Life in katuns
The katun will be your main narrator if you want to hear the story of Montenegrin cattlemen and their nomadic history. Listen to your katun host as he or she shares captivating stories from his life, high in the mountains.
Life in katuns
What is the origin of katuns?
Want to know what the primary livelihood of the people in the mountain regions of Montenegro is? Locals created katuns so they could care for their livestock, an integral part of both the Montenegrin economy and way of life. In the absence of available meadows for grazing, breeders relocated their animals to higher mountain regions, where they allowed their livestock to graze from May until the snow fell.
Learn about the ancient cattleman's nomadic lifestyle and movement patterns
Can you imagine the charm of the katun located near a spring - vital for livestock feeding - and high on the mountain? What places did cattlemen have to walk to for days, far from their home village? Is the size of the herd a true reflection of the family's wealth?
Can you guess what kind of food katun dwellers prepare given that there are no shops or grocery stores nearby? Allow these questions to entice you to come and experience our katuns, which still preserve rural traditions lived out through centuries.
Katuni are core to Montenegrin culture
If you want to learn about our ancestors' way of life, visit the katuns that can be found in various Montenegrin mountains. Some are reflected in lakes like Bukumirsko, tucked away in the silence of the mountains while proudly defying the modern age.
When the aroma of fresh meals lures you, you will want to try everything: wheat and corn kačamak and cicvara, delicious and filling porridges that would keep shepherds and cattlemen full; kukuruza, or corn bread; priganice, or fried dough served with honey or cheese; baked potatoes from the mountains that you combine with fresh cheese or kajmak (slotted cream). The hot bread baked in a wood stove will burst with flavour in your mouth. Finally, you can sweeten your water with pine cone juice syrup or liqueur, and munch on wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
When you visit one of the katuns, you will hear many legends and anecdotes from the hosts, as well as the most important lesson they have to teach: nothing can replace the value of time spent in nature. Ready to reconnect with nature, tradition, and your inner self yet?
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