Montenegro is eagerly preparing to launch the highly anticipated Kotor-Lovcen gondola on August 14, 2023, connecting the charming coastal town of Kotor to the pristine Lovcen national park. This remarkable tourism infrastructure project, long-awaited for nearly a century, has reached its completion just over a year after the foundation stone was laid, marking an extraordinary achievement considering the complex process involved.
The gondola, originally scheduled for launch on July 13, is set to provide both locals and tourists with an unforgettable journey through Montenegro’s mesmerizing landscapes. As travelers ascend in the state-of-the-art gondola cabins, they will be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Adriatic Sea and the charming Kotor old town, setting the stage for a day of exploration and adventure.
Once reaching the Lovcen national park, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature. The park boasts well-marked hiking trails, where guests can take leisurely walks or challenging hikes, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse wildlife. A perfect spot for a midday break would be a picturesque picnic amidst the serenity of the park, either with pre-packed treats or by indulging in some delectable local Montenegrin delicacies from nearby establishments.
The crown jewel of the Lovcen national park experience is the iconic Njegos Mausoleum, dedicated to Montenegro’s renowned ruler and poet, Petar II Petrovic-Njegos. Perched atop Mount Lovcen, the mausoleum offers sweeping panoramas of the surrounding landscapes, providing a sense of connection to Montenegro’s rich history and natural beauty.
After a fulfilling day of exploration, visitors will descend back to Kotor, where they can continue their adventure in the town’s enchanting old quarter. The old town’s narrow cobblestone streets, historical landmarks, and vibrant atmosphere make it a captivating place to wander and discover Montenegro’s cultural heritage.
To conclude the day on a magical note, tourists can indulge in a delightful dinner at one of the restaurants along the bay, enjoying fresh seafood dishes and traditional Montenegrin cuisine while watching the sun paint the sky with hues of gold and pink during a mesmerizing sunset.
The Kotor-Lovcen gondola project was made possible through a 20 million euro ($21.9 million) agreement signed in December 2021 between Montenegro’s government and local company Novi Volvox, along with Italy’s Leitner. This significant investment aims to bolster Montenegro’s tourism sector, offering visitors an unparalleled experience that combines natural beauty, history, and modern infrastructure.
As the long-awaited launch date approaches, excitement is building among locals and travelers alike, as they eagerly anticipate embarking on this extraordinary journey between Kotor and the captivating Lovcen national park. The Kotor-Lovcen gondola promises to be a transformative addition to Montenegro’s tourism landscape, providing a memorable and enriching experience for generations to come.