Plav, Montenegro

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Panorama of Plav
Panorama of Plav
Coat of arms of Plav
Coat of arms
Plav is located in Montenegro
Location of Plav in Montenegro
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Country Montenegro
Settlements 23
 • Mayor Skender Šarkinović (DPS)
 • Ruling party DPS - BS
 • Total 486 km2 (188 sq mi)
Population (2003 census)
 • Total 3,615
 • Density 28/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Municipality 13,805
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84325
Area code +382 51
ISO 3166-2 code ME-13
Car plates PL

Plav (Bosnian and Serbian Cyrillic: Плав, pronounced [plâv̞]) is a town in eastern Montenegro. It has a population of 3,615 (2003 census).

Plav is the centre of Plav Municipality (population of 13,805).


In Serbian/Montenegrin the town is known as Плав/Plav; in Bosnian as Plav; and in Albanian as Plava. The name may also derive from the Albanian word "Pllaja" meaning "plateau" since the region is surrounded by mountains and plateaus for cattle.[1]


Plav is located at the foot of the Prokletije mountain range, adjacent to the springs of the river Lim.

The area contains many lakes and the most known is Lake Plav, one of the largest in this region. The lakes Hrid and Visitor are mountain lakes, and Visitor is noted for its floating island.

Plav is also renowned for its karst wells, among which are Ali Pasha of Gucia Springs and Oko Skakavica. Villages in the municipality include Gusinje.

Plav has an active nightlife.


In the Middle Ages, there was a county (župa) named Plav in the Kingdom of Serbia.

The settlement of Plav itself was founded by the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman census organised in 1582-83 registered the Plav nahiyah within the Sanjak of Scutari with 18 villages; according to historian Milan Vasić all inhabitants had personal names with a Serbian character, and no Muslims were present.[2] In 1878, following the Treaty of Berlin, the city of Plav was ceded to Montenegro by the Ottoman Empire despite having an Albanian majority population.


In the area of the Plav municipality there are 13 sports clubs and societies that are actively engaged in sports and competitions. Some are in the First Montenegrin league and some in the Second Montenegrin league.

Sport clubs:

  • Football Club Jezero
  • Football Club Gusinje
  • Football Club Polimlje
  • Handball Club Plav
  • Chess Club Jezero
  • Karate Club Jezero
  • Kayak Club Plavsko Jezero
  • Sport Fishing Society Plavsko Jezero
  • Mountaineering Skiing Society Kofiljaca
  • Skiing-mountain Society Karanfil
  • Mountaineering Society Visitor
  • Hunting Society Rocks Plav
  • Hunting Sports Society May carnation


Plav is administrative centre of Plav municipality, which in 2003 had a population of 13,805, mostly Bosniaks. The town of Plav itself has 3,615 citizens. Population of Plav (city):

  • 1981 - 3,348
  • 1991 - 4,073
  • 2003 - 3,165

Notable people

See also


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