The national park Beogradska Gora is located in the center of the mountain range Bjelasica, between Tara and Lima rivers. Most of the parks territory is covered with virgin forests (total area of 1600 hectare, is one of the last existing in Europe). The park is situated in the basin of rivers Beogradska and Jezerstice and is one of the oldest districts kept under protection since 1878 named Knjazev Zabran or Branik. Some of the trees are more than 500 years old and the height of some of them is more than 60 meteres.
Maria: “The incredibly beautiful lake is surrounded with fantastic vegetation. For those of you who love hiking and photoshooting – this place will become a real opening. A wonderful National park with lots of walking pathes, picnic zones, benches. It is very well equiped.”
In the very heart of the virgin forest we find the Biogradsko lake, the most famous and big glacier lake on the parks territory. In the still clear water you can see the reflection of the surrounding trees, which color everything with rich green, completing the unforgettable landscape and leaving a big impression on each person.
There are about 26 species of plants in the park, among which more than 2000 subspecies, with 20% of endemic plants of the Balkan Peninsula and 90 species of trees. The fauna is also very rich – there are 200 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, 350 species of insects and typical inhabitants of wild nature (wolf, bear, fox, squirrel, roe, dormouse)
The incredible virgin forests, nature values and magical landscapes are the reason the park is included into the World Heritage and into the international ecological programme “Man and Biosphere”.
The history left a very big print on this place. The cultural-historic heritage of the park is formed by the arheological locations, sacred monuments and peoples constructions ( sheperds huts, wooden houses and mills).Numerous buildings are located at the foot of mountain Biogradska ( houses, huts, mills and so on).At the border of the National Park we find the famous Moraca monastery ( 18th century) which beholds rare frescoes of the 13th, 16th and 18th centuries and also some 17th century icons very important for our people.
Andrey: “This place is a must-see for all the art admirers. As I know art students from the Belgrade University come over here to learn from the masters. The whole atmosphere of the monastery is something unbelievable.”
The monastery has a very long history. It was built in 1252 and witnessed many historical happinings. According to the legend the yellow stone used for the building of the monastery was brought here from the settlement Tusina. The stones were given from one man to another in a whole row of voulanteers. The monastery was attacked by the Turks many times, it was completely destroyed and than reconstructed only in the 20th century.
The monastery consists of two churches – the main one built in the name of Virgin Marys Assumption and the smaller one dedicated to St Nicolas. The monastery is surrounded with high walls that have two gates. The monastery has a doss-house. There is a stream flowing through the monastery yard, falling down the monastery’s walls and forming the Svetigor waterfall, later on flowing into the Moraca river.
The Northen part of Montenegro is not as popular among tourists as the Adriatic coast, that is why people dont know what beauties it hides. One of the first fairly large cities of the region is Kolasin – it is the well-known centar of winter tourism. The city is within only an hour drive from the countries capital – Podgorica. Please enjoy your trip in our comfortable modern air-conditioned cars. During this hour we will go up to the altitude of 1000 m above sea level (that is the altitude difference between Podgorica and Kolasin).
The city is situated on a mountain plateau, in between the peaks of mountains Bjelasica and Sinjavina. The temperture throughout the year is lower than the coastal one, that is the reason why Kolasin becomes a wonderful option for those who dont like the summer heat and crowd. Kolasin is well-known as the air-spa, mountain-climbers and trekkers start their way from here to the beautiful peaks of Jablanov (2203m), Troglava(2075m), Zekova glava(2116m), Komovi(2484m), etc.
Katarina: “There is mainly traditional Montenegrian cuisine on the menu, though I managed to find some very nice vegetarian dishes for myself.”
If you are an admirer of good homemade food we highly recommend you to visit one of the numerous national restaurants of the region. We will help you pick the best place. Here you will be able to try something very special, something that you haven’t tried anywhere else but what is very traditional for this region. We gaurantee that way your impressions from visiting the North of Montenegro will be complete.