Walking Holidays in Montenegro - Montenegro - Adriatic Coast of the South Trek

Holiday Highlights
  • Experience Kotor, the Most Famous Montenegrin Town
  • Discover Lake Skadar, one of Montenegro’s hidden gems
  • Set your sights on the most spectacular views from Mount Lovćen, the black mountain that gave Montenegro its name

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Walking Holiday Southern Montenegro

Discover the spectacular Montenegrin coastline, considered one of the most beautiful walking areas in Southern Europe. From ancient monasteries to atmospheric villages, this coastal region has much to offer a keen walker.

Our trek allows you to explore the diversity of Montenegro’s culture and landscapes. Uncover the beauty of the Bay of Kotor located on the glistening turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Walk in the magnificent Lovćen National Park, home to the mausoleum of famous poet and ruler Petar II Petrovic Njegos and the former imperial capital of Cetinje. Explore Lake Skadar National Park, featuring the largest lake in the Balkans. This area is distinguished by its rich ecological system and has been recognised as an internationally important area for its flora and fauna. 

Day 1: On arrival you will be met by our local partner and transferred to your hotel in Ferri. Overnight Ferri

Day 2:  Todays walk takes you up through cyclamen-strewn woods to the ridge of the peninsula separating the Bay of Kotor and the outer part of the Bay of Tivat. You climb up to the mighty Vrmac fortress, built in 1892 it remains almost completely intact. From here you follow the ridge to the summit of Vrmac, Saint Ilija (765m) before descending through chestnut woods via an abandoned village to Stoliv. You will then be transferred across the Kotor channel by boat to Perast.  Overnight Perast

Ascent: 960m Descent: 1020m Distance: 8 miles, Time: 4.5hrs

Day 3: This walk follows a zig-zag trail on the northern side of the Kotor channel, starting at the village of Orahovac. You are initially walking through woods before reaching a col and the ruins of the Vranovo Brdo fortress. From here you emerge at a wonderful viewpoint where breath-taking views of the Kotor channel and the Adriatic Coast await you. Continue to Perast, with its ancient churches and houses. You will then be transferred to Kotor. Overnight Kotor

Ascent: 800m Descent: 860m Distance: 5.5 miles, Time: 5hrs

Day 4: Starting outside the city walls, this walk takes you up the famous Ladder of Kotor. Following the old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor you will be rewarded with countless magnificent views towards Kotor and the Kotor channel. Continue through pine forests and between mountains until you reach Vrh Polija. Overnight Ivanova Korita  

Ascent: 1,130m Descent: 250m Distance: 4 miles, Time 4hrs

Day 5:  From your hotel in the mountains, a gentle descent to Montenegro’s former capital of Cetinje. You will pass many pleasant meadows and arrive in plenty of time to explore Cetinje, which has wonderful museums, churches and monasteries and an old diplomatic quarter. Overnight Cetinje

Ascent: 100m Descent: 680m Distance: 5 miles Time: 3.5hrs

Day 6:  A pleasant walk through lovely farmland to reach Rijeka Crnojevika, situated on a river feeding Lake Skadar, the largest in the Balkans. The riverside and arc-shaped bridge at Rijeka Crnojevica are very picturesque.Overnight Rijeka Crnojevica

Ascent: 340m Descent: 1000m Distance: 8.5 miles, Time: 4hrs

Day 7: Todays walk takes you through wooded hills and valleys from one inlet of Lake Skadar to the old mills at Poslejani, situated on the final fall of water before the gradient flattens to form the marshes surrounding Lake Skadar. You will then be transferred to Virpazar or swap your transfer for an optional boat ride across Lake Skadar to Virpazar. Overnight Virpazar

Ascent: 475m Descent:470m Distance: 5 miles, Time: 4hrs

Day 8: You will be transferred from your hotel in Virpazar to Podgorica Airport. 


You can walk entirely at your own pace and we provide extensive walking notes, giving distances, route directions, ascents, descents and walking times. If you wish to lengthen the holiday, we can easily add rest days when you make the booking. 

Baggage Transfers 

Your bags will be transferred for you from hotel to hotel. Some days you are taken to the start of a walk and/or collected at the end - these transfers are all included in the price. 

Walk Grading 

Self Guided - Moderate walking with some long ascents and descents 

Montenegro South Trek

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We have personally stayed in or visited all of our accommodations. They have all been selected for their great locations, friendly atmosphere and traditional hospitality, as well as the warm welcome they offer to walkers. Below is a summary of our usual accommodations*.

On this trek, the accommodations are mostly small and family-run, all rooms have a private bathroom.


Availability Information

The best time to visit Southern Montenegro is from April until the end of October. The months of April, May, September and October see plenty of warm sunshine and still within the quiet period. July and August are the warmest, driest and busiest months.  

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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