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Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Durmitor National Park —> This, dear friends and readers is the main reason I wanted to come to Montenegro. I saw a photo of the park a few months before I went to the Balkans and at that point Montenegro wasn’t even in my travel plans. I was supposed to visit Croatia and Slovenia only, but then this picture popped up on my screen.

It had to be a sign, right?

Read next: Montenegro Travel Guide | Epic things to do, hotels and budget (2019)

GETTING TO DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK

Durmitor is rather remote so getting there was a bit of hassle unless I rented a car. You might not know this about me, but I actually don’t like to drive. I haven’t been behind a wheel in years and didn’t feel like testing my driving skills  in a country that is notorious for reckless driving. So, I had two options: I could either join a multiple day tour to the park, which I didn’t have time for. Or, I could find a day trip. I went with the latter and booked a day trip from Kotor.

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DRIVING THROUGH EUROPE’S DEEPEST CANYON (TARA)

Once I got inside the park, I entered the deepest canyon in Europe. At 80 kilometers long and 1,300 meters deep, it’s also the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon. The canyon cradles the Tara River, which has the most beautiful emerald-green and sapphire blue colours. So, so pretty!

It was a really scenic road trip with a knockout view, and I liked driving through the twisty mountain roads high over the canyon. As a major nature lover, this place hit me right on the spot. Well preserved nature that actually feels like a real wilderness.

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THE JEWEL OF THE PARK: BLACK LAKE

Durmitor was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1980.

Durmitor is thickly forested with pine trees, some of which are more than 400 years old and tower some 50 meters high. It’s dotted with more than a dozen glacial lakes, and the largest and by far prettiest is Black Lake.

Black Lake is what I had been looking most forward to, but because of the long drive up there (2,5 hours each way), we only spent about 1 hour there. It was a shame really, and I could easily have spent 4 hours walking around the lake, which by the way is rather large.

If you’re wondering if Durmitor or Black Lake is worth the trip just for a day, I would still say yes! The nature is super beautiful, and you’ll have a great view of the lake and area when the weather is good. Plus, the road trip up there is astonishing! I highly recommend it.

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It takes about 1,5 hour to walk around the lake

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You can follow a trail around the lake

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I loved the beautiful reflections in the water

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Entrance fee: 3 euro.

Best time to visit: All year round. During winter, Durmitor is popular for skiing and snowboarding. In summer, the activities shift to hiking, cycling, fishing and swimming.

How much time to spend: At least 3-4 hours.

Where I stayed: In Kotor I stayed at Villa Ivana, which is located in the Old Town of Kotor and is a great value for money. It’s 2,5 hours drive by car from Durmitor.

Now over to you, adventurers! Where have you seen the most beautiful nature?

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Durmitor is thickly forested with pine trees, some of which are more than 400 years old and tower some 50 meters high. It’s dotted with more than a dozen glacial lakes, and the largest and prettiest is Black Lake. Here are some tips for visiting Durmitor National Park in Montenegro.