Žabljak (map) is small town in northern Montenegro, and is the centre winter tourism. Durmitor is a massif located in northwestern Montenegro. It is part of the Dinaric Alps.
Durmitor National Park (map) was founded in 1952, and designated as a World Heritage Site in 1980. Durmitor features 18 glacial lakes, scattered over mountain massif and Jezerska Površ plateau. The lakes add significantly to the beauty of the mountain, and have been nicknamed Gorske Oči, or “mountain eyes”.
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In winter, the main activities on Durmitor are skiing and snowboarding. In summer, the activities shift to hiking, mountaineering and recreational tourism.
A one day visit to Žabljak might be enough for moderate outdoor enthusiasts who simply want to see the *Tara Canyon (map) and *Black Lake (map), while enthiusiasts of trekking, hiking, rafting, canyoning, and skiing will enjoy longer stays.
OpenStreetMaps have a very good map data of Durmitor national park. Mapy.cz seems to implement this data the best for hiking, because they provide information about height and elevation profiles. Don’t forget to download Montenegro maps for offline use, as the cell signal may be weak in the mountains.
One problem hampering the development of Žabljak as major regional mountain tourism destination is the lack of quality road infrastructure. The situation has been improving somewhat in recent years. Žabljak’s main road connection with the rest of Montenegro is the road that links Žabljak with Mojkovac and the E65, the main road connection between the Montenegrin coast, Podgorica and the north.