Boasting adrenaline-inducing activities, lovely landscapes and quaint towns, Montenegro is the perfect place to escape winter blues. Affordable and well-connected to multiple ports across the UK, the country is ideal for a post-Christmas escape across the holiday season and for those with a little more time to explore.
Ski in the Montenegrin Mountains
With 45 km of ski trails for easy and intermediate skiers, Kolašin is the highest hub for the sport in Montenegro. Kolašin 1600 and Kolašin 1450 offer varying ski trails of all types taking visitors up to towering peaks in a six-seater cable car with built-in seat heaters and a sound system. A relatively undiscovered ski destination in the Balkans, ski pass prices in Kolašin are as low as £21. After some recent updates and improvements, the resort extends to an altitude of over 2,000 metres, which helps to ensure reliable snow conditions. and is now the largest and most modern winter sports resort in Montenegro.
Winter hiking can be incredibly challenging, but the stillness of Montenegro when blanketed in snow makes the effort all worth it. With five national parks covering 10 per cent of the country’s territory, travellers are spoilt for choice on the best places to hike but in the winter, Durmitor National Park comes into a world of its own from December through to March. Both hiking trails and ski resorts are open making it an exciting blend of sports, recreation and wildlife.
Snowshoe in Durmitor National Park
Montenegro’s mountains provide exceptional opportunities for snowshoeing, allowing travellers a unique way to discover the beautiful Balkan destination. Snowshoes can be rented from the Durmitor National Park and Prokletije National Park visitor centres. Durmitor offers rentals at the price of £3.50 per day and walking sticks at £2.50. Experts advise travellers to choose the marked trail that leads from the Black Lake to the Ski Center Savin Kuk.
Begin your winter rafting adventure on the Tara, one of the most beautiful rivers on the Balkan Peninsula, as well as the longest Montenegrin river (144 km) and Europe’s deepest canyon. Experience an incredible adrenaline rush while overcoming the famous “Suze Evrope” (“Tears of Europe”) water rapids, making for a once-in-a-lifetime story. Tours with Grab start from £60 per person.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Heal at Igalo
With over 70 years of tradition and 70 different therapies, “Simo Milošević” in Igalo is Montenegro’s largest spa, offering wellness services in addition to modern rehabilitation therapies. For those needing to heal, The Igalo Peloid (mud) is extracted from the sea in the Bay of Igalo, and is characterised by a high concentration of mineral contents and biologically active substances. The mineral water from Igalo also contributes to overall health improvement by reducing muscle tension, pain, restoring circulation and promoting relaxation. Treatments start from £40 per person.