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Wonders of Montenegro

Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro
Church of Our Lady of the Rocks / SarahTz, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most impressive landmarks of Montenegro are its historical seaside towns – for the most part these were Venetian port cities, often built on small islands or peninsulas – such as Sveti Stefan or Budva.

In Montenegro is located also one of the most impressive river canyons in the world – Tara River Canyon.

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WorldViolet Top 24 wonders of Montenegro

Geological wonders

Tara River Canyon


The most impressive river canyon in Europe, up to 1,100 m deep. Canyon is 82 km long. Along it have been found more than 80 caves.

Pecina nad Vrazjim Firovima

Bijelo Polje

The longest known cave in Montenegro, with the explored length of passages exceeding 11 km. Cave contains interesting cave formations including a system of gours (rimstone dams).

Ledena Pecina (Ice Cave)


Large cave with massive ice formations inside it, near the entrance. Known length of the cave – 231 m.

Komarnica Canyon (Piva Canyon)


33 km long and up to 800 m deep canyon – a spectacular natural landmark shaped in limestone.

Piva Canyon (Komarnica Canyon), Montenegro
Komarnica (Piva) Canyon / Römert, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Sopot Spring


Very powerful, intermittent spring that at times can reach a yield of 120 000 liters per second. Spring originates in a cave and flows with a waterfall into the sea.

Lipa Cave


An enormous cave with some 3.5 km long passages that are adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations.

Raduš Spring


The most powerful spring that discharges under the water of Skadar Lake. The spring lake has been dived up to 76 m deep.

Krnjice Spring


Powerful spring that discharges under the water of Skadar Lake at the depth of approximately 20 m. The output of this spring may exceed 30,000 l/s.

Archaeological wonders

Duklja (Doclea)


Remnants of a Roman town that was founded in the 1st century AD and declined in the 4th century AD. Here are remnants of a forum, a Christian basilica, temples of Diana and Roma, and other structures. Near the town is located a necropolis with more than 300 explored tombs.

Duklja (Doclea) from air, Montenegro
Duklja (Doclea) from air / Mcipovic, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Architecture wonders



A beautiful historical town in a deep bay that is surrounded by tall mountains. This port city has Venetian built ˜ 4.5 km long fortification walls including a fortified port. Medieval street networks and buildings have been very well preserved and renovated.

Ostrog Monastery


This impressive monastery has been built on an almost vertical cliff and is the most popular pilgrimage site in the country. It was founded in the 17th century. Most of the current structures were created in 1923 – 1926.

Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro
Ostrog Monastery / Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Ulcinj Old Town (Ulcinj Castle)


A fortified medieval town at the Adriatic Sea. The fortifications in some places are very old, from the Illyrian times (some 2000 years).

St. George Monastery on Sveti Đorđe


An old monastery that was founded in the 12th century and takes almost the whole island of Sveti Đorđe in Kotor Bay.

Budva Old Town


Fortified citadel of the ancient city of Budva with well rebuilt (after an earthquake) historical buildings inside the fortifications. The old city is located on a peninsula and its fortifications are well preserved.

Morača Monastery


This medieval monastery was founded in 1252. The church has been preserved and has been constructed in the Rascian style. Church has important frescoes – the oldest ones have been painted in the 13th century.



In the town is located a multitude of valuable buildings in Venetian style including 16 palaces, 9 defensive towers, and numerous churches.

Perast, Montenegro
Perast / Marcin Konsek, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Old City of Bar


An abandoned medieval part of Bar city. This citadel is enclosed in fortification walls and has ruins of many valuable buildings from the 11th to the 19th century.

Kotor Cathedral


Medieval cathedral in Romanesque style, consecrated in 1166. The church contains important values of culture including frescoes from the 14th century.

Mala Rijeka Viaduct


Very tall railway viaduct that was constructed in 1969 – 1973. It is 200 m above the river and was the world’s tallest railway bridge from 1973 to 2001.

Church of Our Lady of the Rocks


Church in a Baroque style, constructed in 1632. Church is located on a small, artificial island in Kotor Bay.

Moračnik Monastery


A small, fortified monastery on an island in the Skadar Lake. It was built after 1400.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge


Impressive arched bridge across Tara River valley. The bridge was built in 1940 and has five arches, it is 365 m long and up to 172 m high above the river.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge, Montenegro
Đurđevića Tara Bridge / Leszek Leszczynski, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Bar Aqueduct


3 km long aqueduct that was constructed in the 16th century to supply water to Stari Bar town. Especially impressive is a bridge across the valley with 17 large arches.

Sveti Stefan


Small, densely build medieval town on the peninsula – earlier it was an island.

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Sveti Stefan / ecl1ght, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

Montenegro (Bradt Travel Guide)

This thoroughly updated new edition of the much-praised Bradt guide to Montenegro includes information on bird watching, national parks, and cycling, including the new European Bed and Bike Network. Montenegro is one of the hidden corners of Eastern Europe, with people who are almost overwhelmingly friendly to visitors who express an interest in exploring and learning about their country. No surprise then that the country is one of the top destinations in Europe.

The Full Monte: A Fulbright Scholar’s Humorous and Heart-Warming Experience in Montenegro

The U.S. State Department’s prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program places American professors in other countries for an extended period to teach and experience other cultures. Never has anyone enjoyed it more or provided such an entertaining insight into the program. Paul Dishman provides a revealing view into Montenegro, the tiny former Communist country struggling to join the world stage. The experience turns into a personal journey as he travels to the land of his grandfather and discovers his own surprising heritage. It is part travelogue, part history, part heartwarming personal journey, and all delightfully droll.

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