How to get by car to Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro?

The Ostrog Monastery is an incredible structure cut into an almost vertical cliff face high in the hills, standing at an elevation of 841m (2,759ft) above sea level, located in the large rock of Ostroška Greda, in Montenegro. The road up induces proper vertigo, with only spaced rocks preventing a plunge over the edge.

Monastery of Ostrog

How long is the road to Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro?

The road to the monastery is fully paved but extremely narrow, twisting, and steep, in a very poor state of repair—in short, it's terrifying. It’s 2.4km (1.49 miles) long, featuring 13 hairpin turns, with an elevation gain of 189 meters and an average gradient of 7.87%. Passing oncoming buses is difficult, requiring patience as it occasionally gets clogged up. The drive may be scary due to its narrowness and altitude, making it less enjoyable for those afraid of heights.

Is Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro worth it?

The drive to one of the most visited places in Montenegro is undoubtedly worth it, offering excellent photo opportunities. It’s the most popular pilgrimage site in the country and the pearl of Montenegrin spirituality, visited by over a hundred thousand pilgrims and travelers of all religions yearly. It ranks as the third most visited sacral place globally, after Christ's Tomb and the Holy Mount. The monastery is open daily from 6 am to 5 pm (May to September) and 5 am to 4 pm (rest of the year), with free entry and advisable donations.

Explore Ostrog Monastery: a Serbian Orthodox gem

Situated in the municipality of Danilovgrad, the monastery, founded in the 17th century, is dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog (Sveti Vasilije Ostroški), buried here. The name “Ostrog” originates from an older form of the Serbian word "oštar/oštri," meaning sharp.