Biogradska Gora in Montenegro is one of the five national parks in the country. It attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year. I can’t say it’s the most beautiful, but getting here from the coast is much easier than other parks. Read on and find out everything a tourist needs to know about Biogradska Gora Park.
Table of contents:
- Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro: a brief history and general points.
- Opening hours, prices, coordinates, how to get there
- Things to do in Biogradska Gora Park
- Travel tips
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Biogradska Gora in Montenegro: a brief history of general points.
Biogradska Gora in Montenegro is a National Park and bears the name of the highest mountain in the area.
- The park was established in 1952
- This is one of the smallest national parks in the country: only 54 square kilometers (an area of 7 by 8 km)
- The park is surrounded by the Lim and Tara rivers on both sides.
- Biogradska Gora National Park is located at an altitude of 800 to 1800 meters above sea level.
- It is home to over 200 bird species, 50 animal species, 350 insect species and over 80 butterfly species.
- The park has several glacial lakes of varying sizes. But tourists don’t go there because it’s far away.
- And in the central lake, which is called Biograd, you can catch salmon, trout, char, and brown trout. But more on that below.
Opening hours, prices, coordinates, how to get there
Although the Biogradska Gora National Park is located far from the coast, it is quite easy and fast to get there by car.
- Coordinates of the park and Lake Biograd: 42.90069791036496, 19.5955493725086
- Park entrance and ticket office coordinates: 42.915671816184286, 19.577750844342425
- Official website of the park: nparkovi.me/np-biogradska-gora/
- Opening hours: the park is open 24/7 and year-round, even in winter. There are places for a camper or tent. But you can drive into the territory and pay for the entrance at the ticket office from 9 to 20 hours.
Interesting:I don’t know how cars can enter or exit at night, because the ticket office and the passage are closed. But tourists are here all day. At night, travelers stay here with tents or in a camper.
You can’t get here by public transport. You can ask the Podgorica-Kolasin bus driver to stop at the turn, as this bus passes by. And then walk 3.6 km to Lake Biograd and climb 400 m.
You can get here by car from Podgorica along the A1 toll highway. The fare on it costs 3 euros. And there will be another 10 km along the usual regional road No. 2. You can easily get there in an hour.
Prices for the services of the National Park Biogradska Gora in Montenegro:
- Entrance to the park: €4/day per person. Car for free.
- Guide services for your group: €40/4 hours
- Guide services for the whole day (8 hours): €80
- Boat rental on the lake: €10/hour
- Kayak rental (1-seater): €3/hour
- Double kayak: €5/hour
- Mountain bike rental: €3/hour, €8/day
- Tent rental: €8/day
- Place for a tent: €3/day
- Place for a camper: €20/day
- Snowshoe rental: €4/day. Someone will need it 🙂
- Fishing license: €20/day. Fishing gear our own, fish need to be released.
About fishing in Montenegro: from the shore, from a boat, in national parks.
Things to do in the Biogradska Gora in Montenegro
I think that according to the price list of the park it is already clear what tourists do here. But I will tell you more.
- Walk around Lake Biograd along the eco-trail. The trail runs close to the lake, equipped with benches, information boards. There are interactive games for kids: guess the pugmark, guess the bird, and so on. The eco-trail is 3400 m long. You can get through in an hour. It will be difficult only for those with a baby stroller. There are a lot of stones and tree roots, in some places you will need to carry the stroller.
- Boating or kayaking on the lake. Romantic and wonderful views. Recommended to rent for 1 hour. The lake is not big at all, an hour is more than enough.
- Routes to the tops of the mountains and observation platforms. Biogradska Gora Park has 7 or 8 marked trails. But they all start quite far from Lake Biograd. If you wish, you can find the map on the official website.
- Ride a bike. The park has a 55km all-day mountain bike trail. When you rent a bike, it will be shown to you on a map.
- Sales office where you can buy a magnet, rent a kayak or a bicycle: 42.90058075480591, 19.595825587763034
- Hike with a tent to the lake Pesica. And back the next day. There are places for camping on Lake Pesica. The distance from Lake Biograd is 13 km and the climb/descent is more than 1000 meters.
There are a huge number of pavilions for picnics around Lake Biograd. There is a restaurant, BBQ area. You can come here for barbecue or as the locals say – rostil – for the whole day. Buy meat and sausages in the store.
Here I will give a few tips, as well as my personal assessment of this national park. It’s up to you to decide whether to go or not.
- The average altitude of the park above sea level is over 1000m. Please note that here, on average, the air temperature is 10 degrees lower than on the coast. Please bring appropriate clothing.
- And if you want to know if there is snow in the Biogradska Gora park in winter, then yes – there is. On the slope of Biogradska Gora is the largest Montenegrin ski resort. Read more about it in the article: winter in Montenegro.
- 4 out of 5 national parks in Montenegro are located in the mountains.
- You will find detailed reviews of each park in the article: National parks of Montenegro.
- If we compare Lovcen park with Biogradska Gora park, they are completely different. But both are easy to reach from the coast by car. So I can’t say where is the best place to go. Lovcen is a mountain with an observation deck at the top. And Biogradska Gora is a forest with a lake on the mountainside. I would choose to go to Biogradska Gora if I had to choose.
- But if we compare the Durmitor park, Prokletije mountains and Biogradska Gora, then the first two are much more interesting. But it’s more difficult to get there and you need more time for the parks themselves.
- 50 km from the Biogradska Gora park is the amazing Djurdjevic Bridge in the canyon of the Tara River.
Author’s rating:Biogradska Gora Park is definitely beautiful and interesting place for tourists. It is quiet and peaceful here. This park is for a weekend trip for a picnic. And if you want breathtaking views of mountain peaks, then you need to go to Durmitor Park or Prokletije Mountains. Therefore, if you have time and you definitely plan to visit these two parks, then you can skip Biogradska Gora. If time is short and there is only 1 day, then it makes no sense to go to Durmitor and Prokletije for 1 day. Better go to Biogradska Gora park and spend a calm day there.
There are a lot of rocky paths in the park, and if you go on trekking trails where there are climbs, then take good shoes and trekking poles with you.
Since it is very convenient to get to this park from Podgorica, the locals come here with their whole families on holidays and weekends for the whole day. Try to come on weekdays, it will be less crowded.
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In conclusion: the Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro is definitely one of the top five parks in the country (there are only five of them). Personally, in my rating, this park is in third place after Prokletije and Durmitor. There is nothing to do here for more than one day. And if without a picnic and barbecue, then 4 hours is enough.
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