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Durmitor national park in Montenegro, the must-sees

Last update : 6 May 2024
If you're planning to visit Durmitor on your trip to Montenegro, you're in for a real treat!

The north of the country is full of surprises, and you’ll discover mountainous landscapes and breathtaking lakes… For us, it’s impossible to visit Montenegro without passing through Durmitor. Make sure you’re equipped with hiking boots, as there are some great walks waiting for you in this region. In this article, we give you our must-see places in Durmitor, as well as our best addresses for hotels and restaurants in the region. Here’s to adventure!

Durmitor, the must-sees in this Montenegrin national park

Our first tip for visiting Durmitor is to take the P14 road. During these few hours of driving, the scenery will surprise you, and you’ll be sure to want to stop regularly! The main town in the Durmitor region is Zabljak. Very central to Durmitor, you can plan to stay here or just pop in for a spot of shopping.

All national parks charge an entrance fee of €3 per person. There are usually parking lots nearby, some of which charge €3 per vehicle.

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1. Black lake (Crno Jezero)

Wondering what to do in Durmitor? Put Black Lake at the top of your list. This lake is one of our favorite places in Montenegro! This lake has airs of the Lac di Braies in Italy’s Dolomites with its pretty wooden pontoon and boats you can hire. We came to Black Lake at around 8 a.m. to discover it before the tourists and locals arrived, and we succeeded – there was hardly anyone around. We recommend a short 4 km hike around the lake (approx. 1h30 with photo stops).

The viewpoints are exceptional, allowing you to discover the lake from different angles. The hike is fairly easy except for a short section in the middle, where you have to climb a little. If you don’t feel like it, you can turn back at this point and the walk will already be very good!

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Where to eat at Black Lake?

  • Restaurant Nacionalni restoran Crno jezero: this restaurant is located right in front of Black Lake which offers an exceptional view! Don’t be put off by the 4-star rating, the menu is quite affordable. We opted for a late-morning breakfast for €10 per person and it was delicious.
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2. Devil’s Lake (Vrazje Jezero)

This very clear-water lake is great to discover for a picnic, for example. There’s not much to do there, but it’s a nice spot to rest and admire the beauty of the landscape.

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3. Biogradska gora national park

The lake with its pontoon and rowboats looks a bit like Black Lake; if you have to choose between the two, we’d still recommend Black Lake, which is more impressive. If you have time to do both, this 54 km2 national park is great fun. You can take a short 3.5 km hike around the lake, which is very easy to access. If you like lush greenery, you’ll be in heaven, including a lovely passage over a bridge where you can admire a wide variety of plants, flowers and birds.

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4. Col de Sedlo

Sedlo Pass is the starting point for the Bobotov Kuk hike. You can park here and enjoy the view, which is exceptional – you’ll already be at 1907 meters altitude at this point. We really enjoyed spending a little time at Col de Sedlo, so we’d recommend stopping here even if you don’t go on to hike the Bobotuv Kuk!

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5. Bobotov Kuk

This is perhaps the best-known hike in Durmitor. It will take you about a day’s walk to get there and back. Make sure you bring technical clothing for the summit of Bobotuv Kuk (at an altitude of 2,523 meters), as it can get very cold very quickly! The climb is apparently quite strenuous, so it’s recommended for experienced hikers only. As we’re not (😂), we couldn’t make this pretty hike, but we did stay a long time at the starting point at Prevoj Sedlo (accessible by car), which already offers an incredible panorama. To park your car, nothing could be easier a car park is provided at Prevoj Sedlo.

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6. Tara canyon

Tara Canyon is a must-see when you come to Durmitor! This immense 80 km canyon is crossed by the Tara river. You can admire it along the way, and see that its gorges are thousands of kilometers deep. We found it awe-inspiring! Are you a thrill-seeker? You can go rafting or venture out on the bridge’s zip lane.

Djurdjevica Tara Tara Canyon
 

Are the roads in Durmitor, Montenegro accessible by car?

When visiting Durmitor, take the P14 road. The road offers exceptional panoramas and will give you a great overview of the region. We’d read a lot on the internet about Durmitor’s roads being difficult to access. For our part, we had a 4×4 which certainly made the route easier, but we found the roads in good condition and accessible. The only thing to bear in mind is that the roads are generally very narrow and it’s difficult for two vehicles to pass each other. So always be careful, and plan to pull over when you see an oncoming vehicle.

In any case, you’re in for a real treat on Durmitor’s roads, which offer some incredible scenery! Allow a little extra time for the journey, as you’re likely to make many photo stops.

Good to know: roads are limited to 80 km/h in Montenegro.

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Durmitor, where to sleep?

If you ever want to have an original experience during your vacation in Montenegro, we recommend sleeping in a small traditional hut in the heart of the Durmitor mountains! For this, we recommend the Nevidio Eco Village. Here you’ll find cabins with every comfort (bathroom and toilet), good bedding and a balcony with a view of the mountains. You can also have lunch and dinner on site, which is super convenient as there aren’t many towns and restaurants in the area. A great experience in Durmitor!

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Clem & Alex

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