Are you the type of traveler that seeks adventure in every country that you visit? The type of traveler who wants there to be days of hiking/climbing on their holiday? Or maybe you want to take to the skies paragliding? Adventure is out there and for the travelers that crave this style of travel, I’ve got a surprising destination for you: Montenegro.
Montenegro might not be on the top of your list for adventure sports and activities but it sure should be. This tiny Balkan country is filled with amazing activities that are sure to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping.
Today I’m going to share with you 10 of the best adventures you can go on in Montenegro. And if this post sparks the travel bug inside you, make sure you check out my Ultimate Guide to traveling in Montenegro. The Ultimate Guide to Montenegro is going to help you plan your entire trip around the adventures that I’ve shared in this post.
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Now enough of that, let’s get straight to it.
Adventure lover’s guide to Montenegro!
Here are my top 10 adventure sports and activities you should do in Montenegro.
Montenegro is filled with hiking adventures. My favorite place for hiking was the Durmitor National Park. It’s filled with hikes that range from lake strolls with the family to longer, difficult hikes that you’ll need several days to complete. I recommend finding somewhere to stay near the Durmitor National Park so that you can organize a trek for your holiday.
The beauty of Montenegro that a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s filled with National Parks that provide you with plenty of chances to climb peaks. People travel to Montenegro and simply stick to the coasts, visiting cities like Kotor and Budva. But to really experience the country you need to go east!
Soar over the canyon with the longest zip line in Europe. You get to zip past this beautiful bridge, over lush forests with the wind blowing through your hair. While I didn’t go this time around, it looked like a lot of fun.
You’ll have to get there by car, and when you arrive just park your car off onto the side of the road. Also once you’re there, there’s going to be plenty of companies with their zip lines. You can shop around a bit for price and experience. The company I talked to said it was $20 a person (just to give you an idea).
I didn’t even think about planning some scuba diving until I was already in Montenegro. For some reason, I just didn’t think it would be an activity that was available there. But I was totally wrong! While they don’t have a ton of options, Montenegro has some great shipwrecks and caves that you can dive too. This is an experience that you can organize while you are staying near Bar or Budva.
Scuba diving is my favorite adventure to go on while I’m traveling. And for adventure seekers in Montenegro, it’s an affordable way to spend the day exploring what the country has to offer, underwater.
Winter’s in Montenegro are filled with adventures. With their abundance of National Parks and snowy winters, what you get is a skiers heaven. I’ve never visited Montenegro in the winter but I heard that the skiing is absolutely incredible. So if you’re a traveler looking for unique destinations for winter sports, I would have to encourage you to try Montenegro next time!
Top ski resorts in Montenegro that my adventure lovers should visit are:
- Kolašin 1450
- Savin Kuk – Žabljak
- Hajla – Rožaje
- Ivanova Korita
Take to the skies over the Budva beach! This was my favorite activity that I did in Montenegro. You know when you’re a kid and your mom says, ‘If all your friends jumped off a cliff would you do it too?’ Well, I’m sorry to tell my mom, yes I did! Paragliding in Montenegro was a treat.
Our guides were amazing. And we drove up to the cliff over Budva and then we ran off the cliffs, broke through the clouds and sailed over the ocean of Montenegro. Talk about an adventure! As soon as we landed I wanted to jump up and go again. If you’ve never tried it, I would highly recommend going to Montenegro.
We paid $40 a person and went in a group of 3. Like many activities, if you’re solo traveling, it’s better to gather some people from your hostel to go with you because that always brings the cost down.
Another activity that’s going to be a lot of fun while you’re in Budva is Parasailing. Another chance to get out and fly the skies. There’s a lot of options for Parasailing in Budva, so it’s another chance for you to shop around. Grab a friend from your hostel and go together! The price is always cheaper when you have two or more people.
The coastline of Montenegro offers many chances for adventures. If paragliding or sailing isn’t your cup of tea, then there are still adventures for you to have. Another great way to get your blood pumping is by renting a jet ski for the day and race about with your friends. Jet skis are always a good idea if you ask me! They can be rented by the hour all along Budva beach.
Back to the east, with climbing and trekking throughout Montenegro. When I was planning what to see in Durmir National Park, I was shocked to see so many hikes for climbers. A lot of hikes start out for expert hikers and end up with a lot of climbing parts. They warn you of this because if you aren’t an experienced climber then you shouldn’t embark on those hikes.
For the experienced climber, Durmitor National Park has some incredibly beautiful choices fo you. You can devote a week of your trip just to heading into the mountains. If you’re looking to organize a group or guide to go climbing with, look here.
Montenegro and Bosnia are home to the deepest canyon in Europe. The water is stunning blue, the vegetation is lush and the views can’t be beaten. It’s really beautiful and freezing. Regardless of the weather, you can suit up and spend the day rafting down the river. You’ll start in Bosnia, and if you’re staying in Montenegro then they’ll drive you into Bosnia for the day. Then you end the trip to Montenegro.
When I went, it was one of the best days of my trip. We spent the entire day laughing, swimming, cliff jumping and rafting our way back to Montenegro. Our guides for this were also amazing and we really loved it. I couldn’t recommend this enough. If you’re looking for adventure in Montenegro, then you have to give rafting a shot.
For this adventure, we paid $60 a person and booked with a bunch of people from the hostel.
Snow Shoeing or Cross Country Skiing
Another perfect winter activity for those adventure seekers in Montenegro is snowshoeing or cross country skiing. There are loads of cross country ski trips that you can do during the winter. Something that I noticed when I was looking into hikes available during my trip was loads of routes that were also cross country trips if you come in the winter. I’ve always loved cross country skiing (being from Utah, loving winter sports is a requirement).
And that’s why I’ve thrown this adventure winter activity into the mix. I don’t think Montenegro gets enough credit for everything it has to offer. It’s been my goal to teach you about the various activities and adventures that you can embark on in this beautiful Balkan country.
Has this post helped you get you more excited about booking your next holiday to Montenegro? Are you ready to embark on your next adventure?