Charming mountain towns

Would it intrigue you to hear the love legend of Pava and Ahmed Pasha, told right in Pava's field? Or do you want to make your first fruit yogurt on a katun, or traditional hut, at the foot of the mountain? Would you rather go to some of the historical monuments in the country's north? Before you choose, wait to hear more!

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Charming mountain towns

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Mountain towns:

Andrijevica | Berane | Bijelo Polje | Gusinje I Kolašin | Mojkovac | Petnjica I Plav | Plužine | Pljevlja | Rožaje | Šavnik | Žabljak

National parks in this area:

Durmitor, Biogradska gora and Prokletije

Quick tip

Visit the Piva Monastery!

Piva Monastery (16th century) is Montenegro's largest "picture gallery," having been moved stone by stone from one place to another, with all of its 1250 m² of frescoes!

Šavnik: a place where sun "sets" but never sets!

Is just one reason to visit a particular location enough!? This is the case with Šavnik, because it is home to Europe's last conquered canyon - Nevidio! You can explore the four canyons formed by the rivers Bukovica, Bijela rijeka, and Šavnik on foot or by bike!

Nature is wild, unusual, and untamed here. Locals will jokingly tell you that the sun both “set and never sets,” because the sun rises and sets twice in Šavnik. Enjoy the unique natural phenomenon in which the sun rises behind the hill Kravice and sets over the hill Gradac around two o'clock in the afternoon during the days around the equinox. The sun rises again around three thirty and appears in the canyon of Bukovica, only to set for Vojnik at the end of the day.

Fun in Šavnik in both summer and winter

Want to have a good time in both winter and summer? Extreme skiing and snowboarding are available on the wild mountain slopes, while the summer months are reserved for relaxing in the sun and swimming in rivers and mountain lakes. You can experience these incredibly sights and adventures in Durmitor, Sinjajevina, the Moračka Mountains, Krnovo, and Vojnik.

Wrap up your visit with a tour of two monasteries. These are the Podmalinsko Monastery, built in the thirteenth century, and the Bijela Monastery nestled in Bijela Canyon, built in the seventeenth century.

Mountain city Savnik Montenegro

Kolašin: Peaceful Spa and Thrilling Ski Resorts

Do you know where the most lovely dreams can be found? In Kolašin! Kolašin is a quiet port on the right bank of the Tara River, at an elevation of 954 meters. It is easily accessible as it is connected to roadways that traverse both the Montenegrin hinterlands and coastal regions. Kolasin is also a stop on the Belgrade-Bar railway. 

This peaceful mountain town is ideal for both summer and winter vacations. Here, you have countless options for creative adventures at your disposal. Choose from a leisurely walk around the city, a visit to the katuns of Bjelasica and Sinjajevina, a fishing or kayaking trip on Tara, or dozens of other activities.

Choose your own Kolašin adventure: quest through the rainforest or skiing extravaganza?

Lake Biograd, which is located in the Biogradska Gora National Park, draws in reverent admirers because it is home to one of Europe's last primeval rainforests. Hiking trails and outdoor activities abound here. 

Kolašin’s crown jewels, its ski centers, are located 9 kilometers from the city. Bjelasica is accessible from all sides for hiking, and you can see glacial lakes up close! Try Kolašin's nationally acclaimed and quality-protected melt-in-your-mouth “lisnati”, or layered, cheese.

Mountain city Kolasin Montenegro

Mojkovac: experience the hospitality of the locals and reawaken your adventurous spirit

Let Mojkovac enchant you, another charming mountain town brought to life by the Tara River! Nestled between the Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Prošćensk mountains, and the national parks "Biogradska gora" and "Durmitor," Mojkovac is a unique natural oasis where you can anticipate the simple pleasures of life, the adventurous spirit of the mountains, and the warm hospitality of the locals.

Mojkovac's rich cultural and historical heritage

Explore Mojkovac's cultural and historical heritage, represented by medieval Brskovo archeological sites, sacred monuments, traditional village houses, Katun settlements, and more. Discover the history of Tara's stone bridge, which is now best known for hosting an international competition in which divers dive into the water from great heights.

Top airfields in Mojkovac? You don't miss out on these challenges!

Paragliders will attest that the weather in Mojkovac is ideal for paragliding, with airfields adapted to various wind conditions throughout the year. Along with paragliding, Mojkovac offers quieter activities, such as fishing on Tara, cycling, visiting katun mountain huts, and forest bathing. Mojkovac never fails to astonish!

Do you know?

The king's words "my coin," as well as the name Mojkovac!

The name of today's town Mojkovac is derived from the King Uroš I Nemanjić’s words: "my coin."

Žabljak: grad na najvišoj nadmorskoj visini na Balkanskom poluostrvu

The majority of visitors to the Durmitor National Park stay in Žabljak, and for good reason! Žabljak is the epicenter of activity in the Durmitor National Park, and the city with the highest elevation (1,453 meters above sea level) on the entire Balkan Peninsula.

A vast plateau, dense forests, numerous lakes, massive mountain peaks, the Tara River canyon, and untouched nature will provide the ideal terrain for walking, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, and other activities.

Best summer and winter entertainment in Žabljak

July and August are the best months to make the journey up to Žabljak, both in order to escape the heat that engulfs the lower half of the country, and to enjoy this region when it is in full bloom. Make sure to add a trip to Crno Lake (Black Lake) to your itinerary! And what about winter? You can enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowkiting, and snowshoeing in the winter. But wait, there's more! Come discover what Žabljak has to offer!

Mountain city Zabljak Montenegro

All the riches of Montenegro's northernmost town

A visit to the north of Montenegro would not be complete without a stop in Pljevlja! The quaint mountain town displays Nature’s bounty for all to see. Fishing, canyoning, horseback riding, mountain biking, and tennis are just a few of the activities you can indulge in!

The rich tangible and intangible cultural and historical heritage of Montenegro's northernmost city will astound you. The excavations of Municipium S, a city from the second century AD, show that the Romans enjoyed it here as well.

Pljevlja: the meeting point of Christianity and Islam

Long ago, trade caravans used to pass through here on their way to the mighty Constantinople. Since then, Pljevlja has been considered a place where Christianity and Islam merge.  Visit the imposing monuments of these two religions to feel the spirit of the past: the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, which has a treasury of silver and gold, and Hussein Pasha's mosque, which has old manuscripts.

Pljevlja’s signature cheese will always remind you of Pljevlja, but so will Pljevlja’s vibrant tambourine players! The evening gigs are particularly special. You can also set out to find the most beautiful ideal location for a summer evening walk, like the trails in Vodice's city park. Whatever adventure you choose, Pljevlja will welcome you with open arms.

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Magnificent view of the winding river - the lookout of Meandri Ćehotina!

Bijelo Polje: a town of rich culture and history

Bijelo Polje, located in the Lim Valley and bordering Serbia, is a picturesque city of full or vibrant festivals, rich culture, and intriguing history, and at the same time surrounded by lush grasslands, clear springs, and mystical forests.

Curious about the meaning of Bijelo Polje? The city’s iconic name literally translates to “white field.” The locals named it this because every spring, miniature ivory-and-gold daisies blanket the fields around the city in a spectacular natural display. 

You may also wish to visit the famous churches and monasteries of Bijelo Polje. The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul existed as the sacred ground where "Miroslav's Gospel" - the oldest Cyrillic manuscript - was penned. It is the most visited church in Bijelo Polje.

Accordion and clarinet music suffuse through the most beautiful events in Bijelo Polje

Numerous events are held in the city, including "Ratković's Poetry Evening," which has been held since 1970, and the "Days of Fish Soup" festival, which includes songs accompanied by accordion and clarinet as well as other traditional and standard instruments. In addition, the International Tamburitza Orchestra Festival is held every August.

Awaken your exploratory spirit in the city of caves - Bijelo Polje

If you enjoy winter sports, you should go to the ski center "Majstorovina" located 930 m above sea level on the north side of Bjelasica. The Bijelo Polje mountainscape is also ideal for hiking. And before you move on, make sure to explore the largest and longest cave in the Balkans - Đalovića cave, located on the slopes of the Pešterska plateau. 

Besides Đalovića, two more caves are sure to be worth your while: Novakovića and Osoja. And when you emerge from the cave back into the sunlight, head over to the Lim river for some tranquil fishing and kayaking.

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Pava and Ahmed Pasha: Love as the foundation of tolerance!

Legend about Pava and Ahmed

A tale from the Middle Ages tells a beautiful story with the message that love does not heed the borders of religion. Pava, a devout follower of the Orthodox faith, promised her enamored lover, who was a bey - or Turkish chieftain - that she would fall in love with him in exchange for a portion of his beautiful field in Vraneš. He granted her request and named the field after her, which the locals still call “Pava’s field” to this day. The powerful bey also agreed to Pava's other condition, which was that he convert to the Orthodox faith for the rest of his life. 

Berane: a city that rests on the "Holy Waters of Lim"

Berane encompasses the beauty of the entire rural Montenegrin region! A hidden city in the Lim Valley, the quiet city of Berane offers the most beautiful fly fishing. We believe this just might be your favorite stop if you visit Prokletije! Berane, along with a few other towns, lies on the slopes of Mount Bjelasica, Montenegro's only volcanic mountain.

The rich cultural and historical heritage of the city justifies the city's epithet, "Holy Waters of Lim." The oldest and most significant preserved monument is the Đurđevi Stupovi Monastery, built in the middle of the 13th century. The monastery is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of medieval construction in Montenegro.

Summer and winter in Berane

Because of its naturally rich environment, this town provides a wide range of outdoor sports and recreational opportunities.

In the winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding at the well-known ski center "Lokve" on the mountain Cmiljevica, only a 15-minute drive from the city.

Visit the Jelovica Resort in the summer and discover why it is Berane's most popular resting place. Located about 20 kilometers from the city, its position within the Bjelasica mountain range gives vacationers a sense of freedom and indescribable bliss. While there, take one of the many mountain and hiking tours available from the resort to nearby peaks and lakes. You might be drawn to the mysterious Župan Cave as well!

Mountain city Berane Montenegro

Discover the priceless ritual and artistic worth of the famous Bihor rug

The only three-story mosque in the Balkans can be found in the small and idyllic Petnjica, the center of upper Bihor. One of the region's largest mosques, with unique architecture and hand-carved wooden pillars from the 16th century, it boasts an impressive collection of over 500 unique rugs from various periods. The aesthetically stunning Bihor rug is used for fraternities, arranging marriages, and regaling the next generations with the legacy of the past.

The hidden jar: An ongoing search for treasure

Little Petnjica has more to offer! Do you know about Bratima's whirlpool and the jar containing the coveted treasure? On the Popa River, near what is now known as "Bratimin Vir," there was a cave where treasure was hidden inside a jar. This isn't the only legend associated with this location, but it's the most tempting. Inspired to visit this legendary location and search for your own treasure? Beware: there is rumoured to be a curse on the treasure, so take care if you actually find the elusive jar!

Radman Gorge, famous for its Bronze Age katuns!

If you're in the Petnjica area, don't miss the gorge above the settlement of Radmanci, which is home to katuns that have been around since the Bronze Age! Visit the Polim Museum in Berane to see excavated objects from this area and connect with the miraculous treasures that date back 5,000 years! Allow the road to take you to the vantage point overlooking Ham's tower and Bihor fortress. You will not regret it!

Mountain city Petnjica- Bratimin vir Montenegro

Perfect mountain adventure in Andrijevica!

Andrijevica is the starting point for any mountaineers looking to conquer Komovi, a massive mountain with stunning peaks (three peaks over 2,400 m). It is a charming town with a rich history. You will visit the unique natural landscapes offered by the Montenegrin mountains with mountain guides. A visit to eco-katuns, fishing on the Lim, and eating organic local products are all part of the ideal mountain adventure.

If you are looking to have some fun, check out the fast-paced football tournaments and lovely village dances. And when hunger strikes, fresh trout with lemon or kacamak - a thick savoury porridge made with potatoes or corn and stewed in decadent cheese - will fill your belly and warm your heart!

Visit the place of worship at the highest altitude in Europe!

The Church of St. Ilija in Carine at 1,800 meters above sea level is best visited just before dawn! Visit it and learn about the history of this shrine's construction!

Quick tip

Fruit yogurt - Montenegrin way, but also your way!

Make your own fruit yogurt on the katun at the foot of Komovi. Pour a glass of thick homemade sour milk over a handful of blueberries and wild strawberries, which are plentiful. Bon appetit!

Rožaje: a city rich with medicinal herbs and infused with oriental spirit

If you find yourself in this city intersected by the Ibar River and surrounded by wooded mountains, you will be delighted by the richness of nature. It is situated in a valley in Montenegro's northeast. Hajla is a true botanical garden among the mountains that surround Rožaje.

Want to immerse yourself in perfect stillness while being enveloped by the aromas of medicinal herbs? If you explore just a bit, you can discover a plethora of medicinal herbs, which the Rozaje area is famous for, as well wild mushrooms, blueberries, rose hips, juniper, wild strawberries, and blackberries.

Important archeological and historical sites in the Rožaje area

Numerous archeological sites tell tales about the Illyrians, Romans, and the arrival of the Slavs. Some of the most interesting are the Illyrian settlement on Brezovački Hill, Gradina on the Krstača mountain, Bačevac, Sastanci in Bašča, Otaševo Hill, and Gospođin Peak in Biševo. Ganića Kula is one of Rožaje's oldest structures.

Mountain city Rozaje Montenegro

Have fun and pick up traditional souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else!

Rožajci has an abundance of folk art pieces, such as carpets and tapestries, cradles, fiddles, embroidered scarves, woven hemp garments, and spindles. They are available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

Excursions, hiking, cycling tours, and skiing are all available in Rožaje. There is a massive rock for free climbing in the Ibar canyon. The canyon is also a wonderful place for kayaking. If you want to go skiing, Hajla has some of the best ski trails. If you are nervous about setting out on your own or if you just want to learn from the best, the local mountaineering clubs have on-staff professional guides.

Sweeten up with oriental treats!

During your stay in this town, you must not miss the interesting oriental delicacies: tufahija, tulumba, urmašica, baklava.

Plav: a destination that people always return to!

Plav is situated between the shores of the lake for which it is named and the headwaters of the Lim River, and the entire city is surrounded by high mountains. The view of Lake Plav, the Visitor Mountain, and the Prokletije massif distinguish the location. Don't miss the 13th century St. Trojice Monastery in Brezojevice, the Redžepagić Tower (15th century), the Old Mosque (15th century), the Sultanija Mosque, and the Velemun Botanical Garden.

Several exciting events are hosted in Play, including the Lim Regatta, Blueberry Days, Behar Days, bicycle races, and a variety of fun festivals, all of which will make your stay unforgettable. Go cycling, hiking, paragliding, rafting, fishing, skiing, or snowshoeing for an active vacation.

Mountain city Plav Montenegro

Gusinje: a picturesque town where locals harmoniously coexist

The town of 2,000 people is located at the foot of Prokletije, on the border with Albania. The peaceful and picturesque town was once an important trading area. Here you can enjoy burek, baklava, and boza beverages, and on market day you can buy top-quality dairy products, sheep cheese, and skorup (cream).

The ideal coexistence of the people in this area will fascinate you, so you will find the Vizier's Mosque, the Orthodox Church of St. Đorđe, and the Catholic Church of St. Anton all on the same street in Gusinje.

Mountain city Gusinje Montenegro

Don't miss out on nature's famous masterpieces

Although the area is abundant in water and springs, we recommend taking a visit to Ali Pasha's springs, where thousands of people gather at the end of August! Nearby, the springs Savino oko, Bajrovića vrelo, and Dragija bursts out. The river Skakavica emerges from the Oka's source, creating a 15-meter-high waterfall at the entrance to the Grlja canyon. Also, don't forget to take advantage of summer events and meetings.

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