Best things to do in Andrijevica, Montenegro

29 March 2023
Author - Jonathan Howe
Are you ready to discover the best things to do in Andrijevica, Montenegro? When you plan your vacation in Montenegro, ideas come one after another. For sure, you have already received countless recommendations on what not to miss and where to go in Montenegro. You've already experienced all the popular destinations. The coast is known to you as your pocket. The famous mountains have welcomed you many times, and you have returned to them again and again. You are wondering if there is a place that you have skipped and that would be suitable for a holiday week or a weekend after successful work.

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Today's blog topic is a small place in the north of Montenegro that travelers often do not discover and unfortunately miss during their vacation. Due to lack of time, inaccessibility of site, and insufficient information, this town is unfairly neglected on the tourist map.

In the hope that as many nature lovers as possible will discover and explore this small town and its surroundings, we have prepared suggestions for the best things to do in Andrijevica, Montenegro.

1. Get to know the natural values of the mountain Zeletin in Andrijevica

Rich in flora and fauna, Zeletin hides numerous endemics and relict species, such as "munika" and "molika." These conifers remember the ice age, and the mentioned mountain contains specimens of trees whose age is estimated by nature experts to be hundreds of years old. Zeletin is also an essential habitat for different species of birds - at the national and European level. Despite all the qualities, that mountain is still practically unexplored, although it is recognized as an Emerald zone and potentially a Natura 2000 area. Climb up to the Katun and spend the day in the sun. If you become a friend with some of the locals (which is not difficult), you may see the unexpected and get further than you initially imagined. 

2. Relax in the "Zvjezdana Dolina" resort (Star Valley)

Just a few minutes’ drives from the center of Andrijevica, the perfect relaxation place awaits you in the Ulotina village. At the same time, this is one of the few facilities in Andrijevica's municipality ready to welcome visitors throughout the year. Garni Hotel Glamping Zvjezdana Dolina occupies a top position below the mountain Zeletin, overlooking the river Lim's green valley. Here, the ideal mountain climate and altitude create a healthy environment that we desperately need from time to time, and unfortunately, we often forget that. The comfort of this facility's rooms, delicious home-made food, the chirping of birds, and the Lim river's sound is undoubtedly recovering from the most challenging past periods. The hosts also offer hiking and kayaking guide services that will make it easier for you to search for this area's most hidden natural beauties. 

3. Start a road trip adventure from Andrijevica, Montenegro

Montenegro has a network of panoramic roads, the first of which is called the "Crown of Montenegro." Andrijevica is a perfect starting point for this kind of adventure. Beautiful landscapes, rivers, forests, and mountain ranges are scenes that change at high speed as you follow this path make a road trip one of the best things to do in Andrijevica. If you decide to explore the places through which the road leads one whole day, you have the opportunity to meet a new Montenegro, both wild and tame. In the summer months, it is possible to meet local children who sell forest fruits by the roadside, thus earning their pocket money.
In essence, it is enough to settle in Andrijevica or nearby. From there, it is straightforward to access attractive natural beauties such as Prokletije National Park, Biogradska Gora and Bjelasica, Komovi, and so on. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the river Lim, Lake Plavsko, and places like Djalovića gorge. Everything is as close to you as in the palm of your hand!

4. Find the freshest Montenegrin ingredients in Andrijevica

The surroundings of Andrijevica are famous for their fertility and abundance of food that grows there. Good soil and plenty of water make this region rich in food, especially fruit. The Andrijevica and surrounding villages' population grow plums, raspberries, apples, and pears traditionally. Just a few hours of easy walking will take you to the realm of forest fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, currants, and blackberries. Therefore, just in case, prepare a bucket for this trip. Perhaps the sweetest fruit in the world inspires you to make jam yourself. 
Finally, when summer arrives, going to the woods to pick mushrooms is an adventure that the locals look forward to throughout the year. Many people from this region have been learning about mushrooms all their lives and have become real experts in recognizing them.
In short, a truly wild food trip is one of the best things to do in Andrijevica.

5. Enjoy authentic scenery of the local villages

Village works are often unknown or are just a faint childhood memory to many people from the cities. Do not let yourself forget the beneficial effects of the smell of cut grass, domestic animals, and village sounds. Eyes will soak up scenes of haystacks, handmade wooden fences, old stone houses and barns, vegetable beds. Please pay attention to how the locals call their animals or how they socialize with each other during the joint mowing. Here it is done in the old-fashioned way that was passed down from generation to generation. We are likely witnessing the last scenes of this kind, given that people's lives on a global level are standardizing and changing rapidly. Such villages are dying out, and people are flocking en masse to cities, searching for an easier way to live.
Andrijevica itself is not immediately attractive to travelers. It is a small place that contains the basic facilities for its citizens. What makes it so unique and enchanting is its surroundings, clean and fresh nature. That is more than enough to pack your walking shoes, a warm jacket, binoculars, and a camera, and give yourself a few days of enjoyment with some of the best things to do in Andrijevica!
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