P14

P14 is a scenic road above the clouds in Montenegro

P14 is the name of a spectacular mountain road located in northern Montenegro. This route is considered extremely dangerous during the winter.

Running through the Durmitor National Park, the road is totally paved but full of potholes. It’s 49.7 km (30.8 miles) long, running east-west from Žabljak (the city on the highest altitude of the Balkans) to Plužine. In its vicinity is the deepest canyon in Europe, the canyon of the Tara River.

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours. Tucked away in the northwestern part of the country, the road is pretty challenging, with unlit tunnels and narrow parts. In fact, it’s so narrow that requires that at least one car pull over in order for another to pass. The road is very steep, with some dangerous drop off without protections. This narrow road requires give and take with oncoming drivers. While this is generally safe, there are multiple high points with massive drop offs along the way. Due its dangerousness, this road will be bypassed in the future by a motorway which is currently being planned.

The road tops out by Prevoj Sedlo at 1.907m (6,256ft) above the sea level. It’s said to be the highest paved mountain pass in the country. This route is considered extremely dangerous during the winter. It is recommended that one takes the bus to the north during the cold or rainy days, as bus drivers are experienced and know the road. Also, note that this road is snowed out during winter. Do not rely on signage to tell if the road is passable. The locals are the best source of info on changing road conditions.

 

 

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