Montenegro is one of Europe’s smallest states – famous for great beaches, awesome nightlife and for having a bunch of mountains (monte negro is Italian for black mountain). However, there are plenty of beautiful places to see in Montenegro so any list of Montenegro’s strong sides ought to include their national parks.
1. National Park Lovcen
Lovćen is a mountain that stands on the border between the sea and the mainland, making it a great spot for a lot of different species: 1158 plant species to be exact (of those 1158 four are endemic). The biggest and most important monument of Lovcen national park is the very game-of-thronish Petar Petrović Njegoš’s Mausoleum (Petrović-Njegoš dynasty was the ruling family of Montenegro from 1696 to 1918).
Durmitor mountain is the main destination of Montenegrin mountain tourism. Žabljak, the town in the centre of the Durmitor mountain is the highest situated town on the Balkans with a long and rich history. The most eye-catching spots at the Durmitor mountain are its 18 glacial lakes, the best known being Crno jezero (Black Lake).
3. Biogradska Gora
Biogradska Gora is a forest and a national park in Montenegro. The park contains one of the last three rainforests in Europe. One of the unique features of the park is the virgin forest – Biogradska Gora, with trees over 500 years old and its largest glacier lake – Biogradsko lake.
4. Skadarsko Lake
Skadarsko lake lies on the border of Albania and Montenegro. It’s the largest lake in southeast Europe and presumably a relatively young ancient lake. It is named after the city of Shkodër in northern Albania. The lake is popular for being one of the largest bird reserves in Europe and being one of Europe’s last pelican habitats.
Prokletije (meaning “cursed mountains”) is a mountain range that extends from Albania to Kosovo and eastern Montenegro. Prokletije are one of the most important central European regions for flora with 50 endemic species. They are also home to the highly endangered Balkan lynx and one endemic species of lizard – Dinarolacerta montenegrina. In addition, 140 species of butterflies have been found in Prokletije, making it the richest area in Europe for butterflies.