Montenegro: rafting amid the mountains of the north to seafood and Med climes in Kotor


In Montenegro, rafting is synonymous with the turquoise Tara River. Arrive at Durmitor National Park and glimpse the winding river through the mountains and you’ll see why. The Black Lake by Žabljak is both dramatic and serene, as are the forests of Biogradska Gora National Park near Kolašin. Exploring both the towns and national parks over a few days is all you need before taking to the water. Most rafting takes place in Durmitor, and you’ll get the most dramatic view of the Tara Canyon’s imposing 1300m high walls from your raft.

Then, make your way down the country over a few hours; the best way to experience the changing scenery is to hire a car, but it can also be done by bus. Along the way you’ll notice how the patterns of snow, A-framed farmhouses and green hills will disappear as terracotta-tiled stone buildings and shimmering deep-blue water come into view. Spend a couple of nights in Kotor’s Old Town. Climb the 1300-plus steps to the top of the fortifications, meet the town’s feline population and sample grilled squid, seafood risotto and other Mediterranean culinary delights. You’ll easily be able to fit in exploring the charming villages dotted along the Bay of KotorPerastPr?anj and the outskirts of Dobrota.

Make it happen: make sure to book your rafting tour in the right season; it can be dangerous during April and May. Go with a trusted company for a one-day excursion tour from Žabljak.

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Run Montenegro's wild Tara River if you dare © Utamaria / Getty Images
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