Exploring Montenegro’s unsung North

Montenegro’s north beckons with countless highland adventures. Its great outdoors – encompassing Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and Prokletije national parks – are a dream destination for everything from hiking and mountain biking to canyoning and rafting. But for those who prefer kicking back, this rugged region is also well worth exploring for its cultural and historical heritage, festive spirit, delicious natural produce and rural hospitality.

Cultural Route

The heart of Montenegro’s northern mountains – the region of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije – gets far fewer visitors than the rest of the country. An official cultural route (northernexposure.me), however, conveniently links its major towns, providing a rewarding insight into the rich heritage of places rarely featured on tourist brochures.

Church bells by the medieval Morača Monastery

Church bells by the medieval Morača Monastery © DVrcan / Getty Images

Days of Blueberries in Plav region

Days of Blueberries in Plav region © courtesy of Edin Jadadic / Tourism Organisation of Plav

Dubirog Perović restaurant overlooking its trout pond

Dubirog Perović restaurant overlooking its trout pond © Brana Vladisavljevic / Lonely Planet

The century-old Kljajić household in Lubnice

The century-old Kljajić household in Lubnice © Brana Vladisavljevic / Lonely Planet

The kayaking leg of Mojkovac’s Northern Challenge adventure race

The kayaking leg of Mojkovac’s Northern Challenge adventure race © courtesy of Tourism Organisation of Mojkovac

The wooden porch and minaret of Vizier’s Mosque in Gusinje

The wooden porch and minaret of Vizier’s Mosque in Gusinje © RnDmS / Shutterstock

Ukšanović vineyard and tasting cellar near Lake Skadar

Ukšanović vineyard and tasting cellar near Lake Skadar © Brana Vladisavljevic / Lonely Planet

Woollen handicrafts at Niti store in Bijelo Polje

Woollen handicrafts at Niti store in Bijelo Polje © Brana Vladisavljevic / Lonely Planet

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