous endemics. The flora of Lovćen has about 1300 species of plants (1/3 of the total Montenegrin flora), most of which are endemic species, Here, we can find a huge number of honey-bearing, aromatic and medicinal plants. Lovćen is also one of the most important centers of herpetofauna diversity.

The Lovćen region abounds with numerous elements of folk architecture, with authentic old houses and village huts. Cultural and historical heritage is of significant value in the area of this national park. A unique architectural relic, worthy of attention, are the famous Lovćen serpentines leading from Kotor and offering an unforgettable view of the Bay of Kotor.

The most important monument of the Lovćen National Park, which is also a symbol of Montenegro, is the Njegoš Mausoleum, built on Jezerski vrh, which is one of the highest mausoleums in the world (1657m).

The visitor center is located in the settlement of Ivanova Korita and is open from 09:00-17:00 or 08:00-16:00 off-season.


How to reach Lovćen National Park?

If you want to visit Lovćen National Park with your own vehicle, you can do that easily via Cetinje (if you are coming from Podgorica), via Budva from other cities or the old serpentine road if you are coming from Kotor. You will reach Ivanova Korita, the center of the national park where you will find the visitor center.

(Phone numbers of bus stations: Podgorica: + 382 20 620 430/ Bar: + 382 30 346 141)

The buses arrive in Cetinje, from there you can book a taxi or transfer service to the national park. A taxi from Cetinje to Lovćen National Park will cost you around 12-15,00€.

Robur Taxi (+382 67 664 455), Primuss VM Taxi (+382 67 414 100), Regina Taxi (+382 68 505 050).

Distance from other cities: Cetinje 7 km – Podgorica 37 km – Budva 37 km – Kotor 20 km.

Lovćen National Park pricelist 2023.

Entrance ticket (including a visit to the visitor center and educational trails, except for children up to 7 years) €3.00

Njegoš Mausoleum ticket €8.00

Bicycle rental €2.00 / h
Bicycle rental €8.00 / day
Using the services of a guide €60.00 / 4 h
Use of space for pitching a tent €3.00 / day
Camping trailer €10.00 / day
Use of organized campsites €10.00 / da


There is plenty space for free parking in Ivanova Korita. Parking is available also at the buttom of the mausoleum but spots are limited during season time.

Biogradska gora National Park

Biogradska Gora, Montenegro
Biogradsko Lake

National Park “Biogradska gora” covers the central part of the mountain Bjelasica, between the rivers Lim and Tara. Together with the surroundings, this is an extremely important “climatic, hydrogeological and ecological hub of Montenegro and the Balkans”.

Biogradska gora was declared a national park by law in 1952, but this area was placed under protection much earlier. Even in the 19th century, when Kolašin became part of the Montenegrin state in 1878, the inhabitants of these areas gave part of their forests as gifts to the prince and later to the king Nikola Petrović as so-called “Knjažev Zabran” or “Branik”, so more than 125 years ago.

So far, about two thousand species and subspecies of higher plants have been registered here, every fifth of which is endemic to the Balkans.


How to reach Biogradska gora National Park?

The main road Podgorica – Belgrade passes through Kolašin, Mojkovac and Bijelo Polje. With the opening of the highway in 2022. Kolašin can be reached from Podgorica in only half an hour!

Arrival by bus: Podgorica – Kolašin; Podgorica – Kolašin – Mojkovac; Podgorica – Kolašin – Andrijevica; Podgorica – Kolašin – Andrijevica – Berane; Podgorica – Kolašin – Mojkovac – Bijelo Polje

From coastal cities: Budva, Boka Kotorska – Cetinje – Podgorica – Kolašin – Mojkovac – Bijelo Polje – further to Serbia (Belgrade)

From coastal cities: Ulcinj, Bar – Podgorica – Kolašin – Mojkovac – Bijelo Polje – further to Serbia (Belgrade)

Arrival by train: The Belgrade-Bar railway passes through Mojkovac and Kolašin

In winter, a special ski train runs from Bar and Podgorica to Kolašin – NP Biogradska gora, ski center Bjelasica.

National Park Biogradska Gora pricelist 2023.

Entrance fee (including visit to the visitor center and educational trails, except for children up to 7 years) €4.00

Boat rental on Lake Biograd €8.00 / 1h
Using the services of a guide €60.00 / 4 h
Kayak rental (single seater) €3.00 / 1 h
Kayak rental (two-seater) €5.00 / 1 h
– Use of space for pitching a tent €3.00 / day
– Camping trailer €10.00 / day

Prokletije National Park

Prokletije - "The Balkan Alps"

Prokletije National Park is located on the border of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania and is the youngest national park in Montenegro, declared in 2009. It is located on the territory of the municipalities of Plav and Gusinje and within it are two nature reserves — Lake Hrid and Volušnica.

Here, you can visit the highest peak of Montenegro – Zla Kolata at 2,534 m above sea level. There are numerous glacial lakes in the park, the most beautiful of which is Lake Hrid, also called “The Lake of luck”. Because of the inaccessible peaks, terrifying cliffs and steep slopes, the Austrian geologist Ami Bue declared this area as the “Balkan Alps” in the middle of the 19th century.

In the high mountain regions of Prokletije, the presence of 180 endemic Balkan species has been confirmed so far, which accounts for 32.4% of the total high mountain endemic flora of the western and central Balkans! In all ecosystems of Prokletije and at all altitudes, there are plants that can be used as food or spices. Many of these species also have medicinal properties.

Also, about 60 endemic species of insects and about 130 species of diurnal butterflies have been registered. In the vicinity of Lake Hrid there are habitats of a very rare species of mountain lizard (Lacerta vivipara).

Prokletije National Park has a rich material and non-material cultural and historical heritage, as evidenced by numerous remains of religious buildings and defensive fortifications, and numerous monuments of oriental characteristics from the era of Turkish rule. The traditional architecture of Prokletije is characterized by the construction of katuns – seasonal livestock settlements.

Prokletije National Park is still not so visited compared to other national parks of Montenegro. This region still represents an idyll of untouched nature, where visitors can enjoy peace and authentic content without crowds and for decent prices. At a slow pace, the infrastructure is improving and there are more and more mountaineers, hikers and nature lovers from all over the world who come to explore the beautiful nature of Prokletije mountains.


How to reach Prokletije National Park?

National Park Prokletije doesn’t have a main entrance, it has several tollgates located in Grebaje Valley, Ropojana Valley (Gusinje) and Gradine (Plav). The administration and headquarters of the national park are located in Plav and in Gusinje  (centers for visitors).

The best way to explore Prokletije National Park is by renting a vehicle as it might be complicated to reach some spots by public transport. Take the route Podgorica-Kolašin-Andrijevica-Plav as the easiest one (2.30- 3 hours drive).

You can reach Plav and Gusinje from Podgorica: the buses depart from the bus station in Podgorica 4-5 times a day even on the weekends. The journey takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes to Plav, and 30 minutes more to Gusinje. If you are searching for a bus from the south, you will need to take a bus to Kolašin (4 hours duration) and then book another ride to Plav. Tickets and time schedule can be checked here

Most hikes and other activities start from Grebaje Valley which is also the most beautiful spot in the national park. Grom Gusinje it is only around 7 km away and you can reach the valley by walk, bike or arrange a pick up for 10 euros. 

National Park Prokletije pricelist 2023.

Entrance fee (including visit to the visitor center and educational trails, except for children up to 7 years) €3.00
Using the services of a guide €60.00 / 4 h
Tent rental €8.00 / day
Bicycle rental €5.00 / 1 h
Walking stick rental €3.00 / day
– Use of space for pitching a tent €3.00 / day
– Camping trailer €3.00 / day
Use of organized campsites €10.00 / day

Adventure Awaits: All the exciting things you can do in Montenegro's national parks

Best things to do in Durmitor National Park


Light hikes: Educational trail around Black Lake, Ćurevac viewpoint, Momčilov grad-Crvena greda, Black Lake-Barno Lake-Zminje Lake, Black Lake-Mlinski potok.

Medium hikes: Dobri do-Prutaš peak, Dobri do-Škrčka Lakes, Šareni pasovi, Black Lake-Jablan Lake.

Advanced hikes: Bobotov kuk, Šljeme, Savin kuk, Ledena pećina

**Make sure to arrange a local guide or someone who knows the area when hiking.


Nevidio canyon is the most popular canyoning tour in Durmitor National Park but it is suitable only for good swimmers and adrenaline lovers.


A unique climbing adventure on Uvita Greda for those who don’t have any climbing experience. The whole tour takes about 4 hours.


Short to full day horse riding tours starting from Vražje Lake.


Explore the panoramic route “Durmitor ring” and get to see all the stunning landscapes of this UNESCO protected area. The tour starts from Žabljak.


Probably the most wanted activity for visitors coming to Durmitor National Park. Half day to full day rafting tours on Tara – the second deepest canyon in the world!


The fastest zipline in Europe, 1050 m zip line above Tara.

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Best things to do in Skadar Lake National Park


You can take various boat tours starting from Virpazar. The tours go to Rijeka Crnojevića, Kom Monastery, Grmožur, or Lesendro. There are also special bird watching tours.

The prices start from 35,00€ per person for group tours.


Half-day rental or per hour starting from Virpazar. You can get route ideas and suggestions on request. Single and double kayaks available.

Single and double kayaks available for rent.


Considering that the area of Skadar Lake is famous for vineyards and rural households with long wine production traditions, it is a must to visit one of the family-run households and try some great wine, olive oil and local delicacies. We recommend: Garnet winery, Đukanović winery and Olive Queen Estate.

Skadar lake
Skadar lake
Skadar lake kayaking
Skadar lake kayaking
Winery Đukanović
Đukanović winery

Top activities in Lovćen National Park


Join off-road 4×4 adventures starting from Ivanova Korita to picturesque villages with local architecture and beautiful views. Single and shared quads can be rented, but note that you need a driving license to drive the vehicle.


Guided full day tours to Njegoš Mausoleum, Cetinje Monastery, Lipa cave and all the other cultural monuments.


Visit the largest cave monument in Montenegro, the only cave open for tourist visits. Explore the stunning Lipa cave on a 1-hour guided tour.


For teams or smaller groups there is a paintball field near Cetinje with the most up to date equipment.

Njegoš Mausoleum
ATV tours

Top activities in Biogradska gora National Park


Multiple hiking tours to the breathtaking lakes, katuns and landscapes of Bjelasica mountain.

Top locations: Educational route around Biogradsko lake, Ursulovačko Lake, Pešić lake, Circular hiking tour on Bjelasica, Crna glava (the highest peak)


You can book full day horse riding tours to katun Vranjak, with visits to the most beautiful parts of Bjelasica mountain and its lakes, with options for traditional food tasting.


Guided off-road tour to Biogradska gora, one of the last remaining rainforests in Europe.

Bjelasica mountain
Bjelasica mountain
Horse riding on Bjelasica

Top activities in Prokletije National Park


Prokletije National Park is a hidden gem for hiking lovers and offers various hiking trails from light to advanced level.

The panoramic hike Volušnica-Talijanka-Popadija is extremely popular. More advanced hikes: Trojan, Karaula, hike to Lake Hrid and many others.


Prokletije National Park offers jeep tours to Hajla and Hrid Lake, rock climbing in Grebaje Valley as well as biking tours.

The best way to explore the natural and cultural wonders of this region in just one day is to take a full day tour to Prokletije with included guidance and transport.

Ready to explore the untouched wonders of Montenegro’s National Parks?

Hire a car or buy your tickets, book your tour and embark on an unforgettable adventure amidst pristine landscapes and awe-inspiring beauty. Immerse yourself in nature, hike through lush forests, and witness breathtaking vistas. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create lifelong memories. 

For more information or tour inquiries visit our website www.balkanadventure.me or contact us.

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