Lake Skadar is a wild wonder waiting to be explored. A vast freshwater lake straddling the borders of Albania and Montenegro and surrounded by dramatic karst mountains, its mirrored waters, rocky shores and wetlands play host to a myriad of wildlife with more than 260 species of birds, traditional fishing villages, islet monasteries and pristine beaches.
Skadar Lake Excursion
Home to some of the most celebrated panoramas in a country renowned for its wild, natural beauty, Lake Skadar has been a protected National Park since 1983, was added, in 1996, to the World’s List of Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention and in late 2011, was formally nominated for UNESCO heritage status. Many Montenegrins regard this area as their country’s heart and soul.
The largest lake in the Balcan
Lake Skadar boasts a rich and proud history. Part of the ancient Slav kingdom of Zeta, the region became a battleground for five centuries after the Turks invaded in the 13th century.
As the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the Turks were expelled and the 1875 Congress of Berlin confirmed the borders of independent Montenegro. Skadar town itself (once the capital of Zeta) was incorporated into Albania while several Albanian villages on the southern shores such as Ostros and Donji-Murići became part of Montenegro. To this day these villages retain a strong Albanian character with mosques and residents bilingual in Albanian and Serbian.
While the Turks conquered the southern shores and the town of Virpazar, placing fortresses at Lessendro, Besac and Grmožur, the north-west wetlands provided a bastion for the Montenegrin rulers. From their ruling seat at Žabljak Crnojevići they launched a series of bloody, retaliatory attacks until they were forced to move their capital to Cetinje in 1482.
Even in the 19th and early 20th century, with the royal seat based in Cetinje, the summer court of King Nikola was set up at the attractive lake town of Rijeka Crnojevića.
In WW2 it was time for Lake Skadar to make history again as Virpazar provided the scene of the first Partisan uprising in Montenegro. A monument in town pays tribute to their bravery.
Includes the English speaking tour guide, small breakfast on the boat where we will be about 2 hours . Swimming on the lake half an hour and after that lunch at the restaurant.
Price per person for groups of 4 or more: € 45
Groups of less than 4 must either join an existing tour (if available) or pay the price for 4px.