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National Park Durmitor

National Park Durmitor

Untouched and authentic parts of Durmitor are declared a national park in 1952. All the splendor of natural beauty, environmental and cultural values have influenced that the national park is included in UNESCO list of world natural and cultural heritage. Located in the northwest of Montenegro, represents a pearl of mountain tourism and inevitable destination of lovers of her Majesty-nature.

The national park includes the massif of Durmitor with canyons of Tara, Draga, Susica and upper part of the canyon valley Komarnica, covering an area of 39,000 ha. There are 48 imposing mountain peaks with an altitude of over 2,000 meters; the highest is Bobotov Kuk at 2525 altitude. 

Among the most beautiful ornaments of the park are clear, impetuous rivers which were given to this area by the astonishing canyon valleys. Especially impressive is Canyon of river Tara, which, with its depth, (1333m) ranks just behind the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the United States. The longest river of Montenegro with the largest canyon in Europe, with its cascades and rapids has made this park powerful and majestic.

Durmitor is enriched with 18 glacial lakes called ''mountain eyes”, so it is no wonder that old Celts chose this name dru-mi-tor ''water from the mountain ''. The biggest and the most attractive is Black Lake, which, with its beauty, completed the atmosphere of untouched nature.
This mountain represents an exceptional natural value and lasting inspiration of the scientists and nature lovers. Many natural rarities are part of it, like the forests of black pine, whose grand trees up to 50m, defy time for over 400 years.

National Park Durmitor has a significant number of cultural monuments from the ancient period to present. The most characteristic are the medieval monuments: the ruins of cities and fortress, bridges and watchtower, the necropolis and monastery complexes in the valley of river Tara.

According to Jovan Cvijic, the local people are "men of strength and power, mostly very tall, slender, elastic, never fat, full facial expressions, strong cheekbones, eagle eye, the most beautiful people on the Balkans." Eternal struggle with nature has led to the fact that only the strongest survived. Those who remained and still remain confirm a poetic thought that from a stone was born only what is harder than it, and that the stone is a human cradle, and mountain a noble chair.