Canyoning is one of the most exciting and fun activities Montenegro has to offer for anyone seeking adrenaline and adventure. Working your way through canyons and following their river courses, spending time in the wild, descending steep, smooth cliffs worn away over the millennia, discovering spectacular waterfalls – all this will come together to provide an almost fairytale experience.
Canyons are mostly formed from limestone and granite, the incline of their walls reaching 60°. The rocks over which crystal turquoise water cascades, the bright green vegetation – it is hard to put into words. Canyoning involves climbing through narrow crevices and up cascades, and can also involve double rope rapelling, diving and swimming where possible. Canyoning is an extreme sport that is gaining in popularity the world over. Our country can boast a wealth of natural resources and a great number of canyons that you can explore.
The largest and most famous canyon in the world is the Arizona Grand Canyon. The second-deepest canyon in the world, and the deepest in Europe is in Montenegro – the Tara River canyon. The Tara canyon is 78 kilometres long and up to 1,300 m deep. Its drainage basin is 141 kilometres long and is considered the longest river basin in Montenegro. The Tara River canyon has 80 large caves.
In the centre of Montenegro is the Nevidio canyon. Nevidio is the Komarnica River canyon, just an hour away from Nikšić, and is an attractive and increasingly popular tourist destination, especially foreign visitors. A group of mountaineers from Nikšić first reached this canyon in 1965.
Then there is the Grlje canyon near Gusinje, very much worth exploring and touring, featuring smooth cliffs up to twenty metres high that are very close together.
The Cijevna canyon near Podgorica was discovered in 1886 and popularized after exploration by Italian botanist Antonio Baldacci. There are also many other smaller canyons in Montenegro that attract adventurers, such as the Škudra River canyon near Kotor and the Bogutovski Potok stream that flows into the Morača River.
Canyons in Montenegro are mostly found in remote locations, and to explore some of them you will certainly need guides with navigation and wilderness survival skills and knowledge of the route.