Mountain Magic in Montenegro Posted 09-Sep-2013
After an easy drive from Budva (2 and a half hours on well maintained highway) we arrived in the very unusual but beautiful setting of Kolasin. The Bianca Resort is an absolute gem and as soon I entered the enclave of the holel I felt at home. Highlights of the hotel include the massive lobby and dinings areas overlooking woodland, the unbelievable pool and spa facilities and the welcoming attitude of the staff. Biogradska National Park is about 20 minutes drive from the town. The lake can be circuited in under an hour but longer marked trails are available. I presonally felt this setting was the most unique of all the mountain areas and in hingsight I would have gone back on the second day for a longer hike, than talke the long drive to Durmitor, which offered a more "Alpine" experience. One lesser publicised aspect of the town Kolasin is the striking and monumental Cosmic-Communist-Construction-era Town Hall, visible in the photo. Quite unlike any other building I have seen. With investment this could become a significant landmark (possibly the coolest art gallery in Europe?). But as it stands it is a little decayed. Think carefully before planning a day trip to Durmitor - yes it's stunnning - but distances are multiplied somewhat from your map given the number of bends. Trips to the canyone and Durmitor are probably better undertaken while staying in that area. Overall, quite brilliant. A Twin Peaks mystery tour.