So far, camper tourism has not been on the priority list of Montenegro’s tourism development. Mainly due to the lack of good campgrounds in Montenegro, many camper tourists just pass along the Montenegrin and Albanian coast on their way to Greece.
But things are gradually changing. More and more camper fans decide to spend some time in Montenegro and explore the natural beauties of its mountains, rivers and lakes. New campsites offer proper facilities. “Panoramic roads” are promoted and appropriate brochures are distributed at international holiday fairs….
Many camper tourists like to travel in organized groups, but I would like to recommend a picturesque tour to all individual camper lovers who are interested in “authentic” experiences. It is a great adventure to discover the untouched nature of North Montenegro, meet the hospitable inhabitants of mountain villages and learn more about the culture of a rather unknown part of the Balkans.
Bay of Kotor
As you would probably enter the country from Dubrovnik, you should not miss the Bay of Kotor. Camp “Naluka” in Morinj, not far from Kotor offers great opportunities to explore the surroundings. Take the local “Blue Line” bus to Kotor, a vibrant UNESCO world heritage site, and enjoy the beautiful old town. Would you like to climb the city walls? Then you should make an early start, as it can be very hot during the day. A boat tour to Perast and the romantic island of “Our Lady of the Rocks” is another amazing experience. The friendly camping owner can arrange a boat for you!
Durmitor National Park
The tour continues via Nikšić to Durmitor National Park. Many tourists, who visit the mountainous area of Montenegro for the first time, are deeply impressed by the wonderful karst landscapes. In the “capital” of the National Park, Žabljak, you will find several campsites. I would recommend “Kod Boće”; the owner can arrange a spectacular jeep safari for you, called Ring around Durmitor. A fantastic experience! But nature lovers who would like to make hiking tours in the surroundings probably prefer Camp “Ivan Do”, in the vicinity of the crystal-clear Black Lake (Crno Jezero).
From Žabljak, it is not far to Tomaševo near Bijelo Polje. A few years ago, Etno selo Vuković opened an attractive campground here, in the middle of unspoiled nature. Take a rest or make an excursion to the village of Bistrica or a hiking tour in the Bjelasica mountains (organized by RAMS Travel Agency – Bijelo Polje).
The trip to Skadar Lake National Park leads you through a magnificent landscape. Don’t miss Biogradska Gora National Park. Make a walk around Biogradsko Lake. Visit the medieval Morača Monastery. Or maybe you would like to visit Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.
Just 1 km from Virpazar is Camp Virpazar, a small campsite with excellent facilities. The owner will welcome you with a glass of home-made grape brandy. As Skadar Lake is a bird reserve, you can book a boat trip on the Lake (organized by Skadar Lake Boat Milica) and watch Dalmatian pelicans.
The trip continues southwards to Ulcinj, the most southern town on the Montenegrin Coast. Visit the medieval town and enjoy the 12 km long sandy beach at Camping Safari Beach.
From there it is just a short distance to the Albanian border (Muriqan) and the city of Shkodra. Lake Shkodra Resort (7 km north of Shkodra) is one of the best campsites of the Balkans and a perfect place to relax a few days.
An insider tip
There is another possibility to travel to Shkodra: from Bijelo Polje you can take the road to Plav in Prokletije National Park and pass the Albanian border near Gusinje. The newly constructed Kelmend road is one of the highlights of North Albania.
If you want more information about the individual highlights, double-click the bold and cursive words to get to the appropriate links.
Good luck and have a nice trip!