From Skadar Lake to Kotor: Walking in Montenegro

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 14 Dec, 2012
One of Montenegro’s main draws is the chance to head outdoors and explore the country’s canyons, mountains, coastlines and picture-postcard lakes. Travel just a short distance from Luštica Bay and you have the opportunity to delve into and discover the wild beauty of the region, visiting some of the nearby highlights for walkers and hikers.

The Bay of Kotor

Located just a brief drive from Luštica Bay is one of the most recognisable landscapes in Montenegro – the Bay of Kotor. As the deepest fjord in Southern Europe, the bay is sheltered by steep limestone mountains, creating one of the country’s most dramatic landscapes and providing the ideal place to pull on those hiking boots. The spectacular coastal mountains surrounding the Bay of Kotor offer hikers the chance to enjoy the coastline, the peace and quiet of the countryside and choose from a selection of hiking trails, on which you can experience authentic Montenegro.

The   UNESCO   World Heritage Site of   Kotor   nestles at the head of the bay and also offers an expansive area perfect for exploring. Take a stroll around the old town’s maze of narrow, cobbled lanes and climb the city walls to get a view of the bay from high above.

The Skadar Lake National Park

The   Skadar Lake   is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, stretching between Montenegro and neighbouring Albania. Walkers can explore its surrounding mountains and you can also get a glimpse of some of Montenegro’s colourful wildlife as the area is home to over 200 different species of birds. This vast freshwater lake and its surrounding wetlands create the ideal setting for a peaceful hike around this famous National Park, with the added highlights of traditional villages and secluded pristine beaches also worth a visit.

Lovćen  National Park     

Just a short journey from Kotor is Montenegro’s third largest National Park.  Lovćen National Park  is located in the region of Dinara Alps, between the Lake Skadar basin, the Bay of Kotor and Budva. The rocky, steep limestone Lovćen Mountain rises to a height of 1749 metres, and walkers can be sure to see some fantastic views by walking up to the National Park’s highest climbable peak, Jezerski Peak (1675 metres). There’s also the opportunity to visit some interesting historical and traditional architectural sights such as the village of Njeguši, which is reached by heading uphill from Kotor on the Lovćen’s serpentine road.

Walking at   Luštica   Bay

For something a little closer to home, Luštica Bay will soon have its very own ‘Lungomare’, a four kilometre-long coastal boardwalk that will provide the ideal place for a brisk morning jog, a leisurely afternoon stroll or even a family bike ride in the evening. Designed with the bay’s spectacular views in mind, the boardwalk’s perfectly placed seating areas offer the ideal opportunity to take in the incredible panoramic views. The Lungomare will also provide easy access to the sea via swimming platforms, as well as connecting the development’s hotels and residential neighbourhoods.

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