Eva's Guidebook to Lustica and Surrounding Areas

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Eva's Guidebook to Lustica and Surrounding Areas

Lustica Peninsula
Lustica peninsula is located on the right hand side of the Boka Bay, with an area of 47m2, with a coastline 35km. Lustica belongs to the municipality of Herceg Novi and its name derives from the Latin word Lustica meaning brightness or glow. It is the sunniest place on the Boka Bay with the most attractive beaches and resorts of Herceg Novi. The peninsula is extremely rich in cultural heritage with 18 orthodox churches and 2 catholic churches. It is famous for its olive groves, the array of different herbs that can be found growing in the wild, olive oil, prosciutto, cheeses in oil and of cause its local bandy of the “Maginja” (Strawberry) tree. There's something alluring about Lustica Peninsula. It calls you back time and time again. It's the kind of place where summer days on the beach stretch on endlessly. Where summer holiday memories are made. Whether you spend a day or a week here, you're bound to be entranced. The highest point on the peninsula is Obosnik peak at 528m which was a military zone, today it has multiple communication towers. You can reach the peak on the old road above Kinci, but you need sturdy footwear as the road is rough and rocky. Church of Saint Lazarus. One of the most interesting and important religious buildings on Lustica is the church of St Lazarus in the village of Mrkovi. The church dates back to 1605, the bell has an inscription of a star and half moon. At the time of the Turkish rule over the region the tolling of the bell was used for a warning to the villagers and others of the presence of the Turkish army in the area. Nowadays the bell is used to announce births and deaths and religous occasions. It is the only church dedicated to St Lazarus in the former Yugoslavia. The church is a short walk from Villa Strawberry Tree. Church St Petka. St Petka is also an interesting church in Mrkovi which thought to have been built in 1569. the interior walls are painted with frescoes and iconoclasts by Demetrius Daskal in 1704 and depicts the 17 scenes of life and miricals of St Petka and considered to be the most comprehensive life-cycle and the Saint in the Balkans Church Saint Nikolas. In the village of Radovanici or Marovici you can find the church of St Nikolas, the patron saint of seafarers and passengers. St Nikolas is the cathedral of Lustica. The church was built in 1111 and according to local folklore it was consecrated by Saint Sava. Originally the facade was painted red. Due to damage in the several of the wars in the region it was restored and reconstructed to the present appearance. It is a single aisle from church with a bell tower of three bells. Church Saint Mary “de Sagnic” or Lady of Žanjic. On the east side of the entrance to Boka Bay is a small Island with a monastery, the first historical data recorded the monastery as Saint Mary “de Sagnic” in 1508. the site consist of several buildings guarded by a high walls, the west side of the tower is circular. In the centre of the site is the complex is the church of the “Presentation of the Virgin”, the church has a very colourful interior with traces of fresco paintings on the outer walls.
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Luštica
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Lustica peninsula is located on the right hand side of the Boka Bay, with an area of 47m2, with a coastline 35km. Lustica belongs to the municipality of Herceg Novi and its name derives from the Latin word Lustica meaning brightness or glow. It is the sunniest place on the Boka Bay with the most attractive beaches and resorts of Herceg Novi. The peninsula is extremely rich in cultural heritage with 18 orthodox churches and 2 catholic churches. It is famous for its olive groves, the array of different herbs that can be found growing in the wild, olive oil, prosciutto, cheeses in oil and of cause its local bandy of the “Maginja” (Strawberry) tree. There's something alluring about Lustica Peninsula. It calls you back time and time again. It's the kind of place where summer days on the beach stretch on endlessly. Where summer holiday memories are made. Whether you spend a day or a week here, you're bound to be entranced. The highest point on the peninsula is Obosnik peak at 528m which was a military zone, today it has multiple communication towers. You can reach the peak on the old road above Kinci, but you need sturdy footwear as the road is rough and rocky. Church of Saint Lazarus. One of the most interesting and important religious buildings on Lustica is the church of St Lazarus in the village of Mrkovi. The church dates back to 1605, the bell has an inscription of a star and half moon. At the time of the Turkish rule over the region the tolling of the bell was used for a warning to the villagers and others of the presence of the Turkish army in the area. Nowadays the bell is used to announce births and deaths and religous occasions. It is the only church dedicated to St Lazarus in the former Yugoslavia. The church is a short walk from Villa Strawberry Tree. Church St Petka. St Petka is also an interesting church in Mrkovi which thought to have been built in 1569. the interior walls are painted with frescoes and iconoclasts by Demetrius Daskal in 1704 and depicts the 17 scenes of life and miricals of St Petka and considered to be the most comprehensive life-cycle and the Saint in the Balkans Church Saint Nikolas. In the village of Radovanici or Marovici you can find the church of St Nikolas, the patron saint of seafarers and passengers. St Nikolas is the cathedral of Lustica. The church was built in 1111 and according to local folklore it was consecrated by Saint Sava. Originally the facade was painted red. Due to damage in the several of the wars in the region it was restored and reconstructed to the present appearance. It is a single aisle from church with a bell tower of three bells. Church Saint Mary “de Sagnic” or Lady of Žanjic. On the east side of the entrance to Boka Bay is a small Island with a monastery, the first historical data recorded the monastery as Saint Mary “de Sagnic” in 1508. the site consist of several buildings guarded by a high walls, the west side of the tower is circular. In the centre of the site is the complex is the church of the “Presentation of the Virgin”, the church has a very colourful interior with traces of fresco paintings on the outer walls.
On the north-west point of the peninsula and opposite Herceg Novi is located the small village of Rose. In the past this was a Greek colony of called Porto Rose. Rose has lush vegetation of cypres, pine, laurel, oleander and olive trees. On entering Rose you can find a small beach below the car park, walking past the restaurants and through the hotel Forte Rose is another small sandy beach. In summer Rose is very popular with locals and tourist. Directions- on the main road turn right, follow the road. Do not turn up the hill on the herpin bend. Note Rose is small but very popular and if you go late you may have a long walk from where you have to park your car.
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Rose
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On the north-west point of the peninsula and opposite Herceg Novi is located the small village of Rose. In the past this was a Greek colony of called Porto Rose. Rose has lush vegetation of cypres, pine, laurel, oleander and olive trees. On entering Rose you can find a small beach below the car park, walking past the restaurants and through the hotel Forte Rose is another small sandy beach. In summer Rose is very popular with locals and tourist. Directions- on the main road turn right, follow the road. Do not turn up the hill on the herpin bend. Note Rose is small but very popular and if you go late you may have a long walk from where you have to park your car.
Dobreč is located on the peninsular at the entrance to the bay, once only accessible by boat and through a very steep and rugged footpath from the village (Mrkovi), which is now lost to the vegetation. However now a new road leads down to the beach and restaurant. Dobreč means isolation and the name is taken after the bay. It is exceptionally peaceful and tranquil with its own microclimate of typical Mediterranean vegetation. Note at time of writing (2021) the road is not surfaced and steep in parts so only accessible with a 4x4 car
Dobrec beach
Dobreč is located on the peninsular at the entrance to the bay, once only accessible by boat and through a very steep and rugged footpath from the village (Mrkovi), which is now lost to the vegetation. However now a new road leads down to the beach and restaurant. Dobreč means isolation and the name is taken after the bay. It is exceptionally peaceful and tranquil with its own microclimate of typical Mediterranean vegetation. Note at time of writing (2021) the road is not surfaced and steep in parts so only accessible with a 4x4 car
At Žanjic you will find a large white beach of pebbles 300m long by about 15m wide, where you will have a view of the open Adriatic sea, Mamula Island and the peninsula of Prevlaka. From the beach you have views of the small island “Lady of Žanjic”. Its a short walk to the fort of Arza. You can find different types of restaurants here from the upmarket Ribarsko Selo to the pizza and ice cream parlours Directions. Turn left on to themain road. Continue till you see the sign Zanjic Note Žanjic is very popular with day trippers from Herceg Novi and sometimes gets very crowed Note Ribarsko Selo has no prices on their menu
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Žanjic Beach
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At Žanjic you will find a large white beach of pebbles 300m long by about 15m wide, where you will have a view of the open Adriatic sea, Mamula Island and the peninsula of Prevlaka. From the beach you have views of the small island “Lady of Žanjic”. Its a short walk to the fort of Arza. You can find different types of restaurants here from the upmarket Ribarsko Selo to the pizza and ice cream parlours Directions. Turn left on to themain road. Continue till you see the sign Zanjic Note Žanjic is very popular with day trippers from Herceg Novi and sometimes gets very crowed Note Ribarsko Selo has no prices on their menu
Veslo (paddle) is a hidden cove with rock beach, it used to be only accessible by boat but now has an asphalt road leading to the beach and campsite. We love going here its quite and secluded. Directions -- leave the villa, on the main road turn left, follow the road past Zanjic turning untill you see the sign "Veslo Camp" on the right. Note Veslo can get very hot in the summer sun so sun protection is advised
Rt Veslo
Veslo (paddle) is a hidden cove with rock beach, it used to be only accessible by boat but now has an asphalt road leading to the beach and campsite. We love going here its quite and secluded. Directions -- leave the villa, on the main road turn left, follow the road past Zanjic turning untill you see the sign "Veslo Camp" on the right. Note Veslo can get very hot in the summer sun so sun protection is advised
Miriste Beach is a cove, a bit smaller than and right next to Zanjice Beach. There's an excellent restaurant right on the waterfront that serves classic Montenegrin seafood and a small selection of meat dishes. Fort Arza - At the tip of Miriste you'll find Arza fortress, built in a circular shape for defence purposes. It is one of two Austro-hungarian fortresses that protected the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Although the fortress is now out of use and you can't get in, it's an interesting spot and if you're looking to get away from the crowds, you can head over here and find rock pools and more secluded spots. Note can get very busy in summer time
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Mirišta
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Miriste Beach is a cove, a bit smaller than and right next to Zanjice Beach. There's an excellent restaurant right on the waterfront that serves classic Montenegrin seafood and a small selection of meat dishes. Fort Arza - At the tip of Miriste you'll find Arza fortress, built in a circular shape for defence purposes. It is one of two Austro-hungarian fortresses that protected the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Although the fortress is now out of use and you can't get in, it's an interesting spot and if you're looking to get away from the crowds, you can head over here and find rock pools and more secluded spots. Note can get very busy in summer time
Mumula is a Austro-Hungarian fort on the island of Lastavica located between Prevlaka and Lustica peninsula in the entrance to Boka Bay. Mamula has an interesting past built as a fortress in 1843 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazarus von Mamula. During the 2nd World War it was used as a concentration camp and was known for torture and cruelty to prisoners. Most of the camp's prisoners came from the neighbouring area. In early January 2016 the government of Montenegro, over the objections of those who were once imprisoned on the island, approved a plan to convert the site into a luxury beach resort. Note we can arrange boat trips to the island.
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Mamula
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Mumula is a Austro-Hungarian fort on the island of Lastavica located between Prevlaka and Lustica peninsula in the entrance to Boka Bay. Mamula has an interesting past built as a fortress in 1843 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazarus von Mamula. During the 2nd World War it was used as a concentration camp and was known for torture and cruelty to prisoners. Most of the camp's prisoners came from the neighbouring area. In early January 2016 the government of Montenegro, over the objections of those who were once imprisoned on the island, approved a plan to convert the site into a luxury beach resort. Note we can arrange boat trips to the island.
The Blue Cave is the largest of many sea caves on Lustica peninsular between Zlatna luka and Cape Mokra gora. It is named after the unusual blue colour of the water because the way the light hits the sandy bottom and reflects up through the water makes the whole cave look blue. It’s very beautiful and it’s a lucky quirk because almost all of the coast here is rocky, not sandy. You can see the blue light shining out of the cave when you approach, but to really see it you’ve got to go inside and get underwater. The water is a few degrees warmer than outside of the cave. Don’t forget your snorkel or goggles when you come here! This is included in the 6hr boat trip we provide
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Blue Caves
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The Blue Cave is the largest of many sea caves on Lustica peninsular between Zlatna luka and Cape Mokra gora. It is named after the unusual blue colour of the water because the way the light hits the sandy bottom and reflects up through the water makes the whole cave look blue. It’s very beautiful and it’s a lucky quirk because almost all of the coast here is rocky, not sandy. You can see the blue light shining out of the cave when you approach, but to really see it you’ve got to go inside and get underwater. The water is a few degrees warmer than outside of the cave. Don’t forget your snorkel or goggles when you come here! This is included in the 6hr boat trip we provide
Plavi Horizonti beach is situated in a beautiful natural cove and is part sand, part small pebbles. It is one of the few true sandy beaches in the region. It is an ideal beach because the water is completely flat and calm it is shallow for a long way out, gradually deepening very slowly. Once you’re in the sea, it’s soft sand underfoot and beautiful clear water. If you ventured off over to the right towards the rocks at the edge of the cove, the water deepened and there were tons of colourful fish swimming around so don't forget your snorkels and face masks. There’s a bar / restaurant there and shaded wooded area if you need to cool off. Parking is a short walk through the pine trees. We love taking the dogs here in the winter they love runnuing in the beach.
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Plavi Horizonti Plaža
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Plavi Horizonti beach is situated in a beautiful natural cove and is part sand, part small pebbles. It is one of the few true sandy beaches in the region. It is an ideal beach because the water is completely flat and calm it is shallow for a long way out, gradually deepening very slowly. Once you’re in the sea, it’s soft sand underfoot and beautiful clear water. If you ventured off over to the right towards the rocks at the edge of the cove, the water deepened and there were tons of colourful fish swimming around so don't forget your snorkels and face masks. There’s a bar / restaurant there and shaded wooded area if you need to cool off. Parking is a short walk through the pine trees. We love taking the dogs here in the winter they love runnuing in the beach.
Solila natural reserve is a small oasis of peace and untouched nature. In 2008, this area was protected as a special nature reserve for the preservation of plant and animal species. This place is a perfect and unique bird reserve, and people come here to see wetland birds, including pink flamingos and Java cormorants. Solila also has cultural and historical value. In the Middle Ages, as the name suggests, there was a salt works here. Surrounded by Cape “Brdište” and the “Đurašević” Coast, on one side, respectively the Adriatic sea and the mountain Lovćen on the other side sets Solilia apart form other places. A great peacefull half hour walk which the dogs really like. Modiva Beach (Solilia) Modiva Beach is a complex of the 5-stars restaurant, loung bar, beach bar and night club - it is a perfect place to enjoy beach life throughout the entire day until early morning hours. Movida has a nicely tended and spacious beach covered with pebbles where the whole family can relax and play. On the beach, there is a snack bar offering refreshment. Those who appreciate Mediterranean and international cuisine can enjoy it on the restaurant terrace overlooking the beautiful beach. There you can hire paddle boards and canoes. Note get there early as Modiva is very popular. Note Our yatch "ARLOKO" home port
Solila Beach
Solila natural reserve is a small oasis of peace and untouched nature. In 2008, this area was protected as a special nature reserve for the preservation of plant and animal species. This place is a perfect and unique bird reserve, and people come here to see wetland birds, including pink flamingos and Java cormorants. Solila also has cultural and historical value. In the Middle Ages, as the name suggests, there was a salt works here. Surrounded by Cape “Brdište” and the “Đurašević” Coast, on one side, respectively the Adriatic sea and the mountain Lovćen on the other side sets Solilia apart form other places. A great peacefull half hour walk which the dogs really like. Modiva Beach (Solilia) Modiva Beach is a complex of the 5-stars restaurant, loung bar, beach bar and night club - it is a perfect place to enjoy beach life throughout the entire day until early morning hours. Movida has a nicely tended and spacious beach covered with pebbles where the whole family can relax and play. On the beach, there is a snack bar offering refreshment. Those who appreciate Mediterranean and international cuisine can enjoy it on the restaurant terrace overlooking the beautiful beach. There you can hire paddle boards and canoes. Note get there early as Modiva is very popular. Note Our yatch "ARLOKO" home port
City/town information
Hereceg Novi is a coastal town located at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor at the foot of mount Orjen. The old town of Herceg Novi is a major tourist attraction with its old walls and fortress. Along the promenade you can find are several beaches and many restaurants. Herceg Novi has had a turbulent past, despite being one of the youngest settlements on the Adriatic. A history of varied occupations has created a blend of diverse and picturesque architectural style in the city. The first records of the fortress being built date back to 1382 and then various occupiers of the town added and reinforced to walls and towers until 1837.
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Herceg Novi
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Hereceg Novi is a coastal town located at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor at the foot of mount Orjen. The old town of Herceg Novi is a major tourist attraction with its old walls and fortress. Along the promenade you can find are several beaches and many restaurants. Herceg Novi has had a turbulent past, despite being one of the youngest settlements on the Adriatic. A history of varied occupations has created a blend of diverse and picturesque architectural style in the city. The first records of the fortress being built date back to 1382 and then various occupiers of the town added and reinforced to walls and towers until 1837.
Tivat is a coastal town located in the Bay of Kotor it is the smallest municipality by area in Montenegro and the youngest town in the Boka, established on the plateau at the bottom of Vrmac mountain. Rapid development of Tivat started in 1889 when the Naval arsenal was built by the Austrians, and was later used as a naval military base of the Italian Navy, the Yugoslav People's Army and the Army of Montenegro. The base was also used by Russia and Libya as the technical base for maintenance and repair of their ships and submarines. You will also find Porto Montenegro in the centre of Tivat, a modern marina with shops and restaurants, Porto is home to some of the most luxurious super yachts in the world and is popular with tourist and locals.
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Tivat
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Tivat is a coastal town located in the Bay of Kotor it is the smallest municipality by area in Montenegro and the youngest town in the Boka, established on the plateau at the bottom of Vrmac mountain. Rapid development of Tivat started in 1889 when the Naval arsenal was built by the Austrians, and was later used as a naval military base of the Italian Navy, the Yugoslav People's Army and the Army of Montenegro. The base was also used by Russia and Libya as the technical base for maintenance and repair of their ships and submarines. You will also find Porto Montenegro in the centre of Tivat, a modern marina with shops and restaurants, Porto is home to some of the most luxurious super yachts in the world and is popular with tourist and locals.
Kotor is a coastal town located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by impressive fortifications built during the Venetian period and the Venetian influences can be seen in the old town architecture which is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southernmost fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive landscape. Note Kotor can get very busy and hot in mid summer. There is a good “Green market” there on Sunday selling local produce including fish
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Kotor
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Kotor is a coastal town located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor. The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by impressive fortifications built during the Venetian period and the Venetian influences can be seen in the old town architecture which is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southernmost fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive landscape. Note Kotor can get very busy and hot in mid summer. There is a good “Green market” there on Sunday selling local produce including fish
The little town of Perast lies at the foot of the hill St Elijah opposite the narrows Verige strait where the inner most bays of Kotor and Risan converge. Perast was the earliest inhabited settlement in Boka area. According to the presumptions of the archaeologists, the first settlements appeared in the area of Perast in the Neolithic times. Islands of Perast Near Perast there are two islets: one is called Sveti Đorđe (St George) or Sveti Juraj and the other Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), and each has a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic, with an area of 3,030 m², it was built upon a rock (Škrpjel) after two Venetian sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary on it on July 22 1452. Returning from future voyages the sailors returned to the rock and laid rocks into the sea, over time the island gradually emerged. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea around the island is still alive today. Every year at sunset on 22 July an event called Fašinada when locals take their boats filled with rocks to the island and throw them into the sea.
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Perast
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The little town of Perast lies at the foot of the hill St Elijah opposite the narrows Verige strait where the inner most bays of Kotor and Risan converge. Perast was the earliest inhabited settlement in Boka area. According to the presumptions of the archaeologists, the first settlements appeared in the area of Perast in the Neolithic times. Islands of Perast Near Perast there are two islets: one is called Sveti Đorđe (St George) or Sveti Juraj and the other Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), and each has a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic, with an area of 3,030 m², it was built upon a rock (Škrpjel) after two Venetian sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary on it on July 22 1452. Returning from future voyages the sailors returned to the rock and laid rocks into the sea, over time the island gradually emerged. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea around the island is still alive today. Every year at sunset on 22 July an event called Fašinada when locals take their boats filled with rocks to the island and throw them into the sea.
Budva is a town on the Adriatic Sea. It has 19,218 inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Modern Budva has many shops, restaurants and beaches Budva has the honour as the smallest town to host concerts by the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Leny Kravitrz, Armand Van Helden at Jaz beach.
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Budva
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Budva is a town on the Adriatic Sea. It has 19,218 inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Modern Budva has many shops, restaurants and beaches Budva has the honour as the smallest town to host concerts by the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Leny Kravitrz, Armand Van Helden at Jaz beach.
Sveti Stefan was formally an island now connected the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The island has a 2-kilometre coast line. It is situated to the south of Budva between Pržno and Sveti Stefan villages. The pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach, and Queen's Beach are part of the coastline. Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families. Villa Miločer was built by the Karađorđević family which was refurbished as part of the Aman Sveti Stefan resorts that opened in 2008. The villa, surrounded by 800 olive trees. Now a luxury resort favoured by the rich and famous the Aman Sveti Stefan resort has 58 guest rooms, cottages, and suites, including 8 suites that are part of the Villa Miločer. Note you can no longer enter Sveti Stefan as a visitor. However it is possible to book lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants.
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Sveti Stefan
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Sveti Stefan was formally an island now connected the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The island has a 2-kilometre coast line. It is situated to the south of Budva between Pržno and Sveti Stefan villages. The pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach, and Queen's Beach are part of the coastline. Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families. Villa Miločer was built by the Karađorđević family which was refurbished as part of the Aman Sveti Stefan resorts that opened in 2008. The villa, surrounded by 800 olive trees. Now a luxury resort favoured by the rich and famous the Aman Sveti Stefan resort has 58 guest rooms, cottages, and suites, including 8 suites that are part of the Villa Miločer. Note you can no longer enter Sveti Stefan as a visitor. However it is possible to book lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants.
Bar sat at the foot at Mount Rumija, Stari Bar is a major attraction in its own right. An earthquake in 1979 severely damaged the settlement. Every corner offers something different, from old houses and shops to ruined streets and spots now overrun by nature. King Nikola’s Palace is arguably the main cultural attraction in Bar, this elegant Palace was built in 1885 for King Nikola. The palace now houses a museum full of folk costumes and other authentic historical items. The dominant piece of architecture in the city is the imposing Church of St. Jovan Vladimir. A short drive from the city centre sits the beloved Stara Maslina, one of the oldest trees on the entire planet. This olive tree has been here for well over two millennia. Bar to Belgrade by Train It might seem unusual to recommend leaving a town as one of the main attractions, but then not every part of the world has a train route as magnificent as the one that runs from Bar all the way to Belgrade. The 11-hour (if everything is running to plan, which it rarely is) journey is a veritable conveyor belt of eye candy, with bountiful nature exploding on both sides of the track. More than 400 bridges are traversed along the way, before the train finally trundles into the Serbian capital. The journey over the celebrated Belgrade to Bar railway is one of Europe's most spectacular train rides. It's a marvel of engineering, with 254 tunnels and 435 bridges on the 296-mile journey. Construction of the line started in the 1950s but only completed in 1976, opened by President Tito. It costs about €21 and will be the best €21 you'll ever spend. Tickets cannot be booked online, but can easily be booked at the station in Bar or Podgorica.
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Bar
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Bar sat at the foot at Mount Rumija, Stari Bar is a major attraction in its own right. An earthquake in 1979 severely damaged the settlement. Every corner offers something different, from old houses and shops to ruined streets and spots now overrun by nature. King Nikola’s Palace is arguably the main cultural attraction in Bar, this elegant Palace was built in 1885 for King Nikola. The palace now houses a museum full of folk costumes and other authentic historical items. The dominant piece of architecture in the city is the imposing Church of St. Jovan Vladimir. A short drive from the city centre sits the beloved Stara Maslina, one of the oldest trees on the entire planet. This olive tree has been here for well over two millennia. Bar to Belgrade by Train It might seem unusual to recommend leaving a town as one of the main attractions, but then not every part of the world has a train route as magnificent as the one that runs from Bar all the way to Belgrade. The 11-hour (if everything is running to plan, which it rarely is) journey is a veritable conveyor belt of eye candy, with bountiful nature exploding on both sides of the track. More than 400 bridges are traversed along the way, before the train finally trundles into the Serbian capital. The journey over the celebrated Belgrade to Bar railway is one of Europe's most spectacular train rides. It's a marvel of engineering, with 254 tunnels and 435 bridges on the 296-mile journey. Construction of the line started in the 1950s but only completed in 1976, opened by President Tito. It costs about €21 and will be the best €21 you'll ever spend. Tickets cannot be booked online, but can easily be booked at the station in Bar or Podgorica.
As one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic coast, it was founded in 5th century BC. Ulcinj is a tourist destination in summer. Although Ulcinj is still undiscovered by many travelers, it is most famous for its sandy beaches. The best known is Velika plaža or Long Beach, which is a 12 km long stretch of sandy beach and the longest beach on the Montenegrin coast, it is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers. There is also a beach located in the centre of town called Mala Plaža. "The Korzo" is a promenade which separates a street lined with coffee shops from Mala Plaža. At night during the summer months, the Korzo is pedestrianised. Ulcinj's old town is a well preserved castle-looking community which sits atop a mountain overlooking the shore and is a tourist attraction on its own. Ulcinj and its surroundings are major resting points for over 200 bird species on their migration paths, Šaško lake and Ulcinj's salt pond are very popular with birdwatchers.
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Ulcinj
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As one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic coast, it was founded in 5th century BC. Ulcinj is a tourist destination in summer. Although Ulcinj is still undiscovered by many travelers, it is most famous for its sandy beaches. The best known is Velika plaža or Long Beach, which is a 12 km long stretch of sandy beach and the longest beach on the Montenegrin coast, it is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers. There is also a beach located in the centre of town called Mala Plaža. "The Korzo" is a promenade which separates a street lined with coffee shops from Mala Plaža. At night during the summer months, the Korzo is pedestrianised. Ulcinj's old town is a well preserved castle-looking community which sits atop a mountain overlooking the shore and is a tourist attraction on its own. Ulcinj and its surroundings are major resting points for over 200 bird species on their migration paths, Šaško lake and Ulcinj's salt pond are very popular with birdwatchers.
Cetinje was founded in the 15th century and became the centre of the Montenegrin culture. It officially became the capital of an independent Montenegro in 1878. Every block has something to see – and old royal palace, a grand embassy building, an intricately-designed church. The most important of the sights in Cetinje is the Cetinje Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Saint Peter which was built in 1484. It’s one of Montenegro’s most significant sites and holds the relics of one of Montenegro’s great historical rulers, St Peter of Cetinje.
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Cetinje
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Cetinje was founded in the 15th century and became the centre of the Montenegrin culture. It officially became the capital of an independent Montenegro in 1878. Every block has something to see – and old royal palace, a grand embassy building, an intricately-designed church. The most important of the sights in Cetinje is the Cetinje Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Saint Peter which was built in 1484. It’s one of Montenegro’s most significant sites and holds the relics of one of Montenegro’s great historical rulers, St Peter of Cetinje.
Žabljak is located in the northwest of Montenegro, in the centre of the Durmitor National Park. With its 1456 meters above sea level, the city is the highest urban settlement in Southeast Europe. It is located at the foot of Durmitor and is surrounded by 23 mountain peaks of over 2200 meters, 18 mountain lakes, 5 canyons, 748 natural springs, untouched forests with more than 400 years old trees, ice caves. and the canyon of the river Tara, the deepest in Europe.
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Žabljak
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Žabljak is located in the northwest of Montenegro, in the centre of the Durmitor National Park. With its 1456 meters above sea level, the city is the highest urban settlement in Southeast Europe. It is located at the foot of Durmitor and is surrounded by 23 mountain peaks of over 2200 meters, 18 mountain lakes, 5 canyons, 748 natural springs, untouched forests with more than 400 years old trees, ice caves. and the canyon of the river Tara, the deepest in Europe.
Kolasin is town located at the foot of Bjelasica and Sinjajevina mountains. This small town is a very popular places, especially in winter for the skiing. Kolasin stands at 954m above sea level and because of altitude and favourable climate Kolasin is considered an air spa. This little town is a real curiosity.
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Kolasin
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Kolasin is town located at the foot of Bjelasica and Sinjajevina mountains. This small town is a very popular places, especially in winter for the skiing. Kolasin stands at 954m above sea level and because of altitude and favourable climate Kolasin is considered an air spa. This little town is a real curiosity.
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Island Prevlaka also known as the Island of Flowers or the Island of St. Archangel Michael is an island the Bay of Kotor. The island is 300 m long and 200 m wide. It is connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Today, the island is inhabited by about a hundred people. The island includes a monastery dedicated to Archangel Michael, built in the early 13th century by Saint Sava. It was a tourist resort for Yugoslav military personnel, closed for the general public in the Socialist Yugoslavia period.
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普雷夫拉卡島
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Island Prevlaka also known as the Island of Flowers or the Island of St. Archangel Michael is an island the Bay of Kotor. The island is 300 m long and 200 m wide. It is connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Today, the island is inhabited by about a hundred people. The island includes a monastery dedicated to Archangel Michael, built in the early 13th century by Saint Sava. It was a tourist resort for Yugoslav military personnel, closed for the general public in the Socialist Yugoslavia period.
Saint Marko Island is located in the Bay of Kotor, it is aligned with Prevlaka Island (the Island of Flowers). In 1962, a tourist settlement was built there, with 500 Tahiti-style houses, without water supply or electricity. It was managed by Club Med, and until the Yugoslav wars. Today, it is mostly abandoned, making the island a somewhat exotic and mysterious destination. This is part of the boat tours we do.
Stradioti
Saint Marko Island is located in the Bay of Kotor, it is aligned with Prevlaka Island (the Island of Flowers). In 1962, a tourist settlement was built there, with 500 Tahiti-style houses, without water supply or electricity. It was managed by Club Med, and until the Yugoslav wars. Today, it is mostly abandoned, making the island a somewhat exotic and mysterious destination. This is part of the boat tours we do.
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. The lake is located in the border area between Albania and Montenegro. The lake's water level also varies seasonally from 4.7 to 9.8 m above sea level. The lake extends in the NW-SE direction, and it is approximately 44 km long. The Montenegrin part of the lake and its surrounding area were declared a national park in 1983. As an internationally important birdlife refuge, Lake Skadar is home to the rare Dalmatian pelican and one of the world’s largest colonies of pygmy cormorants. It is also a nesting place for no fewer than 250 other bird species. The lake is home to almost 50 fish species and numerous molluscs.
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斯庫台湖
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Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. The lake is located in the border area between Albania and Montenegro. The lake's water level also varies seasonally from 4.7 to 9.8 m above sea level. The lake extends in the NW-SE direction, and it is approximately 44 km long. The Montenegrin part of the lake and its surrounding area were declared a national park in 1983. As an internationally important birdlife refuge, Lake Skadar is home to the rare Dalmatian pelican and one of the world’s largest colonies of pygmy cormorants. It is also a nesting place for no fewer than 250 other bird species. The lake is home to almost 50 fish species and numerous molluscs.
On the road from Cetinje to Podgorica there is a visibly marked board, on which there is a road sign for Rijeka Crnojevica. The beauty of Rijeka Crnojevica, no matter how well it is described, it can not be imagined until one gets there and sees for himself. It is best to go to Rijeka Crnojevica by car or if you are a passionate devotee of nature then it is best that you stop at the very turning to Rijeka Crnojevica, and walk down the curvy road with stunning views.
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Rijeka Crnojevića
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On the road from Cetinje to Podgorica there is a visibly marked board, on which there is a road sign for Rijeka Crnojevica. The beauty of Rijeka Crnojevica, no matter how well it is described, it can not be imagined until one gets there and sees for himself. It is best to go to Rijeka Crnojevica by car or if you are a passionate devotee of nature then it is best that you stop at the very turning to Rijeka Crnojevica, and walk down the curvy road with stunning views.
Lipa Cave is one of the largest caves in Montenegro. The cave with a system of about 2.5 kilometres of passages and halls. The difference in elevation between the highest and the lowest point in the cave system is more than 300 m. Part of the cave contains an underground river, it starts close to the village of Lipa and stretches into the mountains by the Adriatic Sea. The temperature in the cave is 8–12 °C. Lipa Cave is the only cave in Montenegro accessible for group visits and has the longest passages and greatest number of preserved cave formations than other caves inn the region. The cave is rich in cave formations—stalactites, stalagmites and stalagnates (pillars) with many being found in a small space. Some of the most significant stalactites are spaghetti, popcorn, crocodile, and curtain formations. Some of the most significant stalagmites are totem and gral formations.
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Lipa cave
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Lipa Cave is one of the largest caves in Montenegro. The cave with a system of about 2.5 kilometres of passages and halls. The difference in elevation between the highest and the lowest point in the cave system is more than 300 m. Part of the cave contains an underground river, it starts close to the village of Lipa and stretches into the mountains by the Adriatic Sea. The temperature in the cave is 8–12 °C. Lipa Cave is the only cave in Montenegro accessible for group visits and has the longest passages and greatest number of preserved cave formations than other caves inn the region. The cave is rich in cave formations—stalactites, stalagmites and stalagnates (pillars) with many being found in a small space. Some of the most significant stalactites are spaghetti, popcorn, crocodile, and curtain formations. Some of the most significant stalagmites are totem and gral formations.
Lovćen is a mountain and national park in southwestern Montenegro. It was first mentioned in a 1276, the name Montenegro, Crna Gora (Black Montains) deriving from the appearance of Mount Lovćen when covered in dense forests. Mount Lovćen rises from the borders of the Adriatic basin, closing the long and twisting bays of Boka Kotorska and making the hinterland to the coastal town of Kotor. The mountain has two imposing peaks with rocky slopes, numerous fissures, pits and deep depressions giving its scenery a specific look. Lovćen stands on the border between two completely different natural worlds water and land. It is a day retreat and vacation get-away spot with much to offer for the whole family. In addition to an adventure park, there is a large area where families and friends can enjoy a cook out. Fixed tables and a grilling area make this a good getaway spot.
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Lovćen
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Lovćen is a mountain and national park in southwestern Montenegro. It was first mentioned in a 1276, the name Montenegro, Crna Gora (Black Montains) deriving from the appearance of Mount Lovćen when covered in dense forests. Mount Lovćen rises from the borders of the Adriatic basin, closing the long and twisting bays of Boka Kotorska and making the hinterland to the coastal town of Kotor. The mountain has two imposing peaks with rocky slopes, numerous fissures, pits and deep depressions giving its scenery a specific look. Lovćen stands on the border between two completely different natural worlds water and land. It is a day retreat and vacation get-away spot with much to offer for the whole family. In addition to an adventure park, there is a large area where families and friends can enjoy a cook out. Fixed tables and a grilling area make this a good getaway spot.
The Mausoleum of Njegoš is a mausoleum interring Petar II Petrović-Njegoš located on the top of Mount Lovćen. The mausoleum was built on the same location of the Njegoš Testament Church which Njegoš had built in 1845 with the intention of being buried there The church suffered damage from bombardment in both World Wars. In 1974, the old church was ordered demolished and today's mausoleum was built.
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Njegos Mausoleum
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The Mausoleum of Njegoš is a mausoleum interring Petar II Petrović-Njegoš located on the top of Mount Lovćen. The mausoleum was built on the same location of the Njegoš Testament Church which Njegoš had built in 1845 with the intention of being buried there The church suffered damage from bombardment in both World Wars. In 1974, the old church was ordered demolished and today's mausoleum was built.
Discover authentic Montenegrin culture and cuisine in the village of Njeguši an unassuming village which lies between Kotor and Lovćen National Park in Montenegro. This little village was once the historical powerhouse of old Montenegro. Today, this village of just 35 permanent residents and is a great place to stop and sample some of Montenegro’s traditional cuisine, visit Montenegro’s oldest restaurant and see a traditional 19th century house that was home to one of Montenegro’s most powerful clans.
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Njeguši
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Discover authentic Montenegrin culture and cuisine in the village of Njeguši an unassuming village which lies between Kotor and Lovćen National Park in Montenegro. This little village was once the historical powerhouse of old Montenegro. Today, this village of just 35 permanent residents and is a great place to stop and sample some of Montenegro’s traditional cuisine, visit Montenegro’s oldest restaurant and see a traditional 19th century house that was home to one of Montenegro’s most powerful clans.
Tara is the most beautiful and cleanest river in this part of the world which leaves you breathless. Under the protection of UNESCO you will have a chance to enjoy in the allures of the second deepest canyon in the world after the Grand canyon. It is 82 kilometres long and is 1,300 meters at it’s deepest, just 200 mts short of the Grand canyon. In its passage through the Durmitor national park, the river has a mean fall of 3.6 meters per kilometre. Very special are the Tara waterfalls which can be heard on the very peaks of the canyon. There are more than forty waterfalls. Along the canyon there are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and more than 80 large caves along the canyon. There is lush diversity of vegetation along the canyon, of especial interest is the forests of black pine trees with are over four hundred years old. Note rafting is organised between March and October. However the early part of the season is only for experienced rafters.
Тара
Tara is the most beautiful and cleanest river in this part of the world which leaves you breathless. Under the protection of UNESCO you will have a chance to enjoy in the allures of the second deepest canyon in the world after the Grand canyon. It is 82 kilometres long and is 1,300 meters at it’s deepest, just 200 mts short of the Grand canyon. In its passage through the Durmitor national park, the river has a mean fall of 3.6 meters per kilometre. Very special are the Tara waterfalls which can be heard on the very peaks of the canyon. There are more than forty waterfalls. Along the canyon there are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and more than 80 large caves along the canyon. There is lush diversity of vegetation along the canyon, of especial interest is the forests of black pine trees with are over four hundred years old. Note rafting is organised between March and October. However the early part of the season is only for experienced rafters.
Durmitor National Park, created in 1952, includes the massif of Durmitor, the canyons of Tara, Sušica and Draga rivers and the higher part of the canyon plateau Komarnica. This UNESCO World Heritage site covering an area of 390 square kilometers The Durmitor is a mountain area, featuring 48 separate peaks; Bobotov Kuk is the highest reaching a summit of 8,278 feet (2,523 m). The Durmitor massif and neighbouring plateau are home to 18 different glacial lakes. The massif is comprised of limestone and surrounded by European Black Pine. There are three canyons that surround the Durmitor massif which include Draga Canyon, Susica Canyon, and Tara River Canyon. The 1,300 plant species in Durmitor National Park supports the wildlife of the national park which includes brown bear, grey wolf, and the European wild cat. The golden eagle and peregrine falcon are two of the coveted bird sightings.
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杜米托爾國家公園
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Durmitor National Park, created in 1952, includes the massif of Durmitor, the canyons of Tara, Sušica and Draga rivers and the higher part of the canyon plateau Komarnica. This UNESCO World Heritage site covering an area of 390 square kilometers The Durmitor is a mountain area, featuring 48 separate peaks; Bobotov Kuk is the highest reaching a summit of 8,278 feet (2,523 m). The Durmitor massif and neighbouring plateau are home to 18 different glacial lakes. The massif is comprised of limestone and surrounded by European Black Pine. There are three canyons that surround the Durmitor massif which include Draga Canyon, Susica Canyon, and Tara River Canyon. The 1,300 plant species in Durmitor National Park supports the wildlife of the national park which includes brown bear, grey wolf, and the European wild cat. The golden eagle and peregrine falcon are two of the coveted bird sightings.
Since 1878, this area has been under state/national protection. The park is 5400 square acres and has 26 plant communities with about 2,000 species and subspecies. More than 200 species of birds, including the bald eagle. The fauna consists of deer, roe deer, chamois, wolves, wild boars, foxes, rabbits. At an altitude of 1,094 meters lies Lake Biograd, the largest and most famous in a series of glacial lakes in the park. The park is a well-known picnic area and cool summers. Note There is a visitor centre on the shores of Lake Biograd. Note In the summer months the park attracts a large number of tourists, Note There are arranged parking space, restaurants, lighted walking paths and camping sites in the park
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Biogradska Gora
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Since 1878, this area has been under state/national protection. The park is 5400 square acres and has 26 plant communities with about 2,000 species and subspecies. More than 200 species of birds, including the bald eagle. The fauna consists of deer, roe deer, chamois, wolves, wild boars, foxes, rabbits. At an altitude of 1,094 meters lies Lake Biograd, the largest and most famous in a series of glacial lakes in the park. The park is a well-known picnic area and cool summers. Note There is a visitor centre on the shores of Lake Biograd. Note In the summer months the park attracts a large number of tourists, Note There are arranged parking space, restaurants, lighted walking paths and camping sites in the park
Lake Biogradsko Gora located at the very entrance to the Biogradska Gora national park. It is the largest and most attractive of the seven glacial lakes scattered across the park. The unique blue green colour is caused by the thick woodlands reflected in the water.
Lake Biograd
Lake Biogradsko Gora located at the very entrance to the Biogradska Gora national park. It is the largest and most attractive of the seven glacial lakes scattered across the park. The unique blue green colour is caused by the thick woodlands reflected in the water.
Black Lake lies at the foot of Međed Peak in Durmitor Natioanl Park, the lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake (Veliko jezero) and Little Lake (Malo jezero). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water. The Lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, the best known being Mlin Creek. Other streams have no name because they appear periodically, when snow from Mount Durmitor is melting. Black Lake is the premium tourist attraction of the Durmitor area. It is the largest and the best known of 18 glacial lakes on the mountain. There is a 3.5 km walking path circles around entire lake, and it is a popular destination for recreation and hiking. Many mountain trails lead from it to other smaller lakes around Žabljak. Note The lake is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance from the centre of the town of Žabljak.
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Crno Jezero
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Black Lake lies at the foot of Međed Peak in Durmitor Natioanl Park, the lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake (Veliko jezero) and Little Lake (Malo jezero). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water. The Lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, the best known being Mlin Creek. Other streams have no name because they appear periodically, when snow from Mount Durmitor is melting. Black Lake is the premium tourist attraction of the Durmitor area. It is the largest and the best known of 18 glacial lakes on the mountain. There is a 3.5 km walking path circles around entire lake, and it is a popular destination for recreation and hiking. Many mountain trails lead from it to other smaller lakes around Žabljak. Note The lake is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance from the centre of the town of Žabljak.