About Durmitor National Park
The national park of Durmitor consists of a great plateau at an average 1500m; it is intersected by deep canyons from which the imposing mountain peaks rise. There are more than forty peaks with an altitude over 2000m (e.g. Bezimeni, Medjed, Savin kuk, Crvena greda, Obla glava, Rbatina, Planinica); the highest and the most dominant is Bobotov kuk, also known as Cirova pecina (2523m). It is thought, though not confirmed, that Durmitor mountain gets its name from a Celtic expression: DRU-MI-TOR which means "water from the mountain". It is located in the north of Montenegro and includes three towns - Zabljak, Pluzine and Savnik.
Besides the impressive mountains, there is great natural importance in Durmitor's eighteen lakes, known as "mountain eyes" - Crno (Black Lake), Zminje, Trnovacko, Susicko, and also Big and Small Skrcko lakes. The biggest, most popular and the most beautiful is the Black lake, placed in the middle of a coniferous forest in the foothills of Medjed, close to Zabljak. A natural phenomena which is an unusual characteristic of this lake is the underground bifurcation, which means that the water from the lake flows in two different ways, through the underground passages, into two different rivers, Tara and Piva.
During the summer time, when the water in the lake warms up, visitors come for bathing and rowing in the lake, while in the winter time it is frozen and the main attraction is for walking and sliding across it. This lake is within walking distance from Zabljak, particularly the Hotel Soa.
Zabljak is the seat of the municipality and with an altitude of 1,456m is the highest town in the Balkans. The town is a very attractive destination and is popular all year round. It is surrounded by the biggest mountain peaks, Bobotov and Savin kuk, and by Medjed, in whose shadow is the famous Black lake. Also, one of the greatest attractions in this area is the Canyon of the Tara River, less than twenty kilometres away to the east. In 1991 the Zabljak area was proclaimed an ecological zone.
Zabljak also has imposing ski slopes, chair lifts, and many hotels of various categories with a wide range of services, a great number of restaurants and other accommodation. The majority of buildings are designed as "mountain cottages" with steep roofs perfectly fitting into the whole mountain environment; sitting at a crackling fireplace, in the unique ethnic ambiance, you will feel the true magic of mountain life. Durmitor National Park was declared on the register of UNESCO World Heritage in 1980. At higher altitudes such as in the Kalica area, there is a "thick snowdrift" where one can ski in summer. Fresh air and a large number of sunny days make for ideal conditions for excursions and walks in the natural environment.
The Tara river canyon is at the foot of the mountain massif of Durmitor and greatly contributes to the natural and ecological value of the region; it is known as the "Tear of Europe". The river with its emerald green color, unpredictable nature, inaccessible shores and various underground obstacles represents one of the greatest challenges for adventurers, fishermen, lovers of rafting and canoeing. If you take into account its canyon depths up to 1300m, and its length of 68km, Tara ranks first in Europe and second in the world, following the canyon of the Colorado River in the United States. Ask us about rafting and the incredible zip wire experience at Tara Most (Tara Bridge).
Culinary specialities in the Zabljak are very rich and diverse; recommended are the famous and widely recognizable Prosciutto and cheese, kastradina (dried mutton), bread, pies, lamb on a spit, lamb boiled in goats milk and grilled trout.
Where to stay
The Polar Star is a high category hotel in Borje, 4 km from Zabljak, on the way to the Tara canyon. The hotel is designed in a traditional mountain style and surrounded by unspoilt nature, meadows and ...
"Fantastic holiday, booked at short notice. All plans worked well. Local people exceptionally helpful. Thank you for your help. For feedback - Hotel Kula Damjanova was a little disappointing as they had a big function on in the evening with extremely loud music and we had to eat outside which was cold and rainy and the food & service was rather disappointing. We could hear the guests in the next bedroom very clearly and the water supply was sporadic. However we are easy going so it was not a particular issue for us (wheres it could have been for some) and we enjoyed an interesting place with a lovely position on the lake."
E Nelson, August 2016
"We had a fabulous time. The organisation went like clockwork. The airport pick up and drop off were excellent, the hotels were exactly as you had described. Amathus Travel were very helpful when our hire car was delayed (only stuck in traffic so no issue) and also they spoke to us a couple of days before to change our airport pick up time for our return home, as the traffic had been so bad recently in Kortor Bay, we were very pleased with their thoughtfulness. We loved Montenegro. What a stunning country! We all loved the Durmitor National Park the best. Amazing scenery and great hospitality. I would recommend the itinerary that you put together for us as a great balance of seeing the country and relaxing. It was all spot on and we much appreciate all your efforts including the driving and sightseeing advice, we made a very memorable detour to Lake Skadar on the first drive into the mountains. It has been a very special holiday. Your services made it stress free and fabulous, many thanks again, and we hope to holiday will you again in the future."
M Griffiths, Sept 2016