Visiting the Durmitor National Park is one of many things to do in Montenegro.
Situated in the north-east of Montenegro, Durmitor National Park is Montenegro’s largest national park.
Boasting magnificent mountain peaks, forests, and lakes, the park is a breath-taking setting for both relaxation and adventure activities.
The mountains of Durmitor National Park comprise 48 peaks over 2000 metres and 18 spectacular glacial lakes.
Besides canoeing, jeep tours, horse riding, and paragliding, we list the best activities at Durmitor National Park below as well as the best sights and features of the park.
How to get to Durmitor National Park
The best way to get to Durmitor National Park is by car.
From the coast you can take a day trip to the reserve, driving around 2.5 hours, or 2 hours from Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city.
An overnight stay close to the park in Žabljak will, however, allow you to fully enjoy the full range of scenery and activities at your leisure.
Roads are mountainous, and although well maintained you need to be aware of sharp turns, herds of livestock, and steep descents.
There are buses available to the town of Žabljak from other major towns, however, these require longer travel times and can get crowded during the summer months.
Although a popular destination for holiday-goers and adrenaline junkies year-round, the best time to visit the park is from May to October when the weather is good for swimming in the lakes and all hiking routes are open.
With a nominal entrance fee of €3 per person, there are great activities to enjoy, and of course, the breath-taking scenery in itself makes the trip worthwhile.
During March and April, not all activities are accessible, but mountains are still snow-capped making for awe-inspiring views and photography opportunities.
During the winter Durmitor becomes a popular ski destination.
As the most visited mountain area in Montenegro, Durmitor National Park is home to the second-highest mountain peak in the country at 2523m.
The peak Bobotov Kuk, can be hiked on numerous different trails all leading to the awe-inspiring mountain top view making every step of the trek worthwhile. Other popular, yet shorter, hikes start from Black Lake and cater to various fitness levels.
Guests seeking some adrenaline-inducing activities can opt to zipline across the incredible Tara Canyon.
The canyon is the deepest in Europe with the zipline starting from the Đurđevića Tara Bridge and open mainly during the warmer summer months from May through to October.
3. River Rafting
Being home to the Tara Canyon, the Durmitor National Park is a perfect scene for grand river rafting adventures.
There are both river rafting day trips, and overnight trips available down the scenic riverscapes.
Spring is the best time for adventurers to hit the waters as they are fairly rapid moving and water levels are high due to melting snow.
If river rafting sounds a bit too adventurous for you, why not get out on the water in a calmer boat ride and float around the quieter lakes.
Boats are available for hire at €8 per hour and you can also choose to paddle a canoe.
5. Lakes and Waterfalls
Black Lake in Durmitor National Park is the most visited of its 18 inspirational glacial lakes.
The lake is so-called due to the shadow of the mountain that falls over it, but other than that it is a pure site of magical scenery great for paddling, swimming and hiking.
There is an easy 4km walk around the lake.
With the parks numerous mountain peaks and lakes come numerous breath-taking waterfalls, especially during early spring.
At times the water travels underground over 30km for days before bursting out of the rocks at an incredible 500 litres per second.
6. Monastery and Monuments
In addition to its natural scenery, the park also features a Serbian Orthodox monastery and stone monuments reinforcing its historical and cultural heritage.
A beautiful stage for the meditative traveller, the Dobrilovina Monastery is a scenic and incredibly charming location to visit.
Intriguing and intricate medieval Greek tombstones from the 7th to 8th century can be seen near Riblje Jezero.
These stone monuments called stećci are unique to the region and largely associated with Herzegovina.
7. Tara Canyon & Bridge: the deepest gorge in Europe
At 1300m from cliff tops to the water, the Tara Canyon is known to be the deepest canyon in Europe and the second deepest in the world after the Grand Canyon.
Cascading waterfalls, intriguing caves, and glistening rivers showcase Mother Nature’s magnificence in this spectacular location.
There are different ways to experience the excitement of the canyon from rafting down the rivers, ziplining across it or taking the Đurđevića Tara Bridge spanning 365m across the canyon.
8. Mountain Biking
Durmitors visitor centre rents bicycles for €2 an hour or €7 per day allowing guests to explore the glorious natural surrounds on 2 wheels.
Enjoy different trails around the reserve area and stop along the lakesides to cool down in refreshing waters.
From beginning May to end September trout fishing is allowed in dedicated areas during specified times and days.
Keen fishermen can find out the details from the visitors centre to enjoy glorious days during the summer months sinking their lines into lake waters.
10. Skiing and Snowboarding
Durmitor is one of two national parks in Montenegro offering ski activities.
Based in Zabljak the ski resort opens from December through to April.
Although it is a small resort it offers two chairlifts and three rope tows with a number of ski centres offering both basic and challenging slopes for those who have their winter boots ready.
Whether you’re in search of adventure activities or just want to relax in nature’s brilliance, Durmitor National Park offers you a spectacular year-round escape.
Bring the family, go it solo, hike, bike, paraglide, paddle or ski.
No matter which way you prefer to explore the canyons and mountain peaks of Montenegro, you are guaranteed to be left in awe of the country’s magical landscapes.