When we think of natural beauties of Montenegro, the first thing that crosses our minds are the sights of Northern Montenegro. Three national parks, the vast area of mountains, deep canyons and numerous gorgeous mountain lakes will certainly leave you breathless. Here are 11 of the most beautiful places to visit in Northern Montenegro.
Biograd Lake / Biogradsko Jezero
Located in Biogradska Gora National Park, you will discover Biograd Lake. This lake is painted with beautiful cool colors of blues and greens in the spring and summer and warm colors in the fall. Take a walk along the lake or enjoy a picnic and a boat ride across the water.
Black Lake / Crno Jezero
Another mountainous lake that you must visit in Northern Montenegro is the Black Lake in Durmitor National Park. In the winter, the Black Lake turns white, covered in ice and sprinkled with snow all around it, and in the summer, it is a great place to cool off after hiking through the mountains.
Dulovina Botanical Gardens
Located in Kolašin, the privately-owned Dulovina Botanical Garden is the only one of its kind in Montenegro with plants mostly from mountains of Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, Komovi and Durmitor. There are over 300 plant species in the botantical garden.
Hussein Pasha Mosque
In center of one of the northern cities of Montenegro, you will see the stoic Hussein Pasha Mosque in Pljevlja. What makes Hussein Pasha Mosque unique from other mosques in the Balkans is how high its minaret stands at 42 metres and its beautiful stone workmanship built at the end of the 16th century.
Also built in the 16th century by the Turks close to the Piva River is the Piva Monastery, but due to flooding, it was carefully moved to higher land, stone by stone, in the 1980s. You can find art and rare spiritual books inside, such as a psalm from Crnojevići printing press, which was the first in the Balkans.
Mala Rijeka Viaduct
The second tallest railway bridge in Europe, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct is the pride of Montenegro at 200 metres high and 500 metres long. We highly recommend taking the train up north because the views are far more breathtaking than if you were to ride in a car.
As you are driving on the highway up north from Podgorica, you will see the romantic Morača Monastery above the picturesque waterfall from. Walk inside this beautifully painted church, where one of the resident monks can interpret its frescoes. Buy some honey, produced by the monastery, and remember to dress modestly by covering shoulders.
Nevidio Canyon is one of the narrowest places that you will find in Montenegro, measuring at 3 kilometres long. This canyon is a natural obstacle course, where you will climb slippery rocks and slide down into cold water. Book with a local tourist company and put on a wet-suit if you feel adventurous and enjoy a great workout.
Prokletije National Park
Prokletije mountains are the most southern in the Dinaric Alps, which stretch through the Balkan peninsula. The views from Prokletije mountains are simply majestic. Even though trails are well-marked, we recommend hiring a local guide who can show you the caves and lakes throughout Prokletije National Park.
Savin Kuk stands over the Black Lake. Because a cable car from Durmitor Ski Center stops only 100 metres below the top, Savin Kuk is easy to reach. In addition, this summit is also attractive due to the legend of the Sava River, which is claimed to be medicinal.
Tara Canyon is the deepest canyon in Europe (around 900-1,300 metres). Inside this canyon is the narrow Tara Bridge, stretched high above the beautiful turquoise water of Tara River. Tara Canyon is part of the UNESCO-protected Durmitor National Park and a great place for rafting down the Tara River with a local tourist company.