If you want to go hiking in Montenegro, there are plenty of hikes to choose from, all offering something unique. We’ve chosen 3 top easy trails to do.
You may not think it, but hiking in Montenegro is fantastic. It’s a beautiful country known for its stunning beaches along the coastline and historic towns.
It’s also a very mountainous country full of big rolling, lush peaks scattered across the land. The unique countryside makes for amazing hikes where you can discover a novel side of Montenegro.
Many tourists head to popular cities, like Kotor and Budva. While there is plenty to do in Kotor, the rest of the country offers a unique experience.
Hiking in Montenegro is a great way to experience the beautiful countryside. Just make sure to plan your hikes according to the weather, as summers here can get extremely hot. If you are visiting Montenegro in warmer weather, make sure to pack appropriately and prepare to sweat.
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Here are the 3 best hikes to try in Montenegro that offer stunning views, beautiful nature, and fresh air:
Hike to Kotor Fortress
The first and most famous hike in Montenegro is the Kotor Fortress trail in the city of Kotor. This route offers some of the most beautiful views of the Bay of Kotor. Plus, it’s easy to access.
From the base of the old town, walk up a steep, slippery hill to the top, where you’ll reach the old Fortress. The trip takes around 40 minutes each way and costs 8 euros per person.
This hike is pretty steep and can be challenging for the elderly and for children. However, if you are an avid hiker, you will find it easy.
Hikers should be aware that the stone stairs that used to be there have worn away, leaving behind very slippery, flat stones. This results in a few falls if you are not careful. Wearing anti-slip shoes to avoid any mishaps.
It’s best to start this easy hike early in the morning before the sun passes the top of the mountain. In the summer, it can get extremely hot, which makes this route more challenging.
If you are hiking in the middle of the day, be sure to wear sunscreen, bring water, and wear a hat. If you forget your water, there are often local vendors selling it along the way.
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Where to Stay in Kotor
Top Pick: Hotel Forza Terra
If you are looking for luxury while hiking in Montenegro, the Hotel Forza Terra is a great choice. The beachfront property is stylish and comfortable. Some of the rooms have balconies with stunning sea views. You’ll also have access to two swimming pools and exquisite dining.
Top Pick: Apartments Dončić
The Apartments Dončić is simple, yet offers you every comfort you can think of, including beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. Your stay includes access to a garden and a barbecue area.
Hiking in Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park is one of Montenegro’s most famous national parks. It has a ton of beautiful hikes. If you are a hiker, this is a great place to visit with a wealth of different routes to try out that offer a welcome nature experience. The most popular hike in Lovcen is the route to Njegos Mausoleum.
Njegos Mausoleum is an important monument in Montenegro located on the second-highest peak in Lovcen. Petar Petrovic Njegos was a famous poet and philosopher who had the honour of being laid to rest on the peak.
The walk to the top is 461 steps and quite the adventure. From the top, you can enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views of Montenegro and explore the monument. The entrance fee for the mausoleum is 3 euros.
Beyond this hike, there are many other amazing options, such as Wolf Trail and the Ivanova to Kuk Point trail. You can’t go wrong with wandering about and finding secret paths and hikes in this park. Here you’ll be welcomed by vast natural beauty and panoramic views!
Where to Stay near Lovcen National Park
Top Pick: Hotel Ivanov Konak
The Hotel Ivanov Konak adds a touch of style to your stay. It has a great location, close to great hiking, cycling and skiing. Enjoy a casual meal at the barbecue facilities or try out local cuisine and the onsite restaurant.
Top Pick: Lovcen Holiday Home
Enjoy rustic comfort and charm at the Lovcen Holiday Home. This stone house is simple, yet offers you all the amenities you need when enjoying the countryside. Relax in front of the cozy fireplace, or take advantage of the scenic outdoor area when you aren’t hiking.
Hiking in Durmitor National Park
Durmitor National Park is another popular national park that offers some of the best hiking in Montenegro. Curevac Hike is a great trail in the northern part of Durmitor. The route leads you to the breathtaking Tara Canyon.
The Curevac Hike takes about 2 hours to complete. You’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of Tara Canyon. Tara is the second-largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon and is a landmark that you have to see when in Montenegro. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow but can be challenging in some places.
There are many other hikes in Durmitor National Park like Kapetanovo Lake hike and more!
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Where to stay near Durmitor National Park
Top Pick: Vila Tara
The luxurious Vila Tara offers you a fully equipped home. The property has multiple floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide natural light and gorgeous views. Kids will enjoy the children’s playground.
Top Pick: Hotel Polar Star
Just fifteen minutes from Durmitor National Park, Hotel Polar Star is a great place to stay when hiking in Montenegro. The spacious rooms include panoramic views and fully equipped kitchens. Guests can enjoy the onsite spa and wellness centre.
Going hiking in Montenegro is nothing short of amazing!
There is so much natural beauty to be discovered. If you are looking for a little adventure during your Montenegro holiday, consider taking one (or all) of these hikes!
Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel blog Sam Sees World. She is a twenty-something traveller on a mission to explore the world to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to explore this wondrous world.