Directly behind Kotor is Mt Lovćen (Ловћен; 1749m), the black mountain that gave Crna Gora (Montenegro) its name; crna/negro means ‘black’, and gora/monte means ‘mountain’ in Montenegrin and Italian respectively. This locale occupies a special place in the hearts of all Montenegrins. For most of its history it represented the entire nation – a rocky island of Slavic resistance in an Ottoman sea. A striking shrine to Montenegro’s most famous son, Petar II Petrović Njegoš, peers down from its heights, with views stretching as far as Albania and Croatia.
The park’s main hub is Ivanova Korita, near its centre, where there are a few eateries and accommodation providers and, in winter, a beginners' ski slope. Njeguši, on the park's northern edge, is famous for being the home village of the Petrović dynasty and for making the country’s best pršut (smoke-dried ham) and sir (cheese). Roadside stalls sell both, along with honey.