Introducing Durmitor National Park
Magnificent scenery ratchets up to stupendous in this national park, where ice and water have carved a dramatic landscape from the limestone. Forty-eight peaks soar to over 2000m in altitude, with the highest, Bobotov Kuk, reaching 2523m. From December to March Durmitor is a major ski resort, while in summer it’s a popular place for hiking, rafting and other active pursuits.
The park is home to enough critters to cast a Disney movie, including 163 species of bird, about 50 types of mammals and purportedly the greatest variety of butterflies in Europe. It’s very unlikely you’ll spot bears and wolves, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. We were assured that the wolves are only dangerous if they’re really starving at the end of a long winter.
Durmitor National Park covers the Durmitor mountain range and a narrow branch heading east along the Tara River towards Mojkovac. Žabljak, at the eastern edge of the range, is the park’s principal gateway and the only town within its boundaries. It’s not very big and neither is it attractive, but it has a supermarket, a post office, a bank, hotels and restaurants, all gathered around the car park masquerading as the main square.
West of the park, the Tara forms the border with Bosnia and joins the Piva River near Šćepan Polje.