Durmitor National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site

Durmitor National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site

The most amazing national park is located at wide mountain region in North West of Montenegro, limited by Rivers Piva and Tara between which there are 23 mountains tops over 2300 meters of altitude. Park is 39000  large and includes 82 kilometers of the canyon of the Tara with an altitude of 1600 meters above the level of the River. The office of the park is in Zabljak.

This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbor a wide range of endemic flora. The park is home to 163 different bird species and a wide range of newts, frogs, and lizards. Larger fauna includes wolves, wild boars, brown bears, chamois, and eagles.

There are 18 gorgeous glacial lakes called “mountain eyes” in the area of Durmitor National Park. The largest and most visited is Crno Jezero (Black Lake), a short walk or drive west of Žabljak. The lake is dominated by the rocky peaks of Durmitor on one side and deep forest on the other; an easy path along the shore allows you to appreciate it from all angles. The lakeside restaurant is a good place to replenish your energies after a long day in the hills, or just to while away an afternoon. Although it’s a popular spot by Durmitor standards, it’s still a peaceful place – get there early in the morning to have it all to yourself. Despite the name, the waters take on a variety of colors throughout the day. The lakes sometimes split into two when water levels are at their lowest. A little deeper in the forest, Zminje Jezero (Snake Lake) is smaller, stiller, and darker than Crno Jezero, and a popular picnic spot.

Another of the park’s unique features is the Ice Cave which contains many stalactites and stalagmites. This cave can be accessed year-round.

Take a jeep safari to be sure to cover as much ground as possible and in summer it’s a popular place for hiking, rafting, and other active pursuits.

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