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Adventure days in Montenegro

For such a small country, Montenegro certainly knows how to pack a punch. Whether hiking in the spectacular mountains, kayaking off the pristine coast or white water rafting amid stunning cliff faces and exciting native habitats, the adventure definitely starts here.

River rafting in the Tara Canyon

Get off the beaten path and delve into the beautifully rugged landscape of Montenegro as you white water raft through one of the world's largest canyons.

The Tara River, known locally as the Tear of Europe, serves up rocky terraces, sandy bays, high cliffs and over 80 caves along its 144-kilometre run. Of which, the river is navigable by raft for almost 100 kilometres.

In between the rapids, enjoy the beauty of this protected UNESCO World Heritage Site as you float down stream surrounded by high mountain peaks covered in native vegetation. From rich forests of scots pine to beech, oak and maple trees, the canyon is also home to a wealth of wildlife including bears, wolves, wild boars and golden eagles.

Day trips depart from Budva between April and October, when rafting conditions are at their optimum. Trips at this time of year are also suitable for absolute beginners. If you forget your water bottle, don't worry as the Tara River has the biggest supply of cool and fresh drinking water in Europe.

Get your adrenaline fix

Up until the last 10 years it was a privilege of the bravest mountaineers to explore the Nevidio Canyon, but experienced guides have now opened up the stunning area to us newbies. As you pass through the narrow riverbeds of the 2.7-kilometre long canyon, swimming, jumping, climbing and hiking through the phenomenal wild nature of Durmitor National Park, you'll see for yourself why this pastime has gained such popularity.

Decked in a 5mm neoprene suit and all the necessary safety equipment, your canyoning experience will last up to three hours as you pass under huge boulders, take on foaming rapids and swim through metre-wide narrows surrounded by steep cliffs and icy cold water.

Head out on a lake safari

The scenery is breathtaking as you gently kayak around southern Europe's largest lake, stopping off to swim in the refreshing water and observe the abundance of flora and fauna. Popular with bird watchers, Lake Skadar is also one of the largest bird reserves in Europe and seasonally fluctuates between 360 and 515 square kilometres.

As one of the most popular adventure activities in Montenegro, you'll find guided tours stopping off at two of the lake's magnificent 14th century island monasteries, with Albania's spectacular Accursed Mountains towering in the distance. Driving through the newly built Sozina tunnel, the lake is only around a 20-minute drive away from the Adriatic coast.

Caving with kayaks

Avoid the crowded tour boats and explore the rocky Adriatic coastline with its hidden caves on a guided kayak adventure from Kotor. You'll paddle your way across to The Blue Cave, one of Montenegro's must-see coastal sights, and take a dip in the bright, transparent water. If you fancy it, you may even snorkel to the bottom of the deep grotto for some incredible underwater photo opportunities.

The caves's famous colour is a product of the way the sunlight hits the ocean surface. Depending on what time you visit, you'll find an array of different hues. If you want to avoid the crowds and see the water at its brightest, get there early and spend the rest of your day exploring the smaller network of caves and beaches that this stunning coastline has to offer.

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