Our “Montenegro’s Three ‘Crown Jewel’ National Parks” features the highlights of North Montenegro, including the beautiful Durmitor National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site, Biogradska Gora NP – one of the last three primaeval rainforests in Europe and Prokletije National Park – considered one of the most breathtaking mountain areas in Europe.
Durmitor National Park is the largest National Park in Montenegro and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Park is characterized by diversified ecosystems and numerous endemic species, as well as the some of the highest peaks of the Dinaric mountains, Tara River Canyon, which was proclaimed a world ecological reserve, 18 glacial lakes known as “the mountain eyes” of which the Black Lake is the most famous one and represents a symbol of the Park and its beauty. Here, the water and ice have eroded the limestone typical of the place and thus creating a rare-beauty landscape – a reason enough why you shouldn’t miss experiencing it. The Park territory covers the Durmitor massif and the narrow Tara Canyon which is 1.300 meters deep – the second deepest in the world, after the Grand Canyon Colorado. Tara River, also known as the “Teardrop of Europe”, is considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers on the entire continent.
The diverse flora and fauna of Biogradska Gora National Park is another amazing treasure of nature. Biogradska Gora is one of the oldest protected areas in the world. Only 6 years after Yellowstone was declared the first national park in America, Prince Nikola I Petrovic put Biogradska Gora under state protection in 1878. Due to its immense natural wealth and its preservation, Biogradska Gora National Park has been proclaimed a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site. The most impressive part of the National Park is the primeval rainforest reserve, one of the last in Europe.
Prokletije National Park is the most dramatic hiking destination in Montenegro. Prokletije or Accursed Mountains are the southernmost and highest part of the Dinaric Alps. Surreally scenic and remote, this magnificent area may well be one of Europe’s least explored corners. Here, vertical peaks pierce the sky. The views and the trails transform, switching from rocky paths and bare peaks to meadows rich with flowers and plants, where nature has been left to run wild. The park encompasses most of the Prokletije Mountains (also known as the Albanian Alps), which form the natural border between Montenegro and Albania. Given the remoteness of this region, you’ll see very few people hiking here.