Montenegro is often overlooked for its size, but it is abundant in attractions, and you can find everything you are looking for, for your summer or winter holiday. Best things to do in Montenegro range from the attractive coastline with sunny beaches, great nightlife, to breathtaking mountains up north ideal for hiking, skiing – or any Montenegro outdoor activity, thrilling adventure with rafting tours , canyoning tours, zip-lining, and paragliding, all the way to chilling at the countryside with locals or exploring its immense cultural and historical heritage – seek no further, because here you can find best places to visit in Montenegro!

    Even though Montenegro is 80% covered in mountains, everything here starts and ends at the coastline, and we are not talking only about beaches! This country is blessed to have natural beauty, like the magnificent Boka Bay with its rocks rising from the sea and leaving you breathless, diversity in culture starting with a historical legacy of Old Towns from Venetian and Ottoman time, the impact of Albania down south, and all wrapped together in only about 300 km (about 186.41 mi) length, so you can see it all in one visit.




    One of the best places to visit in Montenegro is its majesty Kotor. With the ideal combination of dramatic nature, mountains, the sea, and envious historical heritage, Kotor Old Town is the number one place to stay and plan the rest of your trip from.

    Accommodation for renting is widely available inside the Old Town and along Kotor Bay (, Airbnb…), depending on your mobility and preference – staying inside of a medieval settlement is surely a unique experience, but do mind that Old Town is always busier, and if you seek some peace and rest on your holiday, maybe it’s better to stay somewhere outside the Old Town. There are plenty of options along the Bay of Kotor with a fairytale sea view. Our top recommendations:

    Old Town Hostel Kotor  - for all those wishing to save money and are traveling on a budget.

    Palazzo Drusko Deluxe Rooms – for anyone who wants to be taken back in time and enjoy the charms of this 600-year-old Palazzo.

    One of the things to do in Kotor is to get lost in the narrow streets (you will get lost for real, always have a city map with you) and to learn more about its monumental buildings. Do not miss taking a guided walking tour  with a mandatory visit to Maritime Museum.
    Another “must do” when visiting this settlement is to conquer the Walls of Kotor, walk up 1350 stairs, and capture some of the most iconic photos of the Old Town Kotor from San Giovanni fortress at the top.

    Cozy bars with wandering cats that will easily hop into your lap, baroque palaces from Venetian times that are dominating the town with their size and beauty, and charming restaurants with delicious local seafood – are only add ups for your experience, embroidering Kotor under your skin directly! Once you’re here, you’ll always crave to come back.

    Traffic connections to reach Kotor are super easy, the closest airport is in Tivat, only 20 minutes away by a taxi, or direct bus lines from Dubrovnik, Belgrade and Tirana
    To explore small villages outside the Old Town of Kotor, you can wait for local bus, or manage your way with a taxi, as the prices are convenient.
    If you plan to stay somewhere along the Boka Bay, consider taking a rent a car, as the “hub of everything” is in the Old Town, especially in the evening (dinner time) and night (party time). Kotor is the perfect base from where you can explore the best things to do in Montenegro!


    Perast and Our Lady of Rocks


    Second best thing in Boka Bay is seaside baroque, frozen-in-time town - Perast!
    Only 20-minute drive from Kotor, Perast represents historical jewel of Montenegro. A romantic scenery for your soul and for your camera, so don’t be surprised if you see wedding couples taking their professional shots right here – it’s that good!

    Things to do in Perast, besides admiring its Venetian architecture and wondering the streets, are visiting Perast Museum, climbing to the belltower of St. Nicolas Church, and everyone’s favorite - sitting in one of the waterfront restaurants with nice glass of wine and seafood dish. Do not skip being a part of this movie-like scene!

    Perast has only one main walking street along the water, so you can see all of it in just couple of hours, including inevitable boat ride to the man-made island across Our Lady of Rocks.
    Long and turbulent history of this former nautical center will leave you breathless, while the tale of Our Lady still goes on, as the church on the island still operates, hosting thousands of visitors every year.

    You can reach Perast with a local bus from Kotor or a taxi, and Our Lady with a regular taxi boat, but, if you want to learn about its relevance and hear the story behind it, the best way is to book a private tour  with transportation included, so you don’t have to worry about anything and your tour guide will make sure you have a memorable experience.


    Tivat and Porto Montenegro


    Many of the travelers know about Tivat mostly because the main coastal airport is located in Tivat Bay, but Tivat has much more to offer than just a landing point.

    Tivat is the youngest town in Boka Bay and even though it doesn’t have much of ancient history, it focuses on modern real estate, investments, and exclusive service, especially if it comes to its yachting paradise - Porto Montenegro. Luxury marina-town within regular town of Tivat gives a different perspective of Montenegro, resembling Monaco or Monte Carlo rather than its neighboring towns. A place where many foreigners are deciding to invest here in their summer houses.
    However, don’t be intimidated by branded shops and expensive yachts, as Porto Montenegro is not exclusively reserved for millionaires - restaurants there are adjusted to locals, who are main guests all year around, so you can feel comfortable walking around and dinning in finest places, without feeling you got “ripped off”.

    Tivat is quite vivid with many events going on every evening during the summer - art exhibitions, open theater, concerts, parties, night life – don’t skip to enter an ex-Yugoslavian submarine, out at the open, turned into a museum.

    If during the day you think there’s such a thing as too much sun, check us out on and we will help you plan a short or a full-day trip around Montenegro  or Boka Bay with our unique Boka Bay Cruise.


    Lustica Bay


    This recently built luxurious village with open sea view is recommended for romantic walk along the promenade with beautiful lighthouse in the background, ideal to enjoy neat architecture, taste food from its finest restaurants and relax. Couple of hours is enough to spend here, the best at sunset time, making you simply fall in love.

    It is surrounded with wild nature and the Adriatic Sea, which makes it beautiful but a bit remote from the tourist hub, and with no public transportation. In case you are based in Lustica bay, you would have to rent a car to manage around, or to join some of our Montenegro tours to experience more this country has to offer.


    Herceg Novi and Porto Novi


    Herceg Novi known as Flower Town is located at the entrance of Boka Bay and closes to Croatian border, so if you are coming from that direction with a public bus or a car, do plan to stop by and stay for a night or two. This “sunniest town in Montenegro”, with more than 200 days of sun a year, is abundant in history and cultural monuments, so wandering around numerous stairs will help you discover many of its fortresses and peak inside yards of private villas to see lush vegetation landmarking this area.

    One of mandatory things to do in Herceg Novi is to take a boat ride to famous Blue Cave and Zanjice beach, and if you crave a bit more exclusive chill, do go to Ribarsko Selo or Forte Rose restaurant, and spend your day there, sunbathing and swimming in crystal clear water of the Adriatic.

    Herceg Novi is well connected with public transportation from Tivat or Kotor, and you can visit it by yourself, but if you don’t have time to stay, perhaps the best option is to book a private tour that will take you to all relevant places of the seaside in only one day. If you are not a particular fan of public transport don’t worry. We organize pickup service from Herceg Novi.




    Beaches and parties - first things you will ever hear about Budva! And yes, it’s all true, but this “queen of tourism” has more to offer. Whether you are going for a day trip or to spend couple of nights, you may find many things to do in Budva – starting with wondering around sunbathed medieval Old Town, over long sunset walks along its beaches, dining at seaside restaurants, swimming in the sea, or tanning in the sun – it will never leave you disappointed. Budva is summer holiday hub for surrounding countries, so do expect a lot of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians, Macedonians, but Russians too – Budva is like second home for them.
    Use your day to visit St. Nicholas Island (locally named ‘’Hawaii’’) with a taxi boat from Budva marina, especially if you want to escape the crowds at the beaches. In summer months of July and August do try to avoid any city beaches like Slovenska, Ricardova Glava or Mogren (but go to see the famous Balerina) and use local bus or a taxi to reach Jaz or Kamenovo beach, since Budva is fully packed.
    Evening hours are the time when everybody comes out nicely dressed for dinner, and later for the party.
    Parties are happening literally everywhere, inside the Old Town, at beach bars, night clubs and of course at the biggest open discotheque in Europe - Top Hill. Don’t miss to mingle around and feel this night vibe, even if you are not a party type – its important cultural thing of the Balkans.

    Budva is well connected with traffic, so you have no worry about busses to any place in Montenegro from here. However, around the town itself it’s faster and more convenient and quite affordable to use a taxi everywhere you go.


    St. Stefan


    This exclusive island is long famous around the World since Yugoslavia time, so no wonder if you find an old postcard of Montenegro in your grandparent’s drawer with the same picture of St. Stefan you took with your camera.
    The island is natural, and its fortified town dates from the 15th century. It was renovated on Tito’s request, and ever since known as his private hotel resort where only powerful people and celebrities were invited. Today, not much has changed, the government of Montenegro is renting it to luxury resorts, and again, to be able to enter, you have to be a guest, and overnight prices go up to 5.000 euros per night! Whoa!
    Clicking a photo from the outside is more than enough for first time visit, we say.
    If not sure how to reach this place, have in mind that our best-selling day trip Great Montenegro Tour includes a photo stop at St. Stefan, check it out!




    Small and cozy, rather recommended for families who want to take an easy holiday with beaches and restaurants nearby. Favorite things to do in Petrovac would be to walk along beautiful promenade in the evening, go to Petovac and Lucice beaches for a swim and relax all day, (ideal for escaping the hectic vibe of Budva), and if not too hot, maybe even hike through the wild nature of Rezevici.
    Consider maybe renting a car if you want to explore more of coastline and enjoy surrounding beaches of Perazica Do, Drobni Pijesak and Crvena Glavica (Galija Beach).
    Driving to lake Skadar is also recommended, but for best experience, join a our daily Great Montenegro tour  where everything is organized for you.




    Despite the fact it is the second biggest city on Montenegro coast and its mayor port, Bar is not a very touristy place. If you are staying in Kotor or Budva, Bar is suitable for a private tour.
    Ruins of Old Town of Bar are reveling the influence of the Ottoman Empire and their 300 years long reign, so you may see clear difference in style if you compare it to the Venetian Old Towns of Budva or Kotor.

    Main cobble walking street that leads to the ruins is revived in the original style, with restaurants and souvenir shops adding up to this colorful ambient depicturing past times.
    South of Montenegro is abundant in olive trees, but the one you shouldn’t be missing out to see is the oldest tree in Europe - 2000 years old Olive Tree!
    To learn more about the area, we suggest visiting King Nicola’s palace with numerous artefacts from Old Town Bar and everyone’s favorite museums garden restaurant where you can bring to present how being royal felt at least for one lunch break.

    If you plan to stay in Bar, all recommendations go to Stara Čaršija hotel with traditional Turkish SPA and view to the Old Town itself. Do not miss to arouse all your senses with their delicious traditional cuisine, it is something quite different then the rest of Montenegro.

    Public transportation to and around Bar is very easy to manage, but most of the time people come to Bar to get famous train ride from Bar to Belgrade. Even though it lasts minimum 12 hours, this ride gives spectacular views on your way from Montenegro to Serbia, going through wild nature and sheer cliffs. So, brace yourselves, be patient and you’ll be rewarded with tremendous beauty!




    Ulcinj is the closest to Albanian border and its majority is Albanian, so you may easily feel you have skipped the border already, getting an insight to a new culture and a different world in comparison to anything you’ve seen in Montenegro so far.

    The Old Town is charmingly authentic place strongly influenced by the Ottoman style, and besides walking up the streets with a sea view, do enter Museum at the top and learn more about turbulent history of Ulcinj, its famous pirates kidnapping nobility from Italy, and of course, how legendary Miguele de Servatnes was held in prison there for many years.

    Anyhow, Ulcinj is most famous by its 12 km long sandy beach (rest of the country had mostly rocks and pebble beaches), and this is inevitable part of everyone’s visit.
    Bring a book and get ready to chill all day at beautiful beach bars and restaurants with an incredibly easy-going vibe. You can pay for a beach lounge or just put your towel anywhere by the water.
    There is no public transport to use from Ulcinj town to the beaches, so the best option is to take a taxi or rent a car and if you are staying for couple of days, try a different beach ambient every day.
    If you are more adventurous type, feel free to join kite surfing club, as the warm wind here is ideal, according to the kite surfers who come from all around the world.

    Evening hours are again recommended for walk around the Ulcinj Old Town, dinner, and party below the walls.

    Wild, rough, and powerful - what would Montenegro be without its mountains?
    Insane combination of merciless rocky peaks, ice caps for skiing, grassy meadows, alpine hiking trails and glacial lakes, hidden villages, narrow gorges, and adrenaline-pumping canyons – sounds close to impossible to be all situated in one country! Hold on to your cameras, we’re just getting started with unpacking Montenegro!




    The pride of the country and its historical heart, Mt. Lovcen is the first among many things to see in Montenegro. It rises from the Adriatic Sea like a giant wall, blocking early morning sun and because of its huge shadow, it is known to be the “black mountain” Montenegro is named by.
    Drive up the Old Austro-Hungarian road from Kotor to reach the top of Lovcen will leave you breathless, as the view of Boka Bay and the open sea reveilles below you.
    Do mind that driving this road yourself can be stressful as the road dates from the 19th century, and now, being protected by UNESCO, can’t be changed with size, so it is always better option to join a tour  or take a taxi, as there is no public transport.

    Lovcen is one of five national parks of Montenegro! It is abundant with limestone and diverse wildlife, but the main reason people come here is to visit the highest mausoleum in the world, where the greatest ruler of Montenegro, Petar II Petrovic Njegos, rests. This imposing monument is located at the altitude of 1660m (5446 feet) at the Lake Peak (Jezerski Vrh), and to get there will require walking up 461 stairs. May seem like a trouble, but once you see the view from the top (up to 70% of the country visible) you’ll forget all the ‘’hassle’’.

    Knowing this, we have created - what now became our best-selling day-trip – Great Montenegro Tour, that includes Old Austro-Hungarian road, Lovcen NP, Njegusi village, Lovcen Mausoleum,Old Royal Capital of Cetinje, River of Crnojevic, and St. Stefan, all acompanied by a professional, English speaking, tour guide telling you all about it.

    Visit Lovcen with our Great Montenegro Tour offered both as group and private tour.



    Among best places to visit in Montenegro, you cannot skip this nature oasis and the biggest national park of Montenegro – Durmitor!

    An open-air spa if we can call it like that ourselves, covers 39.000ha. This mountain range has some of the most spectacular views, vast offer of hiking trails, 18 glacial lakes, 48 peaks among which, the highest is the famous Bobotov kuk (2523m – 8277 feet) – don’t miss out summiting it! Ski resort at Savin Kuk, horseback riding, Tara rafting and five breathtaking canyons - including most difficult and trilling canyon Nevidio, the deepest one in Europe and second deepest in the world – Tara River Canyon, are certainly some of the most beautiful and adrenaline packed highlights of Durmitor national park.

    Main location to stay and discover this mountain of wonders, is Zabljak – town built to be a ski resort in Yugoslavia time, but now it turned to be more visited in the summer than in the winter due to hikers and nature lovers who are coming here from all around the world.
    Your adventure awaits you!

    Wherever you decide to stay, in the town center or a remote wooden cottage, weather coming in the summer or in winter times, you cannot skip to visit the famous Black Lake!
    This glacial emerald beauty called “mountain’s eyes” is the ultimate crown of Durmitor, looking even better than on the postcard! Short hike around the lake through the thick pine forest is another “must” when visiting this natural spectacle.

    Public transport to Zabljak is not as frequent as in between other cities in Montenegro, and around the town itself there is no other way to manage, but to take a taxi or to rent a car. We know this may be discomfort for the tourists, but everybody in Montenegro owns a car or two, so public transport is not something this small nation uses in wide scale.

    This is why we have prepared a full day professionally guided trip from the coastline up to the mountains, that, besides Durmitor, Tara Canyon and Tara Bridge, also includes Ostrog Monastery – our popular North Montenegro Tour! See everything in one day!

    Visit Durmitor with our North Montenegro Tour offered both as group and private tour



    The “cursed mountains of Montenegro” will stay in your mind and your bones forever once you experience this wildness from a close perspective. What is known to be “the Alps of the Balkans” and the youngest National Park of Montenegro is yet to be discovered fully, due to its rough terrain and merciless vertical peaks, ripping the clouds.
    This dramatic queen rises from wide meadows, it is cut with narrow river canyons and shaped by number of glacial lakes, owning the highest point of Montenegro called Zla Kolata (2534m – 8313 feet).

    Among favorite things to do in Prokleije surely is Hridsko Lake - officially the highest elevated lake in Montenegro, located at 1970m (6463 feet) altitude, wrapped with pine forest and myths about its healing water that renews girl’s beauty and health. However, what stands to be the most beautiful is Visitorsko lake, with 150m (492 feet) lower position and unique “floating grass” island at its surface. Locals say this is where magic is made!
    Prokletije is one of the best Montenegro outdoor experiences, but never ever try to conquer this intimidating giant without well trained local guide, as the name “Prokletije” depicts its inaccessibility and danger, sometimes challenging even for the most experienced mountaineers.

    Locations for staying are Gusinje, as the main town nearby (don’t forget to stop at Plav Lake on the way) and, if you want to be closer to the hiking hub, check or Airbnb accommodation at Vusanje too.
    Getting to Gusinje is possible by minibus from the capital Podgorica, but to manage around and to reach starting point of hiking trails, consider taking a rent a car as the best option.

    By far the easiest way is to book a guided tour with an agency that will take care of all your needs with right accommodation, transpiration, food, language and with providing experienced hiking guides, which is most important at a mountain like this.




    Nature overdose!

    Whether you are looking for to escape from busy coastline in the summer and breathe fresh mountain air, go horseback riding, cycling, hiking or plan to visit this place in the winter for skiing, you will not make a mistake!

    Kolasin may not have many things to do around the town itself, but it is excellent base to stay for exploring around, starting from Biogradska Gora National Park with its ancient forest and Biogradsko Lake, to discovering remote traditional villages, tasting delicious domestic cuisine, and hiking until you drop dead!

    Bjelasica mountain is known for best skiing in Montenegro, with two ski slopes (1450 and 1600), and in the summer you can ride this ski lifts to get above 2000m (6561 feet) in order to enjoy tremendous views of the surrounding mountains without any effort. From the top you can take a walk to Katun Vrnjak and enjoy panoramic view of National Park and lakes of Bjelasica.

    Besides horse trekking, an excellent way to see more of Bjelasica mountain range is to take a jeep safari tour and reach remote traditional villages katuns, take a swim at Pesica lake, and enjoy amazing panoramic views at Zekova Glava viewpoint (2117m – 6945 feet).

    Only 35km (22mi) away from Kolasin, in village Medjurecje, there is a hidden jewel - Mrtvica Canyon, tucked under mountain Maganik, about 9km (5.6 mi) long, and absolutely stunning with its beauty! This 6-hour hike will take you into the forest, by the river and streams, along narrow trails, but also through a crack of the mountain for the most surreal photo! This is a must do!

    Kolasin is only one hour away from the capital Podgorica, so transportation there is quite frequent, however, managing around is again best with a car or a taxi.




    You will never stay indifferent in front of this art of God!

    If you are reaching Kolasin, don’t skip visiting, what mountaineers believe to be, the third most impressive mountain range after Dumitor and Prokletije; an absolute highlight - Mountain Komovi!

    There are three rocky giants to be conquered - Kom Kučki (2487m), Kom Vasojevićki (2461m – 8159 feet) and Kom Lijevorečki (2483m – 8146 feet), and perfect base for staying is eco-village Stavna, ideally located at the foot of the mountain, with fairy-tale-looking view of the peaks straight from the window.

    You can take a hike directly from your bungalow, no need for further transportation, but to get to Stavna or Komovi Mt., the only way is a car or a private tour.

    Trails are not difficult for experienced hikers, jut make sure you have a map with you, and for beginners, it is always better to have someone local take you.

    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!

    Ada Bojana

    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.

    Skadar Lake

    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.

    Visit Skadar Lake with our Great Montenegro Tour offered both as group and private tour.

    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!

    Visit River of Crnojevic with our Great Montenegro Tour offered both as group and private tour.

    Biogradsko Lake


    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 ourSpritual Tour

    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.


    Black Lake


    “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).

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    Blue Cave


    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.

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    Lipa 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


    Island escape!

    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.

    Canyon Nevidio


    Level up! - “Never seen” and unforgettable!

    Nevidio canyon is a challenge for most of the canyoning lovers, especially because of the fact it remained undiscovered until 1965. (Nevidio means never seen) due to inaccessible terrain and narrow rocks rising so steep and tall that most of the canyon remains in eternal shadow.
    Nevidio is formed by Komarnica river, it is 4 km long (2.5 mi), and the narrowest part of it goes down to only 25 cm (cca 10 inches)! Flora and fauna have adapted to the merciless conditions and combined with roughness of the rocks are forming an exquisite intimidating beauty.

    To conquer this nature creation that appears to be from different planet you’ll have to hire a professional skilled guide who will make sure that you pass all of it safely.

    Going through mountain cracks, jumping into freezing cold waterfalls and going down on a rope are some of the things you can expect to start your heart pumping faster! And do mind that, once you start, there is no way of going back!

    This 3-hour-long adventure will forever stay as a memorable experience, and if you are craving an adventure, this is among things you shouldn’t be missing!

    Nevidio is located in between Durmitor and Vojnik mountain, nearby Savnik. There are few ethno villages where you can stay like Poscenje or Jatak, and there is always and option for a daily trip to Nevidio from Kotor Tivat or Budva with our agency that provides verified canyoning guides. Adventure – yes, but safety first!

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    Road is calling to hiking paradise!

    Vast offer of exploring Montenegro on foot can be overwhelming (hundreds of trails), so we have selected for you top notch hiking locations, you shouldn’t be skipping if you are a fan of this type of activities.

    There are many things to do in Kotor or Budva  or in coastline in general, that people often overlook the fact that Montenegro has much more to offer up at the mountains – layers and layers of diverse beauty!

    Hike in Kotor to Saint Giovanni Fortress

    Surely the most famous and shortest hike in Montenegro is climbing “the walls of Kotor” trail that will take you to the top of San Giovanni fortress, with amazing view to the Old Town of Kotor and Kotor Bay.

    You can start your hike from two entrances from the Old Town clearly marked on the city map and climb up 1350 stairs to the Fortress. Other option is to go outside the Northern Gate of the Old Town and take the old Austro-Hungarian zig-zag path and climb into the walls straight to the Fortress, and just climb down the stairs back to the town.

    You can do this hike by yourself, but to learn more about the history of the place, you can always take a tour Conquer Walls of Kotor with professional tour guide escorting you.

    Have in mind that in summer months the coastline is burning in heat, so plan you hikes early in the morning or evening hours.

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    Hike Lovcen from Kotor


    Prepare yourself for long and exhausting day going from zero to 1660m (5446 feet) above sea level in one day – all on foot!

    Lovcen hike starts from the foot of the mountain, near the Northern Gate behind the Old Town of Kotor, taking famous old Austro-Hungarian path called “the ladder of Kotor” used in the previous centuries as the only connection in between Kotor (Venetian Republic, later Austro-Hungarian Empire) and what was Montenegro at that time (up at the mountains).

    This path will take you to Njegusi village where you can take a break and try some home-made prosciutto and cheese followed with some invigorating national alcohol called Rakija. Further on, walk continues through the National Park Lovcen with breathtaking views of Boka Bay and Adriatic Sea. At the very top, 2nd highest peak of Lovcen – Lake Peak, greatest monument in Montenegro rises – The highest mausoleum in the world, dedicated to the 19th century ruler – Peter II Petovic Njegos.

    This hike is about 8 hours long, so count in food stops at Njegusi (halfway) and at the top of Lovcen “Vladika” restaurant but do bring extra snacks and water.

    However, if you plan to stay at Lovcen (we commend village below the peaks called Ivanova Korita), there are many other, shorter trails to hike, everyone’s favorite is Wolf Trail.

    Dumitor National Park - must be included into your itinerary when hiking in Montenegro

    This glorious mountain offers numerous hiking trails  tracking through the forests and wildness, limestone valleys, grasslands, hidden lakes, abandoned villags, sharp edges and share cliffs - we’ll name just a few you cannot skip.

    Right place to settle is the town of Zabljak, or some cozy accommodation around, everything is available on booking sites ( or Airbnb).

    First and easiest relaxing hike is the one around the Black Lake, one hour walk through the park od dense pine forest with amazing view of the lake itself, suitable for all age with no guide or experience in hiking required.

    After worming up here, move your attention to the top of Durmitor, highest peak called Bobotov Kuk, located at the altitude of 2523 m (8277 feet) above sea level. You’ll need to take a car ride to the starting point at Sedlo, from where your adventure begins. Climbing to this peak may seem challenging but have in mind that entire trail is medium and the only part that requires some focus and effort is the peak itself where you’ll have to use rope to pull yourself up with the steep parts. For this track you don’t have to use a guide if you have previous experience in hiking. If you are new to this activity, consider hiring a local guide or join a hiking tour, it is always more fun to go with organized group.

    Savink Kuk, the second highest of Durmitor, is reachable with a ski lift that is in the winter used for skiing, and in the summer for spectacular views of peaks around, so do consider taking this ride. Hiking this way is possible, but at some point, it becomes very steep and maybe dangerous if you are not an experienced hiker in excellent shape, so we recommend ski lift as the best and easiest option.

    Another spectacular hike here is Curevac, from where you have a stunning view of Tara River Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe. The easiest way to manage is to use digital map or one of many hiking apps for Montenegro.
    Follow the signs towards Curevac and after passing Govede Lake, you will have to park your car (mind that the road is bumpy) and continue on foot. This hike is about 2 hours long, so time it perfectly for sunset, as in the moorning the sun will hit directly into your camera.

    Leave one day for Jablan Lake, located at the foot of the mountain Crvena Greda, at the northern part of Durmitor National Park. Jablan is one of 18 glacial lakes at Durmitor and this track is less crowded than the ones we named so far. However, the view is nothing less spectacular.

    When in this region, make a turn from the main road and take peek at Vrazje Lake that can be reached directly with a car, but of course, there are options for walking. This is known to be a perfect “Instagram shot”, you’ll see when you get there!

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    Central Montenegro hiking


    Not many people know about this place, but the beauty of Kapetanovo Lake will fill up a place in your heart you didn’t know it was missing!
    This nature oasis is located between Niksic and Kolasin, and to reach the lake itself you’ll have to park your at the end of the road and take a 5 km (3 mi) long hike. In the summer months this is perfect place for daily picnic, camping, staying overnight at locals’ houses. On the way to the lake, pay attention to see a tiny house built in a rock, which became an absolute attraction!

    We have previously mentioned Mrtvica Canyon as a thing to do nearby Kolasin, as this is counted to be one of most beautiful canyons in Montenegro. Hiking trail is easy and quiet – you’ll be all alone with this mountain river and local jungle, passing a village, bridges and walking along crystal clear river Mrtvica. Follow signs to the Gate of Whishes and come back. The walk is about 6 hours, so supply yourself with food and water.

    We have already mentioned Komovi and Prokletije mounting in Mountain Section, take a peak for more information on that.


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    Kayaking is very popular in Montenegro and it can be done in many places starting from calm waters of Boka Bay – Kotor, Tivat or Perast with panorama views, over wild beauty of Skadar Lake and through water lilies of River of Crnojevic, down the stream of Bojana River meeting the Adriatic, and for more adventurous experience, try guided kayaking on much faster rivers Moraca or Tara.


    Kite surfing


    Variety of water activities in Montenegro includes also kite surfing which is available from May until September and it is one of favorite things to do in Ulcinj or Ada Bojana.

    Kite surfers from all around the world are gathering to ride this southern wind!
    Long Beach in Ulcinj has spectacular offer for experienced kite surfers, and excellent school for everyone who is willing to try on learning new watersport. Take a look at Dolcinium kite surfing club, or Kiteridders Montengro.




    One of favorite things to do in Budva is flying like a bird – better known as paragliding!
    This memorable experience is including taking off is from the mountains above Budva, pumping your adrenaline with flying at about 1.200 meters over the town and Adriatic Sea, spectacular views and landing softly at Becici beach.
    Your instructor will take care of your safety, there is nothing for you to worry about.

    Montenegro is abundant in historical and cultural heritage, and we have already mentioned some of most important coastline sites as Old Towns of Kotor, Budva, Ulcinj, Bar and Herceg Novi, with this additional section to learn more about historical highlights of Montenegro you shouldn’t be missing.


    Njegos’ Mausoleum


    Most important monument of the country and the highest mausoleum in the world, built for the greatest 19th century ruler – Peter II Petrovic Njegos – should be the first on your list of things to see in Montenegro!

    It is located at the Lake Peak, the second highest peak of imposing Lovcen mountain, at the altitude of 1660 m, guarding the body of Montenegrin royal Bishop.

    To get to this marble giant, you’ll have to walk up with 461 stairs, but all the effort will pay off one you see the beauty of the region below. If the weather is nice, up to 70% of Montenegro is visible. Besides the jaw-dropping view, expect to admire an imposing 20m high statue of Peter II and 18 kilograms of gold sparkling from the ceiling. The ruler’s body lays 4 meters below his statue, and there is a special entrance for visiting his tomb.

    This architectural wonder was built in 1974. on the site of the original chapel where Peter II was originally buried, by the idea of a famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.

    There is no public transportation to get to the mausoleum, so again, getting a car or joining the Great Montenegro Tour could be your best solution.


    Njegusi village


    Traditional Montenegrin village and birthplace of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, today is recognized by making best prosciutto in region, where thousands of visitors stop by to have a taste of smoked meat, home-made cheese and have a sip of local spirit Rakija.

    Tucked in a valley at Lovcen mountain, Njegusi village is easy to reach from Cetinje or Kotor driving the old serpentine road only with a car or as a part of a tour.

    Village is active all year around, even when snowing, since the families who live over there for many generations are producing their own prosciutto in the winter during 6 months period, and then sell it to visitors. Among regular households, there is the oldest licensed restaurant “Kod Pera na Bukovicu” operating from 1881. and never been closed, not even for a day. Fifth generation of the family is running the place and they personally will be serving your food.

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    Our Lady of the Rocks


    An absolute highlight of Boka Bay!

    An artificial tiny island built in the 15th century with great religious devotion of sailors from Perast and a church from the 17th century now is the most visited island in Montenegro.
    It is located across the town of Perast, along a natural island of St. George.

    According to the legend, two brothers were sailing that way on 22nd of July in 1452. and discovered a painting of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus on a rock. Considering it a miracle, they decided to build a church on the spot. First, they started throwing rocks to emerge the island, but process took 200 years, meaning the brothers never saw the island or the church being finished, but the vow was passed from generation to generation, until Our Lady of Rocks was finished with the original picture being preserved inside at the altar.

    This belief of miraculous Our Lady of Rocks continues until today, and thousands of visitors every year are praying for their miracle, as the church remains to be the ultimate protector of all seamen.

    To get to Our Lady of Rocks is possible with a taxi boat from Perast or from Kotor, but the best way to hear all the story is to book a tour and make sure to go to the island guided by a professional. For a short trip we recommend Kotor Shore Excursion.

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    Tara River Bridge or Djurdjevica Tara Bridge


    Tara Bridge is one of most visited attractions in Montenegro - it dominates the landscape and Tara canyon with its artistic beauty, being 365 meters long and 172 meters above the river. It the time when it was built in 1940. it was the highest concrete motor way bridge in Europe. Behind its mesmerizing look, Tara Bridge hides turbulent history, being blown up and rebuilt in the past times.

    Next to the bridge there is famous zip-line going over the canyon and the best way to see it is to fly over and walk back on foot over the bridge.

    To reach Tara Bridge, the best option is to rent a car from Zabljak or Kolasin, and by far the easiest way is to join North Montenegro tour from the coastline that includes stop at the bridge, visit to Black Lake and Ostrog monastery.


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    The Old Royal Capital Cetinje is a place you have to put on your listing of things to do in Montenegro. Known as a historical heart of the country, Cetinje reflects times from the 15th century, when it was first pronounced as a capital of the country, until the end of WW2, when this prestigious title was passed to Podgorica.

    This hub of history, culture, and arts offers vast opportunities for discovering Montenegrin lifestyle, religion, tradition, and architecture, starting with inevitable visit to 18th century Cetinje Monastery, Church on Cipur, over numerous galleries to most important museums like Biljarda, museum of King Nicola I, Blue Palace which is now President’s house, and biggest of all, National Museum of Montenegro.

    Cetinje seems to be frozen in time of 19th and 20th century, so as you wonder the streets, you may feel like the whole town is an open museum on its own. Incredible local vibe and colorful houses will give an insight at least for a moment how Montenegro felt many decades ago.

    Cetinje is well connected with local transportation and the most frequent bus lines to here departure from Budva and Podgorica.

    If you are planning to stay at Cetinje, few days is more than enough to see all the museums, get familiar with the town and meet some locals. This can be an excellent base if you want to visit Lovcen or Skadar Lake National Park.

    If you don’t have much time to spend, there is always and option of a daily trip to Cetinje, with guided walking tour around the town center that covers most important sites. Best-selling Great Montenegro tour includes guided visit to Cetinje, as well as visit to Lovcen, Njegusi village, Mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, River of Crnojevic and St. Stefan.





    Most common thing you’ll hear about the capital of Montenegro is that is “the most boring city in Europe” mostly to the fact it isn’t as attractive as the rest of the country - but that doesn’t mean Podgorica has nothing to offer.

    It is the biggest city in the country with more than 200.000 inhabitants, recognized as center of finance and education, and quite vivid with its streets. However, from the tourists’ perspective, it cannot be put on the top of the list of highlights of Montenegro.

    Usually, travelers stay here to catch their flights, as there are only two international airports in Montenegro, one in Podgorica and one in Tivat.

    If you have some time to spend here, don’t lose all your hope, there are things you can do.

    To meet historical and cultural side of Podgorica, wonder around Stara Varos (Old Town) affected by the Ottoman rule in previous centuries, and see the difference in between the coastal Old Towns which are affected by Venetian culture. There is a huge difference!

    Visit to Podgorica’s Museum is ideal for a historical, ethnographic, cultural, and archeological insight, and if you are more into arts, consider going to Centre of Contemporary Art situated in former King Nicolas Palace with a beautiful park around ideal for walking and picnic.

    Only 5 km away from Podgorica, there lies an ancient ruin of a Roman town Doclea (Duklja), now being considered as a UNECSO World Heritage Site. Do not expect to see much at this archeological site, as most of the artefacts were moved to Podgorica Museum, and the ones remaining can help you imagine how life was going on here 2.000 years ago.

    As a special crown of the capital is its national pride “Plantaze” Winery with the biggest unbroken vineyard in Europe! This is where most famous wine of Montenegro is made, and it is available in every restaurant and supermarket.
    Don’t miss to take a wine tasting tour, ride through vineyard, visit Plantaze’s famous wine cellar Sipcanik with a guide and buy some for souvenir. There is also an option to take a horseback ride around the vineyard.

    Short drive away from city center brings you to Niagara’s Waterfall at Cijevna River. This is an excellent attraction in the spring and the summer season, when water level is high enough to impress visitors. There is a restaurant by the waterfall, ideal for lunch break with a view.

    If you ask locals, Podgorica is a place with great shopping opportunities in Delta City shopping center and Njegoseva street with small shops along. Not to mention inevitable nightlife at Bokeska Street, where bars and restaurants are jammed door to door, and where you can feel real city vibe.


    Ostrog Monastery


    Most sacred place in Serbian Orthodox religion, carved high up in a vertical cliff, wrapped in tales of wonders and miracles – Ostrog Monastery.

    This place gathers pilgrims form all around the world, goes beyond religion with a belief that praying above the body of St. Vasilije Ostroski brings healing, well-being, and ultimate recovering from an illness.

    Pilgrims tend to stay overnight in front of the Monastery and sleep under the open sky, attending the early morning mass praying, while other visitors come during the day, visit two cave 17th century churches and the body of the protector saint.

    Ostrog Monastery has unique undeniable energy that can be felt by anyone who visits this center of worship.

    There is no public transport to get to Ostrog and driving yourself is not recommended due to narrow winding road that follows the cliffside. Always take a tour with an experienced local diver and spare yourself the stress.

    To see the most in one day, join our North Montenegro Tour, that includes Ostrog, Black Lake and Tara River Bridge.


    Moraca Monastery


    One of best-known medieval monuments in Montenegro, shines in its glory – Monastery of Moraca.
    Built in 1252. by a member of famous Serbian dynasty Njemanjic, Stefan Vukanovic (baried inside), remains to be an important attraction for both believers and tourists, mainly for its turbulent history, imposing art on the walls inside and its peaceful location above Svetigora waterfall with the view of Moraca Canyon.

    This monastery is different from other holly places in Montenegro already at the first sight, starting with unusually having a facade on the church, unique hand carved middle door with ivory details and thick protecting walls around the entire complex.

    Don’t miss to see the oldest and best-known fresco from the 13th century is called “Raven is feeding prophet Ilia”.

    Monastery of Moraca is located in between Podgorica and Kolasin, which makes it great road stop if you are passing by or a short ride if you are staying in any of these two cities. If you want to come from the coastline specifically to see the Monastery, you can always do it with a private tour.


    Piva Monastery


    Located in Pluzine municipality, dating from the 15th century, this sacred place stands as an important religious and cultural symbol of Montenegro and represents one of the most relevant monasteries in the country.
    Interesting about it is that it was moved rock by rock when in the ’70. of the last century government of Yugoslavia decided to sink canyon of Piva with building a dam, so the monastery had to be relocated. It took 12 years to move entire complex and the main church was unbuilt and built again with the same stones, marked with numbers.
    Now, if you visit the monastery, you may see the numbers still remaining on rocks, and cracks inside the frescoes where it was places back together in the exactly the same order. Impressive, right?

    Most common way to see this monastery is to stop by on the way to Scepan Polje, where rafting on Tara is organized or if you are staying at Piva Lake or Pluzine town, take a short ride.

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