September 25, 2022

The perfect 3 days in Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 1: Zabljak.

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

A popular ski resort in the winter season, Zabljak is a drowsy town in summertime but well-placed geographically to check out the surrounding locations. I highly advise leasing an automobile however a smaller one as some roads can be narrow and a little simpler to browse in small cars.

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Theres a lot you can see and do along the method if youre driving to Durmitor National Park from Kotor/ Budva or even Podgorica. While the drive itself, without any stops, is about 3 hours, there are numerous viewpoints, wineries, and locations en route that you might explore.

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Durmitor National Park in Montenegro lacked a doubt my favourite part of the nation to explore. For somebody who is a sucker for mountains, valleys, lakes, plant, nature walks and treks, this part of Montenegro shocked me pleasantly, not only due to the fact that it exceeded the charm of the crystal-clear blue water beaches & & the stunning seaside drives in west Montenegro, however since it had hidden, unidentified lakes that are more extraordinary than a few of the lakes I have seen in other parts of Europe. 3 days in Durmitor National Park was the best amount of time to invest there, and a terrific break from the scorching heat of the coast in the summer. The very best part is that Durmitor National Park is only a 3-hour drive away from the Adriatic coast, so if youre relaxing on a beach in Montenegro, youre never ever too far from the cool weather and wild beauty of the mountains. This diversity of landscape is what makes Montenegro one of my preferred Balkan countries.

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Stop 1: Pavlova Strana Viewpoint

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Offering one of the most scenic vistas of Lake Skadar, Pavlova Strana Viewpoint is where you will get a birds eye view of the horse-shoe bend of the lake. The roadway is quite narrow however paved, and it is not unusual to discover such single-track mountain roadways in Montenegro. There arent too many restaurants along the way, so make sure to get your early morning fix prior to you depart from Kotor/ Budva.

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Cafe with a view

The Perfect 3 Days In Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Stop 2: Vinarija Velji Do winery

Meant just for the very adventurous (and wine lovers), this regional winery and vineyard is only a couple of kilometers from the perspective, however it seems like you have actually gotten here in the middle of nowhere. The roadways arent extremely great either, particularly the last couple of hundred meters which are narrow, winding & & only gravel. If youre looking for an offbeat, regional experience and desire to buy homemade white wines from a local Montenegrin household, the little experience is completely worth it!

Stop 3: Ostrog Monastery

Ostrog Monastery, an essential Orthodox trip site, is located against a dramatic vertical cliff background at a high altitude, making it an amazing place to explore even if you are not there for spiritual or spiritual reasons. The white façade of the monastery stands in vivid contrast to the dark brown hills, and its vertical stature makes it seem like it is carved into the mountains, using not only an interesting perspective of the valley however likewise a cosy, cool & & homely atmosphere for the monks residing on site. You will see a great deal of pilgrims walking barefoot to the abbey. Make certain to wear clothes that cover your shoulders & & knees when you visit, and likewise wear comfy shoes because there is practically a 1-kilometre climb (road or stairs) after the parking area to the abbey.

While you have the choice to go by Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, theres not a lot to do there except perhaps get a quick meal prior to you head to the next stop, which is about 1.5 hours away. I extremely recommend having your lunch at this lovely dining establishment we discovered on the way to the monastery, on the terrace of Hotel Sokoline, using exceptional valley views.

Lastly, stop 4: Zabljak

Recommended budget stay in Zabljak: Durmitorske zore

While a little outside the town hall, the homestay is walkable from the town and provides a really cozy room for remain at night. The balcony in their garden is perfect for a sundown picnic, offering a warm, comfy spot in the middle of nature and with sensational mountain views.

Sundown in Zabljak

Day 2: Tara Canyon River Rafting, Black Lake & & Hike to Zminje Jezero

Durmitor Ring Drive.

For someone who is a sucker for mountains, valleys, lakes, plant, nature treks and walks, this part of Montenegro amazed me happily, not only due to the fact that it went beyond the appeal of the crystal-clear blue water beaches & & the sensational seaside drives in west Montenegro, however since it had concealed, unknown lakes that are more incredible than some of the lakes I have seen in other parts of Europe. If thats not your cup of tea, you might just delight in a nice walk around the lake or sit in one of the coffee shops/ dining establishments ignoring the lake.

Black Lake

The calm, black-green waters of the lake are so welcoming that its hard to not leap in for a swim in the freezing glacial waters of the lake. If thats not your cup of tea, you might simply take pleasure in a great walk around the lake or sit in one of the coffee shops/ dining establishments neglecting the lake.

Piva Lake.

Continue driving on the Durmitor Ring and you will see little huts scattered throughout the green mountains. A number of mountain towns can be found along the way and do not be shocked to see a sheep traffic jam on the narrow roadway. Covert lakes such as Lake Sušičko, which normally dries up in the summer, can be found along the way. You will also see little frames set up on the drive, particularly when you are nearing Sedlo Pass. This is also the starting point for lots of mountain hiking trails, such as Bobotov Kuk, the highest peak in Durmitor National Park.

Return to Zabljak (1.5 hours drive) in the evening.

Not precisely on the Durmitor Ring, another beautiful lake in the region is Piva Lake. Located just one hour ahead of Sedlo Pass, if you choose not to go for a walking, head to this lake where youll likewise have the alternative to kayak, zipline or just enjoy a great meal with a view of yet another distinct blue colored lake. Much larger than any of the other lakes you have gone to in Durmitor National Park, Piva Lake is in fact a synthetic reservoir in the Pluzine district and not technically a part of the nationwide park.

Contrary to the commercialized Crno Jezero, Zminje Jezero is a small, rugged, and concealed in the depths of the spruce forests. Be careful, its not uncommon to discover snakes here. The hike to the lake is not hard but make sure to stroll and use excellent shoes about 3 kms in thick foliage. There are no coffee shops or dining establishments around this lake so bring your picnic with you. The green waters of the lake, reflecting the forest it is surrounded by, make it one of the most distinct, discreet & & unique lakes to visit in Durmitor National Park.

Suggested location to dine in Zabljak city center: Restaurant Or O.

We booked this half day river rafting journey in Tara Canyon here and paid about EUR 40 per person, including choice up from Zabljak. If you plan to spend more time in this area, which you easily could, you might drive up to the area (its about 30 minutes away from Zabljak) and get involved in other thrilling activities such as ziplining, canyoning, treking, and so on, all of which can be reserved on the same website.

If you do plan to do the rafting, make certain to carry your swimsuit over which you will use the damp match, provided by the rafting business. The activity takes about 4 hours in all, and you will be back in Zabljak (needs to you choose not to invest more time at the Tara Canyon) by 2pm, leaving you sufficient time to explore 2 of the very best lakes in Durmitor National Park.

Equating into Devils Lake, the striking blue-green blue color of this glacial lake left me totally mesmerised! There are no dining establishments or coffee shops in the area, so expect to take pleasure in a great walk around the lake and bring your own picnic.

Although not precisely on the Durmitor Ring, another lovely lake in the area is Piva Lake. Located just one hour ahead of Sedlo Pass, if you choose not to choose a walking, head to this lake where youll likewise have the option to kayak, zipline or simply enjoy a good meal with a view of yet another unique blue colored lake. Much larger than any of the other lakes you have visited in Durmitor National Park, Piva Lake is in fact a synthetic reservoir in the Pluzine district and not technically a part of the national park. Zip lining above this lake was among my favourite activities in this location!

While 3 days in Durmitor National Park were perfect for somebody who normally has brief holiday days and likes to pack her itinerary with as many activities as possible, if you have more time and are a nature lover like me, I extremely recommend a visit to Lake Biograd, about 1.5 hours drive from Zabljak, towards the Kosovo border.

Durmitor Ring Drive.

Vražje Jezero.

If you have additional time in Durmitor National Park:.

Day 3: Driving Durmitor Ring & & Piva Lake.

Sedlo Pass.

Durmitor Ring Drive.

Zminje Jezero

An 85-km circular drive through genuine mountain villages, dramatic mountainous landscapes, concealed lakes & & streams, and sensational perspectives, Durmitor Ring is a terrific method to take pleasure in the nature. While the drive itself is just of 2 hours, beginning with Zabljak, there are many stops on the method that deserve making that a person might spend an entire day on it.

Among the most interesting experience activities in Durmitor National Park is river rafting. While the rapids arent significant during the summer season (that makes it simpler for the newbies and the not-so-adventurous people too), the breathtaking landscape, the beautiful however freezing green waters of the Tara River and the dwarfing sensation when cruising in the middle of remarkable cliffs on both sides, make this experience worth ones while.

While walking towards the lake from the parking lot, you will cross numerous kiosks where locals will be selling their homemade Montenegrin specializeds; I highly suggest picking some fruit instilled white wines, honey & & dips from here (ajvar was my favourite).