Is wild camping allowed in Montenegro?

No, wild camping and free standing are unfortunately not officially allowed in Montenegro. However, Montenegrins are very hospitable. Secluded from state buildings and tourist areas, authorities and residents usually turn an eye, and campers are tolerated.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

Officially, wild camping and free standing are not allowed in Montenegro. However, if you behave inconspicuously and stay away from tourist areas and beaches, the authorities and residents will usually turn a blind eye.

Hospitality is a top priority in Montenegro, which is why you will often find a pitch on private property. However, you should ask the owner for permission beforehand.

Staying overnight in your car to restore your driving ability is not a problem in Montenegro. However, you should avoid big cities, as the danger of burglary is increased here according to the tourism associations. You should also be careful not to stand in the parking ban, here fines of 20 € to 100 € could come to you.

Small lake in the mountains
Small lake in the mountains
Campsite at the lake
Campsite at the lake

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Montenegro

In comparison to other Balkan countries, such as Croatia, Montenegro is not a very popular tourist destination so far. Even though more and more tourists are discovering the country for themselves, you have the opportunity to enjoy nature by yourself, without being interrupted by tourists. If you are currently planning your trip through Montenegro, we have some tips for you.

Animals
The mountainous landscape of Montenegro is home to over 3,000 animal species. Besides harmless animals like otters, deer, or alpine shrews, you can also find wolves and bears. When choosing a place, you should, therefore, pay attention to whether you can find animal tracks nearby. If this is the case, set up your camp in another place.

Traffic regulations
In addition to bandages, warning triangle, spare tires (or repair set), tow-rope and warning vest, you are required to carry fire extinguishers, and a set of replacement lamps (except xenon, LED or neon headlights). Also, the maximum speed out of town is limited to 80 km/h.

Infrastructure
Montenegro is characterized by difficult mountain roads, poor road conditions, and a lack of road signs, especially outside the conurbations. As there is an above-average number of accidents in Montenegro, tourist information points out to adhere strictly to the legal regulations and avoid driving at night.

Traffic controls
In Montenegro, traffic checks are frequently carried out, and vehicles with foreign registration plates are examined more closely. If you broke a traffic rule and have to pay a fine, you should insist on a receipt for the payment.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Montenegro

The small country in the Balkans was even the setting for James Bond. At least theoretically, because the movie Casino Royale wasn't filmed here, even if many think so. We've picked out some interesting facts for you so you can learn more about the country.

Fact #1 - Tara Gorge
The Tara Gorge is the longest and deepest canyon in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It is about 78 km long and partly more than 1,300 m deep.

Fact #2 - Naming
Montenegro comes from the Venezuelan Italian and means translated "Black Mountain." The name goes back to the dark mountains and forests of the country.

Fact #3 - The Euro
Montenegro uses the euro as its currency. However, as they are not (yet) members of the EU, they are not allowed to mint coins with their design.

Fact #4 - Montenegrin commandments
The inhabitants of Montenegro have their own "Ten Commandments." Would you like an example? "Rest during the day so you can sleep better at night." Or also: "Love your bed as yourself".

Fact #5 - Pink Panthers
The Pink Panthers is a group of jewel robbers with over 200 members. Although there is no clear evidence, it is assumed that half of the members come from Montenegro.

Fact #6 - Olive tree
The Stara Maslina is with over 2.000 years the oldest olive tree of the world. It stands in the harbor town of Bar in the south of Montenegro.

Fact #7 - False Prince
His full title is "His Imperial and Royal Highness Stefan Cernetic, Hereditary Prince of Montenegro, Serbia, and Albania". The special? He is a swindler from Italy. Montenegro is not a monarchy.

Fact #8 - Beaches
Montenegro has 117 beaches, including Velika Plaža. With a length of 12.5 km, it is one of the longest sandy beaches in Europe.

Fact #9 - Mobile phones
Montenegro has slightly more than 610,000 inhabitants. With an average of 1.6 mobile phones per inhabitant, they are among the countries with the most phones.

Fact #10 - Crkvice
Crkvice is a small village in the west of Montenegro and is known as the place with the highest rainfall in Europe. The average values are around 4,900 mm per year.

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