National Park Lovcen

What Olympus for old Greeks, that is Lovcen for Montenegrins.

Welcome

Lovcen mountain is not only something one should admire. Lovcen is also a Montenegrin historical beacon. What Olympus used to be for old Greeks, that is Lovcen for Montenegrins. Historical and cultural reasons were crucial to proclaim Lovcen a Montenegro National Park in 1952.

Slopes of mt Lovcen rise in the southwest of Montenegro, as a hinterland of ancient coastal Old Town Kotor and as a strong shield over Boka bay. The national park Lovcen covers the central and the biggest part of the Lovcen range with the area of 6.220 hectares. Numerous and heterogeneous relief forms are especially characteristic for the middle part of the mountain with its highest peaks Stirovnik and Jezerski vrh. Its slopes are rocky with many crevices, pits, and deep depressions. Placed on the border between two completely different natural wholes, the sea, and mainland, Lovcen is under the influence of both climates. Lovcen’s serpentines present a unique architectural relic. The old road toward Kotor winds uphill to Njegusi, a picturesque mountainous village, where the houses of Petar II Petrovic Njegos and King Nikola are placed.

Some say that in clear mornings one can see Italy from mt Lovcen.

At its top, there is a mausoleum of the biggest Montenegrin ruler and poet, Petar II Petrovic Njegos.

Njegos’s last wish was to be berried in a little church on the peak called Jezerski vrh (Lake Crest or Top) on the Lovcen mountain. His will was not immediately executed because of the real danger that someone might desecrate the grave. In 1885, prince Danilo executed the testament and together with the most eminent Montenegrins, he moved his remains to the top.

Since this church was very significant for Montenegrins in their struggle for freedom, it was always attacked by Turks and Australians.

In 1916, it was completely destroyed by Austrians. At that time Njegos’s body was exhumed, and his remains were given to metropolitan in Cetinje. In 1925, a new church was built where Petar II Petrovic Njegos was berried for the second time. Then, the idea to build a monumental mausoleum occurred.

According to the wish of the King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the sculptor Ivan Mestrovic prepared the project. In 1951, at the 100th anniversary of the Njegos’s death, its realization started. Huge granite figures and blocks were lifted at an altitude of 1654m and the Mausoleum was opened in 1974.

Mentioning mt Lovcen awakes patriotic enthusiasm in every Montenegrin, that is why verses of the popular poem say: “Lovcen is our holy altar“.

The Montenegrins have religious relation toward this mountain and for the one who was berried at its top.

Churches

On a comparatively small area of Lovcen’s park, the greatest number of sacral monuments is mostly located on the territory of Njegusi and Ivanova korita. The church constructions were made from one foundation and built from the walls of trimmed stones with the belfry “on the distaff“. Their constructing works could date from the XV till the end of the XIX century:

The church of St Archangel Michael – Crkva Sv. Arhađela Mihaila

The church of St Archangel Michael in the village of Raicevici

The church of St Nichola’s – Crkva sv. Nikole

The church of St Nicholas in Dugi Do.

The church of Holy Sunday – Crkva Sv. Neđelje

The church of Holy Sunday in Erakovici

The church of St Sava – Crkva Sv. Save

The church of St Sava in Erakovici

The church of St George – Crkva Sv. Đorđa

The church of St George in Vrba.

The church of St Petka – Crkva Sv. Petke

The church of St Petka in Vrba

The church of St Nichola’s – Crkva Sv. Nikole

The church of St Nicholas in Kopito

The church of the Assumption of the Our Lady – Crkva Uspenja Presvete Bogorodice

The church of the Assumption of the Our lady in Raicevici.

Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration – Manastir Preobraženja

Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration church – Ivanova korita.

Top Sights You Must See

Our Lady Of The Rocks

Risan Mosaics

St Nichola's Church

Palace in Perast

Prehistorical Drawings in Lipci

St Tryphon’s Cathedral

Museum in Perast

Kotor Old Town

Where To Stay

Planning a trip to Perast but not sure where to stay?  The best neighborhoods, hotels, apartments, hostels, vacation rentals and places to stay for travelers visiting Perast, Montenegro.

Best Places To Eat And Drink

Restaurants And Taverns Near You in Perast

If you’re looking for a great meal in Perast in Montenegro you’ve come to the right place: avoid the tourist traps with our an insider’s guide to the best places to eat, including restaurants and taverns in Perast and places around. Perast has good restaurants, but also its share of bland and overpriced ones. We’ve tried to pick out the ones we feel are most worth visiting. 

Pizza's And Fast Food Near You in Perast

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Caffe And Bars Near You in Perast

Whether you’re looking for a few beers overlooking the city walls, or a few fancy cocktails, you’ll find your perfect drinking spot in Perast. Town is full of cosy cafes and restaurants offering local coffee and delicious local’s delicacies. Our’s local experts pick the best caffe, bars  and beach bars in Perast: the best watering holes and nightspots for cocktails, wine and beer. Take a break from all …

Fish, Vegetable And Meat Markets Near You

If we want to buy some fresh seafood , vegetable or meat to prepare the dinner, we have suggestions for you.The favorite place for locals to buy fresh meat, vegetables and more importantly – this morning’s fish! Local food markets also sell the most popular milk and meat delicacies, and Njegusi smoke ham (Njeguški pršut) is one …

Things To Do

Perast Boat Tour - Our Lady of the Rocks

Meet your skipper at the pier – Start your Perast boat tour ride towards the island of Our Lady of the Rocks – Visit church  Our Lady of the Rocks – Boat ride to Perast 

**Total tour time around 1 hours and 30 minutes

Perast Boat Tour - Our Lady of the Rocks - Blue Cave

Departure Perast – boat ride out of the Bay of Boka to the open sea  – Without stop slowly passing island Mamula – Visit Blue Cave and swimming – boat ride to submarine tunnel  –  visit islet and church Our Lady of the Rocks  – Boat ride to and visit Perast 

**Total tour time around  3 hours 

Kotor Old Town And Perast

Meeting in front of Old town of Kotor, walking tour with guide – Finishing walking tour – Perast – Boat tour to the island Our Lady of Rocks and visit to museum – Returning to Perast and visit Perast museum and free time in town – Coming back to Kotor

**Total tour time is 4 hours.

Highlights of Boka Bay

Kotor – visiting island Our Lady of the Rocks and city of Perast  visiting Roman mosaics in Risan – Crossing the bay with ferry – visiting modern part Porto Montenegro in Tivat  – Coming back to Kotor trough old road going across the hill Vrmac

**Total tour time is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Mini Montenegro

Departure from Kotor via roads offering stunning panoramic view- photo break – Arrival to Njegusi – Visiting the drier and village with complimentary tasting of famous Njegusi smoked ham and cheese, wine and brandy – Continuing to and visiting Cetinje and getting familiar with its history – Continuing to Budva – Visiting Old Town in Budva – Returning to Kotor

**Total tour time around 8 hours.

Ostrog Monastery

Transfer from Kotor to Ostrog Monastery – Passing by Perast, Risan, Lipci, Slano Lake, Niksic – Arrival to Ostrog Monastery – Free time to visit upper and lower Monastery – Departure to Kotor – Lunch break at a restaurant (of your choice) – Arrival to Kotor

**Total tour time around 6 hours.

Skadar Lake National Park - Virpazar

Departure from Kotor – Foto brake near St. Stefan – Arrival at the Virpazar Skadar Lake –  Boat ride on Lake Skadar (2 hours long boat tour with English speaking guide, with stop of 20 minutes for swimming. On the boat local homemade pastries with honey and cheese will be served) – Tour through the visitor center of National park – Visit to the local winery and vineyards – wine and brandy tasting – Departure for Kotor – Arrival in Kotor

**Total tour time around 8 hours.

Njegos Mausoleum Lovcen And Village Njegusi

Departing from Kotor with breaks for photo taking – Driving through the famous 25 serpentines the old road constructed in 1879 by Austro-Hungarians – Visiting National park Lovcen – Visiting Njegos mausoleum (461 steps to get there 🙂 ) – Visiting village Njegusi (FREE food and wine tasting of famous Njeguši smoked ham and cheese, wine and brandy) – Returning to Kotor with breaks for photo taking – Optional: ZIP LINE descent 

*Total tour time around 8 hours.

Old Town Kotor And Budva

Meeting in front of Old town of Kotor, walking tour with guide – Finishing walking tour, departure to Vidikovac viewpoint – Arrival at Vidikovac viewpoint, pause for photo taking – Departure to Budva – Arrival at Budva Old town, free time in town – Departure to Kotor – Arrival at Kotor

 **Total tour time around 4 hours

Montengro Coast Tour - Kotor - Budva - St. Stefan

Meeting and departure Kotor – Vidikovac viewpoint and pause for photo taking – driving to viepoint beach Jaz – photo pause – Departure to Budva – Arrival at Old Town in Budva – free time in Budva Old town – Departure to viewpoint St. Stefan – Arrival at viewpoint at St. Stefan – photo pause –    – Coming back to Kotor .

 **Total tour time around 4 hours

Mobile Sim Card And Internet

Telenor

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Telemach

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Bank And ATM

CKB

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Prva Banka

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Travel Info

Tourist Information Desk

The Kotor Tourist Information Office is located just outside the Fortress Walls near the Sea GateIn the tourist office of Kotor, travelers are offered free tourist maps of old town Kotor, brochures and promotional materials.

Tourist Information Office

 +382 32 325 950
 +382 32 325 951
 [email protected]

Office

 Stari grad 315, 85330 Kotor
 +382 32 325 947
 +382 32 322 886
 +382 32 322 886
 [email protected]

 

Residence Registration Office

 +382 32 520 013
 [email protected]

 

 Kotor Tourist Information Desk on Google Map

How To Getting There

Kotor by Buses

Buses are a convenient and economical way to get to Montenegro and to travel around.

Montenegro borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the North, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the East, and Albania to the South.  Eurolines buses travel from all over Europe though only go to Croatia or Serbia at present.  Check Eurolines for more information. If arriving at Dubrovnik airport you will first need to take a bus to the Main Station in Dubrovnik (Porto Gruz), 17 km away.  Travel time is about 30 minutes.  However, it is possible to flag down a yellow and green Globtour or an Atlas bus on the main road outside the airport (directly opposite the terminal building).  The bus leaves Dubrovnik at 1030 so should pass by at around 1100, you do run the risk that the bus may be full.

There are 2 daily buses from Dubrovnik Main station to Ulcinj, via Kotor, Budva, Bar, etc.  They depart from Gate No. 3 at 0700 and 1030.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays there is an additional evening service in 2030.  Fares can be paid to the driver who will accept either 100/120 Kuna or €15 for a single ticket.  There’s a 25% discount for children under 6 years.  In summer the buses can be full so booking in advance is advisable.  The bus stops at the border and in Kotor and continues onto Ulcinj via Budva and Bar.  Sit on the right side of the bus to best enjoy the beautiful views of Kotor Bay as the bus does not use the ferry at Kamenari, it takes about 2.5 hrs to get to Kotor.

The return trip bus from Kotor departs 0830 and 1500 with an additional service at 0710 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

There is also a bus at 0930 and 1530 every day from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi (€9 + €1 for every piece of luggage in the hold), and usually, stop if you wave them down on the main road outside the airport.  You will need a connecting bus at Herceg Novi to Kotor (€2 excluding luggage) and a bus every hour until about 2100.  For Herceg Novi – Dubrovnik routes see Visit-Montenegro.

Buses for the return journey from Kotor to Herceg Novi leave at 0550 and around every 50 minutes until 2120.  However, there are only 2 to 3 connecting buses per day from Herceg Novi to Dubrovnik so plan your journey in advance and allow for delays at the border.

Dubrovnik Main Bus station: + 385 (0)060 305070 or see their website Libertas Dubrovnik Dubrovnik bus station or Libertas Bus schedule
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Local buses are frequent during the summer season, safe and reliable with low fares; €1 to Perast and €3 to Budva. Buses can be flagged down anywhere along the Kotor Bay coastal road.  Buses leave Kotor for Ulcinj at 1040, 1210, 1330 and 1820 and take about 2 hrs, stopping at the main Coastal towns along the way.

There are also minibusses at bus stations that are usually even cheaper, faster and more comfortable and often have to air-condition.

The contact number for the bus station in Kotor is + 382 (0)82 325 809.

For contact numbers of all the bus stations in Montenegro and the Herceg Novi – Dubrovnik routes see Visit-Montenegro.

Kotor by Flights

  • Kotor is just a 20-minute drive away from Tivat airport (TIV), which has convenient direct flights from the UK.  The Tivat airport information telephone number +382 (0)82 671 337 or +382 (0)82 670 930.  See below for flight information.
  • Montenegro’s capital city Podgorica has an International airport (PGD) and is about a 90 min drive away.
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) across the border in Croatia can be cheaper and offers greater choice and by traveling via here you can include a visit into Dubrovnik Old town at the beginning or end of your holiday.  The journey to and from the Airport is usually a 90 min drive, though this does depend on possible delays at the Border crossing and/or the ferry crossing.  See Airport-Dubrovnik or call +385 2077 323 and +385 2077 3377
  • Flights from the UK
  • Flights take approximately 2 hrs 40 mins from London (Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick) to Tivat or Podgorica and about 2 hrs to Dubrovnik in Croatia. Montenegro Airlines and Jat operate scheduled flights to Podgorica and Dubrovnik and a number of other companies organize charter flights to all three airports during the tourist season. For last minute deals, try a Google search on ‘cheap flights Tivat’ or ‘cheap flights Dubrovnik’ or see German Wings.  Book well in advance to ensure a ticket during the summer high season.
  • Flights from the Netherlands
  • Jat Airways or Thomas Cook (from Brussels) offer the cheapest fares.  Aligned with Air France, Alitalia, and Lufthansa, Jat Airways does not enjoy the best reputation though it is IATA registered and has passed its 800 standards audits.  Jat flights can be rescheduled (in off-peak periods) and are fairly forgiving about overweight luggage.
  • Flights from Germany
  • From Frankfurt to Podgorica or Tivat with Montenegro Airlines. +382 (0)82 304 861/864/865.
    Seasonal charter flights from Hannover, Cologne or Düsseldorf to Tivat or Dubrovnik see TuiFly or Thomas Cook
    From Cologne to Belgrade (and take a train or flight from there – see below for details on the Belgrade to Bar rail service) with German Wings
    For other flights to Belgrade see Belgrade Airport. From Belgrade to Tivat and Podgorica there are 2 daily flights, more than 10 daily flights during the summer.
  • The following ‘screenscraper’ websites search hundreds of deals to find the cheapest flights: SkyscannerKayakTravelsupermarket
    Further screenscrapers to extend the search are Sidestep, Foundem (which is fast), Kelkoo, Momondo, Mobissimo, Nowfly and Openjet.

Kotor by Trains

Trains are cheaper than buses but a good deal slower, so book an express service where you can.

Trains link Belgrade (in neighboring Serbia) directly to Athens, Bucharest, Budapest, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Munich, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Vienna, and Zagreb.

The Belgrade – Bar train journey is 476 km long and a quarter of its length is made up of tunnels and bridges, in total 254 tunnels including ‘Sozina’ at 6.17km long, and 435 bridges including the best-known ‘Mala Rijeka viaduct’, at 498m long and 198m above ground level. The first part of the journey is fairly uninspiring but all that changes as the train climb into the isolated Zlatibor region, gentle hills giving way to dramatic landscapes of towering mountains and deep gorges.  Beyond Kolasin the scenery becomes even more spectacular and if you suffer from vertigo be sure not to look down as you cross one of the highest viaducts in the world at almost 200m above the Mala Rijeka River.  Then it’s onto Podgorica, along with the shores of Skadar Lake before pulling up at Bar.

The journey is scheduled to take 8 hrs through the line is aging and needs major reconstruction work.  As a result, trains do not run at full speed, making for a more usual 10 hr journey time.

There are 4 daily trains, two of them run overnight (one of which starts at Subotica on the Hungarian border).  Several slow local trains run along segments of the line, they can be in a pretty bad condition and are often crowded.  International lines are generally safe, though tourists have been assaulted and robbed in the past, so don’t go flashing the Rolex about.

Travel from Belgrade Airport to Belgrade is 15km.  There is a bus that goes to Belgrade Train station every hour and costs about €1.50.

Montenegro Rail Information including the map

For international and local rail links to and in Montenegro, see Visit-Montenegro.

Rail, road, ferry, and general travel information to, from and in Montenegro.

Currency And Money

In Montenegro uses the euro (€) and all prices is in that currency. The coins in use are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and You’ll find banks with ATMs

The change of the foreign currency for example dollar and others is provided by the exchanges, banks and post offices.

Bank in Montenegro

The major banks in Montenegro are  CKB – Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka – NLB, Sosieted General, Lovcen, Prva,  Atlas Mont, Crnogorska komercijalna, Euromarket, Podgorička, Hipotekarna.

Credit Cards AND ATM

ATMs accepting Visa, MasterCard ,Diners, American Express and others. In most hotels and larger restaurants and supermarkets you can pay by credit card.

Western Union transfers can be made at most banks and major post offices.

Smaller towns and villages are not prepared for these services and therefore it is sometimes difficult to exchange. It is suggested that when visiting small towns bring Euros for any case.

Opening hours post office and banks

The largest number of post office is open from 08.00 to 20.00 hours. During the summer, the coast and more.

Banks are open from 08.00 to 16.00 hours.

Climate in Kotor

The huge diversity of animal and plant species as well as the cuisine and culture of its people are due in no small part to the Montenegrin climate(s).  There are few places on earth where you get 3 distinct climate zones in such a small area.

1) The coastal zone stretches from the Adriatic Sea to the River Bojana in the East.  Characterized by long hot summers and short mild winters.  The following chart gives average data for Kotor.

2) The Continental Zone includes the Zeta plain and the Bjelopavlici plain and the Bojana valley and the Skadar Lake.  It is warmer here in the summer than on the coast though also colder in winter.

3) The Mountain Zone has a sub-alpine climate with cold snowy winters and moderate summers.  Even in mid-July, you should pack some warm clothes for the evenings.

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Medical Services

Emergency Clinical Center (For all emergency medical treatment for adults and children) – same building as Psychiatric hospital 

address: Dobrota bb,  85330 Kotor

Phone: 124

GPS: 42.437720, 18.765973

Emergency Clinical Center on Google Map

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General Hospital (For all emergency medical treatment for adults and children)

address: Škaljari b.b., 85330 Kotor

phone: +382 (0)32 325 601

e-mail: [email protected]

web: www.obkotor.me

 This hospital has told us the following things:

  • they have English speaking staff
  • it’s a public facility
  • they are affiliated to the Ministry of health of Montenegro
  • specialisations are in Internal division, Anesthesia and resuscitation, Gynecology and Obstetrics and surgical department as well as Children’s department
  • they have experience of representing British nationals
  • you won’t need to pay for treatment if you are insured with NHS
  • EHIC Cards are not accepted; repayment plans aren’t available
  • they can provide services for all Montenegrin municipalities

GPS: 42.420586, 18.763525

General Hospital on Google Map

  

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Psychiatric hospital (for specific medical treatment not offered in the Emergency Clinical centres)

Address: Dobrota bb,, 85330 Kotor

phone: +382 (0)32 330 920 and +382 (0)32 330 921

e-mail: [email protected]

web: www.dzkotor.me

 This hospital has told us the following things:

  • they have English speaking staff
  • it’s a public facility
  • they are affiliated to the Ministry of health of Montenegro
  • specialisations are in the treatment of serious mental disorders, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Institution is for patients with addiction disorders as well.
  • they do not have experience of representing British nationals
  • you will need to pay for treatment
  • EHIC Cards are not accepted; repayment plans aren’t available
  • they can provide services for all Montenegrin municipalities

GPS: 42.437720, 18.765973

Psychiatric hospital on Google Map

Main Bus Station in Kotor

Bus Station contact information

email: [email protected]

web: www.autobuskastanicakotor.me

phone: +382 32/325-809

Fax: +382 32/325-126

address:  Ul. Put Prvoboraca bb, Kotor 85330, Montenegro

GPS: 42.421081, 18.770142

Kotor Main Bus Station on Google My Maps

 

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