Gusinje (Prokletije) - Montenegro

Gusinje is an old settlement. It was mentioned first in the XIV century, existed as a village through time because of its proximity to Kotor and Skadar, and being on the trading caravan road leading to Pec and further north.

Published: Thursday 03rd of January 2013 Updated: Sunday 04th of July 2021

Gusinje is an old settlement. It was mentioned first in the XIV century, existed as a village through time because of its proximity to Kotor and Skadar, and being on the trading caravan road leading to Pec and further north.

Today, Gusinje has an oriental look, although, over time, settlers built properties of different styles in this region. Many of the wooden houses have not only attractive exteriors but unique interiors as well. Interestingly, there are more people from Gusinje in the US than in Montenegro. Therefore it is very lively in the summer months when everyone comes back to visit their hometown, and the festivities begin.
Even the construction of villas resembles the architecture of the places they settled.



Gusinje has two mosques, one very old and a new one. The older one, Vezirs mosque, was founded in 1743. The locals built the church of St. Djordje in 1926.

The tourists' most favorite stop is a fairytale-looking Alipasas Springs. These waterfalls are ecological hotspots with outstanding biodiversity and a high concentration of biological values.



Also among favorite visitor spots are many great restaurants with guaranteed organic food and good quality wines. Places around the little river Vrnje surely should not be missed.

Engorged over Gusinje is the high mountain range of Prokletije.
Prokletije is the gigantic mountain massif on the border between Montenegro and Albany, full of deep valleys, steep slopes, rare plant and animal species, centuries-old pine trees, and eternal snow coverage. We could easily say that the Prokletije range is mountain endemic without any competition in its surroundings.




The jagged heights are so quiet at over 2500 meters above sea level.
Climbing them is as attractive to mountaineers as climbing the particular peaks of the Alps. Fast little rivers, like Trokuska, reticulate this mountain range. There are many glacial circuses, mountain creeks, and other unique earth-form features on Prokletije mountain. Untouched nature lovers equipped with off-roading, modern gadgets, and GPS navigations for position detection enjoy exploring this area like no other. Prokletije is definitely one of the unexplored areas in Europe, even today!



Prokletije's mountain flora and fauna are rich in their diversity. Deciduous and coniferous woods, often the rainforest types, grow from 500m to 1800m above sea level. At 1800m, the zone of alpine pastures starts, and it is full of unexpected plants, medicinal wild-flowers, and other unique plant species. Chamois, deer, wild boar, black grouse, rockfish, and exceptionally unique lynx or bobcat (the largest wildcat in Europe) live in these mountain ranges! Rivers rushing down the vertical slopes carry trout and barbel. That is how both young and pike fish reach Plavsko Lake.