We are excited to share with you six unique experiences perfect for your next visit to Montenegro:

 





Observe wildlife on Tara

Nothing brings joy like snuggling up in some cozy cabin surrounded by the serenity of untouched nature. The 1820 m2 of Tara River Basin Reserve is one of those ideal places. This place is one of the favorite destinations guests gladly visit while in Montenegro. Tara river basin has been part of the UNESCO program, Man and the Biosphere, since 1977., and this is an important additional reason to visit this unbelievable part of Montenegro. 
Eco camp Kljajevica Luka is one of those welcoming places seen on postcards in the most beautiful and iconic part of Djurdjevica, Tara. This place with an incredible view over Djurdjevica Tara bridge is perfect for a vacation retreat. The 2.5 acres of grassland consists of sports terrains, wooden cottages, summer houses, a camping area, and a car camp. In addition to relaxing surrounded by the beauty and sounds of nature, the camp has some great spots for hikers and scouts.





This place offers its visitors active and healthy holiday options or layback vacations with an abundance of homemade goodies for the ultimate enjoyment. Fantastic landscapes, tame valleys and wild forests, rapids overlooking black pines, and mesmerizing blue water will take a breath away from even the most experienced world travelers.  
Basin Tara is ideal for the life of chamois because it allows them to move seasonally (during winter months on Durmitor peaks, also in warm summer periods over the canyon parishes). Except for chamois, inhabitants of the Tara forests and meadows are also deers and wild boars. Tara river is also a great place to observe the animal world. The brook trout can be found in the river basin, a fish species that live only in clean water. There are many other species, including grayling and chub. 
Otters can also be spotted on the Tara river. These are entertaining animals to watch because they enjoy playing. The otter species documented on Tara have flexible and very mobile bodies. These animals are gifted divers and can stay long under the water, and have sharp and strong teeth that serve them for catching the prey. Tara's otter species grow between 57 and 95cm, and without the tail length, they grow from 35 to 45 cm long. The otters could be noticed playing in the snow and rolling down the frozen hills during the wintertime. Different sounds of the otters echo from a distance of 2km. This species is widespread across Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia.  





 

Ulcinj Saltworks and flamingos

Ulcinj Saltworks is one of the most extensive salt works in the Mediterranean and one of the few places in Europe where wild flamingos live. It is considered the most valuable bird habitat on the east coast of the Adriatic, suitable for nesting and wintering. It is also a resting place during bird migration to Africa and vice versa. In 2012., Ulcinj Saltworks was declared a wetland of international importance and included in the Ramsar World List of Wetlands.
The unusual combination of the industrial zone and unique bird habitat makes the experience special. Ulcinj Saltworks is 15 km2 long, and admission to this National park is free. The entrance ticket includes a bike because walking the park would take approximately 3-4 hours. Solana is the habitat for over 250 different bird species, located in a natural lagoon of the Ada Bojana delta.
At this location for more than 80 years, salt has been extracted and processed from the Adriatic Sea. Production lasted from 1935. until 2013. but it stopped due to bankruptcy. If you would love to witness fascinating species of flamingos, you must get to the very end of the saltworks, a.k.a Solana. After approximately 5 km of cycling, you will find a bird observatory where flamingos are stationed. 





Flamingos are rare birds recognizable mainly for the white and pink but also red or black feathers while their nose is black, except for the top. Younger flamingos are gray-brown, but they get their pink color after the second year of life. The pink legs are not covered with feathers, and standing on one is to control the contact with water and prevent the loss of body temperature. Flamingo's length is 160-180 cm, and they have a wingspan of 270-320 cm. These birds usually move and feed in large groups for protection from predators. They nourish with tiny organisms and planktons from the shoreline bottom of lakes or lagoons. Their favorite food is small crabs, where the famous feather pink pigment comes from. The flamingo's feeding process is called filtering. The birds catch the water with their beak and slowly filter it by keeping the food but eliminating the water, and that is how they retain the food from the bottom. 
Seeing these graceful and rare birds is an incredible experience, and the photos don't do it justice. You will be positively surprised by the protected nature and birdlife of this beautiful place, and encountering flamingos up close in their natural habitat makes it a lovely adventure.





 

Spend the time with the researchers of bats

If you are interested or at least partly curious to see bats, this may be your chance. There are over 29 different species of bats or four families of the species in Montenegro. As the most valuable regulator of the insects, the bats existed for over 50 million years and in almost unchangeable flying form. Amazing right?





As one of the best natural indicators of the environmental richness of Montenegro, bats can be found in all altitudes from zero to 1900 m above sea level. The bats have been registered in Montenegro and all over the Balkans in 200 locations. Research is mainly conducted on the coastal part of the country and Skadarsko lake because those locations are the most accessible for the researchers. Skadar lake is the crucial habitat in Montenegro for bats. During the winter inspection of the shelter in 2015. The scientists found the largest known winter colony of bats in the southwest Balkans.  





 

Ice cave in Durmitor

Did you know that there is a place in Montenegro where the winter is eternal? On the elevation of 2156 m above the sea level, on one of many Durmitor peaks, Obla Glava, there is a miracle of nature - an Ice cave. Here, the ice stalactites and stalagmites mesmerize and capture the attention of daring visitors. The ice cave covered with eternal snow, measuring from the entrance, is 40m long and reaches the ice-bound cave bottom. Several ice poles of different dimensions and shapes embellish the bottom of the cave.





This scene is the most unbelievable dance of nature, from smaller ones to a couple of meters high ice sculptures. This natural phenomenon is accessible only by the walking technique of burying the feet to get through or with the help of a rope. During the hot summer months, this cave is often a place for mountaineers to relax and refresh.
In the hall, 40 m long and 20 m wide, pure ice water that drops from the arches forms the magical iced figures of human height. The ice cave is the station where visitors can replenish water supplies while exploring the hidden beauties of one of Montenegro's most fascinating mountains.  





 

Cetina meanders

The Pljevlja-Vrulja road in Mataruge village, 20 km from Pljevlja, reflects all the divinity of nature of the Cehotina meanders. River Cetina is the mountain river that springs in Donji Kolasin, near the border with Serbia and Montenegro. It is 125 km long and passes through Montenegro, then Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it merges with the Drina river. Otlovic lake is not accessible to visitors because it is a canyon area. The terrain is rugged with narrow, rocky sides and steep cliffs. Boats, kayaks, and tourist boats can pass through from a few points on the lake.





The beauty of this place is stunning. Its landscape panorama view, cut with the river Cetina, is perfect for photoshoots and available from the vista point 20 km away from the town, on the way to Pljevlja-Vrulja, in Mataruge village. From the time that viewpoint meanders of Cehotina has been valorized the more people visit this area each year. 
From the Cehotina meanders' sight, the view stretches far and wide in the river's winding bends that build the relief through the hills. The spectacular view completes the century-old pine that defies the time.  





 

Awake the inner child and stay in a fairytale-like palace

If you have decided to stay in some fairytale-like place, consider the Iberostar hotel, the palace from the XVIII century in Perast. Once this place was a home of the family Smekja, today it is completely renovated and offers a unique holiday experience. The palace turned hotel is located on the promenade in Perast, with spectacular sea views, the nearby islands, and the hills surrounding the bay. This monumental building is a two-minute walking distance from the city museum. Perast was part of the Venetian republic from the XV to the XVIII century.





The glory of the Venetian influence is noticeable in the city's architecture and the architecture of surrounding sea villages. The town of Perast is, for this particular reason, under UNESCO protection. 
To enjoy a complete experience, wake up early to have the palace all to yourself, have a morning coffee on a terrace with the breathtaking views over the horizon, or take a swim in an indoor pool before other guests wake up.  
Staying at the Iberostar hotel even for one night is definitely worth it because it will be an extraordinary experience.

 


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