Lovćen National Park

Just over an hour’s drive from the city of Kotor is the Lovćen National Park, which is centered around Mt Lovćen. The black mountain that gave Crna Gora (Montenegro) its name is more than just a tall peak. It truly is a part of the nation’s culture and identity, and it can be compared to Mount Olympus in Greece in terms of historical significance.

The majority of Lovćen National Park is wooded, with lush greenery that only looks better after a brief rain. There is an incredible array of wildlife here, which includes countless reptiles, brown bears, wolves and nearly 300 different species of birds and butterflies. Bring your binoculars, because there is a good chance you could spot an imperial eagle or a peregrine falcon on their migration route to Lake Skadar.

Lovcen National Park

On the top of the mountain lies the stunning mausoleum where of Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš is buried. The dramatic building is reached by a hike up 461 steps on foot from the parking lot. Inside the mausoleum is a large granite statue of Njegoš and a darkened room that contains his tomb. You can see more than half of Montenegro from the summit, from the Bay of Kotor to Lake Skadar to Podgorica. On a clear day, even Albania and Croatia are visible.

For those who appreciate outdoor recreation, Lovćen National Park is a dream come true. You will find miles of trails that are unpaved but well marked, making it suitable for a casual hike or a serious mountain biking expedition. Bikes can be rented on a daily or hourly basis in the park, and in the winter snow means that skiing is also a possibility. Overnight camping is permitted, but many visitors find that a single day on the trails is ample time to explore the scenery, flora and fauna of the park.

Lovcen Mountain

You should aim to start or end your day at Lovćen National Park in the area of Ivanova Korita. This is the central hub of the park, and it is where you will find the park’s visitor center. This is a fantastic spot to pick up a map and a guidebook in English, and its also the best spot to learn more about camping or accommodation options in the area. If you didn’t pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park, Ivanova Korita even offers up a handful of casual eateries serving up local and international favorites.