It is quite difficult to sort all the attractions of Montenegro in one place without getting lost in all the information, so we have pointed out some natural places, so precious that we made a whole new section only for them! Scroll and add all of it to your Montenegrin itinerary!
This is not a place; it’s a dream. Or heaven itself.
Ada Bojana is a natural island in between the river and sea, created by the river Bojana pushing the sand sediments for hundreds of years, which in turn made this paradise on Earth.
Usually, people recognize Ada Bojana by romantic wooden river houses located in quiet zone, surrounded with lush vegetation, ideal for renting, and its well-known nudist beach.
But don’t think that there is no fun here – yes, during the day everyone is chilling, soaking up the sun, but at night, Ada turns into wild rave club at the open, with all beach bars changing into party mode.
Spectacular vibe that no other place in Montenegro can replicate.
Wilderness of Ada, its long sandy beaches, and the taste of delicious, fresh, sea food will stay in your memory forever. Some stories cannot be told, they must be seen and felt.
Again, kite surfing is a big deal here, many surfers from around the world are coming here to ride this wind, and for those who are not keen to jump on this adrenaline challenge, there are more convenient activities as horse riding along the beach, sailing, speed boat cruising, etc.
The best way to get to Ada Bojana is with a car, so you can switch beaches every day and see as much as possible during your stay.
Dive into the calm wilderness!
Gaze upon the beauty of the biggest lake in the Balkans, rest on a swinging boat among hundreds of species of birds, see the traditional life of Montenegrins, unchanged for generations, learn about its history, religion, and taste some of best local home-made food and wine. All in one day!
Plenty of outdoor activities will help you connect with the nature, calm your mind with simplicity and away from all the city life buzz, starting with boat ride for birdwatching, fishing, swimming, kayaking, biking, hiking, and inevitable wine tasting.
Among almost 50 islands, the ones you shouldn’t miss are the ones with most important monasteries like Kom, Beška and St. Nicola at Vranjina Island.
Always follow up with locals to find the best viewpoints, hidden restaurants, boat ride, and if you are very lucky, you may see the biggest and most famous bird of this National Park – Dalmatian Pelican, whose wing span is 2m (around 79 inches)!
This is ideal day trip from the coastline, or if you like to stay for longer, consider places like Rijeka Crnojevica or Virpazar. Both towns are very small and remote, so the best way to get there is to take a tour or to rent a car. But once you reach it, you’ll see it was worth it.
River of Crnojevic
Part of Skadar Lake National Park, this small town is recognized by being the most famous postcard of Montenegro! You have probably seen somewhere a green U-shape river covered with water lilies – this is the place – and it looks even better than the photo!
This tiny town was known in the past as Montengrin main port and exclusive fish market, later during Yugoslavia time, it was supplying entire federation with fish from the factory, and now it is revived as a tourist attraction among favorite things to see in Montenegro!
Old Bridge from the middle of the 19th century is now the symbol of the town, surrounded with few local restaurants and a walking zone, ideal for a short visit and a boat ride to the lake.
Coming here is only possible by car, as there is now public transport, but bar far the most common option is joining a tour with a boat ride included. For this highlight of Montenegro, we can recommend our best-selling trip – Great Montenegro Tour!
Another lake, yet totally different!
Add this to your list of best things to do in Montenegro, and escape into the wilderness of Montenegrin nature.
Biogradsko Lake is most known by its surrounding ancient forest, one of last three intact forests in Europe, where trees are up to 60 meters tall and not cut for 400 years. Hiking 3,5km around the lake at King’s hunting site is spectacular and walking through about 2.000 different plant species will connect you with this strong nature vibe of the forest.
Taking a boat ride, swimming in this emerald water in the summer months, or jumping onto an open train ride through the park are only add ups to a perfect family holiday your children will adore.
For more adventurous travelers, hiking beyond the lake trail is also possible, there are numerous outdoor things to do, including horse trekking, jeep safari and quad ride, ideal way to discover traditional way of living in Montenegro, especially the katuns – famous Shepard’s cottage, where you can even stay and feel simple lifestyle the fullest.
Biogradsko Lake is nearby Kolasin, so if you plan to stay there to explore Bjelasica mountain, do count this in your itinerary. If you are more of a Durmitor fan, for best experience take a private two day tour our agency organizes with sleepover at Žabljak, including both Black Lake and Biogradsko lake in these two days.
Moraca Canyon “Platije”
This site can’t be counted in “things to do in Montenegro”, but rather a place to drive through or better, to be driven through, as if you start searching Moraca Canyon on Google, you’ll find it listed among most dangerous roads in the country!
However, don’t stress about it as it’s not dangerous as is seems if you drive with normal speed, people drive through Moraca canyon all the time as it is the main connection in between the South and the North, but it surely looks intimidating due to the canyon itself.
Only due to abundance of snow and rockslides due to the bad weather it can be closed, but that happens rarely.
Moraca river shows its power through cutting bear rocks creating a crack 900 meters deep (2952 feet), where now the highway goes. This is a way you’ll pass if you go from Podgorca to Kolašin or to Belgrade, and the most mesmerizing part is 2km long where “the sky disappears among limestone edges”. Moment when beauty becomes scary!
In the middle of the canyon there is a possible stop, from where you can see river Morača and wall-like cliffs blocking the daylight.
Canyon “Platije” is part of many tours, especially the ones going to nearby Moraca Monastery, so if you hop onto our Spiritual Tour, you may see this nature wonder from the first row.
More on Moraca Monastery at Heritage section.
Visit Moraca Monastery and ride through Canyon ‘Platije’ on our
Piva Lake and Piva Canyon
Protected nature park with stunning Piva canyon where 45 kilometers (around 28 mi) long artificial Piva Lake is tucked, winding road with 56 hand-made tunnels, a 220 meters (721 feet) high dam “Mratinje” are only few things here that will leave you breathless!
Piva Lake was formed after Piva River was dammed in 1979, making it the most elevated artificial water reservoir in the world (675m – 2214 feet).
Its turquoise color changes with light and the weather, perfectly matching the surrounding mountains.
Piva is among best places to visit in Montenegro, ideal for relaxing holiday away from the crowds, and besides enjoying its magnificent views, you can do many outdoor activities like boat cruising, fishing, zip-lining, and hiking.
Recommended places to stay and base up here are beautiful ethno village Izlazak, or the new town of Pluzine, as the old one was submerged when the lake was formed and now it’s laying under the water.
Similar thing would have happened to the Piva Monastery, but knowing the cultural and religious value of it, government of Yugoslavia decided to relocate the monastery before the dam was finished, rock by rock and save it from destruction. Now, if you visit this sacred place, you may see the numbers written on individual stones so it could be put back together in the original form. Impressive.
To get to Pluzine and Piva, you can use public transportation, but managing around is possible with a taxi or a car, since this here is rural area of Montenegro. For a daily tip to Piva Lake and drive through the canyon, we recommend joining our Tara rafting Tour where, besides rafting, we have a good insight of this region and its intact beauty.
“Just leave me here!”, said every tourist ever! Or at least, leave yourselves behind.
We have already mentioned Black Lake under Durmitor headline in mountain section, but it is an absolute highlight of Montenegro, so it deserves to be mentioned separately.
This northern gem is the biggest out of 18 glacial lakes at Durmitor National Park and surely most visited due to its easy access. It is located nearby Zabljak, and it is an inevitable part of everyone’s visit to the north of Montenegro.
Black lake consists out of two lakes (big and small) that get disconnected in the summertime due to lower water level, appearing like “mountains eyes” looking from the above.
Short walk through the park will take you to this emerald beauty, situated below imposing Bear’s Peak (2287m – 7503 feet) and surrounded with thick pine tree forest. No photo can do justice to this scenery! You must let the eyes soak it, let the soul feel the joy of this art of God.
There are many things to do here, starting with 1-hour long hike around the Lake, renting a wooden boat you have to row yourself, swim in the summer months, have lunch with this astonishing view or just sit on a bench and let this vibe make you forget all your everyday problems!
The lake is being fed with few main spring and streams, and if you come in the springtime, you may even see Celine Waterfall, coming from the foot
of the Bear’s Peak. It can be so strong that it can block the hiking path, so maybe consider taking a boat to see the waterfall from close.
Visiting Black Lake is mostly done in a day trip from Kotor, Tivat or Budva, our agency organizing
the North Montenegro Tour, where along with Black Lake you can visit
Tara River Bridge and Ostrog Monastery – all in one day!
However, if you plan to stay in this region, you have many options for booking accommodation at and around Zabljak, count minimum 3 days and add to your bucket list hiking around Durmitor, especially to the very top of it - Bobotov Kuk peak (2523m – 8277 feet).
Dive in, to see the dance in between the light and the sea!
Blue Cave is an absolute “must see” of Boka Bay!
The way the light breaks at the bottom of the cave makes the walls blue and the water glowing fluorescent – to see it better, swim in and shake shake shake! A little scintillating spectacle!
Blue Cave is located at Lustica peninsula, near the entrance of Boka Bay, facing the open sea, so it can be only reached by a boat.
There are many tours offered from various locations; the closest ones are from Mirista and Zanjice Beach, and Herceg Novi. Further
option is to buy a ticket for a speed boat from Kotor or Tivat for a 2–3-hour tour, and by far the most comfortable option is to join
unique Full Day Kotor Cruise Tour that offers spacious custom-made trimaran for 8-hour easy cruise with
champagne and fruits onboard, stops at Our Lady of Rocks, Porto Montenegro, ex-Yu navy tunnels, and of course – the Blue Cave.
Something new – Let’s go to the underground of Montenegro!
Lipa Cave is among newest attractions in Montenegro, open for tourists in 2015, first time discovered in the 19th century, and it is the biggest and the only cave in the country accessible for groups and organized visits.
Do not miss to explore natural rock formations thousands of years old, see a river inside Lipa Cave, hop on the train for an underground ride, follow up stories with a professional tour guide about the cave and Montenegrin history. Have in mind that for this visit you’ll need a light jacket even for the hottest summer months, as the sun never reaches this place.
If you are visiting Cetinje and the area, Lipa Cave is perfect stop, as it is only five kilometers away from city center. You can take a public bus from any costal city to Cetinje’s main bus station, and from there grab a taxi directly to Lipa Cave.
St. Nicolas island – Hawaii
St. Nicolas or Hawaii is the biggest island in Montenegro, yet it is only 2km long and it hasn’t been populated other than restaurants and beach bars in the summer. Most of the island is covered in lush vegetation, being a shelter for many wild animals like dears and rabbits.
Located straight across from Budva, this island is an excellent day escape from busy coastline.
Its crystal-clear water is ideal for snorkeling and diving; rocky and pebble beaches reflect its wildness, so bring swimming shoes to enter the water, as you may step on a sharp rock or sea urchin. There are three different beaches together 800 meters long, suitable for resting and sunbathing.
Getting to Hawaii is very easy from Budva marina, whether you use a direct ferry or taxi boat for a private ride around St. Nicolas and St. Stefan.