Nestled in the mountain regions of Montenegro, Kolasin is a small city with a very long and storied past that is attractive to tourists that are interested in both history and winter sporting activities. While the city proper has a total population of slightly less than 3,000 people, the surrounding municipality plays host to almost 10,000 citizens. It is in a region that is called Moraca, named after a river that flows through it. In the past, Kolasin was a fortress city built by the Turks in the 1600’s and very early in its history the people were aligned with the Orthodox Christian Church and strong tribal associations helped to form a solid foundation for the village that would eventually live within the fortress.

The people of this region have very strong connections with their family and their past, a tradition in the Balkans that extends back to ancient days. The tribes, clans and famous family figures are all passed down via oral tradition from the older people to the young children so that everyone has a strong sense of connection. There are two major groups that live here and they are Montenegrins and Serbians, both existing in harmony, with Montenegrins making up only a slightly larger majority.

A great deal of tourist attractions exist in Kolasin since this is the focal point of alpin tourism in the nation itself. The easy accessibility of Kolasin via both traditional motorways and railroads makes Kolasin a bit easier to get to than its mountain tourism cousin, Zabljak which is not nearly as accessible. Both the Bjelasica Mountains and the Sinjajevina Mountains offer excellent tourist activities such as skiing and snowboarding most months out of the year. The altitude of the city has earned it the association with an air spa because the air is considered to be of a very high level of purity. The Bianca Resort and Spa was recently opened there to boost tourism and has proven to be a serious draw for many visitors.

Access to Kolasin is usually through the double lane highways that lead up into the city and it is just a turn off from the primary motorway, E65, that stretches between the coast of the Adriatic and Serbia while passing through Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city. The railway that flows from Bar, Montenegro to Belgrade, Serbia also has a station at Kolasin and only 80 kilometers away is the Podgorica Airport which offers international flights to a number of destinations in Europe.

With the growth of bio tourism arriving in Montenegro, Kolasin has been able to take on a leading role thanks to its Biogradska Gora National Park, an absolutely stunning gem of primordial forests rarely found anywhere else in the world. With six glacial lakes. swift streams and hundreds of different species of native animals, Biogradska Gora serves as a premiere destination for those who wish to explore a truly virgin forest ecology. Some of the trees in this park are over 500 years old.

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