Montenegro is commonly known for its medieval towns and majestic coastline though being a mountainous country means there is a lot more to discover further inland. The high reaching town of Kolasin is a fine example. Formally a fortress settlement controlled by the Turks during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, Kolasin officially became part of Montenegro in 1878. Located a 3.5-4 hour drive away from Kotor Bay you will first pass through the beautiful Budva Riviera on the southern part of the coast, the tranquil Skadar Lake and Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica before beginning the mountain road ascent.
Upon arriving you will notice that although this town has experienced some great change over the years, it has still remained very raw. You'll take in the fresh mountain air as you leave your car and will pass along the great selection of ski chalets. During the winter Kolasin is home to a large number of ski lovers ready to take on it variety of slopes where during the summer it is a great place to relax away from the busy coast.
The most impressive dwelling you will find is the grand Hotel Bianca Resort and Spa. With two restaurants, two pools, including one large inside, a fully equipped gym and spa center it is easy to see why year after year this hotel continues to be the leading force for tourists to the region.
Only 20 minutes outside of Kolasin you will find the lovely Biogradska Gora National Park. Lovers of walking/hiking and also getting outdoors will love it here as there are plenty of lovely trails to explore including a loop around the Biogradsko Lake. There is a traditional restaurant onsite, as well as kayaks/peddle boats available offering even more variety.
This is only one of the many jewels of the Montenegrin Mountains and offers a great chance to experience a lesser known though equally enjoyable part of this beautiful country.