Montenegro is the Country of Black Mountains, with a focus on nature and culture. It borders Croatia, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Serbia and Albania. Montenegro, also called Crna Gora in Serbo-Croat (the national language) means ‘Black Mountain’.
Mountaineering Coastal Transversal
In the west of the small country, there is the fairly new, coastal mountainous path ‘Mountaineering Coastal Transversal’. In 2006, the 140 km long path was marked out by various mountain clubs. The route starts in Herceg Novi in the north west and ends in Lunje in the south east. It connects nine summits, including the Zuba ́cki kabao (1894 m, the highest of the Orjen-range), the Rumija (1595 m, dividing Skadar Meer and the Adriatic Sea) and Lov ́cen (1657 m, Montenegro’s holy mountain). The route is subdivided into fifteen ‘checkpoints’ where there is a cylinder with a stamp and ink pad. The start of the path overlooks the bay of Kotor, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Towards the Albanian border, you look out over Skadar Lake.
On the one hand, Montenegro is very stony, and walking can be a little tricky. Anyone with weak ankles, hips or knees won’t find it easy. On the other hand, there are also quite a few flat routes that are easier to navigate. At the summits, such as the Subra which descends via a steep, almost perpendicular wall, the walking paths are not technical.
With Ryanair, you fly direct from Brussel-Charleroi to Podgorica in 2h35. You will need to hire a car when you arrive.