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National park Lovchen

Lovćen Mountain is the highest pint of the national park of the same name, spreading from the Adriatic shore to the Kotor bay. Its area of 60 km² comprises important Montenegrin historical and cultural heritage. The unique mountain and maritime climate of the region has led to the development of various flora and fauna. 1000 plant species grow in the national park. It’s inhabited by nearly 200 bird species including falcons and eagles and various animals. Wolves and bears live in secluded spots of the park. But you shouldn’t be afraid — these animals live dozens of kilometers away from touristic routes.

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Visiting Lovćen is a great option for a day trip from any point of the shore. A serpentinous road with 25 turns and fabulous sea and bay view leads from Kotor to the park. You want to take photos every kilometer. Sportive tourists can go up to the park on foot along the trail on the left of Kotor fortress. The way from Budva to Lovćen gets through Cetinje — royal capital of Montenegro. You can enjoy the picturesque view of Budvan Riviera, visit Cetinje Monastery and other attractions of the cultural center of the country.

In the national park, most tourists first visit Mausoleum of Petar I Petrović-Njegoš, who was a poet, a bishop, and a ruler of Montenegro from 1830 to 1851. The memorial is situated on one of two tops of the Lovćen Mountain called Jezerski Vrh on an altitude of 1657 meters. 461 stairs lead to the mausoleum. At the entrance, tourists are greeted by huge marble statues of Montenegrin women. Inside, under the arches of pure gold, you can see the ruler’s statue with the noble eagle. Njegoš himself rests in a sarcophagus on the ground floor. A 360-degree observation deck is located right behind the mausoleum. In sunny weather, you can see the entire territory of Montenegro, Lake Skadar, and even the Italian coast.

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Njeguši village is situated near the mausoleum. It’s the birthplace of the ruler and a great example of an old Montenegrin village. There you can visit the house of Petrović-Njegoš and taste the Montenegro’s best air-dried meat called prsut. The village is also famous for smoked cheese, honey, and rakia. Lovćen is a good place to rest from summer heat — the ambient temperature in the mountains is about 10 degrees lower than that on the shore. There are a lot of hiking and cycling routes in the national park. In Ivanovo Koryto village there is a camping site with BBQ areas, a national restaurant is located nearby. There is Lovćen Adventure Park in Ivanovo Koryto. Adults and children from 5 years can enjoy exciting high-rope courses.

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