Black Lake Montenegro: Ultimate Guide to Durmitor National Park

Black Lake in Durmitor National Park is one of the most celebrated attractions in Montenegro. Here’s how you can plan a day or multiple-day trip.

When you plan your trip to Montenegro, make sure Black Lake Montenegro is on the itinerary. Located just a few hours from the Bay Area, it’s a perfect Kotor day trip. 

In this post, I’ll share how to visit Durmitor National Park; including what to see, the entrance fee, and more relevant info.

Let’s dig in. 

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Why visit Black Lake Durmitor?

Black Lake Durmitor —> This, dear friends and readers, is the most beautiful sight in Montenegro.

There’s a lot of impressive nature and landscape in Montenegro. In fact, it’s packed with it.

But there’s something special about Durmitor and Black Lake. Whether it’s the endless hills of pine trees or the reflections in the glacial lake, I don’t know.

But Durmitor National Park is a wonderful place where you can go hiking, boating, or simply take a stroll and enjoy nature. 

Black Lake Montenegro

How to get to Durmitor National Park

Durmitor is rather remote so you’ll need to plan your trip in advance.

It’s not possible to reach Durmitor by public transportation, so you have two options: rent a car or join an organized tour.

Durmitor is located 2,5 hours drive by car from Kotor. There’s a lot to see and look at on the way there, though!

Rent a car

If you’re up for it, I highly recommend renting your own car. I LOVE the freedom and thrill of a road trip – I recommended Discover Cars.

You get to decide when to go when to stop, and what to see. I’ve written a couple of posts the subject:

Join an organized tour

Another option is joining an organized tour. 

You can either find a multiple-day tour to the park or a day trip. I went with the latter and booked a Kotor day trip.

Book here – North Montenegro, Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Tour

From Zabljak

Black Lake Montenegro is located just 3 km from the town of Zabljak inside Durmitor National Park. It’s an easy walk. 

Black Lake Montenegro

Black Lake Montenegro

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 18 glacial lakes, and the largest and by far the prettiest is Black Lake.

Black Lake (Crno jezero) is the highlight of Durmitor National Park! The name comes from the shadow created by the towering 2287m high Međed mountain, which provides the perfect backdrop to the spectacular scenery.

Black Lake consists of two lakes called Veliko Jezero (great lake) and Malo Jezero (small lake) and they’re connected by a narrow path. The great lake is 25m deep while the small lake is 49m deep, so by volume, the little lake is much bigger!

Around the lake is a 3.5km trail. It takes 1.5 hours to walk around and is suitable for families with kids. 

You can follow the trail around the lake
It takes about 1,5 hour to walk around the lake

Things to do at Black Lake Montenegro

If you’re looking for adventures, you can go hiking, mountain biking, or swimming in the lake, only in summer, of course. 


Another fun thing to do at Black Lake is renting a boat. You can hire one at the jetty for $9.6 per hour. 


Follow the path around the lake and bring lunch! Benches and picnic sites are dotted around the lake, offering relaxing and beautiful spots to enjoy the lake and forest scenery. 

I loved the beautiful reflections in the water

Practical info

Durmitor National Park entrance fee

It costs 3 euros to enter the park.

The best time to visit

You can visit Durmitor and Black Lake 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. Preferably a few days to enjoy the scenery and nature.

What about wildlife?

Wolves and bears live in Durmitor National Park, but they tend to keep their heads down so as not to have them blown off!

You might come across a snake or two. While most of them are harmless, you should watch out for the horned viper.

Reaching up to 95cm, it’s the largest and most venomous snake in Europe.

It has a zigzag stripe on its body, long fangs (up to 13 mm), and likes rocky habitats. The good news is that it’s not aggressive so just watch where you walk.


Things to do in Durmitor National Park

While Black Lake is the highlight of any trip to Durmitor National Park, there are other beautiful and impressive sights there. Here are the main things to do in the park:

Hike to the highest peak in Montenegro

The highest peak in Montenegro is Bobotov Kuk, a majestic 2,523m mountain found in the heart of Durmitor.

You can reach the peak from a number of paths, each tailored for hikers of different experiences. 

Visit Europe’s deepest canyon

Durmitor is also home to the deepest canyon in Europe. At 80 km long and 1,300 meters deep, Tara Canyon is 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 colors.

So, so pretty!

It’s 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. Waterfalls and caves abound as nature well and truly shows off – this is the best of Montenegro! 


Zip lining at Đurđevića Tara Bridge

Đurđevića Tara Bridge is 172 meters high and located just a few km from Black Lake. It’s easily accessible and offers majestic views over the river and mountains.

If you want to try zip lining or rafting on Tara River, this is where to do it. 


Rafting on Tara River

If rafting through the deepest canyon in Europe sounds like fun to you, you’ll love this. Choose between a day-trip or multiple rafting day trip. It’s a fun way to explore Montenegro and you can bring the family!

Go skiing

Visiting the Balkans in winter is supposed to be a beautiful sight. I’ve only visited in spring and summer myself, but I’ve seen photos and they speak for themselves (think snow-capped trees and frozen lakes)!

In Durmitor, you can go skiing or snowboarding in the winter season. There are 1.6 km slopes and two ski lifts available in Zabljak. 

Durmitor National Park where to stay

If you decide to spend the night – great idea. You’ll be based in the nearby town, Zabljak where there’s good accommodation to choose from.

Apartmani Prisoje – Within walking distance of the park, this apartment is super cozy and has nice owners. Find recent prices here.

Hotel Soa – This hotel combines elegant furnishings with modern design. Very clean and spacious rooms. Find recent prices here.


FAQ – Durmitor Montenegro

Is Durmitor worth a visit?

Yes, Durmitor is definitely worth a visit. It’s a stunning national park with jaw-dropping scenery, great for hiking and outdoor activities.

When should I visit Durmitor?

The best time to visit Durmitor National Park Montenegro is from late spring to early fall, especially June to September, for the best weather and access to all trails.

How long to spend in Durmitor?

One day in Durmitor is great for exploring The Black Lake. Spend 2 days here to fully enjoy the hikes, lakes, and beautiful landscapes.

How do I get to Durmitor?

To get there, you can drive or take a tour from Kotor to Durmitor National Park. The nearest town is Žabljak, which is accessible from most major cities in Montenegro like Podgorica and Budva.

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  1. Hi Miriam
    Durmitor National Park looks amazing! Fantastic photos. Could you tell me who you booked the day trip through? I’m looking to do a 1 day trip from Kotor later in the year.

    1. Hi Mel,
      I’d love to help, but I didn’t have the best experience with the tour company. They promised me – and confirmed – a spot on several tours, incl. a transfer to the airport, and then nearly cancelled all of them last minute. I wouldn’t trust them and I don’t feel good about recommending them. If you still want their name, I will tell you of course, but I don’t recommend booking with them. They almost ruined my whole trip to Montenegro.

      1. hello i am travelling alone and I want to know if is possible to drive from kotor to durmitor alone, If you have a agency to suggest ? or better going alone. Do you think I have to sleep in teh park or can do it in one day.

    1. Yeah, sorry about that 🙁 However, I do recommend booking a day tour as opposed to spending a night there (unless of course you want to explore more of the area). You can also rent a car and drive there yourself, just beware of the traffic and local drivers.

  2. Hi Miriam! I’m loving your blog posts about the Baltics! I’m about to go to Slovenia and can’t wait! I wanted to ask you about your blog layout. I really love it. I currently don’t find that I have much flexibility on my current blog layout. Do you find this is flexibile? I noticed you’ve included a lot of different fonts and headers in your posts and I love that. Do you mind letting me know what it’s called and if you like it and it’s easy to use?

    Thank you! Love your blog.

    1. Hi Katie,
      I use Avada from Themeforest. It’s a very user-friendly and flexible theme, so yeah I definitely recommend it!
      Happy theme hunting 🙂

  3. Hi Miriam!

    We are hoping to visit Black Lake from Kotor. By reading your post, it looks like driving there will be the best way. I did a search on car rental. It costs 170 Australian dollars for a 2 days rental which is very high. Also is there accommodation near Black Lake? Seeing how beautiful it is there, we may stay overnight if there is.

    Thanks heaps! Sally

    1. Hi Sally,

      Yes, driving is your best option, unless you find a reliable tour operator to take you there. If you do choose to stay overnight, you can find accommodation near Durmitor National Park (where Black Lake is located).

  4. Hi Miriam,

    I would like to know the tour company essentially so I can avoid them (from what you said, they don’t sound great!). Please let me know, thank you!


  5. Hi there! I noticed you suggested a day tour, rather than staying an overnight. I will be driving there, and actually don’t know if I should stay an overnight, but do you thing a day is enough to visit the highlights of the park? Did you go hiking on the canyon or just admired it from the bridge?

    1. Yes, you can visit on a day trip and see the highlights, although a day or two will give you more time to explore the area. I didn’t go into the canyon, just admired it from the top.

  6. Hi Miriam

    Once you are staying in Zabljak, do you recommend still having a car to explore the park, for example to get to the gorge?


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