A group of adventure souls from the mountaineering club of Zeljeznicar in Croatia took advantage of nice weather in February to visit the territory of northern Montenegro and climb the mountain of Halja. They climbed with local mountaineers led by guides from the ski club Halja. The mountain Halja is located in a different area to Durmitor and is a 3 hour drive away, however we thought we’d share photos from their trip and the amazing views of the beautiful Montenegrin landscapes. The group leader Mr Kurtagic said “the Hajla weather conditions were ideal for the outdoor activity and this climb completely uses all climbing equipment. The first part of the climb is very difficult because of new snow, which was over a meter, while in the second half of the climb it is completely ice-bound and the entire climb lasts 7 hours”. The mountain of Halja has a peak of over 2000 meters above sea level and mountaineers can also stay overnight in mountain huts. We hope to bring you news from Durmitor mountaineering trips in the coming weeks.
The coastal city of Kotor is an approx 2.5 hours away from our complex and has recently been picking up rave reviews as the place to go in 2016! It was voted as the best city in the Lonely Planet guide to visit in 2016 and in the top 10 for European Destination Awards. The “Best Destination” is one of the categories for choice of best European destinations, which has been held in Brussels and organized since 2009. Also the travel writer Robert Reid recently visited the bay of Kotor and wrote an article for the BBC titled ‘Cheese, beer and a wonderful view’. He wrote “Montenegro’s current fame among Balkan travellers arises from its fjord-like Bay of Kotor, where a string of medieval villages lie fringed by mountains that pop up from a submerged ancient river system. After enduring Dubrovnik’s crowds, even in winter, the popular Bay of Kotor felt almost private”. Robert also went on a hike around the mountainside and wrote “I saw a sign advertising fresh cheese and brandy and followed it to an open-air deck that was attached to a lone house. My host used a machete to slice up some fresh bread, “gratis” he said, with clear panache – and I sipped a beer while nibbling on some cheese. I took in the view of the ramparts, the town and the bay snaking past the mountains. I may not have known Montenegro before – but I was glad to know about it now.” We offer a great optional one day coastal tour, to the towns of Perast, Kotor and Tivat in the bay of Kotor, great for swimming, chilling out and taking in all of the sights!
It’s great news for UK tourists travelling to Montenegro in 2016! EasyJet have introduced a new direct line from Manchester to Tivat. “Tivat airport is the closest to the Mediterranean port of Kotor, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, the city was named as the number one in the world to visit by Lonely Planet in 2016 is also home to Porto Montenegro, the new, modern marina for super yacht, which includes coastal communities living on the waterfront, made up of residences, hotels and restaurants, places for shopping and entertainment, ” said Ali Gejvard, commercial director of EasyJet. He added “we expect this route to soon become a favorite, as well as simple and affordable vacation destination for our customers”. The flights will be organized twice a week starting from as early as 27th March 2016. The basic fare will range from 35.49 pounds (48.00 approx euro’s) per person, one way. This is great news for guests at Montenegro-Mountain, as our ‘weekly package stay’ includes transfers from all airports to our complex and now with these cheap priced flights it’s the perfect time to book your Adventure holiday with Montenegro-Mountain for the coming summer!