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Literally translated as ‘Black Mountain’, Montenegro lies on the southern Adriatic coast. This little-known country boasts some pretty spectacular scenery for such a small area: the mountains and their steep-sided jagged peaks, the high pastures, pine forest valleys, lakes and deep canyons, all of which are a walker’s paradise.
Although Montenegro is becoming a popular travel destination, many areas remain untouched by tourism. With the exception of a few busy spots on the coast, most of Montenegro sees few foreign visitors, especially the impressive mountainous regions of Durmitor and Prokletije.
(Photo copyright © Rudolf Abraham - 'The Mountains of Montenegro')
The Dinaric Alps take over most of the country, extending from neighbouring Slovenia and Croatia and reaching great heights in Montengero, with their sharp limestone tops.
Walkers can enjoy travelling through unspoilt natural scenery on the accessible mountain routes, where they will find clearly marked trails.
The Balkan countries of Montenegro, Albania and Kosavo can be visited on an fantastic circular route. The Peaks of the Balkans Trail is a 192km circular route through the spectacularly wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Made up of 10 stages covering terrain between 670m and 2300m in altitude, it can be hiked in around two weeks, with around a third of the trek lying in each country.
Guided / Self guided trips:
Hiking the Balkans (Various small group exploration and hiking trips to the Balkan countries, including Macedonia)
www.montenegroholiday.com (Black Mountain Holidays and Adventure Travel)
www.ace-adventurecentre.com (East Europe Cycling, Walking Holidays)