Rivers, lakes, waterfalls, islands

Ada Bojana
Ulcinj
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As a legend has it, in 1858 the ship "Merito" , owned by Antun Alegrete from Trogir, under the control of the captain Naporeli sank at the mouth of Bojana river and the sea. This moment was decisive for Ada.In the 19th century, there were two small islands in this place. After the shipwreck, two nearby islands massed river sediments, thus in 1882 Ada island began to form. The archive of Shkoder has an evidence that in the second half of the 19th century (1858/59) Drim changed the course of flow and since then only one river channel has been flowing into Bojana. Ada Island is of triangular shape, two sides of which are washed by the river, and one by the sea. The territory of island is 600 hectares, and the length of the beach is 3800 meters. Ada is one of the most famous tourist gems of Montenegro.Ada has a special place for nudists with a special atmosphere, cleverly hidden from prying eyes by Bojana river and the sea.The best recommendation for the tourists who want to come to Ada, "If you've ever wanted to spend an unforgettable holiday in the costumes of Adam and Eve, Ada Bojana is definitely the right choice."It is said that Ada Bojana helps to get rid of negative thoughts. On the territory of Ada is unusually...
Black Lake
Zabljak
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Black Lake is located on the territory of the Durmitor National Park, at an altitude of 1442 m above sea level, 2.5 km to the southwest from the center of Zabljak at the foot of Medjed Mountain. Black Lake consists of two lakes - Small (Malo Crno jezero) and Big (Veliko Crno jezero) connected by a narrow isthmus (60 m) and it is of glacial origin. Moreover, Big lake with at most 855 m length has a maximum depth of 26 m and a Small one with a length of only 600 m has a depth of about 50 m. Thus, the more amount of water is stored actually in Small black lake. One religious legend associated with the lake. According to legend, Saint Sava, traveling to these places, was unjustly convicted of theft and the whole village chased him. As a punishment for pursuers, holy righteous sent the water to the village: a Small lake flooded the village itself and a Big one - the nearby meadows.

Bukumirsko lake
Podgorica
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Bukumirsko Lake is one of the legendary lakes in Montenegro. It is surrounded by the mountains and located 1443m above sea level. There are some legends about this lake. One of the legends goes about fabulous dragons living there and protecting the lake from ancient people. One says in Montenegro "Water brings happiness". This legend is closely connected with the lake. Long ago, a traveler passing by, stopped to look for a spring to quench his thirst. But he had never found water. And then, he exclaimed: "If the God could provide me possibility to drink some water, I would gain strength and make my way". At that moment water started flowing out of rocks and filled the whole valley. It is not very big, but quite deep 17m, the depth is 210m and the width is 130m. The water is transparent and you may see water-lily on the surface. Here you can swim, fix a camp on the shore next to reed thicket and enjoy the mountains, bright starts above and listen to the stories about the lake all night. Tritorus montenegrinus is a unique endemic lizard triton living near the lake. It is believed that it is a descendant of the fabulous dragons lived in this lake. Formerly the lake was inhabited by Bukumirsko tribes, non Slavic nation...
Capetanovo lake
Kolashin
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Big size and the beauty of surrounding landscape stand Capetanovo Lake apart the rest of the lakes in Montenegro. That is why this place is very popular for all types of tourism. It is a glacial lake located in the mountains, 1678 above sea level. It is 480m long and 330m wide, maximum depth is 37m. Water has bright blue color and reflects stone rocks and mountain peaks. More and more tourists come here every year. The lake is rich with fish and attracts fisher men and people enjoying picnics. Capitanovo Lake is also a starting point for tourists going to visit distant part of glacial massive Kapi Moračkoj. You can get to the lake in two ways, by an asphalt road from Niksic, be ready the last part of the road is gravel and by road from Kolashin, it is difficult and available just for off-road vehicle.  

Crnojevica River
Cetinje
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 Crnojevica River is located in the municipality of Cetinje, and flows into the famous Skadar Lake. In summer, the river dries up a bit, and become green because of water lilies, and in winter the water rises a couple of meters, and has an amazing emerald color. On the river, there is a small town with a population of about 300 residents. Once upon a time in this peaceful place life pulsed there - because in ancient times the town was the capital of the Montenegrin state Zetas (1465-1490), and was the residence of ruling at the time John Crnojevic, the crossroad of major trade routes. Until the end of the XIX century, settlement had been developed actively – inns and pubs were built, manufacturing worked. The decline of the town, oddly enough, was related to independence in the late XIX century.  Now the town has become a fishing village with such attractions as: beautiful old bridges, one pedestrian - Danilov bridge, and the other – automobile; beautiful renovated waterfront; house of St. Peter from Cetinje - the oldest building in the town; Monastery of St. Nicholas - the rim, where the first Montenegrin book "Oktoikh" was printed  Zhmrlevitsa Cave with underground lake and interesting ornaments.   Also...
Grahovsko lake
Niksic
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Grahovsko lake is located in the south-western part of Niksic town-council near Grahovo town. An artificial lake created for agricultural needs, as well as for sports, leisure and fishing. This small lake is practically unknown to the tourists. It can boast with almost ideal natural conditions, such as water, sun and lush vegetation

Hrid Lake
Plav
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We have already had "loving" lake, now we can proceed with "happy" one. Yes, this is exactly the name all people who saw it use. Lake is located in Plav town-council, in the north part of Prokletije national park, between Veliki and Mali Hrid mountains. According to the legend, if you throw a coin or any jewelry and make a wish, it will come true... Many visitors and local people believe this. Swimming in the lake, you will literally swim in gold and different jewelry. Indeed, may be dreams are real? You should test it by throwing any knick-knack, especially if you are going to get married. Lake brings luck, happiness and health to the marriage! There is another legend about mermaids and an exceptional beauty of local landscapes. It is said that lake was created by the Gods, in order mermaids could swim away from human eyes... Now some words about this lake. It is located 1970m above sea level, it length is 300m, the width is 160m and the depth depends on season, but in general it is 5-6m. In summer it becomes smaller, but the rest of the time is increases, especially when it rains and snow melts. Unusually, but there is no fish in Hrid lake. But there are a lot of living creatures: deer, mountain goat, bear, boar, fox,...
Island Gospa od Milosrda
Tivat
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In Montenegro, near Tivat there is so-called "holy Archipelago", consisting of 3 objects: Peninsula Miholska Prevlaka (Peninsula of Flowers), Island of St. Mark and the island of Gospa od Milo (Our Lady of Mercy). All three islands are covered with numerous legends, and they were a cult place of pilgrimage once:  The Sveti Marko Island is known for its amazing beaches (the total duration of which is about 4 km), where the beach season lasts for six months. Miholska Prevlaka Peninsula or Island of Flowers ( "floral" Peninsula), as it is connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus - a strip of land, hiding under water during high tide. Why "floral"? Because it is the birthplace of all kinds of trees, flowers and plants growing on it in the old days. In addition, it was decorated with gorgeous olive grove, almost completely destroyed by refugees from Bosnia, like most flowering gardens. However, many flowering "umbrellas" (rich flora still please the eye of vacationist today) very well cope with protection from the burning sun for tourists eager to visit the beautiful island beach. The smallest island of archipelago is the island Gospa od Milo (which means "Our Lady of Mercy") stands in the middle of Tivat Bay and is...

Island Gospa od Škrpela (Our Lady of the Rocks)
Kotor
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In Boka-Kotor bay, near a cultural sightseeing Perast town, there is the only of its kind of the Eastern Adriatica artificial island Gospa od Škrpjela with the Church of XVIII century erected on a small reef. The name of the island translated from Serbian as "Our Lady of the Rocks" and reflects its history. In 1452 two brothers, who were local seamen from Perast found an icon of the Holy Mother on the reef. Presumably the icon appeared there after shipwreck, but after the icon created a miracle it became insignificant. After the icon was found, one of the brothers recovered from illness he had been suffering for a long time. Since local people have known about miracle healing, they started respect and worship the icon. Plateau with area 3030 m2 and the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks 11m high had been constructed for more than 200 years. It started with sinking old and seized ships, then pirate ones. Than the law was taken, according to which every ship passing by should drop a stone to the bottom. Since then annual festival is held, during which all men should reach the island on brightly decorated boats and deliver stones there. This festival is called "Fašinada" and it has practical, rather than entertainment,...
Island of Flowers
Tivat
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Peninsula Prevlaka Miholska or Island of Flowers ("floral" island). Miholska Prevlaka peninsula ("Prevlaka" in Montenegrin means isthmus) can be easily included into the list of sights of interest of Montenegro. Island of Flowers (Prevlaka) is located in the Bay of Tivat near Tivat Airport. Dimensions of the island is small - about 300 m long and 200 m wide. There is about 2 km from Tivat to the island, and you can get there by boat from the town pier or on the road by bus, car or taxi. Officially, it is referred to as an island, but still is correct to call it a peninsula, since it is connected to the mainland by a small isthmus. Only during high tide this strip of land is slightly flooded and, accordingly, Miholska Prevlaka becomes similar to the island. In addition, as you may have noticed, this island has two completely different names and each of them has its own interesting history of creation.1. The name "Miholska Prevlaka" was given to the island in honor of the ancient monastery of St. Archangel Michael, which was built in the VI century. At the moment, of the monastery complex, formerly occupied the whole island, only building with monastic cells and the small church are restored. Only three monks live in the...

Island Old Ulcinj
Ulcinj
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Island Old Ulcinj is located in the northwest part of Ulcinj Riviera near small town Vidikovac. The area of this small island is only 1.7 hectares. Being sited 150 meters from the shore, it is not habitable, has a rocky origin. However, it is fairly well known among tourists, because for a long time it was thought that island was nothing more than remnants of ancient Ulcinj - Venice town Dulсigno sunk after an earthquake. Modern archaeological studies allow us to say that it was a Venetian tower-guard outpost. Specially built on the outskirts of Ulcinj to warn people of impending danger in advance. This explains the similarity of architectural techniques with Venetian buildings of Dulcigno era. To get to the island one can only by boat.
Island-hotel Saint Stephen
Sveti Stefan
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St. Stephen Island (Sveti Stefan) is an island-hotel and a deluxe resort (of the highest category), located a few kilometers from the tourist center of Montenegro - the city of Budva. The island is connected with the shore by a narrow sandy isthmus and is a "visiting card of Montenegro". Panoramic view, opening from the observation deck near the restaurant - hotel Adrovic on the island of Sveti Stefan, the boundless Adriatic Sea and the coast of Montenegro is one of the most iconic and famous in the world and widely spread on tourist postcards in Montenegro.  History of the island The legend of the island of St. Stephen says that local residents, pashtrovichi, returning home after a joint victory with the Kotor citizens over the Turks, besieged Kotor, saw Ottoman ships near the Jaz beach close to the Old Town of Budva. Having destroyed them, the pashtrovichi took possession of a considerable quantity of trophies and decided to build a fortress on these funds, which was done in 1442. The name was given to it by the name of the church dedicated to Stephen Protomartyr, built on the island first. Later, especially during the days of the Venetian Republic, Sveti Stefan was an important trade center and transport hub, that...

Jablan Lake
Zabljak
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Jablan Lake (translated as Poplar lake) or Small lake according to the locals. It is located 1791m above sea level near Mala Crna Gora village in Zhabljak town-council, at the foot of Stuoc mountain of the National Park Durmitor. Despite the lake is bigger than other lakes and indeed its depth is 8,5m, many people call it Small lake without obvious reasons. But "Poplar lake" has an explanation. One of the banks is covered with Poplar forest. The water of the lake has very beautiful saturated shadows. Thick big forests around fascinate and make your impression about lake brighter.
Katic and Holy Sunday Islands
Petrovac
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There are more than 14 offshore islands in Montenegro, and, in addition, small islands on Skadar Lake and in the Bay of Kotor. Each of these islands is beautiful and does not look like the others - and here are rocky islands and the islands with golden beaches, the island with dense vegetation and ancient fortresses.Katic and Holy Sunday Islands (Montenegrin - Svete Nedelje) are amazing, compact and rocky islands in the bay of Petrovac, which are located very close to each other. They are located near the tourist town of Petrovac, opposite the city beach - distance from the coastline is only one kilometer. Every tourist, visiting the town of Petrovac, has a great opportunity to enjoy the picturesque landscape, boundless expanse of the Adriatic Sea and given islands.Katic and Holy Sunday Islands in Petrovac are almost perpendicular to the coastline, and if you look at them from the city beach, then one island covers another one. But if you go to the edge of the town of Petrovac, to one of the distant beaches, the islands of Holy Sunday and Katic will appear before you in all their glory.How to get to the island? To reach the islands one can only by water. At the city beach, or on the pier you can rent a boat, a cutter, a...

Lake Barno
Zabljak
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In addition to the known classic mountain lakes, there are glacial lakes in Durmitor National Park. One of which is Barno lake at a height of 1489m above sea level, located next to Pitomine village, 1,5km to the north from the famous Black lake. It is worth of visiting despite of its small size and maximum depth, which is just 1m. It is surrounded by dense pine forest, there are wild goats feeding on its shores - isn't it an ideal village calming scenery? One more reason to visit the lake is the legend, which goes about lake's water has health properties and cures skin diseases.
Lake Biograd
Mojkovac
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Lake Biograd is the biggest glacial lake with transparent blue water, rich with fish, surrounded by dense forests and filled with fresh air.  It is located in the intermontane crater of Bjelasica Mountain, 6km from Majkovats, on the territory of of Biogradska Gora national park. It takes an area of 228,500 m² of the National park, its length is 870m, width is 260 and maximum depth is 12,1m. It is filled by Biograd river and Bendovats stream. Its outflow is Jezerstica. In Autumn, trout come in shallow water for spawning. Therefore those who love fishing will definitely love this place. Also you can see numerous wild animals and birds among local pine, fir, maple, oak, beech and ash. Here you can always find a place to stop overnight. There are many activities for your holiday: restaurants, boat renting, hiking routs with benches for your rest etc. For active leisure time you can practice kayaking. Artistic and romantic natures can just enjoy and inspire local beauty.

Lake Krupac
Niksic
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Despite that, there is no lake in Niksic, its citizens created their special "sea", which is Krupac Lake. It is very popular among tourists and locals. In summer, citizens of Niksic having all necessary infrastructure swim in the lake, sun bathe and entertain. Volleyball and baseball courts, cafe «SkiBar» and «Plaža» restaurant are concentrated here. You can rent wave runner, water ski or a boat and ride...
Lake Modro
Zabljak
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Modro Lake, which means "Blue lake" is located at a height of 1609 above sea level, in the South West part of Žabljak Municipality, at the foot of Durmitor's peak Sedlena Greda, in the midst of the mountains. If to take closer look to the lake, you will see why it is called blue. Through its transparent water with maximum depth 3,3m, one can see merely every stone and fish swimming by, that is quite well for fisher men. There is a lot of trout and wild ducks can be seen around the lake.

Lake Šassko
Ulcinj
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Lake Šas is located in Ulcinj, rock pool in the village of Šas eastern part of the city. The lake is the second largest one in Montenegro. Here are found a lot of birds – migratory as well as of permanent living. That’s why the tourist season is open round the year - hunters, birdwatchers and just birds lovers from around the world come to the lake. Lake Šas is of glacial origin, its surface area is about 3.7 square kilometers, and in the summer is almost 5.5 square kilometers during the flood. The maximum depth of the lake is 8 m.the name of the lake comes from the ancient city of Swatch, the ruins of which are located along the northern coast. The lake can be proud of its rich flora and fauna. Lake Šas covered with reeds and lilies. The clear waters of the lake is also home for about 20 species of fish. However, the main wealth of the lake is the birds. On the lake there are about 240 species of feathered animals... Therefore, on the coast you can often find ornithologists and birdwatchers with binoculars and cameras. In addition, the lake is popular with Italian snipe hunters. Nature of the lake is an ideal holiday destination, where you can have a picnic, play football or other sports, ride a boat or a...
Lustica Peninsula
Tivat
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Luštica peninsular is located at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor opposite to Tivat Riviera in a close proximity to the airport of Tivat. Wonderful views open from this peninsular to Tivat and Herceg Novi Rivieras. There are many comfortable and beautiful beaches There is an unforgettable impression the peninsular provides in sunny weather. Green hills and pomegranate tree groves with narrow paths leading to the small settlements with few houses and turn off to the bay with clear water. There is an impression that civilization still cannot reach this peninsular, since this piece of land stays the least developed. Those who are tired of city rush and do not die for night entertainments, will find this place comfortable. You can check into a small hotel, private house directly on the shore or book apartments rather far off the sea with olive grove and beautiful green hills view. According to historical recordings dated VI century, this peninsular is one of the first settlements of the early Slavs. The locals claim that there is still a temple of the early Slavs above the hills. During XIV- XVII centuries, Luštica served as a shelter from pirates and smugglers.  Sightseeing in Lustica PeninsulaBlue cave (Plava Špilja)...

National Park Skadar Lake
Podgorica
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Skadar Lake or Shkodra lake (Skadarko jezero) is one of the national parks and the main sightseeing of Montenegro. It is the largest lake at Balkan Peninsula, divided between two countries Montenegro and Albania. It impresses with its size and beauty. The biggest part of the lake belongs to Montenegro, which consists 2/3 of the lake Skadar. Lake was declared a national park in 1983.Most authors agree that the Skadar Lake basin is of tectonic origin which had been formed due to the complex folding and faulting. According to different sources, the period of lake formation dated from the creation and till 65 million years ago. Previously, lake was a bay of the Adriatic sea and now it is divided by alluvial neck. Alimentation of lake is realized at the expanse of 6 rivers, the biggest among them are Morača and Crnojevića. It falls into Bojana river near the city of Shkodër in northern Albania. On an average, the total area of lake is 475 km2, in case of drought season it decreases 390 km2 and increases 523 km2 in winter season. Certainly, it is not the biggest lake in Europe, but it is included to 15 biggest European lakes, taking the 13th position. Sailing over the lake, one can see white water lily blossom in huge...
Niagara waterfall
Podgorica
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Niagara is one of the loudest waterfalls in Montenegro. Local people named it after American Niagara waterfall. In contrast to its famous namesake, Montenegrin "Niagara" is much smaller, but quite broad, beautiful and fast (especially when flood), located in an easily accessible place for any local person or tourist. In fact, this "reduction" of Niagara waterfall makes good on Montenegrin nature. The waterfall is located not far away from Podgorica, in a few kilometers from Cem river (Cijevna) flows into Morača river. Cem river originates in Prokletije, Albania, flows into Morača river and continues its way in Skadar lake. Cem is a small river, its depth does not exceed 10 meters. Though the decision was taken to build a dam, which created waterfall. The dam was built to the south of Podgorica and a small water storage reservoir was created. Overflowing the dam, water falls from 10 meters height. After a while, water has made its way through the rocks and created one main waterfall and some smaller side waterfalls. When Cem river starts flowing from both sides, waterfall provides the bright impression during snow melting or heavy rain. You can enjoy this view sitting on the bench or at the restaurant located near...

Peshica Lake
Berane
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It is one out of five lakes of Biogradska Gora National Park, located in Berane Municipality. The lake is surrounded by four mountain peaks hampering the access to the main sightseeing: Crna Glava, Zekova Glava, Borova Glava and Tsmileva Glava. The lake is located 1838 above sea level. It is quite big, the length is about 290m, the width is 150m and the depth is about 8m. Such height provides an amazing view to the clouds hanging in the air above the lake. A beautiful legend goes about a white flying horse, which had lived in the lake. It used to come out in the evening and floated above the lake all night. And now it is easy to believe, indeed, clouds and soft sound of the wind remind delicate wing beat... The magic of this place is also proved by Vilina (fantastic) cave hidden inside of Crna Glava mountain. It will be easier to get to the natural wonder by four-wheel drive machine or by hiking following special guides.
Piva Lake
Pluzine
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Lake Piva is a reservoir in Montenegro. It is located in the northwest part of the country, in Plužine Municipality. The surface of the lake is 12.5 km², the length is 45 km, and the maximum depth is 188 m. The elevation is 675 m from the sea level, making it the most elevated artificial reservoir in the world. The artificial lake is the result of the construction of Mratinje Dam on the Piva river. On the bottom of the lake there is the old town Plužine; Piva Monastery was also there, but it has been relocated. The new location of the monastery is 8 km from Plužine, and 3.5 km away from the original location of the monastery. The relocation has started in 1969 and finished in 1982.

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Montenegro is not a big country in size, but is very diverse and rich in the landscape - in addition to the Adriatic Sea and the majestic mountain ranges in the central part and the north of the country, there are a lot of pristine mountain rivers and lakes, with stunning panoramic views and majestic scenery.
 About 52% of Montenegrin rivers belongs to the basin of the Danube and the Black Sea, the remaining 48% - to the Adriatic Sea basin. The longest and most popular rivers of Montenegro: Tara (144 km.), Lim (123 km.), Cheotina (100 km.), Moraca (99 km.), Zeta (65 km.) And Bojana (30 km.).

In addition to the rivers on the territory of Montenegro, there are about 40 different lakes that are either in the national parks, or in the mountains area. Also on the territory of Montenegro, there are 29 small mountain lakes of glacial origin, the total floor area of which is 3.89 km².

In any case, we can say with confidence that the experiences and emotions of visiting these beautiful natural places of Montenegro will be enough for a long time ...)
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