National Park
Prokletije

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166 km²

number of visitors

number of visitors

2.000

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established

2009

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Location

It is located in the northeast of Montenegro, on the border with Albania. It stretches over 16 630 ha, while the area of the reserve Hridsko Lake and Volušnica is 1,052 hectares.

History

National Park Prokletije is one of the youngest in the Dinaric region. It was officially declared a national park in 2009.

Nature

The dominant feature of the area of Prokletije is the richness and diversity of flora and fauna, so that this area is one of the centres of high mountain diversity of the Balkans. This National Park is rich in larger and smaller streams, springs and sources of drinking and mineral water, rivers, underground aquifers. Among the lakes for their beauty stand out Hridsko, Visitorsko, Ropojansko, Tatarijsko, Bjelaj, pond on Vezirova Brada, a small lake on Treskavac and Koljindarsko Lake. Hridsko Lake, with the surface of approximately 35 000 square meters at 1970 m above the sea level, is one of the highest, and in the opinion of many people the most beautiful lake in Montenegro. With its beauty stands out also Visitorsko Lake at 1,820 meters, with grass floating island - sandbank in the middle, which in the past shepherds used as a natural shelter for the cattle from the mountain beasts. Relief of Prokletije is jagged, with numerous peaks, gorges, steep slopes, river valleys of alpine type and other natural phenomena. The specificity of this national also consists of over 1,700 species of plants, representing half of the flora of Montenegro, or approximately one fifth of the Balkan flora. Prokletije are rich in forests, predominantly temperate and conifer. Almost half of forest resources have rain forest character. In respect of bio-geography Prokletije belong to the Alpine mountain region, and that had an impact on the animal life, which is characterized by great diversity. In this area live: rabbit, wolf, brown bear, lynx, wild boar, chamois, roe deer, and 161 recorded species of birds. Their habitats are high mountainous regions, valleys of Ropojana and Grbaja, forest ecosystems, mountain lakes and rivers.

Sights

One of the biggest mountain ranges in the Balkans has over 50 peaks higher than 2000 meters, and as many as 20 peaks above 2,500 meters. The highest peak on the Albanian side is Maja Jezerce (2694m), while in Montenegro this is Zla Kolata (2534 m), also the highest point in Montenegro. Until this discovery, it was considered that the highest peak in Montenegro was on Durmitor, Bobotov Kuk at 2523 m. The youngest National Park has been least "touched" by human hand, and here lies its beauty. Its harshness and inaccessibility lure people with adventurous spirit.

Tourism

Because of its wilderness, inaccessibility and beauty Prokletije are becoming a favourite destination for hikers and climbers. Due to the challenging peaks to conquer, Prokletije often serve for final preparations of hikers and alpinists for the highest peaks of Europe and the world.

Connection

From the capital Podgorica NP Prokletije is approximately 200 km away and is connected by the highway. The same distance is also from the capital of Kosovo, Priština, with which it is also connected by the highway.

Contact
National Parks of Montenegro
Trg vojvode Bećir-bega Osmanagića 16, 81 000 Podgorica,
Tel: +382 20 60 10 15

Fax: +382 20 60 10 16
E-mail: npcg@nparkovi.me  
Web: www.nparkovi.me