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Skadar Lake

Skadar Lake - the freshwater pearl of the Balkans

It’s surprising, how many natural attractions are located in this tiny country. One of the natural miracles of Montenegro is the Lake Skadar, the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula. Its mirror-like surface extends over an area of up to 550 km², depending on the season. A part of the lake belongs to Albania, where it’s called Shkodrës. About two-thirds of the natural wonder belong to Montenegro that offers fascinating coastal and water excursions for tourists.

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Lake Skadar is the most, the most, the most

The entire lake is considered a national park and enters into the list of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. More than 280 bird species, including rare Dalmatian pelicans, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, terns, live here. About 200 birds migrate from all over the world to the ice-free Skadar Lake to overwinter. About 50 fish species inhabit the lake: Atlantic salmon, carp, mullet, and trout. The flora is also diverse: the banks are covered with oak and willow groves, reeds, and bulrush; clouds of white and yellow water lilies blossom on the water surface in summer.

Ancient fortifications, monasteries, and settlements remain in the vicinity of the lake. In the local villages, tourists are treated to fresh fish, crayfish, and wine. The national park offers a wide range of entertainment — hiking and biking, cave tours, fishing tours, boat and kayak trips, supsurfing. This is a perfect place to feel the spirit of true Montenegro – far from the rush and noise of big seaside cities. There you can learn the traditional family values of the people, enjoy simple and healthy food, appreciate the art of local winemaking.

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You can take a guided or self-guided tour to Lake Skadar. The way from Budva to Virpazar, a lakeside tourist center, takes less than one hour. However, it takes 1 hour 15 minutes to get there if you go from Kotor, or half an hour if you go from Bar. Buses make trips to Virprazar from Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and Sutmore sea resort. If your trip to the Lake Skadar starts in Cetinje, you can choose a beautiful way along the Crnoevica River instead of taking the road across Podgorica. If you prefer a self-guided tour, and your trip takes a few days, book your accommodation in advance. You can stay overnight in Virprazar in quiet authentic villages such as Vranjina, Rijeka Crnojevica, and Godinije.

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